Juan dela Cruz (TV series)
Juan dela Cruz is a 2013 Philippine superhero television series starring Coco Martin. The drama series is broadcast in full high definition and is dubbed to be ABS-CBN's "most expensive and biggest drama" to date.
|Juan Dela Cruz|
|Genre||Action, Fantasy, Family Drama, Romance, Comedy|
|Created by||Rondel P. Lindayag |
|Developed by||Julie Anne R. Benitez |
Lino S. Cayetano
Ethel M. Espiritu
|Written by||Dindo Perez |
John Joseph Tuason
|Directed by||Malu L. Sevilla |
Avel E. Sunpongco
Francis E. Pasion
Jojo A. Saguin
Darnel Joy R. Villaflor
|Creative director(s)||Johnny delos Santos|
|Starring||Coco Martin |
|Music by||Idonnah Lopez Villarico |
Rommel C. Villarico
|Opening theme||"Maging Sino Ka Man" by Martin Nievera|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||188 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Eileen Angela T. Garcia |
Hazel B. Parfan
|Producer(s)||Bryan Paul Ramos|
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Dreamscape Entertainment Television|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||February 4 –|
October 25, 2013
|Preceded by||Princess and I|
|Related shows||My Little Juan|
It is created by Rondel P. Lindayag and Dindo Perez, developed by Julie Anne R. Benitez, Lino S. Cayetano, Ethel M. Espiritu, Dindo Perez, and Shugo Praico, and directed by Malu L. Sevilla, Avel E. Sunpongco, Francis E. Pasion, Jojo A. Saguin, and Darnel Joy R. Villaflor.
It starred Coco Martin as Juan dela Cruz, a half-tagabantay and half-aswang who was trained to become the next Tagabantay and serves as a hero to protect the people from aswangs. It was the fifth television drama in the Philippines made by ABS-CBN to be filmed in high definition. The series aired on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from February 4, 2013 to October 25, 2013, replacing Princess and I.
The Tagabantay (Guardian) is a hero coming from an ancient lineage of defenders using the Bakal na Krus (Iron Cross) to protect the humans from the Aswang, who are strange creatures that appear as ordinary people to hide their real identities; they spread evil, kill, and eat people. The Bakal na Krus transforms into five weapons, namely: Espada ng Katapangan (Sword of Bravery), Pana ng Karunungan (Bow of Wisdom), Latigo ng Katarungan (Whip of Justice), Sibat ng Kagitingan (Spear of Courage), and the Kalasag ng Anking Galing (Shield of Aptitude).
The Aswangs and Tagabantay are mortal enemies. The story begins when Samuel Alejandro (Albert Martinez), the Haring Aswang (King Aswang), plans to make Amelia (Mylene Dizon), a Tagabantay, fall for him so he could kill her and finally provide triumph for his race. However, he falls in love with her as well, betraying his entire race. Upon knowing his secret, Amelia and Samuel try to kill each other but Samuel chooses to escape instead of killing her—even if that’s what he should do as an Aswang.
Samuel has no idea that he has a child with Amelia, who dies right away after giving birth to her son. Before she dies, she managed to tell the boy’s real identity as a half-Tagabantay and half-Aswang to a Roman Catholic parish priest named Father Cito (Jaime Fabregas). She strictly reminded him to raise the child in goodness, to be far from his father’s evil influence that he carries within his half identity. Before dying, she entrusts the Bakal na Krus (Iron Cross) to the priest and tells him to prepare Juan for his fate to be a hero.
The boy is Juan dela Cruz (which translates to “John of the Cross”, a saint) (Coco Martin). He becomes an orphan boy who was brought up in a church by 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", of the "flock", the followers of Jesus). Juan grows up with a strong faith in God and is compassionate, selfless, and righteous. As he grows up, he starts to long for his father and vows one day that he will find and meet him.
