Sweet Love, Sweet Sixteen (Repost)


Sina Vilma Santos at Edgar Mortiz ang isa sa mga itunuturing na pinaka-durable loveteam ng lokal na aliwan. Alam naman ng lahat na si Edgar ang first love ni Ate Vi. Ang mga tagahangang nakasaksi sa kanilang pagmamahalan ay di-akalaing magwawakas agad iyon. Ate Vi was 14 years old then nang mapasama sa popular radio show ni Ka Tinno Lapuz, ang “Eskwelahang Munti.” Dito niya nakilala ang di inaasahang magiging ka-loveteam na si Edgar. Nakilala ang kanilang loveteam as “Vi and Bot”. Sumabay ang kanilang team-up sa “Guy and Pip” nina Tirso at Nora. Una silang napanood sa lokal na aliwan bilang suporta ng yumaong singer na si Eddie Peregrina sa pelikulang “My Darling Eddie” in 1969. Klik agad ang kanilang tambalan and from then on ay nagkasunodsunod na ang kanilang mga ginawang pelikula, gayundin ang mga TV shows, tulad ng “The Sensations” at “Edgar Loves Vilma.”

Kinanta ng dalawa ang “Devoted To you” and the fans were hooked. Nagsimulang nagtatag ang kanilang mga tagahanga ng Vi-Bot Fans Club all over the country, as against sa karibal nitong Guy and Pip tandem. Parang kabuteng nagsulputan ang kanilang mga fans from Aparri to Jolo. Tinagurian noon ang kanilang tambalan na “Subok na Matibay, Subok na Matatag” na siyang blurb n o o n ng isang kilalang bangko na naging commercial nila. Si-nundan agad ng pelikulang “The Jukebox King” as second lead na nagtampok din kay Eddie Peregrina. Taong 1970, ginawa nila ang “Young Love” under VP Pictures na kung saan kasama ang karibal nilang tandem, ang Guy and Pip. Nagkasunod-sunod ang pagpapareha nila sa mga pelikulang Song and Lovers, Bulaklak at Paru-Paro, My Pledge of Love, Love Is For the Two Of Us, From The Bottom Of My Heart, Young Idols, Sixteen, Because You are Mine, Love Letters, Sweetheart, Mga Batang Bangketa, I Love You Honey, Edgar Loves Vilma, Sapagkat Sila’y Aming Mga Anak, Vilma My Darling, Baby Vi at Renee Rose. Sa loob ng taong 1970, nakagawa ang kanilang tambalan ng labing walong pelikula. That was also the same time na na-inlove na si Bobot kay Vi. By the way, ang aktres mismo ang nagbinyag kay Edgar ng Bobot. Nang mabuo na nga ang kanilang tambalan, unti-unti nang nagpalipadhangin si Bobot kay Vi. Ayon nga sa pagbabalik-tanaw, si Ate Vi noon ay labing-anim na taong gulang nang maging magkatipan sila ni Bot.

Ang kani-kanilang tagahanga ay naniwalang meron na talagang affair ang mga idols nila. In February, 1970 nagtapat si Bobot kay Vi ng “I love You.” Nadebelop ang feelings nila sa isa’t isa dahil sa kanilang loveteam. Pero aprubado naman ng kani-kanilang parents ang relasyon. Botong-boto kasi at giliw na giliw si Mama Santos kay Bobot noon. Naging neighbors pa nga sila ni Bobot sa Arfel Homes sa Project 6, Quezon City. Nasundan pa ang kanilang pagtatambal noong sumunod na taon, 1971. Ginawa nila ang Love At First Sight, The Sensations, Angelica, The Wonderful World Of Music, Young Lovers, Our Love Affair at Eternally. Mapapansin na karamihan sa mga pelikula na kanilang ginawa ay puro hango sa titulo sa mga kantang pinatanyag noon. Usually, ang karamihan sa mga eksena ay tadtad ng mga musical numbers. Dahil sa kainitan ng tagumpay sa takilya at popularidad ang kanilang tambalan, ginawa ng Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions, ang Aloha My Love, taong 1972 na kinunan pa sa Hawaii, Don’t Ever Say Goodbye na kinunan pa sa Pasadena Palm Spring, San Francisco USA, Dulce Corazon, Remembrance na ka-love triangle ang yumaong si Jay Ilagan, Dama de Noche, an award winning movie ni Vi na nagpanalo sa kanya ng FAMAS Best Actress where she played a dual role, 3 Mukha ni Rosa Vilma at Leron-Leron Sinta. Their trip in Hawaii where they did Aloha My Love was very memorable. Marami kasi ang umaasa nilang mga fans na magaganap ang Hawaiian wedding nila pero hanggang sa pelikula lang ito nangyari.

