Coco Martin on Maja Salvador and Julia Montes: “Pareho kong mahal 'yan!”

According to Coco Martin, he cannot choose between Maja Salvador and Julia Montes because the two are both special to him. “Kasi una, pareho silang magaling na artista, parehong maganda, kumbaga napakarami naming trabaho na pinagsamahan. Kung papipiliin ako hindi ko rin talaga alam. At saka pareho kong mahal 'yan, e. Yung mga taong 'yan!"




Coco Martin returns to Primetime Bida for the TV adaptation of Fernando Poe Jr.’s movie, Ang Probinsyano.

In this ABS-CBN teleserye, he will be paired anew with Maja Salvador.

They first worked together in the 2009 afternoon teleserye Nagsimula sa Puso, and their last project together was the 2011 primetime teleserye Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.

Coco told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters during the digital media conference of Ang Probinsyano last Wednesday, September 16, that this project fulfills his long-time wish to work again with Maja.

“Una, honestly, sobrang excited ako noong ano… kasi siyempre four years ago noong huli kaming nagkasama ni Maja dun sa soap opera.

“And then siyempre, honestly minsan may tao kang makakatrabaho na hahanap at hahanapin mo.

“Minsang merong compatibility dun sa katrabaho mo.

“And then medyo matagal na nga kaming hindi nagkakatrabaho ni Maj, everytime na nagkikita kami dito sa ABS-CBN o sa ibang gathering, lagi ko talagang ina-ano na sana magkatrabaho kami, either sa movie o sa soap opera.

“Pero medyo matagal binigay, four years nga."

The drama star also admitted that they waited for Maja to finish her previous teleserye, Bridges of Love.

“Actually, hinintay namin siya after noong Bridges [of Love].

“And then ayon, yung pagtatrabaho namin sa taping, mas naging matured kasi that time [ng Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin], medyo bagets pa kami ng konti.

“Tapos mas kilala na namin ang isa’t isa, lalong-lalo na ako, mas nakilala na niya ako na pagdating sa trabaho ko, medyo mabusisi ako, e.

“At saka talagang naka-tutok ako sa bawat trabaho ko. Ngayon mas naiintindihan na ni Maja yun.”


DUAL ROLES. In Ang Probinsyano, Coco will play two roles.

During the first part of the soap opera, he will play Ador, a policeman who will try to discover who is the mastermind behind a child trafficking syndicate.

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However, in the course of his mission, Ador will be killed.

His uncle (played by Jaime Fabregas) will then find Ador’s missing twin brother Cardo (also played by Coco) in the province. He will convince Cardo to go with him and pretend that he is Ador.

In Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Coco also played the twins Alexander and Javier Del Tierro.

Coco differentiated the two projects that required him to bring life to dual roles.

“Unang-una, medyo malayo yung kwento nila. Yung Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin kasi is about the NPA and then a soldier, ito naman, it’s about the kapulisan.

“Malayo, malayo yung comparison. At saka sa Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin kasi sabay yung character ko, e.

Coco clarified, “Ito naman may kailangan akong gampanan, kailangan kong gampanan yung pagkatao ng kapatid ko, ng kakambal ko.

“Maaaring yun lang dahil kambal ako tapos si Maja yung kasama ko, kaya medyo may pagkahawig nga siya.”

Which character is more challenging to portray?

“Honestly, mas nahirapan ako kay Cardo, dun sa pangalawang character ko, kasi medyo bargas siya, e. Actually mas interesting sa mata ng mga tao.

“Definitely, hindi sa pambobola, noong binubuo namin yung character ni Ador, ina-ano ko, ano ba yung limitation, ano ba yung mga nuances, ano ba yung mga mannerisms ni Ador.

“Isa lang ang sinabi sa akin, ‘Kung ano si Coco.’ That’s it.

“Kaya noong time niya, parang wala akong ligaw kasi alam ko yung rules, kilala ko yung pagkatao ko.

The 33-year-old actor added, “Noong Cardo, mas doon ako nag-adjust kasi kailangan ko siyang baliin, e, kung ano ba yung habits, ano ba yung mannerism, ano ba yung ano na para iba naman.

“At saka ito talaga yung mahabang character, e, ano yung bago kong maipapakita sa ating mga manunuod.”


TRAINING. In the press conference, Coco also shared how he trained for his policeman role in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

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According to Coco, he already had his training when he played a SAF 44 soldier in Maalaala Mo Kaya early this year. However, he insisted that they should still have policeman training with all the cast members.

“Naghanda po kami na parang…kasi noong nag MMK po ako, nag-training na po ako dun, e.

“Pero sinabi ko dito, kina-kailangang magtraining, kung ano talaga yung pinaka-basic.

“Kumbaga, nagkaroon kami ng one week training. Nagpunta po kami sa PNPA [Philippine National Police Academy], sinabayan po namin lahat ng mga estudyante po doon.

“Parang sinabi nga namin, naging advantages po namin yung hindi during the taping, doon pa lang kami nag-re-rehearse or nag-pa-practice kasi iba po ang galaw ng totoong nag-aaral ng pulis kesa sa ordinaryong tao.

“Kaya noong sinu-shoot po namin, mas naging madali siya kasi mismong isang linggo, ito pong direktor namin [Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco], kasama po naming nag-te-training pati lahat po ng staff para hindi namin siya dayain. Para alam naman namin paano gagampanan.”

Last May, Coco--and his co-stars Arjo Atayde and Lester Llansang-shaved their hair for their policeman training.

Read: Coco Martin shaves hair for remake of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano


Coco revealed that shaving his hair is not originally required for the training.

“Noong sinu-shoot namin yun, hindi naman kami required magpakalbo kasi siyempre marami kaming artista, ang tendency marami kaming iba’t ibang proyektong ginagawa.

“Pero dahil nandoon na kami, dahil siguro masyado na kaming nadala noong mga character na ginagampanan namin, parang lahat kasi ng mga kasama doon mga totoong nagpupulis.

“Kumbaga, siyempre, nakakahiya na rin na sinimulan na natin, nahirapan na tayo, pinagdaanan na natin lahat, kumbaga sagarin na natin.”


MAJA OR JULIA. During the last part of the digital media conference, Coco took part in a fast talk session wherein he was given questions with only two options given.

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The biggest question he had to answer that night was: Maja Salvador or Julia Montes?

Julia was Coco’s former screen partner in three projects: teleseryes Walang Hanggan in 2012 and Ikaw Lamang in 2014, and the 2013 movie A Moment in Time.

The Ang Probinsyano star answered, “Hindi ko alam!”

The press then teased Coco that he might be playing safe that’s why he opted not to choose anyone.

However, he clarified, “Hindi dahil playing safe.

“Kasi una, pareho silang magaling na artista, parehong maganda, kumbaga napakarami naming trabaho na pinagsamahan.

“Kung papipiliin ako hindi ko rin talaga alam.

Coco added, “At saka pareho kong mahal 'yan, e. Yung mga taong 'yan!

“Hindi ko alam, pareho siguro.”


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