A Soldier’s Heart has exposed us to the hardship and triumphs of the men in uniform.
We see its lead stars not just playing their parts well, but actually personifying the ideals of the government combatants as real as it gets.
This is the reason why the main cast actually immersed themselves in rigid and strenuous military training to prepare themselves for their difficult roles in the series.
In so doing, the lead actors who play the troopers in the show have been granted real reservist ranks in the Philippine Army.
Last year, Gerald Anderson, Jerome Ponce, Nash Aguas, Elmo Magalona, and Yves Flores completed the 3-day Soldiers Skills Orientation Training and were all given the rank of Private in the Army Reserve Corps.
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Not only are these young actors serving as reservists in the military. Other celebrities were also bestowed special ranks by the different military branches. Other Kapamilya celebrities have also been given honorary ranks.
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Multi-awarded showbiz luminary and Batangas Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto, who last appeared in a Kapamilya teleserye through a special role in 100 Days to Heaven in 2011, and in the Star Cinema film “Everything About Her” opposite Angel Locsin and Xian Lim in 2016, is a commissioned reservist, with rank of Lieutenant Colonel under the Philippine Air Force.
Christopher de Leon
Another widely acclaimed and multi-awarded actor, Christopher de Leon, who will soon appear in the upcoming teleserye Love Thy Woman, is also reservist under the Philippine Navy with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, a prominent and acclaimed Kapamilya actor through the years and last seen in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode “Traysikel” in 2016 and the teleserye You’re My Home in 2015, is also a Navy reservist, holding the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Fil-Italian actor-athlete Matteo Guidicelli, also a prominent Kapamilya actor who last appeared on the 2018 fantasy series Bagani, enlisted in the Army last year and took a month-long Scout Ranger course. He was subsequently commissioned and granted the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
These Kapamilya celebrities would certainly inspire more citizens to follow their footsteps and volunteer to serve the country by enlisting as a military reserve.