MANILA - Getting her share of online critics is a first for Vilma Santos.
The Batangas Governor quipped in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Monday that she is happy to finally be "in" among netizens, a week after she became the subject of criticisms over her spelling errors in a dedication card she sent Kris Aquino which the TV host published online.
"Alam mo, masaya na ako kasi in na ako ngayon! At least meron na akong parte sa netizens, 'di ba? In na in na ako!" she said.
Santos added, laughing: "One thing I have learned is that this issue is awesome! Iyan daw ang usong word ngayon, e! This issue is awesome!"
Turning serious, Santos said she learned from the experience.
"That's just part. I am not saying we are perfect because nobody is perfect. Lahat ng tao ay nagkakamali. At nagkataon, nagkamali ako, just for 'yung letter 'e' at 'ed'. Natural lang 'yon. It was a constructive criticism.
"But with all the bashers at lahat ng tumitira regarding sa kaalaman ko, okay lang 'yon. I guess pag nagtitiwala ka naman sa sarili mo, nothing to worry. That's just a part ng learning," she said.
The online "bashing," as Santos termed it, was triggered when Aquino posted last Tuesday a photo of a box of ensaymada Santos gave her.
The dedication card attached read: "Dearest Kris, Thank you sooo much for believing in me! I truely [sic] appreciate it friend... Life is short... Enjoy it - you are so bless [sic]... God is good. Smile :) - Ate Vi"
Last Thursday, Aquino said sorry to Santos for "causing stress" with her post during a live telecast of "Aquino & Abunda Tonight." She also expressed dismay over insinuations that she maliciously shared Santos' written message.
Several celebrities, including Marian Rivera and Ai Ai delas Alas, came to the defense of Santos in the days following Aquino's posting of the photo.
Delas Alas, who is known to have a personal rift with Aquino, voiced out her disappointment over the move to post the card online. This fueled speculation that the tiff between the two had yet to be resolved.
While Santos thanked delas Alas for defending her, the actress-politician advised her close friend not to let criticisms affect her negatively.
"Alam mo, artista ako, at natural 'yan. Matagal na po ako, hanggang ngayon, artista parin ako. Parte na 'yan ng pagiging artista -- maliit na bagay kayang mapalaki," Santos said.
"Kaya lang, may mga taong nai-involve kagaya ng kaibigan kong si Ai Ai. So sorry, but this is just part... 'Yung mga ganitong negative, pag sineryoso natin 'yan, mahirap na," she said.
Santos, who is on her third term as governor of Batangas, added she had much to attend to in the province to let the bashing get to her.
"Tutal, I guess may mga mas importante tayong gawin at dapat isipin na mas ikabubuti nating lahat at ng ating bansa," she said. "Ito ho 'yung mga challenges at problemang dumadaan. Padaanin natin, huwag lang natin istambayan! Because tomorrow is another day."
The screen veteran added: "Tanggapin natin nang gano'n. Ganoon lang talaga. We really cannot please everybody. But that doesn't mean na apektado na ang pagkatao mo, dahil hindi. Hindi. Mas alam ko ang sarili ko."