At first glance, Raymond Oliver Cruz may be just one of the young men gifted
with good looks and nothing more. Well, as he aged in show business, he is proving
his critics wrong.
Rayver Cruz was born on July 20, 1989, in Manila Philippines. He’s one
of the sons of Elizabeth Cruz-Ilustre and Rodolfo Ilustre Sr. He has two brothers,
namely, Rodolfo Junior, also known as Rodjun, and Omar. The former is also a
famous dancer, having recently won the first round in You Can Dance, a weekend
The 5'10 ½" young lad isn’t a stranger in the entertainment
industry. For one, he belongs to the illustrious clan of Cruzes. His cousins
include Sheryl, Donna, and Geneva, all famous actresses and singers. He first
started out in GMA 7 as a child star. When he’s 9 years old, he acted alongside
Ara Mina and Joey de Leon in a comedy sitcom entitled Kiss Muna.
Later on he decided to move to ABS-CBN where he started out as one of the members
of Anim-e, a dancing group composed of young boys. They would usually perform
in different variety shows, including ASAP Mania and MTB.
His big break in TV same when he was asked to play the role of Red, one of
the leading characters in Spirits, directed by critically acclaimed Chito Roño.
He also worked together with Claudine Barretto , Diether Ocampo , Bea Alonzo
, and John Lloyd Cruz in the popular soap opera Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin. Though
his character was killed in the end, his dramatic performance as Nat earned
him considerable positive reviews. He also get to play biographical roles such
as the life of Billy Joe Crawford in Maalala Mo Kaya, which didn’t only
showcase his acting and dancing skills but also his singing abilities.
Rayver is also the other half of the Shaina-Rayver tandem. Shaina Magdayao
is the younger sister of Vina Morales , a popular pop and R&B singer. It
was in Star Magic Presents, where they played a young couple, that their love
team was born. Soon they were offered to become regular members in About Ur
Love, a youth-oriented show that tackles about the various growing pains brought
by young love. Both of them also belonged to Ultimate Dance 4 (UD4), the newest
dance group groomed by ABS-CBN. In fact, their dance moves to Kembot became
a national sensation.
The latest TV project of Rayver was Rounin, where he worked with other home-grown
ABS-CBN talent. He played the role of Mythos, one of the central personas in
the television epic. He was a young warrior who was searching for his own identity
while trying to fight the evilness of Vega, queen of the underworld, and her
henchmen. To prepare for this show, Rayver, together with the other casts, practiced
for days in the fields of martial arts and wushu just so they could deliver
close-to-perfect portrayals of their characters.
On the lighter note, Rayver’s ultimate dream girl is Kristine Hermosa
, and he loves to play basketball together with his friends, including those
from Anim-E. He loves the color green and looks up to Cesar Montano .