Taong 1973, muli silang nagtambal sa pelikulang Now and Forever at Anak ng Asuwang. Nasundan pa ng dalawang pelikula noong 1974, ang Biktima at Kampanerang Kuba. Akala nila ay panghabambuhay na ang kanilang relasyon. But tulad ng kasabihan, nothing lasts forever, nabuwag din ang kanilang tambalan. Mahigit na 50 pelikula ang kanilang pinagtambalan. On and off, pinapanatili ng Tagalog Ilang-Ilang ang kanilang loveteam na talagang tinatangkilik ng kanilang matatapat na tagahanga. Ang last movie na pinagtambalan nila ay ang “Karugtong ng Kahapon,” taong 1975 para sa TIIP. Nagkaroon ng lamat ang kanilang loveteam nang mapatambal si Ate Vi sa iba’t ibang leading men. Nag-split sila formally noong April 28,1974. Sa kanilang breakup ay hindi nawalan ng pag-asa si Bobot who kept looking forward for a reconciliation. Only years after, when Bobot got married nang hindi na talaga sila puwede pang magkabalikan ni Ate Vi, ang kanyang first love. Ate Vi went on with her career as a solo star at tinangkilik ng publiko na maipareha sa ibang aktor. Sa paghihiwalay ng landas nina Vi at Bobot sa pelikula ay napanatili nila ang kanilang magandang bonding hanggang ngayon. – Sinulat ni Willie Fernandez, V Magazine, Nos 3 SEP 2007

HIGHLIGHTS: The love team of Vilma and Edgar started in a TV show entitled The Sensation. The pair became a twosome, on and off the small screen. They Starred in almost a hundred films like Teenage Señorita, Young Lovers, The Sensations, The Young Idols, Sixteen, Love at First Sight and My Pledge of Love. The love team that has the logo “Subok na Matibay, Subok na Matatag?” (Proven Strong, Proven Stable) didn’t live up to its bill. Although they remained actively busy doing movies together their real life relationship didn’t last. Here are some facts about the love team many considered one of the most memorable in local movie industry.

Edgar was first paired with Vilma’s rival Nora Aunor and Vilma was initially paired with Tirso Cruz III.

Ismael Bernal did a movie with Vilma in 1972 opposite Edgar in “Now and Forever, although Vilma’s first movie with Bernal was “Inspiration.”

Vi and Edgar won the Mr. and Miss Philippine Movies in 1972.

Vi and Edgar were neighbors in a subdivision in Quezon City.

Aside from working together in films they were also a regular mainstay in Channel 2’s The Sensations.

One of Vi’s famous record was titled “Along Came Edgar.”

Aside from Edgar, Vi did a top grosser film with Paolo Romero titled Ikaw Lamang in 1971 Quezon City Film Festival, Vi will later on do another film with similar title, 1993’s Ikaw Lang.

Vilma’s 1971 film, “Teen-age Senorita” with Manny de Leon, grossed no less than P40,000 on its first day showing in two theaters, a record breaking feat during that time.

Vi celebrated her 18th birthday at The Plaza with faithful boyfriend Edgar in Nov. 3, 1971. The two left to make two movies in Hawaii and USA two weeks later.

Vi and Edgar last film together was the drama “Karugtong Ng Kahapon.”

Vi and Edgar broke-up officially on April 28,1974.

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Discography: SIXTEEN (1970) Vilma Santos “Sixteen” Interview

What does Vilma Santos think of Vilma Santos now? At Sixteen, I guess is far cry from the Vilma Santos I’ve known eight years ago. I remember I was very childish and too carefree then, pretty naïve to what life would seem to offer and…oh yes, physically, I was skinny. But now, in such a little period of time, I’ve learned so many things about life really is, the differences between winning and losing…the many faces of happiness and success and yes, from a skinny girl…uh, what d’ya know, I fully bloomed into…ugh, would you believe fastest weight gainer! Gee whiz, it makes me feel sick everyday. I wonder how I will look come eight years more and the next to come. But one thing is sure, by that time I’m already a full-grown woman.

Do you have many friends? What king people do you choose for friends? I have lots of friends. But real friends, I doubt if there are many. I admire persons who know how to mingle with anybody and everybody. I despise the opportunist and the unkind.

