Jake Cuenca

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Jake Cuenca
Cuenca in 2012
Juan Carlos Leveriza Cuenca

(1987-12-30) December 30, 1987 (age 32)
NationalityUnited StatesAmerican-FilipinoPhilippines
OccupationActor, model
Years active1997–present
AgentGMA Artist Center (1998–2006)
Star Magic (2006–present)
Viva Artists Agency (2013–present)
Regal Entertainment (2010–present)
Dreamscape Entertainment Television (2007–present)
RGE Unit (formerly RSB Drama Unit) (2012–present)
Star Cinema ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc. (2009–present)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Juan Carlos Cuenca (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈkwɛŋka]; born December 30, 1987) is an American-Filipino actor and model. Born in San Jose, California and was raised in Manila, Philippines. He also played for United Football League Division 2 sides Team Socceroo FC.

Early life[edit]

Juan Carlos Leveriza Cuenca was born on December 30, 1987 in San Jose, California, United States. 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.

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.

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.

Cuenca in 2012

After transferring to ABS-CBN in 2006, he appeared in an episode of Love Spell, "Sweet Sixty".

In 2007, he became part of the cast of the network's soap opera Sana Maulit Muli, his first primetime drama series on the network. Also, he starred as his first leading role in Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?. He portrayed Andrew - a rich, spoiled and irresponsible teen guy who is secretly in love with the leading actress Roxanne Guinoo. Later, he was cast on the fantasy series Lastikman. He appeared in total 14 shows of ABS-CBN within 1 years (from late 2006 to 2007).

In 2008, he landed on the lead role in ABS-CBN's action series remake of Palos with Cesar Montano. Besides, he also played the main role of Kiko with Shaina Magdayao in Your song Presents: A million miles away. In the mini-series, he played Kiko -an assistant of Lizzie's father who asks him become a "babysitter" for Lizzie and her mean boyfriend, under the instruction of Lizzie's father. However, it is revealed that Kiko is secretly in love with her for a long time.[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.The TV hit was aired on TV in many countries in Asia such as: Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia... and in Africa...[2][3] In the same year, he appeared on Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart alongside kapamilya leading lady Cristine Reyes.

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.[4] In this year, he also starred as Elias Paniki in the fourth story of the 'Agimat' series Elias Paniki alongside Sam Pinto, Xian Lim and the ensemble cast.

In 2011, he participated the main cast in the Filipino remake of Green Rose as Edward. It is a remake of the Korean drama of the same title. The film had also the appearance of top stars including: Jericho Rosales, Anne Curtis and Alessandra De Rossi. After that, he portrayed Darmo Adarna, the well-known superhero of Filipino cartoon in Wansapanataym:Darmo Adarna, opposite Yen Santos. Different from a super-powered boy with a giant bird in the comic, Darmo Adarna in the show grows up as an overweight loser who is magically transformed into a muscle-bound hero.[5]

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 and OFW-Workers's story in the film attracted the 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 as Rafael - a young and charming photographer with a tragedy life. It is really the challenging role for him because of his inner struggles in the film.

In 2013, he portrayed the role of Luis Sancuevas in the Filipino remake of Maria Mercedes with leading lady Jessy Mendiola and Jason Abalos.[6]

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.

In 2015-2016, 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.

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.[7] Before, in Philippines he was honored Best actor at 5th Inquirer Indie Bravo Awards in 2014 and at 7th Ani Ng Dangal Awards in 2015.[8]


Year Film Role Notes References
1997 Wansapanataym Uncredited
1998 Takbo Barbara Takbo Jordan
1998 Hiwaga ng Panday Dominic
2004 Kilig... Pintig... Yanig... Juancho
2004 Spirit of the Glass TJ
2005 Say That You Love Me Edward
2008 For the First Time Josh
2009 Villa Estrella Alex
2009 Pangarap Kong Jackpot
2009 Episode "Hawak Kita, Hawak Mo Ko"
2010 H.I.V.: Si Heidi, Si Ivy at si V Virgilio Bustamante
2010 Super Inday and the Golden Bibe[9] Jeffrey "Amazing Jay"
2011 In the Name of Love Dylan Evelino
2011 My Neighbor's Wife Bullet Bernal
2013 Tuhog Renato 'Nato' Timbacaya
2013 Nuwebe/Termitaria Moises [10]
2013 Lihis Cesar / Ka Jimmy [11]
2013 Status: It's Complicated
2013 When the Love Is Gone Yuri
2014 El Brujo Lucky
2016 Foolish Love Victor/ Rey Dela Cruz
2016 Mano Po 7: Tsinoy Marco
2016 Mulat / Awaken Jake
2017 Requitted Matt Labrador
2017 Ang Panday Lizardo [12]
2019 Eerie[13] Julian Castro
2019 KontrAdiksyon Alexis Borlaza
2019 Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity


