It feels like a real shame, losing yet another iconic actress in Bella Flores. The long-time kontrabida queen, who had been bed-ridden for months, passed away Sunday morning due to complications brought by a stroke. She was 84.
With a showbiz career spanning more than 60 years, Madam Bella made a living out of antagonizing several generations of young actors, from Vilma Santos all the way to Jillian Ward. Her performance in the 1967 drama Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño (co-starring a young Roderick Paulate) earned her a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award, and she also took home a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Film Academy of the Philippines in 1989.
If there's a (movie) baddie who deserves a spot in heaven, it's gotta be you, madame. In line with her passing, we're paying homage to Bella's signature kontrabida moves. We would like to remember her best as:
...As the bitter matrona who finds genuine pleasure in making children realize that life isn't all unicorns and rainbows
...As a veteran villain that a good number of younger actors consider it an honor to get bitch-slapped by
...As a treacherous mamita whose over-the-top eyebrows speak louder than all the nastiest curse words combined
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