At present, do you think people you meet are interested in you only as Vilma Santos, the movie star? Nope and…well, yes. There are some. I just don’t know the others.

Does acting come easy for you? Well, for me it’s only a matter of little concentration. I study the part I play and try to feel it in more realistic way. Emotion easily gets me you know, especially when I’m already in front of the camera.

How do you evaluate yourself as an actress? As a singer? I can act, yes but I don’t consider myself a very good actress yet. I guess, I have to learn more, especially in dealing with everybody, with people who support me and work with me and most especially I still have to learn how to accept criticism open-mindedly, gratefully and patiently in which some of the blasts you’ll deserve, many you won’t. And as a singer, gosh…I feel a funny thing inside everytime na naiisip kong I was not a born singer. But everytime I hear my records play, I couldn’t help but kid myself, that I was made after all.

What kind of reaction did you have when your first recording became a hit? Ofcourse I was very very very happy…overwhelmed with joy, for somehow, I didn’t fail my producer William Leary, and the great song writer, Dannie Subido.

Did you feel pressure in preparing your LP album, Sixteen? I’ve felt pressure ever since I began to work in show business. Let’s just say, I was a little nervous.

Is it true that after you were given five complimentary copies of your first LP album, you immediately gave them to five special people closest to your heart, and the two of them were Jay Ilagan and Edgar Mortiz? Yes, but it didn’t mean anything on my part. It’s just a sort of a token of friendship. Just like when they also gave me a copy of their first record.

Is it true that one of your favorite songs which is entitled “Dry Your Eyes” reminds you of Jay Ilagan? Why? Well, its not exactly that way. I mean, kayak o lang nasabi youn kasi… kuwan, ;yon bang…tsk. Kasi kuwa, e ah it reminds me of Jay, because I was deeply touched sa mga write-ups na nababasa ko tungkol sa kanya – na gusto raw niya akong maging ka-love team. But it seems, as he himself said before, were not meant for each other even in real life that’s why I couldn’t help but dedicate the lyrics fo that song to him which goes like this…”Look around, never try to run, for the things to come could be your chance. You’re still young to suffer and to cry, don’t you deny, for I know your part and don’t be afraid to be alone.” And that’s it.

Is it also true that Jay and Edgar are two of your most ardent suitors in real life? Hmmm….yes….

Between Edgar and Jay, who of the two do you think has the greater chance of winning your heart? I haven’t thought about it yet. And besides, I enjoy life as it is now – – being free from love worries. Just wait na lang till I have enough time to study the matter closely, huh?

Speaking of Jay, how did you feel when you were separated as loveteam in Bata-Batuta? I felt sad, not because si Edgar ang ipinalit sa kanya. It was not Edgar’s fault, nor Jay’s or mine. But I was happy, too not because nagkahiwalay kami ni Jay. Tsk…you see, it’s hard to explain eh! Some people might misunderstand me, so let’s better not talk about it anymore, okay?

But do you also dream of working with Jay someday? Yes, why not? Kung may alok, that is. I think Jay is a very nice guy to work with and I’ll look forward to make picture with him in the near future.

Why is it that Edgar reportedly always gets jealous everytime you talk with other boys? I don’t know that! All I know is that I’m free to talk with anybody, and I guess, I have all the freedom to do so.

What qualities of Edgar do you find most attractive? Ditto with Jay Ilagan? They are different personalities. And qualities too. But I like them both, as friends, that is.

Lastly, at what age do you want to go steady with somebody? After my 18th birthday. But it all depends upon the situation, you know. Maybe this year, maybe next year…or maybe never.  END.  –  Published in V Magazine 2006, courtesy of Alan Trambulo.

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos: Sharing HEARTS for Progress

In her heart of HEARTS, the heroine of the celluloid world who stands by the right and plight of the underprivileged, has lent her heart to make the HEARTS program available to her constituents in the province of Batangas. The charm and charisma that endeared this actress-turnedpolitician to her millions of fans when she started her career in Philippine filmdom at age 9 is still embodied in Gov. Vilma Santos as she meets people, as she faces the challenges of her office. “Monday is people’s day. That’s the time when I get to meet and find out the needs of my constituents from various sectors.They follow up their requests, ask for assistance. Others just want to see me for picture-taking,” she pauses, smiles and adds, “There were many cases when they still demanded to see me personally even if I had already assisted them in one way or another. They just wanted to see me and thank me. Well, it’s part of my job. It’s physically draining, but the Vilma is still there.” Health & Home staffers and others witnessing the interview nod their heads in agreement. With regard to the urgent need of her constituency, the governor stresses that it is still the basic needs and these are what her government needs to address and enhance. “There are many problems, left and right, up and down. But it’s still the basic needs that are important and they are contained in our HEARTS program.”

