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The Early Years
One of ABS-CBN's prized properties, Juday received her first television break on rival GMA's tearjerker Kaming Mga Ulila directed by Argel Joseph in 1986. At the age of 10, Juday became a soap opera headliner in IBC-13's Ula, Ang Batang Gubat, again directed by Argel Joseph.
Becoming a resident child actress of Mother Lily's Regal Films and other independent film outfits, Juday honed her versatility by acting in different genres, from playing the young versions of Jean Garcia in Impaktita and Snooky Serna in Madonna, Ang Babaeng Ahas to a mere mortal friend of Alice Dixon's Dyesebel to a ghostly apparition in Jose Javier Reyes' Aparador episode in Regal Shocker to the neglected daughter of Pops Fernandez and Eric Quizon in Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang to a young version of Lotlot de Leon in Sana Mahalin Mo Ako starring Ms. Nora Aunor and Mr. Tirso Cruz III and back to being one of the kids who can cry buckets in Silang Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan.
More bit roles and supporting parts in Nasaan Ka Inay?, Sa Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas, Dog Tag (Jestoni Alarcon), Manila Boy (Robin Padilla), Sa Puso Ko Hahalik Ang Mundo, Pamilya Banal, Bawal Na Gamot Part 2, and Father En Son (Dolphy) exposed Judy to the world of cinema in its varying forms - from drama to action to comedy and back - at a very young age.
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The Mara Clara and Esperanza Years
In 1992, director Emil Cruz, Jr., brother of Argel Joseph (who directed Kaming Mga Ulila and Ula, Ang Batang Gubat), discovered the tandem of bida Judy Ann Santos and kontrabida Gladys Reyes. Starting from a 2:30pm timeslot on ABS-CBN until it moved to primetime, Mara Clara lasted for five years, gave birth to the Juday-Wowie tandem, and solidified Juday's reign as the heir apparent to the thrones of the late Julie Vega and Janice de Belen.
After Regal Films' Sana Naman became a surprise hit in 1996 (Juday's first lead movie role under the direction of Boots Plata), Star Cinema finally took notice and offered Juday her first movie under the production outfit - appropriately a movie version of Mara Clara (directed by Emil Cruz, Jr. and Jerry Lopez Sineneng). Regal Films' Kung Alam Mo Lang (also directed by Boots Plata) followed.
In the same year, ABS-CBN chose Juday to play the lead role of wealthy Dianne Villaruel (as a departure from her poor and oppressed Mara character) in the youth-oriented weekly dramedy entitled Gimik! (directed by Laurent Dyogi) opposite the late Rico Yan. Juday left Gimik! to concentrate on Esperanza in 1997 under the direction of Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Rory Quintos.
When ABS-CBN wanted to start featuring young artists as headliners in their Star Drama Theater Presents anthology, Juday was the pioneer. To this day, she holds the distinction of being the only young star that was featured three times (four episodes each). In 1999, Juday was given her own Judy Ann Drama Special anthology after Esperanza ended. Despite the word drama in the title, she actually tackled a variety of roles, shifting from drama to comedy to action to horror to fantasy and back to drama.
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Juday is a four-time recipient of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation award.
1996 Teenage Queen of Philippine Movies (Kung Alam Mo Lang, Mara Clara: The Movie, Sana Naman)
1997 Teenage Queen of Philippine Movies and Famas German Moreno Youth Achievement Award (Sanggano, Ako Ba Ang Nasa Puso Mo?, Babae, Kulayan Natin Ang Bukas, Nasaan Ang Puso?, Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita?, Paano Ang Puso Ko?, Wow! Multo).
1998 Miss RP Movies (Kasal-kasalan...Sakalan, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, I'm Sorry My Love, Muling Ibalik Ang Tamis Ng Pag-ibig, Babangon Ang Huling Patak Ng Dugo).
1999 Box-Office Queen (Esperanza: The Movie, Dito Sa Puso Ko, Isusumbong Kita Sa Tatay Ko, Gimik: The Reunion, My Pledge of Love). Isusumbong Kita Sa Tatay Ko marked a milestone in her career because she played the daughter of the late Fernando Poe, Jr. Two planned sequels ala-Father of The Bride never materialized.
Primetime Television Work and Special Episode Guest Performances
Despite success as a film actress, ABS-CBN continued to entrust Juday with primetime programs like Esperanza (the finale remains one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of Philippine television), Judy Ann Drama Special (a weekly anthology), Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (where she played a married woman for the first time opposite Piolo Pascual), Basta’t Kasama Kita (the live finale of the action series with Robin Padilla is a first in Philippine television and was cut short due to the swelling crowds), Krystala (where she originated a new super heroine for her young fans) and Sa Piling Mo (the finale was aired commercial-free - another first in Philippine television).
