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On #LGBT and The #DeathPenalty – “…Kung maaari nga lang sana, may exclusive laws para sa LGBT, kasi naiintindihan ko situations nila eh…Kasi ang LGBT, may discrimination talaga eh. Parang kapag sinabing lesbian (o gay), may (negative) connotation na agad ang mga tao (sa kanila). (Pero) ang sa akin lang, ‘What’s wrong with that (being gay)?’ Buti nga ngayon, mas libre na sila mag-expose (ng mga sarili nila)…(on saying NO to death penalty) Yun kasi ang prinsipyo ko sa buhay. Iba din ang prinsipyo ng iba na dapat din natin igalang…At the end of the day kung anong makakabuti sa mga tao, ’yun ang sundin natin. Since naninindigan ako sa no, I am ready to accept the consequences of my decision…” – Vilma Santos-Recto, as reported by Regina Mae Parungao, Manila Bulletin, 16 March 2017

Life is simply not ours to take – “…Naniniwala ako sa hustisya. Ang mga nagkasala ay nararapat na patawan ng parusa, karampatan sa nasasaad sa batas. But I also believe that everyone has the right to become productive members of society. Everybody deserves a chance to correct their mistakes. Reformation. Rehabilitation. Reintegration. Those are the three processes that I believe in. Masugid akong sumangguni sa aking mga kababayan tungkol sa pagsasabatas ng Death Penalty. On their behalf, I say an adamant NO to the re-imposition of Death Pe­nalty. I fully understand the consequences of not supporting this bill, but in the question of life and death, our conscience prevails. Life is simply not ours to take. Mabuhay ang mga Lipeño at mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!” – Vilma Santos-Recto, as reported by Alwin Ignacio, Abante Tonite, 10 March 2017

Remembering Danilo – “…The country’s top actors and singers remember fashion designer to the stars, Danilo Franco, fondly. Often described as “a loner and a man of few words,” Franco would rather let his designs—by turns, elegant, intricate and colorfully flamboyant—speak for themselves. Several star-clients were his most ardent supporters, as well—and would proudly don his creations not only onstage (in plays, concerts and awards rites) and onscreen (in movies and on TV shows), but offstage as well…Rep. Vilma Santos wore a Franco Filipiniana gown when she tied the knot with Sen. Ralph Recto in Lipa, Batangas, in 1992. Franco also took care of Santos’ wardrobe when she played a fierce and feisty mogul in the movie, “Everything About Her,” last year…”He was like family. We were together for ages. He did my clothes for years—from the ‘Vilma’ show in the 1980s until his passing. I am so sad. I am continuously praying for him. I love him. He was a very quiet person. Observant, passive, but a true, loving and loyal friend…” – Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer, 06 February 2017

Selfie and Other Topics – “…I’m used to it because I’ve been in show biz since I was 9. Yes, it gets distracting sometimes, especially if you need to focus and think about what’s being discussed. At the same time, I also should be thankful because it means they’re interested in me…I’m more careful now (on being outspoken) because I’m aware that whatever I say influences people. You can’t dispense irresponsible advice or issue flippant comments…I support President Duterte’s war on drugs—it’s about time we take the issue seriously. But while we’re aware of the dangers of drug abuse, we can’t solve crimes by killing people. If you ask me, everybody deserves a second chance. Hindi tayo puwedeng basta magbitaw ng kung kaninong pangalan [without proof], at patay lang nang patay. There’s a better way to do this. Kailangang nasa tamang lugar…Expressing contrarian views is a human right. And she (Meryl Streep) is as intelligent a person as she is as an actress…In a way, they rule with an iron fist (Trump and Duterte). But we should give them a chance. President Duterte’s trust rating is very high (86 percent), which means he has the people’s support. Six months aren’t enough to gauge a president’s performance. Let’s hope for the best…” – Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto, as reported by Rito P. Asilo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 05 February 2017

