MANILA — Now at the tailend of his 30-day scout ranger training, photos of Matteo Guidicelli going through an obstacle course have made the rounds online, giving a glimpse of what he had termed as “grueling” undertaking.
A Facebook page dedicated to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, “We Support AFP,” shared photos of the actor-singer as he “stood up to all the challenges as he undergoes series of challenging physical obstacles while being timed with the aim of testing speed, endurance and agility.”
Guidicelli earlier surprised his fans when he shaved his head for the training, which started June 1. “It’s said to be one of the most grueling programs in the Armed Forces,” he wrote then.
Guidicelli, 29, officially joined the Army Reserve Command in mid-April, “because I love my country.”
At the time, he quoted Major Gen. Bernie Langub, commander of ARESCOM, in announcing his move to join the group: “The rank is emplaced near their heart because it means only those who have the heart to serve will be fit to wear the uniform. It is beyond the uniform, it is all about willingness to serve the country and being prepared for any eventuality.”
Guidicelli is said to be the only Army Reservist who asked to be enlisted in the leadership development course, according to Brig. Gen. Wilson Gonzales, commander of 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.
“This started few months ago when he visited us then he asked what is a Scout Ranger… He is really interested and asked if he can join the training,” Gonzales earlier said.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana lauded Guidicelli for his initiative to undergo the training.
“I really commend [his] volunteerism,” Sobejana said. “Iyong pinapakita niya is a manifestation that his sense of patriotism is napakataas.”
Prior to his entry as Army reservist, Guidicelli also joined the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in March alongside celebrities Erwan Heussaff and Nico Bolzico.