MANILA (UPDATED) - Screen veteran Flora Gasser, whose acting career spanned over 40 years, has passed away, her family announced.
“Our Lola, Flora Gasser, passed away yesterday and is now with the Lord and with our Lolo Harry,” her granddaughter, Valerie Ocampo, said in a statement on Facebook on November 20, Sunday.
Gasser would have turned 91 in December.
Gasser’s daughter, Ana Marie, also shared the announcement, which indicated the wake details. “Thank you for your condolences,” the statement read.
Rising to fame in the early ‘80s, Gasser became a reliable character actress on the the small and big screens, with notable roles including those in “Kumander Bawang,” “Batang Z,” and the original “Pangako Sa ‘Yo.”
Fans will remember Gasser for her hilarious portrayals as the funny lady in the ‘80s sitcom “Duplex,” the feisty neighbor in the ‘90s movie “Haba-baba-doo! Puti-puti-poo!” with Babalu, and other projects where she was the comic relief.
But Gasser was much more than a comedic bit-player according to director Adolf Alix, Jr., who translated her colorful relationship with newscaster Harry Gasser in a television project in 2014. She was portrayed by Angeli Bayani opposite Alden Richards as Gasser. Billed “Wagas,”their love story was aired the same year that Harry Gasser passed on.
“She was a pioneer who contributed much to the growth of radio and television as a dubber and voice talent,” said Alix of Gasser’s career.
Until the 2020 onset of the pandemic, Gasser had remained active in showbiz, portraying supporting characters on television — and the final, title role in a short film that would become her swan song.
That year, Gasser played the lead character in the King Louie Palomo short film “Nene,” which participated in over a dozen international film festivals and clinched several trophies and nominations overseas.
As Nene, Gasser was a prolific and retired painter who “attempts to finish the final painting of her lifetime,” on a day that would become her last. — with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News