For the first time ever in her nine years as Governor of Batangas, Vilma Santos received a title unlike other: a queen.
Honoring the female chief executive—who is also a veteran actress in the showbiz industry—is the Muslim community of Batangas led by His Highness Sultan Paramount Faizal Coyogan Benaning Bansao.
Held at Lima Park Hotel in Lipa City the awarding ceremony was also attended by over 3,000 Muslim brothers and leaders from the Royal Houses of Sultanate of Batangas, as well as Brunei and Malaysia.
In accepting the prestigious honor, Santos, who wore a royal blue Muslim costume, said, “Malaking karangalan para sa akin dahil kasama ko ang mga kapatid ang Muslim para matupad ang maayos na programa sa Batangas mula pa ng Mayor ako [It is such an honor for me to be with my Muslim brothers so I can properly fulfill my programs for Batangas which I began since I became a mayor].”
“Salamat kay Sultan Paramount Faizal Coyogan Cocoy Bansao,” Santos also exclaimed in her speech. “Muli, sa pangalan ng mga Batangeño at sa Mayor ng Lipa. Maraming salamat po sa karangalan [Again, in the name of my fellow Batangeño and the Mayor of Lipa, thank you for this honor]!”
Besides relishing in her newest political achievement, the governor also took the chance to talk about her personal life. She proudly shared her in-depth interview about her sons Luis Manzano and Ryan Christian, who appeared at the cover of Yes! magazine’s October together.