That’s familiar: How grown-up Zaijian channeled Santino with ABS-CBN Ball look

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2019 07:34 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2019 10:42 PM

Zaijian Jaranilla, who portrayed Santino in the 2009 series ‘May Bukas Pa,’ returns to his fictional home at San Guillermo Parish Church in July 2019. ABS-CBN

MANILA — It’s been 10 years since Zaijian Jaranilla warmed hearts of TV viewers with his iconic character Santino in ABS-CBN’s “May Bukas Pa.”

Now all grown up at age 18, Jaranilla took his turn on the ABS-CBN Ball red carpet Saturday night with a barong design that paid homage to the inspirational series.

Zaijian Jaranilla poses in his Budi Millari barong at the ABS-CBN Ball on September 14. Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Depicted on the barong by Budi Millari is a familiar sight to fans of “May Bukas Pa” — the façade of the San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, Pampanga, where the teleserye was set.

The façade of San Guillermo Parish Church, the fictional home of Santino in ‘May Bukas Pa.’ ABS-CBN

Jaranilla’s choice of design is fitting. Aside from a fundraising event for Bantay Bata 163’s Bantay Edukasyon program, the ABS-CBN Ball is also a celebration of the Kapamilya network’s 65 years.

Earlier this year, Jaranilla revisited the Bacolor church which he once called home a decade ago, and met residents whose of the municipality whose lives were changed by “May Bukas Pa.”

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