After getting into an accident last March which resulted in an operation that involved inserting five screws into his hand, Jake Cuenca said he is looking forward to competing in triathlons again. “I’m better. A lot better. Actually bukas yung last appointment ko sa doctor. So bibigyan na nila ako ng go signal na puwede na ako mag-race. Kasi plano ko mag-race na agad by next Sunday at saka may duathlon din kami ni Kim (Chiu) at ni Gerald (Anderson). Kailangan lang hindi puwede ma-expose kasi inoperahan siya. Kaya hindi puwede ma-expose yung sugat unless sabihin ng doctor na puwede na. Five screws yung linagay,” he shared.
The 29-year-old actor said that even after the accident which happened while he was training on his bike in Pasay city, he never really fully stopped training. “Pinilit ko pa rin. Medyo matigas ulo ko eh. Ginawan ko ng paraan kasi mahirap kasi sa triathlon, ma-stop ka lang ng ilang linggo hihina ka na eh. Paang i-da-doubt mo na sarili mo na kaya mo gawin. So ginawa ko nung bali siya tinatali ko siya sa dibdib ko tapos nag-ru-run pa rin ako. Tapos sa bike trainer lang ako sa bahay lang. Hindi gumagalaw yung bike pero yung lakas sa legs yun pa rin yung tini-train ko. Kumbaga yung naiwan lang sa akin yung swim. Pero pag binigyan ako ng go signal ng doctor ko diretso na ako sa swimming pool,” he admitted.
Although he has always been into sports mainly football, Jake admitted he only seriously trained for triathlon after being offered a part in the series. “Ang ganda ng opportunidad eh. May show ka tapos may opportunity ka to make a lifestyle change. So I took the challenge. Kasabay ng pagtanggap ko ng role, tinanggap ko na rin yung challenge na maging triathlete. So at least si direk hindi na mahirapan mandaya. Bago ko tinanggap itong role na ito never ko inatupag mag-triathlon. As in ni hindi nga ako marunong lumangoy. Kailangan mag-training talaga hanggang sa maramdaman kong ready na ako sumali ako sa race,” he recalled.
As he reunites with Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu in Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin, Jake said he looks forward to being the third party again. “Ako dito si Carlos dito, anak ng multi-millionaire, presidente ng Tiger Shark Energy drink. Sobrang saya. It’s never a dull moment on the set. At saka para sa akin sobrang espesyal din yung Kimerald. Kasi nagsimula ako sa ABS-CBN sila na katrabaho ko and to see them evolve, even si Coleen (Garcia) sa Pasion De Amor, to see them all evolve this way nakakatuwa. Masaya din ako kasi this time around, naaalala niyo naman siguro yung ginawa ko sa Ikaw Lamang (laughs) so at least this time naiba yung dynamics namin dito. Saka na-enjoy ko. I always enjoy working with Kim. Tinawagan ko si Gerald a few weeks ago and I said, ‘If I had the choice kung saan ako puwede ilagay na ibang show or whatever, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happy that I’m supporting Gerald in this project and I’m happy that I’m going to be the villain in this project. I’m very happy with this show. At saka sobrang bait ng lahat ng tao,” he explained.
After being Gerald’s onscreen rival since Sana Maulit Muli and Tayong Dalawa, Jake said he looks forward to explosive scenes with him again in ILAI. “For me Gerald brings out the best in me. Kasi when he goes to the set I know he’s going to give a 100% and sa lahat ng tagumpay namin we’ve always been supportive of each other. Yung difference nito at saka nung iba (naming projects together) it extends further than the set eh. Aside from acting, we’re also doing triathlon talaga. And Gerald does really well in triathlon so he pushes me to be faster, to be stronger. So nag-e-extend siya further than the set,” he admitted.