Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. Vince Lombardi

Congratulations Azkals. You made every Filipino proud because of your perseverance and heart towards the sport. We are still proud you made it to the Semi-finals despite the challenges in the training. Congratulations Indonesia.

The Philippines’ magical run in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup came to a halt Sunday night after falling prey to Indonesia, 0-1, in the second leg of their semifinal clash at Jakarta’s Bung Karno Stadium.

Defeated but unbowed.

Thank you for finally bringing football to the Philippines. There are more football lovers now. It all starts here, so keep going and continue on. We’ll keep on dreaming.

Like @aupijuan said in Twitter, “Azkals Christmas gift to us was giving us hope that Filipinos can truly be good at FOOTBALL. Thank You Azkals!”

I admire the discipline it took to get this far and I agree with @hotmainila in Twitter that even “Note: with no tradition, no record and not even a frigging stadium to call its own, PH made it to the semis”

Perhaps it is time to encourage football starting with our kids.

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You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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