Krista Ranillo mourns the passing of her grandmother, film icon Gloria Sevilla


Krista Ranillo is in mourning after her grandmother, veteran actress Gloria Sevilla, had passed away.

On Instagram last Sunday, April 17, the actress expressed her gratitude that she was able to spend time with her grandmother since the latter moved to the United States. However, Krista believed their time together was not enough.

“I wish we had more time. I wish we had more memories together. It’s been 10 days since we last saw each other and my heart is breaking knowing I won’t see you again,” she wrote.

Krista also relayed the plans she and her grandmother were supposed to do together, including Sevilla attending her church wedding with her husband Nino in July.

Moreover, Krista said she was grateful that her children got to know their great-grandmother before her passing.

“I love you Grandma. So much. Nino loves you, the kids adore you. I’m thankful to the Lord that the kids got to know their great Grandma. Nate will miss dancing for you. He told me tonight he wishes he danced more for you because it made you so happy. I love you,” she went on.

On Monday, April 18, Krista greeted Sevilla a happy Easter, while recalling how it was harder to get up knowing that she is gone.

“I thought falling asleep last night was hard but it was harder to get up today without you,” she said. “Miss na miss kita.”

Furthermore, she thanked everyone who expressed their condolences to their family after Sevilla’s death.

“It makes me happy to know that Grandma was so well-loved. Thank you to everyone that reached out. Thank you to our friends in the media who wrote about her. My family and I love all of you. Happy Easter sa inyong lahat,” she expressed.

Sevilla passed away last Saturday, April 16, in her sleep at her brother Jonathan’s house in Oakland, California, according to a statement released by actress-director Suzette Ranillo to ABS-CBN News.

Born and raised in Sibonga, Cebu, Sevilla was born on January 31, 1932 and fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an actress when a talent scout approached her after a declamation performance of Vengeance is not ours, it’s God’s.

That discovery led to her first film role in the 1951 film Princess Tirana. She played the titular role of a Muslim princess in the Azucena Productions movie. The movie opened her many doors in film and award-giving bodies.

Sevilla became a household name in Visayan cinema, starring in films like Leonora, Pailub Langi, and Gloria Akong Anak.

She moved to Manila and tried her luck in Tagalog movies, learning Tagalog by reading magazines. Her first Tagalog movie, Mga Banga ni Zimadar, got her the title Queen of Visayan Movies.

Since then, she has made a name for herself in the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema, starring in films such as Buenavista, Guhit ng Palad, Once Upon a Time in Manila, El Presidente, and many more.

Her films would bag her numerous awards including the FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress for Madugong Paghihiganti in 1962, and the FAMAS Award for Best Actress for Badlis sa Kinabuhi in 1969, and Gimingaw Ako in 1973.

Before the pandemic, Sevilla appeared in ABS-CBN shows like Be Careful with My Heart, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, and Asintado.

She married actor Mat Ranillo, Jr., the 1960’s King of Visayan Movies, whom she had five children with. He died in a plane crash in 1969.

Later, Sevilla married her second husband, actor-diplomat Amado Cortez who passed in 2003.

Truly an icon of Philippine Cinema, Gloria Sevilla will be truly missed by many.

Adam Laurena
Adam Laurena
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