November 3, 1984, it was red letter day for Vilma Santos. She was turning 31 years old. “Gurang na, ano?” she laughingly told us earlier. “Di bale, hindi naman halata, di ba? O, i-deny mo, i-deny mo.” At nagtawa siya ng malakas of the press got an invitation for her birthday celebration. It says “you’re invited! VIP – Special Birthday Edition, November 3, Saturday, A Birthday Celebration, Televised Live at the Celebrity Sports Plaza, VIP Time – 8P.M.” The whole place was jam-packed as early as 4:30PM. The televised program started on time, with a taped production number showing Vilma singing Irene Cara’s Out Here on MY Own. She was pensively looking at the serene Taal Lake and Volcano, which she used as background for her song. In between, she inserted some introspective musing about her past life and career. It was indeed a very fruitful one. Vi had several costumed changes during the show. She was very regal in a silk calf-length gown, so at ease in snazzy pantsuit, so with-it in a simple blouse and slacks which she wore after the show proper. But the guests stayed on long after the show. Among those who rendered special numbers for Vi were Christopher de Leon, Phillip Salvador, Ace Vergel, Maricel Soriano, Roderick “Charot” Paulate, Kristina Paner with mom Daisy Romualdez, Tina Revilla with hubby Serge Valencia, “Sister Stell L.” director Mike de Leon and producer Lily Monteverde (who had to rush back to Valencia for the preview of Virgin Forest), Rico J. Puno, Tirso Cruz III, the entire cast of Bagets 2 and a host of other luminaries. Vi was looking radiant as she posed in front of her giant birthday cake specially baked for the occasion. She was really happy and vibrant that evening, with husband Edu Manzano by her side and everything looking all’s well with the world. A few days later, she would be sporting another face. Alas, such is the twist of fate in our lives. Papa Santos passed away and we see another face of Vilma, this time, in grief. – Tony Tantay, Jr., Movie Flash Magazine, 22 November 1984 - Tony Tantay, Jr., Movie Flash Magazine, 22 November 1984 (READ MORE)
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).
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