Pretty Baby Osang!
Who’s this pretty baby?
The cherubic girl is no other than award-winning actress Rosanna Roces who shared the kiddie pic with her friends on Facebook to celebrate her birthday on May 24.
She surmised that she must’ve been around 3 or 4 years young when the photograph was taken at the Navarro’s studio in Malabon.
“Whenever the Tropicana studio was closed, Navarro’s was where my parents would take us for pictorials,” she told the Inquirer.
Osang, as Rosanna is known in the biz, described her youth as memorable and idyllic.
“Maganda ang childhood ko. Masaya,” she quipped.
There was one incident, though, that proved a tad traumatic: “Shortly after that pictorial, I went out and played in the streets. Nasagasaan ako ng tricycle. Nakaladkad. Duguan, mula ulo hanggang paa.”
Her blood dripping all the way, her father rushed her to the hospital. “Buhat-buhat ako ng father ko at nasa likod ’yung apat na kapatid kong lalake. Akala mo eksena sa pelikula!”
Just like a dramatic scene from a movie, the driver trembled in fear. “Natakot, kasi abogado si erpat.”
But the accident taught her a valuable lesson in forgiveness and compassion. “Pero pinatawad ni erpat ’yung driver…Mome Sioson ang pangalan niya.”
Many years later, Osang bumped into Mome.
“Noong nagka-kotse na ako, nakita ko si Mome ulit…sa Saisaki West Avenue,” she recounted. “Siya ’yung in charge sa valet parking doon. Biniro ko. Sabi ko: Paganti!”
Getting even, however, was not her priority—then and now. “Naging magkaibigan kami. Noong binalikan ko minsan, pumanaw na raw siya.”—BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.