Jake Cuenca goes public with new romance


Posted at Apr 15 2014 04:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2014 11:40 AM

MANILA - "Ikaw Lamang" actor Jake Cuenca has gone public with his new romantic relationship, six months after he admitted to courting actress Jessy Mendiola.

The 26-year-old actor took to Instagram early this week to share several photos of him with a woman, who is tagged in the posts as Chanel Olive Thomas.

On her own Instagram page, where she is described as a Manila-based Filipina-Australian model, Thomas similarly posted photos of her with Cuenca, including one where they are seen kissing on the lips.

Among the captions used by Thomas for the photos are, "Us" and "He makes me happy." Another caption referred to Cuenca as "my No. 1."

Cuenca was last romantically linked with Mendiola, his co-star in "Maria Mercedes." He admitted wooing the 21-year-old actress in October last year, but admitted last month that he has stopped pursuing her.

Cuenca confirmed this in a March 18 interview aired live on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," where he also said he has been "dating around," but not exclusively.

"Natutunan ko na mga pagkakamali ko noon," he said at the time, referring to past failed relationships. "I'm very loyal to a woman, especially kung naging girlfriend ko siya."