Today’s younger generation may be used to see 86-year-old veteran actress Gloria Romero playing the role of a grandmother in the GMA-7 family fantasy series “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko,” a long-running TV series that showcase different stories that are filled with values and moral lessons.
The veteran actress who is hailed as the face of maternal roles in Philippine TV and has been in the show business for more than six decades top bills the said Sunday fantasy series as “Lola Goreng.”
During her younger years, which is something that only our ‘Lolo’ and ‘Lola’ will probably remember, Gloria Romero played iconic roles in blockbuster films and was known as one of the most sensational stars of her generation.
She started her career way back in 1949 as an extra was Ang “Bahay sa Lumang Gulod” under Premiere Productions. After that she transferred to Sampaguita Pictures, where she was given a role as the daughter of real-life couple Cesar Ramirez and Alicia Vergel, in Madame X (1952). This is where she was introduced for her stage name as “Gloria Romero.” Because of her potential, Gloria Romero was given the chance to star in her first lead role in “Monghita” opposite Oscar Moreno, that same year.
But this was only the beginning of her fruitful showbiz career as more and more doors opened for the actress and was offered countless TV and big-screen projects. When she reached her 59 years in the industry Miss Gloria Romero has reportedly starred in almost 200 films and television shows.
In 1955, the actress received her first major acting award in Filipino Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) as Best Actress for her role in “Dalagang Ilocana.” She also won several achievements in various award-giving bodies such as Gawad Urian, Golden Screen Awards, PMPC Star Awards for Movies, Metro Manila Film Festival, Luna Award, Gawad Tanglaw, and MTRCB Award.
Aside from being the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, her name was also cemented in the Philippine walk of fame in Eastwood City in Libis, a walk of fame patterned after the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For someone who has been hailed “Queen of Philippine Movies in the ‘50s and early ‘60s,” and still considered today as an iconic stature in the industry, Miss Gloria Romero will surely continue to be a role model for aspiring stars and will remain in the hearts of her Filipino fans.