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.
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.
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.”