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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Thursday, September 5, 2013


Vilma Santos, the phenomenal Star For All Seasons with superior caliber in acting and artistry, didn't just come out of woodwork. She started her acting career at the age of 9 and garnered her first trophy as FAMAS Best Child Actress for her very first movie, Trudis Liit. She then grew into a teeny bopper and was paired with heart throbs in the late 60's and 70's but it was Dama de Noche that paved the way to her first FAMAS Best Actress recognition in 1972. Her stellar and daring portrayal as a stripteaser in Burlesk Queen was a monumental box- office success in the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival wherein she was conferred the Best Actress trophy. Many more relevant critically-acclaimed, box office movie hits ensued and she owned the title "Box Office Queen" for several years. Some of her unforgettable films are Sister Stella L, Broken Marriage, Pakawalan Mo Ako, Ipagpatawad Mo, Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga, Imortal, Karma, Alyas Baby Tsina, Tagos Ng Dugo, Anak and many, many more. To date, she has 8 Gawad Urian, 5 FAMAS, 7 Star, 4 FAP and 2 Catholic Mass Media Awards-all under Best Actress category. She also is a four-time Grand Slam winner for her movies Relasyon in 1982, Dolzura Cortez Story in 1993, Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?, and Dekada '70 in 2002 - a feat far-fetched to others. In 1999, Vilma Santos' acting prowess earned the nod of the prestigious Brussels International Film Festival award-giving body as she was hailed the Best Actress for Bata, Bata...Paano Ka Ginawa. Another international Best Actress trophy was bestowed upon her in 2002 by Cinemanila International Film Festival for her exemplary performance in Dekada '70. As a producer, her movie, Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim Ng Tagak where she was also the main star, won Best Picture both in Gawad Urian and FAMAS in 1978. 

 Ms. Vilma Santos has many more achievements and citations under her belt such as FAMAS Circle of Excellence, Gawad Urian Actress of the Decades '80 and '90, Gawad Suri Dangal ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Natatanging Gawad Tanglaw, Pasado Natatanging Artista ng Taon, Lifetime Achievement from FAP, FAMAS, Cinemanila, STAR Awards Ulirang Artista, Gawad Lingkod TV Awards and Enpress Gawad Lino Brocka. Another feather was added in her cap in 2005 by Gawad Plaridel for her outstanding achievements in film acting and public service followed by the University of the Philippines Diwata Award in 2006.

For 5 decades, Vilma Santos has continued to surprise us with her versatility in the field of acting/artistry. In her 2009 film, In My Life, she once again proved that she has what it takes to be a huge crowd-drawer and an award-winning performer. From this wholesome movie, she bagged the following awards in 2010: Star Best Actress, GMMSF Best Actress, Gawad Tanglaw Best Actress, Gawad Suri Best Actress, 1st MTRCB Best Actress and Gawad Genio Best Actress.

Her latest suspense/horror venture, The Healing, which was shown a couple of months ago made it to the PHP 100 million mark at the tills making Vilma Santos the perennial "Box-Office Queen" of all time.

Not only did she dominate the movie screen, she was also the award- winning tv host of the very popular top-rated variety show, VILMA in the '80s and '90's. Unfortunately, Vilma Santos had to leave the show, to the Vilmanians' dismay, to start a family with her husband, Ralph Recto. Gifted with a forte in dancing, she truly is a poetry in motion and although she may not have the best singing voice, her signature song, SIXTEEN, was a smash hit and a gold record.

Ate Vi's blessings seem limitless. As a public servant, she was just conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan National Award - the highest category given by Civil Service Commission and the Office of the President to outstanding public officials and employees.

Vilma Santos is the longest reigning box-office queen and the most awarded artist/actress the Philippine Movie Industry has ever produced. She may not be as active as before due to her public service's demands but she makes it a point to entertain us with at least one "worth waiting for" movie every 3-4 years with her Batangas constituents' blessings. She never sits on her laurels, in fact, she unceasingly raises the bar in the movie arena by continuously honing her craft and presenting us with unique and challenging role each time as proven, once again, by her latest CINEMALAYA TOP GROSSER starrer, EKSTRA/THEBIT PLAYER where she bagged the well-deserved BEST ACTRESS trophy. With her queenly stature, most budding young stars consider the Star For All Seasons their role model both in artistry and moral values, for aside from being a quintessential movie icon/thespian, she is a loving daughter, sibling, mother, wife, friend and a public servant just as well. Her feet are forever cemented on the ground, always humble with incessant professionalism, sincerity and altruism. Meeting Vilma personally in New York during the filming of In My Life made me realize that the magical aura and charisma she exudes can really be mesmerizing.

More power to you, Queen Vi!

By: Gina M. Cordero Florida, USA

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