Why Judy Ann Santos wanted to be a mom by 26

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Judy Ann Santos knows how important it is to honor your own decisions: "Pagka nag-26 ako, I will do what I want to do. I will only follow what my heart wants to do."


It was always part of Judy Ann Santos's plan to be a mom by 26.

Even though she was still single at the time, the ABS-CBN actress was set to make it happen.

"26, nakikita ko na ang sarili ko that I will settle down with a kid only," Judy Ann said, recalling that time back in 2004.

"I'm gonna enjoy my life, I'm gonna work my ass off from 8 until 26. Magtatrabaho ako, papagurin ko sarili ko, pupuyat ako.

"Pero kapag nag-26 ako at nagka-pamilya na ako, magle-lay low na ako paunti-unti, and I'm gonna start choosing the projects that I want to do... Kasi pinagod ko na yung sarili ko, e. Mula 8, pinagod ko na sarili ko."

True enough, Judy Ann did become a mom by 26 when she adopted her daughter, Yohan

A year after, Judy Ann found a partner in her Krystala leading man, Ryan Agoncillo, and four years into their relationship, she got married.

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Judy Ann's family grew with the addition of her son, Lucho, and her second daughter, Luna. 

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Judy Ann at an intimate lunch event last March 27 along McKinley Forbes Park, Makati.

JUDY ANN: STANDING HER OWN GROUND

The deliberate decision to become a mom led to a turning point in Judy Ann's life at the time.

After years of following orders from the people around her, Judy Ann felt that this was the perfect time to begin honoring her own decisions. 

"Kumbaga, hinahayaan ko muna yung mga tao na diktahan ako," the Kapamilya star said.

"Gagawin ko muna, sige, yung mga gusto niyo gawin ko, pero pagka nag-26 ako, I will do what I want to do.

"I will only follow what my heart wants to do.

"Of course, makikinig pa rin naman ako sa gusto niyong gawin ko. Hindi naman ako magpapaka diva na ayoko kasi ayoko.

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"Pero kapag hindi ko siya napusuan gawin, hindi ko siya mapupusuan gawin.

"Basta inano ko lang muna, pagbibigyan ko kayong lahat. Sige, maggamitan tayo, pero pag sinabi ayoko na, ayoko na.

"Kasi may ganun naman akong patience-is-a-virtue attitude, yung 'Sige, pero kung humindi ako, dahil naging mabuting sundalo ako, papayag kayo sa hindi ko, kasi wala kayong nakita na nag diva, wala kayong narining na nag diva ako. So, kapag sinabi kong ayoko, ayoko.'"

Back then, Judy Ann was still under the management of her former talent manager, Alfie Lorenzo.

Alfie, or Tito Alfie as she called him, oversaw Judy Ann's career for 28 years until they parted ways in August 2016.

The veteran talent manager-entertainment columnist then passed away in August 2017 due to cardiac arrest.

"I had to plant the seeds," Judy Ann continued in the interview.

"It was the plan since I was a teenager na... nung nakikita ko na wala akong hand dito, e.

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"Wala akong kapasidad to command, especially Tito Alfie at that time, na ito yung gusto ko. 'Ay, hindi yan gusto mo. Ito ang gusto ko.' O sige, dun tayo sa gusto mo.

"Pinagod ko muna na parang, 'Okay, gagawin natin.'

"Kaya nung nagsimula naman, nung dumating naman sabay-sabay nung nag-26 ako, parang nailatag na lahat ng Diyos sa akin na parang, 'Dito ka na nga pupunta, anak.'

"Hanggang sa eventually si Alfie nag-lie low na rin sa mga pananalak niya, sa pag aano niya. May mga konting talak pa rin naman, pero nakahanap siya ng katapat kay Ryan."

In Ryan, Judy Ann found the support she needed to stand her own ground despite what Alfie insisted on her.

"Kasi si Ryan nahihimas siya, e. Nabibiro siya, napapatawa siya, nakakausap niya nang seryoso.

"Hindi takot sa kanya si Ry, so at some point, nakitaan ko na rin na 'Ah, baka ito na nga' kasi wala akong ka-love team na hindi tumiklop kay Tito Alfie, di ba?

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"Pero si Ryan, hindi siya inuurungan. Kinakausap talaga siya.

"Gusto niya nang maayos na usapan, kinakausap niya. Gusto niya nang baklaang usapan, mas bakla pa si Ryan makipag-usap sa kanya. Gusto niya nang landiian, makikipag landian sa kanya si Ry. 

"Parang nakahanap ako ng taong mag-ga-guide sa akin on how to not stress myself when it comes to Tito Alfie and how to understand him.

"Eventually, nakitaan na rin ni Tito Alfie, 'Ah, may lakas na ito ng loob lumaban.'"

Today, Judy Ann has her own management team with Offical Juday PH


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