You might have spotted them together, cozying up and going around Manila on a motorcycle. It seemed like they were dating, but to quash speculations, Coco Martin and Mariel de Leon are not going out.
Actually, they’re just shooting a scene for the remake of “Ang Panday,” an official entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was her debut film, as well.
On Instagram, Mariel, the country’s candidate to the Miss International 2017 pageant in Japan, shared a photo of her riding sidesaddle at the back of a motorcycle.
Her arms were wrapped around male lead Coco, writing a funny caption: “First time ko eh! At least it’s with @mr.cocomartin hahaha 😂 #AngPanday #MMFF”
Likewise, a video compilation was uploaded onto Youtube by Showbiz Philippines, showing snippets during shooting. It showed the actor coolly driving the bike around the metro, amidst traffic and curious bystanders.
Aside from being the lead actor, Coco will be making his directorial debut with this fantasy film. According to reports, he personally asked permission from the beauty queen’s parents, actors Sandy Andolong and Christopher de Leon.
As the leading lady, Mariel is open to do a kissing scene – but that’s as far she will go.
Moreover, the beauty queen also clarified reports that her pageant training coincides with the movie’s shooting schedules.
“For Panday, our shooting is only once or twice a week and every weekend lang. So of course, most of my time still goes to Binibini and our preparations for our pageants. I think that’s what people mostly don’t understand – [it] is only once or twice a week. Maybe they thought it’s going to be all day everyday.”
Mariel is set to compete on November 14th in Japan, that’s why she has been immersing herself in the Japanese culture to make her prepared for almost anything she might encounter while in the land of the rising sun.
“I have to study the Japanese culture. I need to learn a bit of Nihongo, and I guess be more culturally aware,” she told reporters.
See for yourself if it was indeed a date for the two. Who knows, things could develop for this onscreen couple.
Do you think things will develop for Coco Martin and Mariel de Leon? Are you excited for their movie, Ang Panday? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
SOURCE: SHOWBIZ PHILIPPINES | RAPPLER | INQUIRER.NET