Fernando Poe’s wife Susan Roces dies at 80

Susan Roces, the wife of late actor Fernando Poe, has passed away at the age of 80, according to columnist Ogie Diaz.

In the 1960s and 1970s, she was hailed as the “Queen of Philippine Movies.” She is well recognized for her portrayal of Flora “Lola Kap” S. Borja-de Leon in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which premiered on ABS-CBN on September 28, 2015, and is still airing in 2021.


Roces is a member of the Locsin family of Negros Occidental (the clan’s original origin is from Iloilo City) (a Chinese district in Iloilo). He married Cecilia Sayson of Molo and was accepted into the under Agustin Locsin’s name. Rosemarie Sonora, Roces’ sister and niece Sheryl Cruz are both actresses.

Roces is married to Fernando Poe Jr., and they have an adopted daughter, Grace Poe, who is currently a Senator and the former Chairperson of the MTRCB.

Senator Grace Poe spoke about the “symbolic” last conversation she had with her mother before she died, concerning the signing of the Foundling Recognition and Protection Act.


“Kasi ganito ‘yun, bago siya dalhin sa ospital, nag-uusap pa kami, nag-uusap pa sila ng mga kaibigan niya. Mga bandang tanghali, nabalitaan namin ‘yung batas ukol sa pagkilala sa mga nadampot na bata o foundlings ay naisabatas na, napirmahan na,” Poe recalled.

Fernando Poe’s wife dies at 80

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III has issued a resolution expressing the Senate’s sympathies and sadness for renowned actress Susan Roces’ passing.

“RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES, To express, as it hereby expresses, its profound sympathy and sincere condolences on the death of Jesusa Purificacion Levy Sonora-Poe, popularly known as ‘Susan Roces,’” the resolution  read.


The resolution acknowledged Roces’ contributions to the entertainment industry, earning her the title “Queen of Philippine Movies.”

During her 70-year career, she appeared in over 130 films.

The Senate resolution also acknowledged Roces’ and her late husband, Fernando Poe Jr.’s (FPJ), the “King of Philippine Movies,” concern for film workers.

was a significant figure in the request for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s resignation on June 29, 2005. “She stole the presidency not once, but twice!” she exclaimed in a dynamic address.

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