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Disappearing Act – “…In my 50 years in show biz, there were many times when I wanted to give up. Back in the day, I would shoot three movies at the same time, aside from my weekly TV show. When I felt burned out, I made a disappearing act. I would just take off and go to Baguio, or any place where I could get away from it all. While I stood on the edge of a mountain, I shouted and cried it all out. I would be gone for three days, which was admittedly quite unprofessional. But I had to go away because I was dead tired and overworked. But as I matured, I mellowed. I began to think of the other people I worked with and not just myself. We all need to take a break every now and then…” – Hon. Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, Reported by Dolly Anne Carvajal, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 08 May 2018

Suporta kay Sarah – “…Bumuhos ang suporta kay Sarah Geronimo, matapos siyang bumigay habang nasa isang concert sa Las Vegas, kung saan inamin niya sa kanyang audience na pagod na siya. Dumating na ang panahon na burned out na si Sarah sa kanyang ginagawa. Labinlimang taon pa lang iyan, pero siguro ngang nasagad siya dahil sa kanyang trabaho. Pero tama rin ang sinabi ng kanyang boyfriend na si Matteo Guidicelli, “pagod lang si Sarah, kailangan niyang magpahinga sandali, pero ok na siya”. Marami na kaming nakitang ganyan in the past. Marami ring mga artista iyong halos gusto nang tumigil at iwanan ang kanilang career, kahit na nga sikat na sikat pa sila. Sa maniwala kayo’t sa hindi, nakita namin iyan kay Congresswoman Vilma Santos noong araw. Dumating din sa kanya ‘yung panahon na ang feeling niya walang nangyayari sa lahat ng kanyang pinaghihirapan. Ang kaibahan nga lang siguro ni Ate Vi, hindi siya bumigay in public, at ang naging attitude niya ay lalabanan niya ang lahat ng problema. Nangyari rin sa kanya na lahat ng kanyang kinikita ay kailangang ibayad sa utang sa tax at sa iba pa. Nagtiis siya. Mas nagtrabaho pa para makabangon, at nakabangon naman siya. Isipin ninyo tumagal siya ng mahigit limang dekada sa showbusiness. Mayroon namang natalo. Nadismaya sa buhay, nabarkada, nalulong sa masamang bisyo. Naghahanap ng atensiyon, eh wala. Kung ano man ang kinikita pa niya, ginamit niya para makakuha ng atensiyong gusto niya. Sa nakita namin iyon ang humilahod talaga. May isa ring actor na ganyan ang karanasan. Napagod sa stardom. Ayaw na niya talaga at nagpabaya siya, pero ang maganda nga lang nagabayan siya ng mga tamang kaibigan. Mahal din niya ang kanyang propesyon. Nakabangon siyang bigla at naging isa sa pinaka-respetadong actor natin. Talagang nangyayari sa lahat ng tao’yung nasasagad kung minsan. Ang suwerte lang ni Sarah dahil nariyan si Matteo na maaari niyang sandalan. Minsan kasi may mga bagay na hindi mo mabuksan maski na sa pamilya mo. Hindi nila maiintindihan. Mas maganda iyong may kasama kang uunawa ano man ang nangyayari sa iyo. Iyon ang role ni Matteo ngayon kay Sarah…” – Ed de Leon, Pang-masa, 03 May 2018

Biggest Blessing – “I thank God everyday for giving me a man who loves me for who I am and supports everything I want to do…You take all my fears away…and replaced them with hope and happiness. You are a good man, that’s why I’m so Lucky to be loved by someone like you…I love you with all my heart, nothing will ever change that. Happy birthday my one and only…” – Jessy Mediola, ABS-CBN News, 21 April 2018

Women Empowerment – “…We are one in promoting women’s rights through passage of several laws for women. I truly believe in women empowerment. It’s about time women should participate in nation-building…Personally, I think we should fight for our right, and work on it. We really have to put it in action…” – Hon. Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, Business Mirror, 28 March 2018

Red Lips – “…Oh my! Sorry to hear the news…Burlesk Queen marked my turning into a serious actress. I was lucky to have Rolly (Quizon) as leading man. The role required an innocent-looking actor. Ang galing-galing niya sa movie na ‘yon! In person, mahiyain siya but in front of the camera he could deliver. Ang guapo niya! I will always remember his red lips. We became barkada but we haven’t seen each other for quite a while. I only saw him on TV na lang. Since then, we didn’t have any communication because he wasn’t active anymore, not so visible. So sad! Will pray for the repose of his soul and for the strength of his family…” – Hon. Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, reported by Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star, 17 March 2018

