Showbiz is a tricky world to navigate. The glitz and glamour can easily blindside a popular star into thinking that the fame – and the money that comes with it – will last forever. But as the years go by and new stars take their place in the limelight, holding on to the perfect career becomes a challenge. And unless one has been able to anticipate this scenario, everything he has worked so hard for can go down the drain.
Judy Ann Santos is one of those who had the foresight to properly maneuver her way in showbiz. Perhaps it helped that she has been in the industry ever since she was a child, as the star of the hit series “Mara Clara.” But then, more than the early start, Juday had the perfect combination of three key ingredients that helped her flourish in both her professional and personal life: priorities, preparation, and passion.
While other stars were in showbiz for the fame, Juday was in it for work. Her priority was clear to her: her family. “I was thinking about helping my siblings and I also wanted my Mommy Carol to come home from Canada where she was working,” she said. “Nineteen years old lang ako noon, pero 'yung thinking ko pang-39 years old na.”
She admitted that, at that time, she wasn’t very confident she would last long in showbiz. “Hindi naman forever ang pag-aartista. So who’s to say that after three decades, nandito pa rin ako,” she mused. “Bantay na bantay ako sa ginagawa ko, sa earnings ko. Ang dami kong napapanood tungkol sa mga artistang walang napundar, at do’n ako natakot.”
Having her priorities straight helped Juday focus. She worked hard and built a solid career, starring in memorable films such as “Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko” and “Magkapatid,” holding her own against veteran actors Fernando Poe Jr. and Sharon Cuneta to name a few.
It wasn’t just Juday’s professional life that was shining brighter, but her personal life as well. The star fell in love with fellow actor Ryan Agoncillo, and their relationship happily ended up at the altar. The couple has been happily married for seven years now, and they have three kids in their brood: Yohann, Lucho, and Luna.
Eager to be a doting mom to her kids, Juday has chosen to step away from the limelight. “My kids are at different stages in their lives, at iba-iba ang needs nila. Kaya gusto ko na nando’n ako for them, and that every milestone sa buhay nila, present ako,” she said.
Having prepared financially early on by saving and investing, Juday is able to enjoy the luxury of watching her kids closely and being hands-on in raising them. “It’s easier to enjoy the present kapag alam mong secure ang future ng family mo no matter what happens,” she emphasized. "I want Yohann, Lucho, and Luna to be able to finish their studies in a school of their choice, para pag laki nila, they have a choice in life.”
But while her kids take the top spot in Juday’s life, the actress still makes sure to pursue her own passions. For instance, she came up with her own cookbook “Judy Ann’s Kitchen” which was recently honored in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.
With all these achievements, Juday is further proving that one doesn’t always need to be right smack in the middle of the spotlight to be able to shine bright. On top of that, being able to do what she loves makes her a well-rounded person, thus better at fulfilling the different roles she plays in life, including being a wife and mother.
Priorities, preparation, and passion have proven to be Juday’s perfect recipe for life. And with the help of Sun Life, she’s even more secure about her future and she can focus on things that really matter to her.
“I am fearless in doing these things because I know my family’s future is secure,” she said. “This is why I’ve invested in Sun Life Grepa Financial’s My Future Fund. That way, I can maximize my money’s growth until the time that my kids will need it for their education. Fortunately, I have my financial advisor helping me through all these.”
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