Zaijian Jaranilla

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

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 .

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, his grandmother, and his two brothers, Zildjan and Zymic Jaranilla. His youngest brother Zymic, 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 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 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 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
2016 Written in Our Stars Young Gary


Year Title Role Film Production
2010 RPG Metanoia Nico/Zero (voice) Star Cinema
2011 Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! Angelito Star Cinema, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment
2012 24/7 in Love Jomar Ronquillo Star Cinema
2015 Hamog Rashid Cinema One Originals

Awards and nominations

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


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