Judy Ann Santos took to social media to share her birthday greetings for Sharon Cuneta, whom she considers as her older sister in showbiz.
In an Instagram post, Judy Ann recalled her first time working with Sharon on the movie Magkapatid in 2002.
"Almost 2 decades ago, I was given the chance to work with THE MEGASTAR. Nervous and giddy from our first day of shoot to our last day. Her smile, charm, honesty, generosity, professionalism, laughter and most of all her love. Still outshines from Day 1 'til now. We are sisters by heart. A treasure that no one can ever take away from us," she wrote.
Expressing her love for the music icon, the actress said: "Happiest birthday to you @reallysharoncuneta, my ate! Our whole family will always be here for you no matter what.. I love you, ate! Enjoy life and love forever!"
Sharon is celebrating her 55th birthday this Wednesday, January 6.
Recently, she and Judy Ann opened up about their nearly two decades-long friendship on her online show The Sharon Cuneta Show.
According to the Megastar, her friendship with Judy Ann happened "organically."
"Alam mo hindi ko actually ma-pinpoint kung kailan tayo naging, 'yung talaga nag-start mag-bloom 'yung friendship. 'Yung mag-transform into friends 'yung relationship natin. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment. Sa akin, nangyari siya organically, eh. Very naturally. Tapos, after the movie, parang lalong tumibay," she said.
Judy Ann, for her part, said it was towards the middle of their shoot for Magkapatid when she and Sharon started opening up to each other.
"During our movie, 'yung shoot natin, towards the mid-part, personal na 'yung pinagu-usapan natin. Work habits, personal life, 'yung problema ko sa trabaho ko, 'yung problema ko kay Tito Alfie (Lorenzo, Judy Ann's manager then). Alam ko ikaw 'yung tinatawagan ko noon," she said.
"From then on, hindi [na] nawala 'yung communication natin. I'd go to your concerts, you'd go to my premiere nights. Tapos hanggang sa mga birthdays ng mga bagets mo. 'Yun na. Nagdire-diretso na," she added.
"Mamaya nagpupunta na ako sa bahay mo. Hanggang pupunta ka na sa bahay ko. Hanggang sa naging matron of honor mo ako nung kasal mo," said Sharon. "I was so honored kasi may ate ka naman, may kapatid ka, may iba ka pang best friends, but I became your matron of honor. I was so honored."
"Tapos naging ninang ako sa kumpil ni Yohan (Judy Ann's daughter)," she continued. "Ninang at ninong [din] kayo ni Miguel (Sharon's son), 'di ba? Sa akin talagang pamilya ka na, eh. Parang, super... it was just meant to be."