Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos-Recto (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos November 3, 1953 in Bamban, Tarlac), commonly known as Vilma Santos-Recto or Ate Vi is a Filipino actress and box office queen for almost four decades. One of the original Philippine movie queens, she rose up to become the versatile actress that has been given the fitting title of “Star for All Seasons” because of her capacity to adapt to the changing mores and values of the Filipino woman, giving a face to their plight and struggles, albeit in success both critically and box-office wise in some of Philippine cinema’s classics such as Trudis Liit (1963), Lipad, Darna, Lipad (1973), Burlesk Queen (1977), Relasyon (1982), Sister Stella L. (1984), Alyas Baby Tsina (1984), Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989), Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story (1993), Anak (2000) and Dekada ’70 (2002). She is currently the governor of Batangas, Philippines (2012)(Wikipedia).

For More Informations, Visit: Vilma Santos-Recto's Official Web-site

Monday, February 3, 2014

Vilma Santos, Kahit Loveless Maligaya Pa Rin


1982 was a good year for Vilma Santos kung ang pag-uusapan ay ang kanyang acting career. She's one of the busiest actresses last year and luckily, ang mga nagawa niyang pelikula'y pulos box office. Oo na, si Vilma pa rin ang Takilya Queen. Naungusan n'ya ng milya-milya ang arch rival niyang si Nora Aunor. Pawang magagandang projects ang ginawa last year ni Vilma. Kaya hindi magmintis sa takilya ang mga ito. Todo kayod namang tunay ang drama ni Vilma dahil kailangan talaga. And 'yan ang naghahabol na BIR sa malaking pagkakautang ni Vilma na unti-unti'y nabayaran naman n'ya/ At dahil sa sobrang trabaho ni Vilma hindi natupad ang pinagusapan nila noon ni Edu Manzano na kailangan before twelve midnight, pack-up na ang beauty niya sa shooting. Gusto sana noon ni Vi, before the strike of twelve, andun na siya sa bahay sa piling ni Edu at ng kanilang si Lucky, pero kontrabida ang kanyang shooting schedule. At ewan ba naman kung bakit hindi maintindihan (o talagang ayaw intindihin?) ni Edu ang sitwasyon ng asawa n'yang superstar. Ayun, nagsplit-up sila! Nakuha ng ilihin ni Vi ang paghihiwalay nila ni Edu, dahl ayaw n'yang mawasak ang kanilang pamilya. Pero kontrabida talaga ang tadhana. God knows kung magkakabalikan pa uli o hindi na. To mend her broken heart, subsob muli sa trabaho si Vi.

Yes, she may be laughing on the outside, pero hindi kaya she's crying in the inside naman? Sabi nga ng ibang lubos na nakakakilala kay Vilma, marunong siyang magdala, ng problema. Pag nagtratrabaho siya, hindi mo mahahalata ang sakit ng loob na dinadala ni Vilma. Can afford to smile pa rin si Vi pag may mga kausap siya. Andu'n pa rin 'yang sunshine smile n'ya. Katuwiran nung isang taong close sa actress, "Bakit nga naman magmumokmok si Vi sa paghihiwalay nila ni Edu? Ano naman ang mapapala n'ya? Eh, si Edu, panay ang paggu-good time. Parang bale-wala 'yung paghihiwalay nila ni Vi, balik nga sa pagbubuhay binata si Edu. Aba! Masaya siya." Si Vilma, kahit na nga she's "free again." ayaw s'yang mag-entertain ng mga bagong manliligaw. Basta ang kanyang panahon ngayon ay nakatuon sa kanyang trabaho at yes, sa kanyang only son na si Lucky. Noon ngang nagpunta siya sa States at gawin n'ya dun ang pelikulang "Ayaw Kong Maging Kerida," may mga speculation na baka magkabalikan silang muli ng ex-boyfriend niyang si Romeo Vasquez. Pero isang big "No!" ang sagot ni Vi nang magbalik siya sa Pilipinas at tanungin siya kung anong score ng relation nila ni Bobby V, "Friends na lang kami ni Bobby ngayon. No, reconciliation dahil malabo talagang mangyari 'yon! Iba na ngayon ang kalagayan ko. Oo, hiwalay nga ako sa asawa ko ngayon, pero hindi ko pa rin makakalimutan na kasal ako kay Doods. Siya pa rin ang ama ni Lucky," say ni Vilma. "Yung napapabalitang sportsman na manliligaw ni Vi, idinenay n'ya ito. Sabi niya, mabuti pa raw 'yung ibang tao, alam 'yon. Pero siya mismong sarili n'ya, hindi raw n'ya alam 'yon. Sabi pa ni Vi, maligaya siya ngayon kahit loveless siya, "Dahil and'yan naman ang anak kong si Lucky, siya ang inspirasyon ko sa trabaho." she says. Hanggang kelan kaya mananatiling zero ang lovelife ni Vilma? - Rowena M. Agilada, Love Story Illustrated Weekly Magazine, No. 593, 31 Jan 1983

Vilma on Love and Marriage - Not so very far away and long ago, Superstar Vilma Santos uttered a cry - for help: " I just could not do anything right, I was estranged from my family, my lovelife was zero, I was fed up with my career, halos lahat ng lang was really in a shambles...at first, I thought work would be teh answer. ;yan naman ang remedy ko sa maraming bagay ever since child hood. And as long as your mind is pre-occupied with something. You'll never get lonely. So, binuhos ko ang lahat sa trabaho. And then, when I'm not busy shooting, anduon ako sa disco whaling away my time dancing and chatting with friends and being involved in a lot of gay socials. But I have come to realize later on, you can never really escape from recurring loneliness...whether you like or not, you have to go sometime. And that's the worst of all when you're alone at night. Lalong naging grabe because then I had a terrible case of insomia. I can never got to sleep before five o'clock in the morning. So I watch TV, but the shows do not interest me in the least. Basa ako nang basa pero wala naman akong maintindihan sa aking binabasa. Kaya't ikot-ikot na lang ako sa aking kuwarto hanggang halos masisira na ang aking tsinelas. Grabe, kung minsan naman, kahit di ako abala, tinawag ko si Viring (her alalay) sa house, at pagala-gala lang kami kung saan-saan kami umabot, ikot lang kami, more ikot sa kotse...Kung minsan I just can't take all that terrible loneliness, so I escape to the forrest of Mt. Makiling in Los Banos, Laguna.

Kasi in a secluded forest, doon lang I feel I have the privacy I can never get here in the city, I feel completely free. Palakad-lakad lang ako then sa ilalim ng mga malalaking puno, sometimes for hours and ano...and then when I couldn't bear any longer, I shout at the top of my voice "Hello, Hello, Kamusta Kayo Dyan? I'm Vilma Santos, Help Me. I'm drowning and I have to talk to someone. Please help me because I'm desperately lonely..." I could and did, understand the feeling: it was the desoration and the loneliness of a long-distance runner, for among her contemporaties and even those who came later, it was Vilma Santos who had managed to escape the tender trap, it was Vilma who had remained unmarried...that for the distance, paid off, well, too, apparently, it was her "simple-blessedness" that has made her last so long at the top and this only strengthened her (box office) no small, especially to the...But what price fame and glory? - Franklin R. Cabaluna, Student Canteen Magazine, No. 6, Feb 1981

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