- Coco Martin uses his Instagram account to communicate with GMA Network stars
- Coco Martin stays grateful with GMA Network for being the avenue for him to enter showbiz
- Coco is in gratitude with former TV5 host Joey De Leon
- Coco has a healthy relationship with stars from other networks
- GMA Network stars show support on Coco Martin despite show rivalry
Social media has greatly helped celebrities in interacting with other Pinoy stars and their fans. One example is lead actor, director, and creative consultant of ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,’ Coco Martin, who uses his Instagram account to communicate with stars from the rival network.
‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,’ which aired it’s pilot episode on September 28, 2015 is considered the longest running action drama series in Philippine television.
In this series, Coco plays the role of ‘SPO2 Ricardo “Cardo” Dalisay, a police officer. Eventually, he becomes the leader of a vigilante group called Vendetta, who cries for right justice and aims to correct the unjust and inappropriate governance of the present administration.
In the recent episode, after the all-out-clash between Vendetta and President Lucas Cabrera’s forces that led to the death of Cabrera, Cardo and his fellow Vendetta group members have already surrendered to the authorities.
For the past three years, ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ has competed with various GMA Network programs. One of them is ‘Victor Magtanggol,’ which aired from July 30, 2018 to November 16 of the same year. It was replaced by ‘Cain at Abel,’ which aired from November 19, 2018 to February 15, 2019. The lead stars of these two Kapuso shows were able to communicate with Coco through his Instagram account.
Here are some scenarios where Coco Martin’s Instagram account became a way for the ABS-CBN actor to connect with GMA Network stars:
1. Coco Martin amused by videos of Eat Bulaga hosts Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola
It was last March 24 when Coco Martin posted an Instagram video of ‘Eat Bulaga’ hosts Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola in his account. The hosts did a comedy sketch in which they talked with regard to the developments in Ang Probinsyano. Coco captioned the instavids he shared with laughing emojis.
Even Jhong Hilario, his former co-star in the said show, found the video hilarious and dropped a comment of “Hahahaha”
In the first Instagram video, Wally kept on telling Jose that he only heard about details about the ABS-CBN show.
“Kwento sa akin, kinakanta ‘yan sa Probinsyano kaya hindi ko alam yun. Binugbog raw ‘yan, si Cardo,” said Wally.
“Sino si Cardo?” asked Jose.
“Si Coco Martin,” answered Wally.
Jose confirmed that Cardo is the lead actor of Probinsyano.
Wally added: “Babalik siya sa training ng SAF tapos magpapaalam siya kay Alyana.”
Jose then asked Wally to name the actress portraying Alyana, the wife of Cardo. Wally said Yassi Pressman is the person cast as Alyana.
The second video shared by Coco on his Instagram account tackled the rebel group Pulang Araw.
Dabarkad Wally described an emotional scene by saying, “Ang kwento sa akin, nung nagpaalam si Cardo, hindi siya mapigilan ni Alyana, pagtulo ng luha sa kanang mata.”
He also referred to John Arcilla as a “buwitre” (vulture) who was in charge.
“Pinalusob niya ang Pulang Araw,” said Wally, referring to the rebel group featured in the Kapamilya show.
The third Instagram video mentioned the characters of Lito Lapid and Jhong Hilario.
Wally narrated, “Tinawagan ni buwitre si Alakdan…”
“Sino naman si Alakdan?” asked Jose.
“Si Jhong Hilario,” explained Wally.
Wally then imitated the way John spoke: “Umalis na kayo diyan dahil dudurugin ng SAF ang Pulang Araw…”
Jose observed, “Pati boses naikwento sa iyo?”
In the fourth video shared by Coco in his Instagram account, the Dabarkads talked about the vigilante group of Cardo called the Vendetta.
“Kakampi nila ang pangulo ng Pilipinas,” said Wally.
Jose asked if he was referring to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
Wally clarified, “Hindi. Yung kapatid ni Randy Santiago…Si Rowell Santiago.”
Finally, Jose asked: “Sino ba nagkukwento sa iyo?”
Wally joked, “Yung anak mo, di ba, kasama dun?”
He was referring to Benj Manalo, the son of Jose Manalo. Benj is cast as Felipe “Pinggoy” Tanyag Jr. in Ang Probinsyano.
