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Zaijian Jaranilla

Zaijian Jaranilla
Born Zaijian Jaranilla
(2001-08-23) August 23, 2001
Manila, Philippines
Other names Santino, Enzo, &, Emong
Occupation Child actor, Teen actor
Years active 2008-Present
Agent Star Magic (2008–present)

Zaijian Jaranilla (; born August 23, 2001) is a Filipino child actor best known for his role as the orphan Santino in the 2009 teleserye, May Bukas Pa. Zaijian was also a part of the network's children's gag show, Goin' Bulilit. He is currently under contract with ABS-CBN and talent of STAR MAGIC under this Philippines TV network agency.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Television 3.1
    • Movies 3.2
  • Nominations & Awards 4
  • References 5

Personal life

Within the Jaranilla family, Zaijian is the eldest of three. His first few years were spent in poverty, and his parents separated when he was just 5 years of age. Currently, he lives with his father, Zenon, his grandmother, and his two younger siblings, Zildjan and Zymec.

Zaijian and his family flew to their home province of Marinduque, and in Metro Manila he resides in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Jaranilla is a student at Angelicum College.


Jaranilla is best-known for portraying Santino in May Bukas Pa, a teleserye inspired by the 1955 Spanish film, Marcelino pan y vino. Jaranilla's character vastly affects the lives of the residents of Bagong Pag-asa, as he becomes a powerful intercessor and healer known as the "Miracle Boy." Santino often directly communicated with Jesus, whom he had a casual, child-like friendship with and affectionately referred to as "Bro."

In 2012, Jaranilla starred in Lorenzo's Time, where he portrayed the role of Lorenzo/Enzo, alongside Carmina Villaroel and Amy Austria-Ventura.

In 2014, he stars in Hawak-Kamay, with Piolo Pascual, Iza Calzado, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes.



Year Title Role Network
2008 Goin' Bulilit Various roles ABS-CBN
I Love Betty La Fea Young Nicholas
Komiks Presents: Tiny Tony Young Tony
2009 May Bukas Pa Gabriel "Santino Guillermo" M. Policarpio/Rodrigo
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bisikleta Young Joross
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Xylophone Charles
Rod Santiago's Agua Bendita Otep (voice)
Noah Jacob Perez/Eli
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Miggy Moreno
Wansapanataym: Bully-Lit Elmer
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Callao Cave Andoy
Wansapanataym: Dirty Larry Larry
Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Nonoy Reyes
2012 Wansapanataym: Water Willy Willy
Lorenzo's Time Lorenzo "Enzo" Montreal
2013 Wansapanataym: Gagam-Buboy Buboy
Wansapanataym Various Roles
It's Showtime Himself (hurado)
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Alitaptap Bryan
Juan Dela Cruz Tonton
Wansapanataym: Petrang Paminta Pampam
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Rosaryo Roel Manlangit
Wansapanataym: Sako Lantern Shaggy
2014 Ikaw Lamang Young Samuel Severino
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Karayom Clark
Hawak-Kamay Raymon "Emong" Agustin


Year Title Role Network
2010 RPG Metanoia Nico/Zero (voice) Star Cinema
2011 Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! Angelito
2012 24/7 in Love Jomar Ronquillo

Nominations & Awards

Year Award Giving Body Category Results
2009 PMPC Star Awards for Television[1] Best Male New-TV Personality (for May Bukas Pa) Won
Anak TV Seal Award Mala Makabata Awardee Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya New Face (for May Bukas Pa) Won
2010 8th Gawad Tanglaw Natatanging Gawad TANGLAW para sa Sining ng Telebisyon (for May Bukas Pa) Won
6th USTv Awards Students' Choice of Actor in a Daily Soap Opera Won


  1. ^ "ABS-CBN wins big at 31st CMMAs". ABS-CBN News. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
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