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Jesusa Purificación Sonora (born July 28, 1941), better known by her screen name Susan Roces, is a Filipina actress and widow of Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe, Jr.[1] She was a main cast member of John en Shirley, a comedy show that aired on ABS-CBN until October 2007.

Susan Roces
Born Jesusa Purificación Sonora
(1941-07-28) 28 July 1941 (age 77)
Bacólod, Negros Occidental, Republic of the Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–present
Fernando Poe, Jr.
(m. 1968; d. 2004)
Children Grace Poe (adopted)
Ronian Poe (stepson)
Lovi Poe (stepdaughter)
Relatives Rosemarie Sonora (sister)
Sheryl Cruz (niece)



Born to a French American mother of Jewish descent[2] and a mestizo father of Spanish and Chinese descent, Roces is a member of one of the country's biggest clans, the Locsin family of Negros Occidental. The clan’s eponymous forebear, Wo Sin Lok, was a peddler from Xiàmén who emigrated to the Philippines. He was received into the Catholic Church with the name Agustín Locsín, marrying Cecilia Sayson of Molo.[3] Roces' sister, Rosemarie Sonora, and niece Sheryl Cruz are also actresses.

Roces married Fernando Poe, Jr. and they have an adopted daughter, former MTRCB Chairperson and now Senator Grace Poe.

FPJ's legacyEdit

On June 29, 2005, she was a key figure calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In a fiery speech, she claimed that "She stole the presidency not once, but twice!"[4]

On September 29, 2007, ABS-CBN acquired the exclusive rights to the movie library of Poe after Roces signed the contract. ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio López III, Cory Vidanes, Senior Vice President of TVP Production, and Poe's daughter, Grace Poe, were present.[5]

On December 14, 2007, Roces led the annual memorial rites for her husband by leading a mass visit to his tomb. Small Christmas cards that read "Dear Uncle Ronnie, I love you, I miss you" were placed near flowers on Poe's tomb.[6]

On December 23, 2007, 9:30 p.m. Alay ni Da King: a Fernando Poe, Jr. Special was shown in ABS-CBN Channel 2 and was hosted by Charo Santos-Concio. Roces contributed on the feature of their married life. A 38-minute music video was also shown featuring various scenes from several Poe's movies, a project Poe himself had just finished working on before he died.[7]



Year Title Role Network Type of Role
2015–Present FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Kapitana Flora "Lola Kap" S. Borja-de Leon
Very special role / Main role
2014 Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Ruth Gaspar
Eat Bulaga! Lenten Drama Special: Karugtong ng Puso Maria
GMA Network
Guest appearance
2013 Wansapanataym: Simbang Gabi Lola Fenny
Episode guest
Muling Buksan Ang Puso Donya Adelina Laurel-Beltran Supporting role / Antagonist
2012 Walang Hanggan Virginia "Manang Henya" Cruz Supporting role
2011 100 Days to Heaven Amelita Manalastas† / Amelita Salvador† Special participation
Babaeng Hampaslupa Helena See
Co-lead role
2009 May Bukas Pa Nieves Antazo
Recurring role
Sana Ngayong Pasko Remedios Dionisio
GMA Network
Lead role
2008 Iisa Pa Lamang Lola Aurora "Aura" Castillejos†
Supporting role
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Basura Lola Angge Episode guest
Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara Amanda Main role
2006 John en Shirley Encarnation Ramirez


Year Original Title English Title Film Company
1952 Mga Bituin ng Kinabukasan Stars of the Future Nepomuceno Pictures
1956 Boksingera Female Boxer
Kulang sa 7' Less than 7 Vera Perez Pictures
Mga Anak ng Diyos Children of God Sampaguita Pictures
1957 Sino ang Maysala? Who Is Guilty? Vera Perez Pictures
Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak The Wild Flowers Sampaguita Pictures
1958 Prinsesang Gusgusin Unkempt Princess
Ako ang Maysala I Am the Guilty One Vera Perez Pictures
Mga Reyna ng Vicks The Queens of Vicks Sampaguita Pictures
Madaling Araw Dawn
Tawag ng Tanghalan Call of the Stage Vera Perez Pictures
Ulilang Anghel Orphaned Angel Sampaguita Pictures
1959 Wedding Bells
Mga Anghel sa Lansangan Angels on the Road
Pitong Pagsisisi Seven Repentance
Debutante Debutant
Ipinagbili Ko ang Aking Anak I Sold My Son
1960 Beatnik
1964 The Dolly Sisters
1965 Portrait of My Love
1966 Pepe en Pilar RVQ Productions
1967 Maruja Lea Productions
1968 To Susan with Love Rosas Productions
Anong Ganda Mo? Sampaguita Pictures
Bakasin Mo sa Gunita Trace It Back to Memory Lea Productions
Bandana Rosas Productions
Sorrento FPJ Productions
Kulay Rosas ang Pag-ibig Love is Pink-Colored Rosas Productions
1969 Perlas ng Silangan Pearl of the East FPJ Productions
1973 Florinda Rosas Productions
1974 Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara Kill Barbara in Terror
1977 Maligno Evil
1978 Gumising ka, Maruja Wake Up, Maruja FPJ Productions
1983 M.I.B.: Men in Brief
1986 Payaso Clown
1988 Buy One, Take One Viva Films
1990 Mundo Man ay Magunaw Even If the World Ends Seiko Films
Feel na Feel Feel to Feel Regal Entertainment
1991 Ubos Na ang Luha Ko My Tears Have Stopped Seiko Films
1997 Isinakdal Ko ang Aking Ina I Accused my Mother Viva Films
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Regal Entertainment


  1. ^ "Susan Roces: The True Queen of Philippine Movies" Archived 2012-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., Asian Journal; 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ Susan Roces on books, beauty, Erap, FPJ, GMA and daughter Grace Poe Wilson Lee Flores,, 28 April 2013.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Mendez, Christina. "Susan ready to replace GMA". PhilStar. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ Mario Dumaumal "ABS-CBN acquires right to 'Da King's' movie library", 29 September 2009.
  6. ^, "Susan Roces leads FPJ death anniversary rites".; retrieved 23 November 2011.
  7. ^ ‘Alay ni Da King: An FPJ Special’ encores tomorrow., 22 December 2007.

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