Susan Africa is a veteran Filipino actress.

Susan Africa
Born (1959-08-20) August 20, 1959 (age 60)
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Spanky Manikan
  • Eli
  • Miguel
  • Mika

Africa studied Fine Arts and Advertising where she graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas.[1] She became involved in acting after joining an actors' workshop at the behest of her aunt Odette Marquez,[1] a movie producer,[1] who thought that it would help Africa overcome her shyness.[1] As a young actress, Africa's mentors were Joel Lamangan and Soxie Topacio.[1] 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.[1] She is also well known for her five-year role as Susan Davis in the long-running teleserye Mara Clara.[1]

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.[2] She first met Manikan while acting opposite him in a production of Benjamin Pascual's General Goyo directed by Lamangan in 1979.[1] The couple have three children together: Eli, Miguel, and Mika.[1]



Year Title Role Network
1983 Sesame! Ate Sylvia RPN/PTV
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
2004 Krystala Aleta
2005 Now and Forever: Mukha Leonor GMA Network
2007 Sineserye Presents: Palimos Ng Pag-Ibig Tesang ABS-CBN
2007 Walang Kapalit Elaine Santillian
2008 Lobo Savannah Blancaflor
2008 Komiks Presents: Tiny Tony Eden
2009 May Bukas Pa Isay Valera
2010 Rubi Pachang
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


Year Title Role
1985 Hinugot Sa Langit Mitchie
1987 Olongapo, The Great American Dream Charlie
1990 Andrea, Paano Ba Ang Maging Isang Ina? Jackylyn
1995 Sa'yo Lamang Mylene
1995 Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig Malou
1995 Asero Chayong
1996 Mara Clara: The Movie Susan Davis
1999 Gimik: The Reunion Mrs. Lorenzo
2000 Biyaheng Langit Koring
2003 Magnifico Pracing
2003 Masamang Ugat Mercedes
2003 My First Romance
2004 Bcuz of U
2006 You Are The One
2006 Ang Pamana: The Inheritance Celia
2009 Kinatay Socorro
2009 Tarot Diana
2010 Tingala Sa Pugad Sayong
2010 Dalaw Milagros
2011 Bahay Bata Rose
2016 Singing In Graveyards Myrna
2016 A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery Hule
2017 The Hows of Us Leonida "Tita Lola" Antonio
2019 Sundo


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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.
  2. ^ ABS-CBN News, "Veteran actor Spanky Manikan dies after battle with lung cancer", ABS-CBN, January 14, 2018.