By MA. LEONILA R. GARCIA
THE Star for all Seasons, Vilma Santos, has officially accepted her nomination for the country’s National Artist for Film award even if she doesn’t want to talk or comment about it.
Santos, who is married to Sen. Ralph Recto, is the incumbent Lipa, Batangas Representative.
Last week, the Manila City Council issued a resolution to support the nomination of Santos.
The Order of National Artist is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts and Architecture and Allied Arts.
The order is jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation by both institutions.
Prior to her public service, Santos spent more than half of her life as an actress where she is well-recognized. She is likewise, awarded as a public servant.
In 2012, no less than the Civil Service Commission bestowed her the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.
The former Governor, now Representative of the 6th District of Batangas, was cited for daring to fight the toughest battles of the Province of Batangas as she addressed the persistent overcrowding in Taal Lake to improve water quality and prevent fish kills.
She ordered the dismantling of hundreds of illegal fish pens and other structures on and within the vicinity of the lake. The move almost cost her reelection in 2010 as moneyed interests campaigned against her.
Congratulations and good luck, Ate Vi!