Just like his character Leon in their upcoming film "Love or Money," Coco Martin has had his fair share of struggles as an Overseas Filipino Worker.
During the movie's global media conference on March 8, the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" actor recalled his sacrifices just to make ends meet for his family in the Philippines.
"Naranasan ko po lahat 'yan. Ang daming sakripisyo — 'yung buhay mo, 'yung future mo, para makapagtrabaho sa ibang bansa para sa pamilya mo," he recalled.
Coco said that he had to juggle his work as a janitor and a housekeeper during the course of his nine-month stay in Canada.
"For nine months, nag-janitor po ako sa Canada tapos kapag weekend po nagha-housekeeping ako sa mga bahay ng Canadian. Naranasan ko rin magpulot ng mga plastic bottles, coke in can, para mapadalhan 'yung pamilya ko sa Pilipinas," he shared.
"At the same time, nasakripisyo mo 'yung sarili mong buhay pati buhay pag-ibig mo," he said. "Kaya sabi ko nga, mahirap magtrabaho sa ibang bansa. Lalong-lalo na kung meron kang mga mahal sa buhay na naiwan dito sa Pilipinas."
Meanwhile, his "Love or Money" leading lady Angelica Panganiban was asked whether she can go as far as leaving her career for love.
"Mahirap siya kasi ito lang ang alam kong gawin, eh," she admitted. "Mula bata ako ito na 'yung mundo ko, so hindi ko ma-imagine 'yung sarili ko na wala ako sa harap ng camera o hindi ako gumagawa ng pelikula."
However, Angelica isn't shutting her doors on the thought of doing it for the sake of her family.
"Malaking challenge talaga 'yun kung aabot ako doon. Kung hihingiin talaga siya sa'kin ng pamilya ko. Kung talagang kailangan, I think kaya ko siyang gawin," she said. "Hindi ko lang alam kung mapapanindigan ko."
Because of the pandemic, the Hugot Queen also realized how much she actually loves her job as an actress.
"Ngayon pa nga lang medyo nakakabaliw na, eh, 'pag walang trabaho. Noong height ng pandemic, inaartehan ko 'yung mga pusa ko, 'yung mga halaman ko, talagang sa kanila ako nage-emote," she jested.
"Ito talaga ‘yung mahal kong gawin eh. Mahal ko 'tong trabahong 'to," she pressed. "'Pag tinanggal siya sa'kin, hulog na hulog ako noon. Mahal na mahal ko ang taong 'yun, napakaswerte noon."
Helmed by Mae Cruz-Alviar, "Love or Money" premieres this March 12 on KTX.ph, iWantTFC, TFC On Demand, Cignal PPV, and Sky PPV.
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