Vilma Santos

This name uses Philippine naming customs for married women. The birth maternal family name is Tuazon, the birth paternal family name is Santos, and the marital name is Recto.
Vilma Santos-Recto
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lipa City
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Preceded by Mark Llando L. Mendoza from 4th District
22nd Governor of Batangas
In office
June 30, 2007  June 30, 2016
Vice Governor Jose Antonio Leviste II
Preceded by Arman Sanchez
Succeeded by Hermilando Mandanas
Mayor of Lipa City
In office
June 30, 1998  June 30, 2007
Preceded by Ruben L. Umali
Succeeded by Oscar L. Gozos
Personal details
Born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos
(1953-11-03) November 3, 1953
Bamban, Tarlac, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party (2009-present)
Lakas–CMD (1998-2009)
Spouse(s) Edu Manzano (m. 1980–1982)
Ralph Recto (m. 1992–present)
Children Luis Manzano
Ryan Christian Recto
Alma mater St. Mary's Academy - Yakal, Manila (Elementary and Highschool)
Occupation Actress, Singer, Dancer, TV Host, Product Endorser
Profession Politician

Vilma Santos-Recto (born November 3, 1953),[1] commonly known as Ate Vi, is a Filipino actress and politician. She is known as the Star for all Seasons[2] for her various roles in different genres of her movies and holds the titles of Grand Slam Queen and as the longest reigning box office queen of Philippine cinema.[3] She was hailed as the Enduring Grand Dame of the Philippine Film Industry by a legitimate foreign critic at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the first Filipina actress to be ever be bestowed with such a title.[4] Santos is also a politician, currently serving as Governor of Batangas and once as mayor of Lipa City.[5]

She won as Representative of the Lone District of Lipa, Batangas in the 2016 elections.[6]

Acting career

Santos started her acting career when one of her uncles, who was a cameraman at Sampaguita Pictures, convinced her to try out for the movies. Initially, Sampaguita Pictures had planned a child star role for her in Anak, Ang Iyong Ina (1969). When Santos was in the studio, she noticed a long line of little girls. Thinking that that line was the line for her audition, she decided to queue in. The long line turned out to be for an audition for Sampaguita Pictures' offering Trudis Liit (Little Trudis). When it was her turn to audition, she was asked by the panel to sing, dance and cry on cue. She got the part of "Trudis Liit" for which she received the FAMAS Awards Best Child Performer award for 1963.[7]

She was cast in Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso (1964), Maria Cecilia (1965), Kasalanan Kaya? (1968), Iginuhit ng Tadhana (1965) (with future Senator Bongbong Marcos, as future Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos) and later in its sequel Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969).

Political career

In 1998, she entered politics and ran for mayor of Lipa City, Batangas where she won three consecutive elections, becoming the city's first female mayor.[8]

In 2005, the University of the Philippines conferred to her the Gawad Plaridel Award for her achievements and contributions both as an actress and a public servant.[9] In the same year she was conferred an honorary doctorate degree (honoris causa) in humanities by the Lipa City College.[10] She was again honored in 2006 by the University of the Philippines as one of the four awardees in UP's First Diwata Awards.[11]


Santos-Recto was proclaimed Governor-elect of the province of Batangas on May 21, 2007 after garnering 475,740 votes against Sanchez's 344,969 becoming the first female governor of the province of Batangas. Governor Santos-Recto was reelected Governor of Batangas during the May 2010 elections and again, reelected as Governor of Batangas during the May 2013 elections and this is her last term for being a Governor.[12]

Party switch

On November 16, 2009, along with her husband Ralph Recto, she moved from Lakas-Kampi-CMD to Liberal Party. She won her second and her third term.


Vilma Santos-Recto is married to Senator Ralph Recto. Together they have a son, Ryan Christian. She is also mother to actor/model/television host Luis Manzano by her previous marriage to actor Edu Manzano.