In addtion, Juday co-starred with the late Rico Yan in the pilot episode of the weekly fantasy program Wansapanataym way back in 1997. More recently, Juday reprised the characters of Inday Bote and Inday sa Balitaw (originated by Ms. Maricel Soriano) in the first season and second season two-part opener of Komiks. Of course, Juday went back to drama in special episodes for Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) - a total of six times so far with two episodes - 'Basket' (2000) and 'Karnabal' (2001) - earning Best Drama statuettes from the KBP Golden Dove Awards and the Catholic Mass Media Awards. For MMK's 10th Anniversary presentation, Juday co-starred with Piolo Pascual in the first MMK episode filmed outside the Philippines - 'Pier 39' (2002). Other episodes were entitled Agua Bendita (1999), Rosaryo (2005) and Swing (2006).
The Other Half of Three Love Teams
After Wowie de Guzman and the late Rico Yan, the search was on for Juday's next screen partner. The Juday-Wowie love team nurtured in Mara Clara and Esperanza made a record twelve films for Viva/Neo (My Pledge of Love, Dito Sa Puso Ko and Luv Txt), Regal/MAQ (Sana Naman, Kung Alam Mo Lang, Wow! Multo and Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita?), ABS-CBN/Star (Mara Clara, Esperanza, Paano Ang Puso Ko? and 1998's Muling Ibalik Ang Tamis Ng Pag-Ibig directed by Boots Plata) and Crown Seven/Solar Films (1998's Metro Manila Film Festival entry Kasal-Kasalan...Sakalan directed by Edgardo Vinarao). Although Juday would still work with Wowie in Luv Txt (2001, directed by Rowell Santiago) for the last time, it was clear that a new love team in Juday-Piolo was born by accident during the last six months of Esperanza - The Soap Opera (1998-1999) where Piolo Pascual was a villain-turned boyfriend-turned spurned lover of Juday.
Unlike the pairing with Rico Yan which was short-lived despite magazines crowning them as Most Popular Love Team and a successful solo turn as a team-up in 1998's Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay directed by Rory Quintos (their other movies were an ensemble in 1997's Gimik: The Reunion directed by Laurenti Dyogi; and a love triangle with Wowie in 1999's Paano Ang Puso Ko? directed by Rory Quintos), ABS-CBN and Star Cinema made the most of the Juday-Piolo phenomenon in the early years of their team-up. Unlike the pairing with Wowie de Guzman which was non-exclusive, meaning they can work with any and all film outfits under the sun, ABS-CBN and Star Cinema promptly made Juday-Piolo their exclusive property, which explained the three-year drought in between movies despite other film outfits interested in signing them up.
Juday continued to enjoy the best of both worlds. She became a most-sought after leading lady - teaming up with the likes of Mark Anthony Fernandez (1997's Ako Ba Ang Nasa Puso MO? directed by Jose Javier Reyes), Jao Mapa (1997's Babae directed by Lupita Kashiwahara), Onemig Bondoc (1998's I’m Sorry My Love directed by then first-time filmmaker Joyce Bernal), Carlo Munoz (2001's Luv Txt directed by Rowell Santiago), Bong Revilla (2000's Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin directed by Danilo P. Cabreira) and Cesar Montano (1997's Sanggano directed by Toto Natividad). She also became the other-half of another love team. After a supporting role in 1999's Metro Manila Film Festival entry Esperanza directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng, Piolo Pascual earned leading man status together with Leandro Munoz in Kahit Isang Saglit (2000, directed by Gilbert Perez). Sans a love triangle, it was just Juday and Piolo sweating it out in the boxing ring of love in Bakit 'Di Totohanin (2001, directed by Boots Plata). Both movies passed the 100 Million peso mark despite the prevailing industry slump back then.
