See how well-loved the Queen of Philippine movies was.
The Philippines lost a showbiz icon on Friday night. News of Susan Roces’ passing saddened and shocked many in and out of the industry. They took to social media to pay tribute to the veteran actress.
Her nephew Lawrence Sonora Cruz was first to acknowledge what happened. Not long after, Senator Grace Poe released an official statement that read, in part:
“With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved Jesusa Sonora Poe, whom many of you know as Susan Roces.”
Her coworkers pay tribute
Showbiz denizens’ grief flooded social media. Some commented on Sen. Poe’s post, while others penned tributes of their own on their respective accounts.
“Deepest condolences,” veteran showbiz talent manager G.R. Rodis wrote under Poe’s post. “I cannot believe it. Our eating barkada is one less beautiful soul.”
Coco Martin, star of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, wrote a heartfelt tribute to his “Lola Flora”:
Rest in peace, Lola Flora. Salamat sa magagandang alaala,” wrote hip-hop group Smugglaz. They worked with Roces on FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. “Mami-miss namin yung frozen fruits mo lalo na pag mainit sa set.”
Pepe Herrera shared a heartfelt essay about Roces on his Facebook page. He detailed how connected they had been and how generous she was. But Herrera says she also had a sense of humor. He revealed she once gave him shorts with a fake butt as a practical joke. You can read the full text here.
Showbiz legends speak up
Angel Locsin shared how she was too shy to ask Roces for a photo when they met on the set of Mano Po 2. She got up the courage to do so when they did a show together but lost the photo when her laptop crashed.
Still, she considers it an honor to have shared moments with the queen she respects and admires very much. “Ang mga payo at paguusap namin ay aking panghahawakan.” You can read her full post here.
Judy Ann Santos also expressed her sadness about Roces’ passing.
The Diamond Star’s message was more concise but no less heartfelt. “Mama Susan, mahal na mahal kita,” Maricel Soriano wrote under a photo of herself and Roces on Instagram.
“I will hold you in my heart. We will miss you. Maraming salamat sa pagmamahal Tita Susan. Our love and prayers,” Lorna Tolentino wrote on Instagram.
“Rest in peace, Ate Susan,” Vilma Santos-Recto wrote on her Facebook page. “Maraming salamat. We will miss you. We love you.”
Sen. Poe has told reporters her mother died of cardiopulmonary arrest. Roces’ wake will take place at Heritage Park in Taguig City.
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