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

Sunday, January 17, 2016

News Clippings 2015 2/2


Pinigil na Tadhana - "...Sinabi ni Ernesto Maceda, abugado ng 777 Productions, na ang pagpigil sa "Press Preview" o hayagang pagtatanghal ng "Iginuhit ng Tadhana" ay ilegal at labag sa saligang batas. Ayon kay Maceda, ang pelikula sinuri na ng BCMP, at dahil doon ay itinatanghal na iyon sa walong lalawigan...Sa isang dako, sinabi ni Gng. Olympia Lozano, kalihim-tagapagpaganap ng BCMP na pinigil ang pagtatanghal ng "Iginuhit ng Tadhana" dahil sa pagtanggi ng 777 Productions na iharap sa lupon ang pelikula upang surrin...Nagharap kagabi ng pagbibitiw sa Pangulong Macapagal si Jose L. Guevara bilang tagapangulo ng Board of Censors for Moving Pictures. Ginawa ni Guevara ang ganitong aksiyon kasunod ng pagpigil ng pelikulang "Iginuhit ng Tadhana" na naglalarawan sa buhay ni Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, kandidato sa pagka-pangulo ng NP. Ipinaliwanag ni Maceda na marami nang nakapanood ng "Iginuhit ng Tadhana"at nagkakaisa ng palagay ang lahat na walang batayan upang pigilin ang pagtatanghal nito. Upang masubhan kahit kaunti ang pagkayamot ng mga inayayahan sa "gala premiere" kagabi sa Rizal Theatre, ipinasiya ang pagtatanghal ng pelikulang Ingles, ang "The Thin Red Line..." - Leonardo P. Reyes, Taliba, 3 & 16 September 1965 (READ MORE)

Tadhana sa Korte Suprema - "...Malamang makarating ngayon sa Korte Suprema ang hidwaan ng prodyuser ng Iginuhit ng Tadhana at ng lupon ng sensor na pumigil sa pagtatanghal sa publiko ng nasabing pelikula. Nakatakdang dumulog ngayon sa mataas ns hukuman ang mga abugado ng prodyuser ng pelikula matapos na pigilin ng hukuman sa paghahabol kahapon ang pagpapatupad sa utos ng mababang hukuman na nagpapahintulot sa pagtatanghal ng pelikula...Sa naunang hatol ni Hukom Edilberto Soriano ng hukumang unang dulugan ng Maynila ay ipinahintulot niya ang pagtatanghal sa masuliraning pelikula bagay na salungat sa pasiya ng lupon ng sensor na pumipigil sa nasabing pagtatanghal. Ang hatol ni Soriano ay idinulog ng mga abugado ng pamahalaan sa hukumang sa paghahabol sa kanilang matwid na walang huridiksiyon sa usapin ang mababang hukuman...Sinabi ni Abugado Claudio Teehankee, isa sa mga abugado ng prodyuser ng pelikula sa buhay ng Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos ng Senado na idudulog nila sa Korte Suprema ang desisyon inilagda kahapon ng Hukuman sa Paghahabol. Ipinaliwanag niyang ang dalawang sumusunod na matwid ang knailang ihaharap sa mataas na hukuman sa paghahabol: 2 Katwiran na Inilahad - 1. Na walang bisa ang kontrata na maaaring bawiin ang permiso sa isang pelikula upang maitanghal anumang oras. 2. Na hindi nagmalabis si Hukom Soriano sa pagpapasiya sa usapin..." - C. de Guzman, Taliba, 3 & 16 September 1965 (READ MORE)

