Remedios Papa Dancel (February 27, 1929 – May 19, 2013), commonly known as Bella Flores, was a Filipina actress. She was best known for her "iconic" portrayals of film villains. She is popularly referred as the original “Queen of Kontrabidas” for being an enduring icon of Philippine culture and setting the standard on which kontrabidas will always be measured.
Remedios Papa Dancel
February 27, 1929
|Died||May 19, 2013 (aged 84)|
|Resting place||Our Lady of Eternal Peace Memorial Park, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan|
|Parent(s)||Matias Dancel (father)|
Emilia Papa (mother)
|Relatives||Jesse Arcilla (son-in-law)|
Jessica Dancel-Arcilla (granddaughter)
|Awards||FAMAS Best Supporting Actress|
1967 Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño
Life and careerEdit
Flores was born Remedios Papa Dancel in Manila to Matias Dancel, a slipper maker, and Emilia Papa. She was a college sophomore at the Far Eastern University when she appeared in her first film, Tatlong Balaraw (1950), at age 21.
Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures. She was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Agana's titular character, despite being 22 years old. The film was a box-office success, credited with saving Sampaguita Pictures from bankruptcy after a fire had destroyed its studio. The film's success also elevated Flores into the upper tier of stars, and typecast her in villainous roles. The film critic Nestor Torre remarked that Flores had "been making life miserable for many generations of hapless stars—all the way back to little Tessie Agana and Boy Alano in Roberta in the early 1950s, to her fresh batch of victims in the New Millennium... doing it without skipping a beat—and without aging (much) to boot." She received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño and bella mora.
|2012||My Kontrabida Girl||Herself|
|2011||Way Back Home||Lola Nita|
|2000||'Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin||Bella|
World Arts Cinema
|1997||Nakawin Mo ang Aking Puso||Mameng|
|1996||Ikaw ang Mahal Ko||Felipa|
|Ang Misis Kong Hoodlum||Widow #1|
|1994||The Secrets of Sarah Jane: Sana'y Mapatawad Mo!||Recruiter|
|1993||Dugo ng Panday||Bantay|
|1992||Shake, Rattle & Roll IV||Mama Monang|
|1990||May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi||Aling Maring|
|Patigasan ang Labanan||Bella|
Triple R Films
|Petrang Kabayo 2: Anong Ganda Mo? Mukha Kang Kabayo!||Monina|
|1989||Sgt. Niñonuevo: The Fastest Gun Alive of WPD||Nana Toyang|
Kelly Ellis Films International
|Pulis, Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay||Belle|
|1988||Buy One, Take One||Zarah|
|Nakausap Ko ang Birhen||Sister Rafaelita|
|1985||Tinik sa Dibdib||Kikay|
MM Film Patterns International
|1984||Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday||Carol|
|Missing in Action||Madame Pearl|
|1983||Tulume Alyas Zorro||Doña Sabel|
Gold Sun Productions
|To Mama with Love||Store owner|
|1982||Diary of Cristina Gaston||Bella|
|1980||Waikiki: Sa Lupa ng Ating Mga Pangarap||Bella|
Ian Film Productions
|Mahal Mo, Mahal Ko||Bella|
|2010||Sine Novela: Mars Ravelo's Trudis Liit||Doña Hershey Ferrer||GMA Network|
|2005-2006||Mga Anghel na Walang Langit||Gaudencia "Gude" Redondo-Hawkins||ABS-CBN|
|1999-2001||Marinella||Doña Guadalupe "Guada" Villareal|
Flores died on May 19, 2013, in Quezon City General Hospital. Her death was a result of complications from a recent hip surgery.
Bella Flores FoundationEdit
The family of the late veteran actress Bella Flores plans to establish a foundation in her name and to organize a fundraising concert to benefit show business personalities with Alzheimer’s disease.
This was announced Tuesday night by singer Imelda Papin, Flores' niece. Flores was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's and diabetes months before she died on May 19. The concert is tentatively set for July at the Aliw Theater in Pasay, Papin said.
Flores' daughter Ruby Arcilla said during the wake on Tuesday, "If mom's death could pave the way for… these projects, she would be very happy. She always tried to do what she could for her colleagues."
Arcilla said that a woman approached her during the wake to say thanks. "The lady said she showed mom her doctor’s prescription and mom gave what she could afford. I hope other actors would do the same – give from their hearts."
In popular cultureEdit
- Former teen star Valerie Concepcion plays the role of the late veteran actress Bella Flores in a drama anthology of her feature story of Bella's lifetime in Star Confessions aired on TV5 (now The 5 Network) in 2011.
- GMA 7 Comedian John Feir plays as "Belly Flori" a parody version of the late veteran actress Bella Flores in a defunct comedy Gag Show "Nuts Entertainment" on GMA 7 in 2003.
- ^ a b c Lena Pareja (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson (ed.). CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. Vol. VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 250. ISBN 971-8546-31-6.
- ^ a b "Actress Bella Flores dies early Sunday at 84". GMA News. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- ^ a b Nestor U. Torre (July 24, 2007). "Guilty pleasures in the biz". Viewfinder. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
- ^ "The iconic Bella Flores: The standard of all kontrabidas". Inquirer Lifestyle. May 19, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
- ^ "Legendary actress Bella Flores passes away at 84". InterAksyon. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Bella Flores at IMDb