The Rich are Different

It wasn’t exactly The International Yacht Club at Antibes, but it would have to do anyway. 

*unfinished*

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51 Comments

  1. November 30, 2010 at 2:58 am

    David:

    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Yes David, you may copy the “taitai story” to your blog. We’re online to share. 🙂

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  2. David said,

    November 29, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Love much the taitai story. My i have permission to copy it on my blog? Thanks in advance for your story

  3. Madame Aurelia said,

    September 22, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I rather like the fact that the Zobels consider themselves among the “working rich.” That’s really sweet, when you think of it, because taken piecemeal, yes, it does sound rather arch, but broken down it does make sense: they DO work for their money, and they ARE rich. So yes, they are, the working rich. That’s rich! 😀

  4. rosylle said,

    October 30, 2007 at 11:09 am

    hi toto.

    happy for you,

    rosylle

  5. hiutopor said,

    September 19, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Hi all!

    Very interesting information! Thanks!

    G’night

  6. MAY MARQUEZ said,

    July 14, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Zippo,

    I salute you. Everything we’ve done has its own price. Continue living a happy and healthy life. God bless!

    maym

  7. socialclimber said,

    June 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    And by the way, Dan*el G. Rom*aldez is also a Capampangan on his mother’s side. His mother belongs to a very prominent family from Angeles City and Mabalacat. They used to have Bombay guards and maids when his Mom was growing up.

  8. socialclimber said,

    June 19, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    may I just correct the initials of the well-known architect nephew of Mrs. M*rcos is D.G.R. and not D.Z.R.. The latter was the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

  9. xxxx said,

    March 14, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Sorry if I keep on writing multiple comments. I’m a poor reader. lolz…

    I believe the Z*moras are shareholders of a nickel mining company. I need to double check that, though. And Be*trice C*mpos is the widow of the late J*se Y*o C*mpos of United Lab*ratories.

    LNL I believe is not included in the list, because she is an American citizen.

  10. xxxx said,

    March 14, 2007 at 9:14 am

    M*nardo J*menez is one of the three major shareholder of GMA 7. It’s been said that he and one other major shareholder, Atty. F*lipe G*zon, are not in good terms. But that’s another story…

  11. xxxx said,

    March 14, 2007 at 7:14 am

    The *boitiz family is at the list at no. 13. Where are the L*renzos, though? Also, where’s George Y*ng of McDon*ld’s fame? I’m sure they have enough to break into the Top 40.

  12. March 14, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Looking at the list again, there is a ‘M*nardo J*menez’ at #15. Could that be our mysterious “Eminence Gris,” using a different first name?

    (Also, it turns out that an *boitiz made the list, too.)

    But 2 Z*moras; and a Beatrice C*mpos? Who is she?

    Also, missing there — and I thought she was, is Lo*da Nic*las-L*wis; the widow of that big frozen foods manufacturer in the US (oddly enough, I think it’s Beatrice Foods?) I’ve met her when she was working as an Immigration attorney, very nice, unassuming woman, who really wanted to help.

    G.I.

  13. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 13, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Toto, taitai:

    Indeed there are some names missing on that list — like most prominently, si Apo M. Jim*nez. I am sure he has at least $100 million sitting in a Cayman Islands bank account. He wasn’t in Miami for all those years, for nothing.

    Of course, Meldy R.M. would not be there because she is supposed to be ‘pobre’; so Edna C*mc*m, the Bautista and V*r women, are probably holding the purse strings for now.

    And yeah, the M*drigals. However, their cumulative wealth I think is spread out among all the 6 branches, so individually, they may not count for much like the more concentrated fortunes.

    Another one supposedly missing on the Top 40 list is Jose Mar* Chan. And where is C*ncepcion? Peping Coj*angco’s branch? The Abo*tizes? (I think that Dado Banatao isn’t there because maybe the guy is a US citizen rather than a Philippine citizen?)

    Oh, get this: the grande dame of the other leading Cebu family — the one with a successful daughter of a designer in Beverly Hills, once boasted to a close friend of hers, that a few years ago, she had some USD $ 30 million just ‘sitting’ in a US bank account. And her younger sister-in-law told me once that so she (the less visible sister-in-law) does not end up with catastrophic medical bills when visiting the US, she pays for health insurance here in the US at something like US$850 a month — certainly no small change for anybody but the uberrich!

