To say that FPJ’s Batang Quiapo captures the reality of urban living is an understatement. Not only does it entertain, but it makes viewers feel at home through elements that illustrate the real lives of people in the Quiapo area of Manila. Case in point: Tanggol (Coco Martin)’s family.
They are far from perfect – like every family. But, behind the cameras, they are able to share light-hearted moments while collaborating for every scene. Check out the off-cam moments of the Asuncion-Dimaguibas here!
There's Charos Santos, who depicts a grandmother’s unwavering love. She plays Tindeng, the only person that makes Tanggol feel cared for and safe. She has her long-time best friend named Noy portrayed by Lou Veloso. In the story, Tindeng and Noy sell typical Quiapo items like candles, shirts with the image of the Black Nazarene, prayer books, and herbs, among others. Tindeng is also a known ‘manghuhula’ of Quiapo.
In the pic below, Coco is seen directing the veteran actress while donning his costume as Tanggol. You know, he has to do everything at once! Impressive!
Here’s an interior shot of Direk Coco briefing his co-actors with fellow director Kevin de Vela.
Cherry Pie Picache, Charo, and Lou in one frame! This was just one of those scenes that had us gawking at our screens. In the next photos, we’ll see more of the ensemble cast combining their star power.
Now they’re joined by Coco and director Joel Lamangan, who acts in the series as Tindeng’s enemy.
Also in the powerhouse cast are Susan Africa and Pen Medina as the parents of Lovi Poe’s character, with Allan Paule as a cop. John Estrada plays the grumpy father of Coco’s character, but in real life, he is one of the most pleasant guys.
In a scene, Charo, Lou, and Susan happily shared pancit as pan de sal filling – no plates needed. It doesn’t get any more realistic than this!
Catch all episodes of FPJ’s Batang Quiapo, weeknights, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.
*Photos credit to charosantos, b617management and cocomartin_ph IG