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Mikee Romero urges Filipinos in NZ to rally behind Filipinas vs Norway


Rep. Mikee Romero of 1Pacman Partylist called on all Filipinos, especially those in New Zealand, to show true patriotism by cheering and praying for the Filipinas who will be facing 1995 champion Norway in a critical match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday in Auckland.

“This is the best time to display our genuine love for our athletes who will be going against a giant of an enemy in Norway. Let’s support the Filipinas all the way,” said Romero.

“They have already made history, but they still need our all-out support in order for them to march on.”

Romero expects nothing but a fiesta-like atmosphere – some sort of “Manila mania” in Auckland, as the majority of over 100,000 Filipinos are based in the metropolitan city on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Filipino expatriates here prepping for their “Ati-Atihan”-inspired pep rally for Filipinas. Photo courtesy of David Unwin of the Dominion Post

“I heard that a large group of the Filipino community in Auckland will watch and support the team in any way they can,” added Romero.

Though popularly known as a basketball godfather, Romero has learned to love “the beautiful game” after his daughter, Milka, played for Ateneo in the UAAP a decade ago.

The Filipinas need to topple the Norwegians in order to advance to the knockout stage.

But win or lose, according to Romero, the Filipinas need to be honored by both houses – the Congress and the Senate – for their sheer accomplishment after cutting New Zealand down to size, 1-0, last Tuesday.

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DSC00688 Mikee Romero urges Filipinos in NZ to rally behind Filipinas vs Norway Filipinas Football News  - philippine sports news“The enormity of their win against a World Cup host, no less, is something that we have to cherish because it was one of the best wins in our sporting history,” added Romero.

The first goal, the first win, and the gallantry they displayed at a World Cup event, Romero said, are the reasons why the Filipinas need to be honored and glorified.

The Filipinas’ historic win was even broadcasted all over the world, earning raves even from football giants like the United States, Germany, Japan, and Norway.

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