May be the Philippines’ best film actress of all time 3/3


Conclusion

By The Numbers: – Vilma Santos versus Nora Aunor

Here’s the ranking of the top 15 Greatest Filipino Actresses Ever (S Mag, 2006 survey):
1. Nora Aunor – 85 votes
2. Vilma Santos – 82 votes
3. Lolita Rodriguez – 57 votes
4. Charito Solis – 52 votes
5. Hilda Koronel – 50 votes
6. Gloria Romero – 45 votes
7. Nida Blanca – 40 votes
8. Jaclyn Jose – 40 votes
9. Gina Alajar – 40 votes
10. Sharon Cuneta – 37 votes
11. Maricel Soriano – 32 votes
12. Lorna Tolentino – 30 votes
13. Amy Austria – 25 votes
14. Rita Gomez – 23 votes
15. Cherry Pie Picache – 20 votes

Film Awards and Citations – Nora Aunor: Best Actress unless otherwise noted

Film Festival – International Best Actress
1. Cairo International Film Festival – 1995 – The Flor Contemplacion Story
2. East Asia Film and Television Award – 1997 – Bakit May Kahapon Pa?
3. Brussels Festival of Independent Films – 2004 – Naglalayag

Film Festival – Philippines Best Actress
1. 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival – Atsay (Best Performer)
2. 1979 Metro Manila Film Festival – Ina Ka Ng Anak Mo
3. 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival – Himala
4. 1984 Metro Manila Film Festival – Bulaklak sa City Jail
5. 1990 Metro Manila Film Festival – Andrea, Paano ang Maging Isang Ina
6. 1991 Metro Manila Film Festival – Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.
7. 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival – Gawad ng Natatanging Pagkilala
8. 1995 Metro Manila Film Festival – Muling Umawit ang Puso
9. 2004 Manila Film Festival – Naglalayag
10. 1972 Quezon City Film Festival – And God Smiled at Me
11. 1975 Bacolod Film Festival (?) – Banaue (Grand Buglas Award)
12. 1976 Davao City Film Festival – Ibilanggo Si Neneng Magtanggol

Philippines – Gawad Urian Best Actress
1. 1976 – Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos
2. 1980 – Bona
3. 1989 – Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit
4. 1991 – Best Actress of the Decade (1980s)
5. 1990 – Andrea, Paano ang Maging Isang Ina
6. 1995 – The Flor Contemplacion Story
7. 1996 – Bakit May Kahapon Pa
8. 2001 – Best Actress of the Decade (1990s)

Philippines – FAMAS Best Actress
1. 1976 – Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos
2. 1979 – Ina Ka ng Anak Mo
3. 1984 – Bulaklak sa City Jail
4. 1989 – Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit
5. 1990 – Andrea, Paano ang Maging Isang Ina
6. 1991 – Hall of Fame Award
7. 1996 – Circle of Excellence Award

Philippines – Star Awards Best Actress
1. 1984 – ’Merika
2. 1990 – Andrea, Paano ang Maging Isang Ina
3. 1991 – Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.
4. 1994 – Star of the Decade (1980s)
5. 1995 – The Flor Contemplacion Story
6. 2004 – Best Actress of the Decade (1990s)

Philippines – Film Academy of the Philippines Best Actress
1. 1989 – Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit
2. 1990 – Andrea, Paano ang Maging Isang Ina
3. 1991 – Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.
4. 1993 – Lifetime Achievement Award
5. 1995 – The Flor Contemplacion Story

Philippines – Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Actress
1. 1981 – Bakit Bughaw ang Langit
2. 1984 – Bulaklak sa City Jail

Philippines – Young Critics Circle Best Actress
1. 1990 – Andrea, Paano Ba Maging Isang Ina (Best Performer)
2. 1991 – Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. (Best Performer)
3. 1993 – Inay (Best Performer)
4. 1995 – The Flor Contemplacion Story (Best Performer)

Philippines – Pasado Best Actress
1. 2004 – Naglalayag

Philippines – Gawad Tanglaw Best Actress
1. 2004 – Naglalayag

Philippines – Kritika Best Actress
1. 1991 – Ang Totoong Buhay Ni Pacita M.

Philippines – Balatca Best Actress
1. 2004 – Naglalayag

Philippines – Ateneo Galian Best Actress
1. 1991 – Ang Totoong Buhay Ni Pacita M.

