MANILA—People from the entertainment industry mourn the sudden death of the Queen of the Philippines Movies whose remains now lie in state at the Heritage Chapel in Taguig City.
The wake for the veteran and multi-awarded actress started at 8p.m. Saturday May 21 up to 10 p.m.
On Sunday, May 22, the wake will be from 10 a.m. up to 10 p.m. up to Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
One of those who extended sympathies and condolences was former Manila mayor and former presidential aspirant Isko Moreno.
Isko calls Susan Ninang because the Action King Fernando Poe Jr was his godfather on his wedding.
Isko’s statement on Twitter: “Taos-pusong nakikidalamhati ang Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila sa pagpanaw ni Ms. Susan Roces na tinaguriang ‘Queen of Philippine Movies.’
“Tunay na isang timeless icon ng bansa si Ms. Susan Roces na kilala rin sa tawag na Manang Inday ng malalapit na kaibigan tulad nina Kuya Germs at Manay Ichu Maceda.
“It was a great show. Maraming salamat po sa hindi matatawarang kontribusyon sa pinilakang tabing at telebisyon.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Poe family during this extremely difficult time.
“Kapag nagkita po kayo ni Ninong FPJ sa langit, please say ‘hi’ and give a warm hug as well.
“Rest in peace, Ninang Susan.”
The Office of the President has also extended its sympathies through a message from Acting Presidential Spokesperson Martin Andanar.
The statement said: “We extend our deep condolences to the family, loved ones, close friends and colleagues on the passong of Jesusa Sonora Poe, more popularly known as Susan Roces.
“Ms. Roces was the Queen of Philippine Movies and her death is truly a big loss not only to the local entertainment industry but to all the people whose lives the beloved icon had touched and affected.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Roces and her family as we pray for the eternal repose of her soul.”
The group, Aktor: League of Filipino Actors, composed of great actors in the industry like Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Agot isidro, Nonie Buencamino, Angelica Panganiban, John Arcilla, Joel Torre, Mylene Dizon, and many others also extended its sympathy.
In its joint statement, the group said:
“Aktor, League of Filipino Actors, together with the entire film and television industry, join in the collective mourning over the sudden passing of one of our most illustrious stars and actresses, Ms. Susan Roces.
“Ms. Roces has constantly been a paragon of excellence, professionalism and generosity throughout a phenomenal career that spanned over six decades. Those who have the privilege of working with her speak highly not just of her dedication of the craft, but of her immeasurable kindness.
“Our galaxy of stars may have dimmed with her passing, but the immortal legacy of our dearest Susan Roces shall continue to light the path for future generations of artists, and her memory will live on in our hearts forever.”
Susan’s nephew Wowie says mom Rosemarie couldn’t come home
Susan’s nephew Wowie Cruz, eldest son of younger sister Rosemarie Sonora admits that he is terribly affected by her Mama Inday’s passing and said he could not forget the happy days they were together and how the veteran actress treated them—Wowie, Sheryl and Patrick— like her own children.
Wowie’s message to his Mama Inday:
“I really have fun memories of my Mama Inday. She was a second mother to me. She really loved my jokes every time I make one. Even the funny things that I did personally, we laughed about.
“She really was a funny person to be with. We loved to eat, make kwento about everything under the sun. She really taught me a lot of things about life—how to work hard, be always on time at work and meetings, be courteous, respectful, polite, have patience and eat properly.
“I will really miss our chicahan Mama Inday. We really had a blast!!! You are my mentor in a lot of things and I will never forget your teachings to me.
“I will really really miss you so very much Jesusa Purification Levy Sonora Poe [Susan Roces] I will see you again in the afterlife and we will continue our chicahan again. I love, love, love you with all my heart Mama Ind’s!!! Rest now in Paradise!!!”
Rosemarie Sonora was launched by Sampaguita Pictures as one of the Stars of 66. She was married to the late actor Ricky Belmonte.
Rosemarie has been living in the United States since 1987 and only comes back to the Philippines for a vacation.
Asked if his mom could make it to Susan’s wake and interment, Wowie said, “My mom is saddened by the passing of Mama Inday.”
But he confirmed that she could not come home.
“She can’t come home because her husband David [Loomis] is undergoing cancer treatment. He is the same age as Mama Inday.”
Wowie was the first to post about the sad news on Facebook about the passing of the 80-year old actress who is dubbed Queen of Philippine movies.
Meanwhile, for those who will personally go to Heritage Park to extend their sympathies and condolences, the family of the actress is requesting to follow the safety protocols like wearing of face mask every time.
The veteran actress passed away on Friday night, May 20, 2022. According to her daughter Senator Grace Poe, the movie icon succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest.
The bereaved family will provide a zoom link for the mass that will be held daily. Announcement of her interment will be announced when they have fixed the schedule. (ECD/MTVN)