21st Festival Internationale Du Film Independant in Brussels, Belgium ( Nov. 09-14, 1999) unanimously
voted Ms. Santos as Best Actress for the movie "Bata, Bata... Paano ka Ginawa?". The movie also won the Best Director award
for Mr. Chito Rono. Its just to bad that Ms. Santos was not able to attend the said festival.
The Jurors were : Aung Ko (Myanmar), Jacqueline Pierriex (Belgium), Mel
Tobias (Philippines), Larissa Delcourt (Belgium), Xie Fie (China), Steve
Montal (USA). The festival director is Mr. Robert Malengreau.
|Jurors at Brussles FilmFest
The film "Bata, Bata...Paano ka Ginawa?" was also given a Special Jury Award for Women's Awareness
at the Asia Pacific Film Festival held in Bangkok, Thailand from Nov. 22-26, 1999. Ms. Santos was a Best
Vilma received a Lifetime Achievement award at the opening of the 5th CineManila International
Film Festival. she was awarded together with Fil-Am actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Tia Carrere, Fil-Am producer
Dean Devlin. Vilma also received the same award in 2000.