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Promising actor Kristoffer Martin gets the biggest TV break of his young career with a lead role in the new GMA prime-time drama Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw.

Not many know that Kristoffer started as a child actor at ABS-CBN before transferring to rival GMA. “It was when the local production of the Korean soap Endless Love was looking for a young Dingdong Dantes that I made the big move. My first drama was Prinsesa ng Banyera, and I also did two shows with Sid Lucero: Kung Fu Kids and Ligaw na Bulaklak. I look forward to working with Kuya Sid in a future show since both of us are Kapuso contract actors now.”

Kristoffer also made a big splash in the indie film circuit not too long ago. He won two awards for his debut film Oros, by young filmmaker Paul Sta. Ana. The Entertainment Society of the Philippines gave him a Best Supporting Actor Award and the Philippine Movie Press Club recognized Kristoffer as its Best New Actor last year. His moving performance also earned him an honorable mention at the 2013 Long Island International Film Festival, a feat for a relatively new actor.

“I miss doing films, and I’d like to act in at least one good film this year. My work schedule is getting to be really busy but I hope to find one beautiful film role,” he told us at the news conference for his new daily drama.

On the love front, his well-publicized romance with Joyce Ching came to a halt last year, but he said they remain friends. In fact, Joyce is cast in a supporting role in Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw.  For the new show, Kristoffer is being paired with Kim Rodriguez.

 

MORE THAN BEGINNER’S LUCK

The elements of the universe must be in full conspiracy for new actor Sandino Martin.  His debut film Unfriend is one of only two films from the Philippines that made it to the prestigious 2014 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. Sandino is flying to Berlin this week with his director, Jay Altarejos, to represent the country and their film.

“The film is turning out to be a major blessing and I’m very happy that I did not have second thoughts when it was offered to me,” he explained. Sandino plays a gay teen caught between the passion and complexities of a young, immature same-sex romance.

I’ve always wanted to be an actor, to be more than a matinee idol,” he volunteered, adding, “I’ve been fascinated with how actors transform into the characters they play and I’m bent on making this a long-term career.

Sandino’s first attempt at acting for TV was heartbreaking.  He was already taping for ABS-CBN’s production of the telenovela hit Maria la del Barrio for two weeks when he was told that he would be replaced because they needed an older actor. There were plenty of whispers about network politics being the real reason behind that decision that broke Sandino’s heart. At the time, he carried the screen name Inno Martin.

“Oh yes, I cried many times because I couldn’t understand why I was dropped.  But those who truly cared and knew show business very well explained things to me and made me realize that these situations happen and some people in media companies just don’t care at all even if they dash the hopes of new and young hopefuls. It was certainly very traumatic but that’s the reality of the TV business and I have to accept it. But it shouldn’t stop me from moving on and becoming a better and wiser actor. I’m just thankful that the good breaks are coming now.”

Aside from exploring the city, Sandino will spend his time in Berlin to watch movies in the official selection of the festival. “I’m still overwhelmed but I know I am going to have a good, productive time in Berlin, even if they tell me that it’s freezing in Europe at this time of the year.”

The rights to the movie Unfriend has already been bought for international distribution by Fortissimo Films Worldwide and this guarantees that film aficionados all over the world will have the chance to see this one promising actor from the Philippines named Sandino Martin.

We wish Sandino all the best.

 

BACK ON THE FAST LANE

Hot and humble actor Coco Martin continues to count his many blessings.  He takes on both roles of producer and actor for the new Adolfo Alix Jr. film Padre de Familia, where Coco fulfills a long-held dream of acting with Superstar Nora Aunor.

Coco and the acting legend are cast as mother and son who take on the responsibility of putting their family together after the father suffers a debilitating disease.

“It’s not easy to be the producer of a project where I am also the actor. It tends to divide my focus and attention, but it is shaping up to be a good film and soon all the headaches will be worth it,” he told us recently.

The film also stars Anita Linda, Julia Montes, Joem Bascon, Baron Geisler, Jess Mendoza, Manuel Chua and Miles Ocampo.

On TV, Coco is preparing for his next soap opera on ABS-CBN that will pair him with Kim Chiu and will feature Ronaldo Valdez, Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino, Cherry Pie Picache, Tirso Cruz III and Meryll Soriano.

Ikaw Lamang is touted as the biggest TV production of the year and Coco’s fans are eagerly waiting for this daily drama. “I’m excited to work nonstop again,” he jested, adding, “Every opportunity to work on a good project is certainly most welcome. My work not only makes me happy and fulfilled, but it is also what enables me to make my family and my loved ones happy and special.”


In Photo: Coco Martin, and Sandino Martin


 

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