Palace mourns passing of Susan Roces

Malacañang mourned the death of veteran actress Susan Roces, saying her passing was a “truly big loss” for the Philippine entertainment industry.,Acting presidential spokesperson Secretary Martin Andanar extended the government’s condolences to the family, close friends, colleagues, and loved ones of the actress. She died Friday night at the age of 80.,“Ms. Roces was the Queen of Philippine Movies and her death is truly a big loss not only to the local entertainment industry but to all the people whose lives the beloved icon had touched and affected,” Andanar said through a statement.,“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Roces and her family as we pray for the eternal repose of her soul,” he added.,Roces was the widow of fellow veteran actor and King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr., who died in 2004.,She is survived by her daughter, Senator Grace Poe, nephews Joseph and Jeffrey, and grandkids.,The actress first hit the spotlight in the 1950s as she became one of the most sought-after leading ladies of local cinema.,Her most recent role in Philippine television was that of “Lola Flora” in ABS-CBN’s long-time running series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.” — With a report from MJ BLANCAFLOR