Ryan Agoncillo on his ‘that’s when I knew’ moment with Judy Ann Santos
Ryan Agoncillo has a knack for eloquently stringing words especially when it comes to narrating his love story with wife, Judy Ann Santos.
The actor and TV host shared anecdotes from early on in their relationship in an Instagram post on Friday, May 31. Agoncillo accompanied the stories with a portrait of Santos sitting on steps in front of an apartment.
He recalled motorcycle rides after her tapings and how her star power did not faze her from doing menial tasks when help was needed.
“I was maybe 26, Mom and I were only really starting to get to know each other. I’d pick her up from 1 of her movie sets, we’d ride a motorcycle thru fog and a thunderstorm just to hang,” Agoncillo recalled.
“Not every girl would’ve liked it, Mom just giggled thru shivers, while we were sipping gas station coffees, soaked to the socks in the middle of nowhere.”
He said she would serve drinks at his rock-and-roll club and at one point, left an editor starstruck when she found out it was Juday fixing up studio lights for a shoot.
“There was also this time, she pitched to help set up at one of my photo shoots.
“While in the studio hallway talking shop with the fashion editor, Mom comes out, wearing mechanics gloves, all sweaty from adjusting the lights, telling me the set up was ready.
“I turned to face my editor, her mouth was just wide open, her jaw, we had to scrape off the floor. Apparently, her team had been trying to book her for a cover shoot for months already, and there she was, on a random morning fixing lights for the part time photographer.”
Amid the hustle and bustle, Agoncillo found their true connection in times when they could slow down.
“By this time though, I’ve had my heart broken enough times to know that exciting times fade, I knew it was a must to also be comfortable in silences,” he said.
He remembered a time when Santos needed to take a few days’ break “to disappear” and how they spent it in his parents’ home.
“She stayed, with one of her cousins, in my bedroom since I was 8,” he said. “There wasn’t much, just a big mattress on the floor, a noisy A/C and a wonky CD player you had to whack to get thru old DMB (Dave Matthews Band) records.
“Probably the 2nd afternoon though, I was on the parquet floor, reading a paperback, your aunt had just quietly come in with 3 Frappuccinos, and Mom gets up from under the blankets and pillows.
“There wasn’t much talk, but I do remember asking her with a sideways glance, ‘you cool with this?’ She said ‘with what?’
“‘This. this is how quiet and boring it gets with me too.’
“She just sipped the frap, smiled, and went back to her nap. That’s when I knew Bud.”
Santos replied, “I remember these moments in full HD that mattress.. rainy day rides, gas station moments.. sleeping for 3 days with no phone, and a lot more.. sealed the deal my love… I love you.”
The touching story was praised by fellow celebrities and fans alike.
The couple began a relationship while working on the TV show “Krystala,” which started in 2004 when they were in their mid-20s. The two have been married for 10 years and have three kids. /ra
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