One day, Father Cito is killed by a thief, who also manages to steal the Bakal na Krus from Juan. Before dying, Father Cito tells Juan that he should find the Cross and it should only belong to him. The priest dies taking with him all secrets about Juan’s identity and fate as a hero. Juan ends up being adopted by Lola Belen (Gina Pareño), Father Cito’s sister, in Quiapo, Manila. He grows up and begins his journey with his bestfriend, Asiong (Neil Coleta).
Bakal na Krus and The KapatiranEdit
At 20, he successfully reclaims the Bakal na Krus from the thief, but was still unaware of its use and why it must belong to him. Eventually, Juan turns into a vigilant who seeks to help people in need. Soon, Juan later joins the Kapatiran (Brotherhood), a group composed of people with personal vendettas who seek to destroy the Aswangs. They have been spending years finding and seeking help from the Tagabantay they know, Julian (Eddie Garcia), who is Amelia’s father and Juan’s grandfather. Julian was actually imprisoned for killing Aswangs which the police thought were people.
One day, Juan accidentally manages to transform the Cross into a sword, making the Kapatiran convinced that he is the present-day Tagabantay for transforming the Cross into weapons only runs in their blood. The group, led by its leader Mang Pepe (Joel Torre), guides and helps train Juan into becoming the next Tagabantay. He also teaches Juan everything that he should know about the war’s history, his duty as a hero, and most importantly, the Haring Aswang—their biggest enemy. Things did not become easy, for Juan constantly shows his mischievous, immature, and unruly behaviour.
While performing his duties as a protector, he falls in love with a 21-year old beautiful woman named Rosario (Erich Gonzales), the same girl he met when he was young. With Rosario, friendship and courtship are very difficult for Juan as he always ends up lying and keeping secrets from her to protect her from his enemies. She is actually the daughter of Kapatiran leader Mang Pepe, whose wife was killed by Juan’s father, Samuel.
The Anak ng DilimEdit
After a few weeks, Julian, Juan’s grandfather, escapes from prison to warn Amelia about the new prophecy—the Anak ng Dilim (Son of Darkness) who is set to be the most powerful Aswang to rule the people and the planet and destroy the Tagabantay. Upon returning, Julian finds out that Amelia has died but has a son. He then seeks for his grandson and finds Juan. He introduces himself to him as “Brother Jules”, and secretly watches over Juan in his responsibility as a Tagabantay.
Eventually, Samuel and Juan meet without knowing their real connection. Knowing that Juan is the vigilant who has excellent skills in warfare, Samuel aims to gain Juan’s trust and to make him join the Aswangs, as he believes that Juan’s skills could be useful to their war with the Kapatiran and Tagabantay. Sooner, Samuel learns to treat Juan as his own son. Similarly, Juan becomes closer to him and treats Samuel as his own father, as he has been longing to find his real father for several years.
Samuel has started his own family shortly after leaving Amelia. He lives with Laura (Zsa Zsa Padilla), the Reynang Aswang (Aswang Queen) and their son, Kael (Arron Villaflor) who also happens to be Juan’s rival with Rosario. Moreover, Samuel has been preparing Kael for 20 years, as the prophecy states that the Anak ng Dilim is the Haring Aswang’s son: the Aswang Prince. It is revealed that, the Anak ng Dilim’s great power will emerge when he turns 21.
Finally knowing about the prophecy, the Kapatiran, together with Julian’s guidance, soon start preparing Juan for a huge battle with the Haring Aswang and Anak ng Dilim. When Juan turns 21, everything changed.
The plot twists as it turns out that the prophesied Anak ng Dilim is not Kael, but is actually the eldest son of the Haring Aswang—Juan.
Juan Dela Cruz is a half-Tagabantay and a half-Aswang. He inherited the Bakal na Krus from his mother to protect the humans from the Aswangs and spread peace, justice, and to fulfil his biggest mission—to kill the Haring Aswang and the prophesied Anak ng Dilim. However, since Juan is the eldest son of the Aswang King, he himself is the prophesied Anak ng Dilim, the most powerful Aswang which is set to rule over the entire planet, create the Tatlong Araw ng Kadiliman (Three Days of Darkness), and destroy his mortal enemy: the Tagabantay—which also happens to be him.