    Yes, for those not on the list but who definitely belong, they have some very skilled accountants and financial advisers — with great sleight-of-hand.

    G.I.

  14. cara y cruz said,

    March 11, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    taitai / Toto:

    Dado is VERY rich but utterly low-key. Hmmm. Some Manilenos seem to be courting him for some biz because of their faltering fortunes…..

    I am always shocked how these lists never include the M*drigals. But then again…

  15. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Toto:

    Yes, you’re correct. I forgot to include his name 🙂

    On the *melda Ongs*ako Coj*angco family not being mentioned, hmmm…
    “According to the Valentino gown…” bwahahaha

    taitai

  16. March 11, 2007 at 8:54 am

    taitai:

    Hmm, that’s strange. Her fortune should at least have been represented by her son, *ntonio “Ton* Boy” Coj*angco.

    Toto Gonzalez

  17. March 11, 2007 at 8:52 am

    taitai:

    Oh, that’s Dado Banatao, the computer genius. I believe he’s worth millions, even billions, of USD $.

    Toto Gonzalez

  18. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:47 am

    And of course, where is *melda Ongs*ako Coj*angco?!

  19. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Probably too busy with her *melda Collection! bwahaha!

  20. March 11, 2007 at 8:44 am

    taitai:

    Where are Consuelo “Chito” M*drigal-Col*antes, Maria Paz “Pacita” M*drigal Wa*ns-Gonzalez, and Luisa “Ising” M*drigal-V*squez???

    *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  21. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:44 am

    From To the Point by Emil Jurado (Manila Standard Today)

    There is, however, one Filipino, who is totally unknown to many, who may have been missed by Forbes Magazine among its list of billionaires. This Filipino with his Filipino wife, now a Fil-Am living at Atherton, California in a $20 million house (Bill Gates, the no. 1 in the list at more than $50 billion has a $50 million house in Seattle), is estimated to have a $5 billion fortune, according to those who knew him, because of a computer chip he invented used by every computer you buy.

  22. March 11, 2007 at 8:42 am

    taitai:

    Where is Our Queen, Madame *melda Rom*aldez M*rcos???

    *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  23. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:41 am

    Furthermore, according to Forbes Asia:

    “The list was compiled using shareholding information and financial data obtained from the Philippine Securities & Exchange Commission, the Philippine Stock Exchange, analysts or the companies themselves. Privately held companies, for whom in most cases only 2004 data were readily available, were valued based on comparisons to prevailing price-to-earnings or price-to-sales ratios for similar publicly traded companies. Net worths were calculated using stock prices and exchange rates from early December.”

  24. March 11, 2007 at 8:39 am

    taitai:

    I only have one question: Where’s Mark J*menez in the rankings of the Top 10???

    *lolsz!*

  25. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Notice how Henry Sy’s fortune declined significantly from $4B to $2.6B, while the Ayalas increased to $2.6B from $2B. Lucio Tan’s net worth remained at $2.3B.

    Oh well… these lists…

  26. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:32 am

    (36-40)

    36. Antonio Roxas – $40 million
    37. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Sr. – $38 million
    38. Philip T. Ang – $35 million
    39. Marixi Prieto – $30 million
    40. Manuel Pangilinan – $25 million

  27. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:32 am

    (31-35)

    31. Jesus Tambunting – $70 million
    32. Frederick Dy – $65 million
    33. Tomas Alcantara – $60 million
    34. Lourdes Montinola – $50 million
    35. Salvador Zamorra – $45 million

  28. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:31 am

    (21-30)

    21. David M. Consunji – $145 million
    22. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. $140 million
    23. Betty Ang – $115 million
    24. Manuel Villar – $110 million
    25. Mariano Tan – $100 million
    26. Rolando and Rosalinda Hortaleza – $90 million
    27. Oscar Hilado – $85 million
    28. Vivian Que Azcona – $80 million
    29. Manuel Zamora – $75 million
    30. Magdaleno Albarracin – $73 million

  29. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:30 am

    (11-20)

    11. Enrique Razon Jr. – $285 million
    12. Andrew Gotianun – $280 million
    13. Enrique Aboitiz – $275 million
    14. Alfonso Yuchengco – $225 million
    15. Menardo Jimenez – $210 million
    15. Gilberto Duavit Jr. – $210 million
    17. Ramon del Rosario – $205 million
    18. Felipe Gozon – $180 million
    19. Beatrice Campos – $160 million
    20. Luis J. L. Virata – $150 million

