Thursday, May 11, 2006


Her name is Judy Anne Lumagui, better known by her screen name Judy Ann Santos. She was born on May 11, 1978.

She starred in the GMA's tearjerker Kaming Mga Ulila directed by Argel Joseph in 1986. She also starred in the soap opera headliner in IBC-13's Ula, Ang Batang Gubat.

She appeared as child star in Mother Lily's Regal Films and other independent film outfits.

It was in Mara Clara where she gained popularity with Glady Reyes as the villainess.
It lasted for five years and produced the Juday-Wowie tandem.

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 was a hit.

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.

Juday is a four-time recipient of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation award.

Her love tandem with Wowie de Guzman produced 12 films. Rico Yan also became a screen partner but not for long.

In Esperanza, the new love team of Piolo Pascual was born.

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.

Nobyo niya si Ryan Agoncillo at balak nilang magpakasal sa madaling panahon.

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