This program, she clarifies, was not invented. “It was given enough study time when I won the mayorship in Lipa in 2007, with the help of my husband, Senator Ralph Recto.” The HEARTS Program Health, Education and environment, Agriculture, Roads, Tourism and technology, and Social service and security. For her health program, the governor says her government has many projects. “I’ll give only one. We have 12 district hospitals. One perfect example is the Lipa District Hospital. All of them [hospitals] were rehabilitated and expanded, and we bought new equipment and facilities and distributed Philhealth cards.” She further explains that even though these are district hospitals, people should pay. “We can’t subsist if everything is free. How can you maintain a hospital if everything is free?” (Purchase this H&H Magazine to further read on the article, please feel free to contact the Marketing Department or call us at (632) 364-5205) Jose F. Sarsoza Jr. is editor in chief of Health & Home. – Jose F. Sarsoza Jr. (READ MORE)

Film Review: Leron-leron Sinta (1972)

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The Plot: – Leron Leron Sinta stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Florence Aguilar, Lillian Laing, Karlo Vero in this film that fuses music and film perfectly. Witness their characters explore the world of love and the beauty and madness that come with it. Watch them as they perform certain scenes with song numbers bringing pleasure and entertainment to the next level. – Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

The Reviews: – “Leron-leron Sinta” (1972) started when Gigi (Florence Aguilar) and Beth (Vilma Santos) moved to a new house and found new suitors, Spike (Jay Ilagan) and Noel (Edgar Mortiz). The two pairs swapped partners a couple of times that by the time they decided to elope they decided to stop their civil wedding at the last-minute after they realized they’re all not ready.  Leron-Leron Sinta reminded us of Glee, with Florence Aguilar auditioning to a school choir and with several cover songs like Lennon’s “Imagine.”  It also featured a funny scene where Edgar Mortiz did a duet with Florence, he, singing in his window while she answered back, singing in their house balcony.  Feeling irritated, both Vilma and Jay sarcastically screamed, “wow! ala-Romeo and Juliet!”  Leron is watchable but has some noticeable flaws.  On the first part, suddenly, we see both Jay and Edgar cross-dressing and we realized that this was a continuity scene of the later part of the film, where Gigi and Beth decided to entertain other suitors (as both got fed up with Jay and Edgar’s courting antics).  Like most musical films in the 70s, there’s the typical travelogue scenes.  The film showcased the city of Antipolo while the four main characters did some sight-seeing, like tourists.  As part of the story, the film showcase Edgar and Florence’s singing talents which were justifiable as both were member of their school’s choir unlike other musical films where the singing scenes were just added with no connections to the film’s story.  This can be attributed to a much equipped team of writer,  Nestor Torre Jr. and director, Emmanuel Borlaza, who also came up with Vilma’s first significant drama, Dama de Noche.  But like so many film in this era, Leron-leron Sinta, also ended with a musical production number, this time, it’s a Christmas medley.  Child star Beth Manlongat and Angelito provided some funny moments.  And Lilian Laing too.  But the one star who stole the film from the four main characters was veteran comedian, Bayani Casimiro who was very funny as the forgetful judge and who tried to marry the four undecided teens.

Film Review: Biktima (1974)

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Release Date: June 23, 1974 (Philippines)

The Plot: – In a strange turn of events, Dolores (Vilma Santos) moves in to live with her grandfather, who has sole custody of her ever since her mother was imprisoned for the murder of Dolores’ father. Mystery unfolds as Dolores stays with her grandfather when members of the household are murdered one by one. Will Dolores escape the chaos unraveling around her or will she be the next victim? – Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

