For the first time, Coco Martin opens the doors to his 2,000-square-meter sprawling new home in Fairview, which took three years to build.
The Kapamilya actor tells YES! magazine that it is the result of all the hard work he has done in show business for the past 10 years.
It is a symbol of how far he has come, from struggling actor to A-list star.
"Ang tagal ginawa ’yong bahay, kasi ipon, ipon, ipon,” he says.
"Kasi dahan-dahan lang, ayoko kasing biglain. Natakot naman akong mangutang sa bangko, kasi alam mo naman ’yong work natin— minsan okey, ’tapos biglang mawawala.
"Sabi ko, pag ni-loan ko ’to, baka hatakin sa ’kin. ’Yon ’yong pinakamasakit na mangyayari sa buhay ko.”
Coco wanted to make sure that the construction of his home wouldn’t put an enormous strain on him, whether financially or emotionally.
He didn’t want the stresses of paying off a debt.
The solution: Coco accepted all the projects offered to him so that he could fund the construction debt-free.
“Ang ginawa ko, hinataw ko siya, kumbaga,” he says, flashing his signature grin.
“Nagpursige ako nang nagpursige sa mga raket. Sa mga out-of-the-country shows—kunwari pack up ako ngayon ng taping—kahit wala akong tulog, uuwi lang ako para maligo, dire-diretso agad ako, gano’n.
"’Tapos, mayroon ’yong mga kanta-kanta sa mga mall, mga piyesta-piyesta, magdya-judge ng contest, magri- ribbon-cutting, magpa-parade, kakaway... Kung ano-anong raket!”
Coco also gave YES! a tour of his old home in Novaliches, showing us the simple two-bedroom bungalow he grew up in.
“Three years ago lang ako lumipat,” he tells us.
Until 2011, he was living in his grandmother’s modest house even though he had already appeared in high-rating ABS-CBN teleseryes such as Tayong Dalawa (2009) and Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo (2010).
The talented actor also showed us the jeepney and three tricycles that he bought when he was just starting in show business.
“Nabili ko ’yan [tricycle] no’ng nag-i-indie pa ako, before pa nangyari lahat,” he says. “Noong nakaipon ako, ang unang-unang binili ko, tricycle.”
He was also able to buy a jeepney, but not without Herculean effort.
He recalls needing just P100,000 more to get the jeepney for his father. At that time, he was already appearing in a teleserye on ABS-CBN.
“Hindi ko makalimutan. From taping, dumiretso ako ng Ilocos. May kasama lang akong isang driver. Habang natutulog ako sa van, driver ko ang nagda- drive. Pagkagising ko, palit naman kami, gano’n.”
When we asked Coco what he had to do in Ilocos to get the coveted one hundred thousand pesos, he said, without missing a beat, “Debut! Kakanta po sa debut! After that, pagkakanta ko sa Ilocos, alis na ulit kami. Palitan ulit kami. Awang-awa ako sa sarili ko.” Then he laughs.
Coco shares more stories about his humble beginnings, his career highs and lows, and his personal life in the YES! January 2015 issue.
The 33-year-old actor also gives readers a complete tour of his new home—including his bedroom, theater, game room, music room, gym, gazebo, and guesthouse.
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