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AS A CHILD STAR, Judy Ann Santos made enough movies to make her a regular veteran. However, none of them gave her the solo spotlight. As such, none of them can claim credit for what Juday is today: the country’s most popular female young star! If anything, it’s TV, not the movies, which can beat its chest. Television, after all, is what gave her “Ula: Ang Batang Gubat” (at 9), “Diary” (at 12), and “That’s Entertainment” (at 16), all of which gave her regular, national exposure.
A child in a battleground called showbusiness. Raw. Naive. Equipped only with the will to act. And the determinatioin to perfect the craft. Facing all challenges. Crossing all bounds.
At 6 She was first seen on television singing Sampung Mga Daliri, Kamay at Paa... in a popular toothpaste commercial. And after being noticed by ace director Elwood Perez, her 30-seconder TV ad became a 2-hour exposure as she conquered the silver screen in films like Dyesebel, Sa Puso Ko Hahalik Ang Mundo, Nasaan Ka, Inay, Regal Shocker the Movie, Manila Boy, Impaktita and Madonna, Babaeng Ahas.
It was that overwhelming joy of being able to do what has long been a dream that made this little girl endure the busy schedule and tiring demands of the industry. And even though showbusiness took away her childhood, there was no regret for she considered acting as the best play of all.
At 8 From playing bit roles in different movies, television stepped in, jump-starting her career by casting Judy Ann in a daily tearjerker, Kaming Mga Ulila.
"Ang totoo niyan, hindi ako talaga kasama sa original cast isiningit lang ako para raw pandagdag."
A career move that changed her life and the entertainment industry as well.
"Kapag umiiyak ako noon, pinipilit kong tumulo 'yung luha ko kaya pinipikit ko 'yung mata ko, until sabi ni Direk Argel Joseph, baguhin ko raw dahil halatang pilit."
Reason why she mastered her craft of shedding tears effortlessly and on cue.
"Tapos sa sobrang takot ko kay Bella Flores, tuwing kasama ko siya sa eksena, nagtatago ako, kaya hindi nila ako mahanap tuwing take na."
The best training ground which gave birth to the phenomenal actress within her.
At 9 Fated to make it big, Judai got her first TV solo break in a primetime drama series, Ula, Batang Gubat. Highly recognized and admired for her "good-as-real" acting, this daily 30-minute program brought her closer to the hearts of the masses.
"Hindi ko malilimutan na nagsuot ako ng 2-piece skirt na wrap-around lang talaga. Unforgettable rin 'yung nagbabaging ako na dumating sa point na humampas 'yung mukha ko sa puno kasi wala akong control."
Experiences which molded an upcoming young star to her ful potential.
"Dito naging cowboy ako. Nasanay ako sa putikan at sa gubat, nasanay ako sa lahat. Hindi rin ako nagrereklamo dahil sabi ni Direk, iyan ang pinasok mong trabaho, panindigan mo."
At 12 Geared to make a mark in the daytime drama landscape, Judy Ann and her "diary" created a big impact in the lives of Filipino viewers engrossed with her secret identity. Her confrontation scenes with co-star GLADYS REYES were among the show's unforgettable highlights.
"Doon ako natutong mag-routine sa sabunutuan namin ni Gladys. At doon din ako mas natutong umarte dahil ina-apply ko sa sarili ko 'yung role."
Mara Clara was considered one of ABS-CBN's longest running and most successful daytime drama series. Soaring hign in the afternoon strip for 5 years, it garnered an incredible rating of 50% and an audience share of 89% (Source: AC Nielsen, Metro Manila Household Ratings, 24 October 1995). It was an outstanding achievement that took the show from daytime to primetime and still hitting number 1 with a rating of 44% and an audience share of 62% (Source: AC Nielsen, Metro Manila Household Ratings, 14 February 1997).
"Bawat eksena dito maaalala't maaalala ko dahil mahal ko 'yung show at dahil dito ako nakilala ng tao."
Picking up life's little lessons here and there, Judy Ann wasn't quite well aware yet that she was already slowly treading the path to stardom.
At 17 Television indeed brought out the best in her. She was not only a good dramatic actress, but a versatile star as well. Fan clubs were mushrooming everywhere as she treated them with her song-and-dance stints in an afternoon variety program.
"Kahit parehong kaliwa ang paa, natuto akong sumayaw at kumanta."
