WATCH: Xyriel Manabat Portrays Progeria Patient in ‘MMK’

Award-winning child actress Xyriel Manabat is set to topbill this week’s episode of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya”.

Manabat will portray the role of a progeria-striken teenager named Rochelle, who, despite her ailment, lives a normal life and will be aired this Saturday (December 20).

At 5 years old, Rochelle’s body was overtaken by progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to show signs of aging. She was told by her doctor that she could expect to live only up to 15 years old. As the sad truth settles in Rochelle’s mind, she decides to live her short life to the fullest and experience things normal people experience–including falling in love.

Also in the cast are Paul Salas, Aiko Melendez, Dang Cruz, Maggie Dela Riva, Ian De Leon, Eva Darren, Crispin Pineda, Paolo Angeles, Ishmael Claverio, Carlo Lacana, Andrei Garcia, and JM Ibañez as Angeline.

It is directed by Mae Cruz- Alviar and written by Mary Rose Colindres and Arah Jell Badayos.