Even though Coco Martin was unable to promote Agimat Presents Tonyong Bayawak, the actor was glad to know that his newest TV series is being widely watched among households located all over the country.
According to TNS nationwide ratings results, the final episode of Pepeng Agimat and the March 2 pilot episode of Tonyong Bayawak garnered a 32.7 percent rating, allowing it to land in the second post in the top 20 programs that day.
Last Saturday, March 6, the episode registered a 29.3 percent rating according to TNS data.
Based on data gathered by AGB Nielsen from Mega Manila households, Tonyong Bayawak was able to beat its competitor by posting a rating of 23.3 percent last March 6.
In the March 6 episode, the wife of Tonyo, Maring (played by Alessandra de Rossi), was killed. This prompted Tonyo to leave his house with his child and vow to do everything to seize the criminals and exact revenge.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to chat with Coco Martin after he took part in the Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig project. Acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza was tapped by ABS-CBN Foundation to shoot a commercial that would encourage everyone to do their part in revitalizing the Pasig river. Aside from Coco, Zaijian Jaranilla of May Bukas Pa fame will also lend his talent to the project.
"Tapos ko na i-shoot ang Tonyong Bayawak. Actually, parang one year in the making yun kasi sabay kami nag-shoot ni Gerald [Anderson] nung ginawa niya yung Tiagong Akyat. Nung una, kinakabahan ako kasi yung look ko nag-iiba. May prosthetics na nilalagay."
How long does it take for him to complete his look as Tonyong Bayawak?
"Noong una, mga four hours nila kinakabit sa akin [yung mga scales] hanggang sa naging three hours, two hours, at naging one hour. Finally, naging ten seconds kasi gumawa sila ng sinusuot na lang para magmukhang scales. Parang nagkakaroon ako ng balat ng bayawak every time na nagagalit ako or ginagamit ko yung powers ko."
Coco revealed that he had to do some adjustments when it came to his acting style.
"Nung una, pag pinanood mo yung Tonyong Bayawak, para kang nanonood ng MMK [Maalaala Mo Kaya, the drama anthology show of ABS-CBN]. Heavy ako, e, pero ang target market namin mga bata kaya sabi ng director, dapat light, relaxed lang ang atake," recalled Coco.
"Thankful rin ako kina Tessie Tomas, Jhong Hilario, Nikki Gil, kasi tinutulungan nila ako. Never ko pang na-experience ang mga light [romance] pati kilig na eksena."
Because of his dedication to his craft, Coco opts to do most of the stunts himself. "After the Tayong Dalawa incident na na-aksidente yung mukha ko, nag doble ingat ang ABS-CBN. Pero ako, nanggaling ako sa indie [filmmaking] kaya hangga’t maaari, lahat yun gagawin yun. Ako kasi ayoko ng daya. Yung acting-aktingan lang, hindi ko maaarte. Kailangan, para maka-arte ako, kailangan totoo. Instinct ang gumagana sa akin, ayokong pine-peke lang ang isang bagay."
It will be recalled that Coco was involved in an accident on the set of the defunct ABS-CBN show Tayong Dalawa last September 15, 2009.
The third installment starring Coco Martin comes at the heels of Tiagong Akyat (which was topbilled by Gerald Anderson) and Pepeng Agimat (which was topbilled by Jolo Revilla). The final installment will feature Jake Cuenca in Elias Paniki.
Dondon Santos helms Agimat Presents Tonyong Bayawak, which airs every Saturday right after TV Patrol on ABS-CBN.