Coco Martin on fame, politics


Coco Martin

“No very personal questions, please,” one of the Q&A moderators asked reporters at a recent press con for Coco Martin, lead star of ABS-CBN’s fantasy-action series, “Juan de la Cruz.”

Thus the exchange started with perfunctory questions about the show and his role. Then, the subject shifted to his humble beginnings, his grandmother who raised him and then, yes, to politics.

His bets

Coco, who campaigned for Aquino in 2010, wasn’t shy to admit that he would support senatorial aspirant Edgardo “Sonny” Angara “for his concern for the elderly.” His simple explanation: “I’m a lola’s boy.”

Last December, Coco surprised Aga Muhlach, who’s running for Congress, by volunteering for the latter’s campaign sorties.

“Aga was surprised,” Coco said. “We hadn’t even met at the time. But I [know] he helps people without publicizing what he does. We’re alike in that respect.”

Thoughtfully, the 31-year-old actor pointed out that, as a celebrity, every action he takes and every word that comes out of his mouth can potentially affect or inspire people, especially the young ones.

Other political hopefuls that Coco is supporting are Richard Gomez, who’s running for mayor of Ormoc City and Grace Poe-Llamanzares, who’s eyeing a Senate seat.

Would he himself be interested in a political career? “That has never crossed my mind. There are many other ways to help,” Coco replied.

Prized talent

If the press con was an indication of his stature in the network, then the multiawarded actor is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, and top-prized Kapamilya talent at the moment.

Held in a function room of a Quezon City hotel, the scale of the gathering was something one would expect for an all-star cast. Press people were treated to a four-course meal.

Whenever reporters called him “Prince of Teleseryes,” Coco would smile shyly and bow his head in embarrassment. He still feels like a struggling indie actor, he said.

“My humble beginnings have strengthened me; that’s why I’m here right now,” he said. “I cherish everything I have because I worked hard for each one.”

Nothing has really changed, Coco insisted. “I consider myself an ordinary person. I see the staff and crew on the set as my equals. When I make a mistake, they know they can call my attention or even tell me what to do.”


But success is not without sacrifice, needless to say. Juggling “Juan,” the movie “A Moment in Time” and a slew of other commitments, Coco is lucky to score four straight hours of sleep—and even luckier if he finds the time to bond with his grandmother, who lives with him.

“Sometimes, I just go home to take a shower, then I’m off again. We barely get to talk,” said Coco. Indeed, he went straight to taping after the press con.

His personal life will really have to take a back seat because he knows that show biz fame is fleeting. “People may soon lose interest in me,” he said. “I want to make sure I’ve done everything I can for my family when that time comes.”

Coco remains resolutely quiet about intrigues, especially those involving ex-girlfriend Katherine Luna and their seven-year-old daughter. So the closest we got to  personal details was getting him to say he was setting aside romance for now.

“A relationship will eat up the time I have for my family,” he said. “I don’t want to rush. I’m very happy with what I have now.”

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Sa dinami dami ng susuportahan si sonny angara pa! ang babaw naman ng dahilan mo “lola’s boy ka” kaya mo susuportahan etong bulok ng angara! nakaka disappoint ka coco!

    • Anthony

      Bakit hindi pare? may mga bagay na importante para sa kanya at sayo hindi. Wag kang basag trip 

  • bogli_anakdami

    coco martin for flipland prime minister… or king… or presidente de gung gongs…. or imam…

    hay naku, flips, puro sampakan ng katangahan…

    • Amalayar Amalayar

      Ikaw bogli_anakdami ang pinaka-FLIP na alam ko. Hindi lahat ng pinoy flip na katulad mo. DON’T GENERALIZE! Kung naiintindihan mo yan. Ma-L ka na marami ka pang anaks as your name suggests.

  • Amalayar Amalayar

    Coco, mag star ka na lang na nagpapakita ng ari. Tutal malaki naman iyo. Porget politics baka lalong gumulo.

  • DonkeyKong1

    Maganda choice nga na si Sonny Angara ang pinili niya. Tulad niyo important din sa kin yung mga grandparents ko at magiging maganda kung magiimprove yung mga benefits nila.

  • Vanessa

    Nice 1 papa Coco! >,< Natuwa lang ako dahil matino naman yung mgma pinili niyang candidates na susuportahan. ..Good luck sa mga candidates mo. . .

  • Fred

    Mukhang ayaw ni Coco na maungkat
    ang kanyang anak?

  • jojotolentino

    Second time I’m hearing Sonny Angara today.  First, replay of Unang Hirit debate, parang si Chiz o Gibo mag-salita, malinaw, obvious matalino. Tingin ko, makilala pa ito nang konti, papasok ito sa top 8 ng magic 12. Second, itong suporta sa kanya ni Coco Martin, although nakakatulong, di na siguro kailangan.

    • Janinskie

      That’s true. Sa batch ng hiritan kanina, siya yung pinaka magaling and I’m sure babagay siya sa Senate dahil sa talino niya.

    • DoReMiFaSoliman

      napanood ko din yun. Yung sagot niya kay Gordon kanina ang galing, may kasama pang DATA yung answer niya. Di ka makakasagot ng ganun unless kasing talino mo sa Sonny Angara.

    • Erarara

      That guy even has more bills than some of the senators right now. That’s what we need in our country this time. 

  • DoReMiFaSoliman

    Kung celebrity ako…malamang same set of candidates din ang i-eendorse ko. 

  • Erarara

    Coco chose these candidates bcoz they share the same principle as him. Cong. Angara has a good track record and for me, he’s ready to be a senator now.

    • SuyaMelk

      Of course he is ready. Have you seen “Hiritan” earlier? His answers were spot on! Great guy, I’ll include him on my list of senatoriables

  • Boy Tolentino

    Si Coco Martin, mapakagaling umarte. Really follow his drama programs even if I have to pay per download, maabutan ko lang. Di siya gaya ng ibang artista na pruo looks at pa-cute lang. Coco’s the type to stay in showbiz for generations to come.

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