How janitor became prosthetic artist for 'Juan dela Cruz'
MANILA -- The top-rating teleserye "Juan dela Cruz' has just aired its final episode, and it wouldn't be a success without the work of Joel Cuenca, who created realistic creatures that the superhero battled on the show.
Viewers of the series became familiar with mythical creatures such as the tikbalang, tiyanak, aswang and the halimaw, which are often seen as horrific and evil.
In an interview with Jasmin Romero in DZMM's "Trabaho Panalo" on Sunday, Cuenca shared his experience of working on "Juan dela Cruz," saying hard work and love for the arts made these creatures possible.
An artist who has worked for movies and TV shows, Cuenca is the owner of Oceanima, a prosthetics company.
Cuenca admitted that it took him a long time before he became a prosthetics artist.
"Nagsimula ako bilang janitor sa isang prosthetics company," he narrated.
As a janitor, he was exposed to the different processes of make-up and prosthetics. Despite his low position in the company, he didn't let it hinder him from learning.
Because of his willingness to learn, he was given a chance by his former boss to work on movies and TV shows.
Now, Cuenca owns his own company,and has a team of around 35 people who helps him on his projects.
"Matagal na proseso ang prosthetics. Minsan, umaabot kami ng isang araw para lang sa isang tenga o sa ilong," Cuenca explained.
The materials used in make-up and prosthetics are also expensive.
"'Yung isang costume, minsan umaabot ng P120,000. Siyempre pwede pang bumaba, pero mas mataas ang budget, mas maganda ang quality," he said.
For those who are interested in working in the field of prosthetic artistry, Cuenca advised that desire and love for artistry is more important than money.
While "Juan dela Cruz" finished its run, Cuenca revealed that he and his team would be working on another show soon.