Judy Ann Santos Biography, Music, Family, Net Worth and Awards
Judy Ann Santos – Agoncillo (/ˈsæntoʊs/; born Judy Anne Lumagui Santos; 11 May 1978) is a Filipino film and television actress, host, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer.
Santos began as a child actress and made her professional television
debut in Kaming Mga Ulila (1986) before her screen debut in the film Silang Mga Sisiw Sa Lansangan (1988) where she appeared as part of the ensemble playing a supporting role. Her first leading role in a television series was in Ula, Ang Batang Gubat (1988),she was also part of German Moreno’s That’s Entertainment, but she received media recognition in her breakthrough television series Mara Clara (1992).
She has since spawned highly rated television series, amongst these are Esperanza (1996), Basta’t Kasama Kita (2003), Sa Piling Mo (2006) and Ysabella (2007).
Santos starred in commercially successful films in the early 1990s following motion picture adaptations of Mara Clara (1996) and Esperanza (1999). She further achieved television and film success with pairings opposite Wowie de Guzman, Rico Yan, and Piolo Pascual.
Santos’ performance in the film Sabel (2004) received critical acclaim and earned her the Gawad Urian for Best Actress. In 2006, her film Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo gained both critical and financial success, Santos won the Metro Manila Film Festival for Best Actress, PMPC Star Awards for Movies Lead Actress and FAMAS Award for Best Actress among others.
Santos’ other notable films include Till There Was You (2003), Don’t Give Up on Us (2006), Ouija (2007), Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (2007), Mag-ingat Ka Sa…Kulam (2008) and My Househusband (2011). Santos also earned television honors including a PMPC Star Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Krystala (2005) and KBP Golden Dove Award for Best TV Actress for Habang May Buhay (2010).
Santos debuted as producer for the film Ploning (2008), the Philippines’ entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film received international acclaim and was shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.
Santos is an occasional recording artist and has released three albums, Judy Ann Santos (1999), Bida Ng Buhay Ko (2001), and Musika Ng Buhay Ko (2007). On 28 April 2009, she married Ryan Agoncillo. Santos and Agoncillo have an adopted daughter, Yohan and a biological son, Lucho.
Judy Ann Santos Early life and friends
Born in Manila City, Philippines, Santos is the daughter of Carolina Lumagui (née Fontanela), a bank officer and Manuel Dayrit Santos, a businessman. She is the granddaughter of Victoria Dayrit-Santos, an eminent businesswoman and Miguel Santos, proprietor of the defunct Victoria Supermarket and Victoria Building in Caloocan, Philippines. She has two older siblings, brother Jeffrey (b. 1971), an actor and politician, and Jacqueline (b. 1975), a registered nurse.
After her parents’ separation in 1981, Santos and her siblings lived with their mother, who raised them single-handedly. When she was six years old, her mother left for Toronto, Canada, and worked as a personal care assistant to provide for their needs. Santos was educated at Assumption Convent, in Antipolo, Rizal and later moved to Our Lady of Peace, also in Antipolo. She attended secondary education at Mount Carmel College, in Quezon City, Philippines.
Judy Ann Santos Career
Critical success: 2004–present
In 2004, Santos took on the lead role in Joel Lamangan’s drama Sabel. Based in part on Joanne Woodward’s The Three Faces of Eve, the film, under the manuscript of Ricky Lee, stars Santos as the titular lead who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) formerly known as multiple personality disorder—eventually charged with murder. Gigi Javier-Alfonso of The Philippine Daily Tribune noted, “Santos is superior in her performance in this brave new film […] quite sympathetic and certainly not painted as villain”, whilst Lito B. Zulueta of The Philippine Daily Inquirer remarked “It [Sabel] is absorbing to watch because of its assay at the riddle of sexuality as well as the performance of Santos”.
Asked about her significant career milestone, Santos stated ” I feel that this is my transition film because this is the first time I did a film like this. I’m already 26 years old and I think it is hightime that I do films like this.” She won several awards for her performance, including the Gawad Urian Award, the Entertainment Press Society’s Golden Screen Award and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role.