Year Title Role Notes Source
2002-03 Click Tryke
2004 Hanggang Kailan Warren Rosales
2004-05 Forever in My Heart William
2004-06 SOP Sobrang Okey, Pare! Himself
2004 Love to Love Trey Episode: "Love Blossoms
2005 Encantadia Kahlil
2005 Love to Love Migs Episode: "Miss Match"
2006 Majika Terman
2006-07 Komiks: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Napoleon / Jaime Gatchalian
2006 Love Spell Juano Episode: "Home Switch Home"
2006 Your Song Episode: "Silent Night"
2006–present ASAP Himself - Co-host / Performer
2007 Sana Maulit Muli Brandon Johnson [9]
2007 Komiks: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Napoleon / Jaime Gatchalian
2007 Your Song Gino Episode: "Very Special Love"
2007 Love Spell Brian Episode: "Sweet Sixty"
2007 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lt. Ariel Toledo Episode: "Application Form"
2007-08 That's My Doc Jake
2007-08 Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Kenneth "Ken" Madrigal
2008 Palos Giancarlo Caranzo / Palos
2008 I Am KC Jeremy Episode: "Bb. Palengke"
2008 Your Song: A Million Miles Away Kiko Mini-series
2008 Lovebooks Presents Treak Episode: "Break-Up Diaries"
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Roger Ugnay Episode: "Sulat"
2008-09 Komiks: Dragonna Edgar
2009 Tayong Dalawa David "Dave" M. Garcia Jr. [14]
2009 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Himself / Contestant 20th millionaire with Gerald Anderson
2009 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers Vicente "Vince" Banaag
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Arman Episode: "Pregnancy Kit"
2009 Your Song Jordan Episode: "Sa Kanya"
2009-10 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart Emilio "Mio" Sta. Romana [15]
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Fidel Episode: "Litrato"
2010 Rubi Alejandro Cardenas [16]
2010 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Elias Paniki Elias "Elias Paniki" Sta. Maria / Armando [17][18][19][20]
2010 Wansapanataym Leandro Mini-series title: "Cara"
2010 Your Song Presents: Andi Aries Episode: "Tell Me"
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Max Episode: "Till The End"
2011 Green Rose Edward Fuentebella [21]
2011 Showtime Himself - Judge
2011 Guns and Roses Paolo Ventura Special guest
2011 Wansapanataym Dario Mini-series title: "Darmo Adarna"
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Louie Episode: "Susi"
2011 100 Days to Heaven young Tagasundo Special participation
2012 Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo Paulino "Paul" Raymundo [22][23]
2012 Kahit Puso'y Masugatan Rafael de Guzman [24]
2013-14 Maria Mercedes Luis Sancuevas
2014 Ikaw Lamang Franco Hidalgo [25][26][27]
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Igge Episode: "Palayan"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Marvin Episode: "Spaghetti"
2015-16 Pasión De Amor Juan Samonte/Reyes [28]
2016 Ang Probinsyano Jonas Paulino Special guest
2016 Ipaglaban Mo! Anton Episode: "Hardinero"
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya Jojo Episode: "Soccer Ball"
2017 Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin Carlos Dela Vega
2018 The Blood Sisters Rocco Fernandez
2018 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos Isagani Esperanza / Roman Cardinal Jr.
2019 The Haunted Jordan Robles


