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WRITTEN BY JAVIN BRUA | PHOTOS BY JOSH AUSTRIA

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The cave has seven chambers with five natural

skylights shared by our tour guide, Aljon Poquiz.

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of locals. An option of staying the night in bahay

kubos is also available.

Do not worry about ventilation because the cold

breeze will keep you stay fresh and relaxed.

Cape Engaño and

Anguib Beach

The second day of this adventure lands us to the

union of history and nature. During daytime, we

travelled the ancient Cape Engaño Lighthouse. From

this point, you can see the Babuyan Islands and the

Pacific Ocean. Clear your thoughts as you witness

the beauty of clear skies, white sand beach, and calm

waters.

But when the sun already sets, it's time for the party

at the Anguib Beach. Of course, we are keeping it

clean for the sake of our mother nature.

When the party's over, we now head on to our own

designated tents. Come on, overnight by the beach!

Crocodile Island

This island is another note-worthy destination,

though we just stopped here to take some photos.

The rock formation of this island resembles to the

shape of a crocodile. Worry not because there's no

actual crocodiles lurking in this island. A perfect

way to wrap-up your 3-day stay to the wonders of

the North.

In just 3 days, you can distress at the comfort of

nature. Palaui Island is truly an underrated gem.

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COVER

JAKE

CUENCA

READY TO RUMBLE

IN HIS BRAVE NEW WORLD

In the middle of the summer heat and everyone’s wet foreheads, Juan Carlos “Jake” Cuenca

didn’t just stand like a live, calm, athletic Roman sculpture. He killed the hell of the photo shoot

as if he was anticipating a battle in the arena of his own. He entered the picture of the breezy and

eclectic house with his armor of conviction. Of course, he was a solid.

WRITTEN BY ARCH JOHN CAMPS

PHOTOGRAPHER STEPHEN CAPUCHINO | ART DIRECTOR MARK DAVID ACOB

VIDEOGRAPHY AND EDIT DEO GOSMO | PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSOCIATE RYAN DELA CRUZ

STYLING DREW LACIA | STYLING ASSISTANT JAKIE MENDOZA | MAKEUP ARTIST RICK CALDERON | HAIR STYLIST JHOAN SORIA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS KRISSA LARA TOLDANES, JANVIN BRUA, AND LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

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Jake wasn’t just prepared. He was damn ready.

You might not have seen Jake bask like this

before. This 31-year-old actor’s career appetite

is unrivaled. With his six-pack gladiator abs and

finely chiseled chest, Jake is more ripped and

ready reinventing himself. Think of a star that is

reborn with fire that is hard to be extinguished;

think of the direct sun’s core that burns that flare

because you just can’t help but feel that hot,

inimitable aura shooting from the inside – feel

that? That’s who Jake is. You’ll never know more,

not until he opens his mouth to speak.

“I try to change it, try to go against my instinct,

doing the scenes differently from whatever I’ve

done so far,” Jake says, with lively innocent eyes

and a cool army-cut bravado. A scoop of his

stark wardrobe is more than anything one could

ever notice, wearing black striped Adidas jacket

and large white Balenciaga kicks —all that in

his athletic, alpha aura. There’s a lot of fuel that

this raving soldier has to offer, and he is even

hungrier to reinvent himself—that’s how he is

insatiable.

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He is not just that one unstoppable actor

we know as Isagani in Los Bastardos, with

ratings rising in the showbiz. We also saw

him in the films Eerie, and soap opera

Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin. He’s an actor who

loves to take acting seriously, and elevate

it with the natural habit of transforming it

into another kind of burning.

It’s been seventeen years. Time has

molded his persona to believe that he’s

as an artist first before he is a celebrity.

He’s taken quite a great time being ripe

like this, but his fortress of achievements

is grounded with his humility. With this,

he has come prepared for his more

challenging roles, he knows his thing,

even braver, and nobody can ever stop

him from being who he is.

“That [being a celebrity] fades very

quickly, I’ve learned that a loooong time

ago,” he says. He guards his career by

rejuvenating with the arts. “My career is

all about challenges,” he says. The actor

doesn’t do the same role twice. He dares

himself in every medium, referring his

trifecta of roles in television, film and just

recently, theater.

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We’ve been seeing him portray the protagonist role of Isagani Esperanza in ABS-CBN’s Los Bastardos. In the mainstream drama series, Isagani is a

strong-willed good bachelor with golden personality and vividly carved abs, but of all this boldness, he stumbles his words on women. We ask, how

come?

