Coco Martin Debuts As Director Via Metro Manila Film Festival Entry Film ‘Ang Panday’

Coco Martin will be wearing various hats in his latest action-adventure film “Ang Panday”, which is also one of the entries at the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), that will screen outside the Philippines via [email protected] starting December 28.

“Ang Panday” is not only an iconic character in Pinoy pop culture but it is also arguably one of most beloved Pinoy comic book heroes of all time as it embodies the ideals of truth and justice as well as the triumph of good over evil.

It should be noted that this is the very first full-length mainstream movie that Martin directed, produced, and starred on all at the same time.

Coco Martin

“Mahirap po pala (It was hard)”, Martin mused when asked about his directing debut. Despite the challenges and not having the benefit of formal training in film direction, the Prince of Philippine TV Series used his experience in doing independent films, mainstream films, and TV series on working on the film.

Martin started his career as an actor in indie movies, most notably in the films of Brillante Mendoza, and crossed over to mainstream as he transitioned to television, appearing in a consistent string of ABS-CBN’s top-rating primetime teleseryes as well as to movies under a mammoth film outfit.

“Pangarap ko po talaga maging direktor (I have always dreamed of becoming a director)” he shares. “Kapag gusto mo ang ginagawa mo kahit gaano kahirap ine-enjoy mo ‘yong bawat moment nang ginagawa mo (When you love what you do, despite the challenges, you will enjoy every moment of it).”

Aside from directing the film under his real name Rodel Nacianceno, he was also the one who developed the story of the film with Joel Mercado, which is the very first live-action film adaptation of “Ang Panday” – the beloved character created by writer Carlo J. Caparas and artist Steve Gan, that was made popular by the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr..

His active involvement as creative consultant of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano greatly forged his skill as a storyteller.

In this 2017 epic comeback of the iconic Pinoy superhero, Martin plays Flavio III – the grandson of the original Panday. His life suddenly turns upside down when he realizes that his bloodline is destined to save humanity from the evil doings of Panday’s immortal evil nemesis Lizardo (Jake Cuenca), who comes back from the world of darkness to once again bring havoc to the human race.

Jake Cuenca

With Flavio III not knowing that his bloodline is the only one capable of destroying Lizardo, he will have to scour different worlds to be able to gain the trust of the mythical power of the legendary sword. And like the original beloved hero, Flavio III gets to meet various characters that will help him become the rightful heir to the revered name Ang Panday.

Conceptualizing the story, Martin had in mind his viewers, especially the younger generation to whom he wanted to introduce the legacy of the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr.

“Sobrang iniba ko po siya, kasi gusto ko ma-appreciate siya ang mga kabataan ngayon at siyempre ng henerasyon ng mga tatay”, he states. “Kasi ang dami ng versions ng ‘Ang Panday’, so ginawa ko parang karugtong siya ng kuwento. Kaya ‘yong Flavio na ginampanan ni FPJ, ako ‘yong apo niya, ‘yon ang bagong kuwento ng ‘Ang Panday’.”

Witness how Flavio III will fulfill his destiny as he transforms from a simple, Tondo-born (an area in Manila known for its bustling community)  man to the greatest Filipino hero of all time who will save his family and community from the clutches of the most terrifying evil man has ever known.

“Ang Panday” also stars Philippine Senator Lito LapidEddie GarciaMichael de Mesa, Gloria RomeroJacklyn JoseDimples RomanaJeric RavalJaime FabregasJulio DiazMariel De LeonAwra BriguelaDennis PadillaCarmi MartinAlbert MartinezAgot Isidro, Ms. International 2017 Kylie VerzosaMccoy De LeonElisse Joson, and Jhong Hilario among many others. Meantime, teaming up for the first time for this film are CCM Film Productions, Star Cinema, and Viva Films.

Kylie Versosa

Martin as Flavio III will once again stand up for what is good and just as he valiantly champions the plight of the poor and the oppressed in the movie “Ang Panday”, which will screen outside the Philippines via [email protected] on the following dates and countries: Middle East on December 28; Barcelona, Spain on January 7 and Madrid, Spain on January 14; Greece on January 7; Australia and New Zealand on January 11; U.S. and Canada on January 12; United Kingdom on January 13 and 14; Austria on January 13 and 14; Italy on January 14; Hong Kong on January 21, and soon in other countries.

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