The Reviews: – Hired by Don Rafael Valdez (Joe Sison), Attorney Andrade (Leopoldo Salcedo) finally convinced Dolores (Vilma Santos) to live with her rich grandfather, Don Rafael. This is despite the warning of her aunt, Tiya Dadeng (Patria Plata) and the warning of her mother, Lourdes (Perla Bautista) who is in prison. She was framed-up and wrongfully convicted of her father’s death. When Dolores came to her grandfather’s mansion, one by one, people are starting to die. This includes her grandfather’s young wife (Elizabeth Vaughn); Monica Valdez (Celia Rodriguez); Magda (Divina Valencia); the gardener (Yoyoy Villame); and Marita (Helen Gamboa). By the time the last victim died, the surprise killer was expose, the killer was Dolores. She tried to revenge her mother’s imprisonment and her father’s death. It was also revealed that her aunt’s husband (Bert Le Roy Jr.) was the one who killed her father. Her father tried to rape their grandfather’s nurse, Marita (Helen Gamboa), she fought hard and stabbed her father. Bert Leroy Jr. framed-up Dolores’ mother who was the first person on the scene of the crime. In exchange for his silence he blackmailed Marita with sexual favors. Marita didn’t know that Dolores’ father was still alive but Leroy finished the job by stabbing him more.

Written by Jose Flores Sibal with writing credit from the film’s lead star, Vilma Santos, Biktima was surprisingly watchable. Compared to other Vilma Santos films that Nilo Saez directed like Kampanerang Kuba, he did a convincing job in ironing out the many characters of the film (maybe except for Divina Valencia’s role who was one of the first to die). This is perhaps due to the excellent cast. The one who stands out more were Celia Rodriguez and Helen Gamboa. Both gave subdued performances. Edgar Mortiz’ role as assistant investigator was just to appeal to the loyal festival followers of Vi and Bot. By this time, it was clear that Vilma’s career are heading upward while Mortiz was heading to a different path. The ending of the film, showing a bald Vilma Santos in preparation for her demise was the film’s dramatic highlight.

Video Links (2010)

Date Video Links
12-26-2010 Vilma talks about the blessings in her life
12-26-2010 Amanda Page paid tribute Burlesk Queen
12-22-2010 Vilma Santos shares her talent via a master class
11-27-2010 Startalk – Gov. Vilma Santos Rift With Aga
11-26-2010 Gov. Vi also bets on lotto
11-06-2010 Ryan Christian Recto interviewed Gov Vi
11-05-2010 E Live – Gov. Vilma Santos Birthday Celebration in Batangas
11-05-2010 Startalk – Vilma Santos – The Pride of Batangas
11-03-2010 SNN Showbiz News Ngayon
11-01-2010 Q and A With Celso Ad Castillo
09-29-2010 Activities of Gov. Vilma Santos Recto (September 20-24)
09-20-2010 September 13-16 Activities of Gov. Vilma Santos Recto
08-08-2010 Simply KC’S Guest Vilma Sanstos
08-08-2010 Governor Vi meets up with the Prov’l Gov’t casual employees
08-08-2010 Current Trudis Liit star Jillian Ward met the original Trudis Liit
08-04-2010 Rice Subsidy to the Taal Volcano Residents – Last August 4, 2010
08-04-2010 Priests are not just instruments of God – July 30, 2010
08-02-2010 A special religious event just happened once again in the province of Batangas
07-30-2010 Gov. Recto celebrated with the Association of Barangay Kagawad
07-29-2010 Gov. Vilma Santos lent a hand to those families from first district of Batangas
07-27-2010 Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto paid a visit on Iglesia ni Cristo
07-18-2010 Inauguration Of Lipa Regia
07-12-2010 Gov. Vilma attended meeting with the reps from Sangguniang Panlalawigan
07-12-2010 Gov. Recto gave much significance in the health conditions of her constituents
07-05-2010 Operational Briefing of PDCC with Gov. Vi
06-28-2010 Sabay na nanumpa sina Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos at Senador Ralph Recto.
06-23-2010 Awarding of athletes and distribution of PHILHEALTH cards
03-27-2009 Sangandaan (Pag-ibig na Dalisay ni Ate Vi) – final cut

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Vilma Santos’ Discography (Repost)

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When Vilma Santos released her first album in 1969 under Willears Record, no one expected that her vinyl record would sell 500,000 units making it the company’s surprise record-breaking album of that year. The signature song, “Sixteen” became the most played single of that year proving that Vilma Santos can be as phenomenal as her closest rival and the more established singer, Nora Aunor. The young Vilma won a Golden Record Award for her debut album that comprised of 16 English songs including four original songs composed and arranged by Dannie Subido.

