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Judy Ann Santos

Judy Ann Santos

Actress and producer

Santos was discovered at the age of eight, when she passed the audition for Regal Films' Kaming Mga Ulila, a project that became a TV series instead for GMA. Santos's first title role is on IBC-13's Ula, Ang Batang Gubat before forging a long-running television career with ABS-CBN. To date, she has starred in one episodic youth-oriented show ( Gimik), two anthologies ( Star Drama Theatre Presents, Judy Ann Drama Special), five TV specials (from 2002's A Birthday Wish to 2009's Kuwento Nating Dalawa), ten television series (from Kaming Mga Ulila to Habang May Buhay), one sitcom, George and Cecil, and one reunion show ( Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010).

Santos has appeared in more than 60 movies, and won 13 Best Actress awards to date in the Drama, Fantasy, Horror, and Comedy genres. She has made several movies with Star Cinema, Regal Films, Viva Films, GMA Films, and other production outfits. Her latest movie is the drama-comedy-romance Hating Kapatid.

In November 2006, Santos was awarded her own star in the Philippines Walk of Fame. In March 2007, she was also inducted into the Paradise of Stars in the Mowelfund Compound. Both honors were spearheaded by German Moreno. In December 2009, ABS-CBN proclaimed Santos as the Face of the 60 Years of Philippine Soap Opera and Reigning Queen of Teleseryes. Most recently, YES! Magazine ranked her the Number Two Celebrity Who Ruled the Decade (2000-2009).

Santos became a first-time film producer via the independent movie Ploning where she also played the title role. The film was the official entry of the Philippines for the Best Foreign Language Film category to the 2009 Academy Awards. Santos received two Best Film awards as co-producer of Ploning.

Music and recordings

Santos' television characters were featured in the album covers of such soundtracks as Esperanza and Krystala.

In 1999 she released a self-titled debut album and in 2001, Bida Ng Buhay Ko, produced and released by Viva Records. Santos sang on two tracks in Musika Ng Buhay Ko, a collection of film and TV theme songs, released in 2007, to commemorate her 20 years in showbusiness.

Product and political endorsements

Santos has been a product endorser for Fitrum, ForMe, Tuseran, and Pantene. In YES! Magazine's List of Top 10 Celebrity Endorsers based on the quantity and impact of their advertising campaigns in 2007, Santos ranked #4. In YES! Magazine's List of Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers based on the total (approximate) income in 2008, Santos ranked #6, and, based on the total number of endorsements in 2008, Santos ranked #2 with 24 tri-media endorsements.

Santos' endorsed Senator Jamby Madrigal in her successful bid for a Senate seat in 2004. In 2010, Nicodemo Ferrer of the Commission of Elections said that because Santos had declared that she would not be supporting any presidential candidates that she was being considered for a campaign to educate voters how to use new automated voting machines.


Her parents are Carolina and Manuel Santos, who separated when Judy was 3. Her father moved to California and had three sons and a daughter there. Her mother moved to Toronto, Canada when Judy was 5 to work as a caregiver.

Her elder brother Jeffrey Santos is councilor of Caloocan City and is married to Inah Santos. Her elder sister Jackie is married to Glenn Hoover.

Marriage and family

In 2005, Santos adopted her daughter Johanna Lois (nickname: Yohan). Santos married Ryan Agoncillo in a private wedding ceremony on April 28, 2009, in the San Juan de Nepomuceno Church in San Juan, Batangas, Philippines.

On March 12, 2010, Agoncillo announced on Eat Bulaga! that Santos is pregnant and showed the ultrasound image of the baby. In a short phone patch interview, Santos said it was something they had waited for. In October 2010, their son was born.


Santos attended kindergarten at Assumption Convent; elementary at Our lady of Peace Antipolo (where she graduated with a Performer of the Year Award); and high school at Mount Carmel College.

She recently has been interested in culinary arts. She 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 took the exam for TESDA National Certification and on July 6, 2009 she passed the exam, receivinga Certificate of Competency from TESDA. Since Spring 2006 she has owned and run Kaffe Carabana, a bar/restaurant in Quezon City.


Santos is head of the Touch A Heart Foundation (launched in 2004), which addresses the educational and agricultural needs of a community of Aetas in Bataan, and provides medical supplies for the hospital in Cuyo Island, Palawan. A housing project to help revive the careers of veteran actors, small-time comedians and action film sidekicks is also in the works.

Santos, together with director Dante Nico Garcia, launched the Ploning Foundation on February 22, 2009. This foundation aims to inspire filmmakers to make quality projects intended for a global audience and to impart what the Ploning team learned during their Oscar campaign.

Tax evasion case

On August 26, 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, wherein the BIR probe showed Santos incurred a P 2.714-million tax deficiency in 2002.