Jiro Manio, the former multi-awarded child star of the 2003 film “Magnifico” who has been found staying at Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA 3) was turned over to his family on Wednesday, after 4 days of staying in the airport.
Airport authorities said Jiro Manio was released past 10am Wednesday morning after his younger brother, Anjo Santos, fetched him.
Manio, one of the country’s youngest multi-awarded actor then won the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Award for best child actor in 2004 and Gawad Urian and Luna or Film Academy of the Philippines best actor award. These were for his role in the movie Magnifico.
The actor went into rehabilitation for drug abuse and therapy in 2011 for a year. Manio was said to be last seen in the second season of 2013 reality show “I Dare You”, where he tried to train mixed martial arts for 23 days to win an amateur fight for a scholarship for his two daughters.
Manio was said to have been living through the kindness of strangers and employees collaborating to give him food and necessities. He used the clothes and took the food, but refused to bathe, clean himself or even cut his nails.
“He looked as if he hasn’t had a decent meal and his clothes were dirty,” security guard Frank Sorca recalls the young man’s pitiful state.
Jiro Manio was evasive with media, denies he is the actor Jiro Manio and declared that he no longer wishes to return to show business. He also refuses help from “Magnifico” director Maryo J. de los Reyes and comedian Ai-Ai de las Alas, Manio’s co-star in the “Tanging Ina” movies.
Anjo Santos his younger brother claimed the troubled actor from the airport’s security office where Manio had been detained since Tuesday evening.
“Magiging maayos din lahat, kuya. Kaya natin ‘yan” Santos as seen on his Facebook status as they leave the airport.