Young Ones - "...Walang makapaniwala na magiging gayon kalakas takilya sina Nora at Tirso. Nagimbal ang mga taga-pelikula. Bakit daw gayon kalaki ang kinikita ng unang dalawang pelikula nina Nora at Tirso? Tsamba lamang daw kaya iyon o biglang nagbago ng panlasa ng mga manonood? Hindi tsamba. Ang mga sumunod pang pelikula nina Nora at Tirso ay mas malaki ang kinita. Daang-libo ang kinita ng "Teenage Excapades" at "Halina, Neneng Ko." Itinambal ng Towers si Nora sa iba pang kabataang artista, malaki rin ang kinita. Katunayan na malaki ang hukbo ng mga tagahanga ni Nora. Sinubok naman ng Barangay Productions na itambal si Tirso kay Gemma Suzara, hindi gaanong kinagat ng mga fans. Nag-produce ng pelikula ang mag-anak na Cruz, pinagsama sina Ricky Belmonte at Tirso sa "Ricky na, Tirso Pa" isinama naman sa magpinsan si Pilar Pilapil. Tinapatan ng Tower ng isang pelikula ni Nora ang pelikula ng mga Cruz. Resulta: mas maraming nanood sa pelikula ni Nora. Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Gusto ng mga fans na maging magkatambal sina Nora at Tirso. Sinagot ng VP Pictures ang kahilingang ito sa pamamagitan ng "Young Love." Bukod kina Tirso at Nora ay isinama pa ang mga young ones na sina Vilma Santos at Edgar Mortiz. Patok sa takilya!..." - Romy Galang, Pilipino Magazine, 18 February 1970 (READ MORE)

Stoned Remembrance - "...It was a wild, wild parade but the fans and the superstars enjoyed every minute of it. For the Pilipino movie fan, it was more than just an outing. He saw his favorite movie celebrity at the closest range possible. For the movie star, the wild response was more than a gauge of his popularity. A crowd close to 500,000 people bucked the hot afternoon sun to watch their movie personalities in a parade ushering in the seventh Manila Film Festival. The crowd paralyzed traffic in the downtown areas up to the late last night...The parade started at 3 p.m. and ended past 8 p.m. at the foot of the Quezon bridge...The biggest response was given to Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III. Wearing pink ang black kimonos, the two superstars threw sampaguita flowers along the way as their fans, yelling friendship, waved their pointed thumbs wildly...The other float with the wildest applause was that carrying Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, who will appear in "Remembrance," a Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Presentation. However, the float was stoned twice and it left the parade before it reached the Jones Bridge..." - Romeo J. Arceo, Philippines Sunday Express, 18 June 1972 (READ MORE)

Vice presidential choices - "...Nationwide, Poe emerged as the preferred choice for vice president, obtaining an approval rating of 24%, followed by Escudero with 20%. Roxas was a distant 3rd with 8%, followed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with 7%, and Cayetano with 6%. The 6th spot was a tie among 4 who included Marcos Jr, Kris Aquino, Lacson, and Batangas Governor and actress Vilma Santos Recto, who each got 5%. Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the second senator embroiled in the pork barrel scam, obtained a 4% rating. In the lower bracket were 4 other legislators – Senators Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Revilla who each got 3%, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito who got 2%, and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo who obtained 1%. In the National Capital Region, perceived to be home to the most critical and politically aware voters, Poe (25%) and Escudero (24%) were favorite vice presidential bets. Poe rated better than Escudero in the balance of Luzon, getting a 27% approval rating compared to Escudero’s 21%. The difference between the two top contenders was also more pronounced in Mindanao, with Poe getting 21% compared to Escudero’s 16%. Visayas respondents were almost evenly split, with 22% going for Poe and 20% going for Escudero..." - Chay F. Hofileña, Rappler, 29 Apr 2014 (READ MORE)

