Vilma: A Woman For All Seasons (2009)

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Basic Information: Cast: Vilma Santos, Kim Chiu, Megan Young, Claudine Barretto (host), Laurice Guillen (host), Nikki Gil, Coco Martin, Vhong Navarro (host), Shaina Magdayao, Angelica Panganiban, Iya Villania, Empress Shuck, Nina Dolino, Princess Ryan, Dianne Medina, Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Angel Locsin (host), Luis Manzano, John Lloyd Cruz, Maribeth Bichara; Running Time: 30 minutes; Premiered: August 01, 2009 – Date Ended: August 29, 2009; Number of Episodes: 5; Language: Tagalog; TV Station: ABS-CBN; Country: Philippines

Plot Description: The Kapamilya Network proudly presents the much awaited five-part TV special for the one and only Star For All Seasons aptly entitled ‘Vilma: A Woman for all Seasons’ airing on all Saturdays of August. Presented in a documentary-magazine and reality TV format, fans and viewers alike will be in for a real treat as the respected and veteran actress tells all in this once in a lifetime event. This five weekend special will tackle everything on the esteemed actress-turned-Governor – from the start of her career, to her term as a public servant as well as sneak peeks into her highly awaited and much talked about movie ‘In My Life’ with son Luis Manzano and blockbuster film actor John Lloyd Cruz. – Telebisyon.net (READ MORE)

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Reviews – The Kapamilya Network proudly presents the much awaited five-part TV special for the one and only Star For All Seasons aptly entitled ‘Vilma: A Woman for all Seasons’ available on TFCnow’s Premium Edition, starting the first Saturday of August. Presented in a documentary-magazine and reality TV format, fans and viewers alike will be in for a real treat as the respected and veteran actress tells all in this once in a lifetime event. This five episode special will tackle everything on the esteemed actress-turned-Governor – from the start of her career, to her term as a public servant as well as sneak peeks into her highly awaited and much talked about movie ‘In My Life’ with son Luis Manzano and blockbuster film actor John Lloyd Cruz. The first episode (available starting August 1), hosted by Claudine Barretto who has worked with Vilma in the drama film ‘Anak,’ showcases Vilma as an actress/ artist, being the four-time grand slam Best Actress in various award-giving bodies as well as receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards from Cinemanila and FAP among others. This also highlights a special acting workshop by Vilma herself in collaboration with respected director Laurice Guillen for hand-picked Star Magic talents who will imitate scenes from her unforgettable movies.

This exclusive workshop is undeniably a must-see and is participated by the likes of Primetime Princess Kim Chiu (who acted out the scene in the film “Dolzura Cortez” where PDA scholar Bugoy bravely faced Kim’s slapping hand), indie King turned mainstream actor Coco Martin, host and singer Nikki Gil, breakthrough kontravida beauty Megan Young, some of the favorite PDA and Pinoy Fear Factor stars as well as the rest of the Star Magic family. On the following week (available starting August 8), viewers will see Vilma as a TV host, dancer and performer. With funny man Vhong Navarro adding laughter with his comical antics and wacky remarks as the host, the Star for all Seasons shares some of her insights and experiences during tapings and shootings – from unavoidable health concerns and even to romantic problems with her good-looking leading men. We will relive the days of “VIP” show where she used to do her special numbers in her most colorful costume and danced the most complicated dance routines by no less than Maribeth Bichara. Joining the prized actress in the dance workshop are young stars Shaina Magdayao, Angelica Panganiban, Iya Villania, Empress Shuck, Nina Dolino, Princess Ryan and Dianne Medina. Definitely something to look forward to is the much-awaited dance number of Vilma with the said stars!

Next episode (available starting August 15), fans and supporters will have an exclusive preview of Vilma’s private world as one of the young actresses closest to her heart, teleserye Princess Angel Locsin hosts this very personal chapter. Vilma welcomes viewers into her home in Alabang which is the very first time her private quarters will be shown on Philippine television. Featuring the prized actress as a wife, mother, sister and friend, we will see how she spends her free time at home and what a ‘normal’ family day is in the life of Governor Vi. On the fourth installment (available starting August 22), Vilma is shown as an empowered Filipina leader being the hands-on and the first woman Governor of Batangas and a UP Gawad Plaridel Awardee for her achievements as an actress and a public servant. Capping off this five-episode special (available starting August 29) is your very own VIP pass into the making of Vilma’s movie, ‘In My Life’ with eldest son Luis and John Lloyd who will also serve as the hosts. Be the first to peer into some of the movie scenes and events shot at the colorful city of New York, listen in on some selected interviews with the cast and crew as well as trivia on the much-anticipated film and get an exclusive sneak peek into the never before seen behind-the-scenes shots. – TFC Now (READ MORE)

