GMA Network’s new inspirational drama begins on Monday
MuLTI-awarded director Maryo J. delos Reyes is very grateful for his latest project for television, titled Niño, for a very special reason.
“Niño is another opportunity for me to fulfill a promise I made during my seminary days,” revealed one of Philippine show business most prolific filmmakers.
Jokingly referring to himself as an “ex-convict,” having spent four years in the seminary, he recalled at the inspirational teleserye’s grand press launch that even as he took the first steps toward the religious life, he was unable to shake off his creative side and his passion to direct.
“Sa seminaryo, ginawa kong teatro ang kapilya,” he chuckled. “Isang araw, sabi sa akin ng isa sa mga pari, ‘Ginulo mo na ang seminaryo. Go out and pursue your gift because you can still promulgate the word of God and evangelize as a layman using your craft’.”
With that, the young Maryo J. packed his bags, left the seminary and enrolled at the College of Mass Communications at the University of the Philippines.
As he began what is now a very successful career in show business, Direk Maryo J. has never forgotten the promise he made to himself as he turned his back on his previous calling. Besides tackling films with strong social relevance, he is best known for Magnifico (2003), another inspirational film about a young boy with deep faith, which not only won every single movie award in the country, but also gained international acclaim with 31 awards and 11 nominations.
“Hanggang ngayon, I still try to inspire people through my work. Tulad ng Magnifico, Niño aims to bring people hope and strengthen their faith, lalo na ngayon na kailangan natin ng pag-asa, guidance and inspiration sa buhay,” he related.
“I’m thankful to GMA giving me this project, as well as a cast that is very talented,” he continued. “And most of all, I am happy to be given another chance to promote that true faith lies in our hearts and true love in our own personality.”
Niño is an original and heartwarming story of a 15-year-old boy who is mentally challenged, and yet gifted with the ability to bring hope and inspiration to his town mates.
Tasked to play the title role is Miguel Tanfelix who proves that miracles exist with the help of his “Tukayo,” a Sto. Niño incarnate portrayed by child star David Remo.
Joining the cast are Tom Rodriguez as Jonathan, Niño’s hardworking father; Katrina Halili as Hannah, Jonathan’s wife and Niño’s kind-hearted mother; Lotlot de Leon as Leny and Neil Ryan Sese as David, adoptive parents of Niño; German “Kuya Germs” Moreno as Kapitan Pete, the Baranggay Captain of the community; Dante Rivero as Don Pedro, Hannah’s father; Bianca Umali as Angelica, Niño’s bestfriend; Gerald Napoles as Obet, David’s friend; Ces Quesada as Mrs. Santos; Luz Valdez as Tia Epang, David’s aunt and Lola V’s bestfriend; Renz Valerio as Rafael, Niño’s brother; Julian Trono, as Mat-Mat, one of Nino’s friends; Vincent Magbanua as John, Nino’s friend; and Gloria Romero as Lola V, Niño’s carefree grandmother.
Niño will appeal to the entire family as it introduces the “Naynay Commandments,” a set of values and good manners that will teach the importance of being responsible and honest individuals.
“These Naynay Commandments hope to inspire parents to raise their children to be hopeful and loving like Niño all the time,” said Direk Maryo J. Niño premieres on May 28 on GMA Network after 24 Oras.