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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 20, 2013

Hail And Farewell: Bella Flores, The Queen Of Contravidas

OUR CONDOLENCES and sympathy to the family of Contravida Queen Bella Flores who passed last early Sunday morning at the age of 84. Her real name is Remedios Dancel. We grew up hating Tita Bella for she’s so convincing in making lead characters miserable, like then tot actress Tessie Agana in “Roberta” and Gloria Romero, Lolita Rodriguez and other Sampaguita Pictures actresses in countless movies they did together.

Her partners in crime at Sampaguita were the late Van de Leon and the still active Eddie Garcia, the top male villains then. She won the FAMAS best supporting actress award for oppressing child stars Roderick Paulate and Gina Alajar in Lea Productions’ “Ang Kaibigan Kong Sto. Nino”.

When we went into entertainment writing and finally met her, we were charmed by her sweetness. She’s one of the senior stars we met with very good PR. We were introduced to her only once but after that, she’d greet us anywhere she’d see us.

She was diagnosed to have alzheimer’s disease last year and has been bedridden after she had hip surgery. Her daughter Ruby brought her to the Quezon City General Hospital when she complained of having difficulty with her breathing.

She was last seen on TV as the Lola Contravida to Jillian Ward in GMA-7’s “Trudis Liit” and on the big screen as herself instructing Rhian Ramos on the ins and outs of being a villain in “My Kontrabida Girl”. Let’s all pray for the repose of her soul.