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The Secret To Cardo's (And Coco's) Immortality

There are more similarities between the two than you might think
by Emmanuel Calingacion | Jul 11, 2018
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If you’re a die-hard (pun intended) viewer of the long-running drama series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, then you know what just happened to Coco Martin’s character, Cardo Dalisay. If you don’t know what happened, here’s the YouTube video to show you what went down.

Now, if you’re a fan of the show and you haven’t heard of any announcement of it’s final week or episode, then you would’ve already guessed that Cardo dying is close to impossible right now. And, as shown in that episode, we were proven right as Yassi Pressman’s Alyana just had a nightmare. Although after that, Cardo might actually be gone for good, at least in Alyana’s life.

This means Cardo is not yet physically dead. This means FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano will continue to play at the same time every weekday for more months, or even years to come. But why?

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We can admit (so should you) that the show has gone on for far too long. It has hurt its reputation and has lost its appeal to some former fans. Of course, people still watch it, and that’s what matters for the people behind the show anyway. This, however, raises the following questions: Has the network or production run out of good ideas to replace the show with? Is management and/or are the producers afraid they can’t live up to the shows infamous reputation? Did they have something in the wings, but got cold feet?

Right now, all we can do is speculate and analyze just why the show and its lead, Cardo Dalisay, are immortal. And what does Coco Martin have to do with it?

First, a comparison between the character and the actor. For those who don’t know, Coco Martin started out doing independent films. You might know him from Brillante Mendoza’s Masahista and Kinatay, where he played the lead role in both films. In short, Coco started from the bottom. This is not to suggest that independent films are much lesser than mainstream ones. It’s just that, generally, an actor has to start with lesser roles and lower-budget films before the mainstream studios and networks decide you’re “worthy” to be casted in one of theirs.

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And when Coco penetrated mainstream media, it’s obvious he didn’t take a break from working and developing himself as an actor. He got minor roles in TV shows and movies, until, finally, his talent was recognized and studios and producers took advantage of his rising popularity. He put on different masks for characters in movies like Noy and Born To Love You. But even when Coco was up there among the stars, he didn’t forget where he came from, and was still doing independent movies when he could.

Now, on to Cardo. Cardo’s been kicking goon-ass and screaming gut-busting dialogue with his lisp for about three years now, which is a grueling amount of years considering everything that’s happened to him, his family, and his friends. But the probinsyano actually is from the province, and worked his way through life until entering the police force and becoming a SAF officer. But even then, he didn’t stop pursuing the justice he felt he never attained.

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He went from being in the Special Action Force to going to prison, to infiltrating and eventually leading a rebel group to take down a corrupt politician. There was nothing under the (red) sun that Cardo didn’t take on. He assumed different faces and identities to survive and be with the love of his life. And in the end, he would always go back to his family, to his home where he grew up, where he was made into the man he is today.

If you read that carefully, you now know why Cardo and Coco are very identical people and why they have earned, not been given, immortality. Cardo and Coco both know what it’s like to be at the bottom of the pile. They both know the struggles of scratching and clawing their way to the top. They have put on many different personalities for them to adapt and survive in the crazy worlds they inhabit. One had to play countless roles to climb up a film industry dying to find its new king of TV. One had to assume various identities in order for him to survive the decaying country he lived in.

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At some point, Cardo’s story will end. But even then, he will forever be etched into the hearts and minds of those who religiously watched the show from the start to the end. In that way, he is immortal. And as for Coco, well, what else is there to say? The man has many more years in front of him. And he will be putting on more masks and characters in order to build on his already impressive legacy.

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