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Luis Gonzales, golden age of Philippine cinema’™s leading actor, dies

MANILA, Philippines — Luis Gonzales, the dashing actor popularly known as the favorite leading man of actress Gloria Romero during the golden era of Sampaguita Pictures, has passed away. He was 82.

Luis Mercado in real life, he died on Thursday, March 15, due to complications from pneumonia at the Makati Medical Center. 

According to reports, he was already in the intensive care unit of the said hospital on Thursday.

His remains will be at the Loyola Memorial Chapel and will be cremated today, Friday.

He is survived by his wife Vina Concepcion and their three children.

 On screen, Gonzales’ dashing persona in the ‘50s and ‘60s became the perfect partner to the classy and glamorous Gloria Romero.

The two made about 30 films together, ranging from comedy to dramatic movies.

Among their movies together include Despatsadora (1955), Wen, Manang, Hootsy Kootsy (1955), Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig (1955), Colegiala (1957), Lupa sa Lupa (1960), and Apat Na Yugto ng  Buhay (1961), Wen, Manang (1961), and Sinisinta Kita (1963).

Gonzales also appeared in actions films such as Taga sa Bata (1955) directed by Conrado Conde and where he appeared with other big stars of the era such as Eddie Garcia, Paraluman, Lolita Rodriguez, and Van de Leon.

His most memorable role was in Iginuhit ng Tadhana (1965) where he portrayed the late President Ferdinand Marcos. 

 

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