Fans in Africa continue to mourn Gloria Sevilla a week after her death
Fans continue to mourn the multi-award winning veteran filipina actress, Gloria Sevilla a week after she died on holy Saturday April 16 at the age of 90.
Many well wishers especially those in Africa including Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria have trooped on social media to eulogise the actress with some saying she would forever remain in their heart.
Anne Folson said: “We’re Sorry for your Lost . God Strengthen and Comfort the Families. Mama Rest In Peace.”
“My condolences to the entire family may her soul rest in peace 🙏,” Zainab Conteh added.
Known as the Queen of Visayan Movies, she “died peacefully in her sleep” in Oakland Hills, California.
The family of the deceased confirmed her death to the media two days after the actress passed on.
Gloria Sevilla was an active board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), she was reviewing Filipino films and TV shows from her California home until three days before her demise.
“She was a real trouper who did her job as MTRCB board member by doing online reviewing,” said her daughter Suzette Ranillo, also a veteran actress. “She really loved her MTRCB family.”
The Cebuana thespian starred in numerous Visayan movies, some of which she produced with her husband, the late Mat Ranillo Jr., in the 50s and 60s.
They were already known as the King and Queen of Visayan Movies when they moved to Manila to try their luck in mainstream filmmaking.
“I feel happy and complete when I’m in front of the camera,” Sevilla confided in an interview after receiving the 2019 Natatanging Gawad Urian Lifetime Achievement Award from Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
She was also honoured by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors a year before the pandemic struck.
While under quarantine at her Greenhills condo unit in San Juan, she starred in the 2020 short film ‘Nang Em,’ about an elderly who fought loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown, for Cinemalaya.
Her last full length feature was the 2019 family drama “Pagbalik,” a Visayan flick, for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Both ‘Nang Em’ and ‘Pagbalik’ were megged by her daughter Suzette.
The actress had won best actress and best supporting actress honours for “Maestra,” “M: Mother’s Maiden Name,” “Madugong Paghihiganti,” and “Gimingaw Ako,” plus numerous nominations for her brilliant turn in films like “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo,” “Boy Golden,’ ‘Banaue,” “Tatlong Mukha ni Pandora,” ‘Kami’y Kaawaan,” “Dodong Ko,” “Sapang Palay’ and “Ito Ang Pilipino.”
In 1974, she was named Best Actress in a back-to-back win with her daughter Suzette (who used the screen name Nadia Veloso) as Best Supporting Actress for the Visayan film “Gimingaw Ako,” directed by Sevilla’s second husband, the late Amado Cortez.
Sevilla was only 14 when she was discovered after winning at a high school oratorical contest at the University of the Visayas in Cebu City.
She was introduced as the titular Muslim royalty in the movie Prinsesa Tirana in 1951 opposite her ‘showbiz crush,’ Mat Ranillo Jr., who became her first husband.
Years after the death of Ranillo in a plane crash in 1969, Sevilla married Cortez, who later became a Philippine ambassador.
Sevilla was best known until recently as the well-loved and kind-hearted mayordoma Manang Fe in the top-rating comedy-drama “Be Careful With My Heart.”
“Be Careful” reintroduced me to the young generation,” she shared. “Many people still call me Manang Fe.”
Sevilla had six children from her first marriage — Lilybeth, Mat Ranillo III, Suzette, Jonathan, Dandin, and Junius. She and Amado also had a daughter, Czareanah.
She also left behind several grand children and great grand children.
Why Gloria Sevilla’s death was the most heartbreaking news
Gloria Sevilla’s death was the most heartbreaking news for all of her fans and admirers and have been mourning her death.
She was a popular and legendary actress who has gained a huge name and fame in the world of entertainment. During her career, she received many accolades for her work in film and television shows.
She had a huge fan base. Her family members were deeply saddened by the news of her death.
Who was Gloria Sevilla?
Talking about the actress’ life, Gloria Sevilla was a Filipina actress who was born on 31 January 1932 in Cebu City, Insular Government of the Philippine Islands.
She was heralded as the “Queen of Visayan Movies” for her screen portrayal legacy in Visayan-made movies in the Philippines in the course of the 1950s and 1960s.
She was honoured with a “Life Achievement Award” at the Gawad Urian Awards, while she was also honored with an “Icon Award” at The EDDYS, both for her amazing contribution to Philippine cinema.
Granddaughter’s emotional Tribute
Sevilla’s granddaughter who is an actress, Krista Ranillo paid an emotional tribute to her grandmother saying “I can’t sleep. I miss you. I’m so thankful we were able to spend time ever since you moved here to the US. It’s still not enough time. I wish we had more time.” She added that her heart is breaking knowing she won’t see her again.