Five-year-old Raikko Mateo is cast as the son of Maricar Reyes and Paulo Avelino's characters in Honesto. Raikko's character grows up having an allergy that causes his nose to swell whenever he tells a lie. This ABS-CBN primetime series will air its pilot episode on October 28, 2013.

Photo: Noel Orsal

After successfully making Zaijian Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat into household names, Dreamscape introduces a new child actor: five-year-old Raikko Mateo. 

Raikko will topbill ABS-CBN's new teleserye, Honesto, which will air its pilot episode this Monday, October 28.

At the press conference of the show on Thursday, October 24, Dreamscape AdProm Head Biboy Arboleda narrated how Raikko Mateo was chosen to star in this primetime series.

“Aaminin ko, nagpa-audition kami. Hindi naman po naging rigid ang audition kasi nga we’re dealing with children,” he said.

However, Biboy admitted that he was already drawn to Raikko as soon as he saw the young boy.

He recalled, “On a personal note, when I saw Raikko and I saw the screen test, I fell in love already with his mata.

“Kapag mag-zero in po tayo sa mga matang ng batang ito, I think it holds a lot of innocence.”

Honesto director Jerry Sineneng agreed with Biboy’s statement.

He even added, “Ang maganda kay Raikko, maganda ‘yong attitude—nakikinig, mabait, by nature masayahin siya, bubbly.

“Well, nandoon na po yong natural na sa mga bata ‘yong maging bata.

“Nakikinig at saka honest siyang umarte.

“Mahirap i-explain sa inyo pero may honesty po siya kung umarte.

“Makikita n’yo po kung naipalabas na.”

Direk Jerry said that he has not had any difficulties directing Raikko even though he is a first-time actor.

He said about the five-year-old actor, “Bago po kami nagsimulang mag-taping, nagkaroon po kami ng workshop.

“Every day gina-guide ng Star Magic in preparation for the role.