Philippines – People’s Choice, PPC Publications Best Actress
1. 1995 – The Flor Contemplacion Story
2. 1997 – Babae

Film Awards and Citations – Vilma Santos Best Actress unless otherwise noted

Film Festival – International Best Actress
1. 1999 – Brussels International Film Festival – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?
2. 1999 – Asia Pacific Film Festival (Bangkok, Thailand) Special Jury Award for Women’s Awareness – “Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?”
3. 2002 – CineManila International Film Festival – Dekada ‘70
4. 2002 – Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award Centennial Feminist

Film Festival Best Actress – Philippines
1. 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival – Burlesk Queen
2. 1981 Metro Manila Film Festival – Karma
3. 1989 Metro Manila Film Festival – Imortal
4. 2004 Metro Manila Film Festival – Mano Po 3: My Love
5. 1981 Cebu City Film Festival – for Karma
6. 1975 Bacolod City Film Festival – Nakakahiya?
7. 1993 Manila Film Festival – Dolzura Cortez Story

Philippines – Gawad URIAN Best Actress
1. 1982 – Relasyon
2. 1983 – Broken Marriage
3. 1984 – Sister Stella L.
4. 1989 – Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
5. 1990 – Gawad URIAN AKTRESS ng DEKADA (Body of Works in the 80s)
6. 1991 – Ipagpatawad Mo
7. 1993 – Dolzura Cortez Story
8. 1998 – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?
9. 2000 – Gawad URIAN AKTRESS ng DEKADA (Body of Works in the 90s)
10. 2002 – Dekada ‘70

Philippines – FAMAS Best Actress
1. 1963 – Trudis Liit (Child Actress)
2. 1972 – Dama de Noche
3. 1981 – Pakawalan Mo Ako
4. 1982 – Relasyon
5. 1987 – Tagos ng Dugo
6. 1988 – Ibulong Mo sa Diyos
7. 1989 – FAMAS Hall of Fame
8. 1992 – Circle of Excellence Award – Sinungaling Mong Puso
9. 1993 – Circle of Excellence – Dolzura Cortez Story
10. 1998 – FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Philippines – Star Awards Best Actress
1. 1989 – Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
2. 1993 – Dolzura Cortez Story
3. 1998 – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?
4. 1999 – Star Special Citation for winning at the Brussels Int’l Film Festival
5. 2000 – Anak
6. 2002 – Dekada ‘70
7. 2004 – Mano Po 3: My Love
8. 2004 – PMPC Star Dekada Award (Body of Works)

Philippines – Film Academy of the Philippines Best Actress
1. 1982 – Relasyon
2. 1993 – Dolzura Cortez Story
3. 1997 – FAP Lifetime Achievement Award
4. 1998 – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?
5. 2002 – Dekada ‘70

Philippines – Movie Magazine Awards Best Actress
1. 1987 – Tagos ng Dugo
2. 1989 – Pahiram ng Isang Umaga
3. 1991 – Ipagpatawad Mo
4. 1993 – Dolzura Cortez Story

Philippines – Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Actress
1. 1982 – Relasyon
2. 1987 – Tagos ng Dugo

Philippines – San Beda College Awards Best Actress
1. 1968 – Kasalanan Kaya? (Supporting Role)

Philippines – Let’s Talk Movies Awards Best Actress
1. 1982 – Relasyon (Body of works)

Philippines – Cinemascoop Awards Best Actress
1. 1987 – Tagos ng Dugo

Philippines – Channel 2 Viewers Choice Best Actress
1. 1989 – Imortal

Philippines – Intrigue Magazine Reader’s Choice Best Actress
1. 1991 – Ipagpatawad Mo
2. 1993 – Dolzura Cortez Story

Philippines – New Fame Magazine Reader’s Choice Best Actress
1. 1992 – Sinungaling Mong Puso
2. 1993 – Dolzura Cortez Story

Philippines – Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle Best Actress
1. 1998 – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?
2. 2002 – Dekada ‘70

Philippines – Gawad Sineng-Sine PASADO Best Actress
1. 1998 – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?
2. 2000 – Anak
3. 2002 – Dekada ‘70

Philippines – Siasi, Jolo Critics Best Actress
1. 1998 – Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?

