By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales
After “Super Parental Guardians” opposite Vice Ganda which was shown in 2016, Coco Martin has a new project under Star Cinema.
It’s a fresh development since for the past few years, the popular actor has been appearing inpotboilers produced by his own movie out t,CCM Productions, just like the reboot of “Panday”which he elded in the annual Metro Manila FilmFestival.
In his new Star Cinema assignment, Coco getspaired for the rst time with Angelica Panganiban.
“That’s right!” he says. “The title of the movie is ‘Love or Money’ to be directed by Ms. Mae Cruz. We just had our story conference. This is intendedto be Star Cinema’s Valentine o ering next year.I’m really thrilled because it’s my maiden screen pairing with Angge.”
“Although I already had a guesting stint in ‘Ang Probinsyano’ in 2016,” Angelica quips.
Coco is directing his four-year-old soap opera.It’s good he still has time to shoot a lm at thispoint.
“Well, it’s just a matter of proper scheduling. As of now, it’s manageable. Actually, I’m used to doing a movie while directing and acting in ‘AngProbinsyano.’ Our aim is to nish the project ontime for its Valentine playdate.”
Angelica jokes about Coco’s being hands-on to “Ang Probinsyano.”
“I’m the only one who can stop the show togive way to our lm. Ha-ha-ha!”
Coco admits he feels pressure with this new project.
“I won’t deny that I’m tensed with ‘Love or Money.’ For one, it’s a new screen combinationand de nitely, it’s something very di erent from the usual stu I do in ‘Ang Probinsyano.’ It’s amixture of romance, drama and comedy. I’m excited because I’m back to doing drama again after a considerable length of time. Then, there’s Angge who excels in dramedy. That’s where my pressure comes from.”
On her part, Angelica is also excited to work with Coco in a full-length movie.
“His show is airing for four years now and it’s quite a feat. I was able to have a guest appearance in ‘Ang Probinsyano’ but it was short. As far as I can remember, it was just one month. For sure, itwill be a di erent and memorable experience to collaborate with him in a lm project!”
Interestingly, the concept of “Love or Money” came from Star Cinema Managing Director Olivia Lamasan.
“Yes! According to Direk Mae, it has been with Star Cinema for a long time already. It was an original concept by Direk Olive. Everyone waitedfor the right time to have the nal concept and theactors who will comprise the cast. Luckily, Angeland I were picked to top-bill the lm and that’s when they realized it’s the out t’s perfect Valentinepresentation in 2020,” ends Coco.