PLUS: Diego Llorico confident to return to 'Bubble Gang' as on-cam talent

It's been half a year since Judy Ann Santos last did her cooking vlog on her YouTube channel her fans wish she were back.

Actress-food vlogger Judy Ann
Santos. SCREENSHOT FROM
Actress-food vlogger Judy Ann Santos. SCREENSHOT FROM

An accomplished chef herself who once did a widely followed cooking show on ABS-CBN, Juday — on air — would share recipes of easy-to-do yet practical dishes members of families can feast on and enjoy.

Of late, however, the actress has stopped doing vlogs.

Juday cites the increasing prices of basic commodities which include ingredients in her recipes.

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"Unfair naman kung mag-i-introduce ako ng lulutuin when my viewers can hardly afford to buy the needed ingredients sa mahal nga ng mga bilihin. So stop muna ako sa pag-vlog," she reasoned out.

Although we know where Juday's coming from, this does not sit well with a fellow chef named Pebbles Cunanan.

A former contestant in Master Chef, Pebbles posted, "Diskarte lang 'yan, ghorl. Kung isa kang magaling na chef, wala sa bilihin 'yan. 'Yung pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin, normal na 'yan. Dapat mag-isip ka ng puwede mong lutuin at gawing masarap given your limited budget."

As if her comment wasn't enough to drive home her point, she made an issue where the actress took up her cooking course, "Palibhasa nag-aral ka sa mamahaling culinary school!"

This was seconded by another netizen who believes that Juday should be creative enough to concoct dishes intended for specific economic classes.

Meanwhile, Ogie Diaz took up this argument in his vlog.

At some point, he disagrees with Juday in terms of the inflation issue.

In fact, the issue on the rising prices of basic commodities should be the concern of the government.

It doesn't mean, however, that it should deter any chef from performing his culinary job.

And if we may add, it is not about the school where one finishes his culinary course.

Perhaps, Juday should introduce economical yet healthy and scrumptious dishes when she returns to vlogging.

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Funnyman Diego Llorico isn't totally out of "Bubble Gang," the country's 27-year-old gag show which airs Friday nights on GMA.

Diego harbors no ill feelings
toward the management of ‘Bubble
Gang’ for booting him out. IMDB
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Diego harbors no ill feelings toward the management of ‘Bubble Gang’ for booting him out. IMDB PHOTO

Diego was among the original cast members booted out of the longest-running program which had to undergo reformat last May, five months before it would mark its 28th year.

Only Michael V, the creative director was spared from the major revamp.

Despite this, Diego harbors no ill feelings toward the management.

"By accident lang naman kasi 'yung pagiging on cam talent ko doon," Diego shared referring to "At Lit (At Least)," a segment especially intended for him.

He says that he understands why Bubble Gang had to reformat as to adapt to the increasing clamor for a better, more competitive programming.

"Darating din 'yung time na kakailanganin nila ako sa show. Confident naman ako na hindi ako pababayaan ng GMA, kaya nga Kapuso, eh," he chuckled.

Doing off cam work, Diego admits to missing his former co-cast members particularly Kim Domingo.

He hopes, however, to gain new friends with the new batch.

With the new look of 'Bubble Gang,' Diego boasts that it just got better with a different yet equally wacky cast.

Meanwhile, Diego reveals that he got sidelined for a time as he was doing movies.

In fact, he had allotted time to appear in 'Home I Found in You' where he plays Mama Rona, a hotel and resort owner.

Diego is happy to support a budding loveteam.

"Sa totoo lang, hindi naman marami ang mga nilabasan kong pelikula, but this one I'm proud of. Lending support to newbies gives you a different high. Mas nagkaroon tuloy ng purpose ang pagiging artista ko sa kabila ng itsura ko," Diego candidly stated.