Former actress Vilma Valera passes away at 73

Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Sep 22 2018 03:50 PM

MANILA - Vilma Valera, a popular Filipino actress in the 1960s, passed away in Roseville, California on Friday. She was 73. 

Donnie Quintero Pestrana, a friend and neighbor of Valera, told ABS-CBN News that Valera died in her sleep due to complications from diabetes around 6:50 a.m. on September 21. 

She was reportedly staying at a care facility.

Valera was known for her roles in Salambao (1964), Duelo sa Sapang Bato (1963) and Nag-uumpugang Bato (1961). 

She also recorded several albums before she retired from show business in the early 1970s.

Valera is survived by two children.