Can’t Say NO to Ate Vi – “…I didn’t receive any reply, which was unusual. The next day, Tuesday, I texted him again to ask him if we could meet up and have coffee. Again, no reply. But after about an hour, it was his brother Joey who texted me back using Danny’s phone. He told me that Danny was in the hospital and was already in critical condition…he couldn’t say no to, actress-politician Vilma Santos. At the time of his death, he only had two sewers who were on call at his shop in Singalong, Manila…Sir Dan was one of the pillars of SoFA…He was one of our first few faculty members and he eventually became a major member of our education team. He was one of those we relied on to deliver the SoFA method of design education. He understood the value of the design process and managed to mentor our students through it. He was extremely generous, becoming a lifelong mentor and friend to his students even after graduation…In spite of his full load as a SoFA professor, Dan still continued to serve his clients…He always wanted to retire from designing and move from Malate to a smaller place in Makati near SoFA. But how could he do that when clients like Vilma Santos wouldn’t stop ordering? He was always busy, but always found time to dine out, hang out with designers, co-teachers, and create artworks when his schedule allowed…” – Rene Bisquera, Reported by Alex Y. Vergara, Manila Bulletin, 05 February 2017

The Balisong-wielding Batangueña Fighter – “…Vilma Santos, the Batanguena: However, the most telling evidence of how well a person can suit language and lifestyle lies in Vilma Santos-Recto, who now peppers her conversations with traditional Batangueño lines spoken with the right attitude. Vilma has taken to calling friends as Ka Nitoy or Ka Celia, Ka being a term of endearment among Batangas old-timers. Ka is also used as a term of respect to another person, usually older. In the late ’70s, Vilma acted in a film called “Vilma Veinte Nueve (29)” where she played a balisong-wielding fighter of a character. She was Batangueña, but of course…” – Nestor Cuartero, Manila Bulletin, 27 January 2017

#GEMS Awards for Film – “…Sinadya naming lumiban sa pagbibigay ng blind item sa araw na ito para bigyang-daan ang isang bagong tatag na samahan, ang GEMS (Guild Of Educators, Mentors And Students), na binubuo ng mga akademisyan mula sa iba’t ibang paaralan, mga propesyonal mula sa mga pribadong institusyon at sektor ng lipunan, at mga mag-aaral ng mga prestihiyosong kolehiyo at pamantasan…Best Film (Indie) – Die Beautiful (The Idea First Company); Best Film (Mainstream) – Everything About Her (Star Cinema); Best Film Director (Indie) – Jun Robles Lana (Die Beautiful); Best Film Director (Mainstream) – Joyce Bernal (Everything About Her); Best Supporting Actor – Xian Lim (Everything About Her); Best Supporting Actress – Cherry Pie Picache (Whistleblower); Best Actor – Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful); Best Actress – Vilma Santos (Everything About Her); Special Award, Natatanging Hiyas Ng Sining Sa Pinilakang Tabing – Jaclyn Jose…” – Cristy Fermin, Pilipino Star Ngayon, 12 January 2017

Full Protection for Filipino #LGBT – “…Ang gusto nating isulong ay itong full protection para sa ating mga LGBTs not only in this term. Sana maging permanente po ito through a law not only through a resolution. I hope this committee will support this endeavor…Ultimately, this bill seeks to create a police organization that is able and eager to respond to any criminal or emergency incident, regardless of the gender orientation of the people involved…” – Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto, reported by Kristian Javier, Philstar, 03 January 2017