In the same year, she portrayed Krystala, and her alter ego Tala, in the science fiction television drama. She won her first PMPC Star Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. In December 2004, Santos co-starred alongside Raymart Santiago and Dennis Trillo in the epic war film Aishite Imasu 1941 set during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.
She portrayed Inya Marasingan Manalang, an insurgent leader who conspired with guerrilla forces to overthrow Japanese rule. She received vast critical acclaim for her performance and received nominations from the Metro Manila Film Festival and PMPC Star Awards for Movies.
In 2006, she starred in the Joyce Bernal-directed comedy-drama Don’t Give Up on Us, her first film in nearly a year. The film was the fourth appearance of Santos and Pascual after Kahit Isang Saglit, Bakit ‘Di Totohanin, and Till There Was You.
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Santos’ character – Abby Trinidad – a competitive and ambitious over-achiever who journeys La Trinidad, Benguet and Baguio City with a ruthless determination to persuade her best friend from not withdrawing the engagement to her brother.
The film was a commercial success with revenue of Php129 million. It received mixed to positive reviews, with Santos’ performance earning praise; FemaleNetwork.com remarked, “If there’s one thing we love about her [Santos] acting, it’s that she always makes her characters approachable and believable.
Abby was no exception, and we found ourselves appreciating her determined and steadfast character as she went on a journey.”. Following Don’t Give Up on Us, Santos appeared opposite Pascual in the television drama Sa Piling Mo, the former portrayed Jennifer Limbaga, a street-smart cockfighting expert forced to assume a new identity as wife of a prominent magnate.
The show won a PMPC Star Award for Television and received a nomination at the 36th International Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series.
Santos next starred opposite Ryan Agoncillo in the motion picture comedy-drama Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo within (2006). The film, written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes, tells the story of an engaged couple in the midst of myriad wedding preparations and inherent conflicting parental intrusion. Santos’ performance was widely praised, Candice Lim of The Philippine Entertainment Portal noted her unfailing delivery, “neither campy nor understated”, while Butch Francisco of The Philippine Star remarked upon Santos’ ability to be “riotously hilarious and realistic […] nothing too dramatic, nothing phony […] unbeatable in the festival’s Best Actress competition.”
The film was both a major financial and critical success, earning Php187 million domestically. The film won the Metro Manila Film Festival Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award. Santos also won the Metro Manila Film Festival, the FAMAS, the FAP, the Entertainment Press Society’s Golden Screen, and the PMPC Star Award for Best Actress.
In 2007, Santos co-starred alongside Jolina Magdangal, Iza Calzado, and Rhian Ramos in the horror thriller film Ouija, loosely based on a National Geographic Channel documentary about a British family that inappropriately used a Ouija board inadvertently trapping a spirit. The film received predominately favorable reviews, with Santos’ performance earning critical acclaim; Jocelyn Dimaculangan of The Philippine Entertainment Portal opined, ” Santos gives a restrained performance, embodying a woman who struggles with her fears but gives an outward appearance of being strong for the sake of others.”
For her work, Santos garnered her first Gawad Pasado Best Actress win. A compilation album titled Musika Ng Buhay Ko, featuring tracks from artists including Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez, was released in July 2007.
Santos’ released two singles from the album, “Thanks To You”, a cover of Tyler Collins’ song from her 1992 self-titled album, and “No Ordinary Love”, a cover of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s song from her 1996 self-titled album. Santos then played Ysabella Cuenca in the mononymously named television drama series. She starred alongside Ryan Agoncillo as a promising chef vindicated in exacting revenge on the woman who was responsible for her mother’s misery.
Santos received a PMPC Star Award nomination for her performance. In December 2007, Santos followed up the success of Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo by starring in the sequel Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo.
Her character Angie, has been hurled into parenthood and the turmoils of child rearing. It generated mostly critical reviews, ClickTheCity.com considered the movie as “simply an obligatory follow-up”, but also noted on Santos’ “witty wisecracks thrown in for comic relief.”
Despite being panned by critics, the sequel took over Php17 million in its opening day in the box office charts and went on to gross Php150 million in revenue.
Santos debuted as film producer with the independent film Plongihu (2008), she portrayed the Cuyonon native chronicling her enigmatic emotional evolution in the municipality of Cuyo, Palawan (Rustboro City, Hoenn).
The film became the Philippine’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 81st Academy Awards. The film was screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.
Other international screenings for the film included the Paris Cinema International Film Festival in Paris, France, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival in Hong Kong, the International Film Festival of India in Goa, India, and the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore. The film garnered positive critical reception, Film Works wrote, “this film [Ploning] requires her to communicate her emotions through her eyes and actions only […] she doesn’t smile or talk too much, with this, the film strikes a minimal physical breakdown to become the most tear-jerking moment;” while Charles Lemark of WordPress.com remarked, “It may be one of Santos’ best performance, a truly remarkable feat.” Santos won a Gawad PASADO, a Gawad Tanglaw, and a Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Award.
She then starred opposite Dennis Trillo in the horror thriller film Mag-ingat Ka Sa… Kulam, as a surviving patient of a vehicular accident, unable to remember the early years of her life due to collision-induced amnesia, who starts behaving unpredictably. The film received mixed to positive reception from critics, Charlie Koon of IMDb cited, “Despite the film’s adequacy in writing, good production value […] execution is unpromising, I did not perceive any visionary schemes for it to appear exceptional;” nonetheless Santos’ performance earned praise, remarking that “the material fits well for a versatile actress like Santos […] has the imperative charisma an actress must possess.” Santos’ performance won her a PMPC Star Award for Best Actress.
In 2009, Santos starred opposite Ogie Alcasid in the romantic comedy film OMG. A film that was critically and financially unsuccessful, Philbert Dy of ClickTheCity.com wrote, “Santos is always a bankable talent, and she does pretty well all in all, but OMG goes so far below its own talent level that one can’t help but be terribly disappointed.”. Santos next role, was in the television sitcom George and Cecil alongside Ryan Agoncillo, as a dominating policewoman married to a submissive school teacher.
The show consistently ranked within the top five of over-all primetime programming for weekend viewership garnering 22.2% for Mega Manila during its pilot telecast as yielded by AGB Nielsen Philippines. Santos received a PMPC Star Award nomination for her performance.
The following year Santos starred in the television medical drama Roark, Gardenia, Maylene, Crasher Wake, Fantina, Byron, Candice and Volkner (2010), alongside Derek Ramsey and Joem Bascon. Santos’ character – Jane Alcantara – is an emergency room nurse who undergoes family and career challenges in the Philippines and the United States.
The show was very well received by critics and won Santos a KBP Golden Dove Award for Best TV Actress. For her next feature film, Santos starred opposite Sarah Geronimo in Wenn Deramas’ motion picture comedy drama Hating Kapatid. She portrayed a domineering and overly protective older sister in the absence of their parents.
The movie was received poorly by critics and ReelAdvice.net concluded, “It had weak material, it was completely rushed, it felt cheap all over and it did not help that it had fallen prey to its sponsors.” Although panned by critics, the film grossed Php11 million on its opening day.
In 2011, Santos made her hosting debut with the competitive cooking game show Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition, an adaptation of the British game show of the same name, which featured contestants aged between eight and twelve years old. Santos then starred alongside Ryan Agoncillo and Eugene Domingo in the comedy film My House Husband, as a married middle-aged professional donning the patriarchal role.
The movie received mixed critical reviews, but was a modest box office success. Philbert Dy of ClickTheCity.com gave the film four out of five stars, citing, “She [Santos] is still one of the finest actresses to ever grace our screens, and she makes it a little easier to forgive the film’s technical flaws. Like the film, she largely goes for what’s real, and offers up natural, familiar reactions to everything that she’s given.”
In 2012, she starred alongside Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro and Janice de Belen in the Jose Javier Reyes-directed independent film Mga Mumunting Lihim, as an ill-stricken housewife who succumbs to cancer leaving behind diaries and notes of her most kept secrets to her friends. The film was screened at the 8th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and was well received by critics, with Santos’ performance earning positive reviews.
Mark Ching of The Philippine Entertainment Portal wrote, “There is an effort not to drown in sentimentality, unlike mainstream dramas it is rather truthful and the other strength lies within the acting […] Santos facial expressions and delivery was all very natural […] very realistic portrayal of friendship that is relatable to everyone.”.
