Coco Martin is Judy Ann's new leading man

By Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2011 05:46 PM | Updated as of May 13 2011 01:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The stars are aligned for independent actor and prime time star Coco Martin.

In addition to his lead role in “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin,” which is hitting top ratings on the prime time block, Martin is still hitting big marks in his film career.

The actor will be the new leading man of Judy Ann Santos in her comeback movie slated to be released later this year.

Martin is overwhelmed with news of the project as he said he never thought his dream of working with the soap opera queen would come true.

“Bata pa lang ako pinapanood ko na si Ms Judy Ann... in ‘Esperanza,’ ‘Kristala,” he said.

The film boasts of a strong supporting cast as well, with the likes of Gina Pareño and Maja Salvador joining Santos and Martin.

Meanwhile, Martin is receiving nods from the country's prestigious Urian Awards yet again as he is nominated for his role in the film “Noy.”

This nomination comes after winning as Urian's Best Supporting Actor several years back for “Serbis" and being nominated in the Best Actor category for “Kinatay.”

Martin will also be awarded as Actor of the Decade at this year's Urian Awards, a recognition that caught even the actor himself by surprise.

"Since 2009, tuloy tuloy ang blessings talaga... Feeling ko nasa tamang landas ako ngayon. Gusto ko dito lang ako," he said.

Martin added that this is another feather in his cap, especially since he is relatively a newcomer in the industry.

He is wholeheartedly thankful for the support of his fans and colleagues, saying it is a great privilege to be able to continue his passion in life.