July 22, 2018, 11:57 pm
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No truth to rumor ‘Ang Probinsyano’ ending soon

Julia Barretto praised Joshua Garcia’s performance as Joco, a guy who pretends to be gay to get a job in the movie “I Love You, Hater.” 

“It was fun to watch (the takes on the film). He pulled it off, he really pulled it off.” 

On her role Zoey, Julia said she is the “most free.” “That’s how I connect also to Zoey… In real life, (I feel like) makulit naman talaga ako, and very carefree. I love Zoey so much… she’s carefree, but she’s very driven, when it’s time to work, it’s time to work,” she said.  

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It’s still July, but plans for the upcoming Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is well underway. Coco Martin confirmed that he is working on a movie with Vic Sotto for the said festival. “Talagang pangarap ko na makatrabaho si Bossing Vic,” Coco shared. 

He admitted to being apprehensive at first since he wasn’t sure if Vic would be open to working with him. Thankfully, things worked out and the movie will be directed by Mike Tuviera. “Masaya kasi nag-co-collaborate kami, nagtutulungan talaga kami para ayusin at pagandahin ang pelikula. 

For Coco, MMFF is all about the Filipino audience. “‘Yung award, bonus ‘yun. Inspirasyon siya para mas gandahan ‘yung pelikula, pero ang importante ay ‘yung masulit ‘yung ibabayad ng mga Pilipino sa sinehan. Minsan, ang mga Pilipino ngayon, isang beses na lang manood ng pelikula sa isang taon dahil medyo mahirap ang buhay, kaya kailangan sulitin natin.”

The actor added that at the core of it all, it’s about giving Filipinos worthwhile entertainment and value for their money. “Dati kasi, ang tingin ng mga tao dito, labanan. Ako naman, binaliktad ko ‘yung mindset ko. Sabi ko, ito ‘yung mga magtutulong-tulong para bigyan ng magandang pelikula ang mga Pilipino sa darating na kapaskuhan.” 

When asked if there’s any awkwardness working with someone from the other network, Coco replied, “Hindi ko naman ikinakaila na nanggaling din ako sa kabilang network, nagsimula din ako doon. Ang nagbigay lang talaga sa akin ng major break ‘yung ABS-CBN. Pero mabait din sila sa akin doon. Walang problema.”

One of the ABS-CBN actor’s dreams is to work with Maine Mendoza, who belongs to the rival network. 

“Isa siya sa mga pangarap kong makatrabaho dating-dati pa, kasi feeling ko pareho kami, parehong masa.” 

However, there are no talks just yet. “Gusto ko kasi malinis na malinis ‘yung script bago ipasa sa kanila. Baka mamaya hindi magustuhan, nakakahiya,” he said.

Coco has no qualms about working with someone from a different network. The actor believes competition is a thing of the past. 

People should be looking towards working together to achieve a better product, he insisted. “Tanggalin na natin ‘yung idea ng magkalaban o naglalaban. Sa digital nga, collaboration. Nagtutulungan ang bawat artista, direktor. I think doon na tayo papunta. Ang importante naman pagandahin ang bawat proyekto.”

Meanwhile, Coco reacted on the trending video of him and his “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” leading lady Yassi Pressman kissing.

“Ayoko nang palakihin, hindi naman totoo,” he clarified. 

He maintained there’s nothing to it. The mere fact that the video became controversial means “Ang Probinsyano” remains most watched. 

“Siguro natutuwa lang ‘yung mga fans. Natutuwa ako na kinikilig sila kasi siguro nadadala sila doon sa kwento,” he said.

As a director, he is all praises for Yassi. “Si Yassi talaga magaling. Kailangan mo siyang i-guide, then after that, ibibigay niya sa ’yo ‘yung hinihingi mo.”

Coco has taken on huge responsibilities on the show. Not only is he its lead actor, he is also very active behind the scenes. For him, any success of the show is really a big win for himself as well. “Nakaka-inspire, nakakatuwa. Kuwento ko ‘yun. Siyempre masarap sa pakiramdam, kasi ako din ang nag-didirect, nagsusulat.”

He assures fans there is still much to look forward to. “Napakahaba pa ng tatakbuhin ng kwento!” 

In fact, a lot of new characters are still being introduced, one of them being Jolo Revilla. Coco revealed the Revillas were among the first to see his talent. “Extra-extra pa lang ako, tapos sina Tita Lani at Tito Bong ang naka-discover sa akin. Ginawa akong main kontrabida ni Jolo sa isang pelikula niya sa Metro Manila Film Festival, ‘yung ‘Agimat.’ So ngayon na ako naman ang may pagkakataon na bumawi, ako naman ‘ang lumapit kay Jolo na sana mag-guest siya sa show ko.”

There have been speculations the show will be ending by early next year, but Coco debunked the rumor. 

“Wala pa talagang definite plan kung kailan siya matatapos,” he clarified. “Kapag naramdaman namin na wala na kaming kuwentong maibibigay, kailangan na naming tapusin. Pero hangga’t tinatangkilik pa siya ng mga tao, hangga’t may maibibigay pa kaming kwento, hangga’t nakaka-inspire pa kami ng mga tao, nandiyan pa din ang ‘Ang Probinsiyano’.”
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