  30. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:30 am

    (6-10)

    6. John Gokongwei – $700 million
    7. Tony Tan Caktiong – $575 million
    8. Andrew Tan – $480 million
    9. Emilio Yap – $350 million
    10. Oscar Lopez – $315 million

  31. taitai said,

    March 11, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Here’s the controversial list:
    Forbes Asia 40 Richest Filipinos

    (Top 5)
    1. Henry Sy – $4.0 billion
    2. Lucio Tan – $2.3 billion
    3. Jaime Zobel de Ayala – $2.0 billion
    4. Eduardo Cojuangco – $840 million
    5. George Ty – $830 million

  32. March 10, 2007 at 9:30 am

    taitai:

    Only three Filipinos made it to this year’s Forbes’ List of Billionaires…

    What do you think is the reason??? Isn’t the Philippine Economy supposed to be recovering???

    Or are Immense Assets just so well-hidden they’re not known???

    Recently, some uberrich friends were convulsed laughing when they were discussing the fact that Not One Member of One particular Uberrich Filipino Family did not make it to a new list of The Richest Filipinos [ and we’re not talking about Imelda Romualdez Marcos ]. It was like saying that the Philippines isn’t an archipelago. Their lawyers and accountants should be commended for jobs very well done!!! Talk about Hidden Wealth!!! *lolsz!*

    What do you think, taitai??? Garganta Inflamada??? dgvgvxdxdfv???

    Toto Gonzalez

  33. March 10, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    Comment # 21 coming.

    Toto Gonzalez

  34. March 10, 2007 at 9:20 am

    taitai:

    Comment # 20 coming.

    Toto Gonzalez

  35. taitai said,

    March 10, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Forbes Billionaire List:

    #349 – Henry Sy – $2.6B
    #350 – Jaime Zobel de Ayala AND family – $2.6B
    #407 – Lucio Tan – $2.3B

    Only 3 made it this year.

  36. Garganta Inflamada said,

    February 26, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Hmmmm. Tres interesante, taitai. Good find.

    I think it’s real, too. God bless this ‘Anonymous’ kid for turning his life around and finding the right values. That may sound corny, but I would actually like to meet this person in real life.

    BTW, who can get me a copy of Kitty Go’s tome?

    G.I.

  37. taitai said,

    February 23, 2007 at 5:57 am

    Toto:

    I stumbled across this site and read about this.
    Interesting story.

    Taitai

    ******************************
    from: celdrantours.blogspot.com

    Anonymous said…
    Hello. Call me “Zippo”.

    For the weekend after my 40th birthday, I decided to treat myself to finally read Kitty Go’s “WHEN CHIC HITS THE FAN.” I used the word “TREAT” because the work I read before this was Samuel Huntington’s tome “Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of the New World Order” which, took me a grueling whole month to digest.

    I also use the word “TREAT” because the book was so deliciously wicked and juicy! When I finished the book, I literally made a sign of the cross and thanked the Lord for yanking me out of the world inhabited by the likes of Alicia Santos-Daniels, Tommy Hu, and Raissa Molina.

    I was born to a pretty well-off family. Home was that subdivision called Forbes Park and was on the same street as “Silverio Han’s” parents’ house.

    Dad, may he rest in peace, was a great businessman whose only “vice” was fine art. I grew up with the works of Amorsolo, Luna, Hidalgo, Ocampo, Malantic, Simon Flores, and the Old Bohol Masters hung around our home.

    Mom was a woman of leisure who threw great parties and got invited to fabulous ones. Thanks to her mother and the fact that she was an only child, my mom had an extraordinary jewelry collection which she would use quite often (think: canary yellow diamond studs while playing mahjong – which was quite often).

    Mom and dad’s parties were dutifully covered by “Tommy Hu” (he was still writing for the Times Journal [pre-EDSA 1 days]). I could still remember “Corina Caballero” attending one of the parties (nobody really paid much attention to her at that time). “Mrs. Ponce” was a constant staple at these parties (although she was not yet a newspaper publisher at that time). So was “Zenaida Zulueta’s” step-mother-in-law and “Emilio Lorenzo de Vergel’s” legitimate wife, the gracious “Maria Luisa Concio.”

