Gloria Romero (actress)

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The family name is Galla.
Gloria Romero
Born Gloria Galla
(1933-12-16) December 16, 1933
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Juancho Gutierrez (m. 1960–2005)

Gloria Romero (born Gloria Galla on December 16, 1933) is a Filipino actress appearing in film and television. Her career spans 60 years and includes award winning performances in the films Tanging Yaman (FAMAS Best Actress 2001), Nagbabagang Luha (FAMAS Best Supporting Actress 1989) and 1955's Dalagang Ilocana. She is the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the MTRCB (Movies and Television Review and Classification Board).

Early life

Born as Gloria Galla to a Filipino father, Pedro Galla, and an American mother, Mary Borrego,[1] she attended school in Mabini, Pangasinan. Her brother was also an actor, Tito Galla.

Gloria Galla married Juancho Gutierrez after they met during a movie; they had one child, a daughter, Maritess.

Career in film acting

Her very first movie as an extra was Ang Bahay sa Lumang Gulod under Premiere Productions. Then, she transferred to Sampaguita Pictures and she was introduced by her uncle, Nario Rosales, who was Chief Editor of Sampaguita Studios. in Sampaguita Pictures. She was given a role as the daughter of real-life couple Cesar Ramirez and Alicia Vergel, in Madame X (1952), and producers introduced her with a stage name "Gloria Romero". Romero got her first lead role in Monghita (1952) opposite Oscar Moreno. Romero received her first major acting award in Filipino Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) as Best Actress for her role in Dalagang Ilocana (1954).

In the year 2000 she starred in Tanging Yaman as the matriarch who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Television career

After a long run as a movie star she also appeared on TV. She is cast in the television sitcom Palibhasa Lalaki as the drunkard Tita Minerva, and other sitcom such as "Richard Loves Lucy" and "Ok Fine! Whatever" as Lola Barbie. She also appeared in Sa dulo ng walang Hanggan as Lola Carmela, Familia Zaragoza as Donya Amparo Zaragoza, and Sanay wala nang Wakas as Donya Valeria Valencia (DVV).

On April 4, 2008, she was cast with Eddie Garcia in an episode for the drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya and received a nomination for the role. She appeared on the primetime drama series, May Bukas Pa, in which she played "Aling Soledad". Romero guested in the shows 30th chapter ("Greed").

Birthday TV special

In December 2008, ABS-CBN broadcast a tribute to her 75th birthday in ASAP, with guests including Dolphy, Susan Roces, German Moreno, Roderick Paulate, Gina Pareno, Christopher De Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Tirso Cruz III, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Pepito Rodriguez and others.

Transfer to GMA Network

On February 11, 2011, Romero transferred to GMA Network after being with ABS-CBN for at least 15 years. She will star in her first teledrama on GMA titled Munting Heredera (previously titled Cassandra).[2]

Honors and recognitions

She received a star in a Philippine walk of fame located at Eastwood City in Libis.

In 2007, she was included in Yes! magazines 100 Most Beautiful Stars in the category "Staying Power" and the magazines 100 Most Beautiful Stars for 2009 issue in the category "The Venerable".

In 2005, she was one of the 31 women awarded with PAMA-AS Gintong Bai Award at Malacañan Palace, by president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

She became the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the 1st MTRCB (Movies and Television Review and Classification Board)Award held September 4, 2009, in Gateway Cinema in Quezon City.

On October 18, 2009, at the 57th FAMAS, she was awarded the Huwarang Bituin ng FAMAS Award (FAMAS' Model Movie Star), for her durability as a movie personality.

She was honored as a "Gawad Parangal sa mga Ginintuang Bituin ng Pelikulang Pilipino" at La Consolacion College, Manila on March 15, 2010, in celebration of the National Women's Month.

On the 8th Golden Screen Awards held last April 2, 2011, Romero was awarded and named one of the 13 "Movie Icons of Our Time". Mother Lily Monteverde of Regal Entertainment presented the Movie Icons of Our Time plaque to her.


In 59 years in the industry, Romero made nearly 200 films and TV shows for different studios and networks, including Sampaguita Pictures, LVN, Lea Production, Regal Films, GMA Films, and Star Cinema as well as Independent films.


Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2017 Meant To Be Lola Madj Supporting Role GMA Network
2016 Juan Happy Love Story Imelda 'Mameng' Valencia-Dela Costa Supporting Cast
2015 Kalyeserye Doña Paquita Beveliana Zobeyala / Tiya Bebeng Special Guest
The Rich Man's Daughter Cecilia "Ama" Tanchingco Supporting Cast
2014 The Half Sisters Elizabeth McBride
Niño Lola "V" Violeta
2013 Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas Doña Cristina Alperos Main Cast / Antagonist
Sarap Diva Herself Guest Appearance
One Day, Isang Araw Grandma Gracia Episode Guest
Forever Doña Adora Del Prado / Isadora Lead Cast
2012 Cielo de Angelina Sor Margaret Supporting Cast
Makapiling Kang Muli Señora Soledad Vda. de Silvestre-Caballero Main Cast / Antagonist
2011 Spooky Nights: Singil Linda Rodriguez Episode Guest
Andres de Saya Coring "Mama Coring" Golpe de Oro Supporting Cast
Munting Heredera Doña Anastacia "Ana" Montereal-Lobregat Lead Cast
100 Days To Heaven Lola Pilar Salviejo† Guest Cast ABS-CBN
2010 Kokey @ Ako Barbara "Madam Barbra" Reyes Supporting Cast
Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Barbara De Jesus† Special Participation Cast
Your Song Presents: My Last Romance Rose Suarez Episode Guest
2009 May Bukas Pa Aling Soledad Guest Cast / Antagonist
Komiks Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja? Lola Rosing Rivera Supporting Cast
2008 I Love Betty La Fea Doray Guest Cast
Palos Alfonsina Riviera Supporting Cast
2007 Lastikman Amon Labao
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Lola Maria Penduko Episode Guest
2006 Komiks Presents:Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko
Komiks Presents: Momay Ana
Star Magic Presents: Tender Loving Care Lola Coring
Crazy For You ??? ???
Mga Anghel na Walang Langit Elena Supporting Cast
Ok Fine, Oh Yes! Lola Barbie Main Cast
2005 Maynila ??? ??? GMA Network
2004 Ok Fine 'To Ang Gusto Nyo Lola Barbie Main Cast ABS-CBN
2003 Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas Doña Valeria Valencia Supporting Cast / Antagonist
2002 Ok Fine Whatever Lola Barbie Main Cast
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Carmela Estocapio Supporting Cast
1999 Labs Ko Si Babe ??? ???
1995 Familia Zaragoza Doña Amparo Zaragoza Lead Cast / Antagonist
1991 Palibhasa Lalake Tita Minerva Chavez Main Cast


Year Title Role Network
2012 Just One Summer Lola Meding Reyes GMA Films
2010 Petrang Kabayo Lola Idang Viva Films
2010 Tarima Lola Imang Indie Film
2009 Nobody, Nobody But... Juan Aida Viva Films
2009 Tarot Lola Auring Regal Films
2009 Kamoteng Kahoy Lola Idang APT Entertainment
2009 Fuchsia Mameng Indie Films
2008 Paupahan Gloria ATD Entertainment
2007 Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! Lola Ida Regal Films
2007 M.O.N.A.Y (Misteyks obda neyson address Yata) ni Mr. Shooli - Indie Films
2006 Moments of Love Rosa Santos/Old Divina GMA Films
2006 Tulay - Unitel Pictures
2006 I Wanna Be Happy - Seiko Films
2005 Bahay ni Lola 2 Amelia Go Regal Films
2005 Let the Love Begin Lola GMA Films
2004 Beautiful Life Magda Regal Films
2004 Annie B. - Viva Films
2003 Magnifico Lola Magda Violett Films
2003 Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut Red's grandmother MAQ Productions
2002 Singsing ni Lola Lola Regal Films
2002 I Think I'm In Love Amor Regal Films
2002 Cass & Cary: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Donya Gracia Imperial Violett Films
2001 Bahay Ni Lola Lola Regal Films
2001 American Adobo Gerry's Mom Star Cinema & Unitel Pictures
2001 Bakit 'Di Totohanin Lola Eping Star Cinema
2001 Narinig Mo Na Ba Ang L8est? Lola Meding Star Cinema
2000 Tanging Yaman Lola Loleng Star Cinema
2000 Daddy O, Baby O! Brenda Star Cinema/RVQ Productions


FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards)
Year Nominated work Category Result
2009 Huwarang Bituin Won
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2001 Tanging Yaman Best Actress Won
1990 Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1989 Nagbabagang Luha Won
1988 Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig Nominated
1985 Condemned Nominated
1966 Iginuhit ng Tadhana: The Ferdinand E. Marcos Story Best Actress Nominated
1960 Ikaw ang Buhay Ko Nominated
1959 Ala-alang Banal Nominated
1955 Dalagang Ilocana Won
Gawad Urian Award
Year Nominated work Category Result
2004 Magnifico Best Supporting Actress Won
Lifetime Achievement Award Nominated
2001 Tanging Yaman Best Actress Won
Luna Award
Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 Tarima Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2005 Beautiful Life Nominated
2004 Magnifico Won
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Nominated
2001 Tanging Yaman Best Actress Won
1988 Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Screen Awards (ENPRESS)
Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 Tarima Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2009 Fuschia Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role- Musical or Comedy Won
2007 I Wanna be Happy Nominated
PMPC Star Awards for Movies
Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 Tarima Best supporting Nominated
2009 Fuschia Best Actress Nominated
Paupahan Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1988 Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig Won
Gawad Tanglaw
Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 Tarima Best Supporting Actress Won
Metro Manila Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result
2000 Tanging Yaman Best Actress Won
Young Critics Circle
Year Nominated work Category Result
2001 Tanging Yaman Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role WonI

TV Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards


^I Shared with the cast of Tanging Yaman.


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