Roselle Nava

Roselle Nava (born March 28, 1976) is a singer, film and television actress, and politician in the Philippines.

Roselle P. Nava
Member of the Parañaque City Council from the 1st district
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2019
Personal details
Born (1976-03-28) March 28, 1976 (age 45)
Parañaque City
Political partyLiberal Party (2010-2012; 2015-2019)
United Nationalist Alliance (2012-2015)
ResidenceParañaque City
Alma materDe La Salle University - Manila
ProfessionSinger turned politician

Life and careerEdit

Roselle Paulino Nava-Tan is a multi-platinum female singer in the Philippines and one of the most in-demand divas during the 90s era. She is tagged as the Philippines' Sentimental Diva and the former supreme songbird of ABS-CBN. Before Sarah Geronimo, it was her. She was formerly dubbed as the 90s Philippine Pop Queen. She started her career as a part of ABS-CBN's defunct youth-oriented show Ang TV (1992-1997) together with Jolina Magdangal, Claudine Barretto, Antoinette Taus, etc. She was also a regular host and performer of ASAP, the Philippines longest variety show, from 1995-2004.

She is the singer behind the hits like Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita, Maniniwala Ba Ako, Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita, Laging Ikaw Parin, Ikaw Pala, Mahal Mo Ba'y Di Na Ako, Huwag Ka Nang Babalik, etc.

In 1995, she was hailed as the Best Female Singer of the Year for the song You by Awit Awards. The same year, her very first signature hit, Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita (Why Do I Love You?), became the number one charted song in the Philippines and stayed in the radio charts for 8 months. It became the themesong of many Filipinos who went through heart breaks and got lost in love.

In 1997, however her commercialised success of Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita, her carrier single from her 3rd album (Roselle: On Higher Ground), emerged immediate success and even spanned a film with the same name and even in album registry.

To date, Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita was also covered four times by different artists: Rachelle Ann Go for The Gulong Ng Palad (2006) Soundtrack and Zsa Zsa Padilla's rendition for the Afternoon Soap theme Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal? in 2010, in 2013 by Vice Ganda for the soundtrack of the Primetime series Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, and in 2018, Jonalyn Viray (aka Jona), for the teleserye Asintado.

In 2000, she revived the Barry Manilow song "Somewhere Down The Road" for the Blockbuster Film "Minsan Minahal Kita" which also was included in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; and in 2002, her comeback platinum hit with Star Records "Huwag Ka Nang Magbabalik for the film Ngayong Nandito Ka and Jologs.

In 2002, Roselle was chosen as the interpreter for the song, Free, composed by Gino Torres. The demo version was recorded by Carol Banawa. But the composer chose Roselle to do the final and live version. It became as one of the finalists of ABS-CBN's JAM: Himig Handog sa Makabagong Kabataan. It also became the themesong of ABS-CBN's summer station ID in the same year.

Roselle Nava's last album with Star Records (ABS-CBN's recording outfit) All About Love achieved the Platinum Status but was never awarded to her. She moved to Viva Entertainment Agency and signed up for several projects. VIVA did not commercialise her artistry as her recent albums got no awards. The poor sales performance of her albums affected her singing career.

In 2010, Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita was also re-recorded by Laarni Lozada for the Afternoon Drama "Alyna"; and Kakai Bautista, Philippines' Dental Diva, as her carrier single for her debut album under Star Music in 2017.

Roselle Nava - Tan is now working as the number one councilor of the 1st District of Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Vocal profileEdit

Roselle's voice can be classified as soprano as her style is very similar with Regine Velasquez's singing prowess. She suffered from a throat virus which affected the brilliance of her voice. She was able to cope up through healing sessions and support of her fans.

Recent trendsEdit

In 2009, she was part of the talked-about successful concert entitled "Divas of the 90s", produced by VIVA Entertainment Company. Her co-performers were Geneva Cruz, Jessa Zaragoza, and Rachel Alejandro.

On February 13, 2016, she also had a successful concert with other OPM icons entitled LOVE THROWBACK held in PICC (Philippine International Convention Center).