Prior to her debut album, Vilma Santos’ first stint in singing was in her earlier film, 1964’s Ging. She played a child singing sensation opposite drama staple, Olivia Cenizal. Her career continued with string of dramatic roles and when the musical trends started in late 60s her career aspiration become limited mainly because everyone expected young stars to sing well. She admitted her limited range as singer and concentrated with her promising acting talents and dancing. When Vi found commercial success with Edgar Mortiz as her love team, she occasionally sings with him. Their fans did not mind Vilma’s soft thin voice. Actually, Vilma’s sweet tone blends well with Edgar’s balladeer pipes. The success of Vi & Bot love team was evident with numerous films and it was only a matter of time that the idea of having Vilma have her own album came in 1969. There was a market and demand for Vilma’s very own long-playing vinyl. William Leary, Vilma’s manager asked musical director Dannie Subido to gather songs that will suit Vilma’s limited range.

It was reported that Subido find the project challenging. They have to find songs that are light but will still give Vilma’s fans enjoyment. They decided to make it fun and sort of child like. They also wanted to make sure that the songs reflect Vilma’s current state of mind, that of a growing teenager. Sort of like early Britney, “no longer a child not yet a woman.” Her promotional interview clearly confirmed some of the issues teenagers are experiencing during this time. Body image, sex education, adulthood, friendship and dating are some of the topics the album tackled which are topics that are still relevant today. “…as a singer…gosh…I feel a funny thing inside every time na naiisip kong, I was not a born singer. But every time I hear my records play, I couldn’t help but kid myself, that I was made after all.” She commented when asked to evaluate herself as singer. What she really meant by that line, “I made it” is that by making her record a success no one can’t say that she cannot be sell records. This success proves that she can be a successful singer like her closest rival, Nora.

Listening to “Sixteen” – Vilma’s first album was pure fun and still very relevant today. Consist of twelve songs six on each side. The vinyl record on side A starts with its carrying single, Sixteen. Composed by Dannie Subido, Sixteen talks about “making out” in the park. This might alarm some of the religious zealots in the 70s but Ate Vi’s wholesome sweet voice makes the song wholesome and child like. The hidden sex – “making out” – kissing and hugging in public place – message of the song would probably the reason why “Sixteen” became the favorites of teenagers. The song catapulted Vilma’s signature song. A feat that even her closest rival, Nora Aunor can’t replicated (Nora Aunor despite successful singing career lacked a signature song). Remember this is the hippie era and the start of the feminist movement. A clear reason why “Sixteen” was a major hit with the free love care free young generation of this era. The next songs, Dry your Eyes and Bring Back Your Love both arranged by Dannie Subido are love songs that boils down to frustration of a girl in love. Followed by a turned around in terms of mood with Vi’s version of a Bacharach composition, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, a funny but out of place song. One of the two final songs on side A, came as a surprise. “When The Clock Strikes One” was an original composition of Robert Medina and like “Sixteen” was about “making out” – kissing and hugging but this time its more fun because of its unusual up-tempo mood that’s actually more like a hip-hop song.

Side B of Sixteen was pure fun too. – Three songs that stands out were the original compositions of Dannie Subido, “Sometimes,” “It is Wonderful to be In Love” and “Then Along Came You Edgar.” The lyrics of these songs are simple and obviously catered to the massive followers of the Edgar – Vilma love team. Before Britney Spears came up with her hit song, “Sometimes,” Vilma has her own song titled “Sometimes.” Both Britney and Vilma’s songs are about teenage love confusion. It’s a Wonderful To Be in Love is self-explanatory, yes Ate Vi is in love and she expressed it nicely in this song. The up-tempo and simple lyrics of this song makes it more like a children rhyme song except that it’s about almost “adult-kind” of love. The puppy love theme of the album continued with an uplifting song, well at least for the Vi and Bot fans with “Then Along Came You, Edgar.” This song confirmed Vi’s puppy love to the dark and handsome but not so tall cutie-pie, Edgar Mortiz. Once again, Dannie Subido’s arrangement and lyrics are simple but playful, a perfect fit to Ate Vi’s sweet range. The success of Sixteen can be attributed to the playfulness and simplicity of the song selections. It suited the sweetness and purity of Vilma’s almost child like voice. The album earned Vilma her first golden record award and a remarkable signature song, “Sixteen.” The album established her as a successful recording artist. If I will compare her to today’s list of contemporary artists, I will compare Vilma to the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Madonna. Jennifer, Britney, and Madonna has thin but sweet voices just like Vilma. Like Vilma, these pop superstars have to work hard to achieve almost perfect products that their fans loved. Like Vilma, the three pop stars are great dancers which they all used to the max in their choreograph production numbers. The reluctant singer came out on top. Vilma Santos’s debut album made history. Sixteen made Vilma Santos a remarkable singer.

