Showbiz mourns passing away of Bella Flores

Veteran actress Bella Flores passed away at the age of 84 in the early hours of Sunday, May 19.

The iconic actress was pronounced dead at 1:27 am at the Quezon City General Hospital, where she was rushed by her daughter Ruby Arcilla and singer Imelda Papin, after she complained difficulty of breathing.

Flores, whose real name is Remedios Papa Dancel, made her mark in local showbiz as the queen of villainess roles in movies and in television. Her first film was the 1950 movie Balaraw. Then Sampaguita Pictures gave her a four-year contract and a role in the movie Roberta (1951) which proved to be the turning point in her more than 60 years of acting career. In the movie, she played the role of a cruel stepmother to then child actors Tessie Agana and Boy Alano. That role typecast Flores as the “Kontra Bida Queen” in almost all movie projects that she did.

Flores appeared in more than 100 films and received critical acclaim for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño, which won for her the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award. She was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 given by the Film Academy of the Philippines.

Her remains will be brought to the Loyola Memorial Chapels and Crematorium in Quezon City for public viewing.