Vilma Santos-Recto (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 "Queenstar" and "Star for All Seasons". She is currently governor of Batangas. She is the first woman governor of the province. She was previously the first woman mayor of Lipa City.
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. She made the film Burlesk Queen when she lost to Nora Aunor in popularity. 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 a teener.
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 "Burlesk Queen", Rubia Servious", 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 Diwata Awards.
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.
Running for Governor in Batangas
Mayor Santos-Recto ran for Governor in the 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 were 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 was in, Mayor Santos-Recto said that she opted to give way to Ricky but left people hanging as she said that she had until March 29 to decide and that it was still a long time before that date and anything may still happen. Mayor Santos-Recto was then being said to be interested in running as Congresswoman
representing the 4th District of Batangas. To add spice to the situation, Vilma's husband re-electionist Senator Ralph Recto
announced to the media that they would 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 up 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 ran 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 Arman Sanchez.
Santos-Recto was proclaimed as the duly elected Governor-elect of the province of Batangas on May 21
after garnering 475,740 votes against Sanchez's 344,969 for a winning margin of more than 130,000. She is the first female governor of Batangas province.
|| Role |
-2009 Fame, a film with sarah geronimo
|| D' Lucky Ones
|| cameo |
|| Mano Po 3 : My Love
|| Lilia Yang |
|| Dekada ‘70
|| Bata, Bata...Paano Ka Ginawa?
| Ang Erpat Kong Astig
|| Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal
|| Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko
|| Relaks Ka Lang, Sagot Kita
| Nag-iisang Bituin
| Lipa: Arrandia Massacre
|| Ikaw Lang
| Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story
|| Dolzura Cortez |
|| Sinungaling Mong Puso
|| Ipagpatawad Mo
|| Hahamakin Lahat
|Kapag Langit Ang Humatol
|| Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga
|| Tagos Ng Dugo
| Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Bukas
| Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig?
|| Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
| Palimos Ng Pag-ibig
| Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin
|| Muling Buksan Ang Puso
|Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick
| Sister Stella L.
| Alyas Baby Tsina
|| Ayaw Kong Maging Kerida
| Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?
| Broken Marriage
|Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Nakaraan
| Sinasamba Kita'''
| T-Bird At Ako
|Never Ever Say Goodbye
| Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan
| Pakawalan Mo Ako
|| Good Morning Sunshine
| Darna At Ding
|| Darna/Narda |
| Miss X
|Yakapin mo ako, Lalaking Matapang
| Ang Galing galing mo, Mrs. Jones
| Gusto Kita, Mahal Ko Siya
|Langis at Tubig
|Pinay, American Style
|Rock Baby Rock
| Halik Sa Kamay, Halik Sa Paa
| Swing It, Baby
|Buhay Artista Ngayon
|| Pinagbuklod Ng Pag-ibig
|Bakit Kailangan Kita?
| Simula Ng Walang Katapusan
|Amorseko: Kumakabit, Kumakapit
| Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali
| Pagputi Ng Uwak, Pag-itim Ng Tagak
| Disco Fever
| Pag-ibig Ko Sa Iyo Lang Ibibigay
|Ikaw Ay Akin
|| Pulot-Gata Pwede Kaya?
