Star For All Seasons and Batangas Sixth District Representative Vilma Santos-Recto is THE PEP LIST Year 4 Editors’ Choice for Female Movie Star of the Year.
Vilma won for her performance in the 2016 Star Cinema film Everything About Her.
The award-winning actress won over the other nominees for this category: Jennylyn Mercado (Just The 3 of Us), Kathryn Bernardo (Barcelona: A Love Untold), Maine Mendoza (Imagine You and Me), and Rhian Ramos (Saving Sally).
The PEP editorial team, headed by editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, personally presented Vilma’s plaque in her office at the House of Representatives, in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Tuesday afternoon, September 19.
Also in the team were PEP.ph news editor Erwin Santiago (2nd from right), Rommel Llanes (far right), Arniel Serato (2nd from left). Accompanying the team is Jun Nardo (leftmost), veteran editor and long-time Vilma friend.
The Lipa City representative—who made time for PEP.ph during the break of a committee hearing on poverty alleviation—said she was grateful for her latest acting award.
In her acceptance speech, she first thanked Jo-Ann and the PEP editorial team for choosing her as Female Movie Star of the Year.
Vilma, who admitted she's not tech-savvy, continued, “This is going to be very important for me.
“It will serve as an inspiration, especially itong mga PEPsters natin ay mga social media [users].
“So, hindi pa ho ako ganun ka-techie. But this time, I’m very thankful, kasi from now on, dito sa PEP, lagi akong magbabantay ng news.
“But again, truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you very much.”
The actress-politician also thanked Star Cinema, which produced Everything About Her, director Joyce Bernal, and co-stars Angel Locsin and Xian Lim.
The Star For All Seasons added, “Definitely, this will inspire me more to do better, not only as a public servant, but still, as an artist.
“Thank you very much again, maraming salamat po.”
A few Vilmanians, led by Jojo Lim (2nd from right), were also present to congratulate their idol. Vilma was proud to point out to PEP.ph that among them was (3rd from right) a millennial.
Vilma is the second THE PEP LIST Year 4 winner who has been announced, after Barbie Forteza who won Comedy Actress of the Year.
More winners will be announced in the coming days.