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More history to be made next season at Madoka

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Mitakihara Magi recruit Angel Locsin (left) is the great-grandniece of the actress by the same name.

More history to be made next season at Madoka

By Natsumi Koshigaya
The Daily Magi
October 1, 2060

The 51st season of Mitakihara Magi football will be special in its own right. That's because for the first time in program history...there will be a woman on the team. This week, punter Angel Locsin, a 6'0", 193 lb beauty from here in Mitakihara Town and a native of Baguio City, Philippines, committed to Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi with her husband and fellow Magi recruit, kicker Antonio Magsaysay, also from Baguio but residing in M-Town.

The name Angel Locsin should sound familiar to those who follow Pinoy cinema. That's because this Angel is the great-grandniece of the legendary Filipina actress of the same name, and has essentially the same looks and appeal. Only this time, she's a little bit taller and more full of physique.

"I was too tall to be on the girls' volleyball team, for some reason, so I had to choose a different sport," Locsin said via phone interview at the newly-renamed Mitakihara Town Secondary School (formerly known as Mitakihara High School), or MiTSS for short. "The football team needed a punter, so I tried out and I ended up becoming a starter following tryouts in my first year.

"I've got a very deep leg, a strong leg, and I can hit the coffin corner at least nine times out of ten. I can deliver good hangtime and let the rest of the gunners clean up in coverage. Outside of football, I have ambitions of maybe following my great-grandaunt and become an actress, but I want to be a pioneer.

"I want to be the first female punter to be successful playing pro football. This sport, as we all known, is generally a man's sports, and the women are reduced to being cheerleaders. I want to break those stereotypes and prove to a lot of people that women can also play football too. There have been a lot of women before me that have played tackle football, but for me, I prefer to play the punter because there's not a lot of impact.

"But I've good stamina, I can get the ball off quickly, and there hasn't been a case where I pulled a muscle or my punt got blocked. I don't think it's happened at Mitakihara, where a punt has ever gotten blocked. I'm not going to let that happen when I'm on the field.

"I'm confident, but at the same time, I'm someone that wants to be humble and appreciative of the opportunities given to me. Antonio told me about this university, and they need a kicker and a punter. We should be able to get a lot of reps in our first year out there and Antonio plays to be a software designer after he finishes his playing career.

"I'm not in any rush to be a mom just yet, but when I do, I want to give birth to girls. But if it's a boy, I don't want him to be just a kicker or a punter. If my future son decides to be a football player, I want him to try being a quarterback. That's only if he wants to be a football player. I'm not going to worry about that right now.

"And at the same time, I don't want all the the attention to just be on my shoulders just because I'm somebody supposedly making history or I'm just here to stirring up controversy. My gender should not take center stage when we play the game. At the end of the day, I'm just one of 70 players lucky enough to play for the Mitakihara Magi. I don't need to consider myself part of anything else."

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