Breaking away from the "victim" roles, Judai assumes the carefree and adventurous "Diane" of Gimik. Candid and down-to-earth. A moment where art imitates life.
"Enjoy talaga ako doon dahil mas light ang mga eksena at mas nakaka-relate ako dahil akong-ako talaga 'yon. Through Gimik, natutuo akong gumimik! Dahil naging super close kami ng mga co-star ko dito, barkada talaga."
A string of top-grossing flicks Sana Naman, Kung Alam Mo Lang, Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, Mara Clara the Movie, Paano ang Puso Ko, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay and Muling Ibalik ang Taming ng Pag-Ibig placed her right where she should be... on top.
At 19 Tagged back then as Philippines' Soap Opera Princess, Judy Ann now has rightful claim to being television's Queen of Drama Series. The birth of Esperanza changed the lives of millions of Filipinos as the whole country caught on with the "Esperanza mania".
And for two-and-a-half years of unrivaled performance, this top-rating soap opera, which rated a whopping 57% with an audience share of 79% (Source: AC Nielsen, Metro Manila Household Ratings, 18 Feb 1999) placed her at the peak of her career.
"Kung nasaan man ako ngayon, naging malaking part talaga 'yung Esperanza. Pati na rin 'yung mga nakapag-direct sa akin dahil natuto ako ng iba't ibang style at techniques sa acting."
At 21 The time has come for today's Queen of Soap to reign supreme in the Primetime Drama arena.
"Nakakatuwang isipin na may drama anthology na ako. Pinangarap ko rin naman 'to, hindi ko nga lang inaasahan na magkakatotoo. Excited ako at the same time kabado ako, kasi baka hindi nila nagustuhan. Pero hindi naman siguro, dahil pinaghihirapan at pinag-iisipan namin talaga ang bawat eksena."
Unveiling the true qualities of a real actress and living up to her title as the Phenomenal Star of the New Millenium.
"Masarap pala 'yung feeling na may isang show na nakapangalan sa 'yo. Iba-iba 'yung director, iba-iba 'yung istorya, iba-iba 'yung artista, lalo na 'yung matitira."
JUDY ANN SANTOS, THE NEW DRAMA ANTHOLOGY PRINCESS
Movies Luv Text (2001)
Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin (2000)
Esperanza the Movie (1999)
Dito Sa Puso Ko (1999)
Isusumbong Kita Sa Tatay Ko (1999)
Gimik The Movie (guest role - 1999)
My Pledge of Love (1999)
Kasal-kasalan Sakalan (1998)
Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay (1998)
I'm Sorry My Love (1998)
Muling Ibalik ang Tamis ng Pag-Ibig (1998)
Nasaan ang Puso? (1997)
Kulayan Natin Ang Bukas (1997)
Babangon Ang Huling Patak Ng Dugo (1997)
Ako Na Ba Ang Nasa Puso Mo? (1997)
Paano Ang Puso Ko? (1997)
Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita?
Mara Clara the Movie
Kung Alam Mo Lang
Silang Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan
Father en Son
Regal Shocker the Movie
Sa Puso Ko Hahalik ang Mundo
Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang
Kayo na mag update sa ibang movies niya.
Krystala (October 2004 - present )
Basta't Kasama Kita ( June 2003- August 2004)
Sa Puso Ko, Iingatan Ka (June 18, 2001-)
Judy Anne Santos Drama Special (1999-2001)
Star Drama Presents
Mara Clara (1992-1997)
Kaming Mga Ulila
2000 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards, Box Office Queen
2000 Star Awards for TV, Best Single Performance by an Actress NOMINEE
1999 Platinum Records Award for self-titled album, JUDY ANN
1999 MMFF Best Actress Nominee for Esperanza
1997 MMFF Best Supporting Actress
1997 to 1999 Most Popular Teenage Actress
1996 to 1998 Miss Teen RP Movies, Guillermo Mendoza Awards
Palmolive Naturals Shampoo
At marami pang ibang products.
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Judy Anne the Album
MATCHING UP WITH JUDY ANN SANTOS
CHIC, August 27, 2001 by Dez Lucero
MADONNA HAS made a successful career out of reinventing herself. As one article puts it, at her age of forty-plus, she is now in the midst of another world tour and just added two new hit albums to her long list of chart-topping LPs. In other words, she remains a bonafide superstar.
