Thursday, January 28, 2016

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach visits wounded soldiers at AFP Medical Center

MANILA (MB)-- BATTLE casualties and medical personnel were all starstruck when Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach visited the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) in V. Luna, Quezon City on Wednesday afternoon, January 27.

Cpl. Florencio Gacutan, a member of the Special Forces Regiment, cannot hide his excitement when the beauty queen came to visit him and 40 other wounded soldiers at the Heroes Ward 3A of the AFPMC.

“Tuwang-tuwa po ako nung nakita ko siya, medyo nanginginig tapos may halong tuwa,” said Gacutan who is now recuperating from an AK-47 gunshot wound at the left arm.

Gacutan added that he was touched when the newly crowned Miss Universe thanked him for his sacrifices for the country and wished for his speedy recovery.

“Sabi niya paano daw ako natamaan, tapos sabi niya na nagpapasalamat daw siya sa pagtatangol sa ating bansa at sana magpagaling daw ako, magpagaling daw kami,” said the elite Army trooper.

The 28-year-old Gacutan, a native of Cagayan, was wounded during a meeting engagement with rebel forces in Agusan Del Sur last Nov. 16. He has served with the Special Forces Regiment for six years now.

A “Binibining Pilipinas” brown paper bag filled with souvenir items was later given to Gacutan and his fellow wounded soldiers.

After posing for pictures with military battle casualties, Wurtzbach also posed for pictures with other patients and medical staff.

The beauty queen said she enjoyed her visit to the wounded troops.

“It’s very nice to hear their stories, very touching, they say its their day but I feel its my day,” said Wurtzbach.

“Interesting naman kasi yung mga stories nila, so ako I sincerely enjoyed,” she added.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces deputy chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina thanked Wurztbach for coming to the AFPMC, saying that the visit of the reigning Miss Universe “really uplifted the spirits of our soldiers.”

“This is a once in a lifetime experience, we really are grateful for her visit,” said Fallorina.

Wurtzbach’s visit was arranged by the Makati Medical Center Foundation. People living with HIV from outside the hospital were also brought in to meet her.

Manila Bulletin: 27 Jan 2016 by Elena L. Aben


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