Judy Ann Santos: From Blockbuster Queen To Real-Life Heroine
Award-winning actress Judy Ann Santos and her husband, actor TV host Ryan Agoncillo, braved the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy to personally rescue Gladys Reyes, an equally highly acclaimed actress, who was trapped with her family on the roof of their house in Pasig City; her husband, actor Christopher Roxas, was abroad. This rescue was carried out without the knowledge of reporters nor the presence of cameras. But an even more amazing thing is that Juday and Ryan actually returned to the scene to lend aid to Gladys’ neighbors.
Judy Ann and Gladys rose to fame together as children in their early 90’s soap opera “Mara Clara.” Juday is the star of Ploning, an independent movie shortlisted for an Oscar Best Foreign Film, while Ryan is the host of “Pinoy Fear Factor.” In their current sitcom, “George & Cecil,” they play characters very close to their hearts – a newly wed couple. I’ve been hearing consistent reports that Gladys is a real beautiful soul in person though she’s typecasted as an evil punisher of martyr heroines. She’s an active member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo church, and she was the one who revealed to the media Judy Ann and Ryan’s secret – those beautiful, unforgettable acts of bravery, selflessness and heroism.