Almost three years since giving birth to her son Juan Luis Agoncillo or simply Lucho, teleserye superstar Judy Ann Santos has confessed that she already misses having a baby in their household. Especially now that she’s set to host ABS-CBN’s first ever toddler game show, Bet On Your Baby.
“Kahit wala sa paligid ng mga babies nami-miss ko ang mga babies eh,” quipped the actress during her recent contract signing in ABS-CBN.
Does she and husband Ryan Agoncillo have any plans of giving Lucho and their adopted eldest daughter Johann Louise Agoncillo a younger sibling? “Napaguusapan pero it will happen if it will happen,” she said.
Juday said though that they don’t want to exert “too much effort” in making another kid because “Ayaw naming planuhin kasi kapag pinaplano mas lalong parang hindi binibigay.”
At the moment though, she said they are enjoying the company of their two kids whom she notes are very, very close. “Although we can’t help but talk about kung ‘ano kaya ang magiging itsura nung pangatlo kung saka-sakali?’ Parang parati atang may ganon sa mga magulang,” she admitted.
If in case she would get pregnant, Judy Ann assured people that she would let the public know. “Malalaman niyo naman yun, hindi ko naman maitatago yun.”
Speaking of her kids, Juday shared that her two children as early as now are already showing signs of interest in joining showbiz. “Ay yes. Silang dalawang magkapatid. Mahilig silang pumose. Mahilig si Johann na bini-video yung sarili niya. Gumagawa siya ng sarili niyang music video kaya yes kinakabahan nako ngayon pa lang,” she joked to the press.
Unlike other celebrity parents, Juday revealed that she and Ryan are open to the idea of their kids being part of the industry. “Pinagusapan nga namin ni Ryan eh kasi parang inevitable naman ‘di ba. Hindi mo naman talaga maiiwasan na darating ang panahon na may mag-aalok at mag-aalok at tsaka nakikita nila eh na ito yung ginagawa namin,” she explained.
To avoid any unwanted comments questioning their kids’ capacity to be part of showbiz in the future, the actress shared that they are already “equipping” them as early as now with the rudimentary skills that they would find useful as a performer. “Like si Johann ngayon is doing voice lessons and piano. So at least pumasok man sila rito meron silang bala na talent,” underscored the prized Kapamilya star. “Kasi ako ang bala ko lang luha eh, period. Luha at tapang, yan na lang ang bala ko dito sa industriyang ito,” she continued.
As a parent, Juday stressed that the last thing she wants is to hear disconcerting comments like “‘ah kaya siya naging artista kasi ang mga magulang artista.’ So gusto namin pag naging artista yung mga anak namin ang sasabihin ng mga tao, ‘ah kasi pwede.’”
Bet On Your Baby
While many other factors were considered, as a mother, Judy Ann didn’t deny the fact that her being offered to host Bet On Your Baby played a huge part in getting her to ink another contract with ABS-CBN. “One factor is yung game show talaga kasi maliban sa babies ang kasama mo, bagong-bagong genre siya na hindi ko pa nasususbukan. Gusto kong i-test yung sarili ko kung hanggang saan ko ba ito kakayanin,” admitted the young superstar.
The Pinoy MasterChef host confessed that the babies’ “cuteness overload’ has somehow softened her mild terror in embarking on her first-ever game show hosting stint. “Yes kaya ako kinakabahan kasi baka mauna pa akong tumili sa mga contestants pero excited at kinakabahan. Nate-tense kasi hindi ko alam kung paano ko ba ito pwedeng itawid and how will I do it,” she said.
The game, according to Juday is very eye-opening to all kinds of parents as to how they could better mold their kids during their formative years. Aside from its educational aspect, Bet On Your Baby, which would involve toddlers aged 2 to 3 ½ years old and their parents, has also other aspects to boast of. “Ang maganda kasi dun yung mga contestants na babies meron silang trust fund na makukuha at the end of the day. Kumbaga walang talo. It’s really para mamulat ang mata ng mga parents at young parents out there kung paano mo pwedeng i-educate ang isang bata sa loob ng bahay. Kung anong games ang pwede niyong gawin,” Juday proudly related.