"Espesyal sa akin ito!" exclaimed Coco Martin about his two PEP List awards from PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
Coco is The PEP LIST Year 4 Editors' Choice for Male TV Star of the Year and Teleserye Actor of the Year for FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
The ABS-CBN actor won for his performance as a police officer in the primetime series Ang Probinsyano. It aired its pilot episode on September 28, 2015 and has been extended until 2018.
He accepted his two trophies during the launch of the Ang Panday mobile game, which is now available for Android phones.
"Every time na nagkaka-award ako, sobrang meaningful sa akin talaga.
"Napu-fulfill ko yung paghihirap na pinagdadaanan namin.
"Hindi lang para sa akin ito kundi para sa amin lahat na bumubuo ng Ang Probinsyano kaya sobrang sarap ng pakiramdam," said Coco in an interview held yesterday, October 28, at the SMX Convention Center.
How does he feel that out of all teleserye actors, he was the one chosen to take home this trophy?
"Nakaka-proud. Sobrang thank you po talaga. I love you!
"Maraming-maraming salamat po talaga dito!"
After receiving his two trophies, a birthday cake was brought out for Coco who will be celebrating his 36th birthday on November 1.
Coco said about his past awards, "Yung mga trophies na napapalanunan ko, iniingatan ko po saka laging nililinis.
"Alam ko tatanda ako, pero ito po ang magiging memory ko sa mga projects na ginawa ko."
When asked how many awards he has received so far, he said with a smile, "Marami-rami na po, pero ang sarap po talaga sa pakiramdam.
"Sa bawat proyektong ginagawa ko, sana ma-recognize at ma-appreciate po ng mga tao."
DIREK COCO. Aside from being a creative consultant for Ang Probinsyano, Coco is now serving as the director for the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Ang Panday.
He said he relies on "instinct and gut feel" when it comes to coming up with ideas.
He explained, "Nung bata pa lang ako, lagi akong may [suggestions].
"Hanggang sa na-involve na ko sa mga indie films.
"Mahilig kasi akong makinig. Natatandaan ko yun from experience.
"Every time na may project ako, extra man ako o kung bida man ako, hindi mo ako makikita na naka-standby sa set. Lagi akong nasa set mismo.
"Nakikinig ako kung paano binubuo ang isang eksena, paano umaarte ang artista, paano nagdidirek ang direktor.
"Mahilig akong makinig at dumating ang point na nabibigyan ako ng chance na ilabas ang boses ko at dun ko na-share ang mga ideas ko."