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
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
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
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.