The ability to successfully reinvent oneself also works in the local entertainment scene--just ask all those big stars like Maricel Soriano, Cesar Montano, Rosanna Roces, to name a few. Judy Ann Santos is another perfect example of successful reinvention. It is one of the reasons why she became Judy Ann Santos, and why her hold on stardom is as strong as ever.
HER STORY FIRST
While Juday did not exactly hit her stride until her teens, like many of our bigger stars she started in the business early, appearing in a number of television shows and movies. Back then, she was equally known for her sibling as she was for herself--she was then still routinely referred to as Jeffrey Santos’ younger sister.
The first movie she debuted in, the Alice Dixson-starrer Dyesebel, is memorable to Juday for several reasons. ‘I played Alice’s best friend,” she recalled her first role as a little girl who believed in mermaids. “It was a big hit: I was supposed to play the young Dyesebel; I even had a fitting for the fish sail costume. But they gave the role, and the fish sail, to another kid. I was so disappointed. That’s why until now, Dyesebel is my dream role.”
She might have lost a meaty role, but does anybody remember the name of that young girl who played the young Alice? Is she even still in show business? On the other hand, Judy Ann went on to become the actress called the Junior Superstar, with a string of hits to her name, both on the small and the big screen. She’s bankable, enjoys the loyalty of a multitude of fans and is big enough to open a show or a movie based on her name alone. Subsequently she also became a sought-after celebrity endorser.
The first indication that Judy Ann would blaze her own path to stardom began when fans of soap opera got to know her as Ula. When she moved on to Mara Clara and was subjected to Gladys Reyes’ bad-girl machinations, Mara became the new heroine of the soap opera set. It was during this time that Juday started making her stride. She became a teen idol, as well as the beloved half of the popular Judy Ann-Wowie de Guzman love team--at its peak it was favorably compared to the legendary Guy and Pip love team. They crossed over to the big screen and starred in one hit after another, movies that made the fans scream with delight and the producers laugh all the way to the bank.
Of the two teen stars, however, Judy Ann proved to be bigger in stellar power. She officially became known as the Soap Opera Princess with the success of ABS-CBN’s Esperanza. The show showcased her, and in so doing inadvertently contributed to the demise of the love team that until then was considered almost inde-structible. Wowie was left to fend for himself (the intrigues he got embroiled in didn’t help, either), as his erstwhile partner stood up by herself and became a star in her own right.
Fortunately, Juday has enough sense not to let all these get into her head. She jokes about her status and be earnest the next. “Flattered, of course,” she says of being tagged the Junior Superstar. “But to be honest, there is only one Superstar and that’s God. In local showbiz, no one can match the phenomenal success of Nora Aunor.”
JUDAY'S NEW CLOTHES
A child star, then a teen idol, then Soap Opera Princess, then Junior Superstar--so what’s next? Judy Ann applies hei. chameleon-like qualities again and is currently trying two new “clothes,” so to speak. The drama princess recently ventured. into romantic comedy with the movie Luv Text (which was followed by that action-romance caper where she co-starred with a bland Mikey Arroyo), and is all new as Patricia in her latest soap series, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka. It seems that at 23, she is saying bye-bye to her martyr-cry baby image of old and is saying hello to a tougher. independent young woman of the world.
Sa Puso Ko lingatan Ka is doing most of the “damage.” Here Patricia is an illegitimate child, which, if Judy Ann portrayed the role before, would mean another example of the inaapi who cries buckets of tears. But no--Patricia here is a fighter who stands up to anyone bent on demolishing her and her helpless mom, played by Zsa Zsa Padilla, who this time takes up the cudgels for all martyrs everywhere. She is a survivor, she is sarcastic, she is street smart, she is strong and sexy--it is in this series that Judy Ann is having a field day displaying her newly slimmed down self. She usually prances about in spaghetti tops and figure—fit pants. She is also very hip here; this is the perfect time for apparel producers to get her as their endorser.
Juday attributes her new figure to her latest movie, Star Cinema’s Bakit ‘Di Totohanin, where she portrays a--tadaah!--girl boxer. The role, to say the least, is not only unique, it also has loads of mass potential; you add Juday’s unmistakable charisma, and Star Cinema could have another big hit in its hands.
