Ryan Admits ‘Nag-Alangan Ako’ With Yohan At The Start Of His Relationship With Judy AnnRyan Agoncillo shares story of Yohan’s adoption before he married Judy Ann Santos.by Jocelyn Valle .
The actor-entrepreneur opened up while participating in the "Bawal Judgmental" game portion of the GMA-7 noontime show, Eat Bulaga! He's also one of its regular hosts, along with Vic Sotto, Allan K, Paolo Ballesteros, and Jose Manalo.
Ryan, 42, recalled learning about Judy Ann's plans of adopting Yohan, now 17 years old, when they were just good friends. "Ang nangyari kasi kay Yohan, ang una dapat na magfi-file ng adoption si Mommy Carol sana," he said, referring to the 43-year-old actress and chef's mother, who's now his mother-in-law.
He went on with his story: "Si Judy Ann kasi no’ng time na ’yun, nagdadasal for a baby. Noong time na ’yun, barkada pa lang kami. Hanging out lang kami nang panahon na ’yun. Gumagawa kami ng soap opera.
"Basta isang umaga, wala akong taping ng araw na ’yun, natutulog ako sa bahay. Biglang nag-text si Juday, siguro magta-tanghali na ’yun,‘I’m going to be a mom.’ Napabalikwas ako.
"Ang nasa isip ko, nasingitan ako. Hindi pa kami nagde-date. Pumoporma pa lang. ’Yung hanging out namin, alam ko na wala siyang boyfriend. So napatawag ako. That’s when she decided na tinawag si Yohan because the night before, sinabihan si Mommy Carol na, ‘Meron pong bata. Kung gusto n’yong i-adopt, dadalhin ko po sa inyo.’ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"So, finally, no’ng dinala na ng umaga, no’ng araw na ’yun, right away nang hawakan ni Juday si Yohan, ’yun na. ‘Mommy, ako na po ang maga-adopt.’ Do’n siya nag-text sa akin na, ‘I’m going to be a mom.’"
Ryan said he and other friends talked long and hard with Judy Ann, who was 26 at that time and transitioning from a soap opera star into a serious actress. But Judy Ann was firm on her decision in filing a petition to legally adopt Yohan. The petition was granted four years later.
Meantime, romance bloomed between Ryan and Judy Ann, as Yohan was growing up. He said, "Papunta na sa boyfriend-girlfriend, nag-iingat ako. Ayokong mapa-ibig sa bata. Mahulog ang loob namin sa isa’t-isa, ’tapos hindi naman namin sure."
In fact, Ryan said, he was asked by Judy Ann to be a ninong of Yohan, but he didn't attend the baptism because "hindi ako comfortable." Later that day, Judy Ann showed up at Ryan's office to give him a baptismal token and tell him, "Eto, ninong ka, seryoso."
Ryan explained, "Nang lumalaki si Yohan, nagkakai-in-love-an na kami [ni Judy Ann], dating na kami. So parang ako, medyo nag-alangan ako. ‘Teka, ano ba ang papel ko dito?
"Before mag-1 year old ni Yohan, seryoso na kami ni Juday. Nagpupunta kami ng out of town, kasama na namin si Yohan. No’ng 1 year old na si Yohan, sinigurado ko ’yung buong pamilya ko—my mom, my dad, kapatid at saka mga anak n’ya—ando’n sa birthday ni Yohan."ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
Ryan also looked back on the day he was called daddy by the little girl: "Siguro mga a-year-and-a-half si Yohan, kinuwento sa akin ni Yaya Anabelle, tinawag akong Daddy ni Yohan. Parang nakita kami sa magazine sa grocery, sa counter, ‘Mommy, Daddy!’
"’Yun na. So, ni-report sa akin, daddy na ang tawag. Paseryoso na ang relationship namin noon [ni Judy Ann]. So we started thinking of the future. Ando’n na, tinawag na akong daddy. Dahan-dahan. Pinapayagan ni Mommy Carol na mag-stay sa akin si Yohan ng isang linggo."
He added on how he's feeling being called dad, "By that time, buo na ang loob ko. Nagi-spend na siya ng time sa bahay namin, out of town kasama na namin s’ya. Pasalamat ako kasi ang grandparents ang may role na matindi.
"So when Mommy Carol accepted na tinawag ng apo n’ya na daddy ang dyowa ng anak n’ya. Sinasali na n’ya ’ko, tinanong n’ya ang opinion ko sa mga bagay. ’Yung parents ko naman, madalas pinapapunta si Yohan sa bahay."
On April 28, 2009, Ryan and Judy Ann got married. Judy Ann's petition to legally adopt Yohan had been granted, thus the girl was carrying her family name. Afterwards, Ryan filed a petition to adopt Yohan, and four years later, it was granted, so the girl started carrying the Agoncillo name.
Yohan is now the loving ate of Ryan and Judy Ann's younger children Lucho and Luna.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
What other parents are reading
Enter your details below and receive weekly email guides on your baby's weight and height in cute illustration of Filipino fruits. PLUS get helpful tips from experts, freebies and more!
We sent a verification email. Can't find it? Check your spam, junk, and promotions folder.