Coco Martin on why he won't live the life of a celebrity: “Alam ko 'yong kung paano 'yong pagiging wala—wala naman dating pumapansin sa ’yo."

When exhaustion hits Coco Martin, the Indie Prince turns to his family and old friends. “Binabalikan ko lang ‘yong mga bagay na nami-miss ko, which is ‘yong dati kong buhay.”


All work and no play—but it hasn't made Coco Martin a dull boy.

The Indie Prince does not complain about not getting enough sleep or lack of quality time with his family.

He is frank enough to say that he wants to take all the opportunities that are coming his way now.

Recently, he was busy juggling his time among the ABS-CBN television series Walang Hanggan, the Star Cinema movie Born to Love You, and the indie film Sta. Niña.

In between these projects, Coco also had to make time for photo shoots with various publications and those lucrative endorsement deals.

“Alam ko, matatapos din ito,” he said about being one of the hottest celebrities today.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media chatted with him during the press conference of his new indie film, the Cinemalaya entry Sta. Niña.

THE WINDFALL. Coco started his showbiz career as an indie actor. After jumping into mainstream showbiz, he started getting more acting jobs, as well as endorsement deals.

These offers fill up his daily schedule, leading him to work overtime nearly all the time.

Coco recalled, “Halos three years na yata akong hindi natutulog, e.

"Halos simula nang pumasok ako sa TV, e, halos every day akong nagwo-work.

“Kung wala man akong taping, siyempre, may mga out of town shows kami, out of the country.”

Asked when he last had time for himself, Coco laughed, “Parang di totoo ‘no? Pero sa totoo lang, wala.”

He added, “Minsan nga hindi kami nagkikita ng lola ko, e. Pagdating ko doon [sa bahay] matutulog. Pagkagising ko, maliligo. Tapos kakain, aalis na.”

The Walang Hanggan actor says he has gotten so used to this kind of schedule, he actually gets bored when he has a free day.

“'Yong isang araw pa lang na nasa bahay ako at walang ginagawa, naiinip ako, nalulungkot ako.

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"Dumating 'yong dalawang araw yata, wala akong ginagawa, parang na-depress ako,” he said frankly.

But although he has conditioned his mind and body to work overtime, Coco admitted there are still times when he feels totally exhausted.

“May time na ganun. Minsan naaawa na ako sa sarili ko,” he confessed with a smile.

“May time na hindi na ako nakakapunta sa salon para magpagupit. Talagang pumupunta na 'yong maggugupit sa akin.

“Minsan may time na kailangan kong mag-workout kasi nga may pinaghahandaan akong project, hindi ako nagpupunta ng gym.

“‘Yong instructor ang nagpupunta sa taping ko. Hindi ako nagdi-dinner, para makapag-workout lang.”

AVOIDING BURNOUTS. What does Coco do to prevent getting burned out?

“Bumabalik ako sa dati kong [buhay],” he answered.

“Pumupunta ako sa mga dati kong kaibigan, pumupunta ako sa dating lugar namin.

“Kumbaga, binabalikan ko lang 'yong mga bagay na nami-miss ko, which is 'yong dati kong buhay.”

Also, when this moment comes, Coco just starts thinking that it’s all part of his job.

“Naiintindihan ko. Sabi ko nga, alam ko na kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng burnout.

“Dati, hindi ko naiintindihan ‘yon, minsan 'yong sobrang pagod.”

The burnout feeling fades, said Coco, when he starts thinking about his family, who always give him inspiration and to whom he dedicates all his hard work.

“Siguro, nasa tamang edad na ako kung bakit ako ganito mag-isip, at dahil nga sa pinanggalingan ko.

“Hindi naman lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng ganitong oportunidad kaya sinasamantala ko na.”

TAKING FAMILY OUT OF SHOWBIZ. In his few years in showbiz, Coco already has an idea about how crazy life can be in this industry.

So, to avoid further stress, he tries not to get his family involved in his job.

He told PEP and the rest of the media present: “Pagdating talaga sa bahay, never namin pinag-uusapan ang work.

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“Ayaw na ayaw kong pinag-uusapan ang trabaho kasi ayaw ko silang ma-involve sa trabaho ko.

"Sa showbiz kasi, masakit, e, lalo na kung mayroon silang maririnig o mababasa tungkol sa akin.

“Siyempre, hindi naman lahat ng tao gusto ako, ayaw ko naman silang masaktan.”

When he gets home, Coco just wants to take his mind away from showbiz and go back to living a simple life.

He said, “Hangga’t maaari, ang gusto ko ay kung ano lang kami dati, 'yong simpleng pamumuhay at ordinaryong tao lang.

“Kaya ayaw kong ipasok sa kanila 'yong usapang showbiz.

“Never nangyari sa pamilya namin na tinanong ako na, ‘O, maganda ba si ganyan, mabait ba si ganyan?’”

NOT A CELEBRITY. Becoming famous has, of course, been beneficial to the popular indie actor, but the 30-year-old actor refuses to get used to it.

Coco explained, “Naiintindihan ko siya, pero ayaw ko siyang namnamin, kasi baka iyon ang maging way ko para tamarin akong magtrabaho, kapag in-enjoy ko masyado.

“Sabi ko nga, mas gusto ko na ‘yong nagpapaka-busy ako sa trabaho more than doon sa ine-enjoy mo ‘yong limelight ng pagiging artista.

“Kasi, diyan darating ‘yong makikipagkumparahan ka… Para sa akin kasi, nandito ako para magtrabaho.”

The actor also cannot imagine himself living the life of a celebrity.

He said, “Siguro kasi, bago pa man ako umabot dito ngayon, alam ko na agad ‘yong pinasok ko, na parang trabaho lang ‘to, nagtratrabaho lang ako. ‘Yon siguro ‘yong naging mindset ko.”

Coco credits this kind of attitude toward work to his roots: the indie community.

He continued, “Sabi ko nga, maganda ang [training] ng indie kasi bago ako dumating sa ngayon, naihanda ako.

“Kumbaga, alam ko ‘yong kung paano ‘yong pagiging wala—wala naman dating pumapansin sa ’yo.

“Kaya ngayon, lahat ng dumarating sa akin, sobra kong naa-appreciate.”

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