The synopsis of the movie goes: Judy Ann and Jeffrey Quizon (this guy is all over the place!) are the children of an ex-boxing champ turned OFW (Johnny Delgado). They have managed to establish a boxing gym, which they loses to an old enemy (Vic Vargas) through a reckless gambling debt incurred by the grandma (Gloria Romero). The father learns of this turn of events after he returns home from his old job in Saudi Arabia, and he sets about to train his son for a boxing match in a bid to regain their gym. He discovers, however, that Jeffrey’s character would rather beautify himself and cheer from the sidelines. Judy Ann’s character then offers herself as a substitute, in her own bid to salvage the situation and earn her dad’s respect. However, she has to train for the fight under her dad’s erstwhile protégé (Piolo Pascual), an ex-childhood sweetheart with whom she shares a love-hate relationship. Now Judy Ann not only has to deal with the upcoming fight, but also with her reawakening love for Piolo’s character.
This time, when Judy Ann lost weight, there was no controversy like the Bangkok pills issue clouding the matter. In preparation for the project, she trained in the Fit for Life Gym, under Roger Morin, who also coaches Mark Anthony Fernandez. This time Judy Ann was not bugged by anything as she slimmed down to her slimmest self ever. She looks great too. In fact, she and the hunk known as Piolo Pascual look well together. Whether they will become a real item, the same way she and Wowie ended up during their days together, is still up in the air.
In reinventing oneself there is always the danger of lukewarm--or worse, negative--reception from the public who once adored you. The public can be pretty conservative: they stick to what is familiar to them, to what they like. Some wags are pointing to the cool reception given to Luv Text as a sign that either Juday is “angling” for the dubious title of “Floptsina Queen” or has changed into something the public has not taken to--yet. There are also rumors that Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka is lagging behind its sister show Pangako sa ‘Yo, which stars Kristine Hermosa. (For that matter the rumors put Juday’s show and Claudine’s Sa Dulo ng Walang Han ggan as tail enders compared to Pangako sa ‘Yo--in short, the established soap opera princesses are being trashed in the ratings game by a relative newcomer. Do you smell a controversy coming?) A movie scribe speculated that one of Juday’ s chief charms lay in her ,roundish face. She might have been teased “siopao” because of it, but it was part of her charisma and public persona. Naturally when she slimmed down her entire body changed too, including her face. The title of the movie scribe’s article sounded like a battle cry: “Ibalik ang Bilugang Mukha ni Juday!” Question is, will the parties concerned listen?
(If she is going to react to this in her typical way, Judy Ann more than likely will just ignore it. If you had spent that long a period in show business, you do grow accustomed, or immune, to issues of almost every kind. However, recently she did indicate that there are stories that do hit her below the belt, and in such cases she does know how to fight back, as when she planned to sue three tabloid reporters for libel. The real Judy Ann is no shrinking violet.)
THE CAFÉ QUEEN
Like many of our stars who are now more conscious of showbiz’ instability as a source of regular income and have ventured into something else as a sort of fallback when the time comes, Judy Ann has likewise entered the field of restaurant business. Along with partners, she set up Café Kilimanjaro along Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
Just like showbiz, her other business has taught her valuable lessons as well. “It has taught me to be more responsible,” she says. “How to get along with people, especially employees. I treat them as friends, but still ‘andoon pa rin ‘yung authority. (It’s like) okay, we’re friends, but when it’s work time, it’s work.”
With show business still in the doldrums, only the best and the toughest and the extraordinary survive with projects and/or regular gigs. Often stars of uncommon appeal endure. So it is with Judy Ann Santos, a girl with ordinary pretty features and an extraordinary pull on the masses. She is a “sell-able” commodity, which in turn provided her with a very good living. Fortunately, she has her feet firndy planted in the ground and is appreciative of the blessings that have come, and continues to come, her way.
“I cherish what I went through in this business,” she says. “It feels good when people mob you. They shower you with love not just because you’re a star, but also because you’ve become a part of their lives. Parang anak ka nila.”
No wonder she is at the top of her game.
Post ko lang di kc ako nakabili ng mag na to.
Junior Superstar Ula. Mara. Esperanza. Judy Ann Santos— JudaY to her legions of fans—has portrayed some of the more popular and (well-loved) characters on local television. As such, when the TV Baby reached her turbulent teens. Juday crossed over to the movies and transformed herself into a budding Box-Office Superstar. Now 23. the original Soap Opera Princess is again on the verge of a breakthrough. Drumbeaters of her latest film, Luv Text, hail Juday as a Romantic-Comedy Queen in the rnaking—in the mold of the Julias and Sandras of HollywoOd. Brace yourselves for a new Juday.
