Ate Vi: Politics dirtier than show biz

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Gov. VILMA Santos: “I learned how to stomach the system.”

What better way to start another busy year in show biz than by going all the way to Batangas to interview Ate Vi (Gov. Vilma Santos)? She always makes the trip worth your while.

Here’s my tête-à-tête with the star for all seasons.

What are your immediate plans this 2013?

I’m excited to shoot my first indie movie. We are in the planning stage. It’s good that I have to shoot only for nine days because I can’t be absent in Batangas for so long—I owe it to my constituents to serve them 100 percent. The story is so interesting because, for the first time, I will be portraying an “extra.” It will be quite a learning experience for me to know what it feels like to be a bit player for a change.

Any apprehensions for the coming elections?

By God’s grace, I think it’s going to be a breeze for me. I just pray that there will be no more senseless killings. A person’s life is worth more than politics.

What’s dirtier, politics or show biz?

I guess politics because totoong buhay ito (it’s about real life). In show biz, intrigues come and go. After two weeks, you’re old news and there’s a new issue already. As governor, I have to serve the people, while in show biz, I’m the one being pampered. When I was just new in politics, I almost wanted to quit. I missed being spoiled as an actress because in politics, I got no special treatment. But I challenged myself, so I learned how to stomach the system.

How are your sons?

Luis is very happy with Jennylyn (Mercado). I don’t give him unsolicited love advice. As long as I see that he’s happy, that’s more than enough for me. I’m ready for the day that he settles down.

Ryan is turning 17. He has no girlfriend yet but he hangs out with a lot of his friends who are girls.

Do you and Ralph clash over political issues?

We hardly talk about politics at home. We sometimes clash about our son Ryan. He’s making Ryan get into so many sports so I tell him that he should also let our son have time for himself.

But as a whole, Ralph and I are rock-solid. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last Dec. 11. All in all, we’ve been together for 27 years since we were “on” for seven years. I can’t imagine starting a new life with someone else.

How are things between you and Edu (Manzano)?

We’ve always been cool. We consult each other when it comes to our son Luis.

What’s more important to you, awards or box-office success?

Both are equally important. Winning an award is a prestige. It’s proof that you’re a legit actress. But you should also have drawing power. Let’s face it: Movie-making is a business. Producers should get back their investment.


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  • maypakialamako

    masyadong over-rated naman itong si vilma as governor e wala namang ginawa yan kungdi ipangalan lang ang mga school, at kung anu-ano pang gusali sa kanilang mag-asawa! kulang na lang e ipangalan pati sementeryo!

  • thecop

    Ate Vi e di para mo na ring sinabi sa taong bayan na huwag na kayong umasang 
    makakaahon pa kayo sa kahirapan dahil nga parehong madumi ang mundong ginagalawan
    ninyong mga artista at politico. eh paano na lang ang mga kabataan gaya ng anak mong
    si Ryan. Eh tiyak pasasabakin nyo rin yan sa politics…Nagtatanong lang po..

  • LegalJustice

    Ate Vi,

         Alam  ko maka Dios ka basta ang trabaho mo ay malinis walang anomalia at walang mga kurakot huwag kang magalala at mabahala.

    May kasabihan tayong walang lihim na hindi na bunyag kaya ingat lang iwasan ang temptatyon.

    Kaya mahalin mo at pagbutihan mo talaga ang trabaho at pagtulong mo sa mga kababayan natin ang pera ay madaling kitain. 

        Ang pinaka importante sa lahat ingatan mo ang pangalan mo at reputasyon at pihadong susuklian ka ng kabutihan ng tadhana at ng Diyos.

    More power, Ate Vi.

  • Jun Go

    if politics is dirtier than show biz, why then soak yourself into it?

    what is the compelling reason or factor for you to participate?

    power? money? what else?

    which makes me wonder, the fact of which what she is saying is true, but still many are putting themselves into politics.  karamihan pa nga ginawa pang family business.

    o talagang masyado lang makakapal na ang mga mukha ng mga nasa politika, kaya kahit ano pang baho at dumi nito, tanggap na nila kapalit ng kaban ng bayan.

  • Emilio

    If politics is dirty, why in gods name are you in politics. Is it because there is the prospect of pocketing people’s money with very little effort?. Your husband is a senator, and involved in the latest senate scandal, all for money. Your husband was also involved in the syntax version that favored the tobacco groups. How much money changed hands here. Do you have relatives also in public service? How much are they making under the table.
    So stop talking about politics being dirty, it is the politicians who are dirty.

  • i_am_filipino

    I don’t get it!!! Politics can never be dirty but people because showbiz people want politics dirtier. So people, make your politics cleaner, don’t vote for showbiz people.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/INPAQASIC4EG3EHUR4ZCERKAHE delilah

    Opinyon ni Vilma ‘yon kasi naranasan na niya pareho.  Sino ba ang puedeng mag-kwestiyon sa karanasan?  So respect her opinion na lang.  Ang mga post din ninyo ay opinion nyo rin. Kaya “respeto” na lang sa bawat isa. Peace sa inyong lahat!     

    • tra6Gpeche

      Maraming nalululong sa iligal na droga sa mga barrio sa amin sa Tanauan. Nagiging dahilan ito ng nakawan at kawalang pagasa ng mga kabataan. Ayos lang ang mga anak ni Ms Vilma Santos at parang wala siyang pakialam sa mga anak ng mga taga Tanauan. Kung wala siyang interes na lipulin o takutin ang mga nagbibili at lumalanghap ng iligal na droga, masasabi kong talagang marumi ang panunungkulan niya. Mabuti pa nuong panahon ko na si Mr Feliciano Leviste ang Gobernador!

  • EsterPostigo

    Tama si ate vi, mas matindi talaga sa politics, hindi lang lagayan at siraan, nagkakapatayan pa. E sa Showbiz, hindi naman umaabot sa patayan ang pagmimili ng best actress para makaagapay sa karibal mo. Kahit itanong nyo pa ke alfi lorenzo at sa undisputed scam queen lolitt

  • http://www.facebook.com/bcabanlit Boyet Cabanlit

    marumi daw pero naka 3 term sya…

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Vague statement.

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