Zeny Zabala

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Zeny Zabala
Born Emerenciana Ortiz Santos
July 21, 1937 (1937-07-21) (age 79)
Nationality Filipina
Occupation Actress

Emerenciana Ortiz Santos (born July 21, 1937) is a Filipina actress known as the villain of Sampaguita Pictures. She came from a big family of 9 siblings. She is the fourth child of Enrique Santos and Ursula Ortiz. Being a close knit family, Zeny as she was fondly called developed a bond with her siblings up to the present. Zeny was discovered when she was accompanying her sister Aurora Aragon who was then in the movie industry away back in 1954. She started her career in Sampaguita picture on September 1954. In Sampaguta her first movie was Binibining Kalog opposite Lolita Rodriguez and Ramon Revilla where she plays a society girl villain.

Zeny Zabala also did her fair share as a Lead star on NGI Productions among them were Ruby, Mother Dear, Our Lady of Penafrancia, Kalingga and Luzviminda among which are drama films. She also did movies in the 1960s for Ambassador Films Pitong matahari. Pitong Desperada, Commando Uno and this are action films. She became well known for her role on the Chito Rono Film IKAW opposite Vilma Santos, Ronnie Rickette and Cesar Montano where she plays the mother of Cesar. She is famous for the line... "itimpla mo ako ng kape" (black no sugar).


  • 1954 -Lourdes [Balatbat-Flores]
  • 1954 -Milyonarya at Hampaslupa [Sampaguita]
  • 1954 -Tin-Edyer [Lvn]
  • 1955 -Pandora [Premiere]
  • 1955 -Binibining Kalog [Sampaguita]
  • 1956 -Prince Charming [Sampaguita]
  • 1956 -Teresa [Sampaguita]
  • 1956 -Gilda [Sampaguita]
  • 1956 -Gigolo [Sampaguita]
  • 1957 -Sino ang Maysala [Vera Perez]
  • 1957 -Pasang Krus [Sampaguita]
  • 1957 -Pretty Boy [Vera-Perez]
  • 1957 -Prinsesang Gusgusin [Sampaguita]
  • 1958 -Mga Reyna ng Vicks [Sampaguita]
  • 1958 -Palaboy [Vera-Perez]
  • 1958 -Berdaderong Ginto [Vera-Perez]
  • 1958 -Talipandas [Sampaguita]

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