Jake Cuenca is relieved that his afternoon teleserye Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo is down to its last few episodes this week so that he can focus on his primetime teleserye Kahit Puso’y Masugatan. However, he admitted that he also feels sad that his afternoon soap with Shaina Magdayao and Bangs Garcia is about to end. The show airs its finale this Friday, November 16.
“At least nagka-free time. Medyo naging busy talaga pero nakakalungkot kasi syempre pamilya kami pero hindi naman nagtatapos lahat, eh,” he explained. “To me, Shaina is my favorite leading lady, siya ang paborito ko. Si Bangs we’ve done so many projects together. Ang pagkakaibigan namin di mawawala ‘yon. For me, Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo was a baby project for me. Bineybi ko talaga ang project na ito. I really love the show. I’m just happy na tumagal kami ng ganon katagal.”
What makes Jake proud of Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo is the fact that they were able to sustain the quality of the show’s storyline, even if it was extended twice. Jake said, “I think what made the show special ang kinukuwento namin ay totoo. [Our roles] were going through a lot of real life problems na maraming naka-relate. I think that was the magic of the show.
“Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako kasi tinutukan talaga siya. I really felt na talagang alam na alam ng tao ang kilos nina Paul (Jake), Sarah (Shaina) at Mia (Bangs), sobrang nakaka-flatter.”
The actor said viewers can expect the emotions and intensity to continue to pick up as the story nears its end. “Sobrang daming pasabog this week. Kung sa tingin n’yo matataas ang eksena na napanood n’yo non, wala nang mas tataas pa dito kasi at this point desperado na lahat ng characters and a desperate person does desperate things na minsan hindi tama.”
As a reward for the hard work that he did this year, Jake is planning to treat himself to a vacation in Bali, Indonesia this December and will return by January 2013. “I’ve never been there eh, but I heard a lot of good things about it. Actually si Miss Gloria Diaz (who is also part of Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo) ang nagsabi sa akin. Kung gusto mong magpahinga talaga, mag-rest, mag-start, Bali raw talaga. Sobrang ganda raw talaga do’n.”
Being a car-lover Jake also said that he bought himself two new cars. “Ang reward ko sa sarili ko for Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo was a car pero parang [kakaalam] ko lang na na-extend [ang show noon]. Tapos nung nalaman kong pumasok ang Kahit Puso’y Masugatan, ‘yon nakabili ako ng isa ko pang kotse, but [it’s] for me and my mom. ‘Yung isa ko ‘yung Jeep Wrangler tapos meron akong (Chevrolet) Suburban,” he shared.