As a wife and mother – The Aug. 15 episode has the answer: For the first time, the actress allows a TV crew to shoot inside her new house in Alabang. The episode will also display the musical talents of hubby Ralph Recto and second son, Ryan Christian. The fourth episode focuses on Vilma as a public servant. And, for the final episode, she will be seen during the shooting of her forthcoming movie with her son, Luis, and John Lloyd Cruz. Parenthetically, she told us that she doesn’t aspire for the country’s vice presidency because all her plans are exclusively for Batangas. – Remy M. Umerez, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07 Aug 2009 (READ MORE)

Vilma ‘s Achievements – Before moviegoers get to see Vilma Santos on the big screen this September, Vilmanians will have the chance to see her on ABS-CBN’s five-week special dedicated to the Star for All Seasons. Dubbed Vilma: A Woman for All Seasons, this is a separate TV show that will air right after Maalaala Mo Kaya every Saturday night. According to a source from ABS-CBN, this TV show highlights Vilma ‘s achievements as an actress, a mother, and as a public servant. It will also feature behind-the-scene videos of Vilma being directed by Olivia Lamasan in the upcoming Star Cinema movie In My Life. This movie, shot partly in New York, marks Vilma’s return to the big screen after starring in Mano Po 3: My Love (2004). In My Life also stars Vilma’s son, Luis Manzano, and John Lloyd Cruz. The highly anticipated movie includes intimate scenes of Luis and John Lloyd who play gay lovers. Catch Vilma: A Woman For All Seasons on all Saturdays of August, airing right after Maalaala Mo Kaya on ABS-CBN. – Jocelyn Dimaculangan, PEP, 20 July 2009 (READ MORE)

Megan’s Dilemma – Megan Young’s biggest break in showbiz to date was her role as Marcella on I Love Betty La Fea. She was so good at it that many viewers started to notice her as one of the most promising actresses today. This is the very reason why she was also hand-picked to attend the special acting workshop led by Vilma Santos for her TV special A Woman For All Seasons on ABS-CBN. But as seen last Saturday, August 1, Megan wasn’t able to slap Vilma during their on-the-spot acting showdown. It elicited various reactions amongst the audience and fortunately, ABS-CBN.com caught up with the young star to ask her what really happened back then. Apparently, she was too mesmerized with Vilma’s powerful presence that she could hardly think of the right things to say and, much more the momentum to deliver that slap. “I was gonna, I really was…kasi naghahanap ako ng tyempo nung una and then I couldn’t find one. When she was talking to me (in a gentle manner), ‘Anak sampalin mo ako ha…’ I was looking into her eyes, she’s just… I got so star struck. I was thinking how am I going to slap her. Am I supposed to do it hard? With me thinking of so many things, hindi ko na siya nasampal,” she vividly recalled.

A friend of hers who was able to watch the show later told Megan that she was actually good in the sense that she was able to shed tears right there and then. Only to realize that she was genuinely crying because of the difficult situation she was in. “In the middle of it, I was so embarrassed kasi I was saying a lot of stuff that really embarrassed me. Everybody was laughing. Actually they said na it became a comedy skit. I tried to absorb it (the insults that Vilma was hurling at her as part of the acting session) but I wasn’t that focused. At that time I just forgot all the stuff that I learned from my workshops because I was just so intimidated by her.” When Megan got invited to the said event, she had no idea that it’s actually an acting workshop-slash-open forum that would be shown on TV. “They only told me that day so hindi ako emotionally prepared. The reason why I cried talaga is I was scared out of my mind that I won’t be able to slap her, and I didn’t. Actually lahat kami akala namin manonood kami ng movie ni Vilma. Yun nga, I didn’t know na ipapalabas siya sa TV. So after the workshop sabi ko pa okay I’ll just work on it next time,” she added. Nevertheless, Megan stressed that she really learned from the whole experience, and hopefully, she would get the chance to redeem herself in another acting stint with Vilma. “In the end, I learned from it and she was really nice about it pa. All I can say is that you learn from your mistakes. How can you grow as a person if you don’t make this kind of mistake? I am not saying that go ahead make mistakes, you can learn from them. But you just have to get over it na rin. Do what’s right next time,” she wisely stated. – ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, Puah, 8/05/2009 (READ MORE)

A Special Show – ABS-CBN wants a TV special for Gov. Vilma Santos in connection with her new movie, “In My Life.” “I told them ayoko ng usual tribute,” she says. “I just want it to be a sharing na lang of my experiences in acting with their new stars, not because I’m good at it but because of the wealth of experiences I gained sa tagal ko sa showbiz. Biro nyo, 38 na ko ngayon, next year 37 na ko,” she laughs. The five-part special, “A Woman for All Seasons,” will be shown on all Saturdays of August, after “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” The first special on August 1 will focus on acting, done workshop-style with Claudine Barretto as host and director Laurice Guillen as facilitator. New stars of ABS-CBN attended it and gained first-hand information from Gov. Vi about her craft as an actress. Kim Chiu acted out scenes from her “Dolzura Cortez Story” while Nikki Gil and Coco Martin acted out her scenes with Christopher de Leon in “Broken Marriage,” both award-winning films. “I’m excited as this is the first time this is done on TV. I just noticed, intimidated sila sa’kin. I did a scene with Megan Young na she’s supposed to slap me, pero hindi niya ako masampal. Naranasan ko rin yan noon when I did ‘Modelong Tanso’ with Charito Solis.”

