The Nora-Vilma rivalry is still on with the issue of being a National Artist.
Tañada said Santos equally deserves to be a national artist for her contribution in Philippine cinema industry on her competition with Aunor during the 1970s.
"We cannot separate those two. Where there is Nora, there should also be Vilma because they grew up practically at the same time. I think both deserve such recognition. If and when a submission is given, then we will certainly take it under consideration.", said Tañada.
"She has a very good and very sterling career in movies and she's certainly one of the people that we respected in the industry so that would be seriously considered if that were submitted to the proper agency," he added.
The National Artist title is given to a Filipino who has been given the highest recognition for having made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts. Among the National Artist for Cinema include "King of Philippine Movies", late Fernando Poe, Jr. and acclaimed directors Ishmael Bernal and Lino Brocka.