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Matteo Guidicelli on joining the Army: 'Bakit hindi? Pinoy ako'

Matteo admits many questioned his decision about joining the Philippine Army

Patricia Matalog
Patricia Matalog

5/8/2019 in News
Matteo Guidicelli on joining the Army: 'Bakit hindi? Pinoy ako'

Matteo Guidicelli continues to be an inspiration for people who want to join the Philippine Army.

In a video he uploaded on his Youtube channel yesterday, May 7, the actor talked about why he decided to join the military as a reservist in spite getting some push back from the people around him.



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"I joined the Reserve Force just two weeks ago. Ang daming taong nagsasabi at nagtatanong sa akin, 'Bakit ka magre-reserve force? Bakit ka mag-a-army?'" he revealed. "Sabi ko, 'Bakit hindi? Pinoy ako, 'di ba?'”

"Bakit hindi ako mag-focus sa isang bagay, sa isang bagay na ako talaga?’ Ibig sabihin, sa pagiging Pilipino ko," he added.

Matteo also revealed that he was quick to reassure his family and his girlfriend, Sarah Geronimo, that joining the army is more than just fighting in wars. For him, being a soldier is a form of giving back to the country he loves.

"Ngayon, they understood [na] 'pag nasa reserve ka or nasa Army ka, hindi naman ibig sabihin maggigiyera ka. Marami kang mga pwedeng gawin. Kapag may mga disasters tayo, mga natural calamities, may mga relief goods, may mga operations tayong iba. Hindi necessarily pupunta sa giyera," he pressed.

In the latter part of his talk, Matteo encouraged everyone, especially the youth, to embrace nationalism.

“Whenever I see this flag, it makes me very, very proud to be Filipino, to be Cebuano, kumbaga. And I think you guys should do the same,” he enthused.

Matteo last appeared in the 2017 romance-drama "Can't Help Falling In Love" alongside Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

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