Year Titles Production Director Co-Stars Release Date
2016 Everything About Her Star Cinema Joyce E. Bernal Angel Locsin, Xian Lim, January 27 2016
2013 Ekstra: The Bit Player Quantum Films Jeffrey Jeturian Tart Carlos, Ruby Ruiz, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Hazel Faith Dela Cruz, Fatima Centeno 27 July 2013
2012 The Healing Star Cinema Chito S. Roño Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Pokwang, Robert Arevalo, Martin del Rosario 25 July 2012
2009 In My Life Star Cinema Olivia M. Lamasan John Lloyd Cruz, Luis Manzano, Dimples Romana, Nikki Valdez, Rafael Rosell, Vice Ganda 16 September 2009
2006 D' Lucky Ones Star Cinema Wenn V. Deramas Sandara Park, Joseph Bitangcol, Pokwang, Nikki Valdez, Rafael Rosell, Candy Pangilinan 15 April 2006
2004 Mano Po 3 My Love Regal Films Joel Lamangan Christopher de Leon, Eddie Garcia, Sheryl Cruz, Jay Manalo 25 December 2004
2002 Dekada ‘70 Star Cinema Chito S. Roño Christopher de Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, John W. Sace 28 June 2002
2000 Anak Star Cinema Rory B. Quintos Claudine Barretto, Joel Torre, Amy Austria, Cherry Pie Picache, Baron Geisler 10 May 2000
1998 Ang Erpat Kong Astig Viva Films Felix E. Dalay Jinggoy Estrada, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Carmina Villaroel 2 December 1998
Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa? Star Cinema Chito S. Roño Albert Martinez, Ariel Rivera, Raymond Bagatsing, Carlo Aquino, Serena Dalrymple 9 September 1998
1997 Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal Neo Films Ike Jarlego, Jr. Christopher de Leon, Charito Solis, Pia Pilapil, Timmy Cruz, Ruby Moreno, Antoinette Taus ?
1996 Ikaw ang Mahal Ko FPJ Productions Tony Cruz Fernando Poe, Jr., Maritoni Fernandez, Melisse "Mumay" Santiago, Dencio Padilla, Bob Soler?
1994 Relaks Ka Lang, Sagot Kita Moviestars Production Danny P. Cabreira Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., Anthony Alonzo, Vic Vargas, Tommy Abuel, Ruby Rodriguez ?
Nag-iisang Bituin Regal Films Jose Javier Reyes Christopher de Leon, Aga Muhlach, Cherry Pie Picache, Amy Perez, Orestes Ojeda, Jao Mapa 31 August 1994
Lipa Arandia Massacre Viva Films & Golden Lions Films Carlo J. Caparas Joel Torre, John Regala, Charina Scott, Angelica Panganiban, Perla Bautista, Robert Arevalo ?
1993 Ikaw Lang MovieStars Production Chito S. Roño Ronnie Ricketts, Cesar Montano, Janine Barredo, Dencio Padilla, Zeny Zabala 4 September 1993
Dahil Mahal Kita The Dolzura Cortez Story Octoarts Film Laurice Guillen Christopher de Leon, Charito Solis, Eula Valdez, Maila Gumila, Jackie Aquino, Mikee Villanueva, Noni Buencamino 24 June 1993
1992 Engkanto Double M Films Tata Esteban Roderick Paulate, Janice de Belen, Francis Magalona 25 December 1992
Sinungaling Mong Puso Regal Films Maryo J. de los Reyes Gabby Concepcion, Aga Muhlach, Alice Dixson August 1992
1991 Ipagpatawad Mo Viva Films Laurice Guillen Christopher de Leon, Charito Solis 23 October 1991
1990 Hahamakin Lahat Regal Films Lino Brocka Snooky Serna, Gabby Concepcion, Eric Quizon 23 August 1990
Kapag Langit Ang Humatol Vision Films Laurice Guillen Richard Gomez, Gloria Romero, Charo Santos 15 August 1990
1989 Imortal Viva Films Eddie Garcia Christopher de Leon, Cherie Gil, Jaclyn Jose Liza Lorena, Ricky Davao, Gelli de Belen 25 December 1989
Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga Regal Films Ishmael Bernal Gabby Concepcion, Eric Quizon, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Billy Crawford 23 February 1989
1988 Ibulong Mo sa Diyos Regal Films Elwood Perez Nida Blanca, Eddie Garcia, Barbara Perez, Gary Valenciano, Miguel Rodriguez, Eric Quizon 4 February 1988