Date News Links
03-26-2017 Sarah tumanggi sa Darna!
Vinia Vivar, Pang-Masa
03-26-2017 Sarah walang interes sa Darna!
Baby E, Pang-Masa
03-25-2017 Cong. Vi Ayaw Tumigil
Aster Amoyo, JournalE
03-25-2017 Vilma pinakamagaling sa lahat ng nag-Darna
Lolit Solis, Pilipino Star Ngayon
03-25-2017 What it takes to be Darna, according to Ate Vi
Dolly Anne Carvajal, The Philippine Daily Inquirer
03-24-2017 Ai Ai, Nalusaw Ang Puso Sa Papuri nina Vilma, Sharon, Juday!
Dondon Sermino, Abante
03-24-2017 Ate Vi nag-text kay Ai Ai, humingi ng pasensya
Jun Nardo, Bandera
03-23-2017 Direk Borlaza, ikinwento ang hamon ng pagsasapelikula ng Darna
03-22-2017 Luis Manzano says he sees himself marrying Jessy Mendiola
Jill Tan Radovan, InterAksyon
03-21-2017 Your Guide To 19th Gawad Pasado
Rodel Fernando, PSR
03-21-2017 Luis Manzano, hindi pa umano naiisip magpakasal
03-21-2017 Sarah mas bagay na kapalit, Angel babu na sa Darna!
Salve V. Asis, Pang-Masa
03-21-2017 Vilma ayaw makisawsaw sa MMFF
Sol Gorgonio, Pilipino Star Ngayon
03-20-2017 Why Angel Locsin can no longer play Darna
03-20-2017 Congw. Vilma Santos ‘di apektado sa pagkatsugi ng chairmanship sa Kamara
Peter Ledesma, Hataw Tabloid
03-20-2017 Vilma, sinunod lang ang gusto ng mga kababayan
Gorgy Rula, Abante Tonite
03-19-2017 Ang loyalty ko wala sa partido, nasa tao – Cong. Vilma Santos
Jimi Escala, Balita
03-18-2017 Vilma, natanggalan ng komite sa Congress
Lito Mañago, Journal
03-18-2017 Roles that got away
Ronald Constantino, Tempo
03-18-2017 Jessy tinanggihan ang marriage proposal ni Luis?!
Baby E, Pang-Masa
03-18-2017 Vilma hindi apektado kahit nawalan ng chairmanship sa Congress
Lolit Solis, Pilipino Star Ngayon
03-16-2017 Luis nagulat sa ginawa ni Jessy kay Ate Vi
Boy Abunda, Pilipino Star Ngayon
03-16-2017 PEP lists down 10 Most Inspiring Women in Philippine Showbiz
Bernie Franco & Rachelle Siazon, PEP
03-16-2017 Straight up
Regina Mae Parungao, Manila Bulletin
03-15-2017 Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, hindi na nasorpresa sa pagkakatanggal sa puwesto
Ronald Agustin Jayme, Definitely Filipino
03-13-2017 Jessy idinispley ang halikan nila ni Luis
Salve V. Asis, Pilipino Star Ngayon
03-13-2017 Luis naihanda na ang bahay na titirhan nila ni Jessy!
Baby E, Pang-Masa
03-12-2017 Cong. Vi wants to produce own movie
Eugene Asis, Journal
03-12-2017 Another Nora, Vilma? Perhaps, never again!
Ronald Constantino, Tempo
03-12-2017 Hindi kaya ng konsensya ko — Congw. Vi
Tina Mendoza, Abante
03-12-2017 Ate Vi, Gusto Nang Magka-apo!
Dondon Sermino, Abante
03-12-2017 Ate Vi goes to Congress
Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star
03-11-2017 Luis Manzano supports mom’s crucial decision
Nickie Wang, Manila Standard
03-10-2017 Ate Vi ayaw maging presidente
Jun Nardo, Pang-Masa
03-10-2017 Kahit 12 years ang age gap, Luis gulat na nagkakasundo sila ni Jessy
Salve V. Asis, Pang-Masa
03-10-2017 Luis Manzano ready to settle down with Jessy Mendiola?
03-10-2017 Ate Vi excited sa MMFF
Lolit Solis, Pang-Masa
03-10-2017 Rep. Vi vows to share ‘experience’ with MMFF execom
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer
03-10-2017 Ate Vi ayaw maging presidente
Jun Nardo, Pang-Masa
03-10-2017 Vilma, nanaig ang konsensya
Alwin Ignacio, Abante Tonite
03-10-2017 Vilma, No Regrets Sa “#NoToDeathPenalty!”
Jun Nardo, Abante
03-10-2017 Ai Ai, Dream Makipag-tarayan Kay Ate Vi!
Dondon Sermino, Abante
03-09-2017 Ate Vi, guest sa ‘Darna’?
JN, Journal
03-09-2017 Everbody deserves a chance to correct their mistakes – Vilma Santos
Jimi Escala, Balita
03-09-2017 ‘No To Death…’ Ni Ate Vi, Pinalakpakan Ng Showbiz!
Rose Garcia, Abante
03-09-2017 Why Rep. Vilma Santos voted no to death penalty
03-08-2017 Vi denies awkwardness with Jessy Mendiola: “I don’t think may problema kami.”
