Juan dela Cruz is a 2013 Philippine television drama directed by Malu Sevilla, it stars Coco Martin as Juan dela Cruz, a half-tagabantay and half-aswang who falls in love with Rosario (Erich Gonzales). It is the second television drama in the Philippines made by ABS-CBN to be filmed and broadcast in high definition. The series premiered on ABS-CBN and worldwide on TFC on February 4, 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 top-billed by Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, Albert Martinez and Maja Salvador. 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. 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.
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. The drama series is broadcast in full high definition and is dubbed to be the "most expensive and biggest drama" to date. 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.
Juan dela Cruz is the story of an unlikely hero. He is an orphan boy brought up in the church by a righteous parish priest who guided him towards goodness and faith upon the Lord Jesus Christ, who eventually referred as Bossing by Juan. But because he had an innate temper, the pruddish townspeople disliked him except the priest whom he regarded as his father. One day, the priest was killed by a thief. Juan ended up in the streets of Quiapo, as a simple, kind and yet tough young man. Unknown to him, he is half-aswang, the son of the Haring Aswang (King of Aswang) and also the prophesied Anak ng Dilim (Child of Darkness). He is fated to rule over his kind and take over the human race. But his mother is a Tagabantay (Guardian), coming from an ancient lineage of defenders using the Bakal na Krus (Iron Cross) to destroy the Aswangs.
How can Juan fulfill his destiny as the next Tagabantay while struggling against his nature as an Aswang — a creature he is also destined to destroy? This is the story of the fight between good and evil that also happens to everyone.
After 3 weeks of airing, Juan dela Cruz quickly rose to becoming one of the most successful fantasy romantic-comedy drama of all time registering a whopping of 42.6% viewership ratings nationwide according to the February 21 data released by Kantar Media.KANTAR MEDIA NATIONAL TV RATINGS
After the primetime success of Juan Dela Cruz, the show was later given a midquel series called My Little Juan, which tells more about Juan's childhood before he was known as the new "Tagabantay".