Judy Ann Santos was surprised when ABS-CBN pitched a show to her during the time when the network has stopped broadcast operations.
Judy Ann is the host of the upcoming docu-drama Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan, which will air on the Kapamilya Channel starting June 13, 2020.
The Kapamilya Channel, which will air on cable and satellite TV, is the temporary home of ABS-CBN programs while hearings are still being held in the Congress for the network's franchise renewal.
In fact, when the program was pitched to Judy Ann, her first question was: "Saan po tayo ipapalabas?"
Judy Ann also asked how will they be able to do the show following the restrictions of the community quarantine, where people should observe social distancing and mass gatherings are not allowed.
She said, "When Mother Biboy [Arboleda] texted me, nandoon iyong, 'Ay, may show. Ay, may gagawin, ay, may ipi-pitch.'
"And then, nandoon iyong question na, 'Paano ito gagawin sa panahong ito? Paano tayo gagalaw? Paano tayo kikilos?'
"At isang tanong talaga, paano tayo ipapalabas para tayo ay makapagpasalamat, di ba?"
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked if she is relieved that the program will air on the Kapamilya Channel, Judy Ann's answer was: "Oo naman!"
Smiling, she elaborated, "Kasi ang una ko ngang tanong, 'Saan po tayo ipapalabas?'
"Siyempre, bilang Kapamilya, iyon iyong isa mong concern, di ba?
"But I have my whole trust and faith with my Kapamilya channel, with my ABS channel, ABS family.
"Alam ko naman na ginagawa nila ang lahat lahat."
What made Judy Ann more relieved is that the staff assured her that ABS-CBN has a platform where they will be able to air the show.
"Noong sinabi nilang there are a lot of platforms under the Kapamilya channel na maipapalabas ito, tuwang-tuwa talaga ako.
"Kasi, this is the perfect time talaga na magbigay tayo ng ganitong klaseng programa sa mga tao ngayon, kahit para tayong pumapasok sa butas ng karayom.
"ABS-CBN is doing their best to really still be able to reach to the Filipino people and I am just so happy that I'm still part of it."
When another reporter asked for the timeline of the pitching, Judy Ann revealed that the show was actually offered to her when ABS-CBN already stopped broadcast operations.
Dreamscape Entertainment, a content providing unit of ABS-CBN, is the producer of the series.
The 42-year-old actress-TV host narrated, "Actually, noong ipinitch nila ito, halos very recent lang, kakatapos lang ng Laban Kapamilya talk, the first batch.
"Like, a week after that, si Mother Biboy Arboleda texted me and Dreamscape wanted to pitch a new show.
"So, ang question ko, 'New show? Paano? Ano yung docu-drama?"
Even then, Judy Ann did not think twice about accepting the offer.
"So when they pitched, right then and there, umoo na ako. Hindi ko siya pinag-isipan.
"Parang, bakit mo kukuwestiyunin iyong konsepto ng buong trabaho o buong ganap?
"I just have to be grateful and thankful dahil kasama ako sa trabahong mabibiyayaan, at kasama ako sa konseptong ito na puwedeng magbigay ng hope and inspiration sa mga tao to be more kind in these trying times."
PEP.ph and other media reporters spoke to Judy Ann during Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan's virtual media conference yesterday, June 10.
WHAT PAANO KITA MAPASASALAMATAN IS ALL ABOUT?
Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan, which will air every Saturday at 6:45 P.M., is a show that features the acts of kindness of certain people and how this act becomes a chain for other people to offer a helping hand to those in need.
Through interviews of the featured individuals and dramatization of their experiences, the show aims to inspire viewers and show how kindness change other people's lives.
During the media conference, Judy Ann said that she got overwhelmed when Dreamscape Entertainment creative manager Rondel Lindayag pitched the concept.
She narrated, "When Sir Rondel was pitching, overwhelmed ako sa konsepto.
"Kasi, para sa akin, long overdue na ipakita natin ang kindness ng bawat isang tao nang hindi lang celebrity, hindi lang pulitiko, ng lahat.
"That you're basically able to help kahit hindi ka mayaman, hindi ka kumikita ng malaki, sapat lang ang kinikita mo, kasi kindness goes a long way.
"And I would always say that kindness is free.
"Kung may isang bagay na libre sa mundo at masarap ibigay, ito ay pagmamahal at pagiging mabuting tao.
"At totoo, ito ang masarap na sana mahawa ka.
"Ako, kung gugustuhin ko, magpapahawa ako nang magpapahawa ng kindness, lalo na sa panahong ito."
According to Judy Ann, lending a helping hand is a trait that Filipinos are known for.
Unfortunately, there are some people who think that others are just helping for publicity or "nagpapaka-relevant."
She continued, "Likas sa ating mga Pilipino na magtulungan, pero nakakapagtaka na kinukuwestiyon ang kapasidad ng tao kapag tumulong.
"For some people, kapag tumulong ka, maaaaring pag-isipan ka ng masama, na gusto mong umingay ang pangalan mo o nagpapaka-relevant ka o nagpapapansin ka.
"Pero sa kadalasan naman, tumutulong ka lang kasi gusto mo, e."
This is the reason why Judy Ann is excited for viewers to see her show.
Even then, she admitted that there was fear because, in the beginning, she did not know how will she pull off the show.
"I'm so excited to the extent na may fear din ako kasi hindi ko alam paano ko ito gagawin, kasi first time ito sa atin, at lahat dadaan ka talaga sa proseso kung lalabas ka.
"It's a tedious thing to do, but everything and everyone should go through a first in their lives.
"At 42, hindi ko naisip na magiging four-man team kami na gagawa ng spiels!"
The "four-man team" Judy Ann she was referring to is her as the host, her husband Ryan Agoncillo as the director and cameraman, her daughter Yohan as the one writing the idiot board, and a house angel as the production assistant.
Because of this, Judy Ann had a newfound and a stronger appreciation for people working behind the camera.
"There's a lot of appreciation for people behind the camera, more so now.
"Kung dati, iba ang tingin at respeto ko, mataas ang respeto ko, lalo ngayon sa mga tao sa likod ng camera, sa lahat, kasi it's not an easy job to do.
"But I'm more than thankful that this show was offered to me.
"Thank God for work because work like this, you'll be able to help more people."
In the first episode of Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan, Juday will feature friend and actress Iza Calzado, who will pay tribute to her household help Donna.
Donna chose to stay with Iza during the quarantine and refused to leave the actress' side while she was battling COVID-19.