Vice Ganda and Coco Martin have been the best of friends even before the latter entered showbiz. Vice worked in comedy bars then while Coco worked as a waiter. Coincidentally, Vice is also friends with Coco’s cousin, so they eventually got to know each other better and became ‘besties.’
They say that only your bestfriend knows your silliest secrets, and in the case of Vice and Coco, they witnessed each other’s struggles in life as well. But first, we started to know via this interview the crazy things they did as students.
Vice mentioned that Coco’s student life was so normal to the point that he’s often caught in ‘street fighting.’ Coco admitted, “Elementary hanggang college, talagang suki ako sa guidance at dean. Parang malapit lang sa akin ang gulo.”He added that being prone to ‘basag-ulo’ runs in the blood as his cousins also experienced the same thing.
There was even a time when he and his cousins hid from the cops. Vice knew because his house was their hiding place. “Silang magpipinsan, napag-trip-an sila ng isa grupo. Pinalagan nila, eh napuruhan kaya pinaghahanap sila ng mga pulis. Tumawag sa akin ‘yung pinsan niya, sabi sa akin, ‘Nasaan ka? Punta kami sa bahay mo. Magtatago kami ni Deng-Deng,’” relayed the Unkabogable Star.
From there, Coco revealed Vice once beaten up a varsity player in Puerto Galera as well. Vice narrated, “Kasi lasing-lasing tapos nabastos ako ng isang player. Ang nakakatawa, naka-mini skirt ako tapos mahaba buhok ko. Hinabol ko talaga siya. Binugbog ko talaga.”
They went on to talk about the serious, dramatic parts of their journey. Vice witnessed Coco’s struggles when he left his budding showbiz career (he already won Best Actor then) to work as a janitor in Canada. They’d talk via social media and their conversations would turn heavy every time.
Coco was at his lowest point. Vice was also losing hope in his career, wondering why his contemporaries were starting to make it big in the mainstream while he’s stuck in comedy bars. But, together, they toiled up the path to stardom.
“Sabay kaming nagdidilim ang mga paligid namin pero sabay din kaming sinikatan ng araw,” said Vice in this Gandang Gabi Vice episode.