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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 30, 2013

Albert Martinez Plays One King Role After Another

ABS-CBN is so aggressive in their promos these days, having one presscon after another. Sometimes, in one day, we get to attend two to three ABS-CBN Presscons. There was even a time that two presscons were both held at the same time at lunch, “Kahit Puso’y Masugatan” under Kane Choa and “Apoy sa Dagat” under Aaron Domingo.

Some shows have two to three presscons before they’re finally aired. In the case of “Juan de la Cruz”, which is clearly special for them, they have already had four presscons so far: one for the writers and directors, one for those in charge of the music that uses songs like “Maging Sino Ka Man” and “Pusong Bato”, one solo presscon for lead star Coco Martin at the Luxent Hotel ballroom no less, then a grand presscon for all the cast members at Elements Centris. Before it’s shown on Monday, they’ll even have a special press preview of the pilot week.

Playing the dad of Coco in “Juan de la Cruz” is Albert Martinez, who’s so lucky that even if he’s still taping for “Princess and I” that ends tomorrow, he already started taping for “Juan” that will replace it. He plays the King of Yangdon in “Princess” and he plays another king in “Juan”, the king of the aswangs.

“I’m really thankful to ABS na tuloy-tuloy ang trabaho ko,” he says. “For ‘Juan’, I totally changed everything in me para maiba sa role ko in ‘Princess’. I changed my looks, my mannerisms, everything. I’m happy to work with Coco again, who’s certainly one of our best young actors today.”