KAMAKAILAN ay sumali si Matteo Guidicelli sa Philippine Army bilang Army Reservist. Ngayon ay pinaghahandaan na ng aktor ang gagawing 45-day training program bilang isang Scout Ranger ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Mangyayari ang nasabing military training sa Camp Tecson sa Bulacan.
“I’ll be gone for one month. I’m entering the military. I’ll be in the military for one month. I’m entering on May 27 then I’ll be out July 1. It’s not normal military, it’s a scout ranger school,” pagbabahagi ni Matteo.
Hindi raw inakala ng binata na matutupad ang mga pinapangarap lamang niya noon. “Actually hindi ko naman plano talaga eh. It was never planned na ito na gusto ko na talaga. but back when I was in college, I was always walking to my dorm. Sa Amerika kasi mayroong mga booth na parang ‘Join the Military’ and I was tempted to go inside. But I never had the courage to do so. Few months back, the people of sky diving were rangers. People from the military and I got close with them. Sabi ko, ‘How can I be like you?’” natatawang kwento ng aktor.
Ayon kay Matteo ay talagang malaki ang paghanga niya sa mga sundalong laging nakahandang makipaglaban at itaya ang sariling buhay para sa bayan.
“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. We have hundreds of soldiers who die 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 everyday a new opportunity came,” paglalahad ng binata.
Hinihikayat din ng aktor ang iba pang mga kabataan na sumubok at magkaroon ng interes na pumasok sa military. “This is my advocacy on reminding the Filipino youth to be proud to be Filipino. To look at the flag and say, ‘I’m Pinoy and proud to be Filipino,” pagtatapos niya. -Reports from JCC-