The Best Choice – “…There are actors, especially the young ones, who are sort of “offended” when they aren’t the first choice for movie or TV role. They shouldn’t be. What really matters is they gave their best even if only second choice, or even third or fourth. Here are “classic” examples of when second choice turned out to be the best choice…Vilma Santos, believe it or not, was not meant to star in Celso Ad. Castillo’s “Burlesk Queen.” It was first offered to Lorna Tolentino, but talent fee turned out to be the obstacle. Vilma gave (and danced) the performance of her life in “Burlesk Queen,” a landmark in the brilliant career of the Star for All Seasons…” – Ronald Constantino, 16 March 2018, Tempo Online

Let’s Just Stay Fabulous – “…The tension was palpable. The entire hall felt it…That is why the first thing that came out of my mouth was ‘I can’t breathe’…I said ‘let’s just stay fabulous, to make the environment much lighter, I think the audience appreciated it because they applauded…” – Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, Reported by DJ Yap, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09 March 2018

Mutually Admired – “…The biggest show biz rivalry was between Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor, who sometimes had to chide their respective armies of fans to tone their ongoing battle down! Nora and Vilma were actually friends and mutually admired each other’s personas and achievements. They even acted together, in a film by Ishmael Bernal, and another by Danny Zialcita, acquitting themselves well in their memorable coportrayals…” – Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 February 2018

Chip off the old blockbusters – “…the father-son tandem of Edu and Luis is one of the local entertainment industry’s most sterling and “winningest” examples of artistic genetics successfully and even triumphantly at work. For sure, the fact that Luis’ mother is none other than the Star for All Seasons, Vilma Santos, is already a stellar and even right royal plus. But, Edu’s fatherhood is an even more relevant advantage in Luis’ case, because the scion has chosen to go more into Edu’s turf, hosting and TV gamesmanship, than into Vilma’s realm, acting. Not that he hasn’t acquitted himself well in the field of characterization, especially in “In My Life,” the dramatic film he made with Vilma and John Lloyd Cruz, in which his complicatedly conflicted characterization proved that he was a chip off Vilma’s thespic block. But, it’s as Edu’s scion and heir in the field of TV hosting and comedy that Luis has turned in his most winning betting chip—and converted it into a flourishing career that currently has him cohosting a talent tilt and sundry other programs, while still finding time to do occasional comedy flicks and attend to his businesses and sidelines. Like Edu, Luis favors the cool, laid-back and deadpan approach to TV hosting and gamesmanship. They’re both a lot of fun to watch and listen to. They’re genuinely witty enough to hold our attention and delight us with their patter and banter, so they don’t have to stand on their heads and browbeat us with the heavy-handed bat of gung-ho “humor” to make us laugh! Of course, Luis is more than just Edu’s clone, so it’s exciting to see where his TV-film career will take him next. Having artistically and scholastically prepared himself to do well in his evolving fields of endeavor for the long term, Luis should also host a talk show like his father had—or, he could go into politics and public service, like his effervescent and dedicated mom. All chips are loaded and at play for this scion of two exceptionally gifted and giving “blockbuster” parents—so, how could Luis Manzano not do the right thing?…” – Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07 February 2018

No Wedding Bells!? – “…Even if Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola have been vocal in shouting to the whole wideworld that there’s “forever” between them, seconded by Luis’ mom Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos, wedding bells won’t ring for them this year — unless they prove this manghuhula wrong…” – Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star, 05 January 2018

For Everybody – “…We had a good and happy get-together on Christmas Eve…It was not the first time that Jessy had joined us for Noche Buena. Last year, she was with us, too…As usual, we had a ball! After prayers at 12 midnight, we greeted each other and exchanged gifts…We also joined our household staffers who had their own party…then, the entire clan gathered for nonstop kuwentuhan (chatting) and picture-taking, she related. “It was truly a family affair…My prayer is not only for Lucky (Luis’ nickname), but also for everybody: Safety, happiness and positivity for 2018. As for his personal life…It’s really up to him. We will just wait patiently for his plans…” – Hon. Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, Reported by Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer, 04 January 2018

You Can’t Please Everyone – “…Judging films for awards is rather tedious. If taken seriously, one needs an entire day to figure out what’s good or bad in a movie, from its creative to the productions aspects. I once served as a member of the jury of the MMFF in the early ’90s wherein Imortal won most of the awars including Best Actor (Christopher de Leon) and Best Actress (Vilma Santos) and most importantly the Best Picture trophy. We viewed the entries once in a private screening and cast our votes later. No, we didn’t know which films, actors, and production people won until the night of the awards. Fortunately, the movies and most of the performers I voted for got the awards. And yet, there were still others who dissented from the choices we (the jury) made. As the cliché goes, “you can’t please everyone,” as this year’s batch of winners has many dissenting from the judges’ choices…” – Isah V. Red, The Standard, 02 January 2018

