This Time…Vilma Meets Michael Jackson!

“Seings pictorial” na naman ang pagtatagpin ng our very own superstar Vilma Santos and supersinger Michael Jackson ng The Jackson 5. It was a pictorial na kamuntik ng hindi matuloy dahil pareho silang busy sa kani-kanilang activities. Not them, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Long before na dumating sa ating bansa si Michael, he has been a favorite singer of Vilma. Pumunta kayo sa house niya sa Dasmarinas and you will find a complete collection nf mga plaka ni Michael at ng kanyang mga kapatid. Vi simply drools over the voice of Michael especially kapag kinakanta niya ang Ben or Happy. And up to now, ngayong hindi na niya kinakanta ang await na patungkol sa rats, siya pa rin ang idol ni Vi as he begins to sing more about love. On the other hand, what does Michael know about Vilma? Sad to say, very little nang maipakilala siya ay sak lamang niya nalaman na siya pala ay big star dito sa atin. Bago sila nagtagpo, Vilma made sure na napanood niya muna ang pagtatanghal nito sa FAT. At itinapat pa niya sa Valentine’s Day upang maging very memorable for her. Doubly memorable in fact dahil ang kanyang partner noong galing panoorin niya ang pagtatanghal ay walang iba kundi si Ronnie Henares.

Michael was not even informed na present sa audience that evening si Vilma. Kung napasabihan laman siya, tiyak na ang isa sa mga roses na kanyang ipinamigay noong gabing yaon ay kay Vilma tutungo. One wonders kung ano ang say ni Ronnie about this. In fact, before the Love Jive started ay sumayaw pa sina Vilma at Ronnie bilang pagpapaunlak, paanyaya ni Archie Lacson during the Penthhouse 7 front-act. On the show, completely spellbound si Vi sa kanyang nasaksihan. “Magaling, napakagaling nilang talaga especially Michael,” was what Vi uttered. She noticed na malaki na ang ipinagbago ni Michael sa pagkanta and she really admired the showmanship ng grupo. She would have loved to repeat the show kung ito’y magkaroon ng extended shows sa Araneta Colliseum but then its Salsa time para sa Lea kung kaya’t hindi niya ito napanood muli. And so came their meeting. As usual, a little introduction dahil nga they are completely strangers to one another. But after the handshake and hello, aba have many things in common. For instance, pareho silang singers although si Vi na rin ang nag-correct that she would rather be known as an actress. Biro pa nga ni Michael ay kung puwede silang mag-duet pero smile lang ang naging sagot ni Vi. “You teach me how to sing first,” ang kanyang biro kay Michael. – Remy Umerez, Kislap, No. 393, 25 Mar 1976

Vi with Michael Jackson

Vi with Michael Jackson

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