Coco Martin


Coco Martin, His generation’s finest first-rate Actor


By Xtopher Cunanan

After eight years in the showbiz industry, ABS-CBN’s “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” star and hearthrob Coco Martin did not stop from wowing his audience, both old and young alike.  As an aficionado of the underground arts and a self-baptized accolade in the indie-movie genre, he has not only proven his worth with critics everywhere but also in the majority of Pinoy hearts everywhere.


His bulk of work  in the Philippine cinema are ‘Masahista,’ ‘Tirador,’ ‘Serbis,’ ‘Jay,’ ‘Kinatay,’ ‘Sa Yo Lamang’ and ‘Noy.’  Along with veteran actresses namely Cherry Pie Picache and Gina Pareño, Coco is also a recipient of the prestigious Aktor ng Dekada by the Gawad Urian.


He was once an underrated actor who used to appear in independent films only. It was during his “Tayong Dalawa” stint where he shone the most as the name of the intangible villain, Ramon Lecumberri became a household name.



Coco Martin as Javier in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin

“Isa talaga sa mga gusto ko ay ang makapag-contribute pa sa industriya sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng best ko na deserve ng manonood,” the “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” star said with a smile.



Coco is a self-confessed fan of Filipino films. He enjoys doing mainstream and indie films as he appeared in roughly 22 films in his eight years in showbiz.


In “Noy,” where he is one of the creators and producers, Coco got the chance to be involved in all the film’s aspects. “Alam kong kahit papaano sa ‘Noy,’ kahit hindi siya isang blockbuster na pelikula, marami akong natutunan – kung gaano kahirap maging producer lalo na sa panahon ngayon. Ang balik lang talaga sa akin ay yung ma-recognize ng mga Pilipino at ma-realize nila na kaya nating makipagsabayan sa mundo.”


On the other hand, his role in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin is even more exigent but Coco exclaims “Maganda yung

Coco Martin as Alexander in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin

laging may challenge yung character na bibibigyang-buhay kasi mas nago-grow rin kami bilang artista,” said Coco. He adds, “Kaya po itong papel ko dito sa “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin,” malaking tulong po ito sa akin para mas mahasa ko pa po yung pag-arte ko. Hindi po talaga biro ang gumanap ng dalawang role sa isang television series.”



The plot of the teleserye is military life, Alexander graduates magna cum laude from the Philippine Military Academy upon the prodding of the grandfather (Ronaldo Valdez) to be a soldier like him. Alexander felt miserable all his life due to his being unloved by his grandfather and own mother. It was his father who made up for the love he was looking for.


On the other hand, Javier belongs to a community of rebel soldiers in Quezon fighting for the rebels; a very complex character that is continuously searching for his parents and for his true self.


Meantime, television views of Primetime Bida would have to guess who is the lesser of both evils.  Or the saviour among Javier or Alexander, both diverse characters played extremely well and solely by Coco Martin with depth and ingenuity that is so rare among our young actors today.  Indeed, he did not just define acting in a different perspective but redefined it as well.


Catch “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”, Mondays through Fridays at ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.



‘Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin’ on Primetime Bida, Mondays thru Fridays




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