Rosalia Merino-Santos is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She was born on 7 November 1923 in Manila to Gonzalo Merino and Enriquita Ramos. She is married to Ruben Santos.
In 1950, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education major in Physical Education from the Philippine Women's University (PWU). She obtained her masters degree in Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. In 1959, she was a Fulbright scholar to the US.
As a dancer, she studied under various teachers such as Luva Adameit, Ricardo Cassell, and Francisca Reyes-Aquino to name a few. She was also adept in a wide range of dance styles such as ballet, modern dance, Spanish dance, and folk dance.
She later taught ballet, modern dance and folk dance at various institutions such as PWU, St. Paul College, University of the East, Far Eastern University, Centro Escolar University, National Teachers College of Physical Education, and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Madison, Wisconsin.
- 1978 – awarded by the Malacañang for her contribution as teacher and choreographer during the Third National Ballet Festival of the Ballet Federation of the Philippines
- 1981 – recipient of the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award
- What is Dance? (1958)
- Fanfare (1958)
- Feminine Gender (1958)
- Of Cocks and Kings (1958)
- Portrait of the Filipinos as seen through Philippine Folk Songs, Dance and Music (1959)
- Opus 17 (1959)
- Ugaling Pilipino (Filipino Customs) (1963)
- Sarimanok (1968)
- Gintong Salakot-Dularawan (Golden Salakot Drama-Tableau) (1969)
- Halina't Maglaro (Come and Play) (1971)
- Santos, R.F.,Villaruz, B.E.S. "Altar". In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 5, 221-222. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.