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.



2008Goin' BulilitVarious rolesABS-CBN
I Love Betty La FeaYoung Nicholas
Komiks Presents: Tiny TonyYoung Tony
2009May Bukas PaGabriel "Santino Guillermo" M. Policarpio/Rodrigo
Maalaala Mo Kaya: BisikletaYoung Joross
2010Maalaala Mo Kaya: XylophoneCharles
Rod Santiago's Agua BenditaOtep (voice)
NoahJacob Perez/Eli
2011Your Song Presents: KimMiggy Moreno
Wansapanataym: Bully-LitElmer
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Callao CaveAndoy
Wansapanataym: Dirty LarryLarry
Ikaw Ay Pag-IbigNonoy Reyes
2012Wansapanataym: Water WillyWilly
Lorenzo's TimeLorenzo "Enzo" Montreal
2013Wansapanataym: Gagam-BuboyBuboy
WansapanataymVarious Roles
It's oShowtimeHimself/Guest Judge
Maalaala Mo Kaya: AlitaptapBryan
Juan Dela CruzTonton
Wansapanataym: Petrang PamintaPampam
Maalaala Mo Kaya: RosaryoRoel Manlangit
Wansapanataym: Sako LanternShaggy
2014Ikaw LamangYoung Samuel Severino
Maalaala Mo Kaya: KarayomClark
Hawak-KamayRaymond "Emeng" Agustin
2015Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sketch PadRusty Quintana
FPJ's Ang ProbinsyanoCacay Amaba
2016The Story of UsYoung Macoy
Wansapanataym: That's My Boy, That's My ToyJairo
2016Written in Our StarsYoung Gary


YearTitleRoleFilm Production
2010RPG MetanoiaNico/Zero (voice)Star Cinema
2011Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!Angelito
201224/7 in LoveJomar Ronquillo
2015HamogRashidCinema One Originals

Awards and nominations

Awards and Nomination
YearAward Giving BodyCategoryNominated WorkResults
2009Anak TV Seal AwardsMala Makabata AwardeeN/AIncluded
23rd PMPC Star Awards for TVBest New Male TV Personality[2]May Bukas PaWon
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice AwardsPop Kapamilya New FaceWon
Pop Kapamilya TV CharacterWon
20108th Gawad Tanglaw AwardsNatatanging Gawad TANGLAW para sa Sining ng TelebisyonWon
6th USTv AwardsStudents' Choice of Actor in a Daily Soap OperaWon
201228th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Child Performer of the YearPak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!Nominated
201327th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Child PerformerLorenzo's TimeNominated
Best Single Performance by an ActorMaalaala Mo Kaya: RosaryoNominated
201428th PMPC Star Awards for TVMaalaala Mo Kaya: KarayomNominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice AwardsPop Teen Popsies (shared with Andrea Brillantes)Hawak KamayNominated