Susan Roces, the legendary actress and wife of Fernando Poe Jr., died on May 20, 2022, at the age of 80. She was regarded as the “Queen of Philippine Movies” and starred in more than 130 films and television programs. She won five FAMAS Awards, including two Best Actress wins, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Luna Awards. She also played the role of “Lola Flora” on the ABS-CBN television series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano since 2015.
What Happened to Susan Roces?
According to CNN Philippines, Susan Roces died from cardiopulmonary arrest, a form of heart failure. A day earlier, she was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, Metro Manila because of chest pain and difficulty in breathing. She died peacefully surrounded by her family and loved ones.
How Did the Public React to Susan Roces’ Death?
Susan Roces’ death shocked and saddened the nation, as she was one of the most beloved and respected figures in Philippine cinema and culture. Many celebrities, politicians, and fans expressed their condolences and paid tribute to her legacy on social media and in the news. President Rodrigo Duterte declared May 23, 2022, as a national day of mourning for Susan Roces, and ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast. A state funeral was held for her at the Manila North Cemetery, where she was laid to rest beside her husband.
What Was Susan Roces’ Contribution to Philippine Cinema?
Susan Roces was a pioneer and an icon of Philippine cinema, who started her career in 1952 at the age of 11. She rose to fame in the 1960s, when she starred in several blockbuster movies with Fernando Poe Jr., whom she married in 1968. Some of their most popular films include Ang Panday, Dugo at Pag-ibig sa Kapirasong Lupa, and Mga Alabok ng Lupa. She also appeared in numerous comedy, drama, and musical films, such as Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, Palabra de Honor, and Isang Bala Ka Lang.
Susan Roces was also known for her versatility and longevity as an actress, as she continued to work in film and television until her death. She played various roles, from a grandmother to a superhero, and won acclaim for her performances. She also supported the causes of her husband, who ran for president in 2004 but lost to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo amid allegations of electoral fraud. She demanded Arroyo’s resignation and joined the opposition movement. She also adopted and raised Grace Poe, who became a senator and a presidential candidate in 2016.
Susan Roces was a legend and a queen of Philippine cinema, who left behind a legacy of excellence, integrity, and love. She will be remembered and missed by millions of Filipinos who grew up watching her movies and admiring her beauty and talent.