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Child stars in the early throes of puberty

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ZAIJIAN Jaranilla (right) has a tentative, innocent “crush” on Andrea Brillantes in the show.

Our recent column on child stars’ strong and even dominant position on the teleserye scene elicited perceptive feedback from readers, some of whom fretfully wondered what would happen to adolescents and tweens, once the inevitable onset of puberty made its paradigm-changing presence felt. Good question!

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Kids rule the roost in local drama shows

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XYRIEL Manabat. FILE PHOTO

Child characters have always figured strongly in local TV drama series “Flordeluna” had Janice de Belen and Herbert Bautista, “Anna Liza” starred Julie Vega in its title role, “Mga Batang Yagit” featured many juvenile players. However, the current TV season bids fair to end up as the most “child-friendly” (in terms of exposure) TV season of them […]

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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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