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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 9, 2015

Two Portraits Of Ai Ai De Las Alas' Kids In 'Tanging Ina': Jiro Manio & Serena Dalrymple

AI AI DE LAS ALAS starred in the "Tanging Ina" series with Jiro Manio as one of her children, so it's understandable that she'll be concerned with what happened to him after he's found wandering at the airport. She says she was able to talk to Jiro. "Gusto ko lang ibalitang okay siya, he's good, at sisiguraduhin kong mas magiging okay pa siya," she says. "I may not be his biological mom but I will try to help him the very best way I can. Salamat sa lahat ng sumusuporta at nagdarasal para sa kanya."

In contrast, another child of Ai Ai in the movie, Serena Dalrymple, is now doing very well in England. She has finished college and even has a masteral degree. She now has a regular high paying non-showbiz job. It's good Serena was able to go out of showbiz after her career as a child star has cooled down.

But not everyone is as successful. It's good if you grow up being good looking and can transition into lead star material, like other child stars who became big lead stars such as Vilma Santos, Gina Alajar, Lorna Tolentino and Ian Veneracion. But alas, we all know Jiro is not leading man material as he doesn't have matinee idol good looks. It can be very hard to accept that you're already a has been for someone still so young. And then he got hooked into drugs and became a dad of two daughters while still a teenager, which made his problems worse.

Ai Ai is optimistic Jiro can recover with proper guidance. "He needs a lot of love and understanding," she adds. "Sana maibigay natin iyon sa kanya hanggang sa makatayo siya uli sa kanyang mga paa."