Judy Ann Santos was overwhelmed by the support shown by members of the press yesterday, March 17, when she was launched as the newest endorser of Lactum milk product.
Executives of Mead Johnson clarified that Juday (Judy Ann's nickname) is an addition (and not a replacement) to their celebrity endorsers Claudine Barretto, Jodi Sta. Maria and Carmina Villarroel.
Juday has been away from the limelight since she gave birth to her son Juan Luis (Baby Lucho) last October 7, 2010.
Her fans were excited when it was reported that she would be appearing at the finale of Talentadong Pinoy on TV5. Unfortunately, she was not seen on either the performance night (March 12) or the results night (March 13).
During the press con held at the Events Place in Quezon City, Juday explained her non-appearance in the reality talent search hosted by her husband, Ryan Agoncillo.
"Something came up that was very important noong araw na 'yon—graduation ni Yohan. So dapat may maiwan sa amin sa bahay kasi may konting celebration na magaganap... kahit na sabihin nating ang magtatapos sa amin ay Prep. Nakapagtapos ako ng [anak sa] Prep!"
But the actress promised to make up for her no-show. "Sobrang apologetic ako sa Talentadong Pinoy kasi they're family already. Two months before the grand finals, naka-oo na ako sa kanila.
"But a week before the finals, sinabi ko sa kanila, 'Pasensiya na,' something came up. Naintindihan naman nila ako and I'm very thankful. Sabi ko, babawi ako ng bonggang-bongga!"
Juday was asked if she has plans of doing a project for TV5.
"Nakakontrata pa po ako [sa ABS-CBN]," said the actress. "Hindi pwede pero very welcome naman po ako sa TV5. Good friends naman po ako with Sir Perci [Intalan, TV5's head of Creative and Entertainment Production]. Na-shake hands ko naman po si MVP [Manny V. Pangilinan, TV5 owner].
"Pero panatag naman ako that ABS-CBN will give me good projects," she said.
The newest endorser of Lactum said she enjoys taking care of their two kids, six-year old Yohan and five-month old Juan Luis (more popularly known as Baby Lucho).
"It's much harder for me na umalis nang matagal sa bahay kasi siyempre gusto mo nandun ka, lalo na ngayon vacation na si Yohan at si Lucho — ang bilis-bilis nilang lumaki. May mga milestones na gusto mo nandun ka kapag nangyari yun.
"Si Yohan mahilig kumanta, mahilig sumayaw at may sarili siyang cooking show pag nagluluto kami. Marami siyang gustong gawin... gusto na ngang makipag-date."
When does she plan to return to showbiz?
"Nakalinya na sa akin ang Junior Master Chef at magsisimula kami mag-roll ng March 31 until June. After that, baka may isa pa," she revealed.
Juday also mentioned that she would like to do one movie this year.
SHANGHAI TRIP. Juday also happily recalled how she was "kidnapped" by her husband, Ryan Agoncillo, for a four-day trip to Shanghai, China.
"Kinidnap ako ng asawa ko," she joked. "Actually, it was a post-Valentine gift. Sabi niya sa akin, manonood lang kami ng sine sa Resorts World Manila at magla-lunch kami dun. So sabi ko, 'Sige.' Then he said, 'I'll pick you up at 7 a.m.'
"Lunch at 7 a.m.? Parang napakaaga. Mapilit siya at gumising nga nang maaga. Nagbihis na ako at dinala niya ako sa Resorts World. May pinakuha siya sa aking envelope sa bag. Nakita ko ang passport naming dalawa tapos ang itinerary namin sa Shanghai, tapos yung e-ticket papunta Shanghai.
"Sabi ko, 'aalis tayo? Mag-tsa-China tayo? Paano yung mga bata? Paano yung mga damit ko?' Buti pala nag leggings ako kasi ang plano ko sana shorts lang saka tsinelas kasi manonood lang naman kami ng sine."
Juday was grateful that her husband gave her a surprise trip.
"Dun ko lang sobrang na-enjoy ang moment namin talaga. After giving birth, kailangan mo talaga ng... hindi naman second honeymoon, pero alone time n'yo lang dalawa. Kasi for so many months, puyat ka at wala ka nang time for yourself.
"Nag-aalaga ka ng lahat ng tao. Nung time na yun, sobra niya akong pinamper. Sabi ko, 'Pwede bang every year ganito? Mag-gugulat-gulatan ako, kunyari hindi ko alam. '"
(CLICK HERE to watch Juday's video.)
ON SARAH GERONIMO. Since Juday is known to be a close friend of Sarah Geronimo's, she was asked to comment about the Pop Princess's revelations in the March issue of YES! Magazine about her first real heartbreak.
Juday pointed out, "Sarah is a smart girl. She has said enough and she has aired her side. Kung naintindihan naman yun ng mga tao, thank you very much. Sa mga taong hindi nakaintindi, pasensiya siguro. Pero I'm just happy na nasabi ni Sarah ang gusto niyang sabihin. Okay na, tapos na, may bagong pelikula yung bata. I guess everybody na concerned sa issue na 'yan ay payapa na rin.
"Pagdadaanan niya 'yan and she really has to [overcome] this challenge kasi kung hindi, hindi naman mabubuo ang pagiging artista niya kung walang malalaking issue na pagdadaanan. Ayos lang 'yan, meron pa 'yan!"
When asked if she will star in a project with Sharon Cuneta and Sarah Geronimo, Juday said, "Hindi ko alam, e, naririnig ko lang. Pero hindi ako sure kung matutuloy. Ako, I'm hoping na matuloy kasi napakagandang proyekto nun para sa aming tatlo. At once in a lifetime chance 'yon na makasama ang pinaka-magagaling kumanta."
She quipped, "Tuturuan ko sila... tuturuan ko silang bumelt! Bobongga kami ng tili."