Will Judy Ann Santos do a project with former onscreen partner Piolo Pascual?
The possibility of a reunion project sparked after ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio teased Judy Ann and Piolo when they shared the stage with Matteo Guidicelli on June 7.
This was during the press conference for Sun Life’s new collection of digital short films held at Makati Shangri-La’s Rizal ballroom.
Charo noticed that Judy Ann and Piolo were both stuttering in their spiels.
In a teasing tone, the ABS-CBN boss joked, "Nagkakamali kayo, Juday [Judy Ann's monicker] and Piolo, ha."
While Piolo only laughed at Charo's comments, Judy Ann quickly defended herself, "Ay, hindi ako nagkakamali, Tita. Hindi ako nagkakamali!"
Charo then continued, "Kinikilig tuloy ako! I'm a faney! Yan na nga ba sinasabi ko, e."
The former ABS-CBN president then recalled the days when she worked with Judy Ann and Piolo for the TV series Esperanza, which aired from 1997 to 1999.
At that time, Piolo played third wheel to the love team of Judy Ann and Wowie de Guzman.
Charo told the guests, "Alam niyo po, may konting trivia. Pwede?
"Magkakasama po kaming tatlo sa Esperanza. Hindi lang po halata!"
While Judy Ann and Piolo were both laughing, Charo voiced out the longtime wish of their avid fans.
"So marami naman pong fans dito ng Juday-Piolo love team? Ipagdasal natin na sa mga darating na taon [matuloy na]."
Piolo then asked Judy Ann, "Ano, Juday?"
Judy Ann answered, "Kaya mo ba?"
The banter between them was cut short when the four celebrity ambassadors proceeded with their spiels.
JUDY ANN EXPLAINS. In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters after the press conference, Judy Ann said she's aware of fans' clamor for a reunion project with Piolo.
She said, "Tawang-tawa kami, kasi nga, ngayon lang naman nakita ng mga tao na nagkita kami ni Piolo.
"Pero kapag nagkakasalubong kami, okay naman kami.
"Siguro nga kasi, ang daming naghihintay, ang daming nag-aabang, ang daming nag-e-expect ng comeback. But we've always been friends.
"Kagaya ng sinabi ko kanina, si Ma'am Charo, yung kilig naman niya kanina, para sa Juday at Piolo [love team], hindi naman nawala, as in nandiyan talaga siya."
The actress revealed that she has been getting offers for a possible reunion project with Piolo every year.
However, there were no firm discussions or any pitched storyline that was presented for them.
Judy Ann disclosed, "Matagal na. Every year. Just for the record, every year, meron diyan.
"Walang stories na pinipitch kasi hindi pa naman natutuloy.
"But every year there's a question, there's an offer."
Why didn't these offers materialize?
She explained, "It's just that there are different situations na nagse-surface.
"Like nabuntis ako, may iba siyang ginagawa, at saka yun nga, wala pang proper na usapan about it. Laging pahaging lang."
The young superstar is honest enough to say that she is not yet looking forward to it.
She reasoned out, "Ay, hindi masyado, kasi hindi ko alam kung matutuloy, e.
"Ayokong masyadong ma-excite kasi kapag na-e-excite ako, nafufrustrate ako kapag hindi natutuloy.
"So, alam niyo naman ako, see, you live by the day lang, ganyan lang.
"Kung ano yung nandiyan, dun tayo magchikahan. Pero kung ano yung wala, e, di wala!"
For her part, is she ready to do a comeback project with Piolo?
She jokingly answered, "Hindi ko masabi, kasi hindi ko pa nahahabol yung waistline ni Piolo, e!
"Habulin ko muna yung waistline niya. Kapag nahabol ko na yung waistline niya at nahabol ko na yung sex appeal niya, baka pupuwede na!
"Ngayon kasi nandun siya sa top three, e. Ako nasa top 15 pa lang, e. Paakyatin natin 'yan isa isa!"
PIOLO'S THOUGHTS. In a separate interview with Piolo, he maintained that he is optimistic about working again with Judy Ann in the future.
The 40-year-old actor elaborated, "Na kay Judy Ann na 'yan, na kay Juday na 'yan.
"Ako naman, naghihintay lang, hintay-hintay kapag may time.
"Ako, talagang di ko naman ikakailang malaki naitulong sa akin ni Juday. So anytime she's ready."
Judy Ann was already an established actress when she was paired with Piolo for the first time in the movie Kahit Isang Saglit in 2000.
At that time, Piolo was only tapped to play supporting roles on television.
Their first team-up proved to be a success that it spawned a teleserye in 2001 titled Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka. It was aired until 2003.
The Piolo-Juday love team was featured in three movies: Bakit Di Totohanin (2001), Till There Was You (2003), and Don't Give Up On Us (2006).
Piolo and Judy Ann's last project was the TV series Sa Piling Mo, which aired on ABS-CBN from February to August 2006.