Date News Links
05-14-2018 Why we’re moved by these Mother’s Day messages of celebs
Djan Magbanua, Bandera
05-14-2018 Ate Vi, speechless sa milyon na nakuha nila ni Luis
Nora Calderon, Pang-masa
05-14-2018 Maraming showbiz Mom kanya-kanyang paandar nung Mother’s day
Jun Nardo, Pang-masa
05-14-2018 Sarah Geronimo should rein in her Popsters
Ronnie Carrasco III, Manila Times
05-12-2018 Mother’s Day treats for the techie mom
Jan Milo Severo, Philstar
05-12-2018 Ate Vi malungkot sa nangyayari sa showbiz
Ed de Leon, Pang-masa
05-11-2018 Wala sa hitsurang senior na, Vilma kinaiinggitan
Lolit Solis, Pang-masa
05-10-2018 Ate Vi at Luis naka-two million na agad
Jun Nardo, Pang-masa
05-10-2018 Five movies to binge-watch with mom
Manila Standard
05-09-2018 Jessy nag-expect ng proposal nung birthday ni Luis?!
Veronica R. Samio, Pilipino Star Ngayon
05-08-2018 Mga fan may banta sa bashers ni Ate Vi
Ambet Nabus, Abante
05-08-2018 Weighing in on the Sarah G dilemma
Dolly Anne Carvajal, Philippine Daily Inquirer
05-07-2018 Roderick Paulate thanks Ate Vi for support
Ronnie Carrasco III, Manila Times
05-07-2018 Luis, sumabay sa pagkembot at paghataw ni Ate Vi
Jun Nardo, Journal
05-03-2018 Sarah nararanasan ang pinagdaanan ni Ate Vi noon!
Ed de Leon, Pang-masa
05-02-2018 Alfred Vargas: Ate Vi’s my idol
Ronald Constantino, Tempo
04-23-2018 ‘I Can See Your Voice’: Ate Vi picks perfect contestant for duet with Luis
04-23-2018 Luis thanks Jessy for bringing his family together on his birthday
04-22-2018 Anne Curtis wants a proper birthday greeting from Luis Manzano next year
Alfred Bayle, Inquirer
04-21-2018 ‘My one and only’: Luis gets sweet tribute from Jessy
04-20-2018 Luis Manzano, sinorpresa ni Ate Vi sa gitna ng show
04-20-2018 Luis birthday wish na pakasalan na ni Jessy?!
Baby E, Pang-masa
04-18-2018 Luis Manzano warns netizens about Vilma Santos’s fake Twitter account
Aedrianne Acar, GMA News
04-16-2018 Shorter processing of business permit, license pushed
Cecilio Arillo, Business Mirror
04-09-2018 Jessy preparing for scene with Edu Manzano
Ethel Ramos, Malaya
04-08-2018 Luis ‘nagbanta’ sa nang-baboy sa kanyang endorsement!
Salve V. Asis, Pang-masa
04-07-2018 Luis tinapos na ang tuksuhan sa kanila ni Jessy
Aster Amoyo, Journal
04-07-2018 ‘What if tapos na?’ Luis tells friend who asks him to propose to Jessy
03-29-2018 Buhay ng mga Santo at senakulo halos hindi na napapanood!
Ed de Leon, Pang-masa
03-24-2018 Miss Tapia actress Mely Tagasa dies
03-17-2018 Rolly Quizon, 59
Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star
03-16-2018 Ang buhay at kamatayan ni RollY Quizon
Aster Amoyo, Journal
03-15-2018 Actor Rolly Quizon, son of Dolphy, dies
03-11-2018 Angel, pinasalamatan si Ate Vi
Jimi Escala, Balita Online
03-10-2018 The long and colorful showbiz life of Bernardo Bernardo
Pablo A. Tariman, The Philippine Star
03-09-2018 Ate Vi recalls tense moment
Jester P. Manalastas, Journal
03-09-2018 Vilma Santos on Sereno-De Castro tension: ‘Ang bigat ng loob ko’
Jamil Joseph Santos, GMA News
03-09-2018 Natensyon!
Jun Nardo, Journal
03-09-2018 Lawmaker Ate Vi ‘can’t breathe’ between feuding SC justices
DJ Yap, Philippine Daily Inquirer
03-08-2018 PWJA holds 23rd Annual Convention-Seminar at Manila Hotel
Manila Bulletin
03-08-2018 Screen and theater actor Bernardo Bernardo passes away at 73
Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon
03-05-2018 Bernal retro, 2 new PH films in HK
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-25-2018 Vilma Santos’Grand Debut
Danny Dolor, The Philippine Star
02-22-2018 The name of the stellar game
Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-21-2018 Jessy ipinakita na ang engagement ring na bigay ni Luis!
Nitz Miralles, Pilipino Star Ngayon
02-20-2018 Luis at Jessy naghahanap na ng bansang pagkakasalan!
Sol Gorgonio, Pilipino Star Ngayon
02-18-2018 Angel no-show at BF’s Ex’s movie premiere
Joseph Peter R. Gonzales, Manila Standard
02-11-2018 Bonggang kasal nina Luis at Jessy malapit na raw
Jun Nardo, Bandera
02-07-2018 Chip off the old blockbusters
Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-04-2018 Triangle nina Vilma, Boyet at Nora, mapapanood na sa TV!
Pilipino Star Ngayon
02-07-2018 Chip off the old blockbusters
Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer
02-04-2018 Triangle nina Vilma, Boyet at Nora, mapapanood na sa TV!
Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-31-2018 Direk Maryo J: Gifted, generous giant of PH cinema
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer
01-30-2018 Film screening tribute to National Artist Ishmael Bernal
Manila Standard
01-29-2018 Direk Maryo maraming pinasikat!
Ed de Leon, Pang-Masa
01-29-2018 Ate Vi nagulantang sa biglang pagkamatay
Jun Nardo, Pang-Masa
01-29-2018 ‘Magnifico’ director Maryo de los Reyes dies at 65
Christina Alpad, Manila Times
01-28-2018 A ‘friend and mentor’: Colleagues remember Maryo J. delos Reyes
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer
01-28-2018 Director Maryo delos Reyes dies at 65
Gaea Katreena Cabico, Philstar
01-28-2018 A ‘friend and mentor’: Colleagues remember Maryo J. delos Reyes
Bayani San Diego Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer
01-24-2018 ‘Vi, Vic, Vice’ pattern sa history ng MMFF
Ronnie Carrasco III, Bandera
01-16-2018 Toni hindi nahirapang palitan si Luis kay Billy!
Boy Abunda, Pilipino Star Ngayon
01-24-2018 In love, does age really matter?
Ronald Constantino, Tempo
01-23-2018 Tinulungan ni Luis, Kris kumasa sa American blogger!
Vinia Vivar, Pang-Masa
01-22-2018 Ate Vi diretsahang umayaw gumawa ng pelikula
Ed de Leon, Pang-Masa
01-19-2018 Jessy inaalok ni Luis ng kasal araw-araw
Remy Umerez, Journal
01-19-2018 Tweaking fake news about Pope Francis’ visit
Edgar O. Cruz, The Philippine Star
01-14-2018 Luis Manzano ‘ready’ to settle down anytime
Precious Del Valle, Rappler
01-13-2018 Nora, Vilma at Charo, target ng BG Productions
Leo Bukas, Journal
01-12-2018 Luis Patuloy na Nagbibigay ng Tulong
Chit Ramos, Journal
01-10-2018 Big movies in 2018 from progressive film outfit
Ricky Calderon, The Freeman
01-10-2018 Tambalang Nora at Vilma under Star Cinema?
Julie Bonifacio, Remate
01-10-2018 Luis magpapaaral ng seaman!
Baby E, Pang-Masa
01-08-2018 Indie producer Baby Go vows to produce more quality films in 2018
Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon
01-07-2018 Sa gagawin daw nilang pelikula ni Nora sa 2018, Vi: Nope!
Julie Bonifacio, Bandera
01-05-2018 Ate Vi handang-handa nang maging lola, super love si Jessy
Julie Bonifacio, Bandera
01-05-2018 Ate Vi, Kapamilya na ang turing kay Jessy
Baby E, Pang-Masa
01-05-2018 Vilma-Nora movie tuloy ngayong 2018; dapat daw ilaban sa MMFF
Julie Bonifacio, Bandera
01-05-2018 Mga Halo-Halong Hula-Hula 2018
Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star
01-04-2018 Christmas three for Vi, Jessy and Luis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
01-02-2018 MMFF concludes with a whimper
Isah V. Red, The Standard
01-02-2018 2017: Filipino artists shine in international film festivals
Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star

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