Judy Ann Santos Admits Being Selfish In Deciding To End "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala"The early end of "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala," Judy Ann Santos' comeback teleserye, has been controversial because of the actress' admission that she was the one who decided to air its finale earlier.
Santos said it's already out in the open that she was responsible for the delay airing of some ABS-CBN shows, as well as for the early ending of "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala."
It was a selfish decision on her part, the actress said, because a lot of shows got bumped off and her co-stars also lost the chance to stay with the teleserye longer. However, having been gone for two years, Santos said she wanted to end the teleserye on a high note.
If she let it get bumped off to the fourth timeslot, a lot of its target audience won't get the chance to watch it anymore. Out of all her teleseryes, this is the one she is most proud of. She reads the people's comments on Instagram and Twitter, and she felt very proud for their appreciation and applause.
Santos apologized earlier to the fans of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, who have to wait for their teleserye to be aired. She said that it wasn't intentional on her part to delay the airing of "Got To Believe." It will premiere on August 26.
The teleserye queen asked the ABS-CBN management not to move the slot of "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" and instead, just end it sooner. She said she wants to end the teleserye while it is still rating very well. "So, parang gusto ko namang ibigay sa kanila yung, tatapusin ko po ‘to at sisiguraduhing mapapanood ninyo. Gusto kong umexit na taas-noo namin na naitawid ng bongga.”
When it was offered to her after her two-year hiatus from showbiz (she took care of her young family), Santos didn't hesitate to take on the role of Anessa, a young woman who fell in love with a rich and handsome businessman (Sam Milby as Eros) but was eventually abused domestically by her husband and father-in-law.
The actress said the theme of the teleserye was very different from her previous projects, and that it's an advocacy she is willing to continue even if the show ended already. At the same time, it was a dream come true for her to work with close friends Milby and KC Concepcion.
Santos, married to TV host Ryan Agoncillo, took Krav Maga classes for the show. She wants to conduct Krav Maga training sessions for organizations that tackle abuses against women. Krav Maga, originating in Israel, is a form of self-defense.
It took them a year to make the teleserye, and Santos said it was very worth it.
“Ito na yata ang pinakamagandang ipinaglaban ko. Sa buhay ko bilang artista. Marami akong pinaglaban. Marami akong pinanindigan. Marami naman din akong hindi pinanindigan, pero, worth it naman na hindi ako nagsalita."
“Alam ko naman, kung kailan ako dapat tumahimik at kung kailan ako dapat lumaban. Sa pagkakataong ito, ito ang programa na dapat kong ipaglaban. Kasi, pinaghirapan namin ‘to, hindi puwedeng hindi."
She fought hard for "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" because she learned a lot from it as well. She is also very proud of the show and the hardworking cast.
Cryptically, Santos also said there is a realization for her: that in the cutthroat business of showbiz, you can only count on yourself, and that you will be the one to fight for yourself.
Her contract with ABS-CBN is due to expire soon. Santos shared she is in talks with the management on what her next step should be. But she asked for a two-week off, so she can think and plan ahead.
"I’m sure, marami rin ang nasaktan sa ginawa ko. Ako rin mismo, I needed to heal. I have to heal for a while. Tao lang po ako, kailangan ko muna pagalingin ang pinagdaanan ko.”