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Tuesday, May 31, 2022
THE NINETIES # 214: ROMNICK SARMENTA, CESAR MONTANO AND SHERYL CRUZ, TOGETHER WITH RICKY BELMONTE, DARIA RAMIREZ, MARIO J. SALCEDO, JOONEE GAMBOA, RAUL TOLENTINO IN "KAPAG NAG-ABOT ANG LANGIT AT LUPA" (1991)
THE NINETIES # 213: JIMMY SANTOS (IN THE TITLE ROLE), DAWN ZULUETA, HERBERT BAUTISTA, GELLI DE BELEN, DENNIS PADILLA, CHERRY PIE PICACHE AND PANCHITO IN "ROBIN GOOD (SUGOD NANG SUGOD)" (1991)
Monday, May 30, 2022
THE NINETIES # 212: VIC SOTTO AND JOEY DE LEON, TOGETHER WITH PANCHITO, RIO DIAZ, CHRISTINE JACOB AND NINO MUHLACH IN "SAM AND MIGUEL (YOUR BASURA, NO PROBLEMA)" (1991)
Sunday, May 29, 2022
THE NINETIES # 211: RAMON 'BONG' REVILLA, JR., DINA BONNEVIE, WITH DENNIS ROLDAN, PAQUITO DIAZ, MAX ALVARADO, BERTING LABRA, BERT OLIVAR IN "MANONG GANG" (1991)
Saturday, May 28, 2022
THE NINETIES # 210: MISS GLORIA SEVILLA, PILAR PILAPIL, MAT RANILLO III, JOEL TORRE, SUZETTE RANILLO, MARK GIL, JENNIFER SEVILLA, PINKY MARQUEZ IN "MATUD NILA" (1991)
THE NINETIES # 209: ROBIN PADILLA, VINA MORALES, TOGETHER WITH CHARITO SOLIS, DANTE RIVERO, GLORIA DIAZ, MARK GIL, ROI VINZON, DENCIO PADILLA IN "ANG UTOL KONG HOODLUM" (1991)
Friday, May 27, 2022
THE NINETIES # 208: MANILYN REYNES, JANNO GIBBSA, AIKO MELENDEZ, JEFFREY SANTOS IN "KUNG SINO ANG MINAHAL" (1991)
THE NINETIES # 207: JANICE DE BELEN, GABBY CONCEPCION, AGA MUHLACH AND INTRODUCING JOHN ESTRADA IN "PAKASALANAN MO AKO" (1991)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
THE NINETIES # 206: EDDIE GARCIA (IN THE TITLE ROLE), CHARO SANTOS, JOHNNY DELGADO, RINA REYES, MARK GIL, JENNIFER MENDOZA AND INTRODUCING JERIC RAVAL IN "VALENTIN ZAPANTA, ALYAS NINONG (HULING KILABOT NG TONDO)" (1991)
THE NINETIES # 205: JOHN REGALA (IN THE TITLE ROLE), MAITA SORIANO, BEVERLY VERGEL, CARIOL DAUDEN, ROLDAN AQUINO,ROMY DIAZ, ROBERT TALABIS, RUBEN RUSTIA IN "AMOK, PATROLMAN 2" (1991)
Sunday, May 22, 2022
(CNN Philippines, May 20) - Veteran actress Susan Roces has died on Friday, her daughter, Senator Grace Poe, confirmed. She was 80.
"With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved Jesusa Sonora Poe, whom many of you know as Susan Roces," Poe's official statement read.
"She passed away peacefully on a Friday evening, May 20, 2022, surrounded by love and warmth, with her daughter Grace, her nephews Joseph and Jeffrey and many of her family and close friends," it added.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Poe confirmed the cause of her mother's death.
"Ang aking nanay, nasa edad na rin. 80 years old na sya. Ang kanyang ikinamatay, ito yung sinabi ng doctor, cardiopulmonary arrest. Ibig sabihin, bumigay po ang kanyang puso," she said.
My mother is already old. She's 80 years old. The cause of her death, according to the doctor, is cardiopulmonary arrest which means heart failure.
Poe added there was "something different" with her mother during the past two weeks.
Roces was the widow of fellow veteran actor Fernando Poe Jr., who has died in 2004. Grace Poe is their lone daughter.
"Sa tingin ko, talagang nangungulila na sya sa tatay ko. Matagal na rin di ba," Poe bared as her voice cracks. "Madalas kapag nag-uusap kami, sya pa rin ang pinag-uusapan namin."
Rewind: Year 1956
Susan Roces had just graduated from high school and was preparing to enroll in college when she learned there was an open house at Sampaguita Studios. Since she was a big fan of actress Gloria Romero, she decided to visit the studio with her Aunt Tessie Alava. When Susan arrived at the studio, she didn’t pay much attention to a man in a moustache who was sitting in a corner quietly admiring her. Suddenly, the man approached her and asked if she was there in the studio to audition for a role or if she wanted to become an actress. Surprised by the man’s offer, Susan didn’t answer and walked away. Her aunt then whispered to her that the man was Dr. Perez, the owner of Sampaguita Pictures. Her aunt added that she was told to go the Vera Perez residence the next day.