Despite the dwindling number of movies and theaters closing everywhere, Juday had an extraordinary number of releases in 2002. In quick succession, Walang Iwanan, Peksman (with Jinggoy Estrada and Bayani Agbayani) was followed by May Pag-ibig Pa Kaya? (with Luis Alandy, Matet de Leon and Gladys Reyes), Akala Mo (with Dingdong Dantes, Candy Pangilinan, and Dennis Padilla), Magkapatid (with Sharon Cuneta, Christopher de Leon and Dingdong Dantes), Pakisabi Na Lang Na Mahal Ko Siya (with Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, and KC Montero), a cameo role with Piolo Pascual in Jologs (directed by Kahit Isang Saglit's Gilbert Perez), and Jeannie, Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang? (with Robin Padilla and Tanya Garcia). After experiencing a euphoric high with the critical and commercial success of Magkapatid (2002 Manila Film Festival’s Best Film and Top Grosser), Juday did not hide her disappointment in the outcome of her first movie with Robin Padilla. In a revealing interview with Starstudio Magazine, Juday confessed that the time to choose her roles carefully could not have come at an opportune time because fewer movies are being made. Magkapatid (directed by Joel Lamangan), marking many firsts in her career, such as playing a mother of two kids, mouthing suggestive dialogue, and engaging in sensitive scenes, opened her eyes that she has so much more to give as an actress. Tagged as Flopsina Queen back then due to the high box-office standards expected of her movies despite the producers enjoying decent profits from the films she made with shoestring budgets, Juday determined to change her 'lagarista' ways in order to concentrate on one-film-at-a-time.
Best Supporting Actress Nominations
Despite early nominations from highly-acclaimed films such as Babae (1997 MMFF, directed by Lupita Kashiwahara, starring Nora Aunor and the late Nida Blanca) and Nasaan Ang Puso? (1997 MMFF, FAMAS, FAP, directed by Chito Rono, starring Maricel Soriano, Ronaldo Valdez and Christopher de Leon), Juday did not impress the jurors enough in the various award-giving bodies to reward her thespic skills. Moreover, the competition back then was more stiff if you consider that more movies were being made which meant that more performances were being evaluated. Juday almost clinched her first Best Actress trophy on the heels of the Box Office Queen title for 1999. For her star turn in Esperanza (her third second TV-turned-into-film after appearing at the end of Gimik: The Reunion), the buzz was great but in the end, it was Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa who won in the hotly-contested 1999 Metro Manila Film Festival. Another almost-win happened in 2002's Manila Film Festival but Juday was placed in the Best Actress category competing against Ms. Sharon Cuneta who eventually won for the same movie Magkapatid (2002, directed by Joel Lamangan). Ms. Gloria Romero, who won in the Best Supporting Actress category, said "But had Judy Ann stayed on in the Best Supporting Actress cagetory, I would have lost," in an interview with Philippine Star's Butch Francisco. For Magkapatid, Juday received her first PMPC Star Awards for Movies nomination and her first Gawad Urian nomination in the more appropriate category of Best Supporting Actress.
Opening in April 30 to critical and commercial plaudits, Till There Was You (directed by Joyce Bernal), was adjudged the Number Two Top-Grossing Movie of the Year. The third Juday-Piolo movie to reach beyond the 100 Million peso mark, the nationwide screening of Till There Was You was cut short by the release of Ang Tanging Ina (the Number One Film of the Year). In playing Joanna Boborol, the 'picture mom' of Pippa (Eliza Pineda) and the 'pretend wife' of Albert (Piolo Pascual), Juday's performance was summarily praised for showcasing not only an already proven dramatic prowess but also an effortless flair for a more adult romantic comedy. In the first and only Cinema One's The Raves Awards, Till There Was You won for Favorite Local Film and Juday-Piolo as Favorite Onscreen Couple as voted by text messengers nationwide. Ironically, this successful project marked the temporary end to the Juday-Piolo love team.
On the television front, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka ended and Basta’t Kasama Kita ushered in the actionserye trend. From playing the illegitimate-turned-legitimate daughter Patricia Quevedo-Montecillo and the devoted wife of Jordan Villamines (Piolo Pascual) in a heavy drama about intricate family ties (dad Edu Manzano, step mom Coney Reyes, biological mom Zsa Zsa Padilla, and grandmother Caridad Sanchez) and a husband-wife relationship constantly weathering trials and tribulations, Juday shifted to playing Attorney-Eagles Agent Princess Gonzales. Partnered with Eagles Agent Ambet Katindig (Robin Padilla), Juday went undercover as different characters while performing her own stunts and even dabbling in regional accents. ABS-CBN was still at the height of its ratings dominance over GMA so understandably both series topped the competition from start to finish.
Always the bridesmaid but never the bride seemed to be the perfect adage for Juday until a pivotal role in an ensemble movie Mano Po 2 (directed by Erik Matti, starring Susan Roces, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Lorna Tolentino and Christopher de Leon) made all the difference. Earning a second nomination from the PMPC Star Awards for Movies, it was the rival award-giving body Entertainment Press Society’s 1st Golden Screen Awards that gave her the Best Supporting Actress trophy [Juday's first-ever acting award] for Mano Po 2, a 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival entry. Malaya's Mario Bautista was moved by Juday's quiet but stirring performance as Grace, the daughter who successfully reunited the three families of her father upon his death.