CLAIM TO FAME
With her chatty, ma-chika charisma (not to mention her uncanny knack for reinvention), Judy Ann is the masa’s darling. On the big silver screen, Juday glows and glimmers with the.same accessible, Everywoman charms of the best of ‘em—of the Noras, Vilmas, and Sharons, as well as the Julias, Megs and Sandras.
She’s the Young Superstar, after all.
Once and for all, how does she feel about that title? “Tense!” Juday feigns trepidation before jesting, seemingly from out of nowhere, “Tens, twenties, thirties!”
Just as swiftly, the jocular Juday turns oh-so-earnest. “Flattered, of course. But to be honest, there is only one Superstar and that’s God. In local showbiz, no one can match the phenomenal success of Nora Aunor.” The above quote captures, in a nutshell, the intriguing, perplexing nuances (by turns, wacky, serious and humble) of this girl, Juday.
MOMENT OF GLORY
And that could very well be the secret of her uncommon star appeal. Her extraordinary ordinariness that can catch even the most jaded of showbiz observers by surprise.
A matronly newspaper-and-magazine dealer swears by this girl's "sell-ability" on the stands.
Advertising execs have also taken notice and offered her lucrative deals for such mass consumer products as Alaska Milk, 555 Sardines, Palmolive Shampoo and King Flakes.
Juday is more appreciative for all this, "I cherish what I went through in this business," Juday reflects. "It feels good when people mob you. They shower you with love not just because you're a star, but also because you've become a part of their lives. Parang anak ka nila."
She even has motherly and fatherly fans from abroad who send her gifts and other trinkets.
"Nahihiya ako," Juday relates. "I myself wouldn't buy these expensive things for myself. But it seems they derive happiness from doing it." And Juday basks in the glow of their joy and love.
HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
The flip side of all the fame and adulation, sadly, is intriga. Juday has had her fair share of controversies—ranging from the unremarkable to the malicious. Like a true child of showbiz, Juday has grown accustomed (immune?) to such rumors.
Lately, however, it was reported that Juday has lost her patience and is planning to sue three tabloid reporters for libel. (See Question No. 16.)
“It’s my family at stake,” Juday bristles. “Even if I spend millions, okay lang, basta lang makulong sila. Pinag-aralan ko Ito nang mabuti. They’ve been writing negatrve things about me for over a year.
It’s a matter of principle, Juday asserts. And Juday, in a fighting mood, is no weepy Mara, no lugubrious Esperanza. Unlike her TV characters, she’s no martyr, no doormat.
HERE AND NOW
Really, now. Juday has neither the time nor the inclination to dwell on negativity. She is simply too busy. A normal day in the life of Juday can be quite abnormal, in fact. Case in point: one day (a Sunday!) began at 9:30 a.m. for she had to host ASAP, guest in S-Files, motor all the way to SM Bacoor for her SM Mall Tour, before the 8 p.m. cover shoot for this magazine, which ended at 12:10 a.m. the follOwing day.
Such a crazy schedule is expected because Juday is in the midst of prombting a new movie (Luv Text) and a new soap (Sa Puso Ko, lingatan Ka), which both had a June premiere.
If you ask Juday, all the hard work is worth it because these two projects allow her to showcase a new, different Judy Ann. For a change of pace, Juday gets to show a lighter, more cheery and witty side in her new screen personas Melissa (Luv) and Patricia (Sa Puso). “After. seeing me cry for years, I think the public now wants me to make them laugh.”
Juday just wants to have fun.
Aside from slugging it out with obnoxious movie reporters, Juday will also get her day not just in court, but in the ring. Next in the lineup is the Star Cinema comedy Girl Boxer,
where she will play the pugnacious read.
To prepare for the project, Juday has started training in the Fit for Life gym, under Roger Morin, who’s also the coach of Mark Anthony Fernandez. Well, boxing would hopefully equip her with new skills and virtues that would help her not only in showbiz but also in her new venture: Juday, superstar and pugilist, is also a businesswoman. Along with partners, she set up Café Kilimanjaro along Timog in Quezon City.
