The actor of the hit prime time television series "Ang Probinsyano" Coco Martin shares what kind of Christmas he experienced during his childhood.
He gives a throwback of his memories during his childhood Christmas experiences. He said "Every Christmas magkakasama kami, compound kasi kami, kasama mga pinsan ko. Sasakay kami ng jeep tapos pupunta kami sa Fiesta Carnival, pupunta kami sa COD (Cubao), manonood kami ng mga display. After that ‘yung mga tita namin, reregaluhan kami ng mga laruan, (Every Christmas we are all together because we live in a compound together with my relatives. I and my cousins will ride a jeepney going to a Fiesta Carnival, we are going to Cubao to watch display there. After that our aunts will give us gifts containing different toys.)"
Because the actor is short of material things back then that he even have lots of Christmas wishes which was not granted and most of it were expensive toys, he gives importance to his nieces, nephews, and workmates. He shared "Kung ano ‘yung nakikita ko, kung ano ‘yung nakakapagpasaya sa kanila, ‘yun ang binibigay ko kasi alam ko pakiramdam no'ng bata ako (whatever I see and whatever makes them happy, I'll give it to them because I know the feeling when I was also a young.)"
On the other hand, the actor admitted that he is at present ready to have a child. "Gusto na. Pinaplano, hindi. Wala sa plano pero if ever na dumating siya anytime sa palagay ko naman ready na ako, (I want to, but planning to have, no. It is not yet included in my plans but if ever it will come anytime, I think I am already all set.)" This coming Christmas the wish on the actor is not about material things but time, time to spend together with his family. He said "'Yung time na maka-bonding ‘yung family ko at makapagsama-sama kami kasi ‘yun ang importante, ‘yun ang hindi ko maibigay sa kanila ngayon dahil sa sunod-sunod na trabaho. (The time to bond with the family and to spend with them because it is very important which at the moment I cannot give to them due to the hectic schedule at work.) "
Currently, he is busy with his primetime teleserye "Ang probinsyano". The series premiered in 2015 of September. The Philippine action drama television series was based on the 1997 Fernando Poe Jr. film of the same title, courtesy of FPJ Productions. The television series "Ang Probinsyano" has two story arcs. The book one contained the first and second seasons, while book two opened with the third season which officially began in late May 2017.
The story of book one revolves around the journey of twins Dominador "Ador" de Leon and Ricardo "Cardo" Dalisay both played by the actor Coco Martin. They were separated from each other due to financial reasons but they followed the same path of being a police officer.
Ador is raised by his grandmother, Lola Flora played by the veteran actress Susan Roces. When he grew up, he enters the PNPA (Philippine National Police Academy) alongside Joaquin Tuazon played by Arjo Atayde. During his stint in the Academy, he meets Carmen played by Bela Padilla the younger sister of his classmate. After graduating as the batch class valedictorian, Ador marries Carmen after they discovered her pregnancy; she gives birth to Dominador "Junior" de Leon, Jr. played by Lei Andrei Navarro.
Ador continues to display his intelligence and skills as a policeman and thus eventually promoted to Senior Inspector. He becomes a prominent and respected CIDG police official in Manila with a loving family as his support.
On the other hand, Cardo is a SAF Trooper, loves the solitude of mountains in the province of Botolan, Zambales. He grows up with his childhood best friend Glen portrayed by Maja Salvador, who secretly has a crush on him. Both of them entered the police force.
Their lives take a sudden turn when Ador was betrayed and murdered by Joaquin after pursuing a syndicate. Wanting to conceal the fact that Ador was killed in action, Cardo was ordered to assume Ador's persona and continue the mission his late brother left behind.
As part of his mission, Cardo was also forced to pretend to his brother's family and friends; and reunited with his grandmother, whom he resented, for surmising she deserted him. Challenges later followed in life, and he promised to find the person who was behind his brother's death. As the series goes on it unveil the truth that Joaquin Tuazon killed his twin brother. On the verged of life and death between Cardo and Joaquin, Cardo killed Joaquin to save his wife Alyanna played by Yassi Pressman on their wedding day. After the incident, he decided to retire from service thinking that it is already safe for his family.
While the book two revolves about the story of Cardo who decides to turn into vigilantism as the country deals with the threat of a rebel group, known as the "Pulang Araw" led by Romulo Dumagit alias "Leon" portrayed by the veteran action star Lito Lapid. Pulang Araw is being framed by the Defense Minister in the name of Renato Hipolito played by John Arcilla, a Pulang Araw sleeper-agent, in order to raise his profile up to the Senate. Due to the death of Cardo's only son Ricky Boy he decides to return to service in his original capacity as a PNP-SAF trooper. Cardo finds initial success in combatting former Pulang Araw members hired by Hipolito to raise havoc as well as capturing Pulang Araw's camp in Mt. Arayat. Long enough he joined the "Pulang Araw" and assumes the name of Fernan, in order to infiltrate the group and found out the culprit of his son's death. Despite suspicions from the founder of the group named Lawin portrayed by Dante Rivero, Cardo wins his trust and was inducted into the group with the name "Agila".
The series is continuing showing and unveiling the truth. Since the start of the show, it already aired 565 episodes. It was also nominated and awarded to different television award body or critics.
And another project that makes the actor busy is the remake of another FPJ movie "Ang Panday". It is their entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival of 2017. The actor hopes that he gives justice to the remake of the movie and can give happiness to the children through the movie. He even shared his experience in doing the different persona at the same time as working as an actor, director, producer, and writer. He said "First time ko pa magdirek, talagang ang hirap. Pero sabi ko nga, 'yung experience ang iti-treasure ko" (It is my first time to be a director and it's really difficult. But as I said that the experience is the thing that I will treasure). He also added that he learned a lot from that experience and give assurance that he will still produce another movie in the future. He shared "At least ito, na prove ko sa sarili ko na kaya ko pala. Kumbaga ngayon mayroon akong lakas ng loob. Kasi mayroon akong mga concept na nakatago, ngayon 'yung mga concept na 'yun kaya ko na siyang gawing totoo. (At least this one, I proved it to myself that I can make it. Now I might say that I have the guts. Because I have concepts that are longtime hidden and now those concepts are in reality that is doable."
The concept of the remake is Coco Martin plays the grandson of the original Panday whose life will suddenly turn upside down when he realizes that his bloodline is destined to save humanity from the evil doings of Lizardo played by the young actor Jake Cuenca. Lizardo, the immortal evil nemesis of Panday comes back from the world of darkness to once again bring havoc to the human race. Without knowing that his bloodline is the only one capable of destroying Lizardo, Flavio III played by Coco Martin will have to scour different worlds to be able to gain the trust of the mythical power of the legendary sword. The same with the original beloved hero, Flavio III gets to meet various characters that will help him become the rightful heir to the revered name Ang Panday. The remake movie will serve as the seventh installment of Panday series, the film will be directed, produced and starred by Coco Martin in the title role. It will be distributed and produced by Star Cinema along with Martin's own film outfit CCM Productions. The movie will also mark Coco Martin's first directorial debut under his real name, Rodel Nacianceno.