A Different "Grand Slam" (Ate Vi Scores A Victory But in a Different Arena) - When President Benigno Aquino III conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award on actress politician Vilma Santos-Recto, the Batangas Governor likened it in winning a "Grand Slam"- a showbiz citations given out by major award-giving bodies for a single movie. The last time she achieved that feat was in 2002, when she did Chito S. Roño helmed "Dekada '70." The two-term governor indicated that the Lingkod Bayan Award is just as special, maybe even more so than the Best Actress trophies she has collected over the years. "It recognized my hard work in public service. I think I am the only governor in the line-up. This is a different world from showbiz. This is not just a best actress-award. I've received other award awards fro government service in the past, but this is my first national recognition. Plus it was handed out by President Auino at Malacañang." The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is handed out yesterday by the Civil Service Commission and is the highest honor a public servant can receive in the Philippines. Governor Vi was one of many awardees this year, for her effort to end the persistent overcrowding in Taal Lake and reduce fish kills. After the awarding ceremony, which was held at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on September 19, she said she was eager to show her award to her constituents, calling the achievements "team effort." I couldn't have achieved all this on my own. I'm excited to show the plaque and medal to the people in the capitol. They worked side by side with me in pursuing my different programs in the province. Our secret in Batangas is teamwork." Among this year's other awardees was the late Department of Interior Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash on August 18 2012. His daughter, Aida was on hand to receive his award. Governor Vi also had her lovedones there - her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, and sons, Luis Manzano and Ryan Christian Recto. After the ceremony, Governor Vi head back home to Batangas, there to resume work again. For her, it's just another work day, much like the one she has when doing a movie, but delivering a different kind of satisfaction. - Roldan Mauricio, Star Studio Magazine, November 2012

Focus on Burlesk Queen - Celso Ad Castillo's "Burlesk Queen"surpasses past attempts to integrate cinematic qualities in a firlm and Castillo's own previous experiments, which critics found bombastic and purely commercial, like no other film by Castillo or other directors. "Burlesk Queen"with synchronized techniques and the significance of its messagfe successfully gives substance to the trendy subject of sex-for-sale. Castillo's creativity is seen in the use of radio drama and music, meaningful gestures, and visual metaphors to dramatic situations. Lucid exposition and delineation of the conflict are carried out through particular techniques like ensemble acting to reveal the individual characters' needs, emphasis on visual details rather than talky dialogues to drive home a point, and active camera movements (cuts) to suggests the passage of time in the burlesque dance's career. The tragic ending is prepared for a logical presentation of what happens eventually to all characters. - Ananymous

Vilma Santos to team-up with Christopher de Leon? - "...They've been perennial love-team partners in countless movies, and now Ms. Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon are speculated to be teaming up once more, and this is for their political ambitions. Mayor Vi was reported to be running for a congressional seat, but if she's partnering with Boyet, it must only be as governor and vice governor of Batangas. So what will happen to acting Governor Ricky Recto, brother of Senator Ralph Recto who's Mayor Vi's husband? Will Mayor Vi run against her brother in-law?..." - Manila Bulletin, 11 Feb 2007

Mowelfund pays tribute to Filipino Movie Greats - "...The Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund) presents a grand production to pay tribute to Filipino movie greats and at the same time increase awareness about and raise funds for Mowelfund. Slated on Feb 23, the Mowelfund Tribute to Filipino Mopvie Greats, will honor stars from today and yesteryears who have made tremendous contribution to the Filipino movie industry. Comedians Nanette Inventor and Leo Martinez will be the hosts for the night. Confirmed presentors and participants include Vilma Santos, Sen. Bong Revilla, Christopher de Leon, Rudy Fernandez, Sunshine Cruz, Cesar Montano, Jericho Rosales, Heart Evangelista, Philip Salvador, Toni Gonzaga, and many more. To be honored with grand production numbers by today's top stars are: Don Jose Nepomuceno, producer of the first Filipino silent film; National Artist Atang de la Rama, the queen of zarzuela and kundiman; legendary screen loveteam Rogelio de la Rosa and Carmen Rosales; Rosa del Rosario, the very first Darna of Philippine Cinema. Movie starwarts will also pay homage to the immortal memory of the King of Philippine Movies and National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr., the King of Philippine comedy Dolphy; and former President Joseph Estrada, founder of Mowelfund. Mowefund aims to ensure that marginalized movie workers can still enjoy social security despite tough times in the business. Affirming the invaluable contributions of various art forms in the crucial beginnings of local cinema in teh country - from literature to music to theater and even fasion design, the Mowelfund fundraising tribute to movie greats highlights the crossing over of these defining cultural elements in the history of Philippine movies. An exhibit of the Ani Awardees will be held at the Aliw Theater Lobby from Feb 17-23..." - Manila Bulletin, 11 Feb 2007

