German Moreno—still harboring ill-feelings towards a "son" who did him wrong—said in his speech at SOP's celebration of his birthday last Sunday, that today's stars should work on durability in the business rather than getting the faster, bigger bucks.
Kuya Germs may have been waxing very personal, but today's celebs should take to heart what the Clover Theater Janitor-turned-Master Showman said.
There are stars who, after so many years, managed to stay in show business but lost their brilliance and got content playing supporting roles. This is actually better than those who just faded away and sulked in obscurity, completely forgotten by everyone.
That's why Vilma Santos is unique. She holds the distinction of being the only actress in Philippine showbiz to have gone through four-and-a half decades without being unseated from her throne as one of the most admired and most bankable movie stars in local cinema.
She may have rested in some years during those 45 years to give way to new stars, like Sharon Cuneta, Maricel Soriano, Manilyn Reynes, Claudine Barretto Judy Ann Santos and others. And yet, when a Vilma movie comes out, fans queue the theaters to see her perform. Because of her box-office successes, she was accorded the title—Star for All Seasons.
This is the last of the three-part series on the urban legends connected to the Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos-Recto.
RECAP. In Part 1, PEP probed the "mysterious hanky," Ate Vi's so-called trademark.
Jojo Lim, president of Vilma Santos Solid International, Incorporated (VSSI, Inc.), said, "Si Papa [Amado] Santos, lagi siyang pinagdadala ng lampin para pamunas ng pawis niya." Later on, Vilma gave up the "lampin" for soft, signature hankies.
On the other hand, Al Valencia, VSSI auditor—and encyclopedia for anything about Vilma—said it was Vi's friend Connie Reyes who told her to switch from using tissue paper to hankies when wiping her face.
As for the rumors about bulging veins and the sweaty hands, this writer can attest that none of this is true. We have personally seen and held the legendary actress's hands. Her hands were in fact very soft, smooth and not sweaty at all. We have also heard from Vilma herself.
Vilma started the habit back in the ‘80s, during her Vilma! days. "Protection ko sa pawis, sa alikabok, sa dumi," the Star for All Seasons simply said.
The second Vilma urban legend: Who among the many men who got linked to Vilma became her boyfriend in real life? Who were just plain rumors.
Among the suitors, co-stars, and screen partners (that include international stars Meng Fei and AMB Junior, and the King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr.), only five men became her real-life boyfriends—Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz, her "ka-love team"; Ronnie Henares, the suitor singer; Romeo Vasquez, the controversial boyfriend; Edu Manzano, the balikbayan model, and Ralph Recto, the business economist.
During her relationship with Romeo "Bobby" Vasquez, the "Betamax" issue came out. It was later proven to be just a smear campaign against Vilma, when her business adviser Marichu Maceda dared that she's willing to give P1 million for anyone to who can give her the "betamax" showing Vi's sex bout with Bobby. No such betamax tape came out. It was ruled just a nasty rumor.
Vi married Edu in 1980 and had Lucky (Luis Manzano). After her divorce with Edu in 1985, she met young Ralph Recto, they dated, and then married in 1992. They are still together and blessed with their son Ryan Christian.