“Elvira was not at all the hilarious airhead you watched on “Two for the Road” on TV. That was a caricature.” reminisced Elvira’s sister-in-law, Josefina “Nening” Acebedo Pedrosa-Manahan [ Mrs. Antonio Manahan ].
“She was intelligent and very well-read, actually very cerebral. Yes, she had her light moods, but she could be silent, profound, and contemplative. That was the inherent Ledesma in her. Many people who thought they knew her didn’t know that side.” continued Nening.
“At home, she liked to wear ‘malongs’ or wraparounds, her slightly past shoulder length hair down, her shoulders bared. And no make-up at all.” recalled her daughter-in-law, Lilia Rosa “Liliane”/”Tats” Rejante-Manahan [ Mrs. Johnny Manahan ].
“She actually liked simple Filipino food like ‘nilaga’ and ‘paksiw.’ Like a true ‘Ilongga,’ she liked to eat her meals with ripe mangoes and ripe ‘latundan’ / ‘lakatan’ bananas.” continued Tats.
“At a young age, she was taken by her Vargas godmother, actually a relative, and taken to live at the sprawling ‘Kawilihan’ compound in Mandaluyong, from where she was launched into Manila society.”