Here’s Armida Siguion Reyna biography, her life before passing away.
ARMIDA SIGUION REYNA BIOGRAPHY – Here is the life story of the iconic actress Armida Siguion Reyna before passing away at 88 due to cancer.
Armida Siguion Reyna biography starts as being the daughter of Purita Liwanag, who was then a budding soprano when she met Spanish-mestizo lawyer-politician Alfonso Ponce-Enrile, her father. Despite marriage, her mother tolerated her father’s infidelities and she was then 18 when she first met her half-brother, former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, who was just then 21 years old.
HER LOVE FOR CINEMA AND PERFORMING ARTS
It was her aunt, a pre-war pioneer female film director Carmen Concha, who influenced her to push herself and be in the field of acting, movies, and entertainment. She familiarized herself with the songs of Fely Vallejo which harnessed her talent in music and develop her passion to it. Armida actually auditioned for “The King and I” but her father stopped her to pursue it and her love for musical theater. But after meeting and marrying Leonardo Siguion-Reyna in 1951, she had her freedom and was then free to venture in singing, acting, hosting and film production, among others.
Armida produced this show in 1970 which eventually became one of the longest-running musical shows as it lasted for more than three decades. In this show is where she showed her love and passion for local music.
As an actress, she has already worked with Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, Alma Moreno, Maricel Soriano, Sharon Cuneta, Dawn Zulueta and Rosanna Roces. This also paved her way to be successful when it comes to film production. She had Reyna Films and produced remarkable and classic films such as “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit,” “Ikaw Pa Lamang,” “Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin,” “Abot-Kamay ang Pangarap,” “Kahapon, May Dalawang Bata,” “Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin,” “Azucena” and “Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya.”
Armida’s husband died in 2010 and since then got “deteriorated” especially her memory as she would often accordingly fail to remember the names of the people who are close to her. Nick Joaquin also once said, “Armida may have law in her blood, but she has art in her heart.”
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