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Jhai Ho shares how Kathniel helped him get his biggest acting break

Jhai Ho says he will never let go of his radio DJ career

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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9/15/2015 9:23 AM
Jhai Ho shares how Kathniel helped him get his biggest acting break


091515-jhaiho.jpgAs one of the resident disc jockeys on the Kapamilya FM station MOR 101.9 for the past two years now, Jhaiho revealed he has always been into acting even more he got into hosting and talking on radio. "Kasi dati nung college theater ako eh, nag-di-direct din ako nung college. I started as baguhan lang talaga tapos natuto ng natuto. kasi pangarap ko din talaga ito so bata pa lang ako sa harap ng salamin umaarte arte na ako, ganyan,” he said.

Jhai Ho revealed how he got his catchy nickname. "Nung grumaduate ako, nagkaroon ako ng show online at saka sa DZRH si Tita Swarding and my manager before yung nagbigay nung name na yun. Di ba Jireh yung real name ko tapos ang nickname ko Ji (pronounced ‘Jai’) Eh may song na ‘Jai Ho’ so linagay nila para mas may recall daw. Yun ginamit na. Tapos nung nag-MOR dapat babaguhin yun eh, pero rinetain na nila yung Jhai Ho,” he shared.

The 25-year-old host turned actor admits it was a dream come true for him to be part of a Primetime Bida series and he credits Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo for helping him get the role. "Nag-audition ako for the role. Parang nagulat lang ako tinawagan ako ng taga-Star Cinema. Nag-start yun kasi di ba close kami nila Daniel at Kath? Lahat kasi halos ng mga events nila, mall shows, presscon, kadalasan ako ang nag-ho-host. Tapos palagi ako nasa family nila. may picture kasi kami together tapos nung nagkakaroon na ng ugong na magkaka-Pangako Sa ‘Yo, yung mga fans nag-suggest sila na ako na yung gumanap na best friend ni Yna, as Cookie. So wala lang yun. Sa memes lang ng mga pictures namin together na akala nila ako na si Cookie. Tapos wala pa kaming alam lahat nun. Hindi pa nila alam na gagawin na yung show at makakasama ako,” he recalled.

Reprising the role played by Minnie Aguilar in the original series, Jhai Ho said he was never complacent about getting the role. “Siguro nung malapit na umere nagpa-audition for the role of Koring na dati ginampanan ni Minnie Aguilar. Ngayon ginawa nilang modernized na beki na yung best friend ni Claudia. So dun ako nag-audition na part and after two to three weeks tumawag na ako na yung napili sa role. Dalawa kami na naglaban dun. Sa acting first time ko ito na sobrang bongga kasi iconic yung Pangako Sa ‘Yo eh di ba? Tapos parang hindi ako makapaniwala hanggang sa ngayon na napapanuod ko yung sarili ko na ako yung gumaganap na Koring. Dati kasi napanuod ko si Minnie Aguilar. Lumabas ako sa show sa kabilang channel. Yun yung unang nagbigay ng acting break,” he admitted.

091515-jhaiho.jpgWorking closely with Angelica Panganiban on Pangako Sa ‘Yo also made Jhai Ho realize that she is very different from her onscreen persona Madame Claudia. “Si Angelica super bait, super professional, super okay siya. Nagulat ako kasi di ba madami tayong naririnig sa mga interviews sa TV na parang pag Angelica Panganiban ganito ganyan. Pero lahat yun nawala kasi nung na-meet ko na siya at nakasama parang naging close kami. Lagi kaming magkasama sa taping, sa dressing room, sabay kami kumakain. Professional siya. Hanggang ngayon na-sa-star struck pa rin ako kay Angelica,” he said.

Even though onscreen she is always maltreating him, Jhaiho said it is nothing like their relationship off-cam. "Natatawa kami. Kasi bago kami mag-roll ng camera tawa kami ng tawa kasi para lang kaming dalawang magkaibigan na pag nag-roll a-acting na pero after wala na. Tapos hindi namin napipigilan na minsan adlib lang talaga na dinadagdag lang namin para masaya,” he added.

Even though he is a regular character on Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Jhai Ho said he would never let go of his work in radio. "Feeling ko hindi, hindi ko siya bibitawan kasi yun yung bread and butter ko eh. Nung wala pa lahat, wala pa yung hosting, wala yung acting kung wala siguro yung MOR ko di ba? Siguro iniisip ko lang yung mga responsibilities ko, yun yung dapat ko unahin at gawin na parang hindi dapat magpatong patong, ganun. Feeling ko talaga effective young sinasabi nailing time management kasi di ba everyday may radio work ako Monday to Sunday morning hanggang evening. Kasi ang masasabi kong pinaka-rest day ko Saturday kasi yun young pinaka-relaxed na araw for me. Tapos aside from that meron pa along HotSpot sa ABS-CBN.com Mondays to Fridays din yun so yung taping nun everyday talaga. Tapos yung taping for Pangako Sa ‘Yo three times a week din tapos in the middle of that meron pa akong mga mall shows,” he said.