Philippines – Gawad TANGLAW Best Actress
1. 2002 – Dekada ‘70
2. 2004 – Mano Po 3: My Love

Philippines – Cinema One’s RAVE Best Actress
2002 – Dekada ’70

Philippines – Critic’s Choice Best Actress
2002 – Best Performer – Dekada ‘70

Philippines – People’s Choice Best Actress
2002 – Best Performer for Dekada ‘70

Philippines – Gawad Suri Best Actress
1. 2004 – Mano Po 3: My Love
2. 2005 – Exemplary Film Practitioner and Public Servant

Philippines – Diwata
1. 2006 UP Lifetime Achievement Award

Philippines – Gawad Plaridel
1. 2005 for Outstanding Media Practitioner for Film

Conclusion: – Is there really anything that Vilma Santos cannot do, except sing (yet she has gold records and a hot-selling CD of her greatest hits), and to act on stage (too busy to say commit to oh so many tempting offers)? Fifty-three year old Vilma Santos’ outstanding record of achievements and awards in her dual career as actress and politician can easily land her in Guinness’ Book of Records. No other Philippine celebrity, male or female, dead or alive, can ever match this petite actress cum mayor’s formidable stature as the Philippines’ most awarded actress and politician. A high school graduate, a non-singer and only five feet tall, and an inexperienced mayor in her first of three successful terms, she practically is a David among the Goliaths such as Nora Aunor, FPJ (SLN), President GMA, Regine Velasquez, Sharon Cuneta, among others. As an actress, she played second fiddle to the CCP Centennial honoree and three-time International Best Actress Nora Aunor, an Urian favorite who would easily beat her in acting jousts via her signature soulful eye acting.

On TV, her then struggling VIP show would avoid competing with Nora’s Superstar to avoid being murdered in the ratings war, the barometer for popularity and advertisers’ nods. It is a different story though in the box-office arena where Vilma was crowned the champion many times over. In the late 70’s, just when people thought she was down and out with her so-so acting and TV careers and losing to her rival in awards nights (remember the 1978 MMFF best performer award?), her messy love life, and her in the red movie company VS Films, Vilma Santos, by some divine intervention, regrouped, took a breather and a crash course in counseling 101 with the industry experts. After soul-searching, making peace with God, listening to the advice of trusted friends, talent inventory, doing research/self- study, experimenting with movie roles and choosing her projects wisely (i.e. astute career management according to Nestor Torre), the New Vilma Santos was born. The rest is now history. Thanks to her Talent, Tenacity and Professionalism, and her many rivals’ complacency and misjudgments in life, Vilma Santos ’streaked’ past them, not easily though but through sheer True Grit. She earned her wings.

When the dust settles, Vilma Santos: Is probably the Philippines’ Best Film Actress. She is also the most awarded actress ever, 70 trophies in all and counting, the latest feat being her Best Single Performance Award from PMPC Star TV awards for her committed, focused, insightful and versatile performance (again, Nestor Torre’s remarks, not mine) in MMK’s Regalo. Her astounding range, equally at home in drama and comedy, earned her the most prestigious awards in the business: U.P. Gawad Plaridel, U.P. Diwata Award, a record 8 Urian best actress trophies, 6 from Star awards, two International Best Actress trophies, National Artist Award nominee, and the People’s Choice Awards (a record 14 movie fan-based magazine best actress awards), proofs that Vilma is both the critics and the paying moviegoers’ choice. Is one of the two highest paid actresses and top commercial product endorsers in the Philippines, along with best friend and soon costar in a Star Cinema project, MegaStar Sharon Cuneta, who, along with millions of Pinoys, including the Youth, look up to Ate Vi as a Positive and Inspiring Role Model. Is the Movie, TV and Stage Producers’ Choice based on published articles from various tabloids/journals.

She has to turn down juicy offers due to her commitments as Lipa city Mayor. Is the most awarded TV personality in the Musical-variety show genre, having won awards for Vilma!, from PMPC Star, CMMA, Dove Awards, among others. (Source: vilmasantos websites) Is the Philippines’ most successful and awarded Mayor ever, with such honors as Honoris Causa, PhD in Humanities, Outstanding Mayor, Unlad Pilipinas Award, Mga Munting Ngiti Award, among others,and even put Lipa city in the world map for winning Internationally for Mga Munting Ngiti project.(source: vilmasantos websites) Is the Longest Reigning Movie and Box-office Queen based on published/website data. Is a winner in the domestic front for helping her children Luis and Ryan excel in what they do, a real bonanza of priceless rewards for balancing parenthood and career, an almost impossible task which Vilma, Mother, accomplished, with aplomb, a Herculean task indeed, serving as Inspiration to all working mothers around the world. A consummate actress, an impassioned and hardworking mayor, a devoted wife and a dutiful mother, and a loyal and sincere friend to her fan base, Vilma Santos is indeed the Woman for All Seasons and Reasons. It’s all up to her. It is really between her and her Creator. We, her fans can only wish her the best, and respect and support her decision all the way, whatever that might be, whether it is politics or showbiz. As Mario Bautista sums up her many accomplishments: Incomparable. After all, either way, Vilma Santos is a Winner. The best is yet to come! – Mario O. Garces, Vilma & Nora, Rivalry No More, Special Issue Magazine, 2006

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