Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rosa del Rosario (1917 - 2006)

Rosa del Rosario (December 15, 1917 – February 4, 2006) was a well-known half-Filipina, half-American Mestiza actress in Philippine Movies who made her film debut in 1932 horror film Satanas (Satan). Her real name was Rose del Rosario Stagner. Her mother was from Pampanga.




Born Rose del Rosario Stagner, she was the Queen of Philippine Movies during the ’30s and ’40s. Del Rosario started in the movies at the age of nine when Nepomuceno cast her as the daughter of Carlos Padilla and Alma Bella in Anak ni Satanas (1925). After seven years, she starred in her first major movie, Ligaw na Bulaklak (1932) opposite Rogelio de la Rosa. Del Rosario held the distinction of being the first actress to play the first Filipino superheroine on screen, Darna (1951), followed by Darna at ang Babaing Lawin (1952).










 
 Among her memorable movies were Doktor Kuba, (1933, with Patrocinio Carvajal), Minda Mora (1929, with Fernando Poe Sr.), Zamboanga (1937, with Poe), Nang Magulo ang Maynila (1937, with Domingo Principe), Himala ng Birhen sa Antipolo (1947, with Rogelio de la Rosa), Caprichosa (1947, with Jose Padilla Jr.), Tandang Sora (1947, with Leopoldo Salcedo), Kumander Sundang (1949, with Efren Reyes) and Rosario Cantada (1951, with Ben Perez).


 Del Rosario also starred in Hollywood films such as The Border Bandits, American Guerilla in the Philippines and Anna and the King of Siam.






Their parents are Frank Stagner (American father) and Agustina del Rosario (Filipina mother). She was married to John Samit with 2 children: Geraldine and Terry. She was also the Grandmother of 2 girls: Hannah and Sarah McEllistrim

Filmography
1932 – Satanas
1932 – Ligaw na Bulaklak
1932 – Tianak
1932 - Lantang Bulaklak
1933 - Doctor Kuba
1933 - Ang Mga Ulila
1934 - Mag-inang Mahirap
1934 - Anting-Anting
1934 - X3X
1934 - Anak ng Bilanggo
1934 - Sa Tawag ng Diyos
1935 - Ang Gulong ng Buhay
1935 - Anak ng Birhen*
1935 - Awit ng Pag-ibig
1935 - Sumpa ng Aswang
1936 - Buhok ni Ester
1936 - Ama
1936 - Ang Birheng Walang Dambana
1937 - Gamu-Gamong Naging Lawin
1937 - Nang Magulo ang Maynila
1937 - Ang Kumpisalan at ang Batas
1937 - Taong Demonyo (a)
1937 - Asahar at Kabaong
1937 - Zamboanga
1938 - Kalapating Puti [Filippine]
1938 - Dalagang Silangan [Filippine]
1938 - Biyaya ni Bathala [Filippine]
1939 - Walang Sugat [Filippine]
1939 - Naglahong Dambana
1940 - Cadena de Amor [Sanggumay]
1940 - Buenavista  ?
1941 - Paraiso [Excelsior]
1941 - Ilang-Ilang [Lvn]
1941 - Ang Maestra [RDR]
1942 - Huling Habilin  ?
1947 - Bakya mo Neneng [Premiere]
1947 - Si Malakas at si Maganda  ?
1947 - Bagong Sinderella [Premiere]
1947 - Caprichosa [Premiere]
1947 - Ang Himala ng Birhen sa Antipolo [Lvn]
1947 - Hagibis [Premiere]
1947 - Hacendera [Phils Artists]
1947 - Tandang Sora  ?
1948 - Bulaklak at Paruparo [Premiere]
1949 - Anak ng Panday [Premiere]
1949 - Kumander Sundang [Premiere]
1950 - Bulaklak ng Digmaan [Liwayway]
1950 - Kundiman ng Luha [Balintawak]
1950 - Aklat ng Pag-ibig [Balintawak]
1951 - Mag-inang Ulila [Royal]
1951 - Rosario Cantada [Royal]
1951 - Darna [Royal]
1951 - Singsing na Sinulid [Royal]
1952 - Darna at ang Babaing Lawin [Royal]
1952 - Neneng Ko [Lebran]
1953 - May Karapatang Isilang [Deegar Cinema Inc.]
1954 - May Bakas ang Lumipas [Ace York]




Rosa del Rosario died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 88.

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