Vilma Santos gears for three films; says not ready for national polls
Star for All Season and current Batangas Governor Vilma Santos said that she’s thrilled to go back in doing films.
In an interview, Santos revealed that she will be doing three films under ABS-CBN’s movie outfit Star Cinema.
Santos confirmed that it’s already set that she will be doing a movie with Box Office King John Lloyd Cruz.
“Yeah (tuloy iyong movie) pinagmi-meetingan na namin siguro we will start shooting anytime of this year,” she said.
Santos said that for the movie she will be the mother of Cruz’ gay boyfriend.
The governor will also do two films, one with her eldest son Luis Manzano and the other one with Sharon Cuneta.
“Basta ang alam ko tatlo ang commitment ko sa Star Cinema, this one with John Lloyd, one movie with my son and one with Sharon.
The governor also likes the idea of doing a movie with the rumored girlfriend of his son, actress Angel Locsin.
“Siguro a movie with Angel, Lucky and myself,” she said.
Santos as a loving mother to Lucky said that she’s happy for his son’s relationship with Locsin.
“Wala akong kino-commit sinabi ko lang na masaya ang anak ko. Hindi naman niya tinatago kapag tinatanong naman siya sinasabi niyang masaya siya… mayroon lang siyang bagay na nirerespeto pagdating kay Angel at sa sarili niya,” Santos explains
Santos is also open to idea of doing a movie with her friend Superstar Nora Aunor.
“Why not basta makabalik muna siya,” the governor said.
She said that she still communicates with Aunor via text messages and shared that the superstar is just doing fine in the United States.
“I just wish her na she’ll be more comfortable pagbalik niya,” she said.
"Not ready" for 2010
Governor Santos who’s promoting the milk education campaign for healthier Filipinos dubbed as “Laki sa Gatas” through the help of Nestle’s Bear Brand dismissed reports that her endorsement marks the start of her campaign for the 2010 national elections.
“Hindi kampanya tayo sa “Laki sa Gatas, no political agenda, no political agenda,” she said.
“Wala itong kinalaman sa politika, wala akong political agenda, whether tatakbo ako ulit or hindi walang kinalaman ito, ito ang totoong concerned ng isang nanay at isang public servant but this has nothing to do sa campaign para sa 2010,” the governor said.
Santos added that let the other think of what they would like to believe as long as she knows the truth, and the truth is that she’s not really thinking of running for 2010.
She said that all she wanted to do is to help and be of service to her constituents in Batangas.
The governor said that if people would ask if she will be running for any national positions or for vice presidency seat, the governor abruptly said: “No, with all honesty my focus is Batangas because I want Batangas to make a difference."
What if the people clamor for her to run for a higher position? “Hindi po sa tinatanggihan ko but at this point in time sa ngayon sasabihin ko ng diretsa sa inyo hindi ko kakayanin at this point in time para makapagsilbi ng buong Pilipinas… ang focus ko Batangas lang wala akong interest sa national position, hindi ko kaya pa.”
The governor also revealed that there are already people who are pushing her to run for 2010.
“May mga nagpapasabi but I don’t entertain it because my focus is Batangas.”
She also cleared that the visit to her made by MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando has nothing to do with upcoming election.
“Si Chairman Bayani naman dumalaw lang siya just to share some of his programs but nabigyan ng ibang kulay but if si chairman ay may planong tumakbo there’s nothing wrong with that, lets respect kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin at kung kaya niya wala tayong magagawa.
Santos said she’s still focusing in Batangas and has a lot of problems to solve like illegal numbers game “jueteng.”
She said that contrary to reports saying that jueteng is flourishing in Batangas, the governor said that she already released memo to all of Batangas mayors that she’s against jueteng.
“Nagpalabas na ako ng memo saying that I’m not encouraging any form of gambling also ‘jueteng,’” she said.
The governor explains that “jueteng” is a perennial problem of the country not only in Batangas, she said that though she’s against all the gambling in Batangas she can not eradicate it without the help of his constituents and other government agencies.
“Humihingi ako ng tulong sa PNP sa simbahan para isama sa homily na kung talagang ayaw niyo ng jueteng turuan niyo ang taong huwag tumaya. Even if I don’t like jueteng kapag hindi ako tinulungan ng ibang sector na hinihingi ko na tulungan niyo ako para hulihin limitado din ang kakayahan,” Santos said.
The governor added that she’s not campaigning for anything but only for the proper nutrition of the young ones.
“Seryoso ako sa milk campaign kasi alam ko na iyong datus, ako mismo nakakaalam that’s why I also have this nutrition program in Batangas… okay sa akin itong (milk) campaign for information dissimination regarding the health n gating kabataan ngayon,” the governor said.
The govenor said that a survey shows that the Philippines got the lowest rank when it comes to consumption of milk and that the young ones started to stop drinking milk during their informative years (4 to 7 years old).
Santos also dismissed speculations that she’s active in endorsing her milk product to compete with Sharon Cuneta’s milk endorsement.
Santos said that she’s endorsing “Laki sa Gatas” as a mom and not as an actress-politician.
“I’m doing this as a mom it just happened that I’m also a governor and an actress…lahat iyon rolled into one.
Despite of all the problems she’s battling as the mother of Batangas province, governor Santos still looks young for her age.
She said that aside from drinking milk, what really keeps her young is the love of her family.
“I’m comfortable with my immediate family, they are the one giving all the suppot, everytime they tell me that ‘mom we’re proud of you’ iyon na iyong energy ko adrenalin ko,” she said.
Santos who is married to newly appointed NEDA chief, former senator Ralph Recto proudly shared that her husband is also busy planning projects that will help Filipinos especially after the 2010 elections.
Aside from being happy and loved, Santos still does regular exercises, including taebo and dancing to keep in shape.
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