Juan dela Cruz is a 2013 Philippine television series directed by Malu L. Sevilla. It starred Coco Martin as Juan dela Cruz, a half-tagabantay and half-aswang who falls in love with Rosario (Erich Gonzales). It was the second television drama in the Philippines made by ABS-CBN to be filmed in high definition. The series aired on ABS-CBN and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from February 4, 2013 to October 25, 2013, replacing Princess and I.

  • 1 Production
  • 2 Synopsis
  • 3 Cast and characters
    • 3.1 Main cast
    • 3.2 Supporting cast
    • 3.3 Extended cast
    • 3.4 Guest cast
    • 3.5 Special participation
  • 4 Episodes
  • 5 Soundtrack
  • 6 Ratings
  • 7 My Little Juan
  • 8 Awards
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

Production

The show was originally a film concept intended to be directed by Richard Somes for the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was to be topbilled by Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, Albert Martinez and Maja Salvador. In August 2012, Cinemedia Films Production Incorporated and ABS-CBN Unit Head, Deo Endrinal confirmed that it would be serialised into a television drama to be directed by Malu Sevilla. Earlier reports claimed that Angel Locsin would be Martin's leading lady, after her two-year hiatus in television, but was later replaced by Erich Gonzales.

It is under the production of Dreamscape Entertainment TV managed by Roldeo T. Endrinal and Julie Anne R. Benitez whose projects include the top-rating dramas Ina, Kapatid, Anak and Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw. The drama series is broadcast in full high definition and is dubbed to be the "most expensive and biggest drama" to date. A TV special titled "Juan dela Cruz: Ang Simula (The Beginning)" was aired on February 1, 2013 featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews of the highly anticipated drama, hosted by Kim Atienza.

Synopsis

The series tells about Juan dela Cruz, an orphan boy who was brought up in a church by a Roman Catholic parish priest named Father Cito, who guided him towards goodness and faith upon Jesus. His devotion to Christ led Juan to refer to Jesus as "bossing" (Filipino for "boss", due to Jesus being considered as the "shepherd", or "boss", and the "flock" the followers of Jesus). One day, Father Cito was killed by a thief, and Juan ends up at Lola Belen's house in Quiapo, Manila. Unknown to him, he is half-aswang, the son of Samuel Alejandro, the Haring Aswang (King Aswang) and also the prophesied Anak ng Dilim (Child of Darkness). He is fated to rule over the Aswangs and take over the human race. However, Amelia, Juan's mother, is a human and a Tagabantay (Guardian), coming from an ancient lineage of defenders using the Bakal na Krus (Iron Cross) to protect the humans from the Aswangs.

By the time he grows up as an adult, Juan later joins the Kapatiran (Brotherhood), a group composed of people who seek to destroy the Aswangs. The group help train Juan into becoming the next Tagabantay. Later, the Engkantos and Diwatas aid Juan in his duties which seems to have a bigger and important role on the continuing conflict between the aswangs and the humans.

Cast and characters

Main cast

  • Coco Martin as Juan dela Cruz
  • Erich Gonzales as Rosario Galang
  • Albert Martinez as Samuel Alejandro

Supporting cast

  • Gina Pareño as Belen Gonzales
  • Eddie Garcia as Julian "Lolo Juls"
  • Arron Villaflor as Mikael "Kael" Reyes
  • Zsa Zsa Padilla as Laura Alejandro
  • Joel Torre as Jose "Mang Pepe" Guerrero
  • Shaina Magdayao as Prinsesa Mirathea "Mira"

Extended cast

  • Lotlot de Leon as Cora Galang
  • William Lorenzo as Ben Galang
  • Neil Coleta as Asiong
  • Louise Abuel as Pikoy
  • John Medina as Agustin Magdiwang
  • Lilia Cuntapay as Babaylan
  • MC as Queenie
  • Precious Lara Quigaman as Reyna Nerea
  • Martin del Rosario as Bagno
  • Marlann Flores as Liway
  • Maricar Reyes as Tatlong Maria
  • Diana Zubiri as Peru-ha / Saragnayan
  • John Regala as Agor

