Limlingan: Actors in military training

The Advocate

GIAN Matteo Fernan Guidicelli, better known as Matteo Guidicelli and the grandson of the late senator and Chief Justice Marcelo B. Fernan, is a Filipino-Italian actor, model, karting driver, triathlete, and singer. Aside from such, he is a member of the Army Reserve Command, making him a reservist ready for active military service if needed.

Recently, Matteo finished his Scout Ranger Orientation and Leadership Development Course in which the actor received a military commendation medal for initiating cleanup drives in schools in Bulacan, distributing school supplies, and inspiring the youth. He likewise received a special recognition for getting the highest grade (95.02 percent) among the 97 students in the class.

Gerald Anderson, another well-known actor, is now a reservist for the Philippine Army too. Very recently, he graduated from a three-day military training course at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan.

The 30-year-old actor, along with fellow actors Elmo Magalona, Nash Aguas, Yves Flores, Carlo Aquino, and Jerome Ponce, graduated as reservists for the Philippine Army. They undertook and completed a short military training course that included skill-building and basic orientation training.

Since the two are major actors in Philippine cinema and television, the military trainings they had have been much publicized and even inspiring the youth to enter into training and eventually in the military service.

Somehow, the two actors are giving examples to the public that, despite their profession as thespians and their lucrative, youthful lifestyle, they can undergo training.

The two admitted that they survived the grueling routines of military training including the physical exercises, mental torture, and fatigue. They have also learned the value of discipline and the sacrifices of soldiers in doing their role of serving the country.

Guidicelli and Anderson made good. They made themselves as ideal examples of good citizens of our country who are willing to serve and ready to defend the motherland. Despite the briefness of their training, they have contributed their part in creating awareness to our youth that we are duty-bound to render service to our country even if it only means being in the reserved force of the military.

President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a law that requires the youth to undergo mandatory military training. Perhaps he can tap actors in inspiring lawmakers to finally enact a law that requires such training. Actors can also be examples for the youth to have their basic military training.


Speaking of the youth, the Hon. Gabriel Moshe T. Lacson, president of the Sangguniang Kabataan Pampanga Federation and ex-officio board member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, is also making good in leading youth leaders become responsible public servants. Among his many programs for the youth is on entrepreneurship.

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, SK officials from cities and municipalities in the province actively participated in the recently held "Seminar on Entrepreneurial Mind-Setting and Values Formation for the Youth" held at a function hall in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando.

The activity was held in line with the celebration of the Linggo ng Kabataan held last week. BM Lacson in his dynamic style of leading the youth, aims at discovering and developing young entrepreneurs to make more jobs in the province.

I've heard he is bent on making a good change in the SK particularly in leading the federation towards more programs, projects and activities intended for the young. Keep it up BM!


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