After Sixteen – The success of Sixteen brings out another facet of Vilma Santos’ talent. Everyone knows that she is a good actress and a wonderful dancer but nobody expects that she will be able to succeed as a singer. At the early stage of her young career, the rivalry between her and a more established singer, Nora Aunor was lapse sided because Aunor was the number one singer in town. The success of Sixteen brings about an even playing field between the two young stars. Vilma’s record breaking sales positioned her career into high grear. She continued to act in several musical films and at the same time recorded fun-filled songs. To her critics, Vilma’s recording success were attributed to pure luck. And so, to prove them wrong, Vilma’s manager smartly plotted follow-up recordings. Not only did Vilma record her follow-up album, she recorded a string of mini-LPs. Mini-LPs are shorter version of the big vinyl record with two songs on each side. She ventured into Tagalog songs, recording six songs that include instants hits like Isipin Mong Basta’t Mahal Kita, a theme song to a film she did opposite Filipino chess grand master, Eugene Torre; Palong-Palo, where she received a golden record award in 1974 and an up-tempo opm, Tok-Tok Palatok, another theme song from one of her comedy film with the same title opposite Jojit Paredes. Vi and Bot also released two mini-LPs, “Something Stupid,” a song that they regularly sings at their TV show, D’Sensations and “Christmas Tiding,” a collection of famous holiday songs like Silver Bells and Vilma’s now famous version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Mommy Kissing Santa Claus thats been circulating in the internet in recent years. In addition, Vilma recorded Baby Vi, another mini-LP. She also shared equal billing with Edgar Mortiz, Esperanza Fabon, Ed Finlan, Hilda Koronel and Sahlee Quizon in a Christmas compilation album titled, Christmas Carols.

Willears Records continued Vilma’s recording projects with two albums, Sweethearts and Aloha My Love both featured her with off and on screen love partner, Edgar Mortiz. The company who introduced the resurgent singer, Vilma in Sixteen followed up her solo success with Sweet, Vilma, Sweet, a much more ambitious offering with Vilma doing popular cover songs. Songs that are mostly identified with more established singers, like Nora Aunor. It is worth noting that during the peak of the musical genre in the early 70s, the musical films relied heavily on foreign influence. Maybe this was the reason why Vilma’s rival Nora Aunor doesn’t have a signature song. Recorded songs are mostly versions of the foreign recordings. Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka are the usual suspects. Instead of original simple composition, Willears selected songs like Mama, Sad Movies, and Our Day Will Come and let Vilma create her own version. The result was a disappointment not because Vilma didn’t work hard for the project but because it lacks the originality of her first album. Vilma’s thin voice also didn’t help.

But despite this visible contrast to her first album, Sweet Vilma Sweet was a successful follow-up. She continued her singing stints with an album most Vilmanians seems to forget, All I See Is You carried the folk song, Ati Cu Pung Sing-sing and Wonderful world of Music. The later song became a title of a musical film that paired Vilma with Edgar and co-starred with Snooky, Tony Ferrer, and Boots Anson Roa. The demand for Vi & Bot’s recordings increased and Willears produced Sweetheart, perhaps a confirmation album of the real score between the two young teen stars. Out of 25 films Vilma and Edgar made in 1970, both Sweethearts and Sixteen stands out as two of their certified hits both as films and recorded albums. By 1972, Vicor Music Corporation took over Vilma’s singing career and smartly went back to the original fun-loving carefree theme that suited Vilma’s voice and made her a successful recording artist. With the guidance of Orly Ilacad, Vilma recorded original compositions that were light hearted, up-tempo and simple. Sing Vilma Sing arrived at the radio airwaves with the carrying single, “Bobby Bobby Bobby.” Despite the declaration of Martial law in 1972, the album became another instant hit. Also, Vilma and Edgar recorded their third album together, a follow-up with the hit, The Sensations. Aloha My Love came afterwards which also became a film and appropriately shoot entirely in Hawaii. Aloha was artistically packaged and contained Hawaiian and popular cover English songs like All Alone Am I and Eternally.

