Jake Cuenca

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Jake Cuenca
Cuenca in 2012
Born Juan Carlos Cuenca[fn 1]
(1987-12-30) December 30, 1987 (age 29)
San Jose, California, U.S
Nationality Filipino-American-Mexican
Occupation Actor, model, footballer
Years active 2004–present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2004–2006)
Star Magic (2006–present)

Juan Carlos "Jake" Cuenca[fn 1] or better known simply as Jake Cuenca is a Filipino famous actor and model, named Brad Pitt of the Philippines. He is of dual American and Filipino citizenship. He was raised in Manila, Philippines. He is also a football player a striker for Team Socceroo FC in the Football League Division 2.

Early life[edit]

Cuenca was born in December 30, 1987 in San Jose, California, United States, where he grew up. His father is an architect, Spanish descent and is from Valencia, Spain and his mother is a businesswoman, Filipino descent from Ilocos Norte. Cuenca’s mother is Rachele Leveriza while his father’s name is Juan Tomas Cuenca. He has two siblings, Rufo and Bea. He was also once a student of PAREF Southridge, a school for boys in Muntinlupa City.[1]

Entertainment career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

In 2008, he landed on the lead role in ABS-CBN's action series remake of Palos with Cesar Montano.[1]

In 2009, he starred in Tayong Dalawa alongside, Kim Chiu where he gained recognition from audience and criticism. He portrayed David Dave Garcia Jr (Dave), a jack-a-danny and a soldier in the Philippine army. In the series, he had the triangle love story with Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu. In the same year, he appeared on Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart alongside kapamilya leading lady Cristine Reyes.[1]

In 2010, he portrayed the role of Alejandro in the Filipino remake of Rubi with biggest stars Kapamilya leading ladies Angelica Panganiban and Shaina Magdayao.[1]

In 2012, he played the role of Paul Raymundo in Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo alongside two female stars Shaina Magdayao and Bangs Garcia, The triangle love story in the film attracts interest of audience . The series reached top rating in 2012 although it was aired on afternoon. Also the same year he starred on the primetime series Kahit Puso'y Masugatan top billed by newest Kapamilya Iza Calzado with her very first tandem with Gabby Concepcion.

In 2013, he portrayed the role of Luis Sancuevas in the Filipino remake of Maria Mercedes with leading lady Jessy Mendiola and Jason Abalos.[1]

In 2014, he starred as the main antagonist by playing the role of Franco in the epic drama series Ikaw Lamang with an ensemble cast.[1]

In 2015, he portrayed the role of Juan, one of the Samonte brothers in the romantic drama series Pasión de amor, a Philippine adaptation of Telemundo-produced Pasión de Gavilanes, one of the most famous TV series in the year with top rating.[1]

In the field of movie, Jake played both mainstream films: In the name of love, Status: it's complicated, My neighbor's wife,Villa Estrella, Tuhog.... and featured indie films such as: H.I.V.: Si Heidi, Si Ivy at si V (2010) - a film about AIDS , Nuwebe (2013), a film about child sexual abuse which gained local and international awards, Lihis (2013), Mulat (2014).... Jake won his first best actor award at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York in 2014 for his performance in Diane Ventura's Mulat (Awaken), the same movie that recently won for him his second best actor at the 2016 World Cinema Festival in Copacabana, Brazil.[2]


Year Film Role Notes Studio References
1998 Takbo Barbara Takbo Jordan
Hiwaga ng Panday Dominic
2004 Kilig... Pintig... Yanig... Juancho
Spirit of the Glass TJ OctoArts Films and Canary Films
2005 Say That You Love Me Edward Regal Entertainment and MAQ Productions
2008 For the First Time Josh Star Cinema
2009 Villa Estrella Alex
Pangarap Kong Jackpot
Episode "Hawak Kita, Hawak Mo Ko"
2010 H.I.V.: Si Heidi, Si Ivy at si V Virgilio Bustamante
Super Inday and the Golden Bibe[3] Jeffrey "Amazing Jay" First MMFF film with Marian Rivera Regal Entertainment
2011 In the Name of Love Dylan Evelino First film with Angel Locsin Star Cinema
My Neighbor's Wife Bullet Bernal Regal Entertainment
2013 Tuhog Renato 'Nato' Timbacaya Star Cinema
Nuwebe/Termitaria Moises film about child sexual abuse indie film [4]
Lihis Cesar / Ka Jimmy Indie film with Joem Bascon and Lovi Poe [5]
Status: It's Complicated Manny opposite to Maja Salvador Regal Entertainment
When the Love Is Gone Yuri Won tied with Gerald Anderson for On the Job Viva Films
2016 Foolish Love Rey opposite to Angeline Quinto Regal Entertainment
Mano Po 7: Tsinoy Marco
Mulat / Awaken Jake Won Best Actor Feature award at 2014 International Film Festival Manhattan (in New York City) and 2016 World Cinema Festival( in Brazil) indie film
2017 Requited Matt indie film

TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2002–2003 Click Tryke Recurring Role (2002–2003) GMA Network
2004 Hanggang Kailan Warren Rosales Recurring Role
2004–2005 Forever in My Heart William Recurring Role (2004–2005)
2004–2006 SOP Sobrang Okey, Pare! Himself 2004—2006
2004 Love to Love Trey Episode "Love Blossoms"
2005 Encantadia Kahlil Recurring Role
Love to Love Migs Episode "Miss Match"
2006 Majika Terman Recurring Role
2006–2007 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Napoleon / Jaime Gatchalian Main role (2006–2007) ABS-CBN
2006 Love Spell Juano Episode "Home Switch Home"
Your Song Episode "Silent Night"
ASAP Himself 2006–present
2007 Sana Maulit Muli Brandon Johnson Recurring Role
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Napoleon Recurring Role
Your Song Gino Episode "Very Special Love"
Love Spell Brian Episode "Sweet Sixty"
Maalaala Mo Kaya Lt. Ariel Toledo Episode "Application Form"
Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos? Andrew Angeles Main Role
2007–2008 That's My Doc Jake Main Role (2007–2008)
Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Kenneth "Ken" Madrigal Recurring Role (2007–2008)
2007 Your Song Francis Aguirre Episode "Tuyo nang Damdamin"
2008 Palos Giancarlo Caranzo / Palos Main Role
I Am KC Jeremy Episode "Bb. Palengke"
Your Song Presents: A Million Miles Away Kiko Main Role
Lovebooks Presents: Break-Up Diaries Treak Main role TV5 (formerly ABC 5)
Maalaala Mo Kaya Roger Ugnay Episode "Sulat" ABS-CBN
2008–2009 Komiks Presents: Mars Ravelo's Dragonna Edgar Main Role (2008–2009)
2009 Tayong Dalawa Lt. David "Dave" M. Garcia, Jr. Main Role
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Contestant 20th Millionaire with Gerald Anderson
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers Vicente "Vince" Banaag Main Role
Maalaala Mo Kaya Arman Episode "Pregnancy Kit"
Your Song: Sa Kanya Jordan Main Role
2009–2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart Emilio "Mio" Santa Romana Main Role (2009–2010)
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Fidel Episode "Litrato"
Rubi Alejandro Cardenas Main Role
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Carlo J. Caparas' Elias Paniki Elias Santamaria "Elias Paniki" / Armando Main Role / Antagonist
Wansapanataym: Elena M. Patron's Cara Leandro Main Role
Your Song Presents: Andi Aries Episode: "Tell Me"
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Max Episode: "Till The End"
Green Rose Edward Fuentebella Main Role
Showtime Himself Special Judge
Guns and Roses Paulo Ventura Special Participation
Wansapanataym: RR Marcelino's Darmo Adarna Dario Episode Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya (20th Anniversary) Louie Episode "Susi"
100 Days to Heaven Young Tagasundo Antagonist
2012 Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo Paulino "Paul" Raymundo Main Role
Kahit Puso'y Masugatan Rafael De Guzman Main Role (2012–2013)
2013 Maria Mercedes Luis Sancuevas Main Role (2013–2014)
2014 Ikaw Lamang Franco Hidalgo Main Antagonist (2014)
Maalaala Mo Kaya Igge Episode "Palayan"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Marvin Episode "Spaghetti"
Pasión de Amor Juan Samonte / Juan Reyes Main Role
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Jonas Paulino Special Guest/Antagonist
Ipaglaban Mo: Hardinero Anton Episode Guest
2017 Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin Carlos Main Role
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Soccer Ball Jojo Episode Guest


Year Organization/Award-Giving Body Award/Nomination/Category Nominated work Result Ref
2008 4th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards 2008 Pop Male Fashionista N/A Nominated
2009 5th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards 2009 Pop Male Fashionista N/A Nominated
2011 7th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards 2011 Pop Pin Up Boy N/A Nominated
2012 28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Supporting Actor of the Year In the Name of Love Won
2012 60th FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actor In the Name of Love Nominated
2012 35th Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actor Pinakamahusay ng Pangalawang Aktor In the Name of Love Nominated
2014 16th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktor When the Love is Gone Won
2014 Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Awards Male Kontrabida of the Year Ikaw Lamang Won
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Supporting Actor Ikaw Lamang Nominated
2014 International Film Festival Manhattan Best Actor Mulat (Awaken) Won
2015 ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Program Ikaw Lamang Nominated
2016 2016 World Cinema Festival in Copacabana, Brazil Best actor Mulat (Awaken) Won

Sporting career[edit]

Jake Cuenca
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Leveriza Cuenca
Date of birth (1987-12-30) December 30, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth San Jose, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Number 9
Youth career
Southridge School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Team Socceroo 0 (–)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 2, 2012.

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.[6] 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.[7]

Cuenca has also shown interest to try out for the Philippines in international competitions.[8]


  1. ^ a b Jake Cuenca was born in the United States. Thus, he does not possess his mother's maiden name which is Leveriza.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jake Cuenca
  2. ^ Jake Cuenca cherishes first international best actor award
  3. ^ Super Inday and the Magic Bibe entry for 2010 MMFF
  4. ^ True Horror: On Cinemalaya 2013’s Nuwebe and the Monster that is Moises
  5. ^ Newfound Passion
  6. ^ Mendoza-Dayrit, Mylene (August 2, 2011). "Jake Cuenca: Abs-olutely fit for the role". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  7. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (October 12, 2011). "Celebrities to play in UFL Cup". Sun.Star Manila. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Azkals, bukas sa mga artistang nais pumasok sa team" (in Filipino). ABS-CBNNews.com. April 8, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 

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