Behind the shell of the alpha image that is Isagani is this artist called Jake and he did all that careful work defining the character, more than what’s

found in the face of the script. “What I look for in Isagani speaks from what is not written,” the artist reveals. “For me, what I’ve found in the script,

was…even though he [Isagani] is an alpha male, even though he is a hero, maybe he is not good on woman. So it’s something that’s not written and not

told, but that’s what I found in the script.” That maybe, ladies and gents, is worth thousands of more audience.

Now, the audience see Isagani move out fresh from the novelette, alive, open his eyes, face the sun, through the actor that is Jake. “So, what happens

is that it’s interesting to act out kasi parang tuwing kausap n’ya ‘yung babaeng mahal nya, ginagawa ko s’yang torpe, or he stumbles on his words, or

he doesn’t do the right thing. He tries to catch himself and that’s more interesting to act out.”

Jake doesn’t spare the chance describing the set of Los Bastardos with his bright face and clear, accented voice: “Every day is something new,”

he says, describing the scenes behind the drama series’ set. He says that it was a simply a happy set. The show is heavy soap opera drama, but in

contrast, the casts are having so much fun hanging out. “Everyone’s excited to take everyday,” Jake says.

“They’ve been very, very supportive. I try to guide them and teach them certain things. I’m the eldest.” He refers to the director, staff, and his co-actors

like Joseph Marco, Marco Gumabao, Albie Casiño, and Joshua Colet, whom he guides in terms of acting, saying that they’re not just brothers in the

series, but also behind the camera.

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AN ARTIST MORE THAN A CELEBRITY

More than his defined body, we say

that Jake is a walking piece of art. He is

dynamic and he is incredibly furious with

it. He sees to it that his roles parallel with

his physical body. His roles shape him. He

was introduced in the 90s as a long-haired

lad with a bad boy image. In fact, he loved

that long tousled hairdo because it took

time to grow and it had sentimental value

to him, but his principle is

that – before everything else, he’s an artist

first. He cut his hair.

In his horror film, Eerie, with the caliber

of actresses like Bea Alonzo and Charo

Santos and in the television series Ikaw

Lang Iibigin with Kim Chiu, and Gerald

Anderson, Jake needed to physically

change to perform the role. “With all of

the body transformations that I’ve done,

from my last role which was the one with

Eerie, and Ikaw Lang Iibigin, I had to be

really thin,” he says.

In Los Bastardos, it’s a lot more different.

The role requires him to look bigger. “I

have been training twice a day, I have so

much energy. I still do triathlon, despite

busy schedule, despite having to be big

for the resistance training.” This time, he

lifts heavy weights to be Isagani, spare

the cardio for himself. He incorporates

salmon and vegetarian in his diet to get

bigger real quick. Imagine, he’s malleable

like that.

It will bring us back to 2011, when he

braved upon portraying a homosexual role

in Maala-ala Mo Kaya. The chiseled alpha

took it as a challenge. “It was the most

challenging [that time] because what I try

to go for when I accept roles is to try not

to make it stereotypical, not to make it

type-casted, I look for that which is very

challenging,” he says.

This proves that Jake is willing to serve his

audience the platter of change. He wants

to show that masterpiece nobody will

ever expect, because he changes a lot.

The world noticed him more but he only

noticed the truth.

“When you really love something, when

you’re really loyal and can get over any

sort of obstacles, and I think you can

say you’re a real man,” he adds. He

explains that while we live in modern

times time now he reckons that quirkyness

is something to be supported, not

disregarded and put aside. He thinks that

it’s also about individuality, of a journey of

being true to ourselves. “For me, parang

more than the stereotypical thinking of

what a real man looks like is just being

yourself. It’s a happier life if you allow

yourself to be free.“

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THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN

Jake Cuenca’s core is found in theater. He is an alumnus of The Lee Strassberg Theatre and Film Institute. This is the home of Hollywood actors and

actresses like Alec Baldwin, Chris Evans, Uma Thurman, and Scarlett Johansson. In 2014, he won his first Best Actor Award from the International Film

Festival Manhattan for the indie movie Awaken. Last year, his theatrical debut was the play called Lungs, directed by Andrei Pamintuan. “Theater really

opens my eyes, because when it comes to theater, you can’t change things. You’re portraying literature, so you can’t change anything,” he says that

with eager eyes like everything seems to have taken place just yesterday. “I just keep busy and keep myself falling in love with the craft.”

