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Susan Africa is a veteran Filipino actress.
Africa studied Fine Arts and Advertising where she graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas. She became involved in acting after joining an actors' workshop at the behest of her aunt Odette Marquez, a movie producer, who thought that it would help Africa overcome her shyness. As a young actress, Africa's mentors were Joel Lamangan and Soxie Topacio. She started in the theater in a production of “General Goyo” (1979) for Bulwagang Gantimpala (now Gantimpala Theater Foundation). Her other plays for Gantimpala include “Kanser”, “Bien Aligtad”, “Biyaheng Timog”, “Bongbong at Kris”. She has also acted for Teatro Pilipino (“The Importance of Being Ernest”, “Regina Ramos”), Dramatis Personae (“Antigone”) and Dulaang UP (“Juna Luna”) and has been directed by Rolando S. Tinio, Tony Espejo, Joel Lamangan, Anton Juan and Nonon Padilla. She received the Best Supporting Actress at the 1987 Metro Manila Film Festival for her role as Charlie in Olongapo, The Great American Dream. She is also well known for her five-year role as Susan Davis in the long-running teleserye Mara Clara.
Africa worked with Ballet Philippines of the Cultural Center of the Philippines as Corporate Development Manager/Director from 1986-2000, and with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as Alumni Relations Program Manager/Associate Director from 2000-2014. This 1980 Bb Pilipinas-Universe 1st Runner-up had her 1st one-woman show at Gallery 139, SM Megamall in 2001.
Africa is the widow of actor Spanky Manikan. She first met Manikan while acting opposite him in a production of Benjamin Pascual's General Goyo directed by Lamangan in 1979. The couple have three children together: Eli, Miguel, and Mika.
|1992||Mara Clara||Susan Davis||ABS-CBN|
|1999||Saan Ka Man Naroroon||Gloria|
|1999||Tabing Ilog||Esperanza "Esper" Magtibay|
|2001||Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan||Christina Tiongson|
|2003||It Might Be You||Margaret|
|2005||Now and Forever: Mukha||Leonor||GMA Network|
|2007||Sineserye Presents: Palimos Ng Pag-Ibig||Tesang||ABS-CBN|
|2007||Walang Kapalit||Elaine Santillian|
|2008||Komiks Presents: Tiny Tony||Eden|
|2009||May Bukas Pa||Isay Valera|
|2010||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: You're Mine, Only Mine||Theresa|
|2010||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Alyna||Adela Dela Cruz-Del Carmen|
|2011||Green Rose||Linda Reyes-Delgado|
|2011||Babaeng Hampaslupa||Epiphania "Epang" Mallari||TV5|
|2011||Rod Santiago's The Sisters||Carlota Zialcita|
|2011||Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig||Aida||ABS-CBN|
|2012||Angelito: Batang Ama||Carmen Santos|
|2013||Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala||Demetria Panaligan|
|2013||Wansapanataym: Baby Ko Ang Daddy Ko||Loring|
|2013||Juan Dela Cruz||Debbie|
|2014||Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real||Salome "Umeng" Salazar||GMA Network|
|2015||Wansapanataym: Wish Upon A Lusis||Minerva||ABS-CBN|
|2015||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Lorena|
|2015||All of Me||Maria "Lola Aya" Sebastian|
|2017||My Dear Heart||Cathy Filomena|
|2017||The Promise of Forever||Janet Trinidad / Helen Reyes|
|2018-2020||Kadenang Ginto||Esther Magtira|
|1985||Hinugot Sa Langit||Mitchie|
|1987||Olongapo, The Great American Dream||Charlie|
|1990||Andrea, Paano Ba Ang Maging Isang Ina?||Jackylyn|
|1995||Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig||Malou|
|1996||Mara Clara: The Movie||Susan Davis|
|1999||Gimik: The Reunion||Mrs. Lorenzo|
|2003||My First Romance|
|2004||Bcuz of U|
|2006||You Are The One|
|2006||Ang Pamana: The Inheritance||Celia|
|2010||Tingala Sa Pugad||Sayong|
|2016||Singing In Graveyards||Myrna|
|2016||A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery||Hule|
|2017||The Hows of Us||Leonida "Tita Lola" Antonio|
- Tariman, Pablo A. "Spanky Manikan and Susan Africa–how they are able to touch lives ‘without our knowing it’", The Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 28, 2013.
- ABS-CBN News, "Veteran actor Spanky Manikan dies after battle with lung cancer", ABS-CBN, January 14, 2018.
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