MANILA - "Ang Probinsyano" star Coco Martin on Saturday admitted that he gave Whang-ud, Kalinga's oldest traditional tattoo artist, a gift before they parted ways last week.
"May binigay ako sa kanya na parang remembrance lang na kuwintas at hikaw," Martin told reporters, but declined to say what the jewelry looked like and how much they cost.
"Basta binigyan ko siya ng terno kasi di ba mahilig siya mag-lipstick, so nag-isip ako ng ano (bagay) na regalo."
The "Ang Panday" producer and director also treated the 100-year old artist to a restaurant before she left Metro Manila.
"Inorderan namin siya kasi baka ang gusto niya fish at saka vegetable. Ang kinain niya lang rice, water, at saka salt," the actor said.
"Siguro nga iyong pagkain nila dun healthy tapos walang stress kaya iyon din siguro iyong way para humaba ang buhay."
Whang-ud, a self-confessed fan of Martin's primetime show, met the actor last week when she flew in to Manila for a trade and tourism expo.
Prior to their meet-up, Martin sent a signed pillow and photo to Whang-ud's Buscalan home after fans of the actor noticed that she collected shirts, posters, and even a life-size standee of "Cardo", Martin's character in "Ang Probinsyano."
Martin said he plans to travel to Kalinga soon to get a tattoo from Whang-ud.
"Nahihiya ako kasi siya pa ang pumunta dito sa Manila... Sabi ko sa kanya ako naman ang dadalaw sa kanya," he said.
Whang-ud earlier said she'll give the actor a python or a centipede tattoo as it is a traditional symbol for brave warriors.