MANILA, Philippines -- The "Bakal na Krus" or cross of steel that has the ability to shift into different weapons to vanquish evil is more than a prop for actor Coco Martin in his latest series "Juan dela Cruz."
In an interview on "Sarah G Live" on Sunday night, Martin said he has been collecting crosses ever since he started doing independent movies.
"Kasi every time na pumupunta ako sa abroad tapos lumalaban ako sa iba't ibang film festival, 'yun ang ginagawa kong souvenir," Martin explained.
"Kasi that time wala pa talaga akong pera. Wala pa akong pambili ng mga damit o 'yung tinatawag nilang magsho-shopping," he said.
For Martin, the crosses, which he keeps in his bedroom, remind him of the places he has visited.
"Basta gusto ko every time na mayroon akong pupuntahan na ibang bansa, may bibilhin akong isang krus at ilalagay ko sa kwarto ko. Sa dami ng krus na nakolekta ko na -- madami na hindi ko na siya mabilang -- napapagod na ako nang kakahalik. Kasi kapag umuuwi ka ng bahay iki-kiss mo siya bago matulog. Noong dumami na siya ng dumami, pag-kiss ko sa isa eh parang bini-bless ko na lang sila," he shared.
In a previous interview, Martin admitted that his life changed after touching the Black Nazarene, a dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, while shooting the indie film "Tirador" in 2008. Since then, the actor said he began to receive a lot of offers.
Last year, Martin was tied to a cross for two hours for the film "Sta. Niña."
Now, another cross plays an important part in another Martin project as he plays the titular character Juan dela Cruz, which translates to John of the Cross.
In the series, Juan searches for a missing cross, which will enable him to fight the forces of evil.
"Juan dela Cruz" premiere Monday, February 4, after "TV Patrol."