San Juan, Metro Manila, Nov. 7, 2001 The brutal killing of award-winning film and television actress Nida Blanca shocked the country today. The following is a comprehensive article from on the actress and the crime which has baffled investigators.

Nida Blanca, 1936-2001 (By Teena Galang, abs-cbn)

News of Nida Blanca's brutal death on Wednesday shocked the nation who adored her as one of its most enduring multi-awarded actresses and dance diva, peacenik and freedom fighter.

Blanca, 65, whose real name is Dorothy Jones, was found dead with multiple stab wounds at 8:00 a.m. inside her car parked at the 6th floor of Atlanta Condominium along Annapolis street in Greenhills, San Juan.

Apart from her artistic contributions, the award-winning actress also served as government negotiator for the surrender of Filipino guerrillas in the 1950s.

Nida also gave precious time reviewing films and improving the quality of local movies by working with agencies such as Movie Workers Welfare Fund and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

She held office on Atlanta's 32nd floor as a member of the MTRCB.

Daisy Parungao, an ABS-CBN representative who regularly goes to the MTRCB office, said she last saw Blanca at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in an elevator with several friends who were also on their way out of the building.

Daisy said Blanca was heading toward the parking area to get her car, and even urged her and her companions to squeeze themselves into the crowded elevator.

On Wednesday morning, Blanca's colleagues at MTRCB asked security guard Manuel Racasa to check if she had arrived, after learning that Blanca did not reach home the previous night.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Racasa said Blanca reported for work Tuesday at 12:49 p.m. and emerged from her office at 5:08 p.m..

The guard, worried that the actress might have been kidnapped, said he thought that the actress' gray Nissan Sentra (UBJ-547) was empty when he found it at her parking space at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

It was when Racasa went over to peer at the back of the car that he saw a body he could not immediately identify as Blanca, which prompted him to report the matter to the MTRCB office.

He and some members of the MTRCB staff later found the actress' lifeless body, her black pants and long-sleeved blouse stained with blood from the multiple stab wounds all over her body.

According to Chief Supt. George Aliño, Eastern Police District Director, the actress was stabbed thirteen times and was almost unrecognizable from the many wounds on her face.

One of a kind movie queen The daughter of American serviceman John William Jones and Inocencia Guinto, Blanca was born in Nueva Ecija, and showed her flair for acting at the young age of 14.

In 1951, actress Delia Razon and LVN Pictures discovered her and claimed they had found a queen for Philippine cinema.

Regarded as one of the pioneers in Philippine television, Blanca became a daily fare through programs like the Nida-Nestor Show and John en Marsha where she starred with comedy king Dolphy.

She also won viewers' hearts through musical comedies like Waray-waray and Tumbalik na Mundo alongside love team partner Nestor de Villa.

But it was in drama where Nida Blanca left her mark.

Her first tearjerker Korea won her the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award.

Many award-giving bodies honored Blanca for critically acclaimed movies like Magdusa Ka and Miguelito.

In recent years, she had been nominated as Best Comedy Actress for her role in the top-rating sitcom Pwedeng-Pwede.

Blanca, who will always be remembered for her timeless art, is survived by her mother, husband, Rod Loren, daughter Kay.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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