September 16, 1955 – September 22, 2021
Janet Bordon was a popular actress in the 1970s and 1980s.
She started her acting career in 1977 as a contract artist of Crown Seven Productions, a film outfit of movie producer Jesse Ejercito, brother of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
Her movie Ako si Emma, Babae! (1977) met with controversy as Bordon played the role of a man who had undergone a sex-change operation to become a woman. Her leading man at that time was the late actor Rudy Fernandez.
“I truly consider myself lucky kasi hindi ako dumaan sa bit roles at lead role agad ang first movie ko,” Bordon said in an interview.
She also starred in Tatak ng Yakuza (1983) also with Fernandez, Biyak na Manyika (1979) with Philip Salvador and Gloria Romero, Apat na Maria (1980) with Charo Santos and Lorna Tolentino, Diegong Bayong (1984) with Anthony Alonzo, Virgin People (1984) with Pepsi Paloma and Myrna Castillo, and Mga Paru-parong Buking (1985) with Eddie Garcia and Jimmy Santos.
Bordon’s last film before leaving the showbiz industry in 1988 to join her family in the United States was Moises Platon (1988) with Bong Revilla and Lolit Solis.
Bordon passed away at 66 after battling cancer for 31 years.
Film director and actor Enrico Banson paid tribute to Bordon and revealed she was one of the first who encouraged him to go into film and television: “She will always be my superstar.”
Filmmaker Armando Reyes also remembered Bordon as a “very quiet sweet lady”: “Walang yabang, walang angas. No feeling of entitlement.” Reyes, who was the creative department head of the defunct Agrix Films, worked with Bordon in two films in the 1980s.
In a Pep.ph tribute, Bordon’s sister, Jenny Bordon-Banson, wrote this about Janet: “Very private siya. Thirty years na nag-fight siya sa kanyang sakit. Ang galing niyang magdala, bilib kami sa kanya, sa fighting spirit niya. Hanggang in the end, lumalaban siya.”
In a GMA News Online tribute, Bordon’s daughter Atty. Janina Bordon said her mother was “a strong and beautiful person throughout every moment of her life, including her last breath.”
“She was surrounded by love from her 89-year-old mother, five siblings, nieces and nephews, adoring daughter, and extended family… While her private battle with cancer at Stanford Hospital led to her retirement from show business, she always continued to share her radiant, loving, and generous spirit with everyone she met.”