Santos began filming Against All Odds, a television drama opposite Sam Milby and KC Concepcion. She also co-starredg alongside Vic Sotto and Bong Revilla, Jr. as the female lead in Si Agimat, Si Enteng and Me.
Judy Ann Santos Other activities
Products and endorsements
Santos ranked #4 in the “List of Top 10 Celebrity Endorsers” in 2007 of YES! Magazine. She appeared on television commercials of various products like Palmolive Naturals Shampoo, King Flakes Crackers, 555 Sardines, Shield Insecticide, Pacific Blue Eyewear & Watches and Angel’s Milk, Condensada and Coffee Creamer.
On the same list of the same magazine in 2008, she was at No. 2 based on the total number of endorsements with 24 tri-media endorsements, behind Kris Aquino. Among her endorsements are Extract Skin Whitener, Lock & Lock-Familia, Modess Feminine Napkin, Maggi noodles, Bacolod Chicken Inasal, Pantene shampoo, Lactacyd and Datu Puti Vinegar.
She also became endorsers of various apparels like For Me Apparels, Leonardo Bags and Marcella accessories. In 2011, Santos placed No. 3 on the “Top Celebrity Endorsers” of YES!.
Amongg her endorsements are AMA Computer University, Forever Flawless, M Lhuillier, Talk N’ Text/Smart-PLDT, Tuseran, Equitable-BDO Credit Card, Pride Detergent Soap and Selecta Ice Cream. She also became the first endorser of a slimming tea, Fitrum. In 2012, Santos signed a contract for Eden Kraft cheese.
According to her, she chooses her endorsements well to preserve her good public image. Santos and her family, Ryan Agoncillo including Yohan and Lucho appeared together for a commercial through Lactum. In 2012, she appeared with her son Lucho on an advertisement for Johnnson’s Milk Bath. On April 2, 2017 She Appeared On An Advertisement On Sky direct
Judy Ann Santos Philanthropy
Santos is head of the Touch A Heart Foundation, launched in 2004. Her helping hand extends to the indigenous people, which addresses the education and agriculture needs of a community of Aetas in Bataan and provides medical supplies for the hospital in Cuyo Island, Palawan. Bringing her advocacy to the small screen in 2001, she played as an Aeta in Mugu-mugu!’s Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, titled “Basket”, to further raise awareness about the plight of the Aeta groups in the country. When it comes to giving a hand to her colleagues in the business, Santos is a solid provider.
Together with director Dante Nico Garcia, they launched the Ploning Foundation in February 2009 to inspire filmmakers to make quality projects intended for a global audience and to impart what the Ploning team learned during their Oscar campaign. It was also reported that Santos plans to work on a housing project to help revive the careers of veteran actors, small-time comedians and action film sidekicks. With so many people needing help in these times of economic hardship, Santos believes the country faces the challenge of leadership.
In 2009, Santos and her husband Agoncillo were praised by some for helping victims of Typhoon Glenda, including their friends and co-stars Gladys Reyes and her husband Christopher Roxas. In 2010, Santos ranked No. 8 on the list of “10 Most Charitable Filipino Celebrities” of SPOT. She began supporting the cause of Elsie Gaches, a village in Muntinlupa City that provides aid and comfort to mentally challenged people.
Judy Ann Santos Legacy
Santos was awarded her own star in the Eastwood City Walk of Fame in November 2006. In March 2007, she was also inducted into the Paradise of Stars in the Mowelfund Compound, both honors were spearheaded by German Moreno.
In 2011, YES! Magazine ranked her the No. 2 in the List of Celebrities Who Ruled the Decade (2000–2009). The ten-year period of YES! allows them to see the bigger picture and acknowledge stars who have had notable achievements in the earlier part of the decade. In YES! magazine’s List of Top 10 Celebrity Endorsers “based on the quantity and impact of their advertising campaigns in 2007” Santos ranked No. 4. On the same magazine, she ranked No. 6 in the List of Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers “based on the total (approximate) income in 2008” while she was at No. 2 on the same list, “based on the total number of endorsements in 2008” with 24 tri-media endorsements.