|Susan Kelly, Edad 20
|Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon
|Masarap, Masakit Ang Umibig
| Burlesk Queen
|| Hindi Nakakahiya
|Mga Reynang Walang Trono
|Big Ike’s Happening
|Let’s Do The Salsa
|Mapagbigay Ang Mister Ko
| Bertang Kerengkeng
|Bato Sa Buhangin
|Mga Rosas Sa Putikan
| Nag-aapoy Na Damdamin
| Makahiya At Talahib
|| Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita
|Dugo At Pag-ibig Sa Kapirasong Lupa
| Vilma Veinte-Nueve
|Karugtong Ng Kahapon
|Tag-Ulan Sa Tag-Araw
| Darna Vs. The Planetwoman
|| Darna/Narda |
|| Vilma & The Beep Beep Minica
| Kampanerang Kuba
| Vivian Volta
| Twin Fists For Justice
|Tok Tok Palatok
|Mga Tigre Ng Sierra Cruz
| Kamay Na Gumagapang
|King Khayam And I
|Happy Days Are Here Again
|| Now And Forever
|Anak Ng Aswang
|Lipad Darna Lipad
|Dyesebel At Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe
|Darna And The Giants
| Ophelia At Paris
|| Aloha My Love
|Don’t Ever Say Goodbye
|Sweet Sweet Love
| Dama De Noche
|Hatinggabi Na Vilma
|Tatlong Mukha Ni Rosa Vilma
| Leron Leron Sinta
|| Love At First Sight
|Wonderful World Of Music
|Our Love Affair
|| Young Love
|Songs And Lovers
|I Do Love You
|My Pledge Of Love
|From The Bottom Of My Heart
|Bulaklak At Paru-Paro
|The Young Idols
|Because You’re Mine
|Mga Batang Bangketa
|I Love You Honey
|Edgar Loves Vilma
|Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak
|Vilma, My Darling
|May Hangganan Ang Pag-ibig
| Renee Rose
|| Pinagbuklod Ng Langit
|Pag-ibig, Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo
|My Darling Eddie
|The Jukebox King
|| De Colores
|Sino Ang May Karapatan?
|| Ito Ang Pilipino
|Ito Ang Pilipino
|| Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit
|Ito Ang Dahilan
|| Morena Martir
|Sa Baril Magtuos
|Iginuhit Ng Tadhana
|Kay Tagal Ng Umaga
|Naligaw Na Anghel
|Sa Bawat Pintig Ng Puso
|Larawan Ng Pag-ibig
|| Trudis Liit
|Anak, ka ng ina mo
|Duelo Sa Sapang Bato
|King And Queen For A Day
|| Notes |
|| Alay ni Da King: A Fernando Poe, Jr. Special
|| Host, FPJ The Artist (Cinema One - ABS-CBN ) |
||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Regalo
|| mother of April(ABS-CBN) |
|| Dulambuhay ni Rosa Vilma
|| Weekly Drama show(ABS-CBN) |
|| The Sensations
|| Weekly Musical variety show(ABS-CBN) |
|| Once There Was A Love
|| Kamandag sa Puso
|| Lamat sa Kristal
|| VIP (Vilma in Person)
|| (Weekly Musical variety show) BBC-2 |
|| Ayan Eh!
|| (Weekly Musical variety show) RPN-9 |
|| Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz & a variety of several co-stars
|| Weekly Musical variety show |
Awards for Television Works
- 1972 - Most Effective TV Actress - EMEE Award
- 1987 - Best Musical Variety Show Host - Star Awards for TV
- 1987 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Catholic Mass Media Award (CMMA)
- 1988 - Best Musical Variety Show Host - Star Awards for TV
- 1988 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Star Awards for TV
- 1988 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - CMMA Award
- 1989 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Star Awards for TV
- 1989 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - CMMA Award
- 1990 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Star Awards for TV
- 1990 - Hall of Fame in Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - CMMA
- 1990 - New York International Awards for TV -'Vilma' - Finalist
- 1991 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Star Awards for TV
- 1991 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Dove Award
- 1992 - Best Musical Variety Show - 'Vilma' - Star Awards for TV
- 1994 - Best Musical VAriety Show - 'Vilma' - Star Awards for TV
- 1998 - Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award - Star Awards for TV
- 2006 - Best Actress in a Single TV Persformance for Maala-ala Mo Kaya: 'Regalo' episode - Star Awards for TV
- 1963 - FAMAS - Best Child Actress for Trudis Liit
- 1968 - San Beda College Awards - Best Supporting Actress for Kasalanan Kaya?
- 1972 - FAMAS for Dama de Noche
- 1975 - Bacolod City Film Festival for Nakakahiya?
- 1977 - Metro Manila Film Festival for Burlesk Queen
- 1981 - Metro Manila Film Festival for Karma
- 1981 - Cebu City Film Festival for Karma
- 1981 - FAMAS for Pakawalan Mo Ako
- 1982 - First Grand Slam for Relasyon
- 1982 - FAMAS for Relasyon
- 1982 - Gawad URIAN Relasyon
- 1982 - Film Academy of the Phils. for Relasyon
- 1982 - Catholic Mass Media Awards for Relasyon
- 1982 - Let’s Talk Movies Awards for Relasyon
- 1983 - Gawad URIAN for Broken Marriage
- 1984 - Gawad URIAN for Sister Stella L.
