MANILA – Actor Jake Cuenca, it seems, is dead serious about trying out for the Philippine Azkals football team.
News about Cuenca's plan to kick-start a football career emerged late last year when he appeared on the game show "Minute to Win It."
He reiterated his interest in an interview with entertainment site Push.com.ph, saying joining the Azkals is among his plans this 2014 .
“I am looking forward to be trying out for Azkals. Pero it’s not the Azkals agad. Step by step 'yan eh. Ang plano ko naman when it comes to football, it’s like my career in showbiz. It starts from the bottom up,” he said.
“If I cannot do it now, I won’t be able to do it. I’m not getting any younger. I feel that my game right now I think I have maybe when it comes to playing football, I think I have two good years,” he added.
But will he ever leave showbiz for football?
“No. This is my bread and butter. If it comes down to it kung papapiliin ako, I love football, but this is my life and this is what makes me who I am. I built a name for myself in show business. Well, I equally have the same amount of passion and interest when it comes to football and showbiz pero definitely showbiz kasi ito ang buhay ko,” he said.
Cuenca said he wants to have more time for himself so he is looking to limit his showbiz projects this year.
“I’m looking forward to having a little bit more time for myself. I think it will be more controlled in my part and in my management’s part. I won’t be doing mass amount of projects that I did [last 2013] so I’m going to pick quality over quantity,” he said.
The “Maria Mercedes” actor, however, was quick to add that he is grateful for all his projects last year because he learned a lot from his co-workers.
“Well definitely I’ve matured. You can do other workshops but nothing will really compare to experience, your time in front of the camera, the people you get to work with. I’m just lucky that I’ve been able to work with the best directors in the country parang that help me evolve so much, and I’m taking risks with different roles,” he said.