By Margaret Padilla
Coco Martin, an ABS-CBN actor, joined thousands of devotees at the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo yesterday.
“Nakiisa sina Coco Martin at ang staff ng FPJ’s Batang Quiapo sa mga Pilipino at mga deboto sa paggunita ng kapistahan ng Itim na Nazareno.”
This was the caption of several photos of Martin and the staff of his upcoming series “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo” praying and participating in activities around the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church posted on Dreamscape’s Twitter account.
They were dressed in maroon tops, a color identified with followers of the religious icon.
“Ngayong araw din isinagawa ang araw ng taping ng #FPJsBatangQuiapo!” the caption continued.
During the actual celebration, the staff also used the chance to film scenes for the series.
The Kapamilya actor stated in 2016 that he was hesitant to participate in the Quiapo festival due to the large number of people and the deaths that occurred there.
“Sa pista ng Quiapo, sa dami ng tao, syempre kahit ako natatakot ako dahil may mga namamatay doon,” Martin said.
“Sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Kaya ko ba ‘to?’ Noong ginawa na namin ‘yun, hindi ko maipaliwanag. Sabi ko nga, first time kong naramdaman na lumangoy ako sa libu-libong tao hanggang sa nahawakan ko ‘ang Nazareno,” added.
It was noted that long before he became famous, Martin was already a Black Nazarene devotee.