Coco Martin, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Coco Martin among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, Coco Martin is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 13/12/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Martin for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 37-year-old actor, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Martin so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actor have already been named ‘Filipino Of The Year’ by some major Filipino newspapers and even ‘Quezon City Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Quezon City (Coco Martin's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Coco Martin Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 12 Dec 2018
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveCoco”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 12 Dec 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Coco Martin?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 12 Dec 2018

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Coco Martin?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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