Comedy Relief: Faggots

Amidst the very many parties of the season, we found ourselves in an uberchic gathering in a fabulous contemporary house composed of the Party People of the 1970s.  Already in their early to mid 50s, They were “The Perpetual Adolescents” for They were all still in the “Disco Era” as far as Everybody was concerned…

There was an extensive cocktail spread by a chichi caterer, but hardly anyone was interested in it.  The action was at the bar, where Everything from Mouton Rothschild wines to lethal Tequila and Rhum concoctions flowed generously, heedlessly, and endlessly.  And in the darkened living room, amid the most modern Italian furniture, authentic 1970s hospitality was practiced, with an array of **********…

Casually laid out on the coffee table was *******, carefully and elegantly spread on a long tray, for those with more edgy cosmopolitan sensibilities…

And so, Everyone became drunk, “stoned,” and both drunk and “stoned”…

Two of the guests were famous gay characters from the 1970s.  They were neither heirs of great fortunes nor successful professionals.  At best, they were fashion dilettantes.  Perhaps they were the toast of their set 30 years ago, but the ensuing decades had regrettably done much to lessen their looks, resources, popularity, and social desirability.  They were stragglers from an Era that, however young and vibrant in its time, had already passed into memory…

Probably because They had had too much to drink, smoke, sniff, and snort, The Two suddenly started going at each other…

“You’ve always been Fat and Undesirable…”  hissed Faggot # 1.

“You’ve always been Thin because You can’t afford to eat…”  dissed Faggot # 2.

And the Vile Exchange continued…

“You’ve always been Trying So Hard!!!”

“You’ve always been Cheap!!!”

“You’re such a social climber!!!”

“You’re impoverished!!!”

The stylishly petty quarrel reminded us so much of a scene from the the Audrey Hepburn movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” wherein Holly Golightly’s friend Mag Wildwood becomes drunk at Holly’s Party and assails her escorts the Brazilian millionaire Jose da Silva Pereira and the bald American millionaire Rusty Trawler.

“You have no talent whatsoever!!!”

“You have no appeal whatsoever!!!”

“You Never Were!!!”

“You Never Could!!!”

“You’re a ‘Has-Been’!!!”

“You’re the Ultimate ‘Has-Been’!!!  You were Never Even There!!!”

Well, They certainly described themselves best…!!!

Bwahahahahah!!!   😛   😛   😛



  1. Paquito said,

    April 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Toto G.:

    Very entertaining as usual! I just found this article the other day.

    I very much miss the T*das. I happened upon some more photos that we had scanned into the computer recently.

    Here are Benny T*da (at the far left) and his wife Rosem*rie (second from the right) at a reception:

    You may be too young to remember this, but here they are with Imeld* at the unveiling of a portrait of Ime*. Of course, they were still close to the First Family at the time and commissioned the work:

    It was painted by the artist wife of Don Antonio Brías, who used to live in Forbes Park (I believe that she was also the official artist for the family of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, for a time):


  2. princess said,

    September 6, 2007 at 3:32 am

    dear Toto,

    I found my way here in your site, because I was trying to search about how many people have the same name as me. 🙂 Coz I always get stuck in NBI everytime I renew my NBI clearance. Nice blog, really, and want to keep visiting here to get some bits of info about the Trinidad genealogy…

  3. Borat Sagadiyev said,

    March 8, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Hello. My name e Borat Sagadiyev. I from the Glorious nation of Kazakhstan!!

    Why is revolting ‘faggot’? In olde English, it mean firewood…wood for burning Christians and Slavs. Later, it mean cigarette – as in ‘fag.’ Why shock?

    That like ‘niggers’ in United States for America. They say bad use of ‘niggers’ if you not ‘nigger.’ But in bus and ‘hoods’ of black people, they call each otha ‘niggah-brutha’ or ‘nigga-sistah! SO, WHY BAD? If black people (I marry black beauty – remember in film?) call each otha nigga, so why not otha people too? Same thing with ‘faggot’!! I find not offensive!!

    U see my first movie? “Cultural Leanings to Make Glorious Nation Kazakhstan!!”make also lotsa money for me and glorious nation!! Good writing. Glad you love it, Toto. Film get nominated for Best Original Screenplay. You see in Oscars?

    (Toto, they name you after dog of Dorothy in “Wizard of Oz”? How could that be? You have to see “Wizard of Oz” in glorious Kazakh language!! “Over the Rainbow” more even beautiful in Kazakh!)

    Anyway, first BORAT film make so much money, we ready for new sequel. Need new material. Many faggots there are in the Felipines? Like Jeuws? R they faggot Felipino-Jeuws? Maybe we hunt them down too like us wild-and-crazy guys in first film! We get Steve Martin guest in sequel. I think Steve Martin funny guy…but u think he gay? Like Felipino gay Jeuws? U think we sing “Over the Rainbow” in Felipino tongue? Oh, better, lip-synch. All the faggots world over do that. That make funny script – Borat visit Felipines to make Cultural Learnings and see Steve Martin visit with Queen of Felipino gays, Imelda Marcos, and rich Felipino black or Chinese gay-Jeuws!! Double rich!!

