BACOLOD CITY — Unbeknownst to many, veteran actress and “Queen of Philippine Motion pictures” Susan Roces hailed from Bacolod Metropolis.
Roces, who died Friday night, Could 20, was born Jesusa Purificacion Sonora in Bacolod Metropolis on July 28, 1941 to Dr. Jesus Tonggoy Sonora and Purificacion Levy.
It was at La Consolacion Faculty (LCC) Bacolod the place the seed of her performing profession was planted and the place her deep religion in God grew.
In an earlier interview, Roces stated it was whereas she was in third 12 months highschool that her instructor Luisa Medel taught a brand new course on speech and drama.
“Miss Medel stated, Jesusa I feel you may have a ability for public talking and performing. I recommend that in preparation for a profession, why don’t you try to take up the identical course I took. So I took her recommendation. That’s why this award means a lot to me as a result of it was at LCC that my performing expertise was taken discover of,” Roces stated, referring her to Centennial Legacy Award for Excellence in Tradition and the Arts from LCC.
Roces stated she went to Manila after commencement to enroll within the course Medel prompt for her. There was an open home at Sampaguita Footage that summer season, and he or she went there as a result of she needed to see her favourite actress, Gloria Romero.
Whereas she admired Romero, Roces stated Dr. Jose Perez, Sampaguita Footage’ producer, took discover of her and when she talked about that she was in Manila to review speech and drama to show, he stated “So you have an interest in performing.”
Roces stated she didn’t know Perez was a producer and that she thought he was one of many villains within the films.
He supplied her a display check, and the remainder is historical past, Roces stated.
Roces’ religion in God
“It’s religion actually that introduced me to this profession that to this point is enduring,” stated Roces, who turned probably the most well-liked actresses of her time.
As to her deep religion in God portrayed by her character, Lola Flora, Roces attributed it partly to her upbringing at LCC.
“What else are you able to do if you’re pinned in opposition to the wall, when your enemies are so highly effective, possibly you can not battle bodily. However there’s a energy who’s stronger, and that’s God,” she stated.
“Religion in God and prayer is essential in a single’s life,” she added.
Susan Roces, popularly referred to as Lola Flora on the lengthy working “Ang Probinsyano” tv sequence, handed away on Friday night, her daughter Senator Grace Poe confirmed.
Her husband, actor Fernando Poe Jr., handed away on Dec. 14, 2004.
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