Filipina actress and politician who appeared in dozens of hit films - such as Anak, Still Loving You Until Now, and Lea's Story - and served as Governor of Batangas.
She earned the FAMAS Best Child Actor Award for her starring role in her debut film, Trudis Liit, in 1963.
She became the first female mayor of Lipa City, Batangas.
She was briefly married to actor Edu Manzano. In 1992, she wed fellow politician Ralph Recto. She has two sons named Luis Manzano and Ryan Christian Santos Recto.
Her son, Luis Manzano, became a popular television host in the Philippines.