Coco Martin is a Filipino actor, director, film producer,and model.
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Real Name: Rodel Luis Cortez Nacianceno
Screen Name: Coco Martin
Birthdate: November 1, 1981 (Age 40)
Birthplace: San Fernando City, Pampanga, Philippines
Family Residence: Novaliches, Quezon City
Height: 5’7″ or 1.7 m
Father: Ramon Pacheco Nacianceno
Mother: Maria Teresa C. Nacianceno
Brother: Actor Ronwaldo Martin
Elementary: Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS)
High School: Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS)
College: National College of Business and Arts
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Life Prior to Showbiz
Coco Martin was formerly an overseas foreign worker (OFW). He worked as a janitor in Alberta, Canada.
Coco Martin started out in the entertainment industry in 2001 as part of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 9 together with the likes of Heart Evangelista, Hazel Ann Mendoza, and Alwyn Uytingco. His career did not take off so he took odd jobs including working in a restaurant. In 2004, German Moreno admitted him to be one of the stars in his night time show Walang Tulugan. The following year, he was discovered by Director Brillante Mendoza and gave him a leading role in the indie film Masahista. The success of Masahista and his subsequent indie films caught the eyes of ABS-CBN’s big shots and once again, Coco reentered the network’s ground. Since then, it was success after success for Coco.
Coco Martin was first introduced in films via Luv Text where he played a minor role as Ivan’s friend. At that time he was still using his real name Rodel Nacianceno. This was followed by forgettable appearances in Lakas at Pag-ibig and Ang agimat: Anting-anting ni Lolo. Then there was a lull in his showbiz career until he was discovered by Director Brillante Mendoza and gave him a leading role in the award-winning indie film Masahista.
In 2015, the network rolled out FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano top-billed by Coco. Its huge success has cemented Coco Martin’s reputation as the “King of Philippine Television”.
Notable Television Programs
2015-present – Ang Probinsyano (The longest running series in Philippine television history.)
2014 – Ikaw Lamang
2012 – Walang Hanggan
2011 – Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin
2009 – 2010 – Nagsimula sa Puso
2009 – Tayong Dalawa
2008 – Ligaw na Bulaklak
2009-Present – ASAP Natin ‘To
2008 – Ligaw na Bulaklak
2008 – Maalaala Mo Kaya
2007 – Daisy Siete
2007 – Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang
2006–2007 – Teka Mona
2004 – 2008 – Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman
2019 – 3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon
2018 – Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles
This is an action comedy movie starring Coco Martin as Jack (Police S/Insp. Jacinto “Jack” Halimuyac), Maine Mendoza as Em, and Vic Sotto as Popoy. Jack Em Popoy was one of the entries in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
2018 – Because I Love You
2017 – Ang Panday
This film was directed and produced by Coco Martin with himself as Flavio Batungbakal III in the starring role. It is an epic-fantasy movie based on the Carlo J. Caparas Comic book. The film was an official entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.
2016 – The Super Parental Guardians
This is an action comedy film with Coco martin playing the role of Neil “Paco” Nabati and Vice Ganda as Arci. Both acted as parental guardians to two kids whose real parents met untimely death. The movie is one of the highest grossing films in the Philippines with earnings of 590.1 Philippine pesos worldwide.(See ABS-CBN News
2016 – Padre de Familia
An independently-produced film, it tells the story of a broken family whose father and then son, worked as overseas workers. Nora Aunor played as the mother, Coco Martin acted as the son who was forced to work overseas when his father went missing, and Julia Montes performed as the girlfriend of Coco.
2015 – Beauty and the Bestie
An official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, this film was directed by Wenn Deramas and starred by Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, and Nadine Lustre. It is a comedy film about two people, a beauty pretender (Vice Ganda) and his best friend (Coco).
2015 – You’re My Boss
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, this film tells the story of two pretending executives (Coco Martin and Toni Gonzaga) who must negotiate a business deal with a Japanese businessman.
2014 – Feng Shui 2
Feng Shui 2 is a horror film directed by Chito Rono and starred by Kris Aquino and Coco Martin. This is Star Cinema’s official entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival.
2014 – Maybe This Time
The first movie tandem of Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin. Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng, this romantic film was produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.
2013 – A Moment in Time
Produced by Dreamscape Cinema and Star Cinema and directed by Emmanuel Quindo Palo, this movie was shot in Europe particularly in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Coco Martin portrayed the handsome Patrick who fell in love with Jillian (Julia Montes).
2012 – 24/7 in Love
Coco Martin was a special participant in this romantic movie top-billed by Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. A Star Cinema offering, the movie was all about the different love stories portrayed by an ensemble cast.
2012 – Sta. Niña
This film was produced and starred by Coco Martin using his real name Rodel Nacianceno as producer. It tells the story of the remains of Paulino’s (Coco Martin) 2-year-old daughter who was unearthed in a Pampanga quary. The remains was believed to be miraculous. This movie was an official entry to Cinemalaya 2012.
2012 – Born To Love You
A Star Cinema offering, this is the story of a love-hate relationship of Rex and Joey (played by Coco Martin Angeline Quinto respectively).
2012 – Captive
This is a drama film about the lives of the victims of the Dos Palmas kidnapping that occured in Palawan on May 27, 2001. Directed by Brillante Mendoza and starred by Isabelle Huppert, the film was screened at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Coco Martin Movies 2001 – 2010
2010 – Sa ‘yo Lamang
Sa’yo Lamang is a religious family drama directed by Laurice Guillen and top-billed by Christopher de Leon and Lorna Tolentino. Coco Martin played their second child.