Theater has undoubtedly morphed him as an artist, looking for something more. “[In theater,] you only have one goal. On stage, there’s no hiding,

there’s no take two. There’s no changing the piece, because it’s literature. At the same time, you have the audience and it’s a different thing. There

were these scenes from so many things. When doing it, I looked for something different,” he adds. He did one play as of this writing, but he knows that

every time he performs on stage, all that he feels is that hint of renewal, which made him better.

“I’m dying to perform [again] in the stage now. I’m already in the process of looking for my next play. Right now pa lang, I have such a busy schedule

very hectic one, I’ll always make time for the stage. That’s something I will always do, even if I have to lose money because of it, because I love

theater,” he adds.

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HE IS FEARLESS

Jake is a warrior, he had a fair share of

struggles in his life; the bits of pieces of

heartaches and pain, just like a normal human,

but at the same time, he’s such an alchemist.

He transforms this bleak, unforgiving pain

to something golden, and takes it into his

advantage, using it to be a better actor. “I try to

really, really experience it. That’s how I’ve gone

though everything,” he says. Look at him now.

Just do it. You’ll see this star shine and look all

of the respect that he gained. He knows what’s

best for him, more than anything, respect, bro.

When he gets that respect from his audience

and fans, he keeps it. He believes that it means

the world to him. “More than fame, I work for

respect because respect lasts forever while

fame is very temporary,” he says.

Like a real Roman soldier, Jake is shielded

with his solid acting artillery. He surprises us

with his uncanny attacks in his own kind of

masterpiece. He goes out there and explores

the possibilities, but most importantly, he

innovates his art by being brave. He’s an expert

fighter and he never leaves his sight off the

field. He’s always there—thinking of a new

strategy on how to make us cry, how to make

us angry, how to make us ecstatic. Whatever

that is. He’s fearless, reckless to face this brave

new world. n

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SPOTLIGHT

JANE

DE LEON

A Fierce Lioness

VP SPOTLIGHT

KLEA PINEDA

Woman of All Trades

WRITTEN BY LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

PHOTOGRAPHER RAPHAEL YU | STYLIST JANNO NOVENARIO OF JANNO STYLES | ASSOCIATE STYLIST DAN FERNANDO

MAKE-UP ARTIST APRIL IBAÑEZ | HAIRSTYLIST MYCKE ARCANO | SHOT IN ZOOMBURST STUDIOS

SPECIAL THANKS TO NENETTE DEMILLO, ARLIE SALAGANTIN AND STAR MAGIC

Just like the lioness which prowls on the sides as the lion spearheads an attack, Jane De Leon

comes up for the swipe. With grace and strength of the wild, she does what she knows best.

And there’s nothing we can do but stare as she strikes us with everything she has. There is truly

nothing more dangerous that a woman who knows her worth.

From the roster of showbiz royalties, comes a star that landed to change the game. She is a

20-year-old stunner ready to conquer the world one field at a time. She is a budding lady who

possesses wit and charm with a kick of fierce persona.

WRITTEN BY JANVIN BRUA

PHOTOGRAPHER KYLE SHIH | VIDEOGRAPHY AND EDIT VINCENT SY | CREATIVE DIRECTOR RUSSEL AQUINO

STYLING DARYL MAAT | MAKEUP ARTIST RICK CALDERON | HAIRSTYLING JHOAN SORIA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS JEZREL SANTILLAN AND HYACINTH LUDIVICO | SHOT IN 206 PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

SPECIAL THANKS TO ROCHE TUAZON, PATCHOT DELA CRUZ, AND GMA ARTIST CENTER

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DREAM

L

ike most of us, Klea dreamt of seeing herself on television

that later on transpired. Thanks to her journey on the hitreality

TV show Starstruck that paved the way to where

she is now. But for a girl like her, dreams are her constant drive,

making her eager to do and achieve more.

"Now, I’m doing my best to achieve my next big dreams — to

get more challenging roles, star in my own movies, and win

acting awards!"

However, her aspirations don't stop there as she hopes to

achieve greater heights and wider platform. After finishing

Starstruck 6 as the Ultimate Female Survivor, her goal now is

to focus on her craft. While doing so, Klea strives to follow the

steps of her Queen, none other than Ms. Universe 2015 Pia

Wurtzbach. Her dream of being a beauty queen never stopped

burning especially when her idol named her as the Future

Queen.

Even before the praise, Klea already had a clear sight of a title

and a crown. She remarked her interest in preparations like

trainings and lessons regarding pageantry.

