Our grandparents would still remember Paraluman, Sigrid Sophia Agatha von Giese in real life, a great actress of the 1940’s, when Sampaguita Pictures was still making films. She’s one of the beautiful faces of her time. Paraluman is a Tagalog term for goddess, very suitable for her classic beauty. I’m not familiar with her movies, and haven’t seen one, but her name was popularized to the youth because of Eraserhead’s Ang Huling El Bimbo. I even thought she was a dancer, because of the music video :-S

But sadly, she just died this April 27 in Quezon, because of cardiac arrest, after having been bedridden for two years due to Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Her only daughter, Baby O’Brien, told the press her mom’s long time secret, her age. She was 85.