Coco Martin turns 30 on Nov 1

by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2010 05:03 PM | Updated as of Nov 02 2010 01:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines - On a day when most find themselves remembering their dead loved ones, actor Coco Martin celebrates his life and adds another year to it at that.

The award-winning actor refused to divulge just how many candles will be on his cake this All Saints' Day, but he said his celebrations do not get weathered down because of the traditions that also mark this day.

Martin said he has little to wish for this 2010 after another successful professional year for the young actor, whose talent has drawn recognition from local and international audiences.

Recently, Martin learned that his movie, “Noy,” which he also co-produced, will represent the country to the 2011 Oscars.

Two weeks from now, Martin will head to Los Angeles to begin promoting the Filipino film.

But before he sets his sights on Hollywood, he took on a challenging role for “Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).”

In the next MMK episode, Martin portrays a mentally challenged man who witnesses a crime.

In addition to the aesthetic changes Martin underwent, he also admitted that it was one of his more difficult roles to date.

Showbiz career

Born Rodel Nacianceno, Martin started in showbiz as part of Star Circle.

His first film appearance was "Luv XT," with Judy Ann Santos as the lead star, in 2001. After taking a break, Martin made his debut film "Masahista," which won him the Best Actor Award from the Young Critics Circle in 2006.

He made TV shows in other networks before returning to ABS-CBN in 2008.

He became part of afternoon series "Ligaw na Bulaklak."

His major break came after he was given a role in "Tayong Dalawa." His performance in the TV series earned him the Best Drama Actor award in the 2009 Star Awards for Television.

He also starred in afternoon series "Nagsimula sa Puso" with Maja Salvador.

This year, Martin became part of Kapamilya's primetime drama "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo" as well as "Tonyong Bayawak."

He also did his first mainstream movie "Sa 'Yo Lamang" under Star Cinema, and was part of ABS-CBN's first musical series "Idol."