|'Santino' (Jaranilla) with King of Comedy Dolphy.
MANILA, Philippines - Child wonder Zaijian Jaranilla, known for his character Santino in defunct ABS-CBN primetime soap "May Bukas Pa," also expressed his love for King of Comedy Dolphy.
Embodying Santino's character once more, Jaranilla asked "Bro" (short for "Brother," how Jesus Christ is addressed in the hit series) to help Dolphy recover from his illness.
"Sana po ay gumaling po siya sa kanyang malubhang sakit at pagkatapos niyang gumaling, doon ay [mas maging] masaya siya," he told Bro in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
Jaranilla revealed that Dolphy was already using oxygen tank support when they worked together in "May Bukas Pa."
As a child, he said he feels said seeing the King of Comedy's condition.
"Ano po, noong nagtatrabaho po kami ay nakakaawa. Kasi po kapag [break] mayroon siyang panghinga (oxygen)," he said.
But Jaranilla was quick to add that he had a good time working with the ace comedian.
"Happy po," Jaranilla said.
In the interview, Jaranilla also expressed his appreciation to all his fans and the ABS-CBN management for giving him a new show, "Lorenzo's Time."
"Masayang masaya po kasi po binigyan na naman nila ako ng bagong show, binigyan po ako ng ABS-CBN," he said.
Jaranilla said he underwent workshops under ABS-CBN's acting coach Pen Medina to prepare for his new series.
"Para kasing sinasabi niya (Medina) sa akin kung ano ang dapat kong gawin. Kunwari kung paano ang lakad na pang-mayaman [at pang-mahirap]. At mayroon po siyang script na binibigay sa akin at throw lines kami," the child star said.
In "Lorenzo's Time," Jaranilla will be working with Carmina Villaroel, his "love interest."
"Konting [hiya na lang sa kanya]. Pero ok na [kapag may sweet na eksena] medyo nasanay na din po," he said about Villaroel, who is much older than he is.
Meanwhile, Jaranilla asked all his fans to support his newest soap, which also stars Gina Pareño, Joel Torre, Alfred Vargas, James Blanco, Rommel Padilla, Amy Austria-Ventura and new child star Belle Mariano.
Directed by Jerome Pobocan and Tots Mariscal Sanchez, "Lorenzo's Time" tells the story of a child diagnosed with progeria, a rare genetic condition where symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at an early age.
"Lorenzo's Time" will premiere on Monday (July 2).