Vice Ganda and Coco Martin: A beautiful friendship
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Who would have thought that Coco Martin and Vice Ganda share a beautiful friendship together that’s been solidified for years? That this friendship happened even way before they became two of limelight’s favorite people?
Unusual a combination as it may be—a proud gay and a man who played gay roles in indie films—Vice said in an interview on “The Buzz” recently that the friendship is possible.
“Sa relasyon namin ni Coco, napatunayan namin na puwede palang maging normal ang pagkakaibigan ng isang lalake at isang bakla na walang malisya at hindi kailangang husgahan ng lipunan,” he maintained.
The popular stand-up comedian revealed he met Coco, whom he fondly calls “Deng-Deng” (his real name his Rodel Nacianceno), at a Christmas party of a restaurant where Coco served as a waiter back in 2003.
It was a funny yet furious first encounter, which Vice recalled, “Halos isinusumpa niya ko.”
“Ako ‘yung performer… kinausap ko siya from the audience tapos pinaglaruan ko daw siya. Hindi ko naman alam, siya ang nagpa-remind sa’kin na galit na galit siya sa’kin, buwisit na buwisit siya sa’kin kasi pinaglaruan ko daw siya, pahiyang-pahiya daw siya.”
The two eventually became friends, perhaps thanks to the fact that Vice had been friends with Coco’s sibling and cousins before that faithful meeting.
At some point, did Vice feel something more than friendship for the “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” actor?
“Masyado akong maganda para ma-in love kay Coco Martin,” he kidded, quickly adding, “Kasi ang crush ko talaga ‘yung kapatid niya. Ang kinarir ko ‘yung kapatid niya pero hindi ko rin naman pinagtagumpayan.”
The “Showtime” judge admitted that he never thought his shy pal has acting chops.
“Mas na-imagine ko pong I will go farther than him… Eh parang mas nauna siyang bumongga kaysa sa’kin eh… mas bumongga [pa] siya sa ‘Tayong Dalawa.’ Sobrang hot ni Coco Martin sa ‘Tayong Dalawa’ eh wala pang ‘Showtime’ n’on,” he related.
Aside from revealing that Coco is stingy and previously homophobic (“Eh ang show business parang three-fourths bakla ang nakapaligid,” Vice quipped), he proudly declared that Coco is deeply family-oriented.
“’Pag guwapo ka tapos artista ka, baka iniisip ng ibang tao ang hilig mo lang girls [at] gimik. Pero si Coco, mas malalim talaga siyang tao. Ang dami niyang sinasakripisyo para sa sarili niya,” said Vice, referring to the young thespian’s struggles back then, including having to fend for his family’s needs, going as far as to render work as the lone janitor of a big convention even when he had already earned recognition for the indie film, “Masahista.”
The new “Petrang Kabayo” is happy for the success that he and his “Noy” co-star now share.
“Sobrang proud na proud ako sa kanya (Coco), at masayang-masaya ako na proud din siya sa kung anuman ang nangyari sa’kin ngayon. Masaya ako na sabay naming tinatahak ang landas na ‘to at sabay naming ine-enjoy ang pagningning ng mga bituin namin,” he enthused. mb.com.ph