Helen Vela

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In this Philippine name, the family name is Vela .
Helen Vela-Punzalan
Born (1946-10-31)October 31, 1946
Manila, Philippines
Died February 14, 1992(1992-02-14) (aged 45)
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Actress, broadcaster, producer
Years active 1963–1992
Known for Ate Helen
Spouse(s) Orly Punzalan
(1967-1973; separated)
Ben Hernandez
(1973-1992; her death)
Children Princess Punzalan
Paolo Punzalan
Rueben Hernandez-Punzalan
Relatives Karen Punzalan (granddaughter)

Helen Vela (October 31, 1946 – February 14, 1992) was a Filipino actress and radio/TV personality in the Philippines.

Early life[edit]

She was born on October 31, 1946 in Manila, Philippines.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to broadcaster Orly Punzalan (1935–2005), with 3 children: Pastor Paolo Punzalan (Senior Pastor of Victory Fort Bonifacio), Reuben and Princess Punzalan.


She died of lymphoma on February 14, 1992 (Valentine's Day) at St. Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, United States at the age of 45.[1] She was buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City. Alongside her lays her mother Virginia Vela (who died in 1995) and her husband Orly Punzalan (who died in 2005).

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

In 2004, the Golden Screen Awards for Television instituted a "Helen Vela Lifetime Achievement Award" for outstanding contribution to the Philippine television industry.

Legacy & Honors[edit]

She was posthimously inducted as a Star to the Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines in December 2011.



Title Role Network Year
Student Canteen Host GMA Network 1975–1986
GMA Balita Anchor GMA Network 1986–1992
Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Host GMA Network 1975–1985
Lovingly Yours, Helen Host GMA Network 1980–1992
Heredero Nina RPN 1984–1987
Eat Bulaga! Host RPN then ABS-CBN 1986-1991
Agila Ester RPN then ABS-CBN 1987–1992
Family 3 Plus 1 Amy GMA Network 1989–1992


Title Role Films Year
Halina Neneng Ko JBC Productions 1969
Fiesta Extravaganza JBC Productions 1969
Roman Rapido Mameng BSH Films & LVN Films 1983
Lovingly Yours Helen: The Movie Host BSH Films 1984
Puso Sa Puso Seiko Films 1988
Kung Tapos Na Ang Kailanman (her last film) Seiko Films 1990


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