Aside from being a “fallback,” her new enterprise, Juday reveals, has yielded precious lessons on life and living. “It has taught me to be more responsible,” Juday points out. “How to get along with people. Especially employees. I treat them as friends, but still andoon pa rin ‘yong authority. Teka muna, barkada tayo, pero pag traba ho, trabaho.”
Meet the new Juday, Boss Lady.
Judy Ann: An Infant Jesus of Prague Devotee
Yes! Magazine, December 2000 by Ana Pingol
Judy Ann Santos thinks of the Divine Infant Jesus of Prague as her “best friend.”
In her words: “Alam ko kasing nakikinig Siya, at kahit di Niya sagutin lahat ng dasal ko, alam kong may dahilan.”
She became a devotee in 1998, she says, and it all started when she did the movie I’m Sorry, My Love. “First team up kasi namin ‘yon ni Onemig (Bondoc). Tapos, directorial debut pa ni Joyce Bernal,” she recalls. “Medyo kinabahan ako kung ano ang kalalabasan. E hindi ko na kayang pumunta ng Manaoag. Sabi ni Tito Alfie, i-try ko daw mag-petition kay Sto. Niño. Ginawa ko, tapos okay nga ‘yung kinalabasan rin ng movie. Sabi pa nga nila, p ‘wede naman daw palang wala akong ka-love team.”
But it’s not, she adds, just the answered prayers that keep her coming back. She says she also fell in love with the serenity of the Carmelite church. “Napaka-solemn ng place,” she says with awe. “Maliit lang pero tahimik. Makapagdarasal ka talaga ng taimtim at walang umuusyoso sa ‘yo. Kung meron mang nakakakilala, hindi sila ‘yung tipo na nanggugulo.”
It turns out that Judy Ann is very much like the characters she’s been playing. Five years as “Mara,” three years as “Esperanza,” and two years as “Ula” all of them prayerful souls—were after all not too strange for her to play. The actress, star of Kahit Isang Saglit, truly believes in prayer.
“May times na talagang nagno-novena ako, ‘yung nine consecutive Sundays,” says Juday, the name by which everyone in showbiz calls her. “‘Yun talaga, ‘pag inumpisahan ko pinanangangatawanan ko. Kahit may shooting ako nag papaalam ako na male-late. At kung hindi man novena, basta as much as possible pumupunta ako dito ‘pag Sunday, sabay dalaw na rin kay Tito Alfie (Lorenzo).”
For someone who seems to have everything—she’s still considered the most popular young star on film and television today—what could be her most fervent prayer?
“S ‘yempre lagi kong pinagdarasal ang pamilya ko, mga taong malalapit sa akin, saka ang career ko, “ Juday says. “But right now ang hinihiling ko talaga sa Kanya is for Him to show me a sign.. .tungkol sa isang matinong taong makakasama ko sa buhay."
The star admits she is mending a broken heart from a recent breakup with Wowie de Guzman. But she adds, “Pero hindi naman ako nag fll(iflhidali, kahit hindi pa Niya
muna ibigay ‘yung tao. Sign lang para malaman ko kung itutuloy ko o hindi.”
Despite the heartache, Judy Ann knows that life has been good to her. That is why, she says, she always tries to give something back. This season as in the past, she will visit an orphanage of her choice for her annual gift-giving. “Masarap sa feeling nu‘ng mga bata na me binubuksun sila,” she says. This is on top of her preparing gifts for her more than 50 godchildren.
It is moments like these anyway that make her feel complete even when her own immediate family will not be. “Sanay nu ‘ko sa Paskong hindi kami kumpleto,” she says in a low tone. “Lalo na ngayon, may pamilya na 'yung ate ko. Si Daddy nasa States, si Mommy nasa Canada pero babalik daw for Christmas. Minsan, medyo mas nakukumpleto pa kaming mag-kakapatid
‘pag ordinary days.”
Her wish remains the same through many Christmases. “Alam kong imposible pero, sige, wini- wish ko pa rin. Dati, sabi ko sana magkabalikan ang Mommy at Daddy ko. Ngayon nga sinimplehan ko na lang e. Yung sana man lang maging magkaibigan sila. Kung pwede pa rin sana kaming lumabas- labas as a family, nag-uusap-usap nang walang tens’yon.
No other wish, she sighs, is even more impossible. “Na sana magkabati na ang Mommy ko saka si Tito Alfie.
*Natupad yata ang ibang wish ni Juday jan*