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.
“So, when we got to the actual taping, medyo okay na ‘yong bata.”
UPHOLDING VALUES. Through Honesto, ABS-CBN aims to remind viewers about the importance of being honest.
Biboy explained, “Ang Honesto po ay pangatlong produkto [ng Dreamscape]…
“Inumpisahan po natin sa May Bukas Pa ni Santino [Zaijian Jaranilla], kung saan natin nakilala ang mga salitang ‘amen’ at ‘bro.’
“Sinundan ito ng Xyriel Manabat [bilang Anna Manalastas] sa 100 Days To Heaven, na kapatawaran naman ang virtue na pinu-push.
“Ngayon, Honesto comes in at katapatan naman ang pinu-push natin.
“Yes, pamamaraan ito at may mensahe po ang teleseryeng ito [which is] to encourage and inspire Filipinos here and abroad na magising muli na mahalaga ang katapatan.”
Honesto stars (L-R) Angel Aquino,Joel Torre, Nonie Buencamino, Melai Cantiveros, and Jason Francisco
PLOT. Honesto revolves around a young boy named Honesto, son of Diego Galang (Paulo Avelino) and Fina Galang (Maricar Reyes).
Just like the extraordinary trait of his mother’s family, Honesto grew up having an allergy that cause his nose to swell whenever he tells a lie.
How will the truth separate and reunite the families and hearts that were broken because of many lies?
Joining Raikko, Paulo, and Maricar are Eddie Garcia, Janice de Belen, Angel Aquino, Nonie Buencamino, Joel Torre, Melissa Ricks, Joseph Marco, Jason Francisco and his real-life girlfriend Melai Cantiveros.
Also completing the cast are Malou Crisologo, Michael Conan, Josh Ivan Morales, and Janna Agoncillo, with the special participation of Spanky Manikan.
Honesto’s inspiring story will start on Monday, October 28, after TV Patrol on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.