1987 Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig? Viva Films Eddie Garcia 2 September 1987
Asawa Ko Huwag Mong Agawin Regal Films Emmanuel H. Borlaza 14 August 1987
Ibigay Mo sa Akin ang Bukas EDL Productions Emmanuel H. Borlaza 7 March 1987
Tagos ng Dugo V.H. Films Maryo J. de los Reyes 15 January 1987
1986 Palimos ng Pag-ibig Viva Films Eddie Garcia 14 May 1986
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Regal Films Emmanuel H. Borlaza 30 January 1986
1985 Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick Viva Films Mike Relon Makiling 14 November 1985
Muling Buksan ang Puso Viva Films Leroy Salvador 29 May 1985
1984 Alyas Baby Tsina Viva Films Marilou Diaz-Abaya 18 October 1984
Sister Stella L. Regal Films Mike de Leon 11 July 1984
Adultery (Aida Macaraeg) Case No. 7892 Regal Films Lino Brocka 1 June 1984
1983 Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan Viva Films Marilou Diaz Abaya 7 November 1983
Broken Marriage Regal Films Ishmael Bernal 2 September 1983
Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Viva Films Eddie Garcia 9 June 1983
Ayaw Kong Maging Querida Tagalog Ilang-ilang Productions Leonardo L. Garcia 18 February 1983
1982 Haplos Mirick Films International Antonio Jose Perez 25 December 1982
Gaano Kadalas ang MinsanViva Films Danny L. Zialcita 25 November 1982
Never Ever Say Goodbye Lucky Films Gil M. Portes 7 October 1982
T-Bird at Ako Film Ventures, Inc. Danny L. Zialcita 2 September 1982
Sinasamba Kita Viva Films Eddie Garcia 19 August 1982
Relasyon Regal Films Ishmael Bernal 2 July 1982
1981 Karma Sining Silangan, Inc. Danny L. Zialcita 25 December 1981
Hiwalay Cinex Films, Inc. Romy Suzara 30 October 1981
Pakawalan Mo Ako MVP Pictures Elwood Perez 29 May 1981
Ex-Wife Cinex Films Eddie Rodriguez 22 April 1981
1980 Langis at Tubig Sining Silangan Danny L. Zialcita 25 December 1980
Romansa Tagalog Ilang-ilang Productions Emmanuel H. Borlaza 21 November 1980
Gusto Kita, Mahal Ko Siya Tagalog Ilang-ilang Productions Emmanuel H. Borlaza 3 October 1980
Ang Galing-galing Mo, Mrs. Jones! HPS Productions Cirio H. Santiago 29 August 1980
Yakapin Mo 'Ko, Lalaking Matapang Mirick Films International Emmanuel H. Borlaza 2 May 1980
Miss X Sining Silangan, Inc. Gil M. Portes 22 February 1980
Darna at Ding D'Wonder Films J. Erastheo Navoa & Cloyd Robinson 8 February 1980
Good Morning Sunshine Lea Productions Ishmael Bernal 1 February 1980
1979 Modelong Tanso Bancom Audiovision Cirio H. Santiago 25 December 1979
Buhay Artista Ngayon RVQ Productions & Lion-Dragon Films Frank Gray, Jr. 11 October 1979
Halik sa Paa Halik sa Kamay V.S. Film Co., Inc. Luis Enriquez 5 October 1979
Rock, Baby! Rock! Lea Productions Oscar Miranda 24 August 1979
Magkaribal Regal Films Elwood Perez 17 August 1979
Pinay, American Style! Regal Films Elwood Perez 29 June 1979
Swing It... Baby! Lea Productions Al Quinn 9 March 1979
Coed VS Films & Bancom Audiovision Emmanuel H. Borlaza 25 January 1979
1978 Rubia Servios Case No. 63572 Sampaguita Pictures Lino Brocka 25 December 1978
Ikaw Ay Akin Tagalog Ilang-ilang Productions Ishmael Bernal 8 December 1978
Pag-ibig Ko sa Iyo Lang Ibibigay HPS Film Productions Nilo Saez 1 December 1978
Disco Fever Lea Productions Al Quinn 27 October 1978
Promo Girl Melros Productions Joey Gosiengfiao 8 September 1978
Kampus Agrix Film Productions Emmanuel H. Borlaza 21 July 1978
Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak VS Film Co., Inc Celso Ad Castillo 15 July 1978
Nakawin Natin ang Bawat Sandali Sampaguita-VP Pictures Elwood Perez 26 May 1978
