MANILA – Vilma Valera, a popular Filipino actress in the 1960s, passed away in Roseville, California on Friday. She was 73. Donnie Quintero Pestrana, a friend and neighbor of Valera, told ABS-CBN News that Valera died in her sleep due to complications from diabetes around 6:50 a.m. on September 21. She was reportedly staying at a care facility. Valera was known for her roles in Salambao (1964), Duelo sa Sapang Bato (1963) and Nag-uumpugang Bato (1961). She also recorded several albums before she retired from show business in the early 1970s. Valera is survived by two children.