Sarah Geronimo tried talking Matteo Guidicelli out of the Scout Ranger training

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — Pop princess Sarah Geronimo was shocked at the living conditions of her boyfriend, actor Matteo Guidicelli, during his Scout Ranger training that she tried talking him out of the 30-day program.

“She visited me one time in the middle of the course. She came in and I showed her around. When she saw the tent and our living quarters, where we lived in. She said, ‘Love, hala. Iuwi muna kita. [Gosh, love. Let me take you home,]’” Guidicelli told CNN Philippines’ The Source on Friday.

Guidicelli revealed that they were strictly regimented — sleeping as late as 1 a.m. and waking up just two hours after, only being allowed to eat for as little as 20 to 30 seconds, and sleeping on the floor in a self-made tent.

“In reality, it’s tough, not just physically but mentally. People shouting at you all the time. Parang [It’s like] you don’t understand what you’re doing and what you’re going through,” he said.

But luckily he had help from his scout mates, who were almost 10 years younger than the 29-year-old actor. Guidicelli also enjoyed the support of his family, his management and Geronimo, who were all initially apprehensive about his desire to join the reserve force.

During Geronimo’s visit to the Guidicelli’s camp, the actor asked the singer if she pitied him. Guidicelli recalled that she replied with, “‘Eh gusto mo ‘yan love, eh.’”

He admitted that he wanted to quit during the first four days of training, but his resolve was stronger. “I’d always go back to the fact why am I here, why did I do this,” he said.

Second Lieutenant Guidicelli graduated last month as the top of the class composed of 97 other cadets, who were mostly Philippine Military Academy cadets. He also received special citations.

After the intensive training that no other celebrity has completed yet, Guidicelli said he has a renewed respect for uniformed personnel.

“Before going through the camp, I had so much respect for soldiers, but now that I’m part of the Army na and I went through what they went through, talagang my respect for them is beyond words. You cannot explain. There’s a lot of people that don’t understand. There’s a lot of people who criticize, they don’t understand. They will never understand,” he said.

Guidicelli also encourages everyone, other celebrities included, to join the reserve force.