by James Patrick Anarcon

Arjo Atayde became a bit emotional when he accepted his Teleserye Supporting Actor of the Year trophy at The PEP List Year 3 awards night yesterday, August 21, at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas City.

He won the said award for his effective portrayal as the villain cop Joaquin Tuazon in Ang Probinsyano.

During his acceptance speech, Arjo thanked his family, Star Magic, ABS-CBN, and Dreamscape Entertainment, the unit producing his current TV series.

Arjo even said, ‘All I wanna do when I entered this industry is just go on-screen, act, grow old in my life.’

Towards the end of his speech, he also expressed his gratitude for Coco Martin, the lead star of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

‘Before I end this speech of mine, there’s one last person I wanna thank.

‘I don’t mean to brag, but three years ago, he called me, it was in Star Magic Ball.

‘He was being escorted by marshals, and the marshal didn’t know who I was, of course, I was really new.

‘So he [asked me] to step aside and this guy just goes wait a minute, he pulled me out and he goes, ‘Nagagalingan ako sa ‘yo, one day magkakatrabaho tayo.’

Arjo then revealed how he got the role in the Kapamilya primetime series.

‘Three years after, I was supposed to be in three different teleseryes. One, I was pulled out, two it didn’t work out, three, I was pulled out.

‘And then I was wondering why I was pulled out, did I gain weight, did I have a problem with anything like physically, attitude ba? I don’t think I have.’

It can be recalled that Arjo was supposed to play the role of Jigs in On The Wings of Love. The role eventually went to Albie Casino who co-starred with James Reid and Nadine Lustre. During The PEP List, OTWOL also won Primetime Series of the Year.

Arjo continued, ‘And then, all of a sudden, they said, ‘You’re a part of Probinsyano.’

‘Three years later, I opened the door and they just told me there was a storycon.

‘I opened the door and then Coco Martin goes to me, hugs me, and tells me ‘This is what I promised you.’ I dedicate this award to him.’

Coco and Arjo’s series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano is set to celebrate its first year on the air this September.


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