Ani Awards - "...The Awards celebrates a bountiful harvest in the unifying spirit that wold hold the industry together. It is a glittering testimonial to a lifetime dedication, hardwork, and perseverance in the pursuit of excellence by the Filipino public of a revered Filipino film artist," shares Mowefund executive-director Boots Anson-Roa. Mowefund aims to ensure that marginalized movie workers can still enjoy social security despite tough times in the business..." - Crispina Martinez-Belen, Manila Bulletin, 20 February 2007

From Fashion to Films and Back - "...Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in "Breakfast in Tiffany's (1961) did not just stay on the silver screen. It went on to become a classic shift dress that is still being worn today in varying styles all over the world. It si the other way around for "The Devil Wears Prada" where Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep took the best creations of international designers to the screen. Needless to say, television and movies dictate fashion, through in a subtle way. "Even from the early days of fashion, what people see on the movie have really played a big influence on what people want to wear in real life. Even with us designers, when clients come to us, they always ask us the popular artists that we have dressed up," says designer Edgar San Diego, FDAP chairman. To show the synergy between film and fashion, the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines will stage a fashion revue in music and dance showing the glamour era of Philippine movies at the first ever Ani Awards, Mowelfund (Movie Workers Welfare Foundation) Tribute to Filipino Movie Greats...desiners will present their creations inspired by the likes of the personalities and roles portrayed by Rosa Rosal, Rogelio de la Rosa, Carmen Rosales, Ric Rodrigo, Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Sharon Cuneta...The era of stellar actresses like Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor showcased a more down-to-earth fashion..." - Manila Bulletin, 20 February 2007

Mini LP Fad - "...The mini-LP fad is fast catching fire for love duets. For Alpha, there is a mini by Nora Aunor and Manny de Leon; for Wilear's minis are by Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, Ed Finlan and Hilda Koronel; and for Vicor, mini is by Perla Adea and Tirso Cruz III. The mini has four selections and plays at 33 1/2. The retail price is now 6 peso (US $1)..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 04 July 1970

Film Premiere Draws 28 Philippines Record Artists - "...Twenty eight of the Philippines' young recording artists singing in English presented one song at the gala premiere night of the locally produced film "Haydee" at the Rizal Theater in suburban Makati. The impressive convergence was a first in the Philippine entertainment history. But because it was for charity, local producers and artists gave all-out cooperation. Proceeds of the "Haydee" premiere were earmarked for the 1970 Awit Awards, the Philippine's versions of the U.S. Grammys. Five record companies were represented in the two-hour on-stage attractions - Alpha Recording System, D'Swan Recording System, Vicor Recording, Villar Records, and Willears Records. The Alpha artist were Eva Vivar, Baby Alcaraz, Geraldine and Jay Ilagan. The D'Swan artists were Ernie Garcia, Jonathan Potenciano, Linda Alcid, and Eddie Peregrina. Singer-pianist Baby de Jesus guested under the label. The Vicor artists were Eric Dimson, Boy Mondragon, Freddie Esguerra, Sonny Cortez, Millie Mercado, Victor Wood, Perla Adea and Tirso Cruz III. Villar was represented by Roggie Nieto. The Willear's artists were Alice Cerrudo, Raul Aragon, Raquel Montessa, Elizabeth Ledesma, Romy Mallari, Esperanza Fabon, Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz and Ed Finlan. The back-up group was the Blinkers..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 06 June 1970

Nobo Bono Jr. - "...There is a scramble among record companies to sign "Tawag Ng Tanghalan" national champion Nobo Bono Jr. The singer is contracted with the Talent Center of ABS-CBN which acts as his agent and personal manager. Bono is appearing weekly with Willear's artists Edgar Mortiz and Vilma Santos in the new live TV series titled "The Young Ones" on Channel 2..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 08 Aug 1970

