Bella Flores

Bella Flores (February 27, 1929 – May 19, 2013)[1][2] was a Filipino film actress. She was best known for her "iconic" portrayals of film villains.[3] Known as the original Primera Kontrabida in the Philippine Showbiz.[4]

Bella Flores
Remedios Papa Dancel

February 27, 1929
DiedMay 19, 2013 (aged 84)
Years active1950–2013
ChildrenRuby Dancel-Arcilla
Parent(s)Matias Dancel (father)
Emilia Papa (mother)
RelativesJesse Arcilla (son-in-law)
Jessica Dancel-Arcilla (granddaughter)
AwardsFAMAS Best Supporting Actress
1967 Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño

Life and career

Flores was born Remedios Papa Dancel in Manila to Matias Dancel, a slipper maker, and Emilia Papa. She was a college sophomore at the Far Eastern University when she appeared in her first film, Tatlong Balaraw (1950), at age 21.

Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures. She was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Agana's titular character, despite being 22 years old. The film was a box-office success, credited with saving Sampaguita Pictures from bankruptcy after a fire had destroyed its studio.[1] 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."[3] She received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño and bella mora.[1]



YearTitleRole(s)Film Company
2012My Kontrabida GirlHerself
GMA Films
2011Way Back HomeLola Nita
Star Cinema
2005D' AnothersPrecious
Star Cinema
1998Ginto't PilakLandlady
1996Ikaw ang Mahal KoFelipa
FPJ Productions
1992Shake Rattle and Roll IVMama Monang (segment: Ang Madre)
Regal Films
1990May Isang Tsuper ng TaxiAling Maring
FPJ Productions
Petrang Kabayo 2: Anong Ganda Mo? Mukha Kang Kabayo!Monina
VIVA Films
1989May Pulis, May Pulis sa Ilalim ng TulayBelle
Regal Films
1988Buy One, Take OneZarah
VIVA Films
1986Batang QuiapoMila
Regal Films
1985Tinik sa DibdibKikay
VIVA Films
1984Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni BidayCarol
Sampaguita Pictures


2010Sine Novela: Mars Ravelo's Trudis LiitDonya Hershey FerrerGMA Network
2005 – 2006Mga Anghel na Walang LangitGaudencia "Gude" Redondo-HawkinsABS-CBN


Flores died on May 19, 2013, in Quezon City General Hospital.[2] Her death was a result of complications from a recent hip surgery.[5]


Bella Flores Foundation

The family of the late veteran actress Bella Flores plans to establish a foundation in her name and to organize a fundraising concert to benefit show business personalities with Alzheimer’s disease.

This was announced Tuesday night by singer Imelda Papin, Flores’ niece. Flores was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s and diabetes months before she died on May 19. The concert is tentatively set for July at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, Papin said.

Flores’ daughter Ruby Arcilla said during the wake on Tuesday, “If mom’s death could pave the way for… these projects, she would be very happy. She always tried to do what she could for her colleagues.”

Arcilla said a woman approached her during the wake to say thanks. “The lady said she showed mom her doctor’s prescription and mom gave what she could afford. I hope other actors would do the same— give from their hearts.”


  1. Lena Pareja (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson (ed.). CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 250. ISBN 971-8546-31-6.
  2. "Actress Bella Flores dies early Sunday at 84". GMA News. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  3. Nestor U. Torre (2007-07-24). "Guilty pleasures in the biz". Viewfinder. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  4. Reyes, William (May 24, 2013). "Nora Aunor mourns death of "primera kontrabida" Bella Flores". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  5. "Legendary actress Bella Flores passes away at 84". InterAksyon. Archived from the original on 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
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