Coco Martin keeps things low key for himself and his family

Coco revealed that his father still drives a PUJ until this day

BY MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE

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11/8/2013 7:43 AM
Coco Martin keeps things low key for himself and his family


110813-Coco_Main.jpgIn the finale press conference for Juan dela Cruz, Coco Martin revealed that he planned to make an indie film after the show, but his biggest priority was getting some much-needed rest. He also planned to catch up with his family whom he rarely got the chance to be with during the last weeks of filming his fantaserye.

“Wala naman po akong pinaplano na mag-out of the country or pumunta sa iba’t-ibang lugar kasi sabi ko nga hindi ko kasi inii-spoiled ‘yung family ko eh na itaas ko ‘yung level ng [pamumuhay] na nag-a-out-of-the-country or pupunta sa ganyan. 

“Ako kasi, para sa akin masaya na ako na magkasama-sama kami sa bahay namin kasi sabi ko nga kaya ko pinilit makapagpatayo ng bahay para sa amin eh para doon kami magsama-sama which is sa nakikita ko naman happy naman po sila doon kaso ako ang kulang,” the Prince of Independent Films said.

Coco believes that bonding with your family need not be expensive. “Hindi naman sa lugar o kung gaano kagarbo ‘yung pupuntahan niyo minsan ‘yung simpleng bonding niyo lang na may time kayo sa isa’t-isa na kumakain kayo ng sabay sabay ‘yun na ‘yun eh. ‘Yun na ‘yung fulfillment eh,” he explained.

Knowing that whatever blessings and fame that he may have now maybe be gone someday, Coco underscored that “Kasi kahit ako ayokong itaas ‘yung expectations ko o level ko pagdating sa pamilya. Ayoko silang i-spoiled, gusto ko ‘yung typical, ‘yung normal.”

But wouldn’t it be unfair for his family? “Eh kasi po sabi ko nga po to namang lahat ng ito mabilis masyado, kumbaga ayoko ‘yung tendency na sumabay sila masyado sa mga [tao] kumbaga sabi ko nga sa kanila maaaring meron tayo nito pero hanggang doon na lang ‘yun ‘wag na nating palampasin pa kung ano ang hangarin natin. Kumbaga doon tayo nakilala eh. ‘Yung mga tricycle naming nandoon pa rin, sabi ko nga eh. ‘Yun ang buhay eh. Kasi baka kapag natapos ang lahat eh babalik rin kami dito eh,” the Juan dela Cruz star explained about why he opts to have just a simple life.

What many people do not know is that Coco’s father is still a public utility jeepney driver up to this day, driving a family-owned jeep on the Novaliches-Blumentritt route.

Does he get picked on for letting his father drive a PUJ despite his celebrity status? “Hindi kasi sabi ko nga bago pa ako mag-artista ‘yun na ‘yung hanapbuhay niya. Siyempre ‘yung ibang mga kaibigan niya I’m sure hinahanap siya. Eh ayoko namang pigilan kasi wala namang masama kasi kumikita naman siya doon.

“Sabi ko siguro kung magkaroon ng ibang oportunidad like kung magkaroon ako ng business o kung mas kinakailangan siya doon, ilalagay ko siya doon. Baka sakaling madagdagan ‘yung jeep at tricycle naming siguro doon ko pa rin siya ilalagay,” he said.

While he revealed during the press conference that he’s looking into venturing into a food business, Coco’s dream is simple: “Ako nga sabi ko pangarap ko dumami pa ang jeep namin, dumami pa ang tricycle namin kasi magandang negosyo po ‘yun. Tapos ‘yung [for rent] apartment po namin gusto ko ring ipagpatuloy.