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Judy Ann Santos: Soap Opera Queen

Judy Ann SantosSoap Opera Queen Judy Ann Santos (real name: Judy Anne Lumagui Santos) was born on May 11, 1978 to parents Carolina and Manuel Santos who separated when Juday was just three years old. Juday is the youngest in a brood of three; she has an older brother Jeffrey Santos, who is also in show business,  and an elder sister Jackie. She also have four half-siblings on her father’s side.

Judy Ann was eight when she passed the audition for Regal Films’ Kaming Mga Ulila, a project that became a tv series instead for GMA. Her first title role in IBC-13′s Ula, Ang Batang Gubat at the age of 10 before transferring to ABS-CBN where she is connected up to this day. She has starred in several hit Kapamilya Network series such as Mara Clara, Esperanza, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka, Basta’t Kasama Kita, Krystala, Sa Piling Mo, Ysabella, Gimik, Habang May Buhay and two anthologies (Star Drama Theatre Presents and Judy Ann Drama Special). Her last teleserye, Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, was a huge success.

Santos attended Assumption Convent/Our Lady of Peace Antipolo and Mount Carmel College in Quezon City then went on to study at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies under the tutelage of Chef Gene Gonzalez where she graduated with distinction. She is now training for certification as a professional chef. She used to own and manage a couple of bar/restaurants Kaffe Carabana and Kaffe Kilimanjaro.

Judy Ann Santos grew from a skinny little girl into a chubby teenager. Because of pressure to become physically fit and more appealing on camera, Juday resorted to Bangkok pills and fad diets but failed.

She then discovered the sport of kickboxing and started losing considerable weight during her training for the role of a boxer in Bakit ‘Di Totohanin. Soon enough, everyone was impressed by her dramatic transformation from a “chubby teen sweetheart” to a “sexy fitness guru”.

Judy Ann was romantically-linked to several showbiz personalities including dancer-turned-actor Wowie De Guzman, the late actor Rico Yan, and actor-singer Piolo Pascual. On April 28, 2009, she married TV host-actor Ryan Agoncillo in a very private wedding ceremony in the San Juan de Nepomuceno Church in San Juan, Batangas. Aside from their adopted daughter Yohan, the couple is blessed with a healthy baby boy they named Lucio.

Aside from film and TV, Judy Ann also ventured into recording and released the albums Bida Ng Buhay Ko (Viva Records – 2001) and Musika Ng Buhay Ko (Star Records – 2007).

As of date, Judy Ann Santos already has nine Best Actress trophies, one Best Supporting Actress trophy, and 30+ acting nominations from the country’s most prestigious award-giving bodies. She already received the Gawad URIAN, the FAMAS, the FAP Luna, the PMPC Star (two times), the ENPRESS Golden Screen (three times), the Gawad PASADO and the Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines acting trophies. She also received a special recognition for Chairman’s Excellence in Acting from Gawad TANGLAW.

Judy Ann Santos expanded her horizons in showbiz by venturing into hosting. She has hosted reality cooking shows, Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition and Masterchef Pinoy Edition. She currently hosts Bet on Your Baby and will be seen in another upcoming reality show, I Do.

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