Negros mourns for the passing of veteran actress, Susan Roces

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Officials from the province of Negros Occidental and the city of Bacolod mourn the loss of veteran actress Susan Roces, 80, who traces her roots from the provincial capital.

In a statement released by Bacolod City Public Information Office, Mayor Evelio Leonardia extends his sympathies to the family of Ms. Susan Roces (Jesusa Purificacion Levy Sonora-Poe), known as the Queen of Philippine Movies.

He said: “Ms Roces’ demise left a void in the hearts of millions of her fans and admirers, who followed her showbiz career that spanned almost seven decades.”

Roces is Leonardia’s co-alumni at La Consolacion College-Bacolod.

In a Facebook post, LCC also extended their condolences to the family of Roces, whom they considered as one of their notable alumni. Roces last visited the institution in 2019 when she was awarded the Centennial Legacy Award for Excellence in Culture and the Arts during the 100th Founding Anniversary of La Consolacion College Bacolod.

Gov. Eugenio Lacson said the province, together with the entire country, mourns for the passing of FIlipino film icon. “Negros Occidental will always be honored and proud that the Queen of Philippine Movies was one of our own, the province lost an outstanding daughter,” he added.

Senator Grace Poe, on Saturday confirmed the death of hear mother through a Facebook post.

“With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved Jesusa Sonora Poe, whom many of you know as Susan Roces. She passed away peacefully on a Friday evening, May 20, 2022, surrounded by love and warmth, with her daughter Grace, her nephews Joseph and Jeffrey and many of her family and close friends,” she wrote.