Hawaiian LP - "...Willear's issued a Hawaiian LP titled "Aloha My Love" by Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz. It is a soundtrack of the film of the same title which is scheduled for exhibition here..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 11 March 1972

Wilear's Top Company in Phlippine Awards - "...The third annual presentation of the Awit Awards was held at the Manila Hotel with Senator Doy Laurel of the Philippine Congress as guest of honor and principal speaker. The sponsoring group was the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS). The event criticized in the local circle because of its unpopular results and deglamourized presentation, gave posthumous awards of merit to Frankie Martin, a juror last year, and Santiago Suarez, one of Filipino musical starwarts. The founder of the Awit Awards, Billboard correspondence Oskar Salazar, was also honored. Wilear's Records scored heavily in the awards this year. The foreign division was permanently scrapped. Two major companies, Villar Records and Dyna Products, Incl did not submit nominations this year. The 1970 winners are...Record Company of the Year - Wilear's Records; Song of the Year - "Forever Loving You" by Bert Dominic (Billboard); Best Single - "Sixteen" by Vilma Santos (Wilear's)..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 14 August 1971

The Wonderful World of Music - "...The Wonderful World of Music," produced by Tagalog Ilang-Ilang, was judged best musical in the Manila Film Festival. The picture stars Vilma Santos and Edgar Mortiz, both artists of Wilear's..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 24 July 1971

Internation Talent Directory - "...Vilma Santos (Vocalist, Wilear's Records: The Sensations (LP); Sixteen (single & LP); Sweethearts (LP); Sweet Sweet Vilma (LP). PA: Cebu City, Ilo-ilo City, Olongapo City. TV: Edgar Loves Vilma, Oh My Love, The Sensations; Films: Angelica, Love Letters, My Pledge of Love, Our Love Affair, The Sensations, The Wonderful World of Music. Awards: Loveteam of the Year, Queen of Philippine Movies. PM: William C. Leary..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 04 July 1970

Second Album - "...Wilear's Records will come with the second LP of Vilma Santos to be titled "Sweet Sweet Vilma..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 26 September 1970

Remembrance - "...Film artist Walter Navarro (Vicor) will have his first LP, "King of Balladeers," this month. He is a contract star of Lea Productions and principal mainstay of the El Bodegon Club. Navarro is doing a film musical with Vilma Santos (Wilear's) with Mirick Productions...Remembrance, another film musical, was chosen "best musical" in the Manila Film Festival. The film stars Vilma Santos (Wilear's) and Edgar Mortiz (Wilear's). The film also won in the categories of best film editing, best sound, and best script..." - Oscar Salasar, Billboard, 29 July 1972

Vilma Santos-Edgar Mortiz Tutungo sa Zamboanga - Pagkatapos na maging guest sa programa nina Jun Alva at Freddie Webb sa KBS noong nakaraang linggo, sinabi nina Vi at Bobot na, "lilipad kami sa Zamboanga sa sanlinggo. Tatlong araw kaming magpe-personal appearance doon." Si Vilma ay may bagong studio program na sa DWWW ang "From Me To You"na madidinig tuwing hapon, mula Lunes hanggang Sabado. Inihahanda di ang madaliang pagkakaroon ni Edgar ng kanyang studio program sa DWWW. Kung sabagay ay Enero pa naman ang siyuting nila, pero inihayag na ni Neddie na ang pelikulang una niyang lalabasan ay ang pamamagatang "Bakya Mo Neneng"ng Mirick Productions at pangungunahan ni Vilma Santos. Wala pa raw napipiling leading man para kay Vilma, pero ang magdidirehe ay si Maning Songco. Ipinahayag naman ni Maning Songco na nabili nila sa may katha ng awiting Bakya Mo Neneng, ang karapatan para magamit ang kantang iyan sa pelikulang gagawin nila sa Mirick sa mga unang linggo ng Enero. - Anonymous

