Business Mirror

PASSION. Focus. Hardwork. Determination. All these characterize Coco Martin’s continuous and steady climb to success. He is the man of the hour, the former ordinary duckling that transformed into the most handsome swan in the lake.

Unlike Domingo, Martin came from humble beginnings, someone who was not afraid to work hard and take risks.

Coco started his uphill climb by way of the indie film route. His first stellar role was in Masahista in 2005, which won him the award for Best Performance from the Young Critics Circle. He followed it up with a string of noteworthy performances in Jay, Tirador, Serbis and Kinatay. Few knew that while he was doing these indie ventures, which admittedly didn’t pay much, Coco thought of quitting showbiz and tried his luck overseas, even taking on ordinary cleaning jobs.

He admitted upon his return that life was hard and, perhaps, it was a good decision for him to try his luck again. Armed with nothing else but a dream and a passion, he took another shot at being an actor.

Coco reconnected with industry friends and took small steps which eventually paid off. He accepted a small, minor support role in an ABS-CBN afternoon series, titled Ligaw na Bulaklak, which starred Sid Lucero and Roxanne Guinoo. And more doors opened for him after that.

He landed bigger roles and was elevated to A-list status following the successes of shows like Tayong Dalawa, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin and Walang Hanggan, all on ABS-CBN.

Today Coco’s star continues to shine even brighter in the most popular and longest-running series on local TV, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. The show remains the one to beat in the ratings game even after more than a year on the air.

The 36-year-old actor actually occupies a very comfortable position in the industry. The former favorite indie player has crossed over to mainstream movies with huge success. Not only that, Coco has spread his wings and taken on a new role as film director. He calls the shots for Ang Panday, obviously another paean to his idol and inspiration, the late Fernando Poe Jr. The film already has a sure slot in next month’s annual MMFF, and Coco’s hands are full at the moment with the postproduction of his directorial debut.

When we start to ponder on life, people, things and situations, we all go back to the basics. Patience, perseverance, passion, being with the right people and unwavering faith will, in time, never go unrewarded.

Success, peace, love, contentment, happiness, freedom—everything is a decision.

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