In a long Facebook post, Anne Curtis shared the story of how she became friends with 1st Lt. Bala Tamayo of the Special Forces 134 Vishnu Company. She also expressed her awe and gratitude to the brave soldiers who fought in Marawi, including Bala.
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“I met Bala when we were training and shooting with the Special Forces in Fort Magsaysay for BuyBust. He happened to offer oral rehydration salts during a very hot day in full battle gear and the rest is history. He became friends not only with myself, but with everyone [who was] part of the BuyBust squad,” she said.
“Shortly after, we learned that the troops were to go fight the war in Marawi. We somewhat kept in touch—which was great because we knew exactly what the soldiers needed during such a harsh time and sent over care packages to somehow boost their morale. Along with my care package, I sent over my @gopro to Bala—you see, he is actually a very good filmmaker and has done shorts for the Special Forces. His request to tell the story and experience the Marawi Siege from the boots of a soldier could not be left ungranted,” she added.
Anne continued: “His words were—‘I’ll return it if I survive this war. If I fall, my buddy will return it. That I promise.’ I told him that I knew he would NOT fall and HE would personally return the GoPro once the war is over.. and IT IS OVER. He returned it without even [a] scratch.
Anne then requested netizens to watch the actual war footage Bala took from the GoPro Bala borrowed.
“Watch how all the soldiers bravely fought for freedom and peace. A salute to all the troops that fought hard, fell, and survived fighting for peace in Marawi. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.” (http://push.abs-cbn.com/)