Gerald Anderson now a reservist for the Philippine Army
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Kapamilya star Gerald Anderson is now a part of the Philippine army as a reservist.
According to an ABS-CBN News report, the 30-year-old actor completed a short military training course at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan on August 9. The course included 3 days of skill-building and orientation training.
Gerald, along with fellow actors Elmo Magalona, Nash Aguas, Yves Flores, and Jerome Ponce, are now reservists for the Philippine army.
The co-stars are reportedly preparing for their roles as soldiers for the ABS-CBN's upcoming series, A Soldier’s Heart.
In a video interview with The Philippine Star, Gerald talked about the training they underwent.
"Nag-training kami, nag-bootcamp kami. Hindi kami tinrato parang artista, which was very good lalo na sa ibang cast na parang first nilang gagawa ng ganung klaseng show,” Gerald shared.
(We went through training and bootcamp. We weren't treated like celebrities, which is good, especially since there were other cast members who haven't done this kind of show yet.)
“Every taping day sobrang excited kami kasi sobrang ganda ng mga eksena, kahit sobrang hirap. Sobrang nakakapagod s’ya physically pero exciting," he added.
(Every taping day we're all so excited because the scenes are great, even though they're difficult. It's very physically tiring but also very exciting.)
Gerald, who earlier went through military training in 2017 for film AWOL, reiterated that A Soldier's Heart would differ from his role in the 2009 teleserye, Tayong Dalawa, where he also played a soldier.
“Iba 'to, mas nagfocus talaga 'to sa buhay ng sundalo, sa pamilya, kung ano 'yung pinagdadaanan ng mga pamilya 'pag nasa gera 'yung mga asawa nila, tatay nila, anak n’ya. Hindi 'yan madali para sa pamilya,” Gerald said.
(This is different, because this will really focus on the lives of soldiers, their families, and what these families have to go through when their loved ones are at war. That is never easy for a family.)
He proceeded to share his admiration for our Philippine soldiers and the sacrifice they endure for their families and the country.
"Malapit din sa puso ko 'yung military at hindi tayo ganun ka-familiar kung ano talaga 'yung pinagdadaanan nila. Yung training palang, wala ka pa sa gera, sobra 'yung sacrifices," he said.
(The military is close to my heart. We're not familiar with what these soldiers actually go through. Their training alone entails many sacrifices, and they're not even at war yet.)
"Tapos pagdating d’yan, 50-50 pa 'yung buhay mo, hindi ka pa sigurado kung babalik ka pa. Habang tayo dito nasa aircon, natutulog ng maayos dahil sa mga pinaghirapan nila para sa’tin.”
(When you get to war, your chance of surviving is 50-50 – you're not even sure if you're going to return. And then here we are in airconditioned places, able to sleep soundly because of the sacrifices they do for us.)
In an Instagram post on August 10, Gerald talked about the lessons they learned during the training course. "Three days of the hardest training I have undergone .. These pictures don't give justice to it. We were pushed physically and mentally beyond our limits," he said.
"I have learned so much in just 3 days.. being the company commander taught me how to lead other people but most important how to lead myself and stay composed despite any situation. Only 2 hours of sleep for 3 days, more or less 10 seconds to eat your meal sometimes eating naka-dapa sa putikan, that teaches you a lot — patience,gratitude appreciation for even the small stuff. Being a Philippine Scout Ranger is being a real super hero. I appreciate your sacrifices men."