VILMA SANTOS: THE STAR FOR ALL SEASONS:
On November 3, 1953, in Trozo, Magdalena, Tondo Manila, a little girl was born, She was a lovely baby with rosy pink cheeks, full ever smiling lips, and a fair skin that nearly bordered on the whiteness of snow. Her name is Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos.
Vilma’s father, Amado Santos, is a native of Bamban, Tarlac while her mother, Milagros Tuazon is from San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. She has four siblings namely: Ma. Michaela(Emelyn), Ma. Theresa (Marites), Ma. Norwina (Winnie) and Joel (Sonny Boy).
When she was already of age, Vilma was sent to St. Mary’s Academy for her early schooling. She earned a high school diploma later on through the private tutorial system.
At a tender age of nine, Vilma became a title role in VP Pictures’ (sister company of Sampaguita Pictures) “Trudis Liit” which was shown at Life Theater from February 21 to March 2, 1963. She won the First Famas Best Child Actress as a maltreated child in the said film.
|Vilma Santos Biography|
|Screen Name||Vilma Santos|
|Real Name||Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos|
|Date of Birth||November 3, 1953|
|Birth Place||Tondo, Manila|
|Married to||Edu Manzano (m. 1980–1982)
Ralph Recto (m. 1992–present)
|Occupation||Movie Actress/Presently Mayor of Lipa, Batangas|
|Children||Luis Manzano and Ryan Christian Recto|
|Political party||Nacionalista (2018-present)
Liberal Party (2009-2018)
|Net Worth||₱500 Million|
Vilma Santos Acting Career
Vilma became a teen icon in the late ’60s until the early ’70s with box-office hits like “Lipad, Darna, Lipad”, “Dyesebal at ang Mahiwagang Kabibe”, “Kampanerang Kuba”, “Wonder Vi” among others. She won her First FAMAS Best Actress at the age of 19 for “Dama De Noche”.
On July 19, 1980, Vilma married Eduardo Luis Barrios Manzano in Las Vegas Nevada, USA. She gave birth to a bouncy bundle of joy named Luis Philippe Manzano on April 21, 1981, at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, her marriage to Edu did not last long and was eventually annulled.
Vilma Santos Personal life
It was on December 11, 1992, when Vilma married Ralph Gonzales Recto(now a senator) in a fairytale-like wedding in San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa City, Batangas. They now have a precocious six-year-old son named Ryan Christian Recto who was born on March 29, 1996, at Makati Medical Center.
The actress-politician immersed herself not only with her numerous movie commitments but also with her work on TV as a multi-awarded host/performer via her weekly top-rating musical-variety show VILMA on GMA-7. In the past, she also starred in a soap opera (Larawan ng Pag-ibig), drama anthology (Dalambuhay ni Rosa Vilma) and other musical-variety shows (Ayan eh, VS-Vilma Santos, Very Special)
Vilma Santos Movies Work
Vilma Santos most significant films include “Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag Item ng Tagak” ( Vilma produced this outstanding film directed by the celebrated director Celso Ad Castillo which won the Gawad Urian Best Picture Award), “Relasyon” (she scored the very FIRST GRANDSLAM win for BEST ACTRESS AWARD in the history of Philippine Cinema in this intelligent film directed by National Artist Ismael Bernal for her spellbinding performance in her memorable role as a mistress; she won the Best Actress Award from the Gawad Urian, the First Film Academy of the Philippines, the Catholic Mass Media Awards, and the FAMAS Award), “Burlesk Queen” (her stunning performance as a striptease in this Celso Ad Castillo film is considered a turning point in her legendary film career), “Sister Stella L.“
(her remarkable portrayal of a radical nun in this acclaimed film directed by film genius Mike De Leon solidifies her status as the country’s premier actress winning her a Gawad Urian Best Actress Award),
“Dahil Mahal Kita, The Dolzura Cortez Story” (directed by ace director Laurice Guillen, she scored her 2nd Grand Slam Best Actress win in this unforgettable film about persons with AIDS), “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?” (based on the Palanca award-winning Novel by noted writer Lualhati Bautista, this landmark film by acclaimed director Chito Rono gave the legendary actress her 3rd Grandslam win for Best Actress Award and to top it all, an International Best Actress Award (21st INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT FILMS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM), “Anak” (this film by Rory B. Quintos became the highest grossing Filipino Film of all time), her soon-to-be-released political film “Dekada ’70“
(based on the Palanca award-winning novel of Lualhati Bautista set during the Martial Law era) is destined to be another critically-acclaimed and blockbuster hit film and is bound to be another modern Filipino film classic.
