MANILA – Veteran actress Vilma Santos could not hide her happiness after her first independent film, “Ekstra,” earned a long round of applause from the audience following its premiere screening at the Cultural center of the Philippines on Sunday.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Santos said the immediate viewers’ reception made all her hard work worth it.
“Doon ko na-realize na lahat ng pagod, lahat ng kaba, nawala lahat. The mere fact na ginawa mo lang iyon para sa a little contribution sa art at mapatunayan ko na hindi lahat, kapag sinabing artista, kailangan bayaran, hindi eh. Palagay ko 'yung reception kanina, iyon na ang pinakabayad namin,” she said.
Santos said she is hoping that people will watch her movie, which tells the story of a person who makes a living from playing bit roles.
“Sana panoorin niyo. This is something different. First time na talagang extra po ako. Modesty aside, talagang bida naman ako the whole time. Pero this time, extra talaga. Maramdaman niyo naman ang buhay ng isang extra, dahil ang isang pelikula hindi mabubuo ng walang extra,” she said.
After doing “Ekstra,” Santos said she would not think twice of doing another independent film again in the future.
“I hope so, I hope I can find time. I even hope I can produce one. It’s just that I need to find time kasi the priority is Batangas. This is my last term. But I’m looking forward if everything will be smooth in Batangas, maybe I can do another one or produce another one,” she said.
Among those who attended the premiere screening of her movie were Senator Ralph Recto, sons Ryan Christian Recto and Luis Manzano, and actress Jennylyn Mercado.
Read a review of "Ekstra" here.