Bella Flores

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Bella Flores
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Born Remedios Papa Dancel
February 27, 1929
Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippine Islands
Died May 19, 2013 (aged 84)
Quezon City, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1950–2013
Children Ruby Dancel-Arcilla
Parent(s) Matias Dancel (father)
Emilia Papa (mother)
Relatives Jesse Arcilla (son-in-law)
Jessica Dancel-Arcilla (granddaughter)
Awards FAMAS Best Supporting Actress
1967 Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño

Bella Flores (February 27, 1929 – May 19, 2013)[1][2] was a Filipino film actress. She was best known for her "iconic" portrayals of film villains.[3] Known as the original Primera Kontrabida in the Philippine Showbiz.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Flores was born Medina Papa Dancel in Manila to Matias Dancel, a slipper maker, and Emilia Papa. She was a college sophomore at the Far Eastern University when she appeared in her first film, Tatlong Balaraw (1950), at age 21.

Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures. She was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Agana's titular character, despite being 22 years old. The film was a box-office success, credited with saving Sampaguita Pictures from bankruptcy after a fire had destroyed its studio.[1] The film's success also elevated Flores into the upper tier of stars, and typecast her in villainous roles. The film critic Nestor Torre remarked that Flores had "been making life miserable for many generations of hapless stars—all the way back to little Tessie Agana and Boy Alano in 'Roberta' in the early 1950s, to her fresh batch of victims in the New Millennium... doing it without skipping a beat—and without aging (much) to boot."[3] She received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño and bella mora.[1]


Title Role Year
Tatlong Puri 1950
Kulog Sa Tag-Araw 1950
Balaraw 1950
Batas ng Daigdig 1951
Bernardo Carpio 1951
Roberta 1951
Rebecca 1952
Siklab sa Batangas 1952
Kerubin Margarita 1952
Diwani 1953
Ang Biyenang Hindi Tumatawa Margarita 1954
Jack and Jill Rosita 1954
Dumagit 1954
Mariposa 1955
Despatsadora 1955
Iyung-Iyo 1955
Mambo Dyambo 1955
Gigolo Alicia 1956
Via Dolorosa 1956
Tumbando Caña 1956
Kanto Girl 1956
Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak 1957
Busabos 1957
Prinsesa Gusgusin 1957
Mga Reyna ng Vicks Ms. Morales 1958
Anino ni Bathala 1958
Talipandas 1958
Angel Sa Lansangan 1959
Kilabot Sa Makiling 1959
Alipin ng Palad 1959
Tanikalang Apoy 1959
Cicatriz 1959
Lupa Sa Lupa 1960
Double Cross 1960
28 de Mayo 1960
Dalawang Kalbaryo ni Dr. Mendez 1961
Hani-Hanimun Doña Lilay 1961
Susanang Daldal 1962
The Big Broadcast Dancer 1962
Siyam na Langit 1962
Sabina Baby Doll 1963
Apat Ang Anak ni David 1963
Trudiis Liit 1963
Ang Senyorito at Ang Atsay 1963
Ang Bukas ay Akin! 1963
Leron Leron Sinta 1964
Sa Bilis, Walang Kaparis 1964
Hi-Sosayti 1964
The Dolly Sisters 1964
Lastikman 1965
Hamon Sa Kampeon 1965
Cosa Nostra 1965
Inday Bote 1985
Shake, Rattle & Roll IV 1992
Campus Scandal Miss Pag-asa 1998
D' Anothers Precious 2005
Way Back Home Lola Nita 2011
"My Kontrabida Girl" Herself As Kontrabida 2012


Year Title Role(s) Network
2010 Sine Novela: Mars Ravelo's Trudis Liit Donya Hershey Ferrer GMA Network
2005 – 2006 Mga Anghel na Walang Langit Gaudencia "Gude" Redondo-Hawkins ABS-CBN


Flores died on May 19, 2013, in Quezon City General Hospital.[2] Her death was a result of complications from a recent hip surgery.[5]


Bella Flores Foundation[edit]

The family of the late veteran actress Bella Flores plans to establish a foundation in her name and to organize a fundraising concert to benefit show business personalities with Alzheimer’s disease.

This was announced Tuesday night by singer Imelda Papin, Flores’ niece. Flores was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s and diabetes months before she died on May 19. The concert is tentatively set for July at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, Papin said.

Flores’ daughter Ruby Arcilla said during the wake on Tuesday, “If mom’s death could pave the way for… these projects, she would be very happy. She always tried to do what she could for her colleagues.”

Arcilla said a woman approached her during the wake to say thanks. “The lady said she showed mom her doctor’s prescription and mom gave what she could afford. I hope other actors would do the same— give from their hearts.”


  1. ^ a b c Lena Pareja (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 250. ISBN 971-8546-31-6. 
  2. ^ a b "Actress Bella Flores dies early Sunday at 84". GMA News. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b Nestor U. Torre (2007-07-24). "Guilty pleasures in the biz". Viewfinder. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  4. ^ Reyes, William (May 24, 2013). "Nora Aunor mourns death of "primera kontrabida" Bella Flores". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Legendary actress Bella Flores passes away at 84". InterAksyon. Archived from the original on 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 

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