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‘My sister-by-choice’: Sharon Cuneta pens appreciation post for Judy Ann Santos

Sharon and Juday are celebrating 20 years of friendship this year!

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Humility Javier

6/2/2022 in News
‘My sister-by-choice’: Sharon Cuneta pens appreciation post for Judy Ann Santos

To mark their 20th friendship anniversary, Sharon Cuneta paid a special tribute to Judy Ann Santos on social media yesterday, June 1.

The Megastar took to Instagram to write a heartwarming message of love and appreciation for the Queen of Philippine Soap Opera. 

In the post, Sharon shared a letter Judy Ann wrote to her after the results of the 2022 national elections were revealed as well as screenshots of their sweet message exchange that followed. Sharon’s husband, Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, lost the vice presidential race.

"Sa dami ng mga nangyayari ngayon, I hope you’ll find comfort with these food I made for you and the whole family. Each day is truly a blessing. May mga pagsubok man, nalalagpasan pa rin with a lot of help from our chosen family, which is our friends," Judy Ann penned in the letter dated May 21.

She continued, "I’ll forever be here for you always, Ate, anuman ang mangyari (wala ka nang choice, ipagsisiksikan ko ang buong kaluluwa ko sa’yo.) Mahal na mahal kita, Ate, mahal na mahal ka namin, ang buong pamilya mo. Please take good care of yourself. Always! Enjoy, Ate! Eat plenty!"

Sharon captioned the post by expressing her gratitude over having friends like Judy Ann.

“This is from my sister Juday, who sent it over with lots of food that she herself cooked before I left Manila for taping in Ilocos. Following is part of our text exchange, which, of course, I asked permission to post too. These are the things I bring with me wherever I go—notes from my children and Kiko and my truest friends. I often reread them when I am feeling down,” she explained.

“I am blessed with just a few friends, but REAL ones. Never expecting anything back except my love and friendship too. They are truly blessings I treasure,” she added.

Having formed a friendship with Judy Ann as they headlined the 2002 film “Magkapatid,” Sharon said that she hopes their friendship would only grow stronger in the years to come.

“I love you, Juday, my sister-by-choice. With all of my heart and from the very depths of it. On our 20th year of friendship this 2022, I can only look forward to our bond strengthening even more, as it has only strengthened over the years after our only movie together thus far. Mahal na mahal na mahal kita. Hindi lang talaga dugo ang nagiging pamilya. Minsan nga, mas higit pa,” she told Judy Ann.

To end her tribute, Sharon thanked Judy Ann for loving her unconditionally: “Tatanda na tayo together, and like we always say, ‘Hanggang sa kabilang buhay ‘di na tayo magkakahiwalay.’ Thank you for loving me for all that I am, flaws and all. I truly love you and thank God for you.”



“I love you, ate. Forever,” Judy Ann commented on Sharon’s post.

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