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Coco Martin recounts his struggling days and shares how he handles fame

Coco Martin's dream to secure his family's future motivates him to make the most out of his showbiz career.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

12/2/2011 9:09 AM
Coco Martin recounts his struggling days and shares how he handles fame


120211-coco_main.jpgWhenever Coco Martin is asked about when he will have time for a love life, the multi-awarded actor doesn’t hesitate to open up about his long list of responsibilities as the breadwinner of his family that he would rather focus on. “Yung kapatid ko pinag-aaral ko ng caregiving, yung isa culinary, yung iba tinutulungan ko sa computer shop niya, tapos yung stepsister and stepbrother ko ako ang nagpapaaral. Hindi ko itinuturing na disadvantage yun. Kasi siguro kung lumaki ako na maayos ang pamilya ko, baka hindi ako ganitong nagpupursiging maghanapbuhay.”

Coco even recounted his pursuit of a better life in Canada, where he worked as an nighttime janitor and housekeeper. Although it was probably far from his worst work experience, he vowed that he would never let his siblings go through such difficulties in life. “Minsan bilang manonood, ang sarap panoorin ng artista lalo na ‘pag nakikita mong okay yung pamilya niya. Pero sa totoong buhay niya, hindi naman ganoon kaayos. Ang parents ko, hiwalay. Kaming magkakapatid, magkakahiwalay din.Yan ang sinasabi kong mahabang proseso. Pero ngayon, siyempre nakikita ko ang improvement. Gusto ko, kahit man lang ako, maayos ko ang mga kapatid ko. Ayokong danasin nila kung anuman ang mga dinanas ko.”

The highly-successful drama series, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, has established Coco as the King of Primetime Teleserye. But despite his fame, the 30 year-old still has the same down-to-earth personality. “Siguro nagkataon lang po. Grabe rin naman po kasi ang pinagdaanan ko sa showbiz. Lahat ng masasakit na salita, lahat ng mga panlalait, rejections, naranasan ko pong lahat yun. Kaya kung anuman po ang meron ako ngayon, pinag-iingatan ko. Kasi alam ko yung feeling na dumaan sa wala. Kaya naisip ko na ito yung tamang panahon para pagigihan ko at makaipon ako.

One thing he learned though is to never take his blessings for granted. And perhaps, it is Coco’s secret to success. “Thankful ako sa lahat ng binigay sa akin ng showbiz. Sabi ng iba wala daw utang na loob ang showbiz. Sabi ko, ‘Hindi totoo yun.’ Nasa sa ’yo kung paano mo hina-handle ang sarili mo sa trabahong ginagawa mo. As for me, I handled it with much gratitude. Kasi lahat naman kapag nagsumikap ka, lahat ‘yan may patutunguhan at ‘pag alam mong meron kang pinananaligan.”