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Born in BiƱan, Laguna, she is the third of the eight siblings of the late spouses Evangelino and Felicidad Salandanan. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (Cum Laude) and her Masteral Arts degree in School Administration and Supervision from the University of the East, Manila. She completed her law studies at Manuel L. Quezon University, Manila in 1989 and passed the Bar in 1990.

She began her career as an elementary school teacher in St. Jude Catholic School, J.P. Laurel, Manila in 1969. She then transferred to Amado V. Hernandez Elementary School, Division of City Schools Manila in 1972. She became Chief Parole and Probation Officer at the Department of Justice Parole and Probation Administration from 1977 to 1992. She worked as public attorney at the Public Attorneys Office-Manila from 1994 to 1997.

She started her service in the judiciary when she was appointed as Clerk of Court V of the Regional Trial Court-Branch 75 Valenzuela in 1992. After gaining years of experience from legal practice, she was appointed as judge of the Municipal Trial Court-Branch 1 of San Pedro, Laguna in 1997. She was then promoted as Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court-Branch 16 of Manila in 2002.

On 2009, she was awarded as one of the Five Most Outstanding Regional Trial Court Judge of Manila due to her commendable work ethics. On September 17, 2010, the Supreme Court Society of Judicial Excellence conferred to her the Most Outstanding Regional Trial Court Judge in the Philippines (Chief Justice Ramon Avenceña Awardee for Judicial Excellence). Her Alma Mater, Manuel Luis Quezon University, recognized her achievements by conferring her The Outstanding Alumna Award in 2011.

On March 15, 2011, she was appointed as a magistrate of the Court of Appeals. On May 10, 2015, she was one of the recipients of the 22nd Ulirang Ina Award sponsored by the Mother and Father´s Day Foundation, Inc. On June 23, 2015, she was once again heralded as one of the Outstanding Manilans in the eve of the 444th Araw ng Maynila.

Carmelita Salandanan Manahan was married to the late Manuel Manahan, Jr. with whom she has begotten five children and has two grandsons.

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