In an interview with Karen Davila, the couple talked about their start as friends, their engagement story, and their tips for a strong, lasting relationship.
Ryan revealed how being initially ~friendzoned~ by Judy Ann actually helped their relationship blossom: "Slowly, I would witness how she was on set. I would notice how she was with people. That's how we became friends. I would hang out with the production people and also with her. I prospered in the friendzone."
On what prompted the change from friends to lovers, Judy Ann said, "I prayed for a partner who would show me what life is really because I didn't know what life is. I've been working since I was eight. Ito ang nakalakihan kong buhay. When Ryan came along, I saw that this is the life I was missing. This is the life that I want."
Ryan then shared all the sweet details of their proposal.
"She was doing a film called Ploning at that time. Sumama ako and nag-take ng pictures. Ang request niya is I make a book out of the behind-the-scenes. I did produce the book and it was launched. Nakalagay doon sa dulo ng book that people could buy, 'Maligayang kaarawan Judy Ann, sana'y magustuhan mo.' Then I had one book printed saying, 'Will you marry me?"
The couple, who have been married for 12 years, revealed the secret to their long-lasting marriage.
"You communicate whether you feel bad about your partner, you feel sad, or when you're at your happiest. Mas lalong magkaka-issue na dapat naman pwedeng wala if you don't communicate properly. Kahit masakit 'yung sasabihin mo, communicate. Kahit gaano ka kasaya, communicate," Judy Ann said.
Watch the full interview here: