THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
BY the name alone, you would know that he comes from a family whose inclination has been in the world of music.
His father is a National Artist. For Music.The great Ernani Cuenco has given us several memorable music that are now considered classics-“Kahit Na Magtiis”, “Sa Bawat Sandali”, “Kalesa”, “Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa”, “Bato sa Buhangin” and the immortal “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal”.
And very few know that the flutist who made his way to be known in the music industry is his son-Jong Cuenco!
Nowadays, he is seen doing acting bits in “The General’s Daughter” and “Ang Probinsyano” with scenes shared with the Tirso Cruz III. And a soap is in the offing-with Judy Ann Santos, “Starla”.
This week, he will be part of Roland Sanchez’ “Behind the Maskara” which will be shot in Bacolod.
There’s more to be known about this lad.
“Juma-jam ako sa gigs and shows of Randy (Santiago). I was part of his Hawi Boys. I was working in an advertising company noon. Gumagawa rin ng mga jingkes. Lipovitan. Magnolia. Minute Burger. Pag-Ibig Fund. ‘Yun ang mga clients.
“It was in 1993 naman ako nag-solo as a flutist. Five years old pa lang ako, siya na ang pinili kong instrument na pag-aralan when my father asked me kung alin ang gusto ko. Nung una, piano. May pinanood kaming concert sa CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines). Nung marinig ko ‘yung tunog ng flute, nasa orchestra kami, eh sabi ko sa father ko ‘yun ang gusto kong pag-aralan’g instrumento. Kaming magkakapatid, ‘yun ang tinanong niya.
“Aral in college. Music. Then, hindi ko na binitawan ang pagtugtog ng flute hanggang nag-recording and album na. “Changes in the Wind”. Merong original but mostly covers.
“Nag-business din. Ako humawak ng Ernani Cuenco Consultancy namin. We do events. Corporate events. Product launch.”
These days, he is seen in a TV commercial for a cough medicine. What else does Jong want to do?
“Syempre, musikero pa rin ako. Every now and then, there shows and gigs. These days, dito ako madalas in Dampa Sa Greenhills, owned by very good friends. Kami ni Alynna Velasquez ang promotor para sa mga kakanta with us. Masaya here. Masarap ang food. Maganda ang ambience. It’s along Santolan. You won’t miss it. When you see the marker ng I Love San Juan, nandoon ang Dampa sa itaas.
“I will not leave doing what I do. As a flutist. Nakilala rin naman ako dyan. And it’a not everyday we get to hear people play it. My two kids are into playing musical instruments. My girl started to playnthe flute na rin. ‘Yung lalake, violin naman.”
The love of Jong’s life (Ria, formerly of EB Babes) is someone he really pursued.
“Through “Eat…Bulaga’s” jester Joel Olivera, nagkakilala kami. Sinabi ko kay Joel na ipakilala ako sa kanya. So, one time nasa EB ako. Nagulat sina Bossing (Vic Sotto). The rest is history.”
His Dad’s Junior. He maybe on the right track as his Father has trodden. But Jong’s mindset is to be an inspiration to the youth with the music he imparts to the world.
SHANDII BACOLOD and some of her #TeamMSB peeps braved the scenario in HongKong when they shot the important scenes in their new project, #MNLHKNY top-billed by Shaina Magdayao and Alfred Vargas, helmes by Mac Alejandre from Ricky Lee’s story.
Said Shandii, “17 days in Culion for a film shoot + 6 days Final preparations in Manila for a Hong Kong Shoot and preparations for an upcoming CinemaOne shoot + 6 days in Hong Kong (shoot + protest rally brouhaha). That’s 29 days of not having a full time sleep, maximum of 5 hours only. I don’t normally post hospital photos but I just wanna say thank you to the 3 amazing souls who took good care of me last night – @mikeliwag @yammercado @mr.jaygarcia Yam and Mike, for bringing me to the hospital and making me laugh with my blood extraction, thank you (Haha). Reminder to all hardworking filmmakers out there, REST & SLEEP. #allfortheloveoffilmmaking #buhaypelikula #buhayproducer
People are already excited to see #CulionTheMovie where the powerful triumvirate of Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano and Jasmine Curtis Smith will be seen! As the storytellers of Culion’s rich history, from its dark past to the global appeal it is enjoying now. From the direction of Alvin Yapan, Cinematography by Neil Daza and Ricky Lee’s script.
Wishing the next in demand movie producer the best of health!