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ABS-CBN is gearing up for its special tribute to Vilma Santos which is scheduled to air in August. Last Friday, July 10, the Star for All Seasons and Batangas Governor sat with Director Laurice Guillen for an open forum with aspiring actors and filmmakers regarding her experiences in the industry. Gracing the event was the Optimum Teleserye Queen Claudine Barretto who played Gov. Vilma’s rebellious daughter in the 2000 film Anak. “Ang anak ko sa Anak, na meron na ring anak, ha ha ha!” she joked as she welcomed Claudine on stage.
Claudine joined Gov. Vi and Direk Laurice and talked about the honor she felt for having worked with the three-time Grand Slam Best Actress. “Ang maka-trabaho si Ate Vi ay parang isang award na gustong-gustong makuha ng kahit na sinong artista. Sobrang laking achievement nun kapag nangyari sa ‘yo.” Claudine was teary-eyed as she paid tribute to Gov. Vilma. “Masasabi ko with all kayabangan, I am very blessed to have worked with ‘The Star for All Seasons.’”
All throughout the event, Gov. Vilma stressed to guests, especially the new artists of Star Magic, that her status in the showbiz industry is not something that she achieved overnight. “Kung ano man ang narating ko ngayon, it’s all blood, sweat, and tears. Kaya kayong mga new breed of actors, kung ano man ang pinagdadaanan niyo ngayon, galingan niyo.”
The premiere actress admitted that she has her own acting idols. She named the likes of Meryll Streep, Lolita Rodriguez, Nora Aunor, and Gina Alajar. Gov. Vilma also commended Claudine for her versatility as an actress. “Claudine is a very flexible actress. Pwede siyang gumanap na kaaawaan mo siya. Pwede ring sexy and very believable. In any roles na ginagawa mo ibinibigay mo lahat and you’re very believable. Kaya mo lahat gawin, believe me. Drama, sexy, action, comedy, you can do it. For that I commend you.”
For Claudine’s exceptional talent, the Gov. Vi said she will not be surprised if Claudine becomes the next Star for All Seasons. “When we did Anak, sa mga promo for the movie, tinanong ako kung nakikita ko ba si Claudine na pwedeng maging next Vilma Santos, ang sagot ko, ‘Of course!’ You have a long way to go,” said Vilma to Claudine who became teary-eyed because of the compliment.
Catch the Vilma Santos specials premiering soon on ABS-CBN.