Pinoy Hunk Daily

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Jake Cuenca, naughty, provocative

Juan Carlos Cuenca popularly known as Jake Cuenca (born December 30, 1987, San Jose, California) is a Filipino print and commercial model and a television and film actor who rose to prominence via his stint as one of the young stars in the youth-oriented show Click. He is currently a contract star of GMA Network.

Cuenca grew up in California and was the middle child in a brood of three. His career in the Philippines began when he was discovered by a talent scout for Cosmo Modeling Agency at the age of nine. Soonafter, he made several television and print commercials including endorsements for Safeguard, Coke and Globe Telecom.

By the time he was fourteen, Cuenca was taken under the wing of star makers Neil de Guia and Douglas Quijano. In 2003, he auditioned for GMA Network’s highly successful youth program, Click where he was included as one of the cast. His stint in the show contributed much to his growing popularity. When the show was defunct, Cuenca began portraying varied roles and was cast in several television outings including Hanggang Kailan, Forever In My Heart and Love to Love.

Alongside his growing television career, Cuenca also attended workshops with directors Peque Gallaga and Joel Lamangan where he developed the technique and motivation needed for television acting, a far cry from the broad-gestured and exaggerated manner of billing in commercials.

His career heightened in 2005 when he became part of the fantasy show Encantadia, playing Dingdong Dantes and Karylle’s invincible heir, Kahlil. He also appeared in the ninth season of Love to Love entitled Miss Match where he was paired with reality show winner and young actress Jennylyn Mercado.

He currently stars as one of the wizards in the fantasy-themed television series Majika. Cuenca, along with fellow male stars from hailing from successful telefantasya's, was featured in the second issue of X-ray Magazine where he sheds off his boy-next door charm for a much more provocative and mature take on his image.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Marc Abaya, delicious rocker

Ramon Marcelino "Marc" Abaya is one of the Philippine rock music scene's most prolific singers. He is the son of Manolo Abaya and Marilou Diaz-Abaya, two very significant people in Philippine Cinema. Discovered by Raimund Marasigan of the Eraserheads, during a battle of the bands in which Abaya's band (Shirley Beans) won first place. Marasigan, who was one of the judges for the night, invited Abaya to act as frontman for the band Sandwich in 1998. Sandwich successfully released three albums; Grip, Stand, Throw; 4-track mind; Thanks to the Moon's Gravitational Pull. While in Sandwich, he formed a band with his closest friends they named Kjwan. Formed May 2003, Kjwan successfully released their self-titled album in 2004. Their carrier single Daliri is a massive track which makes the crowd go wild during concerts. He left Sandwich sometime in 2004, not only to be a full time member of Kjwan, but also because he could not juggle having two bands and being a VJ for MTV Philippines at the same time. Sandwich remained in the mainstream, though. They recently released their fourth album Five on the Floor, with Marasigan taking over frontman duties. Mong Alcaraz of Chicosci joined Sandwich to as one of the guitarists. He joined MTV Philippines in 2003. (Text from