Cuenca in 2012
|Born||Juan Carlos Leveriza Cuenca
December 30, 1987
San Jose, California
|Other names||Juan, Carlos, Jake|
|Occupation||Actor, Model, Footballer|
Juan Carlos "Jake" Leveriza Cuenca (born December 30, 1987) is of Filipino-Spanish descent (His father is Spanish while his mother is Filipina). He was born in San Jose, California but was raised in Manila, Philippines. He is an actor and model of dual American and Filipino citizenship. He is also a football player who plays as a striker for Team Socceroo FC in the United Football League Division 2.
At the age of nine, Cuenca was discovered by the talent scout Arvin Bentonon for Cosmo Modeling Agency. Soon after, he made several television and print commercials including endorsements for Safeguard, Coke and Globe Telecom. At age ten, he had a cameo role in the 1997 film version of Wansapanataym. It was followed by Takbo Barbara Takbo and Panday in 1998. All three films were under Star Cinema of ABS-CBN.
In 2003, he returned to show business under GMA Network and appeared in the youth-oriented drama series, Click, where he was picked to be on the cast in its Batch 2. When the show went defunct, Cuenca began portraying varied roles and was cast in Hanggang Kailan, Forever in My Heart and in the season 5 of Love to Love. In 2005, he starred as Kahlil in the hit fantasy series Encantadia. He also appeared in the ninth season of Love to Love titled "Miss Match". In 2006, he starred as one of the wizards in the fantasy-themed television series, Majika, which became his last TV series on GMA.
After transferring to ABS-CBN in 2006, he became part of the cast of the network's soap opera Sana Maulit Muli. It was his first primetime drama series on the network. He appeared in an episode of Love Spell, "Sweet Sixty". Later, he was cast on the fantasy series Lastikman. In 2008, he landed on the lead role in ABS-CBN's action series remake of Palos. In 2009, he starred in Tayong Dalawa. In the same year, he appeared on Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart. In 2010, he portrayed the role of Alejandro on the Filipino remake of Rubi. In 2014, he starred as an antagonist by playing the role of Franco in the epic drama series Ikaw Lamang.
Awards and nominations
- 2012 PMPC Star Award for Movies – Best Supporting Actor for In the Name of Love
|Full name||Juan Carlos Leveriza Cuenca|
|Date of birth||December 30, 1987|
|Place of birth||San Jose, California|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02 April 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Cuenca is a sports enthusiast, even during his younger days. Due to a weight problem he encountered as a child, he was determined to play sports more when he grew up. Although he has done boxing and mixed martial arts, he is mainly a football player, playing twice a week. As an elementary and high school student, Cuenca played as a football varsity player for PAREF Southridge School.
In October 2011, he signed up for Team Socceroo F.C., which at that time played as a guest club in the 2011–12 United Football Cup, and later entered in the United Football League Division 2. He is yet to play for the first team as showbiz commitments have not permitted him to do so.
- Super Inday and the Magic Bibe entry for 2010 MMFF
- Mendoza-Dayrit, Mylene (2011-08-02). "Jake Cuenca: Abs-olutely fit for the role". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- Jarloc, Glaiza (2011-10-12). "Celebrities to play in UFL Cup". Sun.Star Manila. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "Azkals, bukas sa mga artistang nais pumasok sa team" (in Filipino). ABS-CBNNews.com. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2012-04-02.