Bernie Franco, PEP
03-08-2017 Ate Vi na-appoint na execom ng MMFF
Salve Asis, Pilipino Star Ngayon
03-08-2017 Vilma at Grace, pasok sa MMFF 2017 EXECOM
Noel Ferrer, Abante Tonite
03-07-2017 Grace Poe, Vilma Santos join MMFF execom
03-04-2017 Angge naging aktres din!
Ed De Leon, Pang-Masa
03-03-2017 Talent manager Cornelia Lee a.k.a. Angge passes away
Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon
03-03-2017 Celebs mourn death of ‘Tita Angge’
02-26-2017 ABS-CBN named TV Station of the Year; dominates 15th Gawad Tanglaw
01-28-2017 Joyce Bernal: Top of the directorial hit parade
Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-22-2017 Luis at Jessy seryosohan, Ate Vi lumilinaw naang request na apo
Baby E, Pang-Masa
02-21-2017 ‘Walang Kupas’ 2nd time around?
Ronald Constantino, Tempo
02-21-2017 Marriage proposal ni Luis kay Jessy, idinaan sa ‘joke’
Alex Datu, Hataw Tabloid
02-21-2017 Marian at Angel, bagay i-remake ang Ang T-Bird At Ako
Roldan Castro, Hataw Tabloid
02-21-2017 Maigsing buhok ni Jessy, pantapat kay Angel
Roldan Castro, Hataw Tabloid
02-20-2017 Xian, dating ham actor na humahakot na ng award
Roldan Castro, Hataw Tabloid
02-16-2017 Charo type makatrabaho sina Ate Vi at Juday
Julie Bonifacio, Bandera
02-06-2017 Frankly, Danilo Franco
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-05-2017 Vilma Santos, ibinibigay sa tao ang para sa tao
Ronnie Carrasco III, Pinoy Parazzi
02-05-2017 An Artist to the very end
Alex Y. Vergara, Manila Bulletin
02-05-2017 Vilma Santos goes to Congress
Rito P. Asilo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-02-2017 Juday, Ate Vi nagluluksa sa pagkamatay ng mahal sa buhay
Jun Nardo, Bandera
02-02-2017 Vilma at Juday nagluluksa
Lolit Solis, Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-29-2017 All that’s ugly about beauty
AA Patawaran, Manila Bulletin
01-26-2017 Luis at Jessy lumantad na magkapatong
Salve V. Asis, Pang-masa
01-27-2017 ‘Ala eh’ and that quaint Batangueño accent
Nestor Cuartero, Manila Bulletin
01-20-2017 Luis nagpapaka-praktikal, nagta-taxi na lang ‘pag coding
Jun Nardo, Pang-Masa
01-19-2017 Donna Villa namatay dahil sa cancer sa uterus
Lolit Solis, Pang-Masa
01-19-2017 Kris at Angelica sumikat kina Donna at Carlo J
Baby E, Pang-masa
01-18-2017 Cong.Vi, Paolo Best Actress at Best Actor sa 1st GEMS Awards
Reggee Bonoan, Bandera
01-18-2017 Movie producer Donna Villa, 57
Arlo Custodio, Manila Times
01-17-2017 Producer Donna Villa, wife of director Carlo J. Caparas, passes away
Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon
01-15-2017 Rep. Vi proposes paid leave for workers to attend kids’ school activities
Charissa Luci, Manila Bulletin
01-15-2017 Jessy pumiyok sa kasal nila ni Luis
Boy Abunda, Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-14-2017 Jessy at Luis, mag-on lang, pero ’di pa engaged
Nel Alejandrino, Journal
01-06-2017 Ate Vi botong-boto kay Jessy para kay Luis: Nakikita ko, masaya naman sila!
Julie Bonifacio, Bandera
01-06-2017 Jessy tinuruan ni luis maging ‘balanse’!
Boy Abunda, Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-04-2017 Rep. Vi pushes for more quality films in next MMFF
Ryan Ponce Pacpaco, Journal
01-04-2017 Vilma lauds indie films, airs optimism on movie industry
Charissa M. Luci and Ben R. Rosario, Manila Bulletin
01-04-2017 Indie film, paano magiging ‘kinabukasan’ kung ‘di tanggap ng masa?
Ed de Leon, Hataw
01-03-2017 House panel OKs bill to put up LGBT desks in police stations
Kristian Javier, Philstar
01-03-2017 LGBT desk sa presinto
Leifbilly Begas, Bandera
01-03-2017 Winners and losers
Mario Bautista, Journal
01-02-2017 Tail Tales: Vilma Santos’s pride and joy
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer

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