Nutrition, education keep child star's future bright

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

THEY say exposure to the world of showbiz would make a kid mature early, what with its numerous commitments to make -- demanding schedules to meet and controversies to face.

If so, then child star Zaijan Jaranilla's sense of maturity is rare even for a nine-year-old who basks in the limelight early in life. Despite his hugely successful career, he has managed to keep both feet firmly on the ground, and remains as simple and humble as the characters he portrays in his various projects.

Zaijan is still popularly known as the miracle boy “Santino” in the top-rating teleserye “May Bukas Pa”. He started his career way back at age 5, when he guested in Going Bulilit. Recently, he completed another TV series N.O.A.H., in which he portrayed the role of Jacob/Eli, and he also lent his voice to the character of Nico in the recent filmfest animation sensation RPG “Metanoia”. In the works are two other film projects and other dubbing works for TV.


Despite various projects coming left and right, he knows how to prioritize other things in his life, like his education. A lot of credit goes to his family for helping him keep himself admirably grounded.

“My mommy makes sure that I prioritize my studies. She guides me in my homework all the time,” says Zaijan, who is in the 3rd Grade at the Angelicum College in Quezon City.

His parents wholeheartedly support his career but on one condition: “Bawal magpuyat sa taping para makapasok sa school,” he says.

A big part of their support involves making sure he takes care of his health. At such a young age, his developing body needs to cope with the numerous demands that he faces, so he needs all the vitamins and minerals he can get.

Fortunately, Zaijan is growing up loving vegetables, he says, particularly ampalaya and sitaw.

“I also drink milk at night before I go to sleep,” he says, knowing that milk has plenty of nutritive values.

An affordable pack of Bear Brand Powdered Milk Drink, for instance, is fortified with resistance-building nutrients like Iron, Zinc and Vitamin C, all of which play an importance role in strengthening body resistance and promoting growth, healthy metabolism and proper development.

Just drinking two glasses per day is enough to provide all the nutrients that an active child like Zaijan needs. He also loves drinking the chocolate-flavored variant Bear Brand Choco, which has all the nutritious goodness of milk and an irresistible chocolatey taste.

Zaijan hopes to encourage other kids to keep themselves healthy and value their education, both of which pave the way to help improve their lives and attain their ambitions.

“Dapat kumain ng mabuti, kumain ng gulay, prutas, at iba pang healthy foods. Dapat din uminom palagi ng gatas. Importante ang maging malusog para makapasok sa school,” he says.

A self-confessed Vhong Navarro fan, Zaijan wants to be a comedian and dancer someday. He also wants to put up a car dealership business when he grows up, since he likes cars. For someone so young, more admirable than having such lofty dreams is the fact that he knows exactly what it takes to get there: good health, good education, and hard work.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 13, 2011.


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