If you think you know everything about Vilma Santos, wait till you read the October 2015 issue of YES! magazine.
Well, you already know she's not running for vice president, right?
In an article posted on PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last August 20, 2015, she stated, "Wala akong plano, wala akong ambisyon."
And even if she's been in show business for 53 years and politics for 18 years, Ate Vi— aka Gov, Gov Vi— has always valued truth over flattery.
“Mas natatakot ako ‘yong ‘Ang ganda mo’ e you feel hindi naman. ‘Yong gano’n,” she told YES!
“I appreciate people na openly na sinasabi na they idolize, maybe because, in a way, meron silang alam sa buhay ko.
“In a way, that’s a way of inspiring them kasi open book naman ako. Alam nila what happened to me, to my love life."
MOST-SPOTTED ACCESSORY. You know the story behind her collection of panyo or handkerchief?
Vilma related, “Sabi ni Connie [Reyes, the actress and her friend], siya ang nag-umpisa. “Kasi, if I remember it right, no’ng nagvi-Vilma! pa ako, early, early Vilma! pa, nakikita nila na pawis-pawis ako.
“Kung ano ‘yong mahahawakan ko, ipupunas ko, 'tapos ganyan lang ako sa T-shirts," she said while demonstrating how she would wipe off sweat with a T-shirt she was wearing.
“Hanggang si Connie, sabi niya, 'Iyang klase ng trabaho mo, ba’t hindi ka humawak ng panyo at punasan mo ng panyo ang pawis mo?'
“Since then, no’ng matutunan ko, parang naging security blanket ko na.
“Pag may pawis, ganyan," wiping herself with a handkerchief.
“Pag nagagalit, ganyan," clutching the handkerchief in her fist.
Referring to her handkerchief, she said, “Nandito lahat ng emotions ko.”
According to Vilma, she owns various hankies for specific functions—“may pang-sosyal, may pang-hindi,” and most of them are katerno of her blouse or dress.
MISCARRIAGE. The Star for All Seasons has two children, Luis and Ryan.
But there could have been three.
“Nakunan ako one time,” she told YES!
“I didn’t know kung babae or lalaki, pero sana nga meron pa.”
But don't get her wrong, she feels complete surrounded by three fun and tough men—husband Ralph and her sons.
“Maglalaro sila, pero brusko.
"'Tapos ako, pag-iinitan ako dahil ako lang babae. E, Darna ito! Masaya lang, masaya,” she said with a laugh.
AS A WIFE. She sits as audience to her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, while he practices his speeches, but she's not the kind of wife who prepares her husband’s clothes for work.
“Kung minsan sa Senate, merong bill. Meron siyang interpolation, babasahin 'yong batas niyang ipapatupad or what, ganyan.
“Minsan darating ako, pagod na pagod. Magbibihis lang ako, hindi pa ako nagdi-dinner, sasabihin niya, ‘Vi, Vi, ito yung message ko bukas, twelve pages. Kindly check on this, ganito ko ide-deliver.’
“Pagod ka, pero, ‘O sige, sige.' Twelve pages! Nakaupo ako do’n pero gutom na gutom na ako.
“Gusto ko nang mahiga, pero hindi. Sasabihin ko sa kanya, ‘Babaan 'yong tono mo diyan, 'yan ang i-stress mo kasi ’yan ang important.’”
LOW MAINTENANCE. “Puwede ako sa bahay na naka-shorts. Di ba minsan, mas masarap nga 'yong luma na medyo may butas? Yun ang masarap na isuot paulit-ulit. Things like that, I am very simple.
“Tsaka nate-train ko ang sarili ko na pag nasa bahay, asawa ako’t nanay.
“Now, pag may trabaho ako, that’s the only time I’m a governor, or I’m Vilma, pero once I’m in the house, I'm more of very ordinary.
“No make-up, no nothing, pagkaligo ko, talian ko lang ang buhok ko, then put cream.
“Hindi ako sanay sa high living. Gano’n lang ako, I can buy anything I want, I can go travel, living comfortably, pero hindi pa rin ito yung bonggang-bongga.”