Vilma Santos

The longest-reigning Queen of Philippine Cinema, also widely known as the Star for All Seasons and the QueenStar, Vilma Santos celebrates her golden anniversary in showbiz. She has starred in more than 200 films and has given the public some of the most memorable performances in Philippine motion picture history. An icon of film and popular culture, her magnetic screen presence has captured the hearts and minds of generations of Filipinos. Her enduring charisma and popularity have made her filmdom's most durable female superstar. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Saturday, April 13, 2013


The Making of the Queen...

At the age of 9, Vilma was tapped to star opposite Gloria Romero & Rita Gomez in the movie “Anak, ang Iyong Ina.” She was discovered by her uncle Mr. Amaury Agra, who was a cameraman at the Sampaguita Studios. When she, together with her mother went to the Sampaguita compound to report, an audition was going on. Seeing the more than a hundred kids auditioning, Vi went and watched. Dr. Jose Perez, producer of Sampaguita, saw the little Vi and asked her to join the audition. Vi was hesitant because she know that she’s there for a different movie, but she was prodded to join. When her turn came, she acted with veteran Bella Flores. All the people were impressed, much more Dr. Perez! Vilma got the title role for the movie “Trudis Liit.” So, that at age 9, she was making two movies at the same time!

She continued doing movies as daughter of big stars Gloria Romero, Lolita Rodriguez, Rita Gomez, Marlene Dauden, Eddie Rodriguez and a lot more. In 1968, at the age of 15, she got the Best Supporting Actress award from the San Beda College awards for the movie “Kasalanan Kaya?” She was also nominated for a FAMAS award.

She had her first leading role in 1969, in the movie “My Darling, Eddie.” She also starred in various TV programs, one of which is “The Sensations” at ABS-CBN, together with the young stars of the era.

In 1973, she starred as filipino superwoman, Darna in “Lipad, Darna, Lipad.” It was a huge hit, grossing even bigger than the movie tandem of Joseph Estrada & Nora Aunor in “Erap is my Guy” and Fernando Poe, Jr. in “Esteban.” From then on, Vilma was the undisputed Box Office Queen of Phil. Cinema. Aside from commercial success, she also gained critical acclaim. She won the FAMAS Best Actress in 1972 for her dual role in “Dama de Noche.” She was the youngest winner at 19.

Critical acclaims continues. She is the only actress to have won the URIAN Best Actress award, three years in a row (1982, 1983, 1984). Aside from winning the most number of URIAN Awards- a total of 8 Best Actress. She is the only actress to have scored a guadruple Grandslam in Best Actress for the movies “Relasyon” (1982), “Dolzura Cortez Story” (1993), “Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?” (1998) and “Dekada ‘70” (2002). She is also the only actress to be given two Circle of Excellence award by the FAMAS. She has also conquered the international scene, winning the Best Actress awards in Brussels (1998) and CineManila (2003).

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