Phil Younghusband and Angel Locsin
MANILA, Philippines -- Phil Younghusband isn't too concerned with the slip in ranking of his girlfriend Angel Locsin in a men's magazine list of the "sexiest women in the Philippines."
Asked about Locsin's third-place finish in the recent FHM polls, the 25-year-old football player brought up his girlfriend's recognition as an actress.
"Well, for me Angel's winning the acting awards, which I think for her, is something... For me, I think excelling and success in your own craft, in your own profession is one of the best things to be proud of," the Azkals striker told reporters on Wednesday.
From placing second in 2012, Locsin moved down a spot to place third in this year's edition of the survey. The "Four Sisters and a Wedding" star won the same poll twice, in 2005 and 2010.
Actress Marian Rivera ranked No. 1 in the 2013 survey, with 16 million votes cast via online, text, and print ballots.
Referring to Locsin, Younghusband on Wednesday said, "For me, she's No. 1, no matter what happens. I think the acting awards are the best thing for her."
Asked whether he would allow Locsin to once again pose for the men's magazine, Younghusband said he is always supportive of the 28-year-old actress' career decisions.
"It's up to her. She's professional. She knows herself, what she's comfortable with. I will support her no matter what decision she makes. If she's comfortable with it, that's up to her," he said.
Younghusband and Locsin officially became a couple on May 27 last year, after a year-long romance that started with a tweet from the Azkals striker asking the actress out for Valentine's Day.
"We're happy. We get stronger and stronger everyday. We're more and more in love. As time goes by, everything gets easier," he said.