    Needless to say, my surroundings affected me. I went to the most exclusive of boy’s school in the Philippines of which my dad was an alumnus and of which my parents were benefactors. Even with other rich kids around me (some are now Congressmen, Governors, even Senators), I pretty much had just “a little more than the others.” “Mandy Jacob” from the book (c’mon, we all know who HE really is) was a schoolmate. So was “Raissa Molina’s” husband.

    I had my first proper bespoke suit at 12 (London, not Hong Kong). I was wearing a gold Cartier Tank Watch at 13 when my classmates were wearing Citizens, Seikos, and Casios. I pretty much “ruled” high school.

    Upon graduating from high school, dad gifted me with a solid gold Patek Philippe (which was originally HIS father’s), an Amorsolo canvas, and an imported European sports coupe with red paint, red, leather interior, red carpeting – hell everything was red including the f***ing steering wheel.

    The family vacationed in either Hawaii (where my lola had a hilltop house overlooking the Pearl Harbor), San Francisco (where the folks had a Victorian Townhouse), New York (usually at the Carlyle or the Pierre – had to be Upper EAST Side baby), London (where the folks “invested” in a townhouse off Kensington Garden), or Paris (where we’d usually stay with this family who owned the most prestigious Cognac company in France – friends of my folks).

    I hung out with the “right” crowd (with the “right” family names). I remember meeting “Alicia Santos-Daniels” in college (up HE and I went to the same University). He was this ever-smiling guy who was soft spoken (and was, at that time, a “newly converted” Born-Again Christian). Our group would, at times, invite him to lunch with us or play backgammon during class breaks because we kinda took pity at him because he was hanging out with no one.

    My barkada went out with the right girls, also with the right “pedigree” (NOT Alicia, of course, as we suspected that he was sort of, uhmmm, swinging another way but we never took it against him). The right girls meant girls like “Raissa Molina” (no, I never dated her) and other debutante types. In fact, for 2 consecutive years, I had girlfriends who were named by Tommy Hu as the “Debutante of the Year” in his annual year-end “Who’s In and Who’s Out List”. I also dated some models but, thankfully, never “the willowy Nicky Nivera” (whom we all know is really a WOMAN).

    I took up law where I met my wife (another spoiled brat like me). We were the “IT” couple who eventually had to get married because I knocked her up and her dad, who was, at that time, running for re-election, was about to make good on his threat to kill me.

    Marriage was a grand event courtesy of my mom who asked the well-known cousin of “Ned Nivera” to assist her in the wedding preparations. Covered by the “society” columns of ALL newspapers and by, at that time, the ONLY glossy magazine in the Philippines.

    Lawyering was great. Great because of my parent’s connections. I was made partner at 31 of the most prestigious law firm in the country. I sat on the boards of various corporations together with such personalities as: “Silverio Hans” and his father Henry; “Pedring and Gloria Quesada” (sabi na nga ba he was gay, I always suspected); “Christina Lorenzo de Vergel’s” now late uncle Eugenio; “Zenaida Zulueta’s” now late father-in-law (although because of a sorry accident in Spain never really attended board meetings that much); “Alexis Carbonel’s” estranged uncle “Eduardo”; and “Felicia Muñoz’s” uncle Jorge.

    I was a “Boy Wonder”. I was so good at what I did that because of a written legal opinion that saved him billions, Kitty Go’s mythically miserly taipan uncle actually ordered and PAID for a bottle of Dom Perignon 1976 and actually SHARED the bottle with me (the last lawyer who saved him billions before I did, he made into his son-in-law!).

    Lawyering was great also because of what it gave me materially. A house in Wack-Wack, a Piaget platinum watch, a limited edition Panerai, a Mercedes 280 SEL, golf memberships, etc.

    I ate at the best of restaurants. Played golf. Skied. Fooled around. I wore bespoke suits made with material from Loro Piana and Zegna. I only wore custom-made Ascot Chang shirts with my monogram. I amassed a collection of over 1,000 neckties.

    It was great until I lost it all during the Asian economic crisis. One wrong stupid investment and I was wiped out. I couldn’t run to my parents as dad just died and, besides, I was too proud to ask for help.

    I had to sell EVERYTHING. Goodbye house. Goodbye cars. Goodbye club memberships. Goodbye watches. To top it all, the wife ran off with the son of one of the country’s leading industrialists taking my one and only own son with them.

