Congresswoman Vilma Santos turns 64 on Nov. 3 and yet she still does look younger than her age.
And reports are she could be mulling a return in the movies.
Still days before her birthday, ABS-CBN already started celebrating her natal day with a two-day special tribute via the morning show “Magandang Buhay” hosted by Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal and Melai Cantiveros.
The morning show hosts were understandably excited in having the Batangas representative in their show.
Many Kapamilya stars greeted the actress, popularly known as Ate Vi, during the show, including Charo Santos Concio, with whom she has worked in “Kapag Langit ang Humatol.”
Another one who dropped by the studio was Xian Lim, who played Ate Vi’s son in “Everything About Her,” which gave him a couple of best supporting actor awards.
During the show, the congresswoman from Batangas willingly shared her wealth of experiences during her 55 years in showbiz, right from when she started as a child star in films like “Trudis Liit” and “Ging” when she was 9 years old.
Mario Bautista reported in his column that Vilma shared how she also became rebellious at one time, how her career suffered and how she was able to bounce back to become one of the country’s top box office draws and most honored actresses.
Ate Vi, whose full name is Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos, even showed that her dancing prowess remains undiminished when she danced with brothers Jason and Joshua Zamora in an impromptu upbeat number.
To honor her, the show gave her a special trophy given to the Momshie for All Seasons.
The former top actress known as Star of All Seasons is now happily married with Sen. Ralph Recto with whom she has a child Ryan Christian. Luis Manzano is her son with actor Eduardo Manzano in a previous relationship.
Vilma served as mayor for three terms of Lipa City. When she could no longer run for mayor, she ran and won the governorship of Batangas which she served also for three consecutive terms before running for congresswoman in a newly created district in Batangas.
Ate Vi, as she is most commonly known, started her career with Sampaguita Pictures as a child actress, in the film “Trudis Liit” (“Little Trudis”), where she received the FAMAS Best Child Performer award in 1963.
She made more movies after that, including “Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso” (1964), “Maria Cecilia” (1965) and “Kasalanan Kaya” (1968). As an adult, she appeared in highly acclaimed movies such as “Sister Stella L” (1984), “Imortal” (1989), “Burlesk Queen” (1977) and was the fourth actress to play Darna in “Darna, Lipad, Darna!”
Will Vilma return to do another movie or appear in a television series?
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Vilma has been nominated as National Artist for her acting prowess and showbiz career.