Jake Cuenca on courtship: Not my style
Jake Cuenca isn’t the typical guy-next-door that aims to sweep any lady off her feet. In fact, the actor professes he does not believe in courtship.
“Kasi it’s like putting your best foot forward always. Gusto ko makita nila ang totoong ako, good or bad side man,” the actor told the members of the press during the grand launch of the Philippine adaptation of the Mexicanovela “Maria Mercedes” recently.
Nevertheless, Jake isn’t shunning the idea of making “ligaw” to the Pinay Maria Mercedes, Jessy Mendiola. “Ano pa, eh, tulad naman ng sinabi ni Jess, nando’n ako para mag-adjust. Kung gusto niya talaga ng lalaking nanliligaw, na obviously naman na may gusto ako sa kanya, eh, ’di mag-a-adjust ako. Kung kailangang manligaw, kailangan kong matutunan manligaw,” he said.
Jake clarified, “Well, marunong naman ako (manligaw) but, like I said before, it’s just not my style. But I guess, for Jessy, it can work out.”
In the same launch, Jake admitted choosing “Maria Mercedes” over a supposed primetime series “kasi gusto ko talagang makasama si Jessy.”
Apart from Jake, Sam Milby had earlier admitted wooing the 20-year-old actress. In fact, reports had it that the Kapamilya actors were involved in a brawl during the recent Star Magic Ball.
“Magkaibigan naman kami ni Sam. Wala namang alitan sa aming dalawa,” Jake maintained. “Iba naman, wala pa namang pormal na kahit ano. At tulad nga ng sinabi ni Jessy, hindi pa naman talaga siya ready. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Wala naman sigurong problema na maging magkaibigan kami, ’di ba?”
He insisted, “I’m not competing with Sam. I just really like Jess. I’m not really looking at Sam but, honestly, kaibigan ko talaga si Sam and I don’t want to lose that friendship either, pero may gusto ako kay Jessy, May the best man win.”
According to Jake, one of his ways to show Jessy his affection is by bringing her food. “Hinatid ko ’yung paella sa bahay niya. Surprise ’yun. Hindi naman ako pumasok, hinatid ko lang. I am taking it slow. At tulad din naman ng sinabi ni Jessy, I don’t think there’s a problem if I’m taking it slow.”
Moving on from Lovi
While maintaining that he had not gotten into a relationship with Lovi Poe (“There was never a formality na kami na or boyfriend-girlfriend”), Jake admitted being more hurt than sad about their protracted love-story-in-the-making.
He said, “Sa totoo lang nakakalungkot ’yun… Totoo naman na naging mahirap sa akin this past few months.”
Nevertheless, Jake pointed out, “Natutuwa din naman ako para kay Lovi na her projects are doing well,” adding, “We’re friends and I intend to keep that friendship, kasi marami kaming pinagdaanan.”
Despite the experience, he also noted, “Paano ba naman ’di mapapadali (ang proseso ng paghilom) kung katrabaho mo naman si Jessy Mendiola? Like I’ve said, ako naman, I’m ready now for this commitment, especially now with all maturity, with everything that I’ve learned.
“I can say I’m more mature now, and marunong na akong mag-handle ng isang relationship. If the right person comes at sana siya (Jessy) ’yun ang sarap mag-alaga ng isang tao. I’m looking forward to that one.”
What bar brawl?
Meanwhile, Jake also came to address the report that he was allegedly involved in a recent bar brawl.
“Hindi, wala… nothing. Actually, tinanong sa akin ’yan ng mga kaibigan ko yesterday. Gulung-gulo naman ako dahil wala namang gulo na nangyari,” he said.
Setting the record straight, Jake related, “Although, mayroong tao. Hindi ko alam kung kilala ba niya ako o ano, medyo binangga niya ako. Ang ginawa ko na lang, umalis na lang ako, kasi ilang beses na akong nasangkot sa ganyan. I just became the bigger person and I just left.”
He insisted, “One thing for sure, hindi ako nagsisimula ng away. Wala namang bugbugan na nangyari. Kung makikita ninyo naman ang mukha ko, wala namang nangyari. Hindi naman ako nanapak, ni hindi nga ako nagsalita. Hindi naman ako nasaktan.
Recently, Jake was also reported to have had a skirmish with Rocco Nacino, Lovi’s rumored suitor. Both camps, including Lovi herself, dismissed the issue.