Amorseko Kumakabit, Kumakapit! Diamond Productions Maria Saret 13 April 1978
Simula ng Walang Katapusan Luis Enriquez Films Luis Enriquez 10 February 1978
Bakit Kailangan Kita?... Lea Productions Emmanuel H. Borlaza 3 February 1978
Pinagbuklod ng Pag-ibig Tagalog Ilang-ilang Pictures Leonardo L. Garcia 19 January 1978
1977 Burlesk Queen Ian Film Productions Celso Ad Castillo 25 December 1977
Masarap, Masakit... Ang Umibig Sampaguita Pictures Elwood Perez 21 October 1977
Dalawang Pugad... Isang Ibon Lea Productions Ishmael Bernal 7 October 1977
Susan Kelly, Edad 20 Diamond Productions Maria Saret 5 August 1977
Pulot-Gata (Pwede Kaya?) HPS Film Productions Leonardo L. Garcia 1 July 1977
1976 Hindi Nakakahiya ?
Mga Reynang Walang Trono ?
Big Ike’s Happening ?
Let’s Do the Salsa ?
Mapagbigay ang Mister Ko ?
Bertang Kerengkeng Berta
Bato sa Buhangin ?
Mga Rosas sa Putikan ?
Nag-aapoy na Damdamin ?
Makahiya at Talahib Aurora
1975 Basta’t Isipin Mong Mahal Kita ?
Nakakahiya? ?
Ibong LukaretNingning
Dugo at Pag-ibig sa Kapirasong Lupa Linda (segment 5) (uncredited)
Teribol Dobol Maria Teresa 'Maritess' Labrador
Vilma Veinte-Nueve Vilma
Karugtong ng Kahapon ?
Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw Nanette
Darna Vs. the Planetwoman Darna/Narda
1974 Vilma & the Beep Beep Minica Vilma
Phantom Lady Phantom Lady
Kampanerang Kuba Andang/Sandra
Biktima Dolores
Vivian Volta Vivian Volta
Twin Fists for Justice ?
Tok Tok Palatok ?
Mga Tigre ng Sierra Cruz ?
Batya’t Palu-Palo Stella
Kamay na Gumagapang ?
King Khayam and IGracia
Happy Days Are Here Again ?
1973 Now And Forever Vilma
Anak ng Aswang ?
Tsismosang Tindera ?
Cariñosa ?
Maria Cinderella Cinderella
Wonder Vi Wonder Vi
Lipad Darna Lipad Darna/Narda
Dyesebel at ang Mahiwagang Kabibe Dyesebel
Darna and the Giants Darna/Narda
Ophelia at Paris Ophella
1972 Aloha My Love ?
Don’t Ever Say Goodbye ?
Dulce CorazonCorazon
Remembrance ?
Little DarlingVilma
Ang Kundoktora ?
Sweet, Sweet LoveVilma
Takbo Vilma Dali Vilma
Dama de Noche Rossana/Armida
Dalagang Nayon ?
Hatinggabi Na Vilma Vilma
Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma Rosa Vilma
Leron-Leron Sinta Beth
1971 Love At First Sight ?
The SensationsVilma
Angelica ?
Wonderful World of Music ?
Young LoversVilma
Ikaw Lamang ?
Our Love Affair ?
Teenage Señorita ?
Eternally ?
1970 Young LoveVilma
Mardy ?
Songs and Lovers ?
I Do Love You ?
My Pledge of LoveVilma
From the Bottom of My Heart ?
Bulaklak at Paru-Paro ?
Mother Song ?
The Young IdolsVilma
Sixteen ?
Because You Are Mine ?
Love Letters Vilma
Ding Dong ?
Mga Batang Bangketa ?
I Love You Honey ?
Edgar Loves Vilma Vilma
Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak ?
Vilma, My DarlingVilma
Nobody’s Child ?
May Hangganan ang Pag-ibig ?
Baby Vi Vi
Renee RoseRenee Rose
1969 Pinagbuklod Ng Langit Aimee Marcos
Pag-ibig, Masdan ang Ginawa Mo ?
My Darling Eddie ?
The Jukebox King ?
1968 De ColoresArco Iris Motion Picture Armando GarcesJoseph Estrada, Amalia Fuentes, Jun Aristorenas, Divina Valencia ?
Kasalanan Kaya? ?
Eagle Commandos ?
Sino Ang May Karapatan? ?
1967 Ito Ang Pilipino ?
Ito Ang Pilipino ?
1966 Hindi Nahahati ang Langit ?
Hampaslupang Maton ?
Ito Ang Dahilan ?
Batang Iwahig ?
1965 Morena Martir ?
Sa Baril Magtuos ?
Maria Cecilia ?
Iginuhit ng Tadhana 777 Film Productions Mar Torres Luis Gonzales, Gloria Romero, Ferdinand "Bongbong"Marcos 7 September 1965
Kay Tagal ng Umaga ?
1964 Ging Ging
Naligaw na Anghel ?
Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso ?
Larawan ng Pag-ibig ?
1963 Trudis Liit Trudis
Anak, ang Iyong Ina ?
Duelo sa Sapang Bato ?
King and Queen for a Day ?
Aninong Bakal ?


