Judy Ann Santos’ biggest fear as a parent is to see her children experience poverty.
In the pilot episode of “Sharon: Kasama Mo, Kapatid” on Monday, the actress and mother of two claimed she had a taste of financial adversity during her childhood when her family subsisted on meals of “asin, kamatis at toyo” and “tinolang walang manok.”
She would hate for the same thing to happen to her daughter Yohan, 7, and son Lucho, one year and a half.
Host Sharon Cuneta assured Judy Ann that she need not dwell on that fear because she and her husband, “Talentadong Pinoy” host Ryan Agoncillo, know how to save and invest their money.
Judy Ann was the special guest in the long-awaited premiere of Sharon’s daily talk show, the megastar’s first project under the P1-billion-five-year contract she signed with TV5 in November.
Sharon introduced Judy Ann as “isang taong itinuturing kong tunay na kapatid” (one person I consider a true sibling).
The two have struck a deep friendship after playing sisters in the 2002 Viva melodrama “Magkapatid”.
After a brief chat about how to handle negative publicity—a “news blackout” was Judy Ann’s prescription—Sharon put the spotlight on her special guest’s culinary prowess and parenting skills.
If Judy Ann were to whip up one special dish for her loved ones, what would she serve her husband Ryan?
For the man she called “my number one critic pagdating sa pagkain”, she would cook “Angrydobo with Laing.”
The actress provided a sizzling back story to her unique take on the classic Filipino dish.
The “Angrydobo” was born years ago when she and Ryan had gone on a trip to the US when they were not yet married.
After a nasty fight with Ryan, she let off steam by cooking adobo on a slow fire from 8pm to 8am. Then she fried it and served it to him for breakfast.
For her mother Carol, whose approval she always craves, Judy Ann would cook her best rendition of pinakbet.
“Ang sarap pakinggan pag nanay mo ang nagsabi na na-perfect mo na ang isang dish,” she shared.
For her daughter Yohan, anything that has vegetables in it. “She always tells me, ‘Mom, you’re the best cook ever!’”
For her infant son Lucho, lugaw (porridge) with carrots or broccoli would suffice.
And for Sharon? Judy Ann would cook lechon, preferably “sugar-free” and “fatless”.
The pilot episode closed with the appearance of members of Sharon’s family: husband Sen. Francis Pangilinan and their three children, Frankie, Miel, and Miguel.
Two non-celebrity mothers also guested and shared their inspiring stories: Mars Placido, a mother of five who left an abusive, drug-addicted husband; and Judith Ramos Quidilib, a mother of two who has survived abandonment by her husband.
This whole week, in the wake of Mother’s Day, “Sharon” will pay tribute to mothers. Tuesday’s guests, for instance, are Lolit Solis and Cristy Fermin, who will share details of their private lives as single parents.
Come Friday, Sharon will welcome the controversial Tulfo brothers and their mother Caridad.