“She lived life fully and gracefully. Remember her in her beauty, warmth and kindness.”
With these words, Senator Grace Poe bid goodbye to Susan Roces, her adoptive mother.
In a statement late Friday night, May 20, Poe confirmed the passing of Philippine movie icon Roces, who she said “passed away peacefully on a Friday evening”.
Poe said Roces, wife of the late “King of Philippine Cinema”, Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ), passed away “surrounded by love and warmth” of her relatives, which included the lady lawmaker, her nephews Joseph and Jeffrey, “and many of her family and close friends”.
“She is now with the Lord and her beloved Ronnie — FPJ. We will miss her sorely but we celebrate a life well lived. Susan Roces — daughter, mother, grandmother, a true Filipina and a national treasure,” the senator said.