‘That’s When I Knew’: Ryan Agoncillo Shares Story of How He Knew Judy Ann Was the One

Hearts everywhere are melting after Ryan Agoncillo penned the sweetest letter to his son Lucho about how he knew Judy Ann Santos was the one for him.

On Instagram, Ryan shared: “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. 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.”


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Ryan talked about that one time when Judy Ann personally helped set up the lights for one of his photo shoots. He remembered her emerging from the studio wearing mechanics gloves after helping adjust the lights.

“I turned to face my editor, her mouth was just wide open, her jaw, we had to scrape off the floor,” he said. “Apparently, her team had been trying to book [Judy Ann] for a cover shoot for months already, and there she was, on a random morning fixing lights for the part time photographer.”

But there was that one moment when he realized he wanted to be with her forever. He admits, “I’ve had my heart broken enough times to know that exciting times fade,” and was afraid of when that time would come.

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It was when he took Judy Ann to rest for a few days at his parents’ home after she “hit a very rough patch” that Ryan realized he had nothing to be afraid of anymore. This is what he said:

“She stayed, with one of her cousins, in my bedroom since I was 8. 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 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 [frappe], smiled, and went back to her nap. That’s when I knew Bud.”

Ryan and Judy Ann have been married since 2009. They share three children, Yohan, Lucho, and Luna.

So sweet! How did you know your significant other was the one? Share your stories with us in the comments!