- 1987 - FAMAS for Tagos ng Dugo
- 1987 - Catholic Mass Media Awards for Tagos ng Dugo
- 1987 - Movie Magazine Awards for Tagos ng Dugo
- 1987 - Cinemascoop Awards for Tagos ng Dugo
- 1988 - FAMAS for Ibulong Mo sa Diyos
- 1989 - Star Awards for Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
- 1989 - Gawad URIAN for Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
- 1989 - Movie Magazine Awards for Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
- 1989 - Metro Manila Film Festival for Imortal
- 1989 - Channel 2 Viewers Choice Award for Imortal
- 1989 - FAMAS Hall of Fame
- 1990 - Gawad URIAN AKTRESS ng DEKADA (Body of Works in the 80s)
- 1991 - Gawad URIAN for Ipagpatawad Mo
- 1991 - Movie Magazine Awards for Ipagpatawad Mo
- 1991 - Intrigue Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Ipagpatawad Mo
- 1992 - New Fame Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Sinungaling Mong Puso
- 1992 - FAMAS Circle of Excellence Award
- 1993 - Second Grand Slam for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - Manila Film Festival Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - Gawad URIAN for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - Film Academy of the Phils. for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - Star Awards for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - Movie Magazine Awards for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - Intrigue Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - New Fame Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1993 - FAMAS Circle of Excellence for Dolzura Cortez Story
- 1997 - FAP Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1998 - Third Grand Slam for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - Gawad URIAN for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - Star Awards for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - Film Academy of the Phils. for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - Gawad Sineng-Sine PASADO Awards (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) for
Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - Siasi, Jolo Critics Awards for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1998 - FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1999 - Brussels International Film Festival for Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?
- 1999 - Star Special Citation for winning at the Brussels Int'l Film Festival
(The film "Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?" was also given a Special Jury Award for Women's Awareness at the Asia Pacific Film Festival held in Bangkok, Thailand from Nov. 22-26, 1999. Ms. Santos was a Best Actress nominee.)
- 2000 - Star Awards for Anak
- 2000 - Gawad Sineng-Sine PASADO Awards (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) for Anak
- 2000 - Gawad URIAN AKTRESS ng DEKADA (Body of Works in the 90s)
- 2000 - Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2002 - Fourth Grand Slam for Dekada '70
- 2002 - Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Gawad Sineng-Sine PASADO Awards for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Star Awards for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Film Academy of the Phils. for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Gawad URIAN for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Gawad TANGLAW for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Cinema One’s RAVE Awards for Dekada '70
- 2002 - Critic’s Choice - Best Performer for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - People’s Choice - Best Performer for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - CineManila International Film Festival for Dekada ‘70
- 2002 - Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2004 - Metro Manila Film Festival for Mano Po 3
- 2004 - Gawad Suri Awards for Mano Po 3
- 2004 - Gawad TANGLAW for Mano Po 3
- 2004 - Star Awards for Mano Po 3
- 2004 - PMPC Star Dekada Award (Body of Works)
- 2005 - FEMINIST CENTENNIAL FILMFEST- Outstanding Achievement in Film Acting
Box Office Awards & Other Citations
- 1970 Most Popular Movie, TV and Radio Love Team
- 1971 Miss Philippine Movies
- 1972 Reyna ng Pelikulang Pilipino
- 1973 Queen of Phil. Movies
- 1974 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies;
- 1974 Queen of Movie Stars;
- 1974 Miss R. P. Movies
- 1975 Miss R. P. Movies;
- 1975 Queen of Southern Luzon Movies
- 1978 Phil. Movies Box-Office Queen;
- 1978 Box-Office Champion
- 1979 Box-Office Champion;
- 1979 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies
- 1980 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies;
- 1980 Miss Philippine Movies
- 1981 Miss Phil. Movies - USA;
- 1981 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies
- 1982 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies;
- 1982 Cinehan Awards’ Box-Office Queen;
- 1982 Top Female Star - Takilya Award
- 1983 RP Movies’ Queen of Queens;
- 1983 Her Highness Queen of Phil. Movies
- 1984 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies
- 1986 Hall of Fame Box-Office Queen
- 1988 Queen of Philippine Movies
- 1996 Longest Reigning Box-Office Queen awarded by the City of Manila
- 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1999 Natatanging Artista ng Taon
- 2000 Special Recognition For Winning at Brussels International Film Festival; Box-Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2001 Box-Office Queen of Phil. Movies
- 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2004 Natatanging Gawad Tanglaw;
- 2005 All-Time Favorite Actress
- 2006 Gawad Suri Gintong Alamat ng Sining (longest reigning Movie and Box-office Queen)
- 2006 First Pioneer Filipino Animation Awards - for Darna, given by the United Animation Inc. and United Staffing Registry Inc.
