Titles earned: Queen of Kontrabida, Mother of Kontrabida, Primera Kontrabida and Queen Villain to hit Blockbuster Stars.
Flores was born in Manila in 1929. She was a college sophomore at the Far Eastern University when she appeared in her first film, Tatlong Balaraw (1950), at age 14.
Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures. She was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Agana’s titular character, despite being 15 years old. The film was a box-office success, credited with saving Sampaguita Pictures from bankruptcy after a fire had destroyed its studio. The film’s success also elevated Flores into the upper tier of stars, and typecast her in villainous roles.
The film critic Nestor Torre remarked that Flores had “been making life miserable for many generations of hapless stars—all the way back to little Tessie Agana and Boy Alano in ‘Roberta’ in the early 1950s, to her fresh batch of victims in the New Millennium… doing it without skipping a beat—and without aging (much) to boot.” She received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño.
Doctors at the Quezon City General Hospital declared Flores dead at 1:27a.m. after several attempts to revive her. Ms. Bella passed due complications as a result of massive stroke, according to her daughter Ruby Arcilla. She was 84 at the time of her death.
Ms. Bella Flores’ remains lie at the Loyola Memorial Chapels on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. It will be open for public viewing starting at 7p.m. 19 May 2013.
You will always be remembered by the FIlipinos. May you rest in peace.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinong Artista. Mabuhay si Bella!