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Jairus Aquino: more than just a charming little kid

Jairus Aquino: more than just a charming little kid

Author: Rachelle Siazon

Former Kung Fu Kids star Jairus Aquino is without a doubt one of the most bankable child stars of his generation. Prior to his stint as the feisty Lembot of the said kiddie series, he was already tagged as the " Pambansang best friend ng Pilipinas" because of his role as Pareng Jomar in Super Inggo which starred Makisig Morales. He also appeared in other primetime series such as Rounin, Lastikman, and Ysabella where he was cast as the young Mythos, Eskappar, and Andrew/Albert, respectively.

After taking a break from the limelight for several months, this nine-year old is ready to charm millions of viewers once more as part of the cast of his idol Ryan Agoncillo's afternoon drama, Pieta. " Ako po si ToTo, isang batang-Tondo po na iniwanan ng nanay. Ako yung kunsimisyon ni Kuya Ryan dito. Siya po yung nagturo sa akin na huwag na mandukot tapos mula nun naging magkaibigan na kami," he reveals to ABS-CBN.com.

Aside from the fact that he looks up to Ryan for his fantastic stunts, Jairus is thrilled to work with him because they often goof around on the set. " Siyempre po masaya ako dahil after ng Kung Fu Kids may bago ulit ako'ng project. Kahit na nami-miss ko po sila (his former co-stars) , masaya pa rin ako kasi okay na sa akin na nagkikita kami sa mga press con, ganyan. At saka nag-eenjoy din naman ako ngayon sa Pieta dahil lagi ko kakulitan si Kuya Ryan, yung mga directors, pati na rin yung staff," he gushes.

But when the cameras are rolling, Jairus knows the importance of knowing how to play with his emotions to portray his character well. " Tinuruan po ako nila Direk Rhayan (Carlos), Ms. Malou (de Guzman), at saka ni Direk Manong (Gilbert Perez). Natuto ako umiyak. Kasi dati po ang hirap lumuha, marami pa sila sinasabi sa akin bago ako umiyak. Pero pareho lang din po sa comedy yung hirap kasi mahirap patawanin ang Pilipino. Minsan kasi may isa ako'ng kaibigan parang 'di siya masyado natuwa 'pag napanood niya sa TV perokapag ako na yung magku-kwento saka lang siya matatawa," he sensibly explains.

A Grade 3 student at AngelicumCollege, Jairus is taking up a home study program for him to be able to balance his schedule at work and school. " Mas okay nagho-home study kasi dun ako mas nakakapag-aral. Kasi kapag regular school hindi ako masyado nakakapasok tapos naghahabol po ako palagi. Maganda rin naman po sa pag-aartista natuto ako ng maraming bagay tulad siguro po sa pakikipag-usap ko sa tao, hindi na ako masyado mahiyain. Pero kahit naman hanggang ngayon tahimik pa rin ako lalo na kung hindi ko kilala. Nakikiramdam muna ako bago sobrang nakikipag-usap," he shares.

Though he exudes a passion for his craft even at such an early age, Jairus also takes time to play and to spend quality time with his family. " Kapag walang taping nakakapagpahinga po ako. Kapag may kailangan bilihin saka lang ako nagpupunta sa mall. O kaya nagtse-chess kasama si Daddy at si kuya (aged 22). Minsan kalaro ko ate (aged 17) ko or nagla-laptop lang, nag-iinternet para makausap yung fans ko po. Tapos kung gamit naman ni ate yung PSP, lalabas na lang po ako ng bahay, ganun," he reveals.

Catch Jairus Aquino in Pieta, weekdays, right after Wowowee.

Source: ABS-CBN Interactive