Carmen Rosales

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Carmen Rosales
Born Januaria Keller
(1917-03-03)March 3, 1917
Carmen, Rosales, Pangasinan, Philippines
Died December 11, 1991(1991-12-11) (aged 74)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1938–1965

Januaria Keller[1] (March 3, 1917 – December 11, 1991) was a noted pre-WWII Filipina actress better known as Carmen Rosales and Mameng and is noted for her skill in acting and sweet voice.

Personal life[edit]

A native of Pangasinan, born to an American father and an Ilocana mother, Rosales' film debut was in the 1938 movie Ang Kiri which she played a double of Atang dela Rama. When her friend brought her to Quisumbing, he rejected the young woman for not having the bearing of an actress.

Nonetheless, Rosales became one of the most famous Filipina actresses in the 1940s and 1950s, rivalling Rosa del Rosario at the box-office. She is famous for her sweet voice and numerous recordings. Rosales made her debut in Ang Kiri (The Flirt) produced by Diwata Pictures. She starred in her first leading role opposite Jose Padilla Jr in Arimunding-Munding (1939).

She became the most bankable star in Sampaguita Pictures and the highest-paid actress of the 1940s and 1950s. Among her unforgettable roles included the spurned lover of Rogelio dela Rosa in Maalaala Mo Kaya (1954) and a club-singer in Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig.

She received her first Famas Award in 1954 for her role in Inspirasyon opposite Van de Leon. She was similarly awarded in 1960 for playing a strict matron in Estela Mondragon.

She garnered fame playing a hacendera in Pablo Gomez's version of MN. Her last public appearance was on Inday Badiday's Eye to Eye.

She died on December 11, 1991 of kidney malfunction in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

the Original Queen of Philippine Movies[edit]

Arguably, she was the Queen of Philippine Movies in the 1940s. The films in which she was top-billed aided in the popularity of emerging actresses like Gloria Romero, Amalia Fuentes and Susan Roces, who all became movie queens themselves decades later.

A barrio in Rosales, Pangasinan was named after her. It is now currently divided into two barangays, Carmen East and Carmen West.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "RP showbiz aglow with 'Tisoy,' 'Tisay'". Manila Bulletin. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-05-12.