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Coco Martin dedicates his acting award to his idol Christopher de Leon

Coco Martin feels honored to be pitted against Christopher de Leon for Star Awards' Movie Actor of The Year.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

6/29/2011 9:01 AM
Coco Martin dedicates his acting award to his idol Christopher de Leon


062911-coco_main.jpgBagging the Movie Actor of The Year trophy for the 27th Star Awards for movies was a great feat for Coco Martin (Noy) as he beat certified dramatic actors such as Christopher de Leon (Sa ’Yo Lamang), John Lloyd Cruz (Miss You Like Crazy), Baron Geisler (Donor), Yul Servo (Rosario), and Fanny Serrano (Tarima). “Nagpapasalamat ako sa PMPC sa karangalan na ibinigay nila sa akin. Napakasaya at napakaswerte ng pakiramdam ko dahil kasabay nito, nabigyan din ako ng parangal sa isa pang award-giving body. Sana magtuloy-tuloy yung ganitong blessing at sisiguraduhin ko na mas pagbubutihan ko pa ang trabaho ko,” he said in an interview during Star Awards’ red-carpet event last June 21.

Coco felt really privileged to be pitted against Christopher, who was given the Star Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his body of work over the years. In fact, Coco even dedicated his acting award to Christopher during his acceptance speech. “Hindi naman. Napakabaguhan ko pa sa industriya para masabing kahilera ko siya dahil pareho kaming nanominate sa Best Actor category. Ganon naman e, kanya-kanyang panlasa ng mga hurado. Nakakatuwa para sa akin kasi nakalusot ako [na manalo]. Sana magkatrabaho pa ulit kami. Pangarap ko yun. Napakagaling at napakabait niyang katrabaho. Nagkatrabaho din kasi kami sa Sa ’yo Lamang.

Having worked with Christopher in the past, Coco shared that he was amazed that such a showbiz icon has remained down-to-earth and very helpful towards newbies like him. “Noong una ngang magkaeksena kami, nilapitan ko siya e. Hindi ako makaarte, kinakabahan ako, nanginginig ako. Sabi ko, ‘Sir, ninenerbyos ako, kaeksena ko kayo e.’ Kasi kailangan ko i-release e. Kapag hindi ko sinabi sa kanya, baka hindi ako makaarte. And then yung sinabi ko na sa kanya at naramdaman kong parang binibigyan niya ako ng suporta, nakaluwag ako, nakahinga ako. Sabi ko nga sana magkatrabaho kami sa soap opera para magkaroon kami ng mahabang bonding.”

In the meantime, Coco feels really fortunate because his chosen craft paved the way for him to fulfill his dream to have a better life. He initially joined the indie scene as a means to go abroad and work there as an illegal alien. “Marami pa akong gustong ma-accomplish kasi baguhan lang naman ako sa industriyang ito. Siyempre gusto ko matupad yung pangarap ko na matapos yung pinapagawa kong bahay at magsama-sama kami ng pamilya ko. Pagkatapos nun, sana makapagstart ako ng maliit na negosyo. Gusto ko makabili ng sasakyang pampasahero tulad ng taxi. Gusto ko ng simpleng buhay lang,” he added.