She was married to Lamberto Avellana, a stage and film director who was named National Artist of the Philippines for Film in 1976. Together with forty-eight colleagues, they co-founded the Barangay Theatre Guild in 1939 which paved the way for the popularization of theater and dramatic arts in the country, utilizing radio and television.
She died on 12 May 2013 at the age of 96.
"About Culture and Arts." NCCA. http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about_cultarts/cultprofile/natarts/theater/avellana.php/ (accessed on 17 July 2007)