I was inspired to post this entry on Carmen Rosales upon reading a lengthy article on the actress by Jose Mari Lee titled “The Magic of Carmen Rosales” on his blog. He unravel the mystery and magic of Carmen Rosales --- “she was such a consummated actress, a singer, a dancer, but most of all, she was a master of improvisation and mime, a rara avis in the Philippine movie industry.”
Did you know that in 1939 Carmen Rosales ( March 3, 1917- December 11, 1991) was turned down when she applied for an acting job at LVN Pictures? “No Profile” was the answer. But Excelsior Production took her in and was given a big break in the movie Arimunding-Munding (1939) under Tor Villano direction. She soon became the toast of the local entertainment world.
Still from Camelia (1949)-
Stars Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa
In 1949, LVN Pictures, the film outfit which rejected Rosales for having “No Profile” offered her a staggering Php 40,000 to star in a movie, Kampanang Ginto, a romantic story about a novelist and a singer. The amount was said to be the highest ever paid to a local female star for a single picture. Of course, she accepted the offer.
Still from Batalyon XIII (1949)-
Stars Carmen Rosales and Jaime de la Rosa
Rosales was already a big star in the pre-war era but her career further blossomed during the post-war period, from 1946 to 1949 where great majority of her film successes were made --- Guerilyera (1946), Kaaway ng Bayan (1946), Si, Si Señorita (1947), Mameng, Iniibig Kita (1947), Hindi Kita Malimot (1948), Simpatika (1949), Kampanang Ginto (1949), Kaaway ng Diyos (1949), Batalyon XIII (1949), among others.
Her screen tandem with then matinee idol Rogelio de la Rosa, is considered one of the greatest ‘love teams’ in the history of Philippine movies. They did more than a dozen movies starting with Takipsilim in 1939 to
She won her first and only acting trophy, the 1953 Famas Best Actress for the movie, Inspirasiyon.
Rosales’ star started to fade in the late 50s until her retirement in mid 60s when younger stars, like Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes, started to rise. However, her name was still on top of the billing.
Carmen Rosales- Rogelio de la Rosa screen tandem:
1940- Diwa ng Awit
1949- Kampanang Ginto
1954- Maalaala Mo Kaya
1955- Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig
Did you know that Carmen Rosales was a guerrilla fighter during World War II? In a magazine article by Ceres Doyo, Rene Navales (eldest son of Carmen Rosales) claimed that “my mother‘s underground work took her to
A movie, titled Guerilyera was made in 1946. References: "Carmen Rosales: The Original Superstar" by Ceres Doyo/Sunday Inquirer/ February 16, 1992; A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia/2004
References: "Carmen Rosales: The Original Superstar" by Ceres Doyo/Sunday Inquirer/ February 16, 1992; A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia/2004
and Danilo Montes/ Directed by Olive de la Torre
Lillian Leonardo/Written and Directed by Eddie Romero
Van de Leon, Katy de la Cruz/ Directed by Armando Garces
Rogelio de la Rosa,Norma Vales, Luis Gonzales,
Rosa Mia/ Directed by Mar S. Torres