Judy Ann Santos plans to take time off from showbiz

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Judy Ann Santos proudly shows off the hardbound book Ploning. It contains pictures taken by boyfriend Ryan Agoncillo and notes by Ploning director Dante Nico Garcia.


Judy Ann Santos prepared all day for the special press preview of Ploning that took place last Friday, April 25, at the clubhouse of Xavierville 1 subdivision in Quezon City. For this special occasion, the actress personally went to Farmer's Market in Cubao to pick the seafood and the ingredients that she would cook for the media.

She went to Cubao at around 5 a.m., causing a frenzy among the vendors and onlookers in the area. She spent the day grilling fish and squid, steaming crabs, and serving the food on top of banana leaves spread on a long table.

Just like in the movie Ploning, the media were invited to an esposada (the counterpart of a bridal shower in Cuyo, Palawan). Cast members Gina Pareño, Ces Quesada, and Meryll Soriano were present to join the festivities.

Unfortunately, Ryan Agoncillo was unable to attend because he was preparing for the release of his hardbound book, Ploning, which contains 200 plus photos that he took while they were shooting the movie in Cuyo, Palawan. The hardbound book is being sold at P1,900 in bookstores.

"For my birthday, I want to give something to them [the press] and let them taste my cooking. I wanted it to be very different... I really wanted it to have a meaning and a connection with Ploning, so nag-set up kami ng esposada with the help of Jong-jong, ang production designer namin sa Ploning. We bought lechong baka sa Aurelio's. Gusto namin ma-feel ng press ang esposada theme ng Ploning," narrates Juday.

How is Juday similar to Ploning?

"Gusto ko ang pananaw niya sa buhay. May mga linya siya na ang sarap i-apply sa totoong buhay tulad ng: "Ayokong maging dahilan ng kalungkutan ng ibang tao ang kaligayahan ko."

SABBATICAL. After working in the entertainment industry for the past 20 years, Judy Ann is planning to take a one-year rest period to concentrate on her cooking studies.

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"Siguro two years from now magbubukas ako uli ng restaurant. Tatapusin ko muna ang pag-aaral ko, mag-aaral muna ako sa ibang lugar. Ibig sabihin, mawawala muna ako para makapag-aral sa ibang bansa at mapatunayan ko na hindi lang ako puwedeng maging artista, puwede rin ako maghanap ng iba pang trabaho. Pero siyempre, una akong umibig sa pag-aartista. Pangalawa ang pagluluto."

How long does she plan to study abroad?

"Maybe a year. Pero tatapusin ko muna ang nurse-serye [Humiling Ka Man sa Langit], siyempre, kontrata ‘yon."


But fans don't have to worry about missing Juday since she is slated to do two movies under Regal Entertainment, including a film pairing her again with Ryan Agoncillo.

Where does she plan to enhance her culinary skills?

"Ang gusto ko sana sa CIA [Culinary Institute of America] pero kung hindi kaya ng budget ko, hindi ko pa alam kung saan. Pero gusto ko talagang mag-aral sa ibang bansa. Short courses lang naman pero ‘yong isang taon, baka ma-prolong lang.

"Marami namang options, puwedeng three months, puwedeng four months, puwedeng six months. ‘Yong one year para lang hindi mabigla ang mga tao na bigla akong mawala, 'tapos bigla akong bumalik."

What does her boyfriend Ryan think of her decision?

"All-out support naman siya sa akin. Kaya rin siguro ganito katindi ang pagdedesisyon ko ngayon kasi may isang taong todo ang suporta sa akin na hindi man maniwala ang buong mundo, at least, nandiyan siya para maniwala sa akin apart sa pamilya ko."

What are Judy Ann's thoughts on turning 30?

"Para sa lahat ng babae, ‘pag nakaabot ka na ng 30 years old, parang ang dami nang nangyari sa buhay mo. Gusto ko lang i-enjoy na 30 na ako and it's about time na ‘pag nag-30 na ang isang babae, magkaroon ng isang marka, bilang artista, bilang tao.

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"Para sa akin, kung magmarka sa utak ng tao ang Ploning, okey na ako. Masayang-masaya na ako, kumbaga buung-buo na ang birthday ko."

Her movie Ploning received a GP (General Patronage) classification from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). It will be shown exclusively in SM cinemas starting April 30 and will be shown in other venues starting May 7.


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