Xyriel Manabat, in high spirits because of Momay


Xyriel Manabat, who placed third runner up in Star Circle Kid Quest Season 3 last year, now topbills her own primetime show on ABS-CBN titled Momay.


Momay earned a respectable 22.7% rating on its pilot episode according to the Taylor-Nelson Sofres nationwide ratings results last Monday, May 24. It tied with the GMA-7 action-adventure show Panday Kids for the 5th slot on that same day.

Xyriel confessed that she loves Momay’s character more than her portrayal of the young Agua and Bendita. "E, kasi hindi po ako nahihirapan. Hindi papalit-palit yung role. Tsaka ako din po yun," Xyriel shared. In this primetime show, the former star of Agua Bendita is cast as a little girl who becomes a friendly spirit helping other people in their situations.


The child star sees herself in the character of Momay thus, for Xyriel, portraying the said role just feels like playing on the set. She considers her co-actors as her playmates. No wonder she doesn’t run out of energy even if she spends more than 12 hours taping.

An incoming Grade 1 student, this cute little angel boasts that she’s not having a hard time memorizing her lines. "Hindi po ako nahihirapan. Ako po kasi nagbabasa ng lines namin," she proudly said. This just proves that Xyriel is really a brilliant kid at the age of six. Since her family members all want her to become an actress, they help the young girl rehearse her lines.

When asked about her role model, she enthusiastically said, "si Tita Juday [Judy Ann Santos] po kasi magaling siyang umarte at si Ate Sarah [Geronimo] po kasi magaling siyang kumanta." The bubbly lass didn’t hesitate to give a sample of her singing prowess. She willingly gave her own rendition of Agua Bendita’s theme song "Malayo Pa Ang Umaga" with full of emotions. Dreaming of becoming like her idols, she also aspires to have an acting award and a recording album. Placing third runner up in Star Circle Kid Quest Season 3 last year, it won’t be a surprise if Xyriel’s wishes would soon come true.


Catch Xyriel Manabat as a cute ghost on the newest primetime series on ABS-CBN, Momay, before TV Patrol.

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