Jake Cuenca neither admits nor denies giving Balenciaga bag to Melissa Ricks

Jake Cuenca did not directly answer whether or not he gave an expensive Balenciaga bag to Melissa Ricks but he did declare: "Melissa is and always will be very special to me."


Bench has an Ultimate Summer Man of 2010 and his name is Jake Cuenca. The TV actor was crowned last Saturday, February 27, at the SM Mall of Asia during the press launch of Bench's Lost In Summer clothing collection.

The actor, who plays Alejandro in ABS-CBN's teleserye Rubi, appeared onstage with his back to the audience, jumping up and down in brown plaid shorts and a pink polo. He then walked around the stage, amid giddy cheers and appreciative applause. He flexed his muscles and flaunted his signature Oblation-style pose with his characteristic angas expression. But when Jake reached the end of the stage, he waved enthusiastically at the crowd with a cheerful smile before proceeding backstage.

Several models then paraded onstage wearing safari hats, plaid shirts, and platform wedges in turquoise, yellow and green summer colors. After a few minutes, Jake appeared onstage again, covered in a black hood and wearing jeans. Confetti rained down onstage when the hunk snatched off his hood and revealed his topless physique and six-pack abs as deafening screams filled the air. At one point, he even knelt on the floor and raised both his arms in triumph. Jake then joined several topless models onstage for the grand finale of the fashion show.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed Jake after the event and it was evident that he was very happy with the crowd turnout that night. "Thank you very much sa lahat ng nanood tonight, maraming salamat po," he said gratefully.

SEXY BILLBOARD. The actor was recently involved in a controversy when his sexy billboard in Magallanes, Makati City was taken down.

"Kanya-kanyang interpretasyon lang naman 'yan, ganun klaseng billboard minsan nakaka-offend, minsan hindi. Pero hindi ko desisyon yun. Kanya-kanya lang naman yun. Pero basta ako, nagpasalamat ako sa Bench na binigyan ako ng ganitong klaseng campaign at ginalingan ko," he said.

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Jake was also quick to dispel rumors that he uses steroids to beef up his physique.

"I really worked hard sa gym, binigyan ako ng tatlong buwan para gawin ito, sumakto nun tapos ang Tayong Dalawa. Kinarir ko, araw-araw akong nasa gym kahit taping or walang taping at hindi ko tinigil diet ko. Pag taping, nagbabaon ako ng tatlong tuna at pag nasa bahay, chicken, turkey or fish lang kinakain ko, no carbs at all—pampatanggal yun ng abs," he said.

EXPENSIVE GIFT FOR MELISSA RICKS? The hunky actor remained mum, however, regarding the purple Balenciaga bag worth P100,000 that he reportedly gave Melissa Ricks as a Valentines' Day gift.

"Tanungin mo na lang siya about that. Nakapag-usap naman kami noong Valentine's Day. We didn't go out. I was very busy that day, she was very busy din. Melissa is and always will be very special to me," he declared.

Jake also revealed that Melissa texted him before he went out on stage for the Bench fashion show. "She texted me congratulations and that I deserve it," he said.

BEEFING UP. Even though Jake already looks fit, the actor says that he wants to beef up some more for his return to action via the TV show Agimat.

"Pinaghahandaan ko ang Agimat, gusto kong mas malaki ako doon kasi, siyempre, pagdating ng Agimat magbabalik ako sa action from Tayong Dalawa at Palos. Gusto ko ibigay lahat at ibigay ang buong sarili ko sa proyekto kaya magpapalaki talaga ako for that."

Some audience members commented that Jake should have shown more skin for the fashion show. To this, he responded, "Meron pa, siyempre meron pang susunod dito. Malapit na malapit na rin yun. At least dun may maabangan ang tao."

Undaunted by the controversies that are coming his way, Jake is content with what life has given him so far.

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"I am confident and happy with what I have," he said.


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