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Filipino film icon Gloria Sevilla, ‘Queen of Visayan Movies,’ dies at 90

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  • Filipino film icon Gloria Sevilla, also known as the “Queen of Visayan movies,” died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90 in Oakland, California, on April 16.
  • Sevilla earned the title “Queen of Visayan movies” for starring in most of the Visayan-made movies during the ‘50s and ‘60s.
  • She was nominated for over 10 Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards and won two of its Best Actress awards for “Badlis Sa Kinabuhi” (1969) and “Gimingaw Ako” (1973).
  • The actor was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gawad Urian Awards in 2019 and an Icon Award from The Entertainment Editors’ Choice Awards in 2021 for her contributions to Philippine cinema.
  • Sevilla’s funeral arrangements will both be held in the U.S. and in the Philippines.

Filipino film icon Gloria Sevilla, also known as the “Queen of Visayan Movies,” died over the weekend. 

The actor, who turned 90 on Jan. 31, died peacefully in her sleep at her brother’s home in Oakland, California, on April 16.