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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 20, 2010


Tagged as one of the most sought-after leading men of ABS-CBN, Jake Cuenca brings to life a character that has been a staple in Philippine entertainment, Elias Paniki, the fourth story to be offered by Agimat: Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla on ABS-CBN starting soon.

A commercial model turned actor, Jake has worked his way up the showbiz ladder to prove that he is worthy of being in the entertainment business. His portrayal of Dave in “Tayong Dalawa” has become one of the most remembered characters in the history of Philippine television. Meanwhile, his depiction of “Alejandro” in the controversial series “Rubi” has shown that his acting skills are one to be reckoned with.

As he gears up for his newest project on television, viewers will get a glimpse of Jake in an all new light. Playing the role of Elias Paniki, Jake will leave the audience in awe as he shows them his Muay Thai moves, a discipline and art also called the “Science of Eight Limbs”. He underwent extensive Muay Thai training to successfully breathe life into the character.

In an interview he stated, “I am very aware sa contributions ni Sir Ramon Revilla Sr. sa local movies, na up until now, pinahalagahan pa rin ng marami.” He also stated, “Just being a part of this makes me proud and happy.”

Under the direction of Dondon Santos, the tale of Elias Paniki revolves around Elias who, after being trained by Victor, a soldier, is given the "bertud ng paniki". With its extraordinary powers, he uses the amulet to fight off the mangkukulam which is feared to have returned. Thus, his journey as Elias Paniki begins. A powerful ensemble joins Jake in his adventures: Cherry Pie Picache, Jojit Lorenzo, Kelly Misa, Xian Lim, with Sam Pinto and Hermes Bautista from PPB Double up.

Buckle up and get ready as Elias Paniki brings you to a higher viewing experience every Saturday in “Agimat: Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revillia presents Elias Paniki” premiering soon on ABS-CBN.
After him, other stars to do episodes in AGimat are Jolo Revilla, Enchong Dee, Ejay Falcon and Jason Abalos.