The second special on August 8 is hosted by Vhong Navarro and centers on her experiences as a TV star, especially her dancing. She gets to dance again, like she used to in the fabulous opening numbers of her “Vilma” show. “I love dancing at na-miss ko talaga. Pero siempre, wala na nung liftings kundi simpler moves, pinaubaya ko na yun sa mga bagets na kasayaw ko like Angelica Panganiban, Shaina Magdayao, Iya Villania, Empress Shuck and others. But later, nag-hiphop din ako.” The episode on August 15 will show Ate Vi as a wife and mom. “For the first time, I allowed a TV crew to show our new home in Alabang. They will join us on a Sunday, which is family day for me, and they’ll see the musical side of Ralph and Ryan Christian who’ll do a musical number na parang rock band. This will be hosted by Angel Locsin.” The fourth episode on August 22 will show her as a public servant. The TV crew will shoot her as she goes to the Batangas capitol to join the flag ceremony and show what a typical day for her is as its first lady governor and a truly empowered Filipina. The fifth and final episode will show the making of “In My Life” on location in New York with son Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz. This is a Ate Vi’s grand comeback from the movie scene and it already created a big, loud buzz. The movie has a September 16 showing and will have its premiere on September 15 in Manila, Batangas, and in the USA. – Mario Bautista, posted at Pinoy Exchange Forum

Revered Multi-faceted Woman – ABS-CBN proudly presents a grand five-part television special featuring Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos. The TV special, dubbed “Vilma: A Woman for all Seasons,” will air on all Saturdays of August. Presented in a documentary-magazine and reality TV format, fans and viewers will be in for a real treat as the revered multi-faceted woman bares her life. She will also tackle her highly awaited movie, “In My Life,” with son Luis Manzano and blockbuster film actor John Lloyd Cruz. Known as the “Star for All Seasons,” Santos is considered a veteran in the entertainment industry. She started her career in show business when she was only 9 years old. Santos won her very first acting trophy as FAMAS best child performer for the film Trudis Liit (Little Trudis). Since then, the respected actress appeared in more than 200 films and various TV programs over the years. She also won the respect of the most prestigious award-giving bodies for movies and television such as FAMAS, Gawad Urian, PMPC and Catholic Mass Media awards. Aside from bringing entertainment to Filipinos, Santos also has a heart for public service. She is currently in politics as the first woman governor of Batangas. She was also the first woman mayor of Lipa City. She is a doting mother to two wonderful sons and a loving wife to fellow public servant Ralph Recto. – ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

The Seasons – “The camp of Gov. Vilma Santos credits movie journalist JC Nigado for giving the actress-turned-politician the tag Star for All Seasons. For the longest time — since the early ’70s, rival Nora Aunor was called Superstar. In 1986, Sharon Cuneta was built up as the Megastar and yet Vilma remained untitled. In 1988, when Vilma marked her 25th year in show business in a PICC extravaganza put up by GMA 7 with the help of Chit Guerrero for her weekly variety show, Vilma!, Nigado wrote a series of articles where he called her Star for All Seasons. Other titles were coined for other stars after that, but only a few managed to maintain those titles and Vilma is undeniably one of them. Tonight, after Charo Santos’ Maalaala Mo Kaya, ABS-CBN will start airing a five-part special called Vilma: A Woman for All Seasons, which will trace the various facets of her life and career as an actress (the only one with four grand-slam wins), as a TV host and dancer (her Vilma! show on GMA 7 that ran for nine years was the best-produced — without question), as a wife and mother (the first time she is showing her new home in Alabang — a must-see on Aug. 15) and as a public servant (her image as Lipa mayor first and now Batangas governor is untainted). For the final episode on Aug. 29, son Luis Manzano will show viewers some of the behind-the-scenes in the making of their movie All My Life, which will be shown by Star Cinema in September. I had a reunion with Vilma recently and we both agreed that the title Woman/Star for All Seasons is so apt for her because she had been through all the seasons of life round and round. Together, we sat down to trace the various seasons of her life…” – Butch Francisco, Philippine Star, 01 August 2009 (READ MORE)

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