Pang-award or pang-box-office - "...Nanaig pa rin ang box-office ang mga popular stars, like Dolphy, Ronnie Poe, Vilma Santos, Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Alma Moreno, Rudy Fernandez and Christopher de Leon in that order...Three years ago ay naging top ang "Burlesk Queen" ni Vilma at nanalo pa siya bilang "Best Actress." Last year, hindi man siya nanalo for "Rubia Servios," in the long run ay tinalo pa nito and "Atsay" ni Nora sa laki ng kinita. This year, nanalo man si Aunor as "Best Actress" for "Ina Ka ng Anak Mo" hindi naman nito nalagpasan ang kita ng "Modelong Tanso" ni Vilma. Lumilitaw lang ang pang-award si Aunor, pang-box office naman si Vilma. Iyan ang sinasabi naming choose between being an actress and a box-office star! You can't win 'em all, neither have your cake and eat it too!..." - Alfie Lorenzo, Jingle Extra Hot Magazine, 14 January 1980

Kailan Kaya Mangyayari na Dadalo si Nora sa Birthday Party ni Vilma...and Vice-Versa - "Yearly, November 3rd is one red-lettered day for Vilma Santos. Natal day niya ito at ngayong taon, ginanap ang pagdiriwang ng kanyang kaarawan sa plushy Coral Ballroom of the Manila Hilton. Mga sikat na artista, people from the movie press, movie producers, hangers-on and what-nots ay nagsidalo upang makiisa kay Vilma. Successful ang pagdiriwang. Sa entrance fronting Hilton, matiyagang nagmamatyag ang magkumpol na movie fans. Pero, would you believe na karamihan sa kanila'y pabulong na itinatanong kung si Nora'y dadalo? Ito rin ang supposition ng maraming guest. Ano raw daya't dumalo si Nora. Ba't daw kaya sa mula't mula, never na narinig nilang dumalo si Nora sa birthday bash ni Vilma?...at gayundin si Vilma sa party naman ni Nora? Sana naman daw, on special occassion tulad ng birthday nila, magkabigayan sila. All in sportive gestures, that is. At sa recent bash nga ni Vilma, naging kapuna-puna rin ang non-attendance of the more known drumbeaters of Nora. Natanong tuloy ng ilang nakaaalam, napagkaisahan kaya ang pagbo-boycot? Anyway, since time immemorial, naging forgone possibility na ang dalawa'y magkaibigayan sa ganitong mga pagkakataon. Perrenial ang rivalry na imposible na mangyari na magkaimibitahan ang dalawa. And from neutral observer ang basihan nila ay ang sweetness nina Nora at Vilma kapag rin lang nagkakatagpo in public. naroroon sila'y maghalikan at magyakapan nang mahigpiut. Ba't daw, kaya di mangyaring magbigayan sila at dumalo sa birthday party ng isa't isa?...na lahat daw ay for the sake of professionalism? Kami tulad ninyo ay nagtatanong - kailan kaya ito mangyayari? Well..." - Kislap Magazine, 23 November 1978

Konti Nga, Worth Remembering Naman - "Tapos na ang pelikulang "Himala" at wala ni isang sour note na bitinan, pa-mood-mood, o anuman na nakapag-high blood. And for a Nora Aunor starrer, talaga raw itong isang Himala! "Ano ba naman ang mga tao iyan? Mambitin ka, mamimintasa. Huwag kang mambitin, magtataka! Aba, sala sa lamig, sala sa init na yata iyan, " wika ni Nora looking relaxed and in the pink of health sa kanyang "Superstar" show. Then, she got serious.

