Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno (born November 1, 1981), known professionally as Coco Martin, is a Filipino indie actor, director, and film producer. He is best known for playing the lead roles in television series, such as Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Walang Hanggan, Ikaw Lamang, Juan dela Cruz, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and FPJ’s Batang Quiapo.
With a career spanning two decades, Martin is regarded as the country’s “Ultimate Superstar”. He has won 2 FAMAS Awards, 2 Gawad Urian Awards and 3 Golden Screen Awards. As of 2021, Martin has grossed 2.3 billion at the box-office, making him one of the top earning actors of the last ten years. At the 34th Gawad Urian Awards, he was recognized as the “Actor of the Decade”. He is also recognized as the most awarded actor of his generation, with 119 awards and recognitions and 40 nominations from various award-giving bodies since 2006.
In 2017, Martin starred as the titular character in the Ang Panday reboot, while also serving as the director, marking his directorial debut. He is credited under his real name, Rodel Nacianceno for his roles as director. Martin is the chairman of his own production company, CCM Film Productions, a company that he established in 2017.
Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno was born in Santa Cruz, Manila, to Maria Teresa (née Pacheco) and Ramon Nacianceno. He was young when his parents separated causing his grandmother, Matilde, to care for him. He was raised in Novaliches, Quezon City, and would later admit that he spent most of his time on the streets to make ends meet. During these years, he would often go to the Quiapo Church in Manila with his grandmother to seek guidance from the Black Nazarene.
Despite poor living conditions, he was able to attend elementary and high school at Capitol Institute in Novaliches. Martin earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the National College of Business and Arts in Fairview, Quezon City. To sustain his studies, Martin worked distributing flyers, as a barista, a merchandiser, a waiter, and a driver. After finishing college, he flew to Alberta, Canada, where he worked as a janitor at a bingo parlor. A widowed Filipino-Canadian woman promised to help him secure employment legally if he would work as her housekeeper, but the arrangement was unsuccessful. Martin eventually returned to janitorial work, and after nine months, returned home to the Philippines.
Parents and family
Coco Martin parents are Maria Teresa (mother) and Ramon Nacianceno (father).
He has five siblings in total both from his biological parents.
He was raised alongside three biological siblings and two step-siblings by his grandmother.
Coco Martin has a younger half-brother whose name is Ronwaldo ‘Ron’ Martin.
Wife and Children
Martin has been in a romantic relationship with Julia Montes since 2011. The couple has kept their relationship private until Martin publicly confirmed it in May 2023. At present, they have two children.
Their daughter, rumored to be named after Coco’s grandmother, was born in 2019, while their son was born in 2022. They have managed to keep their family private ever since.
He has a daughter named Coleen.
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