Rep. Vilma’s first job in Congress was as fashion model.
It has been a while since Lipa City Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto met up with friends from the entertainment press.
An opportunity came last week when the durable actress-public servant
Vilma Santos- Recto took time off from her legislative work to indulge in her other pastime, which is to catch up with entertainment folk.
Vilma misses showbiz work a lot that she would welcome any temporary diversion from all those stacks of paper work piling up on her congressional desk.
She said that her new job requires a lot of studying and learning.
She has to focus so she won’t miss out and look stupid, she said.
Rep. Vi said the work of a legislator is so much more complex than that of a mayor or governor.
She successfully hurdled those posts in Lipa and the province of Batangas for 18 years.
Local positions are more on the administrative side.
It’s like a mother, controlling her own territory.
Rep. Vi already downplayed any more higher position after Congress.
She might retire from politics after this, and turn back to movies, she said.
She wants to produce, not necessarily star in indie films.
In 2013, the multi-awarded actress starred in her first indie film, ‘Ekstra,’ which won several local and international awards.
She keeps an eye on modern indies, viewing them in the comfort of her home.
She rattled off some titles, adding that she’s impressed by the talent and artistry of today’s young filmmakers and actors.
In the near future, she wants to work with names like Director Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz.
There had been some offers from the two directors in the past, but none of them came through due to conflicts in schedule.
She was aghast when told how long a regular Lav film could run, say from four to 12 hours.
Ever wise and pragmatic, Rep. Vi said she does not want to work herself to the max until she would drop.
She does not want to work and work, save and save and then end up spending all your money in the hospital.
She wants to enjoy her life, travel while she still can.
Rep. Vi is turning 64 this year.
Her first job at Congress is as model in picture-taking.
It was often embarrassing as colleagues would request if she could pose with their visitors from faraway places, like Tawi-Tawi.
She was posing for cameras right there at the gallery while the session was going on.
Rep. Vi said she actually welcomed such invites for on-the-spot pictorials because as an actor, she should be more worried if people would not care.
She admitted she does miss acting.
She was saddened that she couldn’t accept Mike de Leon’s offer for her to lead the cast in a family drama based on the life of the director’s grandmother, Doña Sisang (Narcisa de León).
Mike told her he wanted it to be his last film at age 70.
She couldn’t say yes as she had just been newly elected congressman.
Mike also has been shooting another political film, ‘Citizen Jake,’ with broadcaster Atom Araullo playing the titular character of a TV journalist.
Mike directed Rep. Vi in ‘Sister Stella L.,’ a landmark film known for its strong political theme.
She seriously hopes to work with Mike again.