Juan dela Cruz (TV series)

Juan dela Cruz
Genre Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Comedy
Created by Rondel P. Lindayag
Dindo Perez
Developed by Julie Anne R. Benitez
Lino S. Cayetano
Ethel M. Espiritu
Dindo Perez
Shugo Praico
Written by Dindo Perez
Shugo Praico
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
Erich Gonzales
Opening theme Maging Sino Ka Man
by Martin Nievera
Composer(s) Idonnah Lopez Villarico
Rommel C. Villarico
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of episodes 188
Executive producer(s) Eileen Angela T. Garcia
Hazel B. Parfan
Producer(s) Bryan Paul Ramos
Location(s) Philippines
Editor(s) Renewin Alano
Running time 30-45 minutes
Monday to Friday at 19:45 (PST)
Production company(s) Dreamscape Entertainment TV
Original network ABS-CBN
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Original release February 4 (2013-02-04) – October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Related shows My Little Juan
External links

Juan dela Cruz is a 2013 Philippine television series directed by Malu L. Sevilla. It starred Coco Martin as Juan dela Cruz, a half-tagabantay and half-aswang who falls in love with Rosario (Erich Gonzales). It was the second television drama in the Philippines made by ABS-CBN to be filmed in high definition.[1][2][3][4] The series aired on ABS-CBN and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from February 4, 2013 to October 25, 2013, replacing Princess and I.


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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8]

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.[9] The drama series is broadcast in full high definition[10] and is dubbed to be the "most expensive and biggest drama" to date.[11] 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.[12]


The series tells about Juan dela Cruz, an orphan boy who was brought up in a church by a Roman Catholic parish priest named 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", and the "flock" the followers of Jesus). One day, Father Cito was killed by a thief, and Juan ends up at Lola Belen's house in Quiapo, Manila. Unknown to him, he is half-aswang, the son of Samuel Alejandro, the Haring Aswang (King Aswang) and also the prophesied Anak ng Dilim (Child of Darkness). He is fated to rule over the Aswangs and take over the human race. However, Amelia, Juan's mother, is a human and a Tagabantay (Guardian), coming from an ancient lineage of defenders using the Bakal na Krus (Iron Cross) to protect the humans from the Aswangs.

By the time he grows up as an adult, Juan later joins the Kapatiran (Brotherhood), a group composed of people who seek to destroy the Aswangs. The group help train Juan into becoming the next Tagabantay. Later, the Engkantos and Diwatas aid Juan in his duties which seems to have a bigger and important role on the continuing conflict between the aswangs and the humans.


Main cast

Supporting Cast

Extended cast

Guest cast

Special participation


Month Episodes Peak Average Rating Rank
February 2013 19 42.6%
(Episode 14)
37.9% #2[13]
March 2013 19 37.7%
(Episode 26)
35.7% #1[14]
April 2013 22 35.8%
(Episode 45)
33.4% #1[15]
May 2013 23 35.7%
(Episode 67)
33.3% #1[16]
June 2013 20 38.1%
(Episode 93)
34.0% #3[17]
July 2013 23 36.5%
(Episode 125)
34.9% #2[18]
August 2013 22 38.1%
(Episode 137)
35.9% #1[19]
September 2013 21 34.9%
(Episode 154)
33.2% #2[20]
October 2013 19 38.3%
(Finale Episode)
34.5% #1[21]


Juan dela Cruz: The Official Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 2013 (2013)
Genre R&B, P-pop, hip hop
Label Star Records
No. TitleArtist Length
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 Various Artists
Released July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28)[22]
Genre R&B, P-pop, pop rock
Label Star Records
No. TitleArtist Length
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
4. "Buko"  Jireh Lim 5:15
5. "Ibong Ligaw"  Juana Cosme 4:12

Other music

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.

Kantar Media National TV Ratings
(7:45PM PST)
Pilot Episode Finale Episode Peak Average
February 4, 2013
October 25, 2013[23]
February 21, 2013[24]

My Little Juan

Main article: My Little Juan

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.


Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards [25] Top Rating Primetime Drama Juan dela Cruz Won

See also


  1. Coco Martin plays superhero in Juan dela Cruz
  2. Erich goes from 'unang aswang' to 'aswang hunter'
  3. Margie, blessed to work with Coco
  4. Juan dela Cruz Teaser
  5. 14 Scripts Beat MMFF Deadline
  6. Angel Locsin and Coco Martin to star in new teleserye Juan dela Cruz
  7. Angel Locsin And Coco Martin Are Set To Team-Up In Upcoming Drama For 2013
  8. Coco Martin And Erich Gonzales Set To Star In Teleserye “Juan dela Cruz”
  9. ABS-CBN's Dreamscape Setting High Standards in Primetime Teleserye
  10. Bernandino-reveals-why-coco-martin-never-courted-her/ Margie Bernandino reveals why Coco Martin never courted her
  11. Why 'Juan dela Cruz' is this year's 'biggest series'
  12. Juan dela Cruz: Ang Simula
  13. Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in February 2013 - LionhearTV
  14. Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in March 2013 - LionhearTV
  15. Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in April 2013 - LionhearTV
  16. Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in May 2013 - LionhearTV
  17. Top 15 TV Programs in June 2013 according to Kantar Media - LionhearTV
  18. Kantar Media: Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in July 2013 - LionhearTV
  19. Kantar Media: Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in August 2013 - LionhearTV
  20. Kantar Media: Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in September 2013 - LionhearTV
  21. Top 15 Most-Watched TV Programs in October 2013 - LionhearTV
  22. http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2013/07/26/1012661/juan-dela-cruz-launches-soundtracks-vol.-2
  23. NATIONAL TV RATINGS (Urban + Rural): October 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2013
  24. 'Juan dela Cruz' nationwide ratings soars to 42.6%
  25. "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014". The Summit Express. Retrieved 2014-05-019.

External links

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