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Luz Fernandez
Luzviminda Fernandez

(1935-07-13)July 13, 1935
DiedMarch 5, 2022(2022-03-05) (aged 86)
Marikina, Philippines
Resting place Loyola Memorial Park, Marikina, Metro Manila
Years active1950–2018
Known forRole of Lola Basyang in radio dramas
Notable work Ora Engkantada
Okay Ka, Fairy Ko!

Luzviminda Fernandez (July 13, 1935 – March 5, 2022), better known professionally as Luz Fernandez, was a Filipino actress and television presenter. She was a long-time radio actress for DZRH who also did acting for film, television, and theater.



Fernandez first received public attention as a radio actress for Metropolitan Broadcasting Company (MBC; now Manila Broadcasting Company). Fernandez spent her entire radio career working for MBC's station, DZRH which she joined in the 1950s. Her stay with DZRH lasted for 64 years. She frequently did radio work with Augusto Victa and Tiya Dely. Fernandez was frequently cast in antagonistic roles in radio dramas although her most noted role was " Lola Basyang", a caring grandmother character who teaches children morals through stories. [1] Fernandez did work for around 30 radio dramas for DZRH. [2] In 2009, she was honored with the "Best Actress of All Time" title by DZRH on its 70th anniversary. [3]

Television and film

Fernandez also did acting roles for television and feature films. Among her noted roles was as Lola Torya in the 1980s children's fantasy series Ora Engkantada which originally aired by IBC and as the Evil fairy Luka in the fantasy-sitcom series Okay Ka, Fairy Ko!. [3] She would also appear in Pepito Manaloto, Kambal, Karibal, and Amaya. [2]

One of her earlier films was Rodrigo de Villa, a co-production between LVN Pictures and Indonesian studio Pesari released in 1952. Her last film was And Ai, Thank You!, [4] released in 2019 and starring Ai-Ai delas Alas. [2]


Fernandez also did acting for theater. She did 13 Plays of Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, and reprised her role as Lola Basyang in Ballet Manila's version of Severino Reyes' Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang in 2015. [5] [6] [7]


Fernandez died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Marikina, on March 5, 2022, at the age of 86. [8]



Year Title Role Notes Source
1986–1990 Ora Engkantada Lola Torya
1987–1997 Okay Ka, Fairy Ko! Luka & Lucring
1999 Esperanza Mameng
2007 Princess Charming Sister Melinda
2010 Pepito Manaloto Lola Yolanda [2]
2011–2012 Amaya Gawas [2]
2014 Innamorata Belenita "Belen" Fuentebella [9]
Forevermore Aling Galietta
2016 The Millionaire's Wife Delia Cruz
2017–2018 Kambal Karibal Magda [2]
2018 The One That Got Away Zumba Lola [2]
2019 Maaalaala Mo Kaya: Passport Grandmother Last TV appearance

Feature films

Year Title Role Notes Source
1952 Rodrigo de Villa [4]
1991 Okay Ka, Fairy Ko!: The Movie Luka
2004 Feng Shui Aling Biring
2009 Sundo Louella's Aunt
T2 Sister Lourdes
Ang Darling Kong Aswang Simang
2017 Mang Kepweng Returns Komadrona
The Ghost Bride Lalaine Yu
2019 And Ai, Thank You! Last appearance [4]


  1. ^ Amoyo, Aster (March 6, 2022). "Luz Fernandez namaalam na" [Luz Fernandez says goodbye]. Journal News Online (in Filipino). PJI Web News Publishing. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Lim, Ron (March 6, 2022). "Beteranang aktres na si Luz Fernandez, pumanaw na" [Veteran actress Luz Fernandez dies]. GMA Entertainment (in Filipino). Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Balboa, Jen (March 6, 2022). "Luz Fernandez, veteran actress of 'Ora Engkantada' fame, passes away". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Gabinete, Jojo (March 6, 2022). "Paalam, Lola Torya: Luz Fernandez dies at 86". (in Filipino). Philippine Entertainment Portal, Inc. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Defensor, Tet (August 26, 2015). "Basyang role not new to Luz". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  6. ^ Viernes, Franchesca (March 6, 2022). "Luz Fernandez passes away at 86". GMA News. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  7. ^ Fernando, Jeff (August 13, 2015). "Veteran actress Luz Fernandez reprises role onstage as Lola Basyang". PUSH. ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Dumaual, Mario (March 6, 2022). "Veteran actress Luz Fernandez dies at 86". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  9. ^ "TRIVIA: What happened to the stars of 'Okay Ka, Fairy Ko?'". GMA Entertainment. November 12, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2022.

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