Judy Ann Santos takes break from shooting cooking videos due to price increases: ‘Parang unfair’

Judy Ann Santos

Judy Ann Santos. Image: screengrab from YouTube/Judy Ann’s Kitchen

Judy Ann Santos explained that she opted to pause from making cooking videos amid the rising prices of goods, saying it seems “unfair” to those who could not afford ingredients.

The actress addressed the lack of new videos from her cooking vlog “Judy Anne’s Kitchen” during the episode of “Magandang Buhay” last Monday, July 4, as seen on ABS-CBN’s YouTube channel. Santos was asked by her co-host Melai Cantiveros whether her busy schedule was the reason why she had not been making new videos, with the latest one released last January.

“Hindi naman sobrang busy. Ang hirap kasing mag-isip ng mga episodes especially kung ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin ay napakalala. Ayokong hindi maka-relate ‘yung viewers sa kung anumang lutuin ang gagawin ko kasi parang napaka-unfair naman,” she told Cantiveros.

(It is not because I am so busy. It is just difficult to think of episodes especially if price increases are so severe. I do not want the viewers to not be able to relate to whatever I cook because it seems very unfair.)

Santos stressed that she will eventually return to making cooking videos, but is still looking for the right timing to do so.

“Ayoko lang na parang masabihan ako na, ‘luto ka nang luto, ‘di naman namin magagawa ‘yan.’… [After] lang din ako roon sa [reality],” she said. (I do not want to be told, “You keep on cooking, we cannot even do that.” I am just considering the realities.)

Santos added that she considers “Judy Ann’s Kitchen” her “outlet” so she only does episodes for it when she feels inspired.

“Ayoko siyang tratuhing trabaho. Kapag trinato ko siyang trabaho, mawawala na ‘yung authenticity,” she stated. (I do not want to treat it like a job. If I treat it like a job, the authenticity will be gone.)

Santos is currently serving as a guest host for “Magandang Buhay,” alongside Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal. She started her stint on the morning show last June 21, replacing Regine Velasquez who left mid-June to judge “Idol Philippines.”

Meanwhile, inflation rate in the country hit 6.1% in June, the highest since October 2018, amid rising prices of food and fuel in the country. This marks a three-year high since November 2018’s 6.1% and October 2018’s 6.9%. JB


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