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Is Judy Ann Santos leaving ABS-CBN after Starla?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jan 8, 2020
Judy Ann Santos on her past thoughts of leaving ABS-CBN to transfer to a rival network: "Nasasabi lang siya, hindi naman nagagawa."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Judy Ann Santos has no plans of leaving ABS-CBN.

In the past, Judy Ann was always embroiled in a controversy involving her mother network whenever her teleserye was about to end.

One particular incident happened in 2013, when her drama series Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala ended its run.

During its finale press conference, Judy Ann said back then that she was open to negotiating with other networks.

A few months later, Judy Ann renewed her contract with ABS-CBN.

This time, Judy Ann vowed that she will remain a Kapamilya.

Her teleserye, Starla, is scheduled to end this Friday, January 10, 2020.

She said with a smile, "Maiba naman!"

Regarding her past network transfer issues, Judy Ann explained, "Ewan ko ba, parang ganun nga yata siguro yun.

"Baka nagkakataon lang siguro yung everytime na may matatapos akong soap, mag-e-end na rin yung contract and everything, so everybody's assuming na baka lilipat ng station."


But then, Judy Ann does not deny the fact that there were times in the past when she had thoughts of leaving the Kapamilya network.

The 41-year-old actress admitted, "Pero sa tinagal-tagal ko naman sa ABS, at though hindi ko itatago na may mga moments noong kabataan ko, naiisip mo yun, pagka may tampo ka, kapag halimbawang meron kayong misunderstanding or miscommunication ng network, you always think of something big to do. Yung ayoko na.

"Pero, you'll always go back to where you began, where you started, and napapag-usapan naman ang mga bagay bagay. I am able to tell everything to Tita Cory Vidanes, to Tatay Lauren Dyogi.

"Siguro hindi naiiwasan yun, kapatid, kasi ako na lang yata ang hindi umaalis dito sa ABS, parang hinihintay na lang yata nilang baka this time!

"Nasasabi lang siya, hindi naman nagagawa. Matabil lang talaga ako minsan noong kabataan ako pero walang ganun [ngayon]."


Judy Ann has been with ABS-CBN for almost 28 years.

She started her career in 1992, via the Kapamilya afternoon series Mara Clara, which ran for five years.

Even though Judy Ann has remained a contract star of ABS-CBN through the years, there were times when she was allowed to appear in GMA-7 shows such as SOP, May Himala, GMA Telesine, and Eat Bulaga!

In a previous exclusive interview with, Judy Ann openly talked about the times when she considered leaving ABS-CBN, but decided to remain a Kapamilya.

Judy Ann talked to and other members of the entertainment press during the finale press conference of Starla held last January 6, at the 9501 restaurant in ABS-CBN.


Even though Judy Ann will remain a Kapamilya, it will take some time for her to be seen again in a regular teleserye.

According to the actress, she needs to have at least a six-month lead time to prepare for a new project.


Judy Ann agreed to do two movies this 2020, which is why she does not have enough time to shoot another TV series.

During her December 2019 solo press conference, the 2019 Cairo International Film Festival Best Actress said that she will be picky with her projects. then asked her to reveal the factors that would convince her to star again in a teleserye.

Judy Ann pointed out, "Yun ang nakakatuwa with ABS, with Dreamscape, with all the business units.

"For some reason, they are able to give you new characters na hindi mo maiisip. 'Ah, pwede nga naman itong character na ito.'

"So, I'm excited to wait and see kung ano yung susunod na ibibigay nila sa akin kasi you don't have to work anymore at hindi mo kailangang sabihin sa kanila yung role na gusto mo and sila na mismo yung magtitimpla.

"Ito yung ginawa niya dati, oh, dapat sa susunod, ibang-iba naman. Yun yung isa sa pinakamagandang ginagawa ng ABS at ng Dreamscape at ng lahat lahat.


"Tinitimpla nila ang ginagawang proyekto ng bawat artista sa network para nga naman may texture, may ibang character, hindi ka lang nalilinya sa ganito.

"I don't have to do anything, Maghihintay na lang ako.

"O-oo na lang ako, or o-oo na lang ako. Yun lang naman yun!"

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Judy Ann Santos on her past thoughts of leaving ABS-CBN to transfer to a rival network: "Nasasabi lang siya, hindi naman nagagawa."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal
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