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Judy Ann Santos reacts to Kathryn Bernardo starring in the remake of the teleserye 'Esperanza'

Judy Ann Santos hopes Kathryn Bernardo will be given more original projects.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

7/12/2011 8:10 AM
Judy Ann Santos reacts to Kathryn Bernardo starring in the remake of the teleserye 'Esperanza'


071211-juday_main.jpgJudy Ann Santos is taking a break from acting to do a reality show as she hosts Junior MasterChef: Pinoy Edition. After over twenty years as an actress, Judy Ann told Push.com.ph that she is very much excited over her first time to do a reality show. “Ang pinakagusto ko talaga sa show na ito e masyadong totoo. Since mga bata ang kasama namin walang pine-play up na kung ano pa man. Kung ano man ‘yung mapanood ninyo sa TV, ‘yung ang real emotions ng mga bata.”

She had previously admitted that at first, she was very nervous about having to take on the hosting duties. But as the taping for JMC progressed, she learned that for as long as she remains sincere to her feelings, the words would easily follow. “Mahirap, minsan nakakautal. Pero na-experience ko na, ganun pala ‘yun, kapag galing sa puso ‘yung sasabihin mo, dire-direcho kang makakapagsalita. Minsan nagugulat ako kasi tuloy tuloy ‘yung pagsasalita ko. May sense naman pala ‘yung mga sinasabi ko, ha ha ha!

In JMC, kids ages eight to twelve will compete in a series of cooking activities to see who has the making of a future top chef. Judy Ann, together with other renowned Pinoy chefs, will taste and critique whatever the kiddie cooks will serve. The Young Superstar confessed that giving critiques on the childrens’ work had been the most challenging task so far. “‘Yun ang pinakamahirap. Unang-una ayaw naman naming makasakit ng mga damdamin ng mga bata. They are still kids kaya lahat ng marinig nila, dadamdamin nila. But at the same time we have to be honest din, kung masarap ba talaga ‘yung ginawa nila, kung alin ang dapat i-improve. We have to be gentle sa bitaw ng comments. E limitado pa naman ‘yung mga alam kong words. So kailangan ko pang mag-research, ha ha ha!

Being surrounded by the JMC kids, Judy would often feel nostalgic regarding her early days in showbiz as a child star. Her top-rating ‘90s teleserye Mara Clara was recently revived by ABS-CBN and made stars out of young actresses Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. Now there are talks that Kathryn is also being eyed by the Kapamilya network to star in the remake of another Judy Ann teleserye, Esperanza.

According to Judy Ann, she is very happy to see someone like Kathryn taking on her past projects. But the original Mara wished that the upcoming star would also be given projects that will allow her to establish her own name. “I think Kathryn Bernardo is doing very good. Nakakatuwa na may sumusunod sa mga ginagawa kong projects. Pero ang wish ko talaga for her is mabigyan siya ng proyektong kanya lang para makilala siya as Kathryn Bernardo talaga. Unfair rin naman kasi sa bata na hirap na hirap magtrabaho, pinaghihirapan niya makilala siya, tapos ipa-pattern lang siya sa mga teleseryeng nagawa ko na. Nakakahinayang naman ‘yung galing niya. Nakasama ko ‘yan sa Krystala.”

Despite this, Judy Ann still expressed her full trust in ABS-CBN, the same network that launched her to stardom, to know what’s best for Kathryn’s career. “I’m sure na may magandang plano ang ABS-CBN sa kanya. Baka umpisa pa lang ito para kay Kathryn. Siguro kapag hasang-hasa na talaga ‘yung galing niya e paliparin na talaga siya nang bonggang-bongga. Ang wish ko lang for her is, kung ano man ‘yung success na naibigay sa Mara Clara, Esperanza, at sa iba ko pang projects, ganun din ang maibigay kay Kathryn at kay Julia.”