'The Healing' marks Vilma's 50th year in showbiz


Posted at Jun 29 2012 02:47 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2012 12:08 AM

Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos is celebrating her 50th year in show business with a Star Cinema film titled "The Healing."

Santos said this will be her first suspense-horror movie.

"It's a perfect project after 'In My Life,' which was three years ago. And since I don't do movies that frequently, I might as well give the public something different," she said. "This is my first time to do a suspense-horror and I’m so proud of it."

For "The Healing," Santos will be working with some of the best in the local entertainment industry, including director Chito Roño.

"I've been asking for so long for something like this and I'm so glad that it's finally happening. With the undeniable top caliber of Star Cinema, Direk Chito, and our award-wining cast, how can I go wrong!" she said.

The Star for All Seasons also praised young actress Kim Chiu, who is part of the film's cast.

"The Healing" will also include Pokwang, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abi Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggay Alonso, Mon Confiado and Carmi Martin.

"Stories about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments have not yet been tackled in-depth in movies. And in our film, the viewers will not just be horrified, they'll somehow be challenged to think as to how faith healing has already been part of our culture," Santos said.

“The Healing” will hit theaters on July 25.