When the truth about Juan’s identity is revealed, difficult choices were made.
All of them are not victims of love; they are victims of fate.
- Coco Martin as Juan Dela Cruz / Anak ng Dilim
- Gina Pareño as Belen Gonzales
- Neil Coleta as Asiong
- Arron Villaflor as PS/Insp. Mikael "Kael" Reyes
- Zsa Zsa Padilla as Laura Reyes-Alejandro
- Joel Torre as Jose "Pepe" Guerrero
- Lotlot de Leon as Cora Galang
- William Lorenzo as Ben Galang
- Louise Abuel as Pikoy
- John Medina as Agustin Magdiwang
- Shaina Magdayao as Prinsesa Mira
- Diana Zubiri as Peru-ha / Saragnayan
- Eddie Garcia as Julian "Lolo Juls" Dela Cruz
- Extended 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
- Ivan Carapiet as Digo
- Ella Cruz as Rebecca
- Jane Oineza as Shermaine
- Jason Abalos as Omar
- Jovit Baldivino as himself
- Chokoleit Garcia 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
- Mylene Dizon as Amelia dela Cruz
- 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
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.
|Juan dela Cruz: The Official Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||R&B, P-pop, hip hop|
|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|
|Juan dela Cruz: The Official Soundtrack Volume 2|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||July 28, 2013|
|Genre||R&B, P-pop, pop rock|
|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|
|5.||"Ibong Ligaw"||Juana Cosme||4:12|
Jesse Lasaten and Von Guzman composed the show's background music using choir, duduk, bullroarer, Yamaha GX-1, and other instruments such as the balalaika for the Kapatiran theme in the drama with a full orchestra. The music was made by the Hollywood Studio Symphony.
Jesse Lasaten, after doing work on the epic historical war film El Presidente, composed the background music of Juan Dela Cruz. He used some instruments such as the bullroarer, didgeridoo, Moog synthesizer, and ocarina to make the show's score.
After 3 weeks of airing, Juan dela Cruz quickly rose to becoming one of the most successful action fantasy-drama of all time registering 42.6% viewership ratings nationwide according to the February 21 data released by Kantar Media.
|Pilot Episode||Finale Episode||Peak||Average|
February 4, 2013
October 25, 2013
February 21, 2013
|2013||27th Star Awards for Television||Best Primetime Drama Series||Juan dela Cruz||Won|||
|Best Drama Actor (Primetime)||Coco Martin||Won|||
|Best Drama Supporting Actor (Primetime)||Aaron Villaflor||Won|||
|2014||45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Top Rating Primetime Drama||Juan dela Cruz||Won|||
|12th Gawad Tanglaw Award||Best Performance by an Actor (TV Series)||Coco Martin||Won|||
My Little JuanEdit
After the primetime success of Juan dela Cruz, the show was later given a follow-up 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.
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- Erich goes from 'unang aswang' to 'aswang hunter'
- Margie, blessed to work with Coco
- Juan dela Cruz Teaser
- 14 Scripts Beat MMFF Deadline
- Angel Locsin and Coco Martin to star in new teleserye Juan dela Cruz
- Angel Locsin And Coco Martin Are Set To Team-Up In Upcoming Drama For 2013
- Coco Martin And Erich Gonzales Set To Star In Teleserye “Juan dela Cruz”
- Why 'Juan dela Cruz' is this year's 'biggest series'
- Juan dela Cruz: Ang Simula
- NATIONAL TV RATINGS (Urban + Rural): October 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2013
- 'Juan dela Cruz' nationwide ratings soars to 42.6%
- "ABS-CBN is the most awarded TV network in 27th Star Awards for TV". ABS-CBN Entertainment. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
- "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014"". The Summit Express. May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "ABS-CBN wins big at 12th Gawad Tanglaw". ABS-CBN News. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2020.