Vilma Santos (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos November 3, 1953) is a popular
multi-awarded actress and politician in the Philippines. She's known as the "Star
for All Seasons".
She started acting at the age of nine, after winning the title role for the
hit drama film Trudis Liit (Little Trudis). She immediately received her first
acting trophy as Best Child Performer from FAMAS for the same film.
Groomed as a lead actress in her teens, her popularity grew further, bolstered
by her loveteam with actor Edgar Mortiz and rivalry with contemporary actress
Nora Aunor. At the height of her showbiz career she was a consistent box-office
drawer highlighted by comic-book adapted films like the Darna series and Dyesebel,
and dramatic/daring films like Burlesk Queen and Sinasamba Kita, among others
Regarded as the longest reigning Box-Office Queen of Philippine Cinema, her
films broke box-office records several times in her career and is hailed as
the Star for All Seasons and Queenstar. She also hosted her own top-rating musical
variety television shows ('The Sensations', 'VIP' and the long-running multi-awarded
'Vilma').Though not really a singer but a natural dancer fond of doing 'acrobatic'
dance performances in her TV show, she managed to earn gold record awards as
Known for her versatility and intense acting, she honed her craft as she worked
with various top caliber directors, writers and actors, and now holds the record
for having the most acting awards ever by a Philippine actress from prestigious
award-giving bodies, local and international. Critically acclaimed for tackling
roles on various women's issues, her other major films include Relasyon, Sister
Stella L, Dolzura Cortez,Dekada '70, Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?, and Anak.
To date, she has almost 200 films under her belt with numerous commercial endorsements
and television works on the side.
In 1998, she entered politics and ran for mayor of Lipa City, Batangas where
she won by landslide victories in three consecutive elections. As the first
woman mayor of Lipa City, she helped bring not just economic progress and infrastructure
development to Lipa City, but more notably her various programs on public health,
education and environment, which again earned various local and international
awards and recognitions.
In 2005, the University of the Philippines conferred her the Gawad Plaridel
Award for her achievements and contributions both as an actress and a public
servant. In the same year she was conferred with honorary doctorate degree (honoris
causa) in humanities by the Lipa City College. She was again honored in 2006
by the University of the Philippines as one of the four awardees in UP's First
Dr. Vilma Santos is married to Senator Ralph Recto, who belongs to a well-known
political clan in the Philippines. Together they have a son, Ryan Christian.
She is also a mother to actor/model/television host Luis 'Lucky' Manzano , from
previous marriage to actor Edu Manzano .
Mayor Vilma Santos-Recto is currently in her last term as the chief executive
of Lipa City. Talks are circulating in Batangas that Mayor Santos-Recto may
run for Governor in the coming 2007 elections challenging incumbent governor
and jueteng lord Arman Sanchez and even her brother-in-law, Vice Governor Richard
Recto (who is said to be not in good terms with his brother). People in Batangas
are eagerly waiting for this match up. Mayor Santos-Recto's decision to run
for governor of the province of Batangas resulted in a family feud as Ricky,his
brother-in-law, also said that he will run for the same post. After spending
some time thinking about the predicament she is in, Mayor Santos-Recto said
that she opted to give way to to Ricky but left people hanging as she said that
she has until March 29 to decide and that is still a long time before that date
and anything may still happen. Mayor Santos-Recto is now being said to be interested
in running as Congresswoman representing the 4th District of Batangas. To add
spice to the current situation, Vilma's husband re-electionist Senator Ralph
Recto to media that they will not support the candidacy of Ricky.
During the weekly flag-raising at the Lipa City Hall last March 5, 2007, political
leaders from different parts of the province gathered at the Lipa City Hall
grounds to announce their support and ask Mayor Vilma Santos to run as Governor.
Mayor Santos-Recto was too emotional to make a decision at that point and asked
for a week to make her mind.
She made her promise good to announce her decision, and on March 12, she announced
before a jampacked crowd at the Lipa City Cultural Center that she will accept
the people's challenge and run for provincial governor. Banker Edwin Ermita,
the son of incumbent Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, will be her runningmate.
She will run under the banner of Lakas CMD after being endorsed by Speaker
Jose de Venecia as the official candidate of the majority party. Kampi adopted
her as their official bet for Batangas Governor instead of incumbent Governor