In 2011, Santos placed No. 3 on the YES! Magazine’s Top Celebrity Endorsers. According to the advertising executive, She’s credible because she grew up in front of us […] we can related to her life, as if we know her already. Among Santos endorsements are Lactum, Myra E, Samsung, Lactacyd, Sun Cellular, Del Monte Pineapple, Milkita Lollipop, Tropicana, Flawless; (print and billboard) and Natasha Casual Apparel to name a few.
In 2006 and 2008, she was included in the list Anak TV Seals “Most Admired Female TV Personalities” by the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children’s Television. In 2007, she was listed as one of the 7 Celebrity Icons alongside Dolphy, Sharon Cuneta, Vilma Santos, Gloria Romero, Maricel Soriano and Lea Salonga in Star Studio Magazine. In 2009, she was enlisted as one of the 15 Cinema One Legends. Marie Claire magazine also included Santos in the list of the “Top 10 Amazing Women”.
In 2007, Santos landed on the top list of YES! Magazine “200 Most Beautiful Stars”. The magazine’s editor-in-chief explains, “…we call her the girl with the It Quality—the girl with the special something that sets her apart from the traditionally prettier, fairer, taller, leaner stars around…”. Santos constantly make it to the yearly list except in 2011 wherein she got dropped from the 100. She also became cover of various magazines like Marie Claire, Preview and Cosmopolitan.
In 2010, Nicodemo Ferrer of the Commission on Elections said that because Santos had declared that she would not be supporting any presidential candidates for the 2010 presidential election, she was being considered for a campaign to educate voters how to use new automated voting machines. In 2011, child star Xyriel Manabat revealed in an interview that she idolizes Santos for her acting ability. Child actress Ella Cruz also expresses her admiration to Santos being the Primetime Queen. Kathryn Bernardo, who played the lead role in the remake version of Mara Clara in 2010, also stated that she idolizes Santos. Teen actress Empress Schuck revealed that she was influenced by Santos on her acting performance in her television series, and wishes to become successful drama actress like Santos.
Judy Ann Santos Personal life
Judy Ann Santos Santos’ children
Judy Ann Santos met actor and host Ryan Agoncillo while filming for television series Krystala in 2004. They briefly dated and began a relationship in 2005. In June 2008, Santos confirmed their engagement that took place in a private resort in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. The couple married in a private wedding ceremony at San Juan de Nepomuceno Church in San Juan, Batangas on 28 April 2009.
In March 2010, Judy Ann Santos announced her pregnancy. Their first son, Juan Luis, was born on 7 October 2010 at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. The rights for the first image of Juan Luis were sold solely to YES! Magazine, subsequently released a month after Santos gave birth.
In June 2015, Judy Ann Santos and Agoncillo both announced that they are currently expecting a third child. Judy gave birth on January 8, 2016, to their third child, a daughter, Juana Luisa.
Judy Ann Santos In the media
On 26 August 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines in a 27-page judgment by the 3rd Division, upheld the tax evasion case against Santos. The high court directed the Philippine Court of Tax Appeals to proceed with the tax lawsuit. The Bureau of Internal Revenue probe showed Santos incurred a P 2.714-million tax deficiency in 2002.
According to the BIR, she only stated about 8.033 million pesos in earnings in 2002, despite earning almost 16.3 million pesos in talents fees from her projects in ABS-CBN, Viva Films, Star Cinema and commercial endorsements.
In 2008, Santos took a crash course in International Cuisine in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She graduated with distinction from the Center for Asian Culinary Arts Studies, studying under Chef Gene Gonzalez. She was awarded a silver medal for “Basic Skills in Cooking” and a gold medal for “Advanced Skills” at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan, Metro Manila.
Judy Ann Santos took and passed the exam for TESDA National Certification awarded on 6 July 2009 receiving a Certificate of Competency from TESDA. Since Spring 2006 she has owned and run Kaffe Carabana, a bar/restaurant in Quezon City.
Judy Ann Santos Music
- Judy Ann Santos (1999)
- Bida Ng Buhay Ko (2001)
- Musika Ng Buhay Ko (2007)