‘Philippine Television Legend’ Sylvia La Torre dies at 89

Sylvia La Torre was a Filipino singer, actress, and radio personality known as “The Queen of Kundiman” and “The First Lady of Philippine Television.”

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Sylvia La Torre, the ‘Queen of Kundiman,’ has died at the age of 89.

The adored Queen of Kundiman and seasoned actor, Sylvia la Torre, went away, leaving behind a significant musical and recording legacy in the Philippines as well as enduring roles in film and television over the last seven decades. On social media, her granddaughter, the singer-actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, confirmed her demise.

“RIP to my grandmother, Ms. Sylvia La Torre Perez de Tagle. First Lady of Philippine Television, Queen of Kundiman and Tandang Sora Awardee, devoted wife of Dr. Celso Perez de Tagle, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, caring auntie, and affectionate friend, died peacefully in her sleep on December 1st at 7:02 am. At the time of her death, she was with her husband, of 68 years and her children, Artie, Bernie and Che-Che, “.

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle wrote:

“I knew her since we were very young. Napaka-natural niya at hindi plastik,“ “We would have a reunion every time andito siya sa Manila. Nakakalungkot, nabawasan na naman kami.”

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Sylvia La Torre Early life

Sylvia was born in Manila, Philippines on June 4, 1933(89 years old). She holds a Philippines citizen and she belongs to the white ethnicity. Her Zodiac sign is Gemini.

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Torre received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, with a major in Voice and a minor in Piano.

Family and relationship

Sylvia La Torre is the daughter of Leonora Reyes, a Filipino artist, and Olive La Torre, a director.

In 1954, Sylvia married Celso Perez de Tagle. She died with her 68-year-old husband and her children, Artie, Bernie, and Che-Che, by her side.

When Sylvia entered a singing competition in Manila in 1938 at the age of five, she made her singing debut.

Sylvia La Torre Family

She began her theatrical career during World War II. She began performing at the Manila Grand Opera House in 1948. “Si Petite Mon Amour,” her first song, appeared on the Bataan Records label in 1950.

Later, she relocated to Villar Records. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was referred to as “The Queen of Kundiman”. She moved to Sampaguita Pictures, the company where her father worked as a director, and started making movies in 1941 (Ang Maestra).