    I resigned from the firm and from all those boards which, just a few years back, considered me as their “legal eagle boy wonder’. Unlike Kitty, I couldn’t afford to go to the French Alps. I was penniless. I had nothing except a few hundred thousand pesos, a 2nd hand car, and a Seiko Kinetic watch. I did keep my dad’s gold Patek Philippe which I turned over to my mom for safekeeping (I was actually afraid that I might be tempted to sell or pawn it). I want to leave this to my son.

    One day, as I was lying down in bed back in my mom’s house in Forbes, I decided to end everything. No, not my life. I decided to end my dependence in things material.

    I took my measly belongings, boarded a plane for a southern province, and decided to start over.

    I decided to immerse myself in criminal law to help the under-priveleged. I took on cases nobody wanted to take because the clients had nothing to pay. I was sometimes paid with freshly caught seafood, chicken, eggs, sacks of rice, or, a great number of times, with a smile and a simple thank you.

    I learned to wear a barong to Court with no cuff links. I learned to take public transportation to save on gasoline. I learned to eat with just a spoon and a fork (stainless steel with unmatched patterns, no knife). I learned that a tea and scones at Claridge’s is equivalent to 3 months’ income for most people. I learned how to pray. I learned how to give thanks for what I still had. I learned how to look at a person straight in the eye. In short, I learned how to LIVE.

    Four years ago, in that Southern province, I met a woman 15 years my junior. She did NOT have the right family name but she was well-educated and a voracious reader. She was a fresh engineering graduate from UP who went back to her province to help. She was the most beautiful and down to earth woman I’ve ever met. Over the objection of my family, we got married (no pre-nup). No member of my family attended. Only my best friend way back from high school attended.

    Last year, she got an offer from a multi-national corporation. I also got an offer from an old client to start a BPO.

    I am now back from where I came from. Much wiser.

    My mom has a condo unit at One Roxas Triangle (the same condo building where “Alexis Carbonel” lives with her new husband James). Mom was offering the condo to me for my use. I politely refused.

    We’re now in a rented 3-bedroom in an old condo in Legazpi Village from where I am writing this piece. It’s a simple home. Nothing from Firma. Nothing from Old Asia. No McGuire furniture. No Sub-Zero ref. While we do have a car (a Toyota – courtesy of the office), we walk about a block and a half to Ayala Avenue to our respective office buildings in order to save on gasoline.

    We rarely eat out but the wife and I and our 2 year old daughter always make it a point to have dinner together and always with my 15 year old son when he visits us during the weekend.

    My only vices are: (i) books; (ii) reading to my 2 year old daughter; (iii) my daily 1 hour telephone call to my son at 9:00pm when we talk for the first 30 minutes and then simultaneously watch “Jeopardy” on Channel 53 at 9:30pm while still on the phone with each other; and (iv) sharing thoughts with my wife. We go to mass on Sundays, pray together as a family before going to bed. I couldn’t be any happier.

    A few months back, I was in a simple T-Shirt, jeans, and an old pair of rubber shoes. I was at a mall with my wife on our way to buy some groceries. I see a familiar face walking towards me. It was “Alicia Santos-Daniels.” I smile at HIM and called out his name. He looks at me. I tell him, “It’s me” then I give out my name. He stares at what I’m wearing. He gives me a very faint smile. He walks away.

    Earlier, I wrote that AFTER reading “When Chic Hits the Fan”, I immediately said a prayer of thanks. I thanked the Lord from the bottom of my heart that I am FINALLY blessed with a happy life.

    ********************************

  38. February 7, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    taitai:

    She with “The Wealth of The Universe”??? HOW I WISH!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  39. taitai said,

    February 7, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Toto:

    Uber Uber Uber Rich…
    Oh my, you ARE Madame Imelda Marcos?!

    bwahahaha

    Taitai

  40. February 6, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    taitai:

    Wow!!!

    Then I’m Uber Uber Uber Rich… IN MY DREAMS!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  41. taitai said,

    February 6, 2007 at 5:22 am

    Rich (aka high-net-worth individuals) – individuals or families with investable assets* in excess of US$1 million.

    Very Rich (aka Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals) – individuals or families who have at least US$30 million in investable assets*.

    Super Rich – individuals or families who have at least US$100 million in investable assets*.

    Uber Rich – individuals or families who have at least US$1 Billion in investable assets*.