"Alam mo, iyon namang mga bitinang nangyayari noon, hindi ko naman kailanman ginusto iyon. No, ayokong magkawrite-up ako na isang indyanera o bitinera kaya. May tao bang gugustuhin na masulat lang siya, sa ganoong angle pa, o meron ba?" tanong pa niya. "Iyon panahon, minsan talaga siyang hindi nagko-cooperate. Minsan, nasa isang set ako at supposedly ay may time limit para nga ako makailangan doon sa isa pa. E kaso, hindin naman ako lang ang umeeksena doon. If ever na magkaulit-ulit ang rehearsal o mag-take three na lang, di bulilyaso na ang oras. Ngayon, nandiyan na ang pakiusapan na tapusin ko ang eksena dahil naka-set up na namang lahat ang kamera't mga tao... na mag-have a heart naman ako...di ako na ang ipit. Hindin naman puwedeng pangdalawahin ang katawan ng isang tao dahil kung puwede, matagal ko nang ginawa 'yon para ma-please lang ang lahatm," at pabuntong hininga siya. "Sa ngayon, ayoko na ng mga ganoon eksena na kadalasan ay sa akin napupunta ang bleme. Graduate na ako dyan. Ang pormula ko ay maging choosy na sa offers, hindi iyong grab na lang ng grab. Hindi bale nang kakaunti ang pelikula, worht remembering naman. Saka, maiiwasan pa ang hassle with producers? Minsan kasi, isu-sweet talk ka na tanggapin ang offer nila na para bang okey lang sa kanila na maghintay sa 'yong availability dahil alam na alam naman nila kung gaano ka-deep ang commitment mo. Pag nakapirma ka na ng kontrata, nariyan na ang gulo. Magdi-demand na ng shooting days. May mga booking schedule na, may mga rented unti na ang araw ay parang mga taksing de metro. Ngayon, kung buhol-buhol na ang lahat, nandiyan na ang mga write-ups. ako na naman ang gumi-gimik...ang nangi-indiyan...ang nambi-bitin," at napangiti na siya.

"Sa ngayon, alam ko, may mga nagsasabi nanaman na iba ang tinitingana sa tinititigan, dahil nagkataon ngang ECP projectito at can't afford daw ako kuno to take it for granted. Sa tutuo lang lahat ng alok sa akin, never naman na tini-take for granted ko. Bread and butter ko na ang pagganap sa pelikula, paano naman magiging ganoon ang attitude ko doon gayong dapat lang na mahalin ko ito dahil anumang bagay na mahal mo mamahalin ka rin. So, okay lang kung naniniwala silang nag-change ako for the better. Lalo yatang mahirap sa isang tao ang tumatanda nang pauron!" pagtatapos niya." - AHM, Kislap Magazine, 11 October 1982

Nora bounce back via Annie B - "Actress and superstar Nora Aunor has just acquitted herself from some premature judgement na down and out na siya as one of the country's top two superstars, the other being Vilma Santos. Hindi maitatauwang malaki ang nagawa ng kanyang pelikulang Annie Batungbakal sa panibagong lakas na kanyang ipinakita sa publiko. Kaugnay nito, tinatayang lalong iinit ang laban nila ni Vilma for Vilma herself is now enjoying the peak success as a box office drawer. Mahirap talagang bigyan ng final conclusion ang laban ng dalawang ito pagka't sa kabila ng tagumpay ni Vilma, maaaring panandaliang isispin na iba na naiwan na si Nora. But this Guy is one supersptars who knows how to bounce back into contention during critical moment of her career. Maraming beses na niyang napatunayan ang bagay na ito and we only have to review our history of the local movie industry to find out for ourself how strong really is her staying power. Meanwhile, marami rin naman ang kahit paano ay umaagapay sa dalawang ito, kina Nora at Vilma, ang ibig naming sabihin, pero sa ngayon, we have yet to see anybody, and we mean anybody who could possibly cope up with the pace and power of these two superstars who are concededly the country's top public idols..." - Eddie O. Roque, Kislap Magazine, 18 October 1979

Parada Ng Mga Bituin Sa Metro Manila Filmfest - "...Isang simple at makulay na parada sa pagsisimula ng Ika-3 Metro Manila Film Festival, na sinaksihan ng maraming tagahanga sa kahabaan ng Roxas Blvd. Ang parada ay nagsimula sa Folk Arts Theatre, dumaan sa Roxas Blvd. papuntang Baclaran, nagbalik sa Rotonda patungong Luneta Park. Ang karosa ng siyam na pelikulang kalahok ay dinumog ng marami habang sila ay parang langgam na umusad..."- Berlidas, Modern Romances & True Confession Magazine, 09 January 1978

