on Helen Vela: she was endeared to the Filipino audience because they saw in her a friend, a sister and a mother. when she died in 1992, marami ang nalungkot to a point na parang namatayan sila ng kaibigan, kapatid at ina.
as for her news anchoring job on GMA Balita, kasama niya noon si Mike Lacanilao (i wonder where the guy is now) tapos ang weatherman nila ay si Amado Pineda (the inspiration for Tessie Tomas' Amanda Pineda character).
on Vilma Santos: http://youtube.com/watch?v=7Du6w8RFIEQ
i can still remember that Vilma! aired on Friday nights and current PBA sportscaster Ed Picson was the one doing the voice-overs.