Veteran star Pen Medina has nothing but words of gratitude to fellow actor Coco Martin for coming to his aid when he underwent spinal surgery.
Pen and Coco are set to star together in the upcoming Kapamilya series FPJ’s Batang Quiapo which will premiere on Monday, February 13.
In an interview, Pen shared how he would be brought to tears when speaking of the help Coco extended to him when he was in the hospital for his surgical treatment.
“Kung minsan naiiyak ako dahil sobrang tulong ang ginawa ni Coco sa akin nung nasa hospital ako. Na-operahan nga ako, dalawang buwan ako,” Pen was quoted as saying in an ABS-CBN report.
Apart from the financial aid for his medical expenses, Pen related that it was Coco who offered him to star in Batang Quiapo.
“Nag-text ako ng personal sa kanya, nagpasalamat ako dahil sa tulong na ibinigay niya. Biglang sabi niya sa akin, ‘Tito Pen, malakas ka na ba? Kaya mo na bang mag-taping?’ sabi niya sa akin, ‘Kung kaya mo na, mag-taping tayo para hindi ka naiinip sa bahay,” Pen narrated.
The 71-year-old actor noted that Coco knew that he lost work and income over the past two years due to the pandemic.
“Kasi alam niya wala akong trabaho ng mahigit dalawang taon. Kapos lahat ang finances and everything nagpapalakas ako, hindi pa rin ako makakapagtrabaho. So ang gagawin na lang daw ay ia-adjust ang role sa kakayahan ko. Awa naman ng Diyos ay lumakas ako,” added Medina.
Prior to his successful operation in July last year, Pen’s family called for donations to support the treatment of the actor’s degenerative disc disease.
Pen will play the role of Marsing, father of Lovi Poe’s character Maria or Mokang in the series adaption of Fernando Poe Jr.’s hit film “Ang Batang Quiapo”.