Vilma Santos gives much credit to her family and fans for her illustrious career in showbiz. The support of the public is definitely not lost on Vilma as she considers herself blessed for having been able to do what she loves.
In the livestream event for the restored Vilma Santos-starrer “Karma,” the Star of All Seasons gushed over the love she has received from her family, including her husband politician Ralph Recto, their son Ryan Christian Santos Recto, and actor Luis Manzano, Vilma’s son with Edu Manzano.
“They’re happy for me. They’re proud of me. ‘Yun ang nagbibigay sa akin ng inspirasyon kung ano ako ngayon,” she spoke of them.
“With all the achievements na nakuha ko na hindi nila iniisip na magagawa ko, tapos ipinagmamalaki nila, ‘Look at my mom.’ Sa nanay at sa artista na katulad ko na pinagtrabahuan ko for so many years, ‘yun na ‘yung pinakabayad, eh. ‘Yung fulfillment ko as an actor and as a person and as a mom. Doon nabubuo ‘yung buhay ko ngayon. Because I’m really happy to have a family who’s proud of me, who’s proud of my work,” she shared.
The “Anak” actress did not fail to mention the support of her fans, the Vilmanians, and the public in general and how they’ve enabled her to keep inspiring as an actor.
“Of course, at the end of the day, kung hanggang ngayon nandito pa rin ako, ini-interview mo pa rin ako at Vilma Santos pa rin ako, it’s the public. ‘Yung publiko na sumuporta sa akin hanggang ngayon,” Vilma said.
She continued, “Hindi biro ‘yun. 60 years and nandiyan pa rin ang publiko. Nandiyan pa rin ang Vilmanians ko. And mayabang sa akin ang pamilya ko. Ano pa ang hahanapin mo? Kundi magpasalamat na lang and then be inspired to never stop, to continue kung ano pa ang contribution mong maibibigay. So kaya nagva-vlog-vlog ako ngayon. Nae-enjoy ko naman.”
“I’m blessed. And for that I’m very, very thankful. I thank God for all the blessings. Kaya kung meron akong pagkakataon na maibalik naman ‘yun sa tao, ‘yun naman ang tinatawag na payback time. Basta kaya ko at may maibabalik ako sa tao. To inspire them, to guide them, to share kung anumang knowledge or talent na meron ako, it’s payback time,” she added.
When asked what kind of legacy she wants the name “Vilma Santos” to ultimately leave behind, she emphasized her contributions in the film industry, public service, and her personal life with her family.
“Siguro the only thing na pwede kong maisip sa ngayon is at least a Vilma Santos na merong nai-contribute sa movie industry for 60 years. Kahit papaano na nag-spare ng buhay niya sa industriya, na kahit paano may mga magandang contribution na ibinigay,” she said. “Palagay ko imortal na ‘yung iconic roles na Dyesebel at Darna na naging parte ako. Everytime na pag-uusapan ‘yun, mababanggit ako.”
For her, this is what the name Vilma Santos means: “An actor who was able to contribute good films, relevant films when it comes to women empowerment. Nagpakita ng kahalagahan sa mga pelikulang binigyan ng pagpapahalaga ang kababaihan. And also, a person who became a child actress and at the same time naging public servant — na naging parte ng reyalidad ng buhay and was able to serve the public without camera. And also, a person who is blessed with a good family. A person na kahit papano nakapagbigay ng inspirasyon sa mga tao.”
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