Unfortunately, all good things must end. By 1973, Vilma made her move.  After almost one hundred films with Edgar Mortiz, she decided, it was time to venture out of the love team and test the water as solo star. This move also signaled the end of her singing career. At the same time, the musical genre started to subside as more turmoil politically spreads around the country. The bomba films exploded in mainstream local cinemas in mid 70s. Movie theatre owners illegally inserts porn clips in the middle of film. It was so popular back then that even the first Manila International Film Festival organized by former first lady, Imelda Romualdez Marcos allowed the bomba or sexy films to be shown during the midnight time slots of the festival. The bomba period created a long line up of respectable sexy actress like Elizabeth Oropeza, Daria Ramirez and Chanda Romero. Even former beauty queen, Gloria Diaz ventured into the sexy film. The emergence of sexy or “bold” films as what they referred to by local film buff challenged the now solo superstar, Vilma Santos. Tagalog Ilang Ilang production transformed her into an action super hero as the new Darna, Philippines version of Wonder Woman. Lipad Darna Lipad (Fly Darna Fly) defeated entertainment giants Fernando Poe Jr and Joseph Estrada, both have films being shown at the same time and the usual bomba films. A very long line-up snake down the streets of Claro M. Recto Avenue’s Cinerama theatre. It was recorded that Tagalog Ilang Ilang Production distributed Darna dolls and Coka-Cola bottles to the massive patrons during the film showing. Lipad Darna Lipad became the most successful Darna film ever. It broke box office records and solidified Vilma’s clout as the new box office queen of Philippine movies. Vilma’s stature as the most bankable artist of that time validated her decision to leave her love team with Edgar Mortiz and the singing stints to her closest rival, Nora Aunor. She became more adventurous and accepted roles that showcase her versatility. And this move cemented her position as the actress to watch, the actress on top of her game.

Remarkable History – As a singer, Vilma’s thin voice didn’t stop her to become a successful singer. Her hard work paid off and earned her a piece of history. The reluctant singer recorded strings of solo albums that created her signature songs, “Sixteen” and “Bobby, Bobby, Bobby.” Signature songs that enlisted her together with famous singers like Imelda Papin (Bakit), Eva Eugenio (Tukso), Claire DeLaFuente (Sayang), Sharon Cuneta (Mr. DJ), Didith Reyes (Nananabik), Aiza Siguerra (Pagdating Ng Panahon), Freddie Aguilar (Anak), Florante (Handog), and Gary Valenciano (Di Na Natuto). Her sweet and child like voice reflected the innocence of her original up-tempo songs that tackles teenage issues like dating, sexual education, body images and adulthood. Teenage issues that are still remarkably relevant today. – Credits: Album texts and Photos: Nar Santander, Eric Nadurata, additional photos: Rene Maximo Global Vilmanians

Sixteen


Original song sang by Vilma Santos

Kissing on the park
Hanging on the forth
Holding hand in hand
Down the avenue
Strolling down the lane
A castle in the air
A Kissin’ or lovin’
A kissing’ or lovin’
A kissing all night long
They said I’m only Sweet Sixteen
I’ve never been Kiss
I’ve never been loved
And all I want is Candy
Ice Cream teddy bear Lollipop
Riding on the sun

A lot of things we do
Whispering to my ears
I love you so
Strolling down the lane
A castle in the air
A Kissin’ or lovin’
A kissing’ or lovin’
A kissing all night long
Kissing on the park
Hanging on the forth
Holding hand in hand
Down the avenue
Strolling down the lane
A castle in the air
A Kissin’ or lovin’
A kissing’ or lovin’
A kissing all night long
(fade)
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Leron Leron Sinta Films

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Leron leron sinta (1972) – Directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, written by Nestor Torre, produced by Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions, featured Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Florence Aguilar, Lillian Laing, Karlo Vero, Beth Manlongat, Ruben Tizon, Angelito, The Family Birth Control, Julius Obregon, Romeo Miranda, Rene Baraza, Lito Ladores, Eric Domingo, Caloy Distrito, Raffy Engle, Geoffrey Beltran, Catalino Almario Jr., Tacio Tangkad, Bayani Casimiro, Lito Calzado, Daisy Romualdez, and Manny Paner. (READ MORE)

Leron leron sinta (1964) – Directed by Rosa Mia, written by Gina Leonardo and Chari C. Araullo, adapted for screen by Medy Tarnate and Leticia Roxas, produced by Sampaguita Pictures, featured Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez, Liberty Ilagan, Introducing Ramil Rodriguez, Meldy Corrales, Bella Flores, Gina Pareno, Vic Pacia, directed by Rosa Mia. (READ MORE)