Judy Ann Santos sees younger self as Esperanza: "Tama lang noong tinawag akong siopao"

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jun 22, 2021
Judy Ann Santos quips after seeing her younger self in Esperanza episodes on YouTube: “May mga moments naman na napapanood ko ‘tapos papatayin ko na."
PHOTO/S: Esperanza (ABS-CBN)

Judy Ann Santos is aware that her 1990s teleserye, Esperanza, is being streamed online through Jeepney TV’s YouTube channel.

Aside from fans tagging her in social media posts, Judy Ann would sometimes catch some of the clips and watch them herself.

“May mga moments naman na napapanood ko ‘tapos papatayin ko na,” said Judy Ann, laughing.

At the time Judy Ann faced the editorial team of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) for an exclusive Zoom conference on June 14, 2021, she just watched a scene of her and co-star Angelika dela Cruz. They played sisters in the 1997 drama series.

However, upon seeing herself in the scene, Judy Ann said, still laughing, “Pinatay ko na!”

Seeing her younger self, she quipped, “Talaga nga namang may rason kung bakit din ako tinatawag na siopao noong araw, e. Oo naman ano, tawid na tawid kaya! Ang puti-puti pa ng make-up ko!”

Judy Ann couldn't help but recall the limitations of television production back then.

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She continued, “Pero siyempre, noong 1990s, hindi naman pinapansin iyong mga kaputian ng make-up, di ba? Wala namang mga stylist and wala naman iyong magdadala ka ng sarili mong make-up artist.

“At saka ano bang alam ko namang mag-make-up noong araw? Powder-powder lang.”

Judy Ann, who was only 18 at that time, also noted the changes in her physical looks.

Laughing, she said, “At saka makapal pala talaga iyong labi ko noong bata! Paano ba ito numipis? Baka sabihin noong mga tao nagpa-injection ako or nagpasipsip ako ng labi!

“Kapag tumatanda ka siguro sadyang numinipis na ang mga ganap mo sa buhay o sa katawan o sa fez [face]!

“Noong pinapanood ko iyong sarili ko, parang ang lambot-lambot ng mukha ko. Para akong marshmallow!

“‘Oh my gosh, ni wala akong ka-contour-contour at all. Kitang-kita mo na iyong blush on dito, pero alam mong ginuhitan ko para magka-contour pero malaki pa rin siya!

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“So naniniwala akong tama lang noong tinawag akong siopao noong araw! Tamang tama lang.”

Judy Ann Santos, Esperanza

FANS TUNING IN TO ESPERANZA EPISODES

Esperanza is now considered a classic show, as the series still has its loyal followers based on the number of its views on YouTube.

In fact, its pilot episode, which was uploaded on April 16, 2021, has generated 101k views as of this writing.

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As for Judy Ann, she is happy that her presence still matters to her loyal followers even though she currently does not have acting projects.

She told PEP.ph, “Alam mo, nakakatuwa. Hindi naman ito sagot na para lang makapagpasaya ng pakiramdam ng mga manonood.

“Pero honestly, nakakataba ng puso that you still matter, regardless from the time na wala kang teleserye, wala kang trabaho.

“They only see you in YouTube or Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan, very limited iyong acting projects ngayon.

“Siguro dahil more than the love, it is probably the kung paano sila nakaka-connect sa characters na ginagawa ko.

“Ang sarap isipin na sa gitna ng lahat ng nangyayari, alam mong may makakaalala pa rin sa iyo because there’s YouTube and people are still looking for your past projects.”

Judy Ann is also thankful to Jeepney TV for uploading episodes of her past series, allowing it to get newfound appreciation from its fans and introducing it to new fans as well.

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She continued, “It’s something na thank You, Lord, may YouTube. Thank you, may nag-uupload at higit sa lahat, thank you, may nag-aabang at nanunuod.

“Ibig sabihin, nae-entertain mo pa rin sila sa panahon na bata ka pa, napapanood ng bagong generation iyong trabaho mo before.

“It means so much to me na kahit hindi ako gumagawa ng acting jobs ngayon, at least part of me, they can still see my younger self and year 2021.

“So may present, may past, wala pa nga lang tayong future pero dadating tayo sa future!”

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Judy Ann Santos quips after seeing her younger self in Esperanza episodes on YouTube: “May mga moments naman na napapanood ko ‘tapos papatayin ko na."
PHOTO/S: Esperanza (ABS-CBN)
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