After winning her first-ever film acting trophy, Regal Films' I Will Survive (written by Ricky Lee and directed by Joel Lamangan) co-starring Maricel Soriano, Eric Quizon and Dina Bonnevie opened shortly before Juday's 27th birthday. Playing an OFW saddled with an unaffectionate child and a deceitful husband, Juday received favorable reviews for her natural comic flair in this musical-drama-comedy hybrid. Once more, she proved her versatility in making the audience laugh, cry, dance and sing.
For the 2004 Manila Film Festival, an entirely different Lamangan-Lee collaboration unveiled Juday's most adult role. Upon deciding to elevate her status to another level, she threw all caution to the wind by accepting Regal Films' Sabel. In several press interviews to promote the film, she confessed that "pikit-mata ko itong ginawa." Earning richly deserved raves from discriminating critics, she transformed from a loving daughter to a rebellious daughter to a promiscuous girlfriend to a well-liked nun to a rape victim to a volatile live-in lover to a murderer to a lesbian mother at peace with her life at last. Juday, touted as Ms. Nora Aunor's closest rival in the Manila Film Festival Best Actress race, did not win, but a gracious Superstar paid tribute to Juday in a TV Patrol interview: "Sa mga kabataang artista natin ngayon, nag-iisa lang siya." And with a miniscule budget, Sabel emerged as the genuine filmfest top grosser.
After immersing herself in the many facets of Sabel, Juday tackled a three-phase character metamorphosis in the 2004 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines entry Aishite Imasu (Mahal Kita) 1941. From a peace-loving Inya (loyal friend and devoted wife) to a steadily suffering Inyang (agonizing miscarriages, conflicting allegiances and heartbreaking death) to a gun-toting Ka Berto (avenging her husband's death, fighting for her country's freedom and cradling her dying best friend), Juday's acting was tour-de-force again. If the psychological study Sabel was done in only 17 days, the period film Aishite Imasu adjusted to a one-or-two-day-a-week shooting schedule because of Juday's back-to-back taping of Basta’t Kasama Kita and Krystala. The always-humble Juday never expected to win. "Are you kidding? With Vilma Santos in this year's film fest for Mano Po 3, what do you think is my chance? They also said that last June with Sabel. But with Nora Aunor also having an entry in that festival, I knew malabo talaga akong manalo."
When it rains, it definitely pours. Juday welcomed 2005 with Best Actress nominations for all of her film releases in 2004 - Aishite Imasu, I Will Survive and Sabel - from all the award-giving bodies except for Young Critics Circle. In addition to this rare feat, she vied with herself in preliminary deliberations for her two dramatic performances (Sabel and Aishite Imasu), and was the only lead actress with entries in both the June 2004 (Sabel) and December 2004 (Aishite Imasu) film fests. Gawad Tanglaw acknowledged her artistry in Sabel with a Chairman's Award for Excellence in Acting. Entertainment Press Society, Inc. bestowed Juday with her first-ever Best Actress trophy for Sabel in the 2nd Golden Screen Awards besting Nora and Vilma at last. And in another extraordinary accomplishment, the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino recognized her with the much-coveted Gawad Urian for Sabel in just her second time as a nominee over Nora (Ms. Aunor won for Naglalayag over Juday's performance in Sabel) and Vilma (Ms. Santos won for Mano Po 3 over Juday's performance in Aishite Imasu) once more. Other nominations include FAP and FAMAS for Sabel; PMPC Star and Pasado for Aishite Imasu; and Enpress Golden Screen for I Will Survive (Muscial-Comedy category). And, if that was not enough, after several nominations (for Basta't Kasama Kita from both PMPC Star and Golden Screen; for her Malaala Mo Kaya 'Karnabal' episode from PMPC Star; and for Esperanza from PMPC Star), Juday finally brought home her first-ever television acting award as Best Drama Actress for her super heroine role in Krystala in December 2005 from the PMPC Star Awards for TV.
Deciding to take a much-needed break from tapings and shootings after Krystala ended in April 2005, Juday's only movie releases so far consisted of two independent films and one mainstream movie. The ensemble drama Miss Pinoy (directed by first-time filmmaker Bona Fajardo), is about the travails of overseas Filipino workers. Released only in Hong Kong last January, this is Juday's first-ever digital movie. Her second, Umaaraw, Umuulan, where she only figured in a brief guest apperance at the end, was screened in SM digital cinemas in August. Star Cinema's Don't Give Up On Us (directed by Joyce Bernal), a more adult romantic drama reuniting Juday with Piolo Pascual was the fourth Juday-Piolo movie to earn more than 100 MILLION PESOS and the first Juday-Piolo film one to be released in several key cities around the world.
