Coco’s Life, Love, Work and “Death”

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Coco Martin or Rodel Nacianceno in real life has come a long way from his indie film beginnings and even more surprising, from working as a janitor for housekeeping in Alberta, Canada.

Today, Coco can be easily described as somebody who is on top of his game. Although this is so, he still has a few insecurities. In an interview he said, “Hindi ko nga alam kung kaya kong maging mayaman.” With all his awards, a KBP Golden Dove Awards and Star Awards for TV included, he doubts if he can portray an affluent person. His fans’ favorite role now was when he played, Daniel Guidotti, in ABS-CBN’s top rated primetime drama show Walang Hanggan (2012) for which he worked with his co-star Julia Montes. Thus, the Julia-Coco tandem was born.

In the same year, it was also reported that Julia and Coco had a rendezvous in Paris and much French-kissing was speculated. However, on the press conference last March this year for Ikaw Lamang, Coco cleared rumors about his romance with the 19-year-old Julia. “I’m proud working with Julia and we noticed our chemistry on-screen,” said Coco, “The longer I work with Julia, the more I play the role as her older brother.” Coco sees the similarity between his life’s and Julia’s. They both struggled during the early part of their career; both grew up with their grandmothers and are now the heads of their family. He also admitted to being close with Julia and the Montes family. Coco as of the moment has nothing but respect and admiration for the teenager and has promised to guide her in work.

Coco said he feels flattered that a lot of people are still hoping that they would end up as a real-life couple since they believe that they are good for each other. If any pairing he has decided to work on, it is with Kim Chiu, his leading lady in Ikaw Lamang, “Sa amin ni (Kim Chiu), ‘yun ang dapat trabahuin,” he said. Ikaw Lamang began airing last March and was well-received by the audience. Some had uncertainties on the team up of Coco and Kim before the series started but the two top Kapamilya stars defied naysayers with the unprecedented rating the show brought to ABS-CBN. The show had watchers reveling in the exciting episodes about love, betrayal and politics first set in the 1960s. Critics were dumbfounded when it was decided that Ikaw Lamang should have an Ikaw Lamang Book 2. The plot came full circle last October and its finale episode emerged as the most watched TV program in the country. It concluded with Gabriel’s (Coco) last face-off with Franco (Christopher de Leon) and the happy ending with his true love, Andrea (Kim).

On Women’s Rights and Death Hoaxes

Coco’s 2014 year wasn’t one without any controversy. At the Bench annual catwalk, “The Naked Truth”, Coco’s runway presentation was much frowned upon by the women’s alliance in the Philippines, Gabriela. Coco, through his legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan, released a statement in a press conference held last September 30. In the statement released to the media, Coco Martin expressed his apology and requested the public for understanding. Coco equally felt bad about the incident and saddened at the thought he unwittingly offended the public. Coco and his camp explained they were not involved in the conceptualization of the production of The Naked Truth show nor the segment “The Animal Within Me” as he has an existing contract with Bench to model its apparels and to oblige him to appear in fashion shows. In the end, Coco humbly asked for the public’s understanding and assured he will no longer allow to be obliged to participate in a similar sensitive portrayal.

The actor finds himself a victim of a prank during the Halloween season, rumors of the Coco’s alleged demise gained traction on after a ‘R.I.P. Coco Martin’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Filipino actor’s passing:

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (November 02, 2014), our beloved actor Coco Martin passed away. Coco Martin was born on November 1, 1981 in Quezon City. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 33-year-old actor was dead.

And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax. Whereas some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major Filipino network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Coco Martin’s stature would be major news across networks.

Thankfully, the actor also known for his roles in A Moment in Time or My Eternal is alive and well.

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