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Jesusa Purificacion Levy Sonora
July 28, 1941
Fernando Poe, Jr.
(m. 1968; died 2004)
|Children||Grace Poe (adopted)|
Ronian Poe (stepson)
Lovi Poe (stepdaughter)
|Relatives||Rosemarie Sonora (sister)|
Sheryl Cruz (niece)
Jesusa Purificacion Levy Sonora (born July 28, 1941), better known by her screen name Susan Roces, is a Filipina actress and widow of Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe, Jr. She was a main cast member of John en Shirley, a comedy show that aired on ABS-CBN until October 2007. She is also known for the main role of Flora "Lola Kap" S. Borja-de Leon from FPJ's Ang Probinsyano which began airing in ABS-CBN from September 28, 2015 to present as of 2019.
Born to a French American mother of Jewish descent and a mestizo father of Spanish and Chinese descent, Roces is a member of one of the country's biggest clans, the Locsin family of Negros Occidental (the original origin of the clan is from Iloilo City). The clan’s eponymous forebear, Wo Sin Lok, was a peddler from Xiàmén who emigrated to the Philippines and firstly settled in Molo, Iloilo City (a Chinese district in Iloilo). He was received into the Catholic Church with the name Agustín Locsín, marrying Cecilia Sayson of Molo. Roces' sister, Rosemarie Sonora, and niece Sheryl Cruz are also actresses.
On September 29, 2007, ABS-CBN acquired the exclusive rights to the movie library of Poe after Roces signed the contract. ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio López III, Cory Vidanes, Senior Vice President of TVP Production, and Poe's daughter, Grace Poe, were present.
On December 14, 2007, Roces 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.
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. Roces 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.
|Year||Title||Role||Network||Type of Role|
|2015–Present||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Kapitana Flora "Lola Kap" S. Borja-de Leon||Very special role / Main role|
|2014||Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon||Ruth Gaspar||Supporting role|
|Eat Bulaga! Lenten Drama Special: Karugtong ng Puso||Maria||Guest appearance|
|2013||Wansapanataym: Simbang Gabi||Lola Fenny||Episode guest|
|Muling Buksan Ang Puso||Donya Adelina Laurel-Beltran||Supporting role / Antagonist|
|2012||Walang Hanggan||Virginia "Manang Henya" Cruz||Main role|
|2011||100 Days to Heaven||Amelita Manalastas† / Amelita Salvador†||Special participation|
|Babaeng Hampaslupa||Helena See||Co-lead role|
|2009||May Bukas Pa||Nieves Antazo||Recurring role|
|Sana Ngayong Pasko||Remedios Dionisio||Lead role|
|2008||Iisa Pa Lamang||Lola Aurora "Aura" Castillejos†||Supporting role|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basura||Lola Angge||Episode guest|
|Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara||Amanda||Main role|
|2006||John en Shirley||Encarnation Ramirez|
|Year||Original Title||English Title||Film Company|
|1952||Mga Bituin ng Kinabukasan||Stars of the Future||Nepomuceno Pictures|
|Kulang sa 7'||Less than 7||Vera Perez Pictures|
|Mga Anak ng Diyos||Children of God||Sampaguita Pictures|
|1957||Sino ang Maysala?||Who Is Guilty?||Vera Perez Pictures|
|Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak||The Wild Flowers||Sampaguita Pictures|
|1958||Prinsesang Gusgusin||Unkempt Princess|
|Ako ang Maysala||I Am the Guilty One||Vera Perez Pictures|
|Mga Reyna ng Vicks||The Queens of Vicks||Sampaguita Pictures|
|Tawag ng Tanghalan||Call of the Stage||Vera Perez Pictures|
|Ulilang Anghel||Orphaned Angel||Sampaguita Pictures|
|Mga Anghel sa Lansangan||Angels on the Road|
|Pitong Pagsisisi||Seven Repentance|
|Ipinagbili Ko ang Aking Anak||I Sold My Son|
|1964||The Dolly Sisters|
|1965||Portrait of My Love|
|1966||Pepe en Pilar||RVQ Productions|
|1968||To Susan with Love||Rosas Productions|
|Anong Ganda Mo?||Sampaguita Pictures|
|Bakasin Mo sa Gunita||Trace It Back to Memory||Lea Productions|
|Kulay Rosas ang Pag-ibig||Love is Pink-Colored||Rosas Productions|
|1969||Perlas ng Silangan||Pearl of the East||FPJ Productions|
|1974||Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara||Kill Barbara in Terror|
|1978||Gumising ka, Maruja||Wake Up, Maruja||FPJ Productions|
|1983||M.I.B.: Men in Brief|
|1988||Buy One, Take One||Viva Films|
|1990||Mundo Man ay Magunaw||Even If the World Ends||Seiko Films|
|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|
- "Susan Roces: The True Queen of Philippine Movies" Archived 2012-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, Asian Journal; 3 August 2012.
- Mendez, Christina. "Susan ready to replace GMA". PhilStar. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Mario Dumaumal "ABS-CBN acquires right to 'Da King's' movie library", 29 September 2009.
- GmaNews.tv, "Susan Roces leads FPJ death anniversary rites". Gmanews.tv; retrieved 23 November 2011.
- ‘Alay ni Da King: An FPJ Special’ encores tomorrow. mb.com.ph, 22 December 2007.