- 1969 - Sixteen
- 1969 - Wonderful to be in Love
- 1969 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
- 1970 - Something Stupid
- 1970 - Bring Back Your Love
- 1970 - I Wonder Why
- 1971 - Abadaba Honeymoon
- 1971 - Bobby, Bobby, Bobby
- 1971 - Dry Your Eyes
- 1971 - Love, Love
- 1971 - Mandolin in the Moonlight
- 1971 - Sealed with a Kiss
- 1971 - Tweedle Tweddle Dee
- 1971 - Wonderful World of Music
- 1971 - You Made Me Love You
- 1972 - Rikitik
- 1973 - Palung-Palo
- 1974 - Tok Tok Palatok
- Crazy for You
- 2000 - Anak Soundtrack
- 2005 - Vilma CD - collection of 23 songs
Golden Record Awards
- 1970 Sixteen given by Willears Records
- 1974 Palong-Palo given by Vicor Records
Socio-Civic/Public Service Awards
Under her administration, Lipa has gathered a respectable number of awards and citations acknowledging its achievements in education, health, and peace and order management, among other things. Santos-Recto, herself, has been recognized by four different award-giving bodies as an outstanding mayor, twice in 2000, once in 2002 and another one in 2006. Some of her awards for social/public service includes as follows:
- 1975 Most Outstanding Nueva Ecijana
- 2000 Best Over-All Local Council Performance given by the Boy Scout of the Philippines
- 2000 Outstanding mayor in Region IV given by the Asosasyon ng Komentarista at Anaunser sa Pilipinas
- 2000 Outstanding City Mayor given by the Civil Service Commission
- 2001 Sandugo Outstanding Local Executive Award given by the Dept. of Health
- 2002 Presidential Award as the Cleanest & Greenest Local Government Unit in Region IV
- 2005 Gawad Plaridel Award for Outstanding Media Practitioner for Film
- 2005 Gawad Suri Award for Exemplary Film Practitioner and Public Servant
- 2005 Presented the Honorary Key to Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
- 2005 IAPD (International Association of Pediatric Dentistry) Bright Smiles Bright Futures Award, at the Sydney Convention Center in Sydney, Australia. The Philippines' Dental Health Program "Mga Munting Ngiti" in Lipa bested all finalists from Scotland, Australia, Rumania, China and Mexico.
- 2005 Conferred as Honorary Member of the UP College of Public Health Alumni Society and Keynote Speaker to their 26th Annual Convention in Manila.
- 2005 Huwarang Pilipino Award conferred by the 2005 Parangal sa Pamilyang Pilipino Organization Inc and by the Office of the President (May 21, 2005 at Ateneo de Manila University)
- 2005 Lifetime Centennial Feminist Award
- 2006 First Diwata Award by University of the Philippines
- 2006 Guest Speaker for The Anvil Business Club Forum (Jan. 26, 2006) focusing on 10-point Agenda for Lipa
- 2006 Unlad Pilipinas Award (for 'Mga Munting Ngiti')
- 2006 Topped survey among students as 'Positive Youth Role Model'
- 2006 Outstanding City Mayor Award from the Dept. of Social Welfare & Devt.
