Coco Martin talks about making time for his first love

by Anj Sampayan
Jan 11, 2017
Despite his successes as an actor, Coco Martin aims for "simpleng kaligayahan lang."

When he's not busy with any project, Coco Martin has time for the things he enjoys.

One of them is his first love: basketball.

The FPJ's Ang Probinsyano star told the press, "Minsan kapag bakasyon ako, kahit mga two months iyan, diyan pumapasok iyan.

"Siyempre kailangan kong paghandaan yung mga role na gagampanan ko, dun ako mag-start mag-basketball ulit and mag-gym."

But since his series has been running for over a year, Coco found a way to mix a bit of pleasure with work.

He organized a basketball fest among his workmates in the teleserye.

"Actually noong nakaraan naman, kahit sobrang pagod at puyat, siningit ko pa rin nagkaroon ako ng activities.

"Nagpa-basketball ako sa buong staff and crew saka sa mga artista ng mga Ang Probinsyano."

Included in the photo were (L-R, top) Pepe Herrera, Marc Acueza, Arjo Atayde, Michael Roy Jornales (second to the right), and Rino Marco.

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(L-R, bottom) Lester Llansang, Marc Solis, John Prats, Coco Martin, and John Medina.

A photo posted by Coco Martin (@mr.cocomartin) on

During his press launch as the newest celebrity endorser of Cobra last January 7, 2017, at the West Avenue Suites in Quezon City, Coco revealed that when he started looking for work, his only wish was to have a regular job.

"Noong napunta na ako sa pagtatrabaho, sabi ko nga, bigyan lang ako ng regular na trabaho, kahit ano.

"And then, siguro ito yung destiny ko, binigay sa akin ng Diyos na pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho sa showbiz."

The 35-year-old actor then promised himself to give the career his best shot and prioritize it.

"Ayun na naging busy na yung lifestyle ko sa pagtatrabaho, yung activities, yung sports, minsan na lang talaga.

"Actually, before naman talaga ako pumasok sa showbiz, wala akong ibang ginawa kundi mag-basketball nang mag-basketball, siyempre bilang kabataan, mas active."


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What kind of player is he?

"Mas more on sa defense ako, e.

"Actually, ganitong naglalaro kami, ako ang playing coach kasi mas doon ako sa strategy more than sa pagiging offensive.

"Kumbaga siyempre, lahat naman ng Pinoy, ano tayo sa basketball 'tsaka sa boxing."

Like any other hoops fan, Coco has basketball idols.

"Yan si Stephen Curry, pero sa local, matagal na akong hindi nakakanood. Dati [panahon] pa nina Ato Agustin, nila [Nelson] Asaytono, ang tagal na."

Now, "Idol ko talaga si James Yap, sobrang idol ko si James Yap."

Aside from basketball, the ABS-CBN star told PEP that he's also into biking.

"Dahil lagi niyo akong nakikitang busy, tinatanong ako, ano namang fulfillment, anong regalo mo sa sarili mo nung Christmas?

"Sabi ko, bike."

A photo posted by Coco Martin (@mr.cocomartin) on

On Instagram, he wrote, "Bike ang susi sa traffic sa Pilipinas."

He added during the presscon, "Dun ako nag-e-enjoy e kapag nakakakita ako ng nature, nakakapag-isip-isip ka habang nagba-bike ka.

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"Yun, simpleng kaligayahan lang."

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