July 18, 2018, 6:25 pm
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Coco fulfills promise to his grandma

COCO Martin capped off his recent visit to Italy by going to several iconic Catholic churches, including the Sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotonda and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence.

“That was my promise to my Lola Matilde, whom I brought with me to that trip to Italy,” Coco related. “Sobra siyang madasalin at ugali na niyang pasukin ang bawat simbahang kanyang nadadaanan – pamilyar man ito sa kanya o hindi.

“Feeling ko nga,” the actor continued, “ang pagiging madasalin niya, na madalas alam kong may kinalaman sa akin, ang dahilan kung bakit natupad ko ang mga pangarap ko, which I used to usually share to her.”

He is a lola’s boy, Coco proudly declared. It was his grandmother who raised him and some of his siblings.

“I cannot thank her enough,” Coco beamed.

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Coco is also extremely grateful for all the blessings he has received, and considers his having turned producer and director of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entry, “Ang Panday,” as a bonus.

Aside from directing and producing, he plays “Ang Panday” opposite Jake Cuenca, who plays the main villain, Lizardo. Beauty queen Mariel de Leon is also featured.

Created by “Komiks King” Carlo J. Caparas, “Ang Panday” is a character identified with the late action hero Fernando Poe, Jr. Of course, FPJ also immortalized the role Cardo, which is now being played by Coco on TV.

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Will Pia Wurtzbach finally realize her wish to become a star after the release of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entry of Star Cinema and Viva Films, “The Revenger Squad”?

The film, directed by Joyce Bernal, looks like a winner, as it combines humor and adventure.

All three lead actors, Pia, Vice Ganda, and Daniel Padilla are superheroes in the film.

Pia, before her victory as Miss Universe 2015, was a member of Star Magic. She used the screen name Pia Romero.

“Nagkaka-assignment nga siya,” said a kibitzer. “But always, her role was not as support to the lead character.”

According to Joyce Bernal, Pia has all the makings of a big star. “Hindi lang siya magaling dito sa pelikula,” the director said. “Professional siya in the true sense of the word. Bukod pa sa magaling makisama.”

“Well, I will not mind directing her in her first starring movie or even a TV series siguro,” she concluded.

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Good things come to those who wait. This, according to Joross Gamboa, he realized.

The year 2017 has been an exceptionally good year for him. “Lalo pa nga at I have an entry in this year’s MMFF, which can be a box-office winner. And which could win for me, or my co-star EA (Edgar Allan Guzman), a best actor award.

“Grabe, pag nagkataon,” Joross enthused.

Joross and EA play gay best friends in T-Rex Entertainment’s “Deadma Walking.”

“Ang ganda ng concept ng pelikula, which is based on a screenplay by Eric Cabahug.

“At huwag isnabin, ha, as the screenplay won second prize at the 2016 Palanca Awards for Literature.

“The story goes like this,” Joross went on, “one day, after one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they decide to stage a fake wake, where one of them will play dead para malaman nila, in a way, how their other friends feel about him, based on the eulogy they sure will prepare for him.”

Cast as well are Candy Pangilinan, Mico Antonio, Vin Abrenica, Bobby Andrews, Ping Pimentel and Dimples Romana.

In guest roles are Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Iza Calzado, Eugene Domingo and directors Joel Lamangan and Marlon Rivera.
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