- 2006 Gawad Munting Ngiti Awardee & Keynote Speaker to the 7th Annual Conference of the National Association of Dental Trade Inc. at PhilTrade, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City Oct. 8, 2006.
- Ate Vi made around 198 films from 1963 to 2002. This includes cameo appearances in Dugo at Pagibig sa Kapirasong Lupa, Mga Mata ni Angelita, Huwag Hamakin Hostess (with Nora Aunor and Alma Moreno with Vilma getting Orestes Ojeda in the end), Candy, No Other Love, Charot, Rizal Alih, Engkanto, and ‘Bukas Sisikat Din Ang Araw’, a Gabby-Snooky starrer, produced by friend Gabby Concepcion.
- The only years Vilma did not make any film were in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
- Child star Vilma co-starred in the 1967 Hollywood-produced war-action-drama movie made for television 'The Longest Hundred Miles'. It also starred Americans Doug McClure, Katharine Ross, Ricardo Montalban, and Filipino veteran actors Vic Silayan, Ronald Remy and Berting Labra.
- She co-starred with her two favorite actresses in her two films, Lolita Rodriguez in Trudis Liit which opened on Feb. 21, 1963 and Gloria Romero in Anak, Ang Iyong Ina which opened on April 7, 1963 both at Life Theater?
- Eddie Garcia also appeared in Anak, Ang Iyong Ina. He later directed her in films like Sinasamba Kita (1982) and Imortal (1989) and will appear together in Mano Po 3.
- The late Rita Gomez was also in Anak, Ang Iyong Ina? She later appeared with Vilma in Takbo, Vilma, Dali in 1972 directed by Joey Gosiengfiao.
- Her busiest year was 1970 when she made 25 films. That is having two Vilma Santos movies shown every month. These were Young Love, Mardy, I Do Love You, Song and Lovers, My Pledge of Love, Love is for the Two of Us, From the Bottom of My Heart, Bulaklak at Paru-Paro, Mother Song, The Young Idols, Sixteen, Because You’re Mine, Love Letters, Ding Dong, Sweethearts, Give Me Your Love, Mga Batang Bangketa, I Love You Honey, Edgar Loves Vilma, Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak, Vilma My Darling, Nobody’s Child, May Hangganan ang Pag-ibig, Baby Vi and Renee Rose.
- Vilma or Vi was used in some of her earlier films: Edgar Loves Vilma, Vilma, My Darling and Baby Vi in 1970; Takbo Vilma Dali, Hatinggabi na Vilma and Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma in 1972; Wonder Vi in 1973; Vilma and the Beep, Beep Minica in 1974 and Vilma Veinte Nueve in 1975.
- She is the only actress to portray Mars Ravelo’s Darna four times with different child actors as Ding. These were Angelito in Lipad Darna Lipad, a trilogy directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza; Joey Gosiengfiao and Elwood Perez, Dondon Nakar in Darna and the Giants (1973) directed by Borlaza; Bentot Jr. in Darna vs. the Planet Women (1975) directed by Armando Garces and Niño Muhlach in Darna at Ding (1980) directed by Erastheo Navoa Jr. and Cloyd Robinson.
- Vilma and arch rival Nora Aunor shared topbilling in four films. The first was Young Love in 1970 (with Tirso Cruz III and Edgar Mortiz) followed by Pinagbuklod ng Pag-ibig (Nora was paired with Tirso while Vilma with Romeo Vasquez), Ikaw Ay Akin (with Christopher de Leon) and T-Bird at Ako in 1982.
- After working together in Mga Tigre ng Sierra Cruz (1974) and Modelong Tanso (1979), Vilma and the late Charito Solis were co-stars in Ipagpatawad Mo (1991) and Dolzura Cortez Story (1993) both directed by Laurice Guillen.
- Did you know that Vilma was only paired twice with ex-husband Edu Manzano as compared to Christopher de Leon’s 22 times? These were Romansa sa kama in 1980 and Palimos ng Pag-ibig in 1986?
- Prior to co-starring with Snooky Serna in Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1986) and Hahamakin Lahat (1990), Vilma and Snooky were in Sweethearts in 1970. Co-starring with them aside from Edgar Mortiz and former child actor Arnold Gamboa were Snooky’s parents Von Serna and Mila Ocampo.
