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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Friday, September 6, 2013


Or why Vilma Santos is Philippine Cinema's Greatest Thespian! One of the highest paid actresses in the Philippines. The Longest-reigning Box-office Queen and Dramatic Actress.
The only Filipino actor who is successful in both movies and politics. The most awarded Filipino actor and politician ever, with close to 80 acting awards and countless public service awards. The only Filipino actor who is awarded the Honoris Causa, PhD degree in Humanities (twice) for her contributions to film and public service (Lipa & Iriga) The only Filipino actor who has two best foreign language picture entries for Oscar consideration (Anak and Dekada '70) The youngest actress to appear in a foreign movie The Longest Hundred Miles The only Actor with the highest grossing film as of 2000 for the movie Anak, only to be eclipsed by Ang Tanging Ina, others She breaks age barriers by the commercial & artistic success of In My Life, at age 56, by winning 6 best actress awards & with the movie landing in the top five highest grossing movies of 2009 The only Filipino actor who has won a best child actress trophy, a best supporting trophy and the most best actress awards. One of the few Filipino actors with the most Lifetime Achievement for Film given by the FAMAS, FAP, Enpress, STAR PMPC and twice from the CineManila International film festival (2000 & 2003) & others. The first Filipino film practitioner awardee by the prestigious U.P. Gawad Plaridel in 2005, beating Mike De Leon and Eddie Romero in the final deliberation, and eliminating her chief rival in the first deliberation The sole actress winner of the First U.P. Diwata Awards by the U.P. Film Insitute for an exemplary acting career The youngest recipient of the FAMAS Hall of Fame for winning best actress five times The only actress with the most Circle of Excellence awards from the FAMAS The only Filipino actor who is a Grand slam winner four times, a record, and the first Grand slam winner for a single performance, a record. Chosen by Gawad Urian as Best Actress of the decade for 80's and 90's. The first best actress winner as chosen by her peers (FAP) for the movie Relasyon in 1983 The only actor who has two Golden Grand slams, for winning locally and internationally for Bata-bata (Brussels), a total of 7 awards and Dekada '70 (CineManila), with a record 9 awards. Unanimous winner for best actress at the Brussels (Bata-Bata) & CineManila (Dekada '70) international film festivals; a finalist for best actress (Anak) at the Asia Pacific Film Festival The movie Bata-bata also won the Special Jury award and a best actress finalist nomination for Vilma at the 44th. Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1999 The movie Dekada '70 also won the NETPAC special jury award at the 2003 CineManila Film Festival The only Filipino actor who has a record nine acting awards for a single performance, 8 locally, including a grand slam, and one internationally, for Dekada '70 The only Filipino actor who has a record 9 Urian trophies, the most Urian best actress trophies (8) and producer for 1978 best picture Pagputi ng Uwak. The only Filipino actor who has a record six PMPC Star best actress awards The only actor who has won at the Urian three years in a row. The only actor with the most best picture awards at the Urian, seven in all, including Pagputi ng Uwak which she produced; the film also won best picture at the FAMAS The first Filipino actor to be featured in the Time Magazine, for Burlesk Queen in 1977 The only actress who played Darna four times – Lipad, Darna, Lipad and the Giants, Darna vs. the Planetwoman, Darna at Ding. The only Filipino actress who won the first Pinoy Animation Awards for Darna. Declared the Actress-Politician of the Year - PEN Declared the All-Time Favorite Actress - Guillermo Memorial Foundation The only actor who was called Filipino Cinematic Diva by Variety Magazine. The only actress cited by the U.P. Film Institute as the Premier Actress of the Philippines. In Ricky Lo's documented article on 8/19/99, (Vilma Santos, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Jurors in Chicago Intl. Film Festival), the Chicago Filmfest bigwigs have described Vilma as "the Meryl Streep of the Philippines" in the invitation. Respected journalist and Manunuri member Butch Francisco confirms the monicker in his 11/3/05 article My Favorite Vilma Santos Films: "With Dekada '70, I dare say that, yes, she has finally become the equivalent of Meryl Streep of Philippine cinema." Though belatedly, Vilma Santos' movies competed at the Venice Film Festival in 1985,(Sister Stella L), Brussels (Bata-bata) in 1999 and Asia-Pacific Film Festival, 1999 and Dekada '70, 2003 at the CineManila Film festival. Dekada 70 was exhibited in Cannes and Brussels International Film Festival The only Actor whose movie did not have a 'first day, last showing' record in Philippine Cinema

By Mar Garces


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