Luz Fernandez, veteran actress of ‘Ora Engkantada’ fame, passes away


Luz Fernandez as Lola Torya of “Ora Engkantada.” Image: “Ora Engkantada” via Twitter/Celestine Trinidad

Veteran actress Luz Fernandez (real name: Luzviminda Fernanadez) died yesterday, March 5. She was reportedly 86 years old.

Her granddaughter, doctor-writer Celestine Trinidad, confirmed the sad news, as per her Twitter post, also yesterday.

“My grandmother passed away today. It’s been a long day and we’ve been busy with arrangements that I didn’t have time to say anything about it here until now,” she said, sharing a tribute video about her grandmother.

“Thank you for everyone’s messages of sympathy and support, really appreciate it. For friends and family who wish to pay their final respects to my lola, Luz Fernandez, the wake is ongoing at the Loyola Memorial Chapels Marikina (Sapphire 1),” Trinidad announced, in a separate post today, March 6.

Fernandez is widely known to Filipino TV viewers as Lola Torya, host of the popular children’s fantasy series “Ora Engkantada” in the 1980s which originally aired in IBC 13. She also starred in another hit fantasy-comedy series, “Okay Ka, Fairy Ko,” playing the villain fairy Luka.

Aside from her numerous credits as a film and TV actress, Fernandez was also a veteran radio drama talent and was honored with the “Best Actress of All Time” title by DZRH on its 70th anniversary in 2009.


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