Zaijian Jaranilla

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Zaijian Jaranilla
Born Zaijian Jaranilla
(2001-08-23) August 23, 2001 (age 15)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present
Agent Star Magic (2008–present)
Relatives Zildjan Jaranilla & Zymic Jaranilla (brothers)

Zaijian Jaranilla (/ziæn/; 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 cast member in the children's sketch comedy show Goin' Bulilit.

Personal life[edit]

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, his grandmother, and his two brothers, Zildjan and His youngest brother Zymic Jaranilla, is a child star in GMA7.

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 with Andre Tiangco in May Bukas Pa.

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, childlike 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.

Jaranilla later played a starring role in the 2014 soap opera Hawak-Kamay, with Piolo Pascual, Iza Calzado, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes.



Year Title Role
2008 Goin' Bulilit Various roles
I Love Betty La Fea Young Nicholas
Komiks Presents: Tiny Tony Young Tony
2009 May Bukas Pa Santino Guillermo/Gabriel Policarpio
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bisikleta Young Joross
2009–present ASAP Himself/Performer
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 Francisco "Nonoy" Garrido Jr./Julius Reyes
2012 Wansapanataym: Water Willy Willy
Lorenzo's Time Lorenzo "Enzo" Montreal
2013 Wansapanataym: Gagam-Buboy Buboy
Wansapanataym Various Roles
It's Showtime Himself/Guest Judge
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 Raymond "Emong" Agustin
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sketch Pad Rusty Quintana
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Cacay Amaba
2016 The Story of Us Young Macoy
Wansapanataym: That's My Boy, That's My Toy Jairo
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Armas Joseph
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mikropono Carlmalone Montecido
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cellphone Mart
2017 Ipaglaban Mo Justin


Year Title Role
2010 RPG Metanoia Nico/Zero (voice)
2011 Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! Angelito
2012 24/7 in Love Jomar Ronquillo
2015 Hamog Rashid

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2009 Anak TV Seal Awards Mala Makabata Awardee N/A Included
23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best New Male TV Personality[1] May Bukas Pa Won
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya New Face Won
Pop Kapamilya TV Character Won
2010 8th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Natatanging Gawad TANGLAW para sa Sining ng Telebisyon Won
6th USTv Awards Students' Choice of Actor in a Daily Soap Opera Won
2012 28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Child Performer of the Year Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! Nominated
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Child Performer Lorenzo's Time Nominated
Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya: Rosaryo Nominated
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Maalaala Mo Kaya: Karayom Nominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Teen Popsies (shared with Andrea Brillantes) Hawak Kamay Nominated
2016 7th NSCART Awards Best Male Child Star N/A Won


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