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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.

Sep 26, 2021



TV5’s endearing comedy-drama series "Niña Niño" with its lovable characters has become a household favorite and is reaching a wider national audience since it premiered in April 2021. 

The show’s growing following has hit a record-breaking 5.0 percent in TV ratings despite strong competition from other programs in the same time slot.


Marking this showbiz milestone and as a way of saying thank you to our Kapatid viewers, Piolo Pascual, the country’s ultimate heartthrob, will be joining the "Niña Niño" cast as the indefatigable Mayor of Sitio Sta. Ynez starting October 25. 

He will come in as a new elected official whose domain include Sitio Sta Ynez, where this quick-witted and down to earth drama is being played out. 

He is going to play the role of Mayor Christopher Charles Juarez, a young and ambitious mayor who has his heart set on serving the people of Sitio Sta Ynez in his first term in office.

Cignal TV and TV5 President & CEO, Robert P. Galang underscored the wide public acceptance of Niño and Niña as a measure of how TV5 has hit the right tune in its prime-time programming. 

“We are grateful for those viewers who continually follow and support our shows," he says. 

"We wouldn’t be able to achieve such high ratings without them watching 'Niña Niño' every night and we hope that they will enjoy this great treat we have in store for them.”


With Piolo on board, the show’s writers, John Bedia and Lawrence Nicodemus, are cooking up more ingenious plot lines for a compelling portrayal of Mayor Charles on "Niña Niño". 

As Mayor Charles, Piolo will have to wrestle with his political clan’s long tradition in local politics and face challenges both as a leader and as a man of conflicting personalities.

"We most certainly welcome Papa P's inclusion in our show," says Maja. "He will be a great addition to the show and we're sure he'll help in attracting more viewers to watch us every night."


Catch Piolo Pascual with Maja Salvador and Noel Comia Jr. starting October 25 in TV5’s "Niña Niño", the uplifting series that teaches us that while there is life, there is always hope. 

Co-produced by Cignal Entertainment and CS Studios and directed by award-winning director Thop Nazareno, "Niña Niño" airs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:15pm, after "Sing Galing" and before "FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano" on TV5.