The Kapamilya stars finally got "in touch" with each other when the Star for All Seasons joined Toni and her son Luis yesterday, May 17, as the digital program's guest and featured actress. Claudine, on the other hand, served as the surprise guest.
Since the online show aired just a few days after Mother’s Day, the Star for All Seasons first shared how blessed she feels being a mother to his two sons Luis and Ryan.
"Basta ang mga anak ko, nagsimula kay Luis, 'yon ang fulfillment ko as a woman," the multi-awarded actress and politician said. "Nagkaroon ng focus ang buhay ko. Maraming bagay na nangyari sa buhay ko na hindi ko akalaing magagawa ko as a mom. So, being a mother, [para] sa akin, is really a fulfillment of a woman. 'Yon 'yong fulfillment ko na karugtong ng buhay mo talaga."
She continued, "When I married Ralph [Recto], ako kasi may anak na, si Lucky [Luis' nickname], gusto ko naman ibigay sa kanya ang responsibilidad ko bilang asawa. And I prayed for it. Sabi ko kay Lord, 'Sana naman bigyan mo pa ako ng isang anak, to the point kahit i-quit ko ang career ko."
And though she is a well-established actress and a successful public servant, being a mother, according to her, will always be her top priority.
"Ang responsibilidad ng isang ina ay walang katapusan," Ate Vi said. "Ang biggest fulfillment nito, nabiyayaan ako, na-bless ako ng Panginoon ng dalawang anak na nanggaling sa akin mismo, through the blessings of God. Makita ko lang sana sila na lalaki nang maaayos, a productive God-loving person, magiging maganda ang mga buhay nila, siguro 'yon na 'yong masasabi ko na fulfilled ako as a mom."
Claudine Barretto joined the show, because the Vilma guesting actually has to to with the 20th anniversary of their movie "Anak,” which was produced by Star Cinema.
Claudine played as Vilma's daughter in the said movie shown in 2000 which is now hailed as the "Ultimate OFW movie of all time."
In the movie, the Star for All Season played the role of Josie, a mother who was forced to leave her family to be an Overseas Filipino Worker. Claudine essayed the character of Clara, the daughter of Josie who grew up full of hatred and resentment towards her mother.
When the two finally reunite virtually, Claudine began recalling how it was a dream come true for her to be part of movie with no less that the Vilma Santos.
"I'm really really honored to be part of Anak," Claudine said. "For me, 'yon na yong ultimate dream come true ko. Sabi ko nga kay Tita Malou [Santos, former Star Cinema head], noon, nung in-offer 'yong Anak, 'okay na ako hindi mag-artista basta makasama lang si Ate Vi.'"
She also recalled how Ate Vi was so supportive with her on the set during the time of the filming.
"I had the support of Ate Vi throughout the shooting," Claudine said. "She never told me, 'Ito ang gagawin mo." [And yes,] may surprises talaga. 'Yong adlibs n'ya, her nuances, lahat 'yon meron talagang [tatak] Vilma Santos kaya nga ang daming awards [ng movie].
"Ako ‘yong preparation ko I had to step up, I really had to focus. Usually when I do a movie, I don't prepare. Pero with Ate Vi I really had to prepare."
Claudine also shared that, unknown to many, Vilma Santos also served as her support system off-the-set during her gray days.
"Si Ate Vi, kung hindi n'yo alam, is one of my mentors talaga. When I was struggling...in my lowest talagang nandun s'ya."
The actress also shared important lesson the actress-politician taught her.
"Isa sa mga usapan namin, sinabi nya, 'Alam mo, anak....alam mo, Claudine, ang lahat ng tao [ay] anak, pero hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng opportunity maging ina,’ the 40 year-old actress explained. "Kaya dapat you really have to, take care, tumutok sa mga anak mo. Kasi totoo 'yon. Lahat tayo anak pero hindi lahat nagiging ina. So we should really honor our parents. And because of Ate Vi I love my parents more, dahil [iyon] sa kanya."
As a sidelight topic, Ate Vi expressed her delight at the fact that the younger generation is using their iconic scenes in Anak in their TikTok videos.
"Masaya kami, ibig sabihin tumatak ang eksena na 'yon," she said.