    *investible assets – financial assets not including first piece of real estate

    taitai

  42. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 24, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Hmmmmmm. Except La Senora Climb-adora never REALLY got accepted in the true Spanish, French and British blue-blood cycles despite her valiant efforts to storm their ramparts. They ignore her in Paris; they snicker behind her back in Madrid — with her faux Spanish; and in London, well, didn’t they keep her waiting in the Channel or Mersey Islands or something for an invitation that never came?

    It’s only those opportunistic, social-climbing Italian near-nobles who fawn on her knowing they can get a free ride from a pretender every now and then. She is so Bakelite through and through.

    And her new fashion line? Who is targeted for? Those secretaries and admin assistants from Queens and the Bronx? I really wouldn’t be surprised if it lasted a season.

    I mean, she is a total clown.

    G.I.

  43. January 24, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Toto, a fire snake kills by mesmerizing you to him like a an endless song. Then snap! Just one bite. Similar to a signature. And one will lose everything, including one’s thousands of hectares.

    Meanwhile an earth snake kills by its endless charm and seductive, calculating moves… It gracefully goes in and out and surrounds you. Then chokes you in a tight embrace.

    Oh the lives the Apo and his Queen have led!

  44. January 22, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    cara y cruz:

    She was destined for a charmed life from the very beginning. She just gets away with Everything. Period. I’m sure She could even invite God and Satan together at a Party in the afterlife.

    Toto Gonzalez

  45. cara y cruz said,

    January 21, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I think the secret behind Madam* is her incredible charm. This I think is the reason why she is able to penetrate the most exclusive and snobbish circles. She is not “pikon” and more importantly, she does not seem to care! LOL

  46. January 20, 2007 at 5:26 am

    sgvdfgvdfbgvdfbgv:

    That’s true.

    Well, Money begets more Money, right???!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  47. January 20, 2007 at 2:45 am

    In New York, even up to now, the rich and the powerful are still mesmerized by our former First Lady. It was never a crime to have 3 thousand pairs of shoes. It was never a crime to be extravagant. It was, to them, their life. And the former First Lady epitomizes that to this day.

    That and it’s literally hard to forget the former First Lady even among the younger set in the Hamptons. It’s widely known that her nephew is a very famous architect, D.Z.R., Like Cel*rie Kembl* and what not. Across the Atlantic, my gay French Filipino contacts marvel at how her niece married well into the political and uberrich famille Pomp*dou.

  48. myles g. said,

    January 9, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Wouldn’t that be as ghoulish as an Evita or Madame Nhu collection? (What ever happened to her?)

    myles

  49. January 7, 2007 at 1:47 am

    There’s a big buzz about the Imelda Collection especially in New York. Looks like they’ll make more money off of that.

  50. January 6, 2007 at 5:41 am

    myles:

    Do They really??? *laughs*

    I am reminded of something funny I read somewhere: “You never took Ronald Reagan seriously. You never took Nancy Reagan seriously. You know that Jane Wyman never took either of them seriously.” Bwahahah!!!

    I know that Filipinos, as a whole, do not take themselves seriously. So I doubt if The Filipino Rich take themselves seriously as well. 😛

    If Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos launches “The Imelda Collection” and eventually shows at Fashion Week in Paris alongside Nicolas Ghesquiere, Martin Margiela, and Zach Posen… What’s Next???!!! 😛

    I can just see the Fashion Annals of the Future: “Among the legendary Fashion Legends of the 20th century were: Madeleine Vionnet, Jeanne Lanvin, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Alix Gres, Carven Mallet, and Imelda Marcos…” *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  51. myles g. said,

    January 3, 2007 at 12:24 am

    I know there is no content on this thread, but I toss a New Year’s question to all posters, visitors and lurkers alike:

    Which class of the Filipino elite takes themselves too seriously…and which do not?
    A. The merely rich
    B. The “working” rich (funny, how during the sunset of the Mac*y years, when that administration was targeting the so-called oligarchs, the head of the Zob*l-de Ay*la clan classified themselves as part of the ‘working’ rich. My biggest laugh of the year!)
    C. the nouveau riche (you know who you are!!)
    D. the super-rich (maybe mentioned on Forbes’ list and have only 1 condo in New York); and
    E. the uber-rich (yeah; you can’t take it with you!!)

    Of course, names (at least 3 per reply) would help illustrate your replies better!!

    As our host exclaims: mwaaaah!

    myles


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