There’s no denying that the Teleserye Queen has really made an indelible mark in the entertainment industry.
And that includes her most unforgettable roles in her crossover to Philippine cinema, wherein she also established her drama reign. In this distinguished list, we feature Judy Ann Santos at her best portraying the five most iconic roles she had always been remembered and recognized as an actress.
In her stellar career, no other role was ever solidly identified with Judy Ann than her breakthrough character Mara in the still longest-running teleserye, the original “Mara Clara” series, which was further brought to the big screen. Her good nature and strength in character despite her nemesis Clara’s cruelty resonated with viewers and made her a household name.
Juday’s subsequent casting in the drama romance “Esperanza” made her popularity rise even higher as it introduced her hit love team with co-star Wowie de Guzman. The titular role in both the teleserye and its film version was powerful as it was delightful and thrilling as it made viewers swoon over her impeccable love story with Wowie’s character Anton.
Then, a new guy came running into her heart. In the film “Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay,” Juday as Ana was paired with the hottest matinee idol at the time, the late Rico Yan, and things turned incredibly sweet even off screen. And this showed in the film wherein all their scenes together, especially the kiss captured onscreen, had been met with utter kilig as their chemistry was unmistakable.
Then the biggest throb came into her heart, and real love commenced. While their off-screen romance had been the talk of the town, and was surely headed to the altar, Juday and Ryan Agoncillo took it to film with the blockbuster romcom-drama “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” wherein her role Angie and Ryan’s Jed told a story about a couple falling in love and the problems that come about in their lifelong commitment. She and Ryan would eventually tie the knot a few years after the film hit theaters.
And her most recent, unconventional role as Lianne in “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” really took filmdom by storm, with a laughable plot having the husbands of her character and Angelica Panganiban’s Cindy engaged in a secret gay affair, and how they took care of such infidelity with their own hands.
Indeed, the thespic reach of Judy Ann Santos is far and wide and her incredible stardom is legendary. We all can’t wait for her monumental and dramatic return to acting.