Matteo Guidicelli is heading to Camp Tecson in Bulacan to begin his training with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The actor’s revelation comes a month after he publicly announced that he had joined the military as part of the army reserve force. He will be gone for 45 days, he said in a recent interview with Push, from May 27 to July 1 to train with Scout Rangers.
He said, “A few months back, [I met people from] sky diving [and they] were rangers, people from the military and I got close with them sabi ko, ‘How can I be like you?’ These people are all heroes, people know about their efforts but not really. These guys are heroes of our country, these guys serve our country.”
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He continued, “We have hundreds of soldiers who died for our country and sabi ko, ‘a civilian like me, how can I help, how can I show importance to soldiers, how can I show importance to Filipino soldiers?’ So ayun, dahan-dahan, every day, a new opportunity came.”
According to Matteo, he’s always had the urge to become a soldier, dating all the way back to his college days in the United States.
He revealed, “Back when I was in college, I was always walking to my dorm. Sa America kasi, mayroong mga booths [na may] ‘Join the Military’ [signs] and I was tempted to go inside, but I never had the courage to do so…[but] this is my advocacy, [to remind] the Filipino youth to be proud to be Filipino, to look at the flag and say ‘I’m Pinoy’ and to proud to be Filipino.”
(Read related article: Matteo Guidicelli now serves in the Philippine ARMY!)
Stay safe, Matteo!
Matteo appeared in the 2017 romantic comedy “Can’t Help Falling in Love” topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
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