Jake Cuenca’s Two-Bedroom Bachelor Pad

The actor’s home exudes a distinct masculine appeal

Original Article: Joseph Dayrit Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

In 2009, actor Jake Cuenca purchased two units in a high-rise condominium located in Mandaluyong, with the intention of combining them to form one spacious unit.

He didn’t have a specific design in mind—the actor just wanted something simple and very masculine. “It was really how I felt at that moment, and it’s something na parang very me. I really did not copy [from books or magazines]. Ito ’yong naramdaman kong gusto ko, ’tapos ’yon ang sinabi ko do’n sa nag-i-interior,” he shares.

Jake enlisted the services of architect Leni Llapitan of R.A. Leveriza & Associates, his maternal grandfather’s architectural firm. The actor naturally wanted to be involved in the design process, so he took care of selecting the furniture and furnishings, with his picks mostly sourced from stores such as Bo Concept, Dimensione, Dwell, and Our Home.

After four months, his 110sqm, two-bedroom bachelor pad turned out to be just that—simple, masculine, and a space that Jake can call his home.

Read the original article in YES! Celebrity Homes Special 2012 issue. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at

Open Layout

Touches of wood elements and warm lighting balance the masculine feel of the space.

Living Area

This was what Jake’s condominium unit looked like at the time of the YES! Magazine shoot. The living room featured a gray couch from Dimensione, a pair of ottomans, an arc floor lamp, and a glass-topped coffee table. Across this set-up is his entertainment area.

Entertainment Area

Mounted on the deep purple recessed wall is a flat-screen television. A home theater system and a gaming console are also found in this spot. A pair of low swivel chairs in black and a small table topped with red flowers complete the look.


The actor has everything he needs to whip up his own meals in this compact kitchen, but he reveals that he stops over their family house for home-cooked dishes.


There is no dining table in sight, as the kitchen counter functions as a dining table, with a pair of black swivel bar stools as seating options.


Jake’s bed base is custom-made. It comes with built-in side tables and drawers as additional storage. Above the headboard is a photo of him alongside actress Maja Salvador, in which they are dressed up as Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara of Gone with the Wind, respectively, for the 2010 Academy Awards tribute-exhibit of local cable channel Velvet.


Jake sits in the gray Dimensione armchair when he watches TV or plays video games. A black custom-made cabinet was built for his flat-screen TV and his audio-video and gaming peripherals.


Instead of renovating the bathroom fully, Jake opted to have new bathroom fixtures installed.


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