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When adolescence looms

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ZAIJIAN Jaranilla needs to grow up with his characters—sooner or later.

Last year, whenever we would watch child star Zaijian Jaranilla on TV, we asked ourselves how much longer he could continue playing juvenile roles, before adolescence would catch up with him.  Well, on “Wansapanataym” last Jan. 2, it finally dawned on us that the time may have come for the popular young actor to take [...]

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Local show biz’s ‘XYZ Factor’

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Quite by coincidence, the top three child stars on the local TV scene this season are Xyriel Manabat, Yogo Singh and Zaijian Jaranilla.   So, what’s so unusual about that bit of tantalizing trivia? Well, the initial letters of their first names spell “XYZ”—which goes “The X Factor” two better—which is why we call the [...]

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‘Pag-ibig’ adjusts focus as it eases into its concluding chapter

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VARGAS AND ROMANA. The inspiring show has added to their thespic cachet.

As “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” ever so slowly eases into its concluding “chapter,” we are struck by how the inspirational and “seasonal” series has periodically been adjusting its focus in the past, few weeks. Originally promoted as a “Christmas” series of limited time duration, the show may have become too popular for its own good.

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Reality check for Christmas series’ young viewers

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MUTYA Orquia, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat and Louise Abuel.

After more than two weeks of telecasting, how is ABS-CBN’s “Christmas teleserye,” “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig,” faring? Thus far, the fourth and final child star in the series, Xyriel Manabat, has finally made her appearance, joining the orphans played by Zaijian Jaranilla and two other child stars.

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Christmas ‘teleserye’ off to a brisk start

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“IKAW Ay Pag-ibig” stars Louise Abuel, Mutya Orquia, Zaijian Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat

The first telecast of ABS-CBN’s “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” last Monday, Nov. 21, briskly introduced viewers to many of its key characters and to its central conflict. We appreciated the lively storytelling, because we’ve had it up to here with teleseryes that start one or even two generations in the past, so that we get to [...]

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