Kapamilya actress Judy Ann Santos embraced motherhood at age 26 when she chose to adopt her eldest child Yohan way back in 2004. But now, the multi-awarded actress is already a doting mom to her three kids, Johanna ‘Yohan’ Louis, 14, Juan ‘Lucho’ Luis, 8, and Juana ‘Luna’ Luisa, 3.
Recently, the “Queen of Philippine Soap Opera” had an exclusive interview with Push, where she shared some updates about her family and her parenting techniques to her children. She also opened up about being a mother to her teenage daughter Yohan, who is turning 15 this November.
The 41-year-old celebrity mom also shared how she made Yohan understand early that being adopted is not a bad thing, instead, it is “the most beautiful” thing in the world because when you adopt someone, it only means that you want them to be part of your family.
Juday said: “Early on pa lang naman nung relationship namin ni Yohan, nung kaming dalawa pa lang, alam ko nang nakaka-intindi na siya, sinabi ko na sa kaniya, pinaintindi ko na sa kaniya. I explained to her. Kasi ayoko na magkaroon siya ng grudge na itinago ko sa kaniya.”
“Ang fear ko kasi may ibang taong mag marunong at mag-atribida na sabihin tapos not in nice context tapos maging iba yung dating doon sa bata. So it was a decision I had to make, crossing my fingers, lifting everything to the Lord na bahala ka na don,” she added.
She went on to share more on how she explained to her daughter their family set-up, which is something that Yohan understands eventually.
“Ngayon mas napapag-usapan na namin nang maayos, nang kumportable sa kaniya, naipatindi ko sa kaniya na ‘being adopted is not a bad thing’ it is actually the most beautiful word in the world. Simply because the word adoption, I adopt you because I want you to be my family. I chose you.
“Sabi ko sa kaniya, you were the first one who came before dad. So I was a mother first, before a wife so tandaan mo yan. So nung una medyo hindi niya pa makuha pero eventually naintindihan na niya,” the Kapamilya actress added.
Based on a report, it was after Judy Ann Santos’ 26th birthday when Yohan came to her life. The same year, she was also reported having a budding romance with her then Krystala co-actor Ryan Agoncillo, who is now her husband.
The two tied the knot at San Juan de Nepomuceno Church in San Juan, Batangas on April 28, 2009.