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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 19, 2016

Jake Cuenca Stars In Award-Winning Indie Film, 'Mulat', And Also In Two New Mainstream Films & A New Soap

JAKE CUENCA won the International Filmfest Manhattan best actor award in New York for “Mulat”, directed by Diane Ventura and which is about to have a wide theatrical release on November 2, to be shown back to back with “TheRapist” starring Cherie Gil.

“When it was shown in New York, everyone enjoyed it and praised us sell, so sana, suportahan naman ng mga tao kapag inilabas na rito sa atin,” he says. “I put all my heart and soul into this project, pati co-stars kong sina Loren Burgos and Ryan Eigenmann, kaya sana, magustuhan ng viewers.”

In the feminist story tinged with woman empowerment, Loren as Sam is engaged to be married to Ryan as Vincent. But something unexplained happens to her and she seems to suddenly wake up, determined to find peace of mind and happiness. She breaks up with Ryan who has violent tendencies, then meets Jake Cuenca as Jake and things seem to be going on well between them.
But just when things seem better, Loren starts to experience strange visions that make her question her own sanity, making the film a psychological riddle that keeps you guessing if what is happening is real and what’s the point of it all. Watch out for the big surprise in the ending.

Jake will soon produce his own indie film, “Requited”, an entry in the next Cinemalaya, where he’ll also play the lead role in a story about biking all over the country. But he is also in two new mainstream films for Regal. He stars with Angeline Quinto in “Never Been Kissed, Never Been Touched”, directed by Joel Lamangan. He’s also in the Metro-Manila Filmfest entry, “Mano Po 7: Chinoy”, where he plays the love of Jean Garcia who’s married to Richard Yap.

So how is it working with Angeline? “She’s wonderful, masayang katrabaho. She does all the comedy kasi Direk Joel told me to play my role straight, nagre-react lang ako kay Angeline.” And how is it doing love scenes with Jean Garcia? “Napakaganda ng love scene namin kasi napakagaling na artista ni Ms. Jean at hanggang ngayon, napakaganda pa rin niya.”

He’s also in a new ABS-CBN soap co-starring with Gerald Anderson about triathletes. Yen Santos to be their leading lady but she has since been replaced by Kim Chiu and Coleen Garcia is also added in the cast. They had to reshoot all the scenes taped on location with Yen in Mindoro.