Quezon City, April 25, 2002 (STAR) FUNFARE by Ricardo F. Lo - Between now and May 24, Lipa City Mayor Vilma Santos will keep that "Do Not Disturb" sign around her neck, that’s why she has been begging off from accepting social obligations (including as co-host of the Urian Awards, of which she’s a suki, on May 11).

You see, Vilma has to finish all her scenes in Star Cinema’s Dekada ’70 which is so far only 50 percent finished, with Chito Roño directing. The movie is based upon the Palanca-winning novel by Lualhati Bautista (also the author of Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?, Vilma’s 1998 smash-hit starrer). Vilma and leading man Christopher de Leon have been shooting non-stop, hoping to wind up by May 24 because Christopher and wife Sandy Andolong are going to Los Angeles to attend the graduation of their son Sandino.

Vilma appears in 98 percent of the movie which is about the turbulent ’70s, the era of violent demonstrations and birth of militant student activism. Dekada ’70 is scheduled for release on Sept. 21, 30th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, so it has to be in the can (after post-production work, etc.) by, hopefully, July or August.

Meanwhile, Vilma’s telesine, Bugso, will finally be shown on GMA 7 as GMA Blockbusters feature on Saturday, April 27, starting at 9 p.m. Bugso is directed by Christopher himself (he does a "cameo" role in it), with Tirso Cruz as Vilma’s leading man and, among others, Mandy Ochoa, Ian de Leon and Aiza Marquez as co-stars. Produced by Tirso‘s wife Lyn Ynchausti and Christopher’s wife Sandy, Bugso was shot entirely in Lipa, with some scenes taken at Danny Dolor’s fabulous vacation house. It’s inspired by Wait Until Dark, with Vilma playing a blind woman (just like Audrey Hepburn in WUD).

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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