‘Ang Probinsyano’ family honor Lola Flora
(3rd UPDATE) - ABS-CBN Corp. on Saturday paid tribute to local showbiz legend Susan Roces, whom it described as an "exemplary icon".
Roces, 80, died Friday night.
Her career spanned some 70 years, but she enjoyed renewed popularity for her role as an endearing grandmother on "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano."
"For many years, she has instilled the values of love, faith, and hope with her loving portrayal of Lola Flora in 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano'," the company said in a statement.
"Tita Susan was an exemplary icon, who was a source of inspiration and strength as she served the Filipino people.
"We will continue to honor her legacy as the Queen of Philippine Movies and as one of the beloved pillars of the entertainment industry."
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Malacañang condoled with the veteran actress' family, describing her passing as a great loss for the Philippine entertainment industry.
"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," said acting Palace spokesperson Martin Andanar in a statement.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Roces and her family as we pray for the eternal repose of her soul," he added.
In a statement, Sen. Lito Lapid, who had appeared as the character “Pinuno” on “Ang Probinsyano”, said he owed a debt of gratitude to Roces.
“Malapit sa puso ko si Inday Susan hindi lamang dahil maybahay siya ng isang malapit na kaibigan na si Fernando Poe Jr. at ina ng aking kasamahan sa Senado na si Senador Grace Poe, kung hindi dahil mahalagang haligi siya kasama ni Coco Martin sa programang tumanggap sa akin na makapgtanghal at maging makabuluhan sa telebisyon bilang Pinuno sa Ang Probinsyano,” Lapid said.
Tributes poured in from Roces co-stars, led by acclaimed actors John Arcilla and Lorna Tolentino.
Actress Bianca Manalo said she would have wanted to see Roces more.
“Inabot kasi tayong ng pandemic kaya hindi na tayo nakapag-kita. Miss na miss pa naman na kita. Di bale, magkikita tayong muli. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng masasayang ala-ala, tawanan at kwentuhan natin ‘noong araw’,” Manalo wrote on Instagram.
Actor John Prats echoed her co-stars' sentiments.