Binagyo ang King Khayam And I - "...Naging very successful ang unang pagtatambal nina Vilma Santos at Joseph Estrada sa pelikulang King Khayam And I ng TIIP. Kahit bumabagyo ay hugos pa rin ang tao upang mapanood lang ang napabalitang pelikulang ito. Subalit nitong mga huling araw ng pagtatanghal ng nasabing pelikula, medyo naging mahina ang pasok ng tao. may nagsasabing talagang ganito lang ang panahon kapag magpapasko, sa halip na manood ýung iba, ipinamimili muna ng kanilang pamasko ang mga mahal nila sa buhay. At least, ang kaunting salaping gugugulin nila sa entertainment ay ipinagdaragdag nila sa kanilang Christmas savings..." - Levi, Modern Romances and True Confessions Magazine, 16 December 1974

Mga Pelikula ni Vilma - "...Tungkol naman sa Vilma-Edgar loveteam, wala pang development na nangyayari. Patuloy na lumalamig ang paksang ito na wala pang nangyayari sa ikababalik ng kanilang magandang pagtitinginan. Samantalaý patuloy ang di ikinakailang pamimintuho kay Vilma ni Jojit Paredes. Ngayon, kung nasaan si Vilma, malamang na makita nýo rin doon si Jojit. Tungkol kay Meng Fei, ayon sa latest report from Hongkong, minamadali ng guwapong Chinese actor ang kanyang pelikulang ginagawa sa Warner Bros. upang makadalaw na agad dito sa Pilipinas...and of course, si Vilma ang pangunahin niyang dahilan. Tungkol sa latest picture ni Vilma, ang "Mga Tigre Sa Sierra Cruz," marami ang humuhulang itoý another box office hit dahil sa napakagandang casting na pinagsama-sama rito ng Lea Productions. May nagsasabi pang kung ito lang ang napalaban sa Manila Filmfest, malamang kumuha ng award dito si Vilma. Natapos na rin niya ang pelikulang "Gumagapang Na Kamay"sa Sampaguita Pictures at ngayoý nasa color processing na lang. Kasalukuyang busy pa rin siya sa sunod-sunod na taping ng kanyang TV show na Ayan Eh. Tungkol naman sa isang pelikula pang pagtatambalan nina Vilma at Ronnie Poe, kasalukuyan na iyang inihahanda at anytime this coming month, maaaring simulan na nila iyan. Tinatapos na lamang ni Vilma ang "Tok-Tok Palatok" para sa new movie outfit ni Baby Kay and BK Productions. Sa pelikulang Volta, hindi pa tiyak kung si Edgar pa rin ang kanyang makakatambal dito. Maaaring masabay na rin ang shooting nila sa pagtatapos naman ng "Tok-Tok Palatok..." - Levi, Modern Romances and True Confessions Magazine, 15 July 1974

2015 Yes Magazine Most Beautiful Issue Icon: Vilma Santos - Vilma Santos is the epitome of a star. She oozes with charisma, looking radiant when she smiles and waves to people as she passes by. She gamely introduces herself to new acquaintances, looks them in the eye, shakes hands with them, and warmly asks how they are doing. If she is tired or vexed, she succeeds in keeping that for her private time, leaving her public excursions pleasant experiences. The 61-year-old star, an actress since aga nine and a public servant for the last 18 years (first as mayor f Lipa City, Batangas, and then as governor of Batangas province) talks glowingly about her accomplishments, but she doesn't sound at all like she's gloating, because she's so down-to-earth and quite sincere. She even blushes when told that she's looked up to as an idol by her younger colleagues. "I appreciate people na hinahangaan 'yong work mo or ginagawa kang idolo," says Ate Vi, aka Gov Vi. "And I also appreciate people na kritiko, kasi ayaw ko laging masabihan nang maganda. Dapat sabihin di kung may mali sa akin." And that's why there's only one Vilma Santos. That's why there's only one Star for All Seasons.
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