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Susan Roces biography: 13 things about Filipino actress born in Bacolod, Philippines

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Susan Roces was a Filipino actress. She was born Jesusa Purificacion Levy Sonora-Poe in Bacolod, Philippines to a Filipino father of Spanish and Chinese descent and a French American mother of Jewish descent.

Roces and her husband Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, a Filipino actor professionally known as Fernando Poe Jr., starred in 17 films together. Here are 13 more things about her:

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  1. She was 6 years younger than her sister Rosemarie Sonora, the mother of Sheryl Cruz and Renzo Cruz.
  2. In 1952, she starred in the film “Mga Bituin ng Kinabukasan.” She starred in the 1956 films “Boksingera“, “Kulang sa 7” and “Mga Anak ng Diyos“, the 1957 films “Sino ang Maysala?” and “Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak“, the 1958 films “Prinsesang Gusgusin“, “Ako ang Maysala“, “Mga Reyna ng Vicks“, “Madaling Araw“, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” and “Ulilang Anghel” and the 1959 films “Wedding Bells“, “Mga Anghel sa Lansangan“, “Pitong Pagsisisi“, “Debutante“, “Handsome” and “Ipinagbili Ko ang Aking Anak“.
  3. In 1960, she starred in the film “Beatnik”. She starred in the 1964 film “The Dolly Sisters“, the 1965 films “Portraits of My Love“, “Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw” and “Pilipinas Kong Mahal“, the 1966 films “Zamboanga” and “Pepe en Pilar“, the 1967 films “Maruja” and “Langit at Lupa“, the 1968 films “To Susan with Love“, “Ang Ganda Mo?“, “Bakasin Mo sa Gunita“, “Bandana“, “Sorrento“, “Magpakailanman“, “Tanging Ikaw” and “Kulay Rosas ang Pag-ibig” and the 1969 films “Perlas ng Silangan” and “Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin“.
  4. She was 2 years younger than Fernando. They became the adoptive parents of Mary Grace Natividad Sonora Poe-Llamanzares, who is professionally known as Grace Poe. Grace was a baby when she was found by a woman in the holy water front of Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City, Philippines on September 3, 1968. In December 1968, she and Fernando got married in a civil wedding. They later married in a religious service attended by Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos as primary sponsors.
  5. In 1970, she starred in the film “Divina Gracia“. She starred in the 1972 film “Salaginto’s Salagubang“, the 1973 films “Karnabal” and “Florinda“, the 1974 film “Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara“, the 1977 film “Maligno“, the 1978 film “Gumising Ka, Maruja” and the 1979 films “Mahal… Saan Ka Nanggaling Kagabi?“, “Mahal… Ginagabi Ka na Naman” and “Angelita… Ako ang Iyong Ina“.
  6. In 1980, she starred in the film “Tanikala“. She starred in the 1982 film “Manedyer si Kumander“, the 1984 film “Hoy Wala Kang Paki“, the 1986 films “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita?” “Inday Inday sa Balitaw” and “Payaso“, the 1987 films “Bunsong Kerubin“, “No Retreat… No Surrender… Si Kumander” and “1+1=12 Plus 1“, the 1988 films “Love Boat: Mahal Trip Kita“, “Kambal Tuko” and “Buy One, Take One” and the 1989 films “Ang Lahat ng Ito Pati na ang Langit” and “Here Comes the Bride“.
  7. In 1990, she starred in the films “Mundo Man ay Magunaw” and “Feel na Feel“. She starred in the 1991 film “Ubos na ang Luha Ko” and the 1997 film “Isinakdal Ko ang Aking Ina“.
  8. In 2003, she and Kris Aquino played the respective older and younger versions of Sol Parco-Chan in “Mano Po 2: My Home“. She starred in the ABS-CBN show “John en Shirley” in 2006, the ABS-CBN series “Iisa Pa Lamang” in 2008 and the GMA Network series “Sana Ngayong Pasko” and the ABS-CBN series “May Bukas Pa” in 2009.
  9. On May 10, 2004, her husband Fernando ranked second in the Philippine presidential election, losing to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. On December 11, 2004, he suffered from a stroke and slipped into a coma. On December 14, 2004, he died at the age of 65.
  10. She accused Arroyo of stealing the 2004 Philippine presidential election from Fernando. On June 29, 2005, she declared her readiness to lead the Philippines and replace Arroyo if Arroyo decides to resign. On June 30, 2010, Arroyo finished her term as the 14th president of the Philippines.
  11. In 2011, she played Helena See in the TV5 series “Babaeng Hampaslupa” and Amelita Manalastas / Amelita Salvador in the ABS-CBN series “100 Days to Heaven“. She starred in the ABS-CBN series “Walang Hanggan” in 2012, “Muling Buksan ang Puso” in 2013 and “Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon” in 2014.
  12. From 2015 to 2022, she played Flora “Lola Flora” S. Borja-de Leon in the ABS-CBN series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano.”
  13. On May 20, 2022, she died of a heart attack. She was 80.
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