Santino (Zaijan Jaranilla) may have been disowned by the world as an infant but his arrival at Barrio Bagong Pag-Asa was a miracle itself. And as years passed, the young boy displayed marvellous signs that he is indeed God’s gift and instrument of mending love. In this Kapamilya Toplist, we rounded up seven times when Santino became a vessel of God’s miraculous healing in the inspirational series May Bukas Pa.
Santino first manifested his healing powers on Joy (Phoebe Arbotante) who then was receiving the sacrament of anointing of the sick. And while Joy’s parents have already surrendered their daughter’s life to God, Santino still held on to his faith. Besides, it was God himself who taught him that faith makes all things possible. Santino laid his hands on Joy and cured her from sickness through divine intervention.
Despite Joy’s miraculous recovery, the priests especially Father Jose (Dominic Ochoa) were still in denial of Santino’s gift until another supernatural incident occurred. Father Patrick (Ruben Gonzaga) fell from a ladder while fixing the monastery’s ceiling, putting his life in severe danger. Santino rushed to the scene and saved Father Patrick’s life just by praying to ‘Bro,’ much to the priests’ awe and gratitude.
Little by little, Santino’s supernatural abilities became known to the public when he gave sight to Paco (Francis Magundayao)’s blind grandmother Lola Belen (Eva Darren). And despite Father Jose’s warning to keep his healing powers a secret, Santino’s compassion urged him to alleviate a young boy’s seizure attacks in front of a crowd.
The incident spawned a long line of sick people begging for healing outside the monastery. The priests granted Santino’s request to help other people. Besides, it was probably Bro’s intention for the child. On the first day of the religious gathering, Santino let ‘Bro’ use him as an instrument of healing. Even the paralyzed and crippled were able to walk again.
The sixth item in this Toplist shows Santino bringing Lola Belen back to life after she was hit by a large truck. Lastly, Santino prayed to ‘Bro’ when Selda (Lara Quigaman) was wounded in a shootout against a group of muggers. And through the child’s strong faith, the bullet was miraculously pulled out of Selda’s body, saving the lady cop from death.
As he continued on his mission on earth, Santino never failed to remind us all that believing makes things feasible. And God is never selfish of His love but one thing He deeply desires is seeing mankind learn to pay it forward.