2. Coco Martin stays grateful to GMA-7
Coco Martin used Instagram to react to the buzzed GMA-7 ban on him where his name is intentionally not being mentioned.
This allegedly took place during the promo period for their movie Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles. Coco joined Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza in this Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 entry.
Lolit Solis wrote on her Instagram post:
“Hindi naman siguro ganun ka-petty na ang co-star ni Bossing Vic Sotto sa film fest movie ay hindi pwedeng banggitin ang pangalan.”
She marked out that maybe the Kapuso actress Maine Mendoza unintentionally have forgotten to mention her co-star Coco while promoting their MMFF 2018 entry.
Lolit also wrote: “Imposible na hindi pagbigyan ng GMA si Coco dahil alam din ng lahat na sa 7 nag umpisa ang career ni Coco Martin. Huwag na nating bigyan ng malisya na hindi siya nabanggit, baka may big pakulo para sa announcement ng naturang movie, malay natin, wait lang tayo.”
As a response to the post of Lolit, Coco wrote in the comments section that he will never get angry with GMA-7 because the Kapuso Network became the way for him to enter showbiz.
Coco was part of GMA-7’s all-male group The Studs that was introduced in 2008.
Coco wrote in the comments section of the Instagram post: “Nay okey lang po yun at naiintindihan ko. Sobrang taas po ng respeto ko sa GMA dahil sila ang unang nagbukas ng sakin ng pintuan lalo na si Sir Joey Abacan, napakabait po nila sa akin kaya wala pong problema sa akin yun.
“Kahit kailan hindi ako magtatampo sa kanila. Masaya na ako na natupad ko ang pangarap ko na makatrabaho po si Bossing ganon din po si Maine.”
3. Coco comments on Instagram post of Dennis Trillo
Instagram also became a way for Kapuso stars to interact with Coco.
Despite the rivalry in their shows, Coco Martin and Dennis Trillo sported that there is no network war going on between the two of them.
As a matter of fact, the GMA-7 actor Dennis Trillo congratulated Coco for the success of his show Ang Probisnyano, after accumulating high ratings.
Dennis Trillo is one of the lead stars of the GMA-7 primetime series Cain at Abel that was competing with the show Ang Probinsyano in the ratings game.
It all started when Coco posted a quote card showing how Ang Probinsyano got higher ratings compared to its rival Cain at Abel, based on Kantar Media data.
According to Kantar Media, Ang Probinsyano registered a national TV rating of 41.7% while Cain at Abel registered 13.7%.
Meanwhile, Ang Probinsyano got a Kantar rating of 44.3% in rural Philippines while Cain at Abel got 13.3%.
In his Instagram post, Coco thanked viewers by writing: “Maraming salamat po!”
In response, Dennis posted in the comments section: “Congrats sa inyo brad!” The Kapuso star even tagged Coco to make sure that he would read his comment.
4. Alden Richards shows support for rival Coco Martin
A meme showing the date of the expected end of Ang Probinsyano went viral acquiring different reactions from Pinoy celebrities.
In the meme, it is indicated that Ang Probinsyano will last until 2048. The photo of Coco’s character Cardo was edited to show him having aged by 30 years. The accompanying text on the picture goes: “Ang huling dalawang linggo! 08.25.2048.”
The post of the Kapamilya action star amused even the stars from the rival show on GMA-7.
Victor Magtanggol lead stars Alden Richards and Janine Gutierrez reacted by leaving laughing emojis in the comments section of Coco’s post.
5. Coco expressed gratitude to the former TV5 host Joey de Leon
In the Instagram post of Joey De Leon, Coco left a comment to express his gratitude to the Eat Bulaga host.
The action star reminded Joey, “Hindi ko po alam kung natatandaan nyo po ako pero isa ako sa mga taong natulongan nyo nung nag uumpisa palang ako sa show ninyo sa channel TV5 sa Teka Muna.”
Teka Muna is a comedy television show in the Philippines that aired on TV5 from 2006 to 2007.
Coco added: “Maraming maraming salamat sa pagkakataon na nabigay po ninyo sakin noon at hanggang ngayon po hindi ko po nakakalimutan yon” and even wished to meet the Eat Bulaga host to thank him personally.
“Sana isang araw mag kita po tayo ng personal para makapag pasalamat po ulit ako sa personal. Happy birthday po ulit Tito Joey, idolo po kita!!!”