The acclaimed actress is also the country’s perennial BOX-OFFICE QUEEN. No one can question her mass box-office charisma. Her string of record-breaking, blockbuster hit films through the years can attest to this fact. She’s the lead star os Star Cinema’s “Anak”. Now considered the highest grossing film in the history of Philippine Cinema.
It can be noted that Vilma Santos is the first and only actress to win the prestigious Gawad Urian Best Actress Award for 3 consecutive years (1982-” Relasyon“, 1983-“
Through her God-given, innate talent, sheer hard work, unwavering dedication to her craft, extreme professionalism, and most importantly. Her excellent discipline, Vilma was able to reap all her extraordinary achievements for which she has been praised, idolized, and emulated by her many friends and colleagues in the movie industry, by her ever-loyal and supportive Vilmanians, and most of all by the adoring general moviegoing public who put her to pedestal as their one and only “STAR FOR ALL SEASONS”.
Truly, Vilma Santos, the film icon, is the epitome of a really great film star. Her phenomenal career which spans four decades is certainly awe-inspiring and exceptional. Thus, her legendary supremacy as the LONGEST REIGNING MOVIE QUEEN will be immortally etched in the archives of Philippine Cinema History.
So, a toast to MISS VILMA SANTOS brilliant past and more good fortune to the future……….
AWARDS: MISS VILMA SANTOS
|Year||Award Giving Body||Award||Movie|
|1963||FAMAS||Best Child Actress||Trudis Liit|
|1968||San Beda College Academy Of Movie and Arts and Sciences||Best Supporting Actress||Kasalanan Kaya?|
|1973||FAMAS||Best Actress||Dama De Noche|
|1975||Bacolod Film Festival||Best Actress||Nakakahiya|
|1977||Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)||Best Actress||Burlesk Queen|
|1981||FAMAS||Best Actress||Pakawalan Mo Ako|
|1981||Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)||Best Actress||Karma|
|1982||Let’s Talk Movies||Best Actress||(Body of Works)|
|1982||Catholic Mass Media Awards||Best Actress||Relasyon|
|1982||Film Academy of the Philippines||Best Actress||Relasyon|
|1983||URIAN||Best Actress||Broken Marriage|
|1984||URIAN||Best Actress||Sister Stella L.|
|1987||Movie Magazine||Best Actress||Tagos ng Dugo|
|1987||Catholic Mass Media Awards||Best Actress||Tagos ng Dugo|
|1987||Cinema Scoop||Best Actress||Tagos ng Dugo|
|1987||FAMAS||Best Actress||Tagos ng Dugo|
|1988||FAMAS||Best Actress||Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos|
|1989||STAR Awards||Best Actress||Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga|
|1989||URIAN||Best Actress||Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga|
|1989||Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)||Best Actress||Immortal|
|1989||Channel 2 Viewer’s Choice||Best Actress||Immortal|
|1989||FAMAS Hall of Fame||Best Actress Awardee|
|1990||URIAN||Pinakamahusay na Aktres ng Dekada ’80|
|1991||URIAN||Best Actress||Ipagpatawad Mo|
|1991||Intrigue Magazine Reader’s Choice||Best Actress||Ipagpatawad Mo|
|1991||Movie Magazine||Best Actress||Ipagpatawd Mo|
|1991||Fame Magazine Reader’s Choice||Best Actress||Ipagpatawad Mo|
|1992||FAMAS Circle of Excellence||Best Actress||Ipagpatawad Mo|
|1993||STAR Awards||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1993||URIAN Awards||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1993||FAP Awards||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1993||Intrigue Magazine People’s Choice||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1993||FAME Magazine People’s Choice||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1993||Movie Magazine||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1993||FAMAS Circle of Excellence||Best Actress||The Dolzura Cortez Story|
|1998||Young Critics||Best Performer||Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa|
|1998||STAR Awards||Best Actress||Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa|
|1998||FAP Awards||Best Actress||Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa|
|1998||URIAN Awards||Best Actress||Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa|
|1998||PASADO Awards||Best Actress||Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa|
|1999||21st International Festival of Independent Film (Brussels, Belgium)||Best Actress||Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa|
|2000||STAR Awards||Best Actress||Anak|
|2002||Young Critics Circle||Best Actress||Dekada ‘70|
|2002||PASADO Awards||Best Actress||Dekada ‘70|
|2002||Star Awards||Best Actress||Dekada ‘70|
|2002||Film Academy of the Philippines||Best Actress||Dekada ‘70|
FILMOGRAPHY: MISS VILMA SANTOS