Morning talk show Mangandang Buhay held a special tribute for “The Star for All Seasons” Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto to celebrate her birthday on November 3. The episodes were aired on October 26 and 27.
During the special episodes, Vilma talked about the ups and downs of her career. She also spoke about how it’s like to be a mother to her two sons, Luis Manzano—whom she still calls Lucky—and Ryan Christian Recto. Luis is her son with actor Edu Manzano, while Ryan Christian is her son with Senator Ralph Recto.
When asked about Luis’ love life, she replied, “Hindi po ako nakikialam sa love life ng anak ko. Nagkataon lang na because of our foundation as a family, pag meron siyang gustong dalhin at ipakilala sa pamilya, hindi puwedeng hindi niya dadalhin at ipakikilala sa pamilya. Hindi dahil gusto kong makialam. My god, Lucky is mature enough to decide for himself, 'di ba? Ano pa ako para pakialaman. I don’t wanna meddle. I don’t want to impose. Pero pag tinatanong kasi kami naman magnanay mag-usap, ‘What do you think, Mom?’ Siyempre I give my ano naman, a little.”
She then continued to talk about Luis’ girlfriend, actress Jessy Mendiola: “So, I mean, I find Jessy very nice. She’s so casual kasi. Maybe because she’s young. Bata pa si Jessy, e. Casual, e. Wala siyang mga inhibitions. Alam mong ibig kong sabihin? Kapag ano ’yong gusto niyang gawin, ’yon lang gagawin niya. Maybe because she’s young. And for that I appreciate Jessy. Kasi pag nasa bahay ka dapat natural ka na, e.”
Luis and Jessy started dating sometime in 2016. On June 25, 2017, Luis posted on his Instagram account a photo of him and Jessy with the caption, “Happy Anniversary to you Wowow :) thank you for leaving a smile on my face after a year and looking forward to many more :) Your strength day in and day out never fails to impress me and amazing would be an understatement to describe you I wowow you! :)”