Cebu pays tribute to ‘Queen of Visayan movies’ Gloria Sevilla

Cebu pays tribute to ‘Queen of Visayan movies’ Gloria Sevilla

By Junex Doronio

July 31, 2022

CEBU CITY — Dubbed as the Queen of Visayan Movies, several prominent Cebuano political leaders led by Mayor Mike Rama and showbiz personalities on Sunday paid tribute to Gloria Sevilla who passed on quietly at the age of 90.

Held at the SM City Seaside, the event coincided with the formal launching of Gloria Sevilla Foundation (GSF) which — Dandin Ranillo, one of Gloria’s sons and over-all in charge of the celebration — aims to revive and promote Visayan movies as well as help in poverty alleviation.

“The creation of Gloria Sevilla Foundation is the best legacy of Mama Gloria,” Rama said.

The mayor disclosed that he was close to the Ranillo family that is why he called the Queen of Visayan Movies as “Mama Gloria.”

The municipality of Sibonga where Gloria was born and the Cebu City Council passed a resolution expressing its condolences to the bereaved family of the Queen of Visayan movies who passed away on April 16 this year in Oakland, California, United States.

For its part, the Cebu City Council led by Councilor James Anthony Cuenco also passed a resolution extending its condolences to the Sevilla family.

Cebuano entertainment personalities, including Pilita Corrales, Pilar Pilapil and Vina Morales, also paid tribute to Gloria Sevilla.

Dulce, “Asia’s timeless Diva” who sang during the event, described Gloria Sevilla as a role model in the local entertainment industry.

The Queen of Visayan Movies in the 1960s was best remembered in her Cebuano language film “Badlis sa Kinabuhi,” which won for her the best actress trophy from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) in 1969.

In most of her early films, such as “Gimingaw Ako”, she worked with her first husband, Mat Ranillo Jr.

When Mat Ranillo Jr. died, Gloria later married another actor, Amado Cortez.

With the waning of Visayan movies, Gloria moved to Manila, where she continued to make a name in the local movie industry, including a number of sitcoms like “Mommy Ko Si Mayor” which also starred her son Dandin Ranillo.

Gloria’s children — Mat Ranillo III, Suzette, Lilibeth and Dandin Ranillo — also ventured into acting with equally successful results.

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