Coco Martin, na-feature sa Hong Kong newspaper na South China Morning Post

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Si Coco Martin ang subject ng March 20 edition ng Ceritalah, ang opinion column ni Karim Raslan ng South China Morning Post, ang popular English language newspaper sa Hong Kong.

May title na "Coco Martin is one of the Philippines’ biggest stars — because he’s an everyman" ang profound article ni Raslan.

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Isang writer na brutally frank ang impresiyon namin kay Raslan, base sa introduction niya tungkol kay Coco na puwedeng hindi ikatuwa ng mga tagahanga ng Ang Probinsyano star.

"Coco Martin is a Filipino everyman. In person, he’s shorter than you’d expect. Disarming; he’s also trim, handsome (but not too handsome) with an empathetic smile and warm eyes. When you meet him, he’s immediately familiar.

"He could be the mechanic from down the road, the kindly hospital orderly or the overseas foreign worker. Nondescript. Ordinary, but trustworthy," walang paliguy-ligoy na description ni Raslan sa popular Filipino actor.

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Mahaba ang article ni Raslan dahil hindi lamang ang acting career ni Coco ang kanyang tinalakay.

Nagawa rin ni Raslan na maging politically and socially relevant ang isinulat niya sa pamamagitan ng pagbanggit sa mga nangyayari sa ating bansa sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni President Rodrigo Duterte at sa tinatahak ng kuwento ng Ang Probinsyano.

Dahil sa popularidad ngayon ni Coco, ang pagkakaroon niya ng plano na pumasok sa pulitika o public service sa darating na panahon ang isa sa mga itinanong sa kanya ni Raslan.

"His talent and vision as an actor are undoubted. Will the paths taken by his Hollywood heroes Edward Norton and Sean Penn be enough? Or will public office be his ultimate goal?

"His answer is coy but telling: 'The Filipinos are survivors. All that we face, we are able to survive. We fall but we will rise up again. That’s how it is in reality.'"

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