Year Show Role
2015 ASAP 20 Herself
2011 100 Days to Heaven Tagabantay
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Regalo Daisy Hernandez
2009 Vilma: A Woman for All Seasons (Documentary Special) Host
2007 Alay ni Da King: A Fernando Poe, Jr. Special Host
2001 GMA Telesine Specials: Bugso
1999 Once There Was a Love
1997 Kamandag sa Puso
1996 Muling Buksan ang Puso
1988 Lamat sa Kristal
1986-1995 Vilma! Host
1980's VIP (Vilma in Person) Herself
1970's Dulambuhay ni Rosa Vilma
The Sensations
Ayan Eh!

Awards in Television

Awards in Film

Preceded by
Vilma Santos
for Tagos ng Dugo
FAMAS Award for Best Actress
for Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos
Succeeded by
Nora Aunor
for Bilangin ang mga Bituin sa Langit
Preceded by
Dina Bonnevie
for Magdusa Ka
FAMAS Award for Best Actress
for Tagos ng Dugo
Succeeded by
Vilma Santos
for Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos
Preceded by
Vilma Santos
for Pakawalan Mo Ako
FAMAS Award for Best Actress
for Relasyon
Succeeded by
Charito Solis
for Don't Cry for Me, Papa
Preceded by
Amy Austria
for Brutal
FAMAS Award for Best Actress
for Pakawalan Mo Ako
Succeeded by
Vilma Santos
for Relasyon
Preceded by
Celia Rodriguez
for Lilet
FAMAS Award for Best Actress
for Dama de Noche

(tied with Boots Anson Roa for Tatay na si Erap)

Succeeded by
Gloria Sevilla
for Gimingaw Ako




Awards in Recording

References and external links

Preceded by
Ruben L. Umali
Mayor of the City of Lipa
Succeeded by
Oscar L. Gozos
Preceded by
Armando C. Sanchez
Governor of the Province of Batangas
Succeeded by
Hermilando Mandanas
Preceded by
Post Created
Member of the House of Representatives from Lipa City

See also


  1. "Vilma Santos Bio". International Movie Database.
  2. Francisco, Butch (August 1, 2009). "The Seasons in Vilma's Life". Philippine Star.
  3. "Vilma Santos: The triumph of the 'bit player'". The Manila Times. August 10, 2013.
  4. "The Bit Player (2013) HDQ".
  5. "Governor Vilma Santos Recto".
  6. Dioquino, Rose-An Jessica (October 14, 2015). "Vilma Santos running for Congress, to file candidacy on Thursday". GMA News. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  7. "VILMA SANTOS: REMARKABLE CHILD STAR". PELIKULA, ATBP. The Weekly Nation. December 31, 1965.
  8. "League of Provinces of the Philippines".
  9. "Recognizing Vilma Santos: The Thespian and the Nationalist". The Manila Times. July 8, 2005.
  10. "Awards and Recognitions". Lipa City Government Website.
  11. "Governor's Profile". League of Provinces of the Philippines.
  12. Luistro, Marlon Alexander (May 21, 2007). "Vilma Santos proclaimed Batangas governor". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  13. "Joel Torre, Vilma Santos Lead Winners in the 11th Golden Screen Awards". Philippine Star. Philippine Star. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
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