With nothing to lose, Susan went to the Vera Perez mansion early in the morning carrying her graduation dress. She was accompanied by her uncle, Nestor Levi. Aring Bautista, a character actress living at the Vera Perez mansion, saw Susan and asked why she was there. When Susan said she wanted to become an actress, Bautista pointed out that Sampaguita Pictures was not in need of new talent but LVN Pictures was. When Susan and her uncle were about to leave the studio, they bumped into Director Mar S. Torres. “Are you the lady who is scheduled to take the screen test today?” Torres asked her. Susan just nodded so Torres accompanied her to the set for her first ever screen test.
When Doc Perez woke up the same morning, he asked Aring if a young lady went to the studio. “Yes,” she answered, but she told her to go to LVN Studios where they needed new talent. Doc Perez was shocked but was able to let out a sigh of relief when Director Torres told him that he already gave Roces a screen test which she had passed.
She was given a lead role in the movie Boksingera but it was shelved after they finished filming because the people at Sampaguita Studos felt it was too early for her to star in a movie. Instead, the studio bigwigs decided to give Roces a supporting role in the movie Miss Tilapia which starred her idol Gloria Romero.
Reference: My True Friend by Pablo S. Gomez/ Philippine Free Press/ January 3, 2004
7 Amores (1960)- All-Sar-cast
Sa Hardin ng Diyos (1960)- Stars Fred Montilla, Juancho Gutierrez, Romeo Vasquez, Tito Galla, Amalia Fuentes, Susan Roces, Barbara Perez, Liberty Ilagan/ Directed by Mar S. Torres
5 Yugto ng Buhay (1961)- All-Sar-cast
DZXL Radio Program- Ay Neneng! (1961)
Sa Linggo Ang Bola (1961)- Stars Fred Montilla, Paraluman, Rita Gomez, Amalia Fuentes, Susan Roces, Jose Mari, Barbara Perez, Dolphy & Panchito, Eddie Gutierrez, Josephine Garcia, Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Rosa Mia
Eca Babagot (1961)- Stars Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Susan Roces, Jean Lopez, Panchito/ Directed by Tony Cayado
Susanang Twist (1962)- Stars Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez, Patsy, Jose Cris Soto, Meldy Corrales/ Directed by Tony Cayado
Lab na Lab Kita (1962)- Stars Dolphy & Panchito, Susan Roces, Leila Benitez, Lito Legaspi/ Directed by Romy Vilaflor
Tulisan(1962)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Susan Roces, Tito Galla, Greg Martin, Tony Marzan/ Directed by Jose De Villa
Tito Galla, Rosa Mia and Juancho Gutierrez
Ako'y Ibigin Mo, Dalagang Matapang (1963)- Stars Susan Roces, Jose Mari and Bert Leroy Jr./ Directed by Tony Cayado
Eddie Loves Susie (1963)- Stars Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez, Rosemarie, Pepito Gutierez and Tessie Agana/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos
Jukebox Jamboree (1964)
Hamon sa Kampeon (1964)
Pag-ibig, Ikaw ang Maysala (1965)
Ang Maganda Kong Kapit-bahay (1965)
The Dolly Sisters (1965)
Buhay sa Buhay! (1965) with Joseph Estrada
Mula Nang Kita'y Ibigin (1966)
Portrait of My Love (1966)
Mariang Kondesa (1966)
Itinakwil Man Kita (1966)
Si Siyanang at ang 7 Tsikiting (1966)
Dedicated to You (1966) with Eddie Mesa
Let's Do the Freddie (1966) with Eddie Mesa
Anong Ganda Mo! (1967)
Thanks to James de la Rosa for the
above magazine articles and clippings
After Maruja, Susan made memorable movies and deliver good performances in Langit at Lupa (1967) and an epic movie Perlas ng Silangan (1969) both opposite FPJ, Bakasin Mo sa Gunita (1968) and Bandana (1968) --- both with Romeo Vasquez. In between, she did light romantic comedy movies--- Ang Pangarap Ko’y Ikaw, Sitsiritsit Alibangbang, Kami'y Taga-ilog, To Susan with Love, Salaginto't Salagubang, Karnabal, among others.
It was in the 70s that her acting talent was honed and polished to the fullest, mostly in horror-suspense flicks like Florinda (1973), Celso Ad Castillo’s Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara (1974) and Langit, Lupa at Impiyerno (Pandemonuim) (1976).
Ramil Rodriguez, Arnold Gamboa, Nello Nayo, Jose Garcia
and Norma Blancaflor/ Directed by Armando de Guzman
Directed by Manuel Cinco
Florinda (1973)- Stars Susan Roces, Dante Rivero, Ranil Rodriguez, Rosemarie Gil, Jose Padilla Jr., Lito Anzures/ Directed by Armando A. Herrera