Fighting for love: Soldiers engaged amid field ops

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — Courage is a given for soldiers thrust into the battlefield, but one trooper in Sultan Kudarat mustered a different kind of courage for a special reason — that is, to propose to his girlfriend.

While resting at their patrol base amid a combat operation against terrorists, Corporal Denemar Albani professed his love for Private Christine Porcadilla.

It was a tense moment among the other members of the Special Reaction Platoon of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, who were anticipating Albani's next move.

With the aid of four troopmates who were each holding a piece of paper bearing the words "Will you marry me?", the 27-year-old radioman knelt down on one knee and popped the big question to Porcadilla.

Porcadilla, a 26-year-old combat medic, blushed with elation and snappily replied, "Yes, sergeant."

The rest of the platoon applauded and playfully teased the newly-engaged couple, repeatedly urging them to kiss.

Porcadilla gave her new fiancee a peck on the cheek, which Albani reciprocated, much to the delight of their troopmates.

The two then sought their permit to marry from their battalion commander Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, who shared words of wisdom to the couple.

"Hindi madali ang buhay mag-asawa, lalo na't parehas kayong sundalo. Kailangan magre-respetuhan tayo, wala nang ranggo ranggo pagdating sa bahay, minsan ang asawa ang magiging boss. Magmahalan kayong tunay," Cabunoc said.

[Translation: Married life isn't easy, moreso because you're both soldiers. You need to respect each other. There are no ranks at home, sometimes your wife or husband may be the boss. Love each other truly.]

He then granted their permit to marry and congratulated the two on their new endeavor, proving that love can truly bloom even in the battlefield.