Those who take time to glance at the opening credits of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano would notice Coco Martin’s real name, Rodel Nacianceno, acknowledged at the helm of each episode. Yes, the brilliant man proves himself a perfect torchbearer of the long-running series by juggling his dual role as the lead actor and director.
A lot has happened over the show’s four years of airing. Antagonists have come and go, even several good guys had to take a bow, and slight plot controversies happened on the side. But all these, along with Coco’s more than a decade of experience in the industry, refined his eye for creative media.
And while he’s now considered a pillar in showbiz, the newest breed of royalty remains humble and passionate. Stars who worked with him in his directorial projects have nothing but good words for the ‘king’ they often describe as hands-on, dedicated, and disciplined. Not to mention, former action stars and celebrities whose long been out of the limelight are thankful for the chance to still revive their career via Coco’s primetime show.
These photos taken on the set of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano show Coco in character as Cardo Dalisay while being on command as the director. He’s seen guiding the production crew and co-actors like child star Iyannah Sumalpong playing as Letlet, his adopted daughter in the series; and veterans like Susan Roces Jaime Fabregas, Gardo Versoza and Joel Torre.
Direk Coco, when interviewed, often says that team effort is the secret formula to their success. They’re like a big family sharing light bonding moments in between takes. Despite the pressure, the actor-director knows how to juggle work and a little playtime. Find him breaking out in laughter with his co-stars in this gallery!
Watch out for more episodes of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as it continues to tackle relatable social issues.