The Philippine Star
Vilma Santos’ grand debut
More than 40 years ago, Vilma Santos turned 18, (Nov. 3, 1971). Her grand debut party was held at the posh Presidential Hall of The Plaza in Makati, attended by celebrities and other familiar names in and out of the movie world.
Style magazine covered the event. Vilma’s gown was a creation of Sonia Aquino, who later served as mayor of Tanauan, Batangas. Photos by Bob’s and cake by Joni’s.
Vilma, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Amado Santos, and Edgar Mortiz (then the debutante’s favorite leading man) received the guests. The guest list included: Eddie Peregrina (deceased) and Esperanza Fabon, now justice of the Court of Tax Appeals.
Mildred Ortega (later wife of Gen. Mitch Templo).
Ricky Belmonte (deceased) and Rosemarie Sonora, based in California.
Panamin secretary Manuel ‘Manda’ Elizalde (deceased). Janine Frias and Baby de Jesus. From a pretty debutante in the ‘70s, Vilma turned into an awardwinning actress, Star for All Seasons and much-esteemed public servant. First as Lipa mayor for nine years and then as Batangas governor, also for nine years. Vilma is the incumbent congresswoman of Lipa. Photos are from Style magazine.