'Life begins at 40': Judy Ann Santos celebrates 40th birthday

MANILA, Philippines – Judy Ann Santos turned 40 on Friday, May 11, and the screen icon celebrated her birthday in an epic way.

The actress shared details of the festivities in a 2-part Instagram post.

She said the night started out with a dinner at Bruce Ricketts' Mecha Uma, and was followed by a surprise party thrown by her husband, Ryan Agoncillo.

(Babala: super long post) 1/3 Wow... where do i start..? A day after being 40.. that yummy mecha uma dinner, that surprise party ( na ilang beses kong natawag si God) seeing old and new faces .. singing my heart out with aegis.. that kilig moment with ely buendia (while again singing my heart out!) that all out 90’s party .. ang daming realizations na naganap during and after that wonderful evening. 1.alak + puyat + biritan + 40 = pagkabalda ng 2 days 2.hindi ko akalain na sasabihin ko to.. (feeling ko kasi dati pag may nagsasabing . “ I don’t know if i deserve this..etc.” umaarte lang) pero.. sa moment na niyayakap ko bawat taong nagpunta ,nakiparty, nagstay, umeffort.,,nalasing, napaos.. at hindi nakapasok kinabukasan... tinatanong ko sarili ko bakit ang dami nila? Deserve ko ba talaga to..? Kasi bawat taong nakita ko at naisip ng mga panahong yun.. mahal ko.. 3.pakiramdam ko sasabog ang puso ko sa sobrang saya at makikita ko na si God! ( kasi sa sobrang daming beses ko syang natawag, baka makulitan sa akin at sunduin na ko!) 4. Hindi ko akalain.. na pwede pa palang pumeak ang happiness. 5. Ang dami palang nagmamahal sa akin. A post shared by Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (@officialjuday) on May 11, 2018 at 10:37pm PDT

The party included performances from OPM icons Aegis and Ely Buendia, and the birthday girl got to sing with them all.

Juday then listed down her realizations from turning 40, among them, that hangovers at that age last a while, that she is loved by a lot of people, that one doesn't need to see friends every day to have fun with them, and that life truly begins at 40.

2/3. 6.na pag nagamot mo na ang hang over.. matatawa ka na lang sa sakit ng katawan .. at hindi mo mamalayan na naka idlip ka uli ng nakangiti.. tapos amg panaginip mo, lasing ka pa rin. 7. Tunay nga.. na life begins at 40.. kasi ang dami mo ng mga bagong nararamdaman at pinagpapaliban na puyat at pagod. 8. Na khit hindi mo araw araw nakikita o nakakausap ang mga nakilala mo sa loob ng 40 years, kung totoo ang pagmamahal at pagkakaibigan.. magkikita at magkikita ng may kasamang mahigpit na yakap at malutong na tawanan sa finish line. Sa lahat lahat ng nagpunta, nag effort, hindi nakapasok kinabukasan.. walang katapusang pasasalamat.. grabe.. grabe kayong lahat!!!! Alabyu all! Maraming maraming salamat sa friendship and love.. to my family.. i love you so much! A post shared by Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (@officialjuday) on May 11, 2018 at 11:08pm PDT

Tunay nga…na life begins at 40…kasi ang dami mo ng mga bagong nararamdaman at pinagpapaliban na puyat at pagod (It's true that life begins at 40, because you feel a lot of new things and choose to ignore exhaustion)," she said.

The actress then thanked all those who celebrated with her: "Sa lahat lahat ng nagpunta, nag effort, hindi nakapasok kinabukasan…walang katapusang pasasalamat….grabe…grabe kayong lahat!!!! (To everyone who came, who made an effort, who didn't get to go to work the next day, endless thanks! You are all great!)" – Rappler.com