Back to Top
Rocco has ‘beautiful outlook in life’ thanks to movie role
Chuck Smith (The Philippine Star) - August 12, 2013 - 2:56pm

MANILA, Philippines - Rocco Nacino is ready to take what is perhaps the most challenging project of his young showbiz career so far.

As previously reported, the Kapuso star will place the titular character in the movie “San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir,” an entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

JM De Guzman was originally slated to play the role of the Filipino teen martyr, but he withdrew from the film due to health reasons.

Related article: Calungsod biopic lacking lead actor, fans in guessing game

“It’s really humbling and motivating. Wala akong issues being the second choice,” Rocco said when asked about replacing JM during the film’s press launch on Sunday, August 11.

The 26-year-old actor has done a lot since he joined GMA 7’s reality talent show “Starstruck V” in 2009. He’s also won awards for his work in the independent film “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.” But “San Pedro Calungsod” is a difficult film to do for two reasons: majority of the film’s dialog is in Spanish and Rocco, a Christian, will be portraying a Roman Catholic saint.

But instead of viewing these as a hindrance, Rocco decided to take it on as an opportunity to learn.

Optimistic

“Christian ako and I’m playing a Catholic saint so it makes my acting and the character more interesting,” he said,

Rocco added, “Through this project, naging mas God-fearing ako, mas napalapit ako sa family ko, I love life more. I have that feeling of righteous, of being loving, caring,”

Because he has immersed himself in the role, Rocco said he has a “beautiful outlook in life ngayon; I feel happy, masaya.”

“San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir” will compete with MMFF heavyweights this December—including a film with Vic Sotto and Kris Aquino (‘Torky and My Little Bossing’) and Eugene Domingo (a “Kimmy Dora” prequel). But Rocco remains optimistic about the critical and box-office chances of their film.

“We’ll just do our best. I’ll just be optimistic na, yes, malulupit yung mga kasama mo (sa competition) pero pantay-pantay kayo d’yan,” he said.

Rocco added, “Kung mapapakita ko ng maganda yung film, kung mapoportray ko ng maayos, kung magiging accurate ako, at maaaprubahan ng Catholic Church, award na yun.”

“Kung magkakaroon ng award, bonus na lang yun.”

‘Closed doors’

The MMFF film is just one of Rocco’s numerous projects this year. Besides being a mainstay on the Sunday noontime show “Sunday All Stars, he is also part of the upcoming GMA 7 primetime show “Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas.”

Related article: Sexy Talk with Rocco Nacino

With his busy schedule, it’s not surprising Rocco has closed his doors on a love life for the meantime.

“But there’s always that one person I get to talk to everyday and makes everything easier,” said the actor who has been linked to Kapuso actress Lovi Poe recently.

As for the identity of this “one person,” Rocco said: “Let it remain a mystery.”

AKIN PA RIN ANG BUKAS ANG SAYAW BATANG MARTIR BUT ROCCO CATHOLIC CHURCH FILM ROCCO ROCCO NACINO SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD
  • Latest
  • Trending
  • Recommended
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
E-mail us for feedback at
support@philstar.com
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.