Vilma Santos on receiving harsh words on the set: "Wala naman kasing personalan yun."

"Maski ako nakaranas nun," admitted veteran actress Vilma Santos about receiving harsh words on the set.


Veteran actress Vilma Santos admits that she herself received harsh words from a director while on the set of a project.

In her previous indie film Ekstra, Governor Vi portrayed a bit player who was humiliated by a director.

How does Vilma feel that the scene in Ekstra is somewhat similar to what happened in real life?

"Natural, every individual is different," she pointed out during the January 17 presscon of her upcoming movie titled Everything About Her.

Vilma added, "Merong nakakaintindi, merong hindi.

"May ibang tao na hindi nakakayanan ang ganun.

"Sa amin, sanay na sa industriya..."

Without naming names, Governor Vi said that she also experienced this in the past.

"Maski ako nakaranas nun."

But she stressed, "Wala naman kasing personalan yun."

The actress, who has been part of the entertainment industry for the past five decades, says there is a need to understand those who are not used to the way things are done in showbiz.

"Hindi mo rin masisisi na may mga hindi naiintindihan because they are not inside the industry.

"That we have to understand also."

Director Cathy Garcia-Molina came under fire for reportedly cursing an extra in the 2014 ABS-CBN primetime series Forevermore.

With regards to the controversy, Direk Cathy admitted that she did curse the said talent but she had "good intentions" for the show.

"Mali, mali ang magmura, pero sana ilagay natin sa konteksto," she said.

Read: Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina: "I am sorry to all who I offended."

POLITICS VS SHOWBIZ. Before she became the governor of Batangas, Vilma started out as a child star in the 1960s.

In 1998, she started her term as mayor of Lipa City until she became the governor of Batangas in 2007.

During the presscon proper, Vilma candidly talked about the differences she observed between the worlds of showbiz and politics.

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"Showbiz at politika, malayo.

"Dito na ako lumaki. Maraming intriga at maraming away. Maliit ang mundo natin.

"Pero sa experience ko na 50 years, manageable pa rin sa showbiz."

She observed, "Pero politika is different. Masyadong ma-personal dun.

"Puwede kayo magpatayan dun, sa totoo lang."

What does it need to succeed in showbiz and politics?

"Sa showbiz, kailangan matapang ka, makapal ang mukha mo.

"Sa politika, kailangan matatag ang loob mo. Hindi madali," she explained.

The veteran actress describes showbiz by saying, "Ito na ang pinaka-spoiled na business.

"Sobrang suwerte natin na nasa show business.

"Nag-e-enjoy na tayo, sikat ka pa, mataas pa ang suweldo. The fame, the power [nandito]."

She said that there are sacrifices involved when one becomes a public servant.

"Sa politics, hindi naman kataas ang suweldo mo at ikaw ang hahabol sa tao kung anong kailangan nila.

"Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

Still, she feels grateful to receive the trust of her constituents who have allowed her to remain in office for the past 18 years.

"At the end of the day, kapag ibinigay nila ang respeto, that you can lead a city, a province, a country, that is priceless.

"Yun ang fulfillment na hindi nababayaran ng pera.

"Yun ang fulfillment sa political arena."


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