Coco Martin to star in indie film 'Sta. Niña'


Posted at May 16 2012 04:24 PM | Updated as of May 17 2012 12:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Actor Coco Martin, who found mainstream success with hit TV shows such as the top-rated "Walang Hanggan," is returning to his roots with a new independent film.

In an interview on Wednesday after the press conference for his movie "Born To Love You" with singer Angeline Quinto, Martin revealed that he will be starring in the indie movie "Santa Niña" for the upcoming Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

"Masaya po kasi medyo matagal-tagal na akong hindi nakagawa ng  indie. Ngayon nakabalik na ako so sobrang excited ako para sa 'Sta. Niña,'" he said.

Directed by Manny Palo, "Santa Niña" tells the story of 2-year-old girl who died in Bacolor, Cavite. After 10 years, her body has still not decomposed leading many to believe that her body is miraculous.

The indie movie also stars  Angel Aquino, Irma Adlawan, Leo Martinez, Nanding Josef, Anita Linda and Alessandra de Rossi.

Martin was discovered when he appeared in the indie movie "Masahista," directed by a Brillante Mendoza.

After the movie's success, Martin appeared in other independent films, many of them directed by Mendoza, including "Kinatay," which won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

But before that, Martin is promoting "Born To Love You," which will hit theaters nationwide on May 30.