When her daughter, Yohan, asked her if it would be okay with her to meet Yohan’s biological parents, Judy Ann Santos said that she’s okay with that.
“Huminga lang ako ng malalim. Iyon pala ‘yon. Hindi mo naman siya pinagdadamot,” Judy Ann Santos said. “Pero from the time that she asked me that question, I was preparing myself every day. ‘Lord, dumating man ‘yung time na maging seryoso na ‘tong batang ‘to, i-prepare mo kami.’ Kasi hindi ko siya ipagkakait sa ganoon.“
In an interview with Boy Abunda during the Tonight with Boy Abunda, Judy Ann said that her daughter Yohan already started being curious about her biological parents. She shared that her daughter started asking her while she was driving.
“Do you know my mom? Are you friends with my dad? Do you know where they live?” Yohan told Judy Ann.
“No,” she told Yohan. “Sweetheart, if at some point, you want to meet them, you want to talk to them… If you feel that there are questions already in your heart that’s piling up, and feeling mo sila lang ‘yung makakasagot, we can look for them, because that’s your right.“
She also reminded Yohan of being the “mitsa ng kandila” to their family, knowing that Ryan and Judy Ann adopted Yohan legally after their marriage.
“Ryan and me started a family because of you. Basically ikaw ang mitsa ng kandila ng pamilya natin,” she told her daughter. “Your name is Johanna Louis, Lucho’s name is Juan Luis, and Luna is Juana Luisa, all named after you. You came first, so always remember hindi ka basta salingkit dito. You started this family.“
She admitted that she used to avoid the word adopted, yet she realized that it was “a beautiful word.”
“Eventually, I realized, it’s such a beautiful word,” she said. “Napakagandang salita ng word na ‘adopted’ or ‘adoption,’ because somebody wanted you in their lives. They chose you.“
Judy Ann’s film Mindanao was one of the official entries in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
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