"I know I have to be prepared physically, mentally and

emotionally. I’m excited!"

The list of Things Klea Can Do is not ending here. Do you know

that she's also into car racing? Considered as a dream, Klea is

already familiar with cars since her childhood. Thanks to her

dad who is a fan of this sport. Now, her father fills with joy as

his daughter gets to do what he loves the most.

In a male dominated sport, it just shows that female are no less

than a gender in this course. The rider in her shows that you can

conquer whatever road you might encounter.

"I love adventure! I love trying activities that will make my

heart pump. The adrenaline rush I get when I drive is just

unexplainable."

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Believe

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Born in the season of Pisces, Klea proved her gift in

musicality. From time to time, she uploads short song

covers that showcase her sultry voice. People born from

February 19 to March 20 also show friendly trait—they

often wind up in a group of diverse people. These

people exhibit selflessness and are always willing to

help others, without aiming for something in return.

Klea may have won a show that correlates with stars

but she firmly believes that we, every one of us, create

our own destiny. No horoscope or luck can fulfil our

desires and put everything in place.

"We have to work hard and have the full

determination on getting what we want in life."

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As a young woman who manages to

conquer one field at a time, Klea also

believes that discipline is really the key.

You need to devote time when you have

hobbies same as hers. So it's always best

to have an organized schedule and try to

stick to it no matter what. Take that from

the queen herself.

Another thing, our ultimate survivor

believes that these hobbies can empower

her co-Filipinas as long as these make

them happy. She reminded everybody

that it is our responsibility to make

ourselves better.

"We should always follow what our

heart desires but make sure that we are

not stepping on anyone while doing it."

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WHITE PLEATED GOWN (USED AS SKIRT), GFR MANILA BY DAMSEL (@GFRMANILA)

BLACK VINYL CORSET, DARYL MAAT

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Survive

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So far, Klea took the biggest step when she

finally decided to enter the jungles of show

business. As she put it into words, it isn't

all the glitz and glamour as what it seems

to be. It may not be a challenge to few but

Klea is glad to survive from this.

"Having the right discipline,

professionalism and attitude are the most

important things to possess to survive."

Of course, in order to stay fit and have a

body like Klea's, we all need to survive a

strict diet and workout routines. She has

an outgoing persona that fits her love for

sports. Volleyball, basketball, swimming,

name it, she's ready to play it with you.

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The Starstruck survivor also confessed her celebrity crushes. Dingdong Dantes is the man that made her starstrucked the moment she

met him in person. Klea has a very distinct taste in men—she likes men who are masculine yet look sweet at the same time. No doubt, she

also have a crush on Ryan Gosling!

Now going to the current hopefuls of the newest Starstruck installment, Klea has something to say.

"Don’t give up. Always do your best in everything you do. Put your heart in it! And of course, pray! It’s your most powerful weapon!"

Take that from the ultimate survivor herself. A being with beauty, talent, and right attitude.

This makes us excited on what the future holds for a lady like Klea Pineda. Potential and skills are both given. In the equation of success, it

only takes time to find the result we've all been anticipating.

Truly, Klea Pineda is a woman of all trades—an unstoppable force. n

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SHARP PIONEERS 8K TV IN THE PHILIPPINES

Sharp Philippines Corporation (SPC) continuously provides innovative world-class

quality products that will cater the wants and needs of its consumers. As one of

the leading appliance brands, SPC finally brought to the local market the first ever

8K LED TV, the AQUOS 8K. In fact, it is the first commercially available 8K TV in the

country.

In 2016, SPC first introduced the AQUOS XU series, which features the highest resolution

on a TV right now. The AQUOS XU Series was able to achieve 8K resolution, producing

true-to-life detail, very vivid color expression and the deepest contrast on a TV yet. This

only proved that SPC has raised the bar when it comes to home entertainment.

AQUOS 8K LED TV, which was initially launched last year, reproduces images at

"ultimate reality", with ultra-fine details the naked eye cannot capture. Apart from the

extraordinary 8K display feature, the AQUOS TV is also powered by 8K Master Engine,

built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, Chromecast, Dolby Audio, and Android TV.

Positioned to be the leader in 8K Display industry, SPC officially made AQUOS 8K TV

available to the public starting in the last quarter of 2018. With its great level of realism

by greater colour reproduction, AQUOS 8K is making a huge wave in the

Philippine market.

For over 40 years experience in LCD TV, SPC has once again proved their place in the

competition with this newest viewing technology. n

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