FAMAS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD FOR VILMA SANTOS
Manila, March 28, 1999 - Multi-awarded dramatic actress Vilma Santos can no longer be nominated for the FAMAS Best Actress Award, since she had been elevated to the Hall of Fame for having won five FAMAS Best Actress trophies over the years.
But on its 47th year, the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences, the oldest cinema award- giving body in Asia, wants to give Vilma due recognition for her continued excellence and longevity as a Box Office Queen. The body also wants to recognize her contribution to the industry by being a model public servant and popular Mayor of Lipa City.
On April 8, FAMAS Awards night, Vilma will be bestowed this year's FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award. Vilmanians would consider this, plus the grand slam and the Hall of Fame honors, as proof that their idol, Ate Vi, is way above her arch rival Nora Aunor.
But Noranians would be quick to retort that nothing can match the glory and recognition Nora Aunor received when she was named Centennial Artist during the Philippine Centennial celebrations.
As much as their fans love to fight over who is better or more popular, the two actresses are actually very good friends in real life, calling each other "kumare" and running to each other's assistance whenever necessary.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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