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Jake Cuenca shows acting versatility and brilliance in Kapamilya teleseryes

Mary Ann Bardinas October 12, 2018 12:27 AM

Treading in the local entertainment scene for quite a while, Jake Cuenca mesmerized us with his good looks and unmistakable acting prowess, which catapulted him as one of the most bankable actors and sought-after leading men.

But little did we know that just like the other illustrious actors in showbiz today, he also used to be a child star in the 90s, although he wasn’t that prominent.

His first Kapamilya TV appearance was in Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko, portraying the main antagonist Napoleon, the leader of the evil supernatural beings dubbed Dalaketnons.

His freshman year had been hectic for he was bestowed strings of television projects that absolutely showcased his versatility and brilliance as an actor.

The Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson-starrer Sana Maulit Muli was his first teleserye stint, wherein he was known as the persistent and derisive Brandon, the brother of Travis (Gerald) and the love interest of Bianca (Neri Naig). It was succeeded by his supporting appearance in the TV adaptation of the comic book series Lastikman, top-billed by Vhong Navarro.

He reprised his role as Napoleon in the second book of Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko – Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkanto.

Meanwhile, his comedic chops was tested as well when he joined the defunct sitcom That’s My Doc.

In 2008, he snagged his first-ever lead role through the action drama Palos as he played the titular character. He was also known as Giancarlo Caranzo, the top agent of the secret agency “Neptune”.

The following year, he figured in a love triangle with the Kimerald loveteam again in their reunion project Tayong Dalawa. He also starred in two books of Precious Hearts Romances Presents, namely, “Bud Brothers” and “My Cheating Heart”, to which he was paired with Cristine Reyes.

Jake got us smitten with his charm and admirable personality as Dr. Alejandro Cardenas in the Filipino incarnation of the Mexicanovela Rubi, and with his flair in action as the titular character in Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Elias Paniki. Both were shown in 2010.

In 2011, he made an impeccable performance as an antagonist once more with his portrayal of the treacherous Edward Fuentabella in the adaptation of the Korean drama Green Rose.

He found himself entangled in complicated relationships through his characters Paul Raymundo in Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo and Rafael de Guzman in Kahit Puso’y Masugatan, which were both aired in 2012.

A year after, he became a knight-in-shining armor in the recreation of the well-loved 1992 Mexican telenovela Maria Mercedes, as he played the dashing and affluent Luis Sancuevas who fell in love with the lowly yet gumptious titular character portrayed by Jessy Mendiola.

It was succeeded by his impressive stints in the 2014 romantic drama Ikaw Lamang, as the main antagonist Franco Hidalgo, and in the remake of the Colombian series Pasion de Amor in 2015, as the protective and nurturing brother Juan Samonte who sought revenge for the tragic death of their sister.

In 2017, he again co-starred with Kim and Gerald in the daytime series Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin, in which he portrayed another cruel anti-hero Carlos dela Vega.

Early this year, Jake became a part of the primetime series The Blood Sisters as he portrayed the notorious criminal and the illegitimate child of the baby farm proprietor, Rocco Fernandez.  

Apart from these noteworthy appearances, he had special participations, as well, in Guns and Roses (2011), 100 Days to Heaven (2011), and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2016), wherein he played the rebellious son-turned-drug dealer Jonas Paulino. He also captivated us with his performances in the Kapamilya programs Love Spell, Your Song, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Komiks, Wansapanataym, and Ipaglaban Mo.

Now, brace yourselves to meet his latest character Isagani Esperanza/Roman Cardinal Jr. on Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos, which begins October 15.