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IN PHOTOS: Coco Martin pays his respects to “Da King” Fernando Poe Jr

Mary Ann Bardinas August 20, 2019 12:36 PM
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FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano lead actor and director Coco Martin made sure to not miss the commemoration of late great actor and filmmaker Fernando Poe Jr.’s 80th birth anniversary by visiting his grave at the Manila North Cemetery, Manila City this August 20.


In a series of photos uploaded by Dreamscape Entertainment and by his Coco Martin PH on their official Instagram accounts this morning, Coco was spotted solemnly praying in front of Da King’s tomb, alongside some of his co-stars in the Primetime action-drama, namely John Prats, Lester Llansang, Marc Solis, John Medina, Sancho Delas Alas, Josef Elizalde, CJ Ramos, Martin Escudero, and Bryan “Smugglaz” Lao, or collectively known as Task Force Agila.


The Primetime King also paid tribute to the Filipino film legend on IG by posting a collage of FPJ’s image and a few of iconic roles he portrayed in his prolific 48-year acting career and captioned it, “Bata pa lang ako si FPJ na po ang aking iniidolo. Sa kanya ko nakita ang dedikasyon at pagmamahal sa katrabaho. Saludo ako sa’yo FPJ! Ipagpapatuloy ko ang mga alaala at iniwan mong aral para sa industriya na iyong minahal at para sa taumbayan. #FPJ80”.


In his interview on the morning program Umagang Kay Ganda, he expressed how utterly grateful he is to the King of Philippine Movies and divulged that they do visit him whenever they’re filming around the area.


WATCH: Coco Martin, nag-alay ng dasal para kay FPJ


“Siyempre po para sa amin, lalong-lalo na kami bilang mga kabataan at bago sa industriyang ito, napakalaking bahagi ni FPJ sa industriya ng paggawa ng pelikula, lalong-lalo na sa lahat ng Pilipino. Sa laki ng naiambag niya sa industriya at sa mga naitulong niya sa bawat Pilipino nandito kami para magbigay-pugay sa kanya [at] magpasalamat,” he enthused. 


Then he added. “Halos taon-taon at kung magkakaroon kami ng pagkakataon na dito kami nagsho-shooting o nagtratrabaho, talagang bumibisita kami para magpasalamat sa kanya.”


He also feels regretful for not having the wonderful opportunity to work with him, but imparted how his works have influenced young bloods like him, as well as the top-rating action drama.


WATCH: Coco Martin, handing gumawa ng iba pang teleseryeng hango sa mga pelikula ni FPJ


“Hindi man namin nakasama si FPJ, o hindi man namin nakatrabaho, pero ‘yong mga pelikulang naiwan niya, ‘yong mga magagandang likha rin niya para makapagbigay ng aral sa mga manonood, lalong-lalo na sa mga kabataan ay tumatagos sa aming puso,” he related.


Then he continued, “Basta ‘yon po, nagpapasalamat lang po kami siyempre sa lahat ng sumusuporta kay FPJ hanggang ngayon. Ako po, sabi ko nga hanggang ngayon every time napapanood ko pa rin ang mga pelikula niya sa telebisyon, ang sarap balik-balikan kasi alam n’yo ang mga pelikula niya talagang nakalaan ‘to para sa mga Pilipino – ‘yong panlasang Pilipino, ‘yong buhay natin, ‘yong kultura natin talagang ipinapakita niya [at] ibinabahagi niya, siyempre lalo na po ‘yong mga tamang kaugalian ng bawat Pilipino.


“Kaya po sa ‘Probinsyano’, ipinapakita po talaga namin kung ano po ang maibabahagi natin upang mabuhay ang ating magagandang katangian bilang mga Pilipino,” the 37-year-old versatile and well-loved actor stated.


We all know that FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which was launched in September 2015, is loosely based on the late multi-awarded actor and director’s classic 90’s action flick bearing the same title. 


Go through the gallery above to see Coco’s heartwarming encounter with his ultimate idol. All hail, Da King!

 

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