This movie is about the story of Noy (Coco Martin), a fake photo-journalist who was assigned to cover the presidential campaign of Benigno Aquino III. The film was submitted to the 83rd Academy Awards as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film but it was not shortlisted.
2009 – Soliloquy (Byaheng Lupa)
This movie mimics life as a kind of departure and destination. It shows some individuals with different backgrounds getting on and getting off the bus travelling from Manila to the provinces. Coco Martin plays the role of a troubled son who must decide whether to find work in the province or stay in Manila to care for his sick mother.
2009 –Kinatay (Butchered)
Coco Martin plays the role of Pepeng, a criminology student who accidentally received drug money. The film was premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival where it won the Best Director Award for Brillante Mendoza, the first Filipino to receive such award.
2008 – Next Attraction
A film by Raya Martin that tells the story of a young man who runs away from home only to find himself attracted to another man. This film is the second collaboration of Coco Martin and Paolo Rivero. It is an official entry to Dekada Cinemanila in 2009.
2008 – Tiltil
Directed by Neal “Buboy” Tan, the movie is about the sexual molestation of of three daughters by their father. The daughters work in a local quarry as stone tillers.
2008 – Jay
Directed by Francis Xavier Pasion, this film is about the story of two Jay’s, both homosexual. One is a professor who was murdered and the other is a TV producer. Coco Martin plays the boyfriend of Professor Jay.
2008 – Serbis (Service)
One of the films directed by Brillante Mendoza, it recounts the story of a financially struggling family who owns a dilapidated movie house where boys gives “service” to their gay-patrons. Coco Martin, a relative of the owner, is an employee who got her girlfriend pregnant.
2008 – Daybreak
Director by Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr., this film, set in Tagaytay, has only two characters played by Coco Martin and Paolo Rivero.
2008 – Condo
This is a film about self-discovery. Coco Martin works as a lonely security guard in a condo. It was directed by Martin Cabrera and written by Aloy Adlawan.
2007 – Foster Child
Directed by Brillante Mendoza, Foster Child tells the story of a family who was hired to provide a temporary home for abandoned children pending the adoption of the latter. Coco Martin plays a cameo role as a pedicab driver. His role though was not credited.
2007 – Ataul (casket): For Rent
This movie depicts life in the slum areas of Metro Manila. Directed by Neal “Buboy” Tan, Coco Martin plays the role of Danny, the call-boy brother of an addict.
2007 – Tirador (Slingshot)
This is another indie film directed by Brillante Mendoza. It portrays life in the crowded slums of Manila where Caloy (Coco Martin) lives and interacts with the other characters.
2007 – Pi7ong Tagpo (Seven Encounters)
Directed and written by Rahyan Carlos, this film consists of seven unrelated segments. Coco Martin appears in the Star City segment together with Cherry Pie Picache.
2007 – Nars (Nurse)
This is an indie film by Adolfo Alix Jr. as director. It tells the story of nursing students which include Noel played by Coco Martin.
2007 – Tambolista (Drumbeat or The sound of Drums)
Directed by Adolf Alix Jr., this indie film intricately weaves the predicament of Jason (Jiro Manio) who desperately wanted to buy a drum, Billy (Coco Martin) who also desperately needs money to support his girlfriend who got pregnant, and Pablo (Sid Lucero) who is kickout from his apartment after having sex with the married landlady.
2007 – Batanes
Coco Martin plays a supporting actor in Batanes, top-billed by Iza Calzado and Ken Chu of Taiwan’s F4. Directed by Adolf Alix Jr., the movie follows the life of a Manila girl who left the city to live with his husband in the northern Philippine island of Batanes where she would eventually meets the Taiwanese after her husband’s death.
2007 – Siquijor: Mystic Island
Coco Martin plays the supporting role of Miguel Sarmiento in this horror film. Set in the island of Siquijor in the Visayas region of the Philippines, the movie tackles the journey of a TV production crew headed by Xavier Adriano (Ian Veneracion) and Alex Alonzo (Assunta de Rossi).
2006 – Kaleldo (Summer Heat)
Another indie project of Brillante Mendoza, this movie features the life of a family who lived in lahar-ravaged Pampanga, a province in Central Luzon of the Philippines. Coco Martin plays a supporting role as Iliac.
2005 – Masahista
This film is about Iliac (Coco Martin), one of the masseurs in a run-down massage parlor who gives massage services to gay patrons. He goes home to Pampanga and finds out his bedridden father is already dead. This is the first movie of Coco Martin in the starring role.
2002 – Ang agimat: Anting-anting ni Lolo
Coco Martin plays Armon, one of the supporting characters in this film led by Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and directed by Augusto Salvador.
2001 – Lakas at Pag-ibig
This is a drama film with Daisy Reyes and Leo Rabago as the lead actress and the lead actor respectively. Coco Martin was credited as Rodel Salvador.
2001 – Luv Text
Directed by Rowell Santiago, this is a romantic drama with Judy Ann Santos as lead actress and her love team partner Wowie de Guzman. Coco Martin was credited as Rodel Nacianceno.
2020 – TV Actor of the Year (Primetime Drama) by 51st Box Office Entertainment Awards
Coco Martin received his first Best Actor award in 2006 given by the Young Critics Circle for his sterling performance in the movie Masahista. To date, he has already garnered over a hundred awards and nominations including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Best Director, Actor of the Year, Pop TV Character of the Year, Best Ensemble Performance in a Television Drama, Presidential Jury Award for Excellence in Acting, Promising Male Box Office Star, Most Admired Male TV Personality, Male Star of the Night, Leading Man of the Year, Special Jury Prize, and most recently the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award Recipient.
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