You can’t put a good woman down. This is how a person can describe Gloria
Romero. All these years, she has proven herself to be one of the formidable actresses
in Philippine showbiz industry with her talent, beauty, glamour, and kind personality.
Gloria Galla wasn’t actually born in the Philippines but in Denver, Colorado,
in 1933. She is half-Filipina, being her mother, Mary Borrego, a pure American.
Her father, Pedro Galla, meanwhile, worked in America at that time.
It was supposed to be a visit in Pangasinan that prompted the entire Galla
family to come here in the Philippines. However, months turned into years, until
Gloria’s mother died, and she studied and graduated in Riverview High School.
Her ticket to fame could be attributed to Nario Rosales, her uncle, who worked
at Sampaguita Studios as chief editor. This allowed her to visit movie and TV
shoots as often as she could. Because of her innate beauty, Sampaguita decided
to giver her a try, landing in cameo roles in a number of films before she was
given her own bill Kasintahan sa Pangarap, a movie she starred alongside Tita
Duran and Pancho Magalona.
The transformation of Gloria, however, happened when she portrayed as the daughter
of Alicia Vergel and Cesar Ramirez in Madame X. Producers then gave her a more
appealing and dramatic moniker: Gloria Romero. Soon, variety of films landed
on her lap until she did Monghita in 1952, which officially sealed her credibility
as a performing artist and catapulted her to sheer stardom.