Vilma Santos-Recto recently toured Kris Aquino around Batangas for the Kris TV episode aired last July 29, 2011.
The host of the ABS-CBN show took this opportunity to ask the Governor of Batangas regarding her upcoming movie project, her political plans and her beauty regimen.
Kris pointed out Vilma has been serving as a public servant for 13 years already: 9 of them were as Mayor of Lipa and 4 years as Governor of Batangas.
Kris asked the actress-politician, how did these 13 years change you as a person?
Before the Star for all Seasons answered this question, Kris narrated an anecdote related to this. "Naalaala ko nung nangangampanya kami ni Ai-Ai [delas Alas] with you, sabi mo pag showbiz ka, prinsesa ka. Ikaw inaalagaan, ikaw pinagsisilbihan. Dito [public service] ikaw ang naninilbihan sa lahat."
Vilma pointed out, "Tayo sa showbiz, unang-una, malaki ang suweldo. Ikalawa, hina-hangaan. They put you on a pedestal. Hinahabol ka ng tao. Dito, baliktad. Kami ang humahabol sa tao. 'Ano ang kailangan n'yo?' It's hard work kasi hindi ka reyna dito. Ikaw ang inuutusan.
"Lumawak ang kaalaman ko. Dati, puro showbiz lang ako. Sa entertainment lang ako agad. 'Ano ba ang kumita ngayon? Kailangan maganda ang pelikula ko.'
"The good thing I've learned, you can do so many meaningful things for people even without a camera."
Kris continued, "For 49 years, ang showbiz ang bumuhay sa 'yo. When are you making another movie?'"
Vilma candidly replied, "Ang alam ko, kaming dalawa ni Kim Chiu in a horror movie with Chito Roño under Star Cinema.
"Supposedly ang working title The Healing. We start anytime in September siguro."
The actress-politician then expressed her desire to act in front of the cameras once again.
"Nami-miss ko nga kasi nasa puso at nasa dugo ko iyon. Alam ng mga Batangueño one movie a year ako."
FUTURE POLITICIAN? Kris described Vilma's son, Luis, as "one of the best male hosts and a really good actor."
What are her dreams for her youngest son, Ryan?
"Sa nakikita ko kay Ryan, parang actor and politician at the same time. He is a warm person. Hindi takot sa tao. Palabati siya sa tao. Nung paglaki niya, yun na ang kinamulatan niya [world of politics]. Later on baka dun din siya papunta."
Kris curiously asked Vilma about her political plans in the future. She answered, "Hindi ko kasi obsession ang politics. Wala akong political plan. I may run again, I may not run anymore. But hindi ko masabi kung saan pupunta. Ang talagang permanente lang, my showbiz career is here."
DEFYING AGE. Kris also asked Vilma how she has managed to maintain her ageless beauty through the years.
Vilma smiled and asked, "'Really? In all honesty, magyayabang po ako, walang botox 'yan. Not even a single needle...I'm scared of needles.
"I have nothing against enhancement pero parang hindi pa ako prepared for it."
With regard to her sleeping patterns, Vilma revealed, "Mahaba na sa akin ang six hours of sleep. Hindi ako puwede ng over kasi namamaga ako. The more na lumalabas ang eye bags and I feel bloated. Ang perfect na tulog sa akin four hours."
As for her exercise regimen, the award-winning actress revealed that she spends time on the treadmill and even Wii!
"I'm doing the zumba [dance fitness game on Wii]--buong katawan mo gumagalaw at enjoy pa ako kasi dancing."
She also likes to go to a sauna right after "to sweat out." She explains, "Paglabas mo dun, you're reddish, ang [lambot] ng kutis mo."