Wandering inside the heart of a valiant soldier would be such a roller-coaster ride. These dauntless men may look unbreakable on the façade but in their soul dwells a beautiful concoction of tranquil dreams for their families, hunger for peace, and penchant for true love. Take a look at the life of Michael Mendoza, played by brilliant actor Nash Aguas, in the Kapamilya series A Soldier’s Heart.
At a young age, Michael was forced to become the family’s breadwinner. “Mahirap lang po kami. Kailangan ko po ng trabaho,” was his heart-wrenching words when asked why he wanted to join the military. But despite the impoverished living and other difficulties, his dream of becoming an army has never took a backseat. And one day, just as when he least expected it, Michael was finally given the ticket to pursue his dreams.
He was considered an underdog, quite a stubby dreamer among a bunch of muscular men. But what he lacked in physical strength and aptitude, he made up for in determination and faith. Michael has been rejected a lot of times and has never moved past the initial screenings, forcing him to work as a ’striker’ in the base for almost a year. In that span of time, he juggled different kinds of ‘raket’ to still be able to provide for his family’s needs while waiting for his chance to become a candidate soldier.
After patiently waiting, he finally made it to the official trainings and he graduated six months after. The life in the training camp was far from easy and Michael encountered bumps along the way. Fortunately, he found help and comfort in his buddies. Joy and pride echoed around their little home as he returned as a man of uniform.
His life may have always been a never-ending battlefield but Michael is always equipped with the courage to still smile amidst the challenges. He remained fun loving and positive. Everyone’s favorite striker is also the battalion’s source of hilarious shenanigans, the camp clown whose humor makes each obstacle more bearable. And he is the batch’s lover boy as well, having been precisely hit by Cupid’s arrow when he fell in love with a governor’s daughter.
From bearing loads of goods as a porter in the market to carrying heavy armour into combat, Michael is the epitome of a real dreamer. No bullet could ever kill his extreme tenacity.