Every time the name Vilma Santos comes up, we think Star For All Seasons, Best Actress awards, a responsible politician, and a loving mother among other awesome titles.
That’s why we were quite surprised when she laid out her rebel years in an interview with “Magandang Buhay” today, October 26.
"Napakahabang istorya 'yan. Sabi ko sa inyo akala niyo mabait ako, pero salbahe ako!" she began.
The “Everything About Her” star revealed that she got fed up with work in her early 20s and felt like she wanted to take back the control in her life. So she decided to run away.
"Maybe because I started in the business young, lahat 'yun. Nine [years old] nagtatrabaho na 'ko, pumapasok pa ko. Siguro dumating ako sa point na pagod na. Since bata pa ko hindi ako 'yung nagma-manage ng pera ko, so parang trabaho lang ako nang trabaho. So what's next? Dumating ako sa point na ayaw ko na. Naglayas ako, so I stayed in a hotel. [For] years!” she said.
“Mga 20 hanggang 24 [years old ako nun]. 'Yun 'yung kalokohan ko. Parang naghahanap ako ng... I just wanted to be independent. Parang gusto ko nang magdesisyon sa sarili ko. But then at the end of the day, back to the family pa rin ako,” Vilma added.
She admitted that what she did broke her family’s heart, especially her mother’s, but no matter how cold she became, her parents never gave up on her.
“Iyak nang iyak ang mama ko at tsaka ang papa ko. Naapektuhan din noon 'yung magulang ko, pero the good thing is hindi nila ako binitawan,” Vilma shared.
She continued, “There was even a time Mama was praying for me. May kandila siya sa poon, araw-araw niyang dinadasalan, 'Babalik ang anak ko. Babalik ang anak ko.' At talagang bumalik ako."
But there’s nothing about it that she regrets. That decision helped her grow up and molder her to be the woman she is today.
"'Di ko pinagsisisihan 'yun. Learning process 'yun. Dun ako natuto sa buhay. So parte na 'yun kung saan ako ngayon, dumaan ako sa stage na 'yun pero napakalaki ng natutunan ko sa buhay,” the Batangas congresswoman ended.