Young audiences easily recognize Rodjun Cruz as the brother of Rayver Cruz and
fellow member of the all-male song and dance group Anime. The brothers both belong
to Star Magic, the talent development arm of ABS-CBN.
Born as Rodolfo Othello Cruz Illustre, Jr., on October 10, 1987, Rodjun is two
years older than Rayver. They both joined show business together, which isn’t
exactly a surprise considering the presence of the Cruz family in the Philippine
entertainment industry. The brothers are related to the deceased actor Ricky Belmonte
(real name Jesse Cruz), Tirso Cruz III, Geneva, Sheryl, Sunshine , and Donna.
Like all members of Star Magic, Rodjun is frequently seen as part of production
numbers in ASAP, a Sunday noontime variety show. He also makes guest appearances
in other dramas of ABS-CBN like Maalaala Mo Kaya, Pedro Penduko at Ang Mga Engkantao,
and talk show Boy and Kris.
Rodjun’s first major break on television came in 2006 when he was chosen
to join the cast of Calla Lily, a weekday afternoon drama series featuring child
star Sharlene San Pedro and directed by Lino Cayetano and Maryo J. de los Reyes.
He played the role of Jigo, the love interest of the character of Star Circle
Quest 2 winner Erich Gonzales named Diday. Jigo and Diday were the best of friends.
Jigo is the youngest uncle of Calla and Lily.
His first movie credit is under Regal Films for the 2007 movie Happy Hearts,
starring his brother Rayver and Shaina Magdayao . The romantic comedy, which
also includes Rustom Padilla, was directed by Joel Lamangan. It was about how
young love can stand a conflict brought on by having a gay parent on one hand
and an ultra-conservative parent on the other.
Rodjun also polished his ballroom dancing shoes on TV via U Can Dance Version
2, a dance competition of ABS-CBN with a similar format to Hollywood's Dancing
with the Stars. He wowed the judges and the audience together with partner Lina
Basas. The pair became the eventual winners of the competition beating Gem Ramos,
Michelle Murenech, Princess Ryan, Tim Espinosa, Saicy Aguila and their respective
dance partners. The panel of judges, which include Governor Vilma Santos, Cherie
Gil, Chit Guerrero, Jhong Hilario, and Maribeth Bichara, unanimously agreed
that Rodjun and Lina both had the heart, the connection, energy, precision and
the moves that they were looking for in performing three types of Latin dance.
Rodjun was pleasantly surprised to win the competition considering that he
doesn't even like ballroom dancing. He is a self-confessed fan of hip hop like
the rest of his Anime mates. But for the competition, Rodjun had to learn the
cha-cha, tango, rumba, Fox trot, and paso doble. Rodjun has also won the jackpot
in Wowowee’s “Merrygalo” portion.
Although his accomplishments are often overshadowed by the successes of his
brother, Rodjun doesn’t seem to mind. He and Rayver have made a pact to
support each other in show business and that there is definitely room for them
both. Besides dancing, Rodjun also sings and plays the guitar.