ROUND 9: Controversy Control
Nora Aunor faces showbiz scribes.
In 2007, there was uproar when news broke out that Nora Aunor had married another woman, her manager and confidante Norie Sayo, in Las Vegas. A PEP.ph article revealed that upon checking the Marriage Inquiry System of Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada, it was found that Nora C. Villamayor—or more popularly known as Nora Aunor—had married Norie Sayo on May 22, 2000. Nora didn't seem to be affected by the brouhaha.
Vilma Santos is now so comfortable in her own skin that she can brush off controversial questions.
Perhaps, the nastiest controversy that Vilma Santos has had to deal with is the infamous "Betamax Queen" issue. In the late 70s, a rumor went around that there was a Betamax tape that showed Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos and her then-boyfriend Romeo Vasquez (estranged husband of Amalia Fuentes and father of Liezl Martinez) in an intimate encounter. Santos was tagged as "Betamax Queen." In a PEP.ph story, Santos herself said, "There was a time, na-tsismis pa na nagpakamatay ako dahil sa problema ko d'yan (I was rumored to have committed suicide because of that problem)...because of the Betamax issue. But again, you know, kapag alam mong hindi totoo, matapang ka, 'di ba (if you know it's not true, you're brave, aren't you)?"
The round goes to: Nora Aunor. The deadma tactic works.