Nash Aguas bares hardships of undergoing military training
After completing the Soldiers Skills Orientation Training recently, Nash Aguas took to social media to air his thoughts on the experience.
“MAHIRAP is an understatement to describe the training both physically and mentally,” he said in his Instagram post on Sunday, Aug. 11.
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MAHIRAP is an understatement to describe the training both physically and mentally. Physically mahirap dahil sa mga physical training tulad ng mag rappel ka sa 40ft tower, mag marcha ka sa bundok ng may 15kg na bag plus rifle, patrolling (simulation ng engkwentro sa kalaban) etc. Ang pinaka pahinga mo yung Mase-mase (military exercise) at tusok ulo. Mentally mahirap dahil swerte ka na pag may dalawang oras na tulog ka, matutulog ka sa putik habang umuulan, paparusahan ka kahit wala kang kasalanan, nung nilagnat ako ang sagot Mase-mase, kumakain kami ng sampung bilang ng nakadapa, tapos nung nahulog yung pagkain ko sa putik pinakain sakin yun. FIRST NIGHT mag quit na talaga ako to the point na tumakas ako para makatulog sa may bubong at makatawag sa bahay namin na sunduin na nila ako. Sa isip ko, “bakit ba ako nag volunteer?” hindi naman ako masel masel para kayanin lahat ng matitinding physical activities. Kapag tinuloy ko papatayin ko lang sarili ko. Pero kinausap ako nila Sergeant, na itong “MAHIRAP” na ginawa namin, ito yung “NORMAL” na buhay ng sundalo natin. Pag ikaw, nasa giyera, limited pagkain mo nalaglag yung sayo, aarte ka at magpapakagutom? Pag pinutukan ka ng kalaban kailangan mo dumapa eh ang natapat sayo tae ng kalabaw, magpapabaril ka kasi kadiri? Kaya lagi nila sinasabi sakin “Positive thinking” lagi. Seeing the good in every shitty situation you are in (minsan literal). Ang main point ng training is tatanggalin nila lahat ng civilian ways mo, pride, kaartehan, ego etc. tapos ibi-build ka nila to be a better person. Dahil dun at dahil na rin sa mga nakakwentuhang kong sundalo na kasama namin sa klase, na nagkwento ng kani-kanilang buhay, KINAYA ko. Wala pa po sa kalingkingan ang ginawa namin pero napaka laki po nang naging epekto nito sa buhay namin. Habang buhay ko po babaunin lahat ng aral na itinuro samin ng ating mga sundalo. Hindi po kaming mga artista ang dapat may fans, hindi po kami dapat iniidolo, kayo pong mga sundalo ang tunay na idol dahil sa panahon ngayon tayo mismong mga pilipino nag aaway away naghihilahan pababa,kayong mga sundalo ang may nag aalab na pagmamahal sa mga pilipino at sa ating bansa. Saludo po kami sa inyo.
He revealed that he had a tough time physically due to different drills he was asked to do—rappelling down a 40-foot tower and hiking up a mountain with a 15-kilogram bag, among others.
It was also mentally exhausting as he said he was lucky if he could sleep for two hours during the training period.
“FIRST NIGHT mag quit na talaga ako,” Aguas revealed. “To the point na tumakas ako para makatulog sa may bubong at makatawag sa bahay namin na sunduin na nila ako.”
(First night, I was really going to quit. To the point that I escaped to sleep near the roof and to call my house to tell them to pick me up.)
Aguas stated he doubted his decision to volunteer for the training, as he did not consider himself muscular enough to endure the intense physical activities.
“Kapag tinuloy ko papatayin ko lang sarili ko (If I continue this, I will just kill myself),” he said.
The actor’s view on the training changed when a sergeant spoke with him. The sergeant explained that the experiences Aguas labeled as “hard” were normal for the soldiers.
According to the actor, the main point of the training is to strip a person of all his civilian ways to mold him into better person.
He then went on to advise his fans and followers that it is not actors like him who people should idolize. Instead, they should look up to the soldiers for their love for the Philippines and the Filipinos.
“Saludo po kami sa inyo (We salute you),” Aguas said.
Aguas completed the training with fellow actors Gerald Anderson, Elmo Magalona and Jerome Ponce in Camp Tecson, Bulacan, last Friday, Aug. 9. They underwent the training as part of their preparation for their upcoming TV series together. They were all conferred the rank of private. /ra
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