    This definitely funny material for film! U like guest spot in film – so you can show shock at use of ‘faggot’? Have your people get in touch wid my people – and we discuss your role in new film!! Maybe make you new star.

    Until next time,
    Your brutha from Kazakhstan,

  4. March 8, 2007 at 10:14 am



    Oh betty, if people only know what we both know… *sigh*

    Toto Gonzalez

  5. March 8, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    I loved the movie “Borat”!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  6. betty mahmoudy said,

    March 8, 2007 at 9:20 am

    wow, toto, you’re becoming controversial! how truman capote! milk it!

  7. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 8, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Doesn’t that just kill ya? So ‘balat-sibuyas’! Have we become so thin-skinned that a mere word, which has been around for ages, all of a sudden causes our hackles to rise? *rolls eyes*

    Please; that is so 1990s. ANd I don’t mean to be insensitive. But this being overly PC does get revolting and counter-productive at times. That’s why you get great movies like BORAT as a result!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  8. March 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    As a mere raconteur, I only wrote down what I witnessed that evening. I did not pass any judgment. The title “Faggots” [ and its Filipino equivalent “Bakla” ] was a direct quote from the two subjects who continually called each other that the whole evening. All the quoted words came from them, and not a single one from me. You can even ask them that.

    I apologize for having offended your sensibilities in any way. You do not have to read anything you do not want to.

    I assure you that I am no Justice Is*gani Cruz.

    Oh, I am not perfect at all. That’s why I write.

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. Marci Lacson said,

    March 7, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I came across this article and I should say that you have no social decency nor respect for people particularly the LGB* community. You have personally used the vile ‘word’ referring to the people of the LGB* community I truly care about. The 2 individuals arguing may have experienced inadequacies in their lives but it’s not right to call them nor describe them “Faggots.” I found your character revolting and your choice of words highly disagreeable as a writer. Some people who have read your ‘verbal rant’ might not have felt the insults but it is not ‘right ‘ to use this word nor words which can be offensive to one’s skin color, shape of body or eyes, accent/gender/language and YES LIFESTYLE…. Hope this puts a little light to your way of writing articles. In fairness to you, I’M sure you are not perfect yourself.

  10. March 3, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Garganta Inflamada:

    That is amazing. Just amazing…

    It seems that governments really run that way… Not only in the Philippines, but everywhere else. The rulers and their immediate circles have unlimited access to all the resources of the nation. Naturally, they uncontrollably help themselves to all of it until, God forbid, they are booted out by the envious people who don’t have access to it. Then the cycle continues with the new rulers and their immediate circles… I know that it is very wrong in principle but I can’t help accepting it as part of the defective human nature. It can’t even be called Filipino because it is a worldwide phenomenon. The pattern has been there since the precolonial datus, the Spaniards… Emilio Aguinaldo, the Americans… Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmena, the Japanese, Jose Laurel… and on to Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino, Carlos Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and will certainly not stop anywhere in the foreseeable future. God help us. *rolls eyes*

    It surprises me that even in the “highly principled” U.S. Government, there are “cronies” too…

    Toto Gonzalez

  11. March 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, eto pala ang full facts on the ‘transfer’ of PAL from the T*das to the Phil. gov’t in late 1977.

    “The former owner of PAL, Benigno T*da, had received control of the national flagship airline as political largesse from Pres. DM. When administrations changed, T*da cultivated ties with the new rulers and successfully maintained warm links with the Marcoses for a time.

    But T*da’s relationship with his new masters soured when a steadily rising PAL debt forced him to bill Imelda for the flight expenses she had been accumulating. At the time T*da prsented his bill, Imelda had already accumulated a reported total of $6 million in expenses, but T*da mustered enough courage to charge $3 million, giving Imelda a 50% discount. (Ano pang gusto noong mga aswang ng Malacanang? – Parentheticals are mine.)

    T*da quickly fell out of grace because of this move. On October 1977, M. ordered the implementation of a 1966 PAL board decision to increase the capitaltization from $3.5 million to $14 millioon, a move that T*da could not meet. This presidential order to enforce an 11-year old board decision effectively sealed T*da’s fate. T*da was sacked, etc., etc., That snake, R*man Cruz, brother of the other king cobra, J.*. Cruz (who unfortunately, happen to be distant relatives of mine; I know, you can choose your friends, but NOT your relatives…), was then installed to run PAL.”

    (So I wasn’t too far off from the facts. All I didn’t have previously, were the exact dollar amounts.)

    All the time pala, I have this book. “Some Are Smarter than Others” by Ricardo Manapat, which chronicles in GREAT and TOTAL detail, the rape and plunder of the Republic of the Philippines , 1965-1986, by that couple evil incarnate and their crew of bu-ayas. It’s really quite revolting to read in one sitting, knowing how the ‘ruler’ and his favored ones, fattened themselves — and until Ninoy’s death, a lot of moral people kept quiet and could not do much. It’s as good as that other book, THE CONJUGAL DICTATORSHIP.