Despite the perceived lull in her film career (no movies shown at all in 2005), Juday is still very visible on the small screen via commercials and guestings. Sa Piling Mo, where she essayed her most daring soap opera role so far as battered wife and self-sacrificing mom Jennifer/Katherine, just ended after 26 weeks on the air on August 25. Juday's sixth episode for Maalaala Mo Kaya, where she portrayed a dying woman involved in a May-December affair with a call boy played by newcomer Jason Abalos, aired on August 18. In November, Juday will receive the Gawad Amerika Award as Best Actress over Two Decades. In December, Juday and Ryan Agoncillo are paired anew in a film written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes entitled Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo, an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines by Star Cinema. Also coming soon is her third Komiks installment where she inherits the Super Gee character from Ms. Nora Aunor. In pre-production is another teleserye that hopes to start taping in the last quarter of this year.
Twenty years of artistry
In her last interview for “Persona”, Juday enumerated her wish list of directors and leading men. Cesar Montano. Marilou Diaz-Abaya. Olivia Lamasan. Laurice Guillen. Jericho Rosales. Christopher de Leon. Aga Muhlach. Richard Gomez. Albert Martinez. Here's to the next twenty years of challenging roles and award-winning performances on television and on film.
Actress - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
Don't Give Up on Us (2006) .... Abby
"Sa piling mo" (2006) TV Series (attached) .... Jennifer/Catherine
Miss Pinoy (2005) .... Dona
I Love You, Goodbye (2005)
Aishite imasu (Mahal kita) 1941 (2004) .... Inya
"Krystala" (2004) TV Series .... Krystala/Tala
Sabel (2004) .... Sabel
I Will Survive (2004) .... Mylene
Mano po 2: My home (2003) .... Grace Tan
Till There Was You (2003) .... Joanna Boborol
"Basta't kasama kita" (2003) TV Series .... Princess Gonzales
Jeannie, bakit ngayon ka lang (2002) .... Jeannie
Jologs (2002) .... Coffee Shop Customer
Pakisabi na lang... Mahal ko siya (2002) .... Geraldine
Basta't kasama ka (2002) (TV) .... Princess
Magkapatid (2002) .... Lisa
Akala mo (2002) .... Rezzette
May pag-ibig pa kaya? (2002) .... Emily
Walang iwanan, peksman (2002)
Bakit 'di totohanin (2001) .... Kathy/Katong
Mahal kita, kahit sino ka pa (2001) .... Karen
Luv Text: Type Mo? Txt Mo! (2001) .... Melissa
... aka Luv Text (Philippines: English title: short title)
"Sa puso ko, iingatan ka" (2001) TV Series .... Patricia Quevedo Montecillo-Villamines
Kahit isang saglit (2000) .... Annie
Minsan ko lang sasabihin (2000) .... Anna Liwanag
Esperanza: The Movie (1999) .... Esperanza Estrera
... aka Esperanza (Philippines: English title: short title)
Dito sa puso ko (1999) .... Ligaya Tatlonghari
Isusumbong kita sa tatay ko (1999) .... Joey
Gimik: The Reunion (1999)
My Pledge of Love (1999)
"Judy Ann Drama Special" (1999) TV Series
Kasal-kasalan... sakalan (1998)
Kay tagal kang hinintay (1998) .... Anna
I'm Sorry, My Love (1998) .... Tinay
Muling ibalik ang tamis ng pag-ibig (1998) .... Milet
Sanggano (1997) .... Angelica
Ako ba ang nasa puso mo (1997)
Babae (1997) .... Alex
... aka Woman (International: English title)
Babangon ang huling patak ng dugo (1997)
"Esperanza" (1997) TV Series .... Esperanza Estrera
Kulayan natin ang bukas (1997)
Nasaan ang puso (1997)
... aka Where Is the Heart (International: English title)
Nasaan ka ng kailangan kita (1997)
Paano ang puso ko? (1997) .... Cecile
Wow! Multo (1997)
"Gimik" (1996) TV Series .... Dianne Villaruel
Kung alam mo lang (1996)
Mara Clara: The Movie (1996) .... Mara
Sana naman (1996) .... Bless
Father & Son (1994)
Manila Boy (1993)
"Mara Clara" (1993) TV Series .... Mara
Madonna, babaeng ahas (1991) .... Young Madonna
Dyesebel (1990) .... Dyesebel (Child)
Kung maibabalik ko lang (1989) .... Tammy
Sa puso ko hahalik ang mundo (1988)
Sana mahalin mo ako (1988) .... Young Catherine
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