Susan Roces

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Susan Rocés
Born Jesusa Purificación Sonora
(1941-07-28) July 28, 1941 (age 72)
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Fernando Poe, Jr.
Children Grace Poe-Llamanzares
Relatives Rosemarie Sonora (sister)
Sheryl Cruz (niece)

Jesusa Purificación Sonora (born July 28, 1941), better known as Susan Rocés, is a Filipina actress and widow of Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe, Jr.[1] Following the death of her husband in 2004, Rocés became a rallying point for the political opposition.

She was also one of the main cast members of John En Shirley, a comedy show that aired on ABS-CBN till October 2007.

Family[edit]

Born to a French American mother and a Filipino father of Spanish and Chinese descent, Rocés is a member of one of the country’s biggest clans, the Locsin family of Negros Occidental. Their forebear Wo Sin Lok, a peddler from Amoy, had himself baptised into the Catholic Church as Agustín Locsin and married Cecilia Sayson of Molo.

Rocés's sister, Rosemarie Sonora, and niece Sheryl Cruz are also actresses.

Rocés married Fernando Poe, Jr. and they have an adopted daughter, former MTRCB Chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

FPJ's legacy[edit]

On June 29, 2005, she was one of the key figures calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In a fiery speech, she claimed that "She stole the presidency not once, but twice!"

On September 29, 2007, ABS-CBN acquired the exclusive rights to the movie library of Poe after Rocés signed the contract. ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III, Cory Vidanes, Senior Vice President of TVP Production, and Poe’s daughter Grace Poe-Llamanzares were present.[2]

On December 14, 2007, Rocés led the annual memorial rites for her husband by leading a mass visit to his tomb. Small Christmas cards that read "Dear Uncle Ronnie, I love you, I miss you" were placed near flowers on Poe's tomb.[3]

On December 23, 2007, 9:30 p.m. Alay ni Da King: a Fernando Poe, Jr. Special was shown in ABS-CBN Channel 2 and was hosted by Charo Santos-Concio. Rocés contributed on the feature of their married life. A 38-minute music video was also shown featuring various scenes from several Poe's movies, a project Poe himself had just finished working on before he died.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon ABS-CBN
2013 Wansapanataym: Simbang Gabi Lola Fenny ABS-CBN
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso Dona Adelina Beltran ABS-CBN
2012 Walang Hanggan Virginia"Manang Henya" Cruz ABS-CBN
2011 100 Days to Heaven Amelita Manalastas/ Amelita Salvador ABS-CBN
2011 Babaeng Hampaslupa Helena See TV5
2009 May Bukas Pa Nieves Antazo ABS-CBN
2009 Sana Ngayong Pasko Remedios Dionisio GMA Network
2008 Iisa Pa Lamang Aura Castillejos ABS-CBN
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basura Lola Angge ABS-CBN
2008 Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara Amanda ABS-CBN
2006 John en Shirley Encarnation Ramirez ABS-CBN

Movies[edit]

Year Original Title English Title Film Company
1952 Mga Bituin ng Kinabukasan Stars of the Future Nepomuceno Pictures
1956 Miss Tilapya Sampaguita Pictures
Boksingera Female Boxer
Kulang sa 7 Less than 7
1957 Sino ang Maysala Who is guilty Vera Perez Pictures
Pasang Krus Laden Cross Sampaguita Pictures
Mga Anak ng Diyos Children of God Vera Perez Pictures
Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak The Wild Flowers Sampaguita Pictures
Prinsesang Gusgusin Unkempt Princess
1958 Ako ang Maysala I am guilty one Vera Perez Pictures
Mga Reyna ng Vicks The Queens of Vicks Sampaguita Pictures
Madaling Araw Dawn
Tawag ng Tanghalan Call of the Stage Vera Perez Pictures
Ulilang Anghel Orphaned Angel Sampaguita Pictures
1959 Wedding Bells
Mga Anghel sa Lansangan Angels on the Road
Pitong Pagsisisi Seven Repentance
Debutante Debutant
Handsome
Ipinagbili Ko ang Aking Anak I sold my Son
1960 Beatnik
1964 The Dolly Sisters
1965 Portrait of My Love
1967 Maruja
1968 To Susan with Love
Bakasin Mo sa Gunita Trace it Back to Memory
Bandana
Sorrento
Kulay Rosas ang Pag-ibig Love is Pink-Colored
1969 Perlas ng Silangan Pearl of the East FPJ Productions
1973 Florinda
1974 Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara Kill Barbara in Terror
1977 Maligno Evil
1978 Gumising ka, Maruja Wake Up, Maruja
1983 M.I.B.: Men in Brief
1986 Payaso Clown
1988 Buy One, Take One Viva Films
1990 Mundo Man ay Magunaw Even If the World Ends
Feel na Feel Feel to Feel Regal Entertainment
1991 Ubos Na Ang Luha Ko My Tears Have Stopped Seiko Films
1997 Isinakdal ko ang Aking Ina I Accused my Mother Viva Films
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Regal Entertainment

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