Who would’ve imagined that the inspiring little orphan boy that we admired in the well-loved 2009 inspirational series May Bukas Pa has already grown up to be the charming young man that he is now? And for sure, only one name comes to our mind when we talk about it, and it’s none other than Zaijian Jaranilla.
Undoubtedly, he was one of the most popular child stars back then because of the remarkable character that he portrayed in the said teleserye. His most recent appearances were in Star Cinema’s Boyette: Not a Girl Yet,” a coming-of-age film he headlined alongside Inigo Pascual and Maris Racal, and in the most talked about primetime series Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin as he portrayed the role of the real Jacob, the late biological son of Jodi Sta. Maria’s character Marissa.
Zaijian has definitely gone a long way since his remarkable stint in May Bukas Pa twelve years ago. And aside from his family, he has always been inspired to work hard because of the presence of his non-showbiz girlfriend Dian Añes. The young actor’s fans couldn’t believe it when they saw him together with her in the famous video-sharing app TikTok. Most of the fans couldn’t help but gush over how it felt like it was just yesterday when they all saw him as Santino.
The couple are very sweet on social media as they would post sweet pictures and videos of them together, especially during special occasions. Dian took to Instagram to share their sweet photos and a heartfelt message for Zaijian on their first anniversary. She wrote in the caption, “In a span of 1 year, all you gave me was happiness. Happy Anniversary!! I love you always”.
It was last year when Zaijian revealed that he’s in a relationship already. In his guesting in Magandang Buhay, he shared that he’s more inspired and motivated because of his girlfriend. "One year and one month na po kami. Sobra po [siyang inspirasyon]. Nakakatulong po siya sa akin. Parang mas inspired ako sa pang-araw-araw. Kapag gumigising ako tapos alam ko na may nagmamahal sa akin, tapos may naghihintay sa akin,” the actor related.
He also shared about his relationship with his non-showbiz girlfriend on his appearance in Tonight With Abunda. When Tito Boy asked him if his work as an actor is a problem for them, Zaijian, did not deny that it sometimes becomes a cause of their arguments. But he just explains to his partner that at his age, it’s inevitable for him to be paired with someone.
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Check out their sweet and lovely photos in this gallery!