Former child actor and current Pangasinan Rep. Christopher de Venecia praised Charo Santos for her performance in "Ang Babaeng Humayo" in a privilege speech in Congress.
De Venecia, a son of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia and former Rep. Gina Vera Perez de Venecia, congratulated Santos on behalf of his family which has showbiz roots. The Vera-Perezes were behind Sampaguita Pictures.
De Venecia said Santos's portrayal in "Ang Babaeng Humayo" was "described as remarkable by Variety magazine and majestic by the Hollywood reporter in which she brings to the fore all the unstable emotional contours of a mentally unraveling avenger."
"Charo Santos' resolve to return to movie acting, after decades of hiatus while serving as former chief executive officer and president of ABS-CBN, is indeed admirable and moving. Makes you wonder, it's never too late to pursue your dreams and return to your first love," he added.
De Venecia also congratulated and praised the producers of the movie, Cinemaone Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas "for making a movie based principally on its cinematic truth and artistic strength."
He paid special tribute to the film's director, Lav Diaz, especially since "it was the first time a movie from our country won in the 73-year-old (Venice) film festival"
The film bagged the Golden Lion Award for best film. The movie was also chosen as best foreign language film at the Sorriso DIverso Venezia Awards, before the major honors were announced.
De Venecia renewed a pitch for benefits for the film industry from the government. He cited 6 bills pending in Congress that can boost the local film industry.