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 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 Movies Movie Supporting Actor of the Year In the Name of Love 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
2014 5th Inquirer Indie Bravo Awards Best Actor Mulat (Awaken) Won
2014 Queens World Film Festival Best Actor Nuwebe Nominated
2015 ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Program Ikaw Lamang Nominated
2015 7th Ani Ng Dangal Awards Best Actor Mulat (Awaken) Won
2016 2016 World Cinema Festival in Copacabana, Brazil Best actor Mulat (Awaken) Won
2017 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Ang Panday Won
2019 2019 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards Best Male Lead Actor Lungs Nominated

Sporting career[edit]

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.[29] 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.[30]

Cuenca has also shown interest to try out for the Philippines in international competitions.[31]



  1. ^ "Jake Cuenca, Shaina Magdayao, and Marvin Raymundo topbill "Your Song"". PEP.ph.
  2. ^ "MH Interview: Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson". September 23, 2010.
  3. ^ ""Tayong Dalawa" aired in Vietnam".
  4. ^ "Angelica Panganiban and Jake Cuenca shoot a love scene for Rubi". PEP.ph.
  5. ^ "Chicken Rerun: The DARMO ADARNA Reboot".
  6. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "Meet the leading man of Pinoy 'Maria Mercedes'". ABS-CBN News.
  7. ^ "Jake Cuenca cherishes first international best actor award".
  8. ^ "Vilma Santos and Jake Cuenca lead 2015 Ani ng Dangal awardees". PEP.ph.
  9. ^ a b "PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal): Showbiz and Beyond". PEP.ph.
  10. ^ "True Horror: On Cinemalaya 2013's Nuwebe and the Monster that is Moises". SPOT.PH.
  11. ^ Dy, Philbert Ortiz. "Lihis Movie Review - Newfound Passion". ClickTheCity.
  12. ^ Fernando, Jeff (July 20, 2017). "Jake Cuenca, ang bagong Lizardo". ABS-CBN.
  13. ^ "ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. (Star Cinema)". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  14. ^ "'Tayong Dalawa' premieres on January 19". ABS-CBN Interactive. January 8, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
  15. ^ Franco, Bernie (2009-11-30). "Cristine Reyes and Jake Cuenca Reveal What They Miss About Each Other". Showbuzz Feature. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  16. ^ "Error 404 - ABS-CBN Entertainment". Abs-cbn.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  17. ^ Jake Cuenca on his role as Elias Paniki: I've been hungry for this project retrieved via www.abs-cbn.com 03-18-2010
  18. ^ Sam Pinto says she and Jake Cuenca will remain as ‘just friends’ retrieved via www.abs-cbn.com 03-20-2010
  19. ^ Jake Cuenca hopes he can make Ramon Revilla Sr. proud retrieved via www.abs-cbn.com 05-15-2010
  20. ^ Jake Cuenca becomes Elias Paniki in Agimat: Ang mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla retrieved via www.pep.ph 05-17-2010
  21. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/27702/It-wont-be-a-lonely-Christmas-for-Jake-Cuenca-this-year:-Siyempre,-may-ka-date-ako-ngayong-Pasko.
  22. ^ Corporation, ABS-CBN. "SEARCH | PUSH.COM.PH: Your ultimate showbiz hub!". push.abs-cbn.com.
  23. ^ Jake Cuenca and Shaina Magdayao topbill overseas Filipino-serye, Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo retrieved via www.pep.ph 03-27-2012
  24. ^ Love tests bond of sisterhood in Kahit Puso'y Masugatan retrieved via www.abs-cbn.com 07-09-2012
  25. ^ "Meet the powerhouse cast of 'Ikaw Lamang' | ABS-CBN News". abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  26. ^ "New trailer for period drama 'Ikaw Lamang' released | ABS-CBN News". abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  27. ^ "'Ikaw Lamang' sets premiere date, debuts full trailer | ABS-CBN News". abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  28. ^ "ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom – "PASION DE AMOR" HEATS UP PRIMETIME TV BEGINNING MONDAY". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  29. ^ Mendoza-Dayrit, Mylene (August 2, 2011). "Jake Cuenca: Abs-olutely fit for the role". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  30. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (October 12, 2011). "Celebrities to play in UFL Cup". Sun.Star Manila. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  31. ^ "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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