The Big Girl With A Big Heart

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She was not to thrive on controversies. “Yan si Vilma Santos.” Dala ito marahil ng kanyang napakaagang pagkakapasok sa pag-aartista. Gayon pa man she has not been spared with some near-clashes with issues affecting her standing in the field of entertainment ay dumarating din sa kanya. Sa paminsan-minsang pagkantig sa kanyang enviable na katayuan bilang isang artista, uncondusive para sabihin nating she does it with tact…sa dahilang di na niya kailangan. She does not have to evade issues for reason na wala naman siyang dapat ipaliwanag sa ilang mga puna sa kanya. Having maintained her “sweet-image” personality sa kanyang mga followers and foes alike, isang napakalaking achievement ito paa sa isang artistang naging katungali sa larangan ng popularidad ang isang kinikilalang very formidable showbiz supergirl. Much to busy before the camera, tutoong napakahirap magkaroon ng pagkakataong makapanayam siya with ultimate gusto. But we have always been broadminded about such perchance happenings. Kahit na between “breaks” na hindi namin siya ginambala. Knowing fully well the gruelling eksenas na katatapos lang niyang harapin, its but fair na kinakailangan niya ang magpahinga, though momentarilly. However we came upon a beautiful idea kahit na di namin siya masyadong nakakuwentuhan, her showbiz life was an open book. Di kailangan ang manaliksik. Appraisal was well at hand. Gayunpaman, we sidetracked to dwell on more hearsays. Facts ang aming pinagbabasihan…mostly emanating from people close to her at gayon din sa mga taong naging asiwas sa kanyang pagiging popular. It is an accepted tenet na kapag ang isang tao ay naging successful sa kanyang hanapbuhay, the natural trend ay ang pagiging usual target ng mga pana…nakakasira and otherwise.

In her little more than a decade of involvement with showbiz, isang bagay ang naging very obvious sa kanya. Ang vigorous growth niya sa pagiging artista didn’t flourish through controversy. However, she has had near-clashes with some. To mention some of those “drop-in-the-bucket” napaguusapan, napagtapunan namin ng pansin ang kanyang closeness sa kanyang reel and real ka-love team na si Edgar Mortiz. Ang dalawa raw are more than just magka-love team. That they have been married daw in some off-Philippine shore. Ang nasabing rumor however died a natural death. On it’s own, di na kailangan pang ikaila ito by either Vi or Bot kung totoo which it is not. They look it as just one of those laughing matters among showbiz people. Now the talk has taken its own course…to oblivion. Action speaks louder than words…at napakita nina Vilma na with a slight dash of denial, they have proved themselves capable of being burdened with the untruth. Time justified it for them. At kamakailan lamang ay nagkaroon ng issue ang kanyang pagsusuot ng very “unsweet” attire sa kanyang latest vehicle na “Lipad, Darna, Lipad.” Nagkaroon ng divided concern ang iba’t ibang panig na nakapaligid kay Vilma. Dapat daw ba niyang tanggapin itong role na ito? And if so, kailangan daw ba niyang magsuot ng tights o hindi? Trifling matter possible, but defintely, ikinabahala ng marami. However, this issue has been resolved upon. Sinusulat namin ito’y nasa finishing touches na ang “Lipad…” Realism has been injected sa kapansiyahan narin ni Vilma. She didn’t wear tights nor body fits. Naging acceptable na rin sa kanyang mga fans ang inakala nilang tamang desisyon ng kanilang idol. Vilma on the other hand is one girl na di man lang namin nakitang unsmiling.

She had a ready smile for everyone. Winsome in everyway, very enjoyable to talk with ang young actress na ito. Recently, nagkaroon siya ng kaunting problems with a certain press release. However it has been threshed out even before it has magnified itself into harmful proportions. Nuong huli namin siyang nakaharap sa shooting ng “Lipad…” sa mismong El Dorado Subdivision sa Antipolo, kapuna-puna ang kasigpagan ni Vilma. And she can take risks too. Immeasurable ang kanyang industry at dedication sa kanyang propesyon. Di niya alintana ang pagod sa panayang shooting. She finds time to smilingly greet her many well-wishers who flocks daily to the set. We wonder kung nakaparis man ni Vilma kay Susan Roces sa ngayon. Vilma can well be placed as having started her career at an earlier age while Susan had started hers at a blooming age. However, the comparisons ends there. Susan had maintained her sweet statute as Vilma had up to now. Vilma definitely has a long, long way to travel sa kanyang career, marami pang trivalities ang kanyang haharapin. At kailangan maging handa siya. Knowing Vi we are sure she can pass it with flying colors. For one, Vilma never has panicked sa harap ng mga problema. Hindi niya kailangan maging ugali ng takasan ang ano mang problema. She face them squarely… – Tito Nards, Kislap, 1973

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