Guest cast

  • Jhong Hilario as Poldo
  • James Blanco as Emil
  • Gretchen Barretto as Helen
  • Bugoy Cariño as Kyle
  • Epi Quizon as Franco
  • Richard Quan as James
  • Ella Cruz as Rebecca
  • Jane Oineza as Shermaine
  • Jason Abalos as Omar
  • Jovit Baldivino as himself
  • Chokoleit as Lorelei Cortez
  • Lassie Marquez as Ariel
  • Zaijan Jaranilla as Tonton
  • Vangie Labalan as Laura's maid
  • Jong Cuenco as Warden Galvan
  • Vice Ganda as Santana
  • Susan Africa as Debbie
  • Joshen Bernardo as Gabby
  • Lito Pimentel as Victor
  • Xyriel Manabat as Tata
  • Ron Morales as Abdul
  • Kean Cipriano as Peter
  • David Chua as Bruce
  • Slater Young as Tony

Special participation

  • Mylene Dizon as Amelia
  • Jaime Fabregas as Fr. Ramoncito "Cito" Gonzales
  • Izzy Canillo as young Juan
  • Alyanna Angeles as young Rosario
  • Polo Gander as young Emil
  • Lance Lucido as young Asiong
  • Jomari Yllana as young Julian
  • Nina Ricci Alagao as Milagros
  • Kristel Fulgar as young Amelia
  • Belle Mariano as young Mira
  • Tonton Gutierrez as Haring Mana-on
  • Ronnie Lazaro as Dalik

Episodes

Month Episodes Peak Average Rating Rank
February 2013 19 42.6%
(Episode 14)
37.9% #2
March 2013 19 37.7%
(Episode 26)
35.7% #1
April 2013 22 35.8%
(Episode 45)
33.4% #1
May 2013 23 35.7%
(Episode 67)
33.3% #1
June 2013 20 38.1%
(Episode 93)
34.0% #3
July 2013 23 36.5%
(Episode 125)
34.9% #2
August 2013 22 38.1%
(Episode 137)
35.9% #1
September 2013 21 34.9%
(Episode 154)
33.2% #2
October 2013 19 38.3%
(Finale Episode)
34.5% #1

Soundtrack

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Maging Sino Ka Man"   Martin Nievera 3:11
2. "Maging Sino Ka Man (Duet Version)"   Martin Nievera and Zsa Zsa Padilla 3:25
3. "Sa Isang Sulyap Mo"   Bryan Termulo 4:06
4. "Alab ng Puso"   Abra 4:09
5. "Pusong Bato"   Jovit Baldivino 3:53
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Maghintay Ka Lamang"   Roel Manlangit 3:55
2. "Sana'y Kapiling Ka"   Angeline Quinto 3:44
3. "Kaibigan Lang Pala"   Liezel Garcia 3:56
4. "Buko"   Jireh Lim 5:15
5. "Ibong Ligaw"   Juana Cosme 4:12

Ratings

After 3 weeks of airing, Juan dela Cruz quickly rose to becoming one of the most successful action fantasy-drama of all time registering a whopping of 42.6% viewership ratings nationwide according to the February 21 data released by Kantar Media.

KANTAR MEDIA NATIONAL TV RATINGS
(7:45PM PST)
PILOT EPISODE FINALE EPISODE PEAK AVERAGE SOURCE
36.5% 38.3% 42.6% 34.8%

My Little Juan

After the primetime success of Juan dela Cruz, the show was later given a midquel series called My Little Juan, which tells more about Juan's childhood before he was known as the new Tagabantay. The series premiered on May 20, 2013 and ended on September 13, 2013.

Awards

Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Top Rating Primetime Drama Juan dela Cruz Won

See also

  • List of programs broadcast by ABS-CBN
  • List of dramas of ABS-CBN
  • My Little Juan

External links

  • Official website