Who was Susan Roces’ husband Fernando Poe Jr? Actress dies age 80

Bruno Cooke May 20, 2022
Who was Susan Roces’ husband Fernando Poe Jr? Actress dies age 80
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Veteran actress Susan Roces (full name: Jesusa Purificacion Levy Sonora-Poe) has died at the age of 80, Rappler reports – how did she meet her late husband Fernando Poe Jr, and did they have children?

How did Susan Roces meet her future husband Fernando Poe Jr, and when did they marry?

Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr played each other’s on-screen love interest in a total of 17 films – seventeen!

It’s this fact that led ABC-CBN to write, on the day of Poe Jr’s 81st birth anniversary, that his partnership with “longtime loveteam partner-turned-wife” Susan Roces “was proven to be the most successful tandem in Philippine movie history”.

They first worked together in the 1965 movie Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw. The last film they made together was the 1987 blockbuster No Retreat… No Surrender… Si Kumander

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Susan Roces married Fernando Poe Jr on 16 December 1968. Mayor Gerry Angeles officiated the ceremony, which took place in Valenzuela, Bulacan.

Find the digitally restored 1968 wedding video, plus plenty of newspaper archive images, on Phil News here, or via Pixelated Planet here.

Did they have kids?

Together, they had one adopted child. Fernando Poe Jr also, according to reports (see below), had three biological children before he died in December 2004.

Earlier that year, he revealed that he had a 22-year-old son born out of wedlock with actress Ana Marin. They worked together in the late 70s. His name is Ronian. 

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Gulf News cites “sources” in saying Poe had “another love child by another movie starlet named Monica, who was born in 1960”. He allegedly has another, too, by a comedian.

One of his children is daughter Lovi Poe (full name: Lourdes Virginia Moran Poe). She is a Filipina actress, model and recording artist. Her mother is Rowena Moran.

While Susan Roces and her husband Fernando Poe Jr didn’t have any biological children themselves, they do have one adopted daughter, senator Grace Poe.

Susan Roces’ daughter Grace Poe confirms mother’s death to reporters

Late Friday evening (20 May 2022), Susan Roces’ daughter Grace confirmed to reporters that her mother had passed away, age 80.

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“With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved Jesusa Sonora Poe, whom many of you know as Susan Roces,” she said.

“She passed away peacefully on a Friday evening, May 20, 2022, surrounded by love and warmth, with her daughter Grace, her nephews Joseph and Jeffrey, and many of her family and close friends.”

Born 28 July 1941, Susan Roces would have turned 81 later this year – numerous fans have paid tribute to her following news of her death.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.