On February 4, 2018, Roselle was given a tribute by ASAP as one of the OPM gems in the country. She sang her signature hits with ABS-CBN's homegrown talents. The tribute showed how she started as a prime diva of ABS-CBN and what's her life now. Roselle was awarded a plaque of recognition with her contribution to OPM.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

She married Allen Ford Tan on January 18, 2010 at the Manila Cathedral in Manila. They have two sons (Rafa and Ram).



Roselle album under Ivory Music (1994)Edit

AWARD: Platinum Record (40,000 copies sold)

  1. You — Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist Awit Awards (1995)
  2. Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita — Movie soundtrack Mangarap Ka (1995)
  3. Is It My Imagination
  4. Iba Tayo
  5. Sana (Ako'y Nasa Langit Na)
  6. Wag Mo Na Lang Pansinin
  7. Got To Be There
  8. Sana'y Di Magtagal

Say It Again album under Ivory Music (1996)Edit

AWARD: Platinum Record (40,000 copies sold)

  1. Waiting For You
  2. Say It Again
  3. Habang Narito Ako
  4. Woncha Dance With Me
  5. How Many Ways
  6. Nasaan Ka Na?
  7. Higit Pa Sa Isang Kaibigan
  8. How Can I?
  9. Maniniwala Ba Ako?
  10. Say That You Love Me — Movie soundtrack Hataw Na (1995)

On Higher Ground album under Star Music (1997)Edit

AWARD: Double Platinum Record (80,000 copies sold)

  1. Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita — Movie soundtrack Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita (1998)
  2. He's Somehow Been (A Part Of Me)
  3. Laging Ikaw Pa Rin
  4. Para Sa 'Yo
  5. Do You Love Me?
  6. Please Stay
  7. Ikaw Pala
  8. I Should Have Never Cried
  9. Upang Muli Ay Magmahal
  10. Is It A Dream
  11. You Are (For Daddy)
  12. Nothing's Gonna Make Me (Change)

Simply Roselle album under Star Music (1999)Edit

AWARD: Gold Record Award (20,000 copies sold)

  1. Mahal Mo Ba'y Di Na Ako
  2. Miles Away
  3. Tanging Mamahali'y Ikaw
  4. Lost In You
  5. Bihag Ng Pag-ibig
  6. Dahan-dahan
  7. Sana Man Lang
  8. Upper Floor
  9. Kahit 'Sang Sandali
  10. Magbakakasakali Ngayon
  11. Get Out
  12. Nag-iisang Dahilan

All About Love album under Star Music (2002)Edit

AWARD: Platinum (40,000 copies sold - Never awarded to Roselle)

  1. Huwag Ka Nang Magbabalik
  2. Akalain Ko Ba
  3. Dahil Ako'y Mahal Mo Na
  4. Naiiyak Muli
  5. Kung Alam Ko Lang
  6. Open
  7. Say Goodbye
  8. Bakit Ba
  9. Love Me Tonight
  10. Kung Magmamahal
  11. My Love
  12. Minamahal, Sinasamba

Bare album under Viva Records (2004)Edit

  1. Bakit Lumisan Ka?
  2. Makakaya Ko Ba?
  3. I Really Miss You
  4. Kahit Ika'y Panaginip Lang
  5. Araw-araw
  6. A Prayer Away
  7. Someone Help Me Let Go
  8. Dahil Kaya Mahal Pa Rin Kita
  9. Can't Go On
  10. Kulang Pa Ba (Ang Nadarama)
  11. Free From You
  12. If You Remember Me

Forever Love Songs album under Viva Records (2009)Edit

  1. No More Rhyme
  2. Lost In Space
  3. I Love You All The Way
  4. Heaven Knows
  5. Fixing A Broken Heart
  6. What's Forever For
  7. What Might Have Been
  8. Miss You Like Crazy
  9. Looking Through Your Eyes
  10. As I Lay Me Down
  11. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
  12. What I Did For Love

Compilation appearancesEdit

Year Album Song(s) Label(s)
1998 Sa Araw ng Pasko "Noo'y Pasko Rin" Star Records

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Roselle Nava finally says 'I do'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  2. ^ "The Christening of Roselle Nava-Tan's baby |". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2016-01-27.

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