From Malaya Business Insight Written by Ethel Ramos July 02,2012
Another celebrator is Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who will likewise, observe this year her 50th anniversary in showbiz.
She was nine years old, Governor Vi recalled, when she first appeared in her first movie, Trudis Liit, which Sampaguita Pictures produced and where she was assigned to play the title role.
Henceforth, she, likewise, said that she has been working non-stop in showbiz. “Maski, naman involved na ako sa pulitika,” she related. “Ewan, ha, but I cannot imagine myself not facing the cameras, for tv and the movies. Maski na sabihing paminsan-minsan na lang.
“For always, I make it a point to call up Malou (Santos, managing director, Star Cinema), once I feel na malilibre ako for a certain number of days in a particular year of month, so she can prepare a project for me.
“And always, too, mas gusto niyang pelikula ang gawin ko.”
“The story of The Healing,” said director Chito Rono, “a horror-suspense flick has been written for sometime.
“When Star Cinema requested me to direct it, I told them, I’d do it kung si Governor Vi ang bida.
“It was a coincidence that they were looking for a project for her for her anniversary showbiz offering. Hayan at pinabasa kaagad ni Malou kay Governor Vi ang script ng The Healing.
“Before I knew it, we were shooting na for the movie.”
Governor Vi describes The Healing as a totally new brand of horror-suspense, as although it touches on the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments and what have you, it is dealt with a new approach and treatment by direk Chito.
“I have seen a number of movies of this genre handled as a director Chito, pero, iba ang atake niya dito.
“After watching the rushes of the The Healing, I challenged anyone who will watch it kung hindi siya maho-horrify. While at the same time, one is convinced kung bakit ang faith healing is part of our culture and will remain so in the many years to come,” Governor Vi added.
Governor Vi is glad as well that she requested for young actress Kim Chiu to be part of The Healing.
“Ang galling niya sa pelikula,” Governor Vi said of Kim. “At napakabait pang bata.
“Tinutukso ko nga siya na sana naging anak ko siya.”
While she is grateful, Governor Vi specified, “for having two wonderful sons, Luis and Ryan Christian, playing Mom to a daughter would have been an entirely different journey. She believes, too, that both her boys would welcome having a sister.
Kim, on her part, confessed that she felt uneasy, if not apprehensive, the first time the two of them had to face the movie cameras together for the first time. But both Governor Via and direk Chito both went out of their way to calm her down, so she could do her part as naturally as possible.
To both Governor Vi and direk Chito, Kim said she cannot thank them enough.
Earmarked for a July 25 release in more than 100 theaters, The Healing also stars Janice de Belen, Robert Arevalo, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paula, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynes Veneracion, Carmi Martin, and Pokwang.