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“Zaijan Jaranilla stars as ‘batang hamog’ in internationally-acclaimed film”

“Hamog” is an entry to the first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

Young actor Zaijan Jaranilla returns to the big screen via the multi-awarded independent film “Hamog,” an entry to the first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino to open on August 16-22 in local cinemas.

Shot two years ago for the 2015 Cinema One Originals, “Hamog” gives a glimpse of how street children, entangled in poverty and crime, could possibly be surviving their day to day.

During the special screening on Monday, August 1 at the Ayala Vertis North, Zaijan, who plays the role of a Muslim named Rashid, implied that he did not think twice in accepting this kind of role as a “batang hamog”.

“Pumayag po talaga ako. Mismo sarili ko po ‘yung pumayag. ‘Nung inoffer po sa’kin ni Direk Ralston (Jover), nag-oo naman po agad ako. Tapos ‘yung Star Magic na lang po ‘yung nagcoordinate rin,” he said.

According to Zaijan, he did not find it too difficult to relate to his character because, “Nagkaroon din po kami ng mga kaibigan namin na batang hamog and nabigyan din naman po kami ng tips kung pa’no ‘yung talagang tamang batang hamog.”

The former child star said that people will learn from this movie for it mirrors real life. “Kailangang maging aware din tayo sa environment natin na mayroon din mga batang hamog and lalo na ‘dun sa mga magulang, na dapat alagaan nila ‘yung mga anak nila.”

Coming from mainstream TV series which he headlined such as May Bukas Pa, Lorenzo’s Time and Hawak Kamay, is being an independent actor a path he would like to take?

“Kahit ano po. Kahit anong ibigay sa akin at saka mas gusto ko rin po ‘yung sarili ko na chinachallenge ko.”

Zaijan also said that he prefers to do independent movies than mainstream films because, “Galing po ako syempre sa mainstream na mga teleserye and sa indie film, parang feeling ko mas malaya akong gawin kung ano ‘yung gusto ko. Parang walang limit. Out of the box.”

While he is not yet working on his next indie film, there is an upcoming teleserye in the works for Zaijan.

“Hamog” bagged the “Outstanding Artistic Achievement” recognition at the Shanghai International Film Festival and was awarded Best Film by the Russian Critics Circle at the Moscow International Film Festival.