Serafina Quinteras

Esmeralda Gonzales Castro (1902–2004) or better known as Serafina Quinteras, was a Peruvian songwriter, journalist, and poet. She is most famous for the composition of the vals "Muñeca Rota".

Serafina Quinteras
A portrait of Serafina Quinteras
Esmeralda Gonzales Castro

(1902-08-01)August 1, 1902
DiedMay 13, 2004(2004-05-13) (aged 101)
Years active1910–2002
Notable work
"Muñeca Rota" and "Parlamanías"
RelativesMother of - Blanca Varela


Esmeralda was born on the 1st of August 1902. She was the daughter of the Ecuadorian poet, historian and diplomat Nicolás Augusto Gonzales Tola, and her mother was the writer and poet Delia Castro Marquez Indice.[1]

From an early age she took an interest in journalism and used multiple pseudonyms such as "Pancha Remolino and "Demetrio Rueda". Afterward she identified herself with the pseudonym "Serafina Quinteras" and used it for several decades in a collaboration with "El Comercio", a daily newspaper from Peru. She chose the name, because she admired the famous Spanish theater authors Serafin and Joaquin Alvarez Quintero.[2]

Along with Esmeralda, her cousin Emma Castro Pervuli also assumed the pseudonym Joaquina Quinteras, and together they began a career in Peruvian Creole music by composing their first songs like "El Ermitaño", "Todo y Nada" and their largest success was the vals "Muñeca Rota" and "Parlamanías".[3]

Her daughter is also poet, and bears the pseudonym of Blanca Varela.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

Marking the second century of freedom in Peru, the Ministry of Culture made a tribute to Serafina Quinteras, alongside other authors on the 27th of September 2020.[5]

She also received a golden medal for her contribution to music in 1996, given by the National Council of Women. She also received the Orden del Sol in the year 2000.[6]


  1. ^ Criollos Peruanos, peruanos en el extranjero. "criollos peruanos en el mundo-Serafina Quinteras". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. ^ "Family Tree - Geni". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  3. ^ "Parlamanías (Serafina Quinteras)". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  4. ^ "Un lustro sin Blanca | EL MONTONERO". EL MONTONERO | Primer Portal de opinión del país (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  5. ^ "Ministerio de Cultura y Proyecto Bicentenario rinden homenaje a Alicia Maguiña en concierto "Mujeres del Bicentenario"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  6. ^ "Serafina Quinteras". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2021-05-20.