Vice doesn’t allow MMFF competition to affect his friendship with Coco » Manila Bulletin Entertainment

Manila Bulletin Philippines

Breaking News from the Nation's leading newspaper

Tempo

Online Newspaper

Showbiz and Celebrity News

Sports News

World News
News Asia

Vice doesn’t allow MMFF competition to affect his friendship with Coco

By:

Updated

Comedy actor-TV host Vice Ganda is grateful to have seasoned actor Coco Martin as his best friend despite that people pit them against each other particularly in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) season.

At a recent press conference, Vice said that while his and Coco’s starrers compete at times at MMFF, their friendship has withstood the test of time. This year, the latter fields “M&M: The Mall The Merrier” while Coco has his own movie.

VICE GANDA

VICE GANDA

When they last met, Vice revealed Coco advised him to take good care of his standing in the annual festival. The latter even asked him how shooting was coming along.

“Sabi ko ‘Oo maganda, may laban naman.’ Sabi niya ‘Siguraduhin mo huh. Siguraduhin mong maganda ’yung pelikula. Kailangan magandang-maganda ’yung pelikula nating dalawa,’” Vice said.

“Tapos sabi niya sa akin, ‘Alagaan mo itong film fest kasi parang sayo na ‘to eh. Gusto ko laging magandang pelikula ’yung lalabas mo.’ Sabi pa niya ‘Ako, okay na akong sumusunod lang sayo, na first runner-up mo palagi.’”

Vice turns emotional whenever he thinks about the bond they’ve built through the years.

“Ang saya lang nu’ng nagkita kami kasi hindi nawawala ’yung love and concern namin sa isa’t-isa. Kasi nu’ng nagsimula kami dito (sa industriyang ito), ganu’n na kami eh,” he said.

“Nu’ng nagkaroon siya ng teleserye, ako ’yung tinawagan niya at nag-usap kami. Sinabi niya, ‘Magkakateleserye ako’ tapos sabi ko sa kanya na ‘Alagaan mo ’yan kasi inaantay natin ’yan,’” Vice shared. “Tapos nu’ng nagkaroon ako ng ‘It’s Showtime,’ siya rin ’yung una kong tinawagan.”

COCO MARTIN

COCO MARTIN

Vice said Coco initially preferred a talk show for him than hosting a noontime show.

“Sabi niya ipagdadasal ko na ikaw ang pumalit sa ‘The Buzz…’ tapos nagkatotoo. Nagkaroon ako ng ‘Gandang Gabi Vice.’ Kaya magkasama kaming dalawa sa lahat ng ginagawa namin.”

Then again, like most friendships, theirs have had its ups and downs. Vice shared that few months after they starred in the films they last did respectively, their friendship went through a rough patch.

“Nagkatampuhan kami nu’ng gagawa na kami ng pelikula para sa susunod na film fest,” he shared.

CAST OF 'The Mall The Merrier'

“Actually ’yung tampuhan na hindi kami… pano ba ’yun? Hindi na kami nag-usap, nag artihan kaming dalawa. ’Yung may mga tampo ako sa kanya tapos sinasabi ko lang sa mga common friends namin tapos siya rin. ’Yung pinararating namin sa ibang tao ’yung tampo namin tapos ’pag nagkita kami, wala.

“Kaya ’yung mga kaibigan namin: ‘Parang sira ulo ’tong dalawa nu’ng nagkita naman sila okay naman sila pero ang dami nilang chika sa ating dalawa, kanya-kanya kayong sumbungan.’ Ganu’n na ’yung relationship namin ni Coco.”

Comedy
Vice is back with comedy film from Star Cinema and Viva Films that’s expected to become yet another blockbuster.

Asked to give a guesstimate on the gross “The Mall The Merrier” might get, he said: “Eh forecast lang naman eh, ’de mag-claim tayo ng mag-claim! 1 billion, ganu’n! 1 billion, 2 billion kung kaya ’di ba? Malay mo, ibigay? ’De i-claim lang natin. Wala namang masama sa ’pag-claim ng maganda at positive. Walang masamang maging ambisyosa, wala namang bayad ’yun.”

“The Mall The Merrier” is about dysfunctional siblings (Vice and Anne Curtis) inheriting a very old mall, with mysterious incidents happening. They protect the mall from their evil aunt (Dimples Romana).

The movie marks the first time Anne and Vice are cast in the same film. Also in the cast are Tony Labrusca, Elisse Joson, Jameson Blake, MC Calaquian, Brenda Mage, Petite, Lassy Marquez, and Chad Kinis, Jackie Gonzaga, and Ion Perez, to name a few.

ION PEREZ

ION PEREZ

In love
Speaking of Ion, who is Vice’s boyfriend of 13 months, the latter said he is one of the blessings in his life that makes him smile wider than usual these days.

“Masaya ’yung puso ko,” was how he put it. “Masarap magtrabaho na masaya ’yung puso. Masarap magtrabaho na kinikilig ka. Masarap magtrabaho na inspired ka at masarap magtrabaho na may mimahal ka. At sobrang positibo ang lahat para sa akin.”

Asked how the model changed him, Vice said only Ion made him feel “in love.”

“Kasi marami akong nagugustuhan in the past pero hindi naman ako na i-in-inlove,” he revealed. “At maraming nagbago kasi this time ’yung taong in love ako, mahal din ako.”

The comedy actor elaborated: “Kasi maraming pagkakataon in the past na may mga minahal din naman ako pero ’di naman ako minahal. May mga taong pinili ko pero hindi din naman ako pinili. Ngayon masaya ako kasi ’yung pinili ko, pinili din ako.”

Do they plan to settle down, someone asked.

“Bilang sa kultura natin sa Pilipinas, parang hindi naman okay na ’yung babae ’yung nagsasabi tungkol d’yan,” he joked, then straightening up, the comedy actor added, “’Yung concrete plans wala pa talaga pero nag-start na kami to talk about it.”

Vice said that for now, they’re just “enjoying” the relationship and “savoring everything that’s so beautiful and tasteful.”

He revealed that all is well between his and Ion’s family.

“’Yung pamilya ni Ion masaya, isang simple at pangkaraniwang pamilyang Filipino. I was able to visit his place ta’s na meet ko ’yung mga kapatid niya. Napaka-typical, napaka-normal at masaya,” Vice shared.

Apparently, it was one of the reasons he hesitated in making their relationship public.

“Kasi siyempre ’pag mahal mo ’yung tao poprotektahan mo ’yung mga mahal niya. At gusto kong protektahan ’yun kasi ’pag na invade ng panglabas na mga tao ’yung buhay na personal, hindi masarap ’yun sa pakiramdam ko eh. Hindi ko gugustuhing magulo ang buhay ng ibang tao dahil lang sa sayang nararamdaman namin,” he explained.

“’Di ba, that would be very selfish na sarili lang namin ang iniintindi pero ’yung mga pamilya namin ’di namin iniisip. Kasi ’yung pamilya niya talagang ang saya-saya at ang bait-bait. Mahal ako ng pamilya niya.”

Related Posts