- The late Ishmael Bernal’s first film with Vilma was Now and Forever (1973) with Edgar Mortiz.
- Before he was Vilma’s leading man in Makahiya at Talahib, Rudy Fernandez played a supporting role in Ibong Lukaret. Both films were released in 1975.
- Former movie queen Amalia Fuentes did not only co-star with Vilma in Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976) but co-directed it as well with Fely Crisostomo. They were co-stars in Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin in 1986.
- Before she shared equal billing with Vilma and Boyet in Magkaribal (1979), just like ex-boyfriend Rudy Fernandez, Alma Moreno played a supporting role in Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw (1975).
- Before she played the ghost role in Haplos (1982) with Vilma and Boyet, Rio Locsin had a below the title billing in Simula ng Walang Katapusan directed by Luis Enriquez (aka Eddie Rodriguez) and Disco Fever in 1978. And also a cameo role as dancer in Burlesk Queen.
- Sheryl Cruz has appeared with Vilma before in Candy (Vilma in a cameo role) and Good Morning Sunshine (1980) directed by Ishmael Bernal. Mano Po 3 is their third film together.
- Vilma was directed by Lino Brocka in three movies but did not win any award. These were Rubia Servios (1978), Adultery: Aida Macaraeg (1984) and Hahamakin Lahat (1990). However, she won multiple Best Actress awards in three films directed by the late Ishmael Bernal considered as the rival of Brocka. These were Relasyon (1982), Broken Marriage (1983) and Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (1989).
- Vilma co-starred with Anthony Castelo in Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981) directed by Elwood Perez and Nonoy Zuñiga in Never Ever Say Goodbye (1982) directed by Gil M. Portes.
- Director Emmanuel H. Borlaza, who used to direct Vilma in the ’70s, last worked with her in Ibigay Mo sa Akin ang Bukas in 1987.
- The 2002 film 'Dekada '70 was the official Philippine entry to the 2003 Oscars. It was also featured in Cannes, Brussels and Cinemanila.
- Vilma is the only actress who has worked with the following award-winning Filipino directors. Aside from Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, Vilma was directed by Celso Ad Castillo (Burlesk Queen, Pagputi ng Uwak, Pagitim ng Tagak), Gil M. Portes (Miss X, Never Ever Say Goodbye), Danny Zialcita (Langis at Tubig, Karma, Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan, T-bird at Ako), Mike de Leon (Sister Stella L), Marilou Diaz Abaya (Alyas Baby Tsina, Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan), Laurice Guillen (Kapag Langit ang Humatol, Ipagpatawad Mo, Dolzura Cortez Story), Maryo J. de los Reyes (Tagos ng Dugo, Sinungaling Mong Puso), Chito Roño (Ikaw Lamang, Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginawa?, Dekada 70), Jose Javier Reyes (Nagiisang Bituin), Rory Quintos (Anak) and now by Joel Lamangan in Mano Po 3.
- Vilma has won the following awards. Urian, eight; Famas, five; Star Awards, five; Film Academy, four; Movie Magazine Awards, four; Metro Manila Film Festival, three; Catholic Mass Media Awards, two; Young Critics Circle, two; Pasado Awards, two; Fame Magazine Awards, two; Cinema Rave, two and one each from Manila Film Festival, SIASI Jolo Critics Awards, Gawad Tanglaw, Let’s Talk Movies Awards, Cinemascoop Awards, Bacolod Film Festival and Channel 2 Viewers Choice. She has two international awards from the Brussels Independent Film Festival for Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginawa? and Cinemanila International Film Festival for Dekada 70 both directed by Chito Roño. She is the youngest actress to be elevated to the Famas Hall of Fame in 1989 at the age of 36. She won for Dama de Noche (1972), Pakawalan Mo Ako (1981), Relasyon (1982), Tagos ng Dugo (1987) and Ibulong Mo sa Diyos (1988). She has two Famas Circle of Excellence awards (1992 and 1993), Film Academy (1997) and Famas (1998) Lifetime Achievement awards and two Urian Best Actress ng Dekada for the ’80s and the ’90s.
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