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Carrying her famous battlecry, “Puso at Pag-asa ng Batangas” against the erstwhile and seemingly formidable political opponent, newly-elected Governor Vilma Santos-Recto proved to be one of he most loved and sought-after public servant in Batangas. Her untarnished reputation in local governance, coupled with a strong political will and unquestionable more integrity, speaks so much for herself as one of the most outstanding mayors in the Philippines.

Born on November 3, 1953 in Manila, she finished her primary and secondary education at St. Mary’s Academy. She has two children: Luis Philippe S. Manzano and Ryan Christian Recto. She is happily married to former Senator Ralph G. Recto.

Serving as mayor of Lipa City for three consecutive terms (1998 to 2007), she spearheaded the city’s socio-economic and cultural progress giving emphasis on education, health, employment, peace and order, tourism and technology, among others. Undoubtedly, she earned the Most Outstanding Mayor citation from the Civil Service Commission in 2000. In the same year, the Asusasyon ng Kumentarista at Anaunser ng Pilipinas recognized her as Outstanding Mayor in Region IV. In 2002 and 2003, she received the Sandugo Outstanding Local Government Executive by the Department of Health. The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor took cognizance of her effort in upholding the welfare of the marginalized sectors by giving her the Gawad Parangal in 2003.

In 2005, she received twin recognitions as the 2005 Hall of Fame Regional Sandugo Outstanding Mayor (DOH IV-A) and Finalist, 2005 Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran Component City category. Her being conferred as Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa by the Lipa City Public College in the same year adds another important recognition for her efficient performance in local governance. In the same year, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor cited her program for the poor constituents through the Special Award: Programs for the Urban Poor.

It is public knowledge that Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto has been an icon in the Philippine movie industry prior to her entry in the political arena. From FAMAS Best Child Actress (1963) to countless best actress awards in almost four decades from unrecognized bodies in the movie industry to FAMAS Hall of Fame Best Actress (1990), URIAN Pinakamahusay na Aktres ng Dekada ’80 (1990) at Dekada ’90 (2000), FAP Lifetime Achievement Awards (1998) and Brussels, Belgium International Film Best Actress (1999), among others. No doubt, she was given recognition by the UP College of Mass Communication as Outstanding Cinematic Achievement Award, Feminist Centennial Filmfest and Gawad Plaridel (Film) in 2005. The following year, she received the Diwata Award from the UP Film Institute.

Vilma Santos-Recto is not only an actress par excellence. She has proven her worth and received numerous awards ad producer, musical variety show host and singer. She has excelled in every endeavor she engaged herself into. In fact, the Boy Scouts of the Phlippines cited her leadership as Best Over-all Local Council Performance (2000) and the Quezon City Jaycees chose her as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Achievers (TOYA) in 1992.