  12. January 24, 2007 at 2:25 am

    I agree with Toto. I truly think it was a literal misstep on her part. That or she was just too heavy for the bending wooden gang planks.

  13. January 22, 2007 at 5:58 pm


    Plump Old Rosem*rie T*ason-T*da fell into the Pasig River because the gangplank tipped over as she was teetering to the boat on the way to a reception at Malacanang Park. Poor woman. For all her vast wealth, She dipped into the sewer of the entire Metropolitan Manila [ and promptly swallowed some of it too… yuck ].

    Toto Gonzalez

  14. myles g. said,

    January 21, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    xycz (so many X’s) wrote: You mentioned T*da? The Beni*no T*das of Philip*ine A*rlines prior to them being sidestepped by *melda M*rcos in the 60s/70s, right?


    Yeah, that’s what I was originally referring to. The T*das rightfully became the majority stockholders of P*L from S*riano from around 1958/9 and into the early M*rcos era. And then, La Madam* started treating it like her personal airline. And from what I heard — when T*da finally presented the P*lace with a bill of several million (whether in pesos or dollars); of course Da Apo was a little confounded and confronted the missus. (But like, how could he be so clueless as to the cost of her endless peregrinations? Not unless she told him that B*ny had given her carte blanche…) And she struck back with maneuvers to — and here I’m not certain whether to move in her relatives and friends a la the M*ralco grab; or to nationalize it — or would it have been one and the same? But in either scenario, who else would have to eat the bills, but poor old Juan de la Cruz!

    So harking back to my original query: I guess Rosem*rie’s splash into the Pasig occurred pre-*melda grab and while they were still in good graces to be received at the P*lace. Not unless she was pushed into the river as a note of warning? Ha-ha.

    Oooooooh. The endless spins one can play.


  15. January 20, 2007 at 3:02 pm


  16. January 20, 2007 at 4:49 am


    I much prefer someone who will rob you up front rather than someone who will steal from behind.

    I don’t like hypocrites either.

    Toto Gonzalez

  17. January 20, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Ha! It is useless to pick a fight on an old woman. Much more a dead woman like L*ling. I don’t like her. I like our Madam* more.

    I don’t like people who make so nagmamalinis, pero era tan sucia!

    I like people who are beautiful and who show it. I like the pretty things in this world. I’d rather ask for more patis rather than measure them by the drop.

    And yes. It is true. Tatang D*dong originally introduced agrarian reform. A reform he knew was a dead proposal especially from a hacendero-dominated congress. Being an enemy of the wealthy who get their money from the land doesn’t mean they’re canoodling with graft and corruption from the wealthy who derive their wealth from industries like mining and banking…i.e. Dna. Ch*to’s family…

    Apo offered both. He’s a good friend of the low-key Chinese, of the tobacco country lords of Ilocos, of the media owners, of the start up landowners of Mindanao. His weakness in the presidential chess piece was the fact that he has no foothold in the equally vote-rich Visayas. (enter Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez y Trinidad). Voila!

    SO if history was to repeat itself again, and again, and again…and if I were alive then. My vote would go for Marcos. Not for Mac*pagal.


    You mentioned T*da? The Beni*no T*das of Philippine Airlines prior to them being sidestepped by Imelda Marcos in the 60s/70s, right?

  18. myles g. said,

    January 16, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I think they (the T’s) started out with an airstrip or something.

    Yes, abuelo definitely should’ve purchased abroad; and even though his and grand-mere’s roots could be traced back to Galicia; his heart and soul belonged to Zambales. Sigh. Of course, if it had been up to me, I would’ve also looked at Ibiza or Ischia (lovely island and the hotel featured in that Billy Wilder film, “Avanti”).

    On another angle, have you been to Turkey?


  19. January 16, 2007 at 11:51 am


    Yes, the T*das have constructed beautiful roads and other infrastructure on the island.

    Your abuelito should have purchased property abroad with the proceeds!!! Didn’t he buy at Marbella or Sotogrande???

    Toto Gonzalez

  20. myles g. said,

    January 15, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Oui, mon grand-pere owned the island up to around 1960 or thereabouts. Unfortunately, I only saw it from shore (because his generation never developed anything on it; but which I believe the Todas subsequently did) after it was sold and on one of my 2 trips back to Zambales (that last one in my mid-teens).

    Of course, had I been alive back then, I would’ve advised grand-pere to have traded it for at least Palma de Minorca! :D: Lol!


  21. January 11, 2007 at 11:50 am


    Well, I’ll write down what I can remember… *lolsz!*

    Mrs. T*da was Rosem*rie T*ason. I think the Pasig River incident happened when they already controlled P*L Philip*ine A*rlines.

    The T*das still own H*rmana M*yor island off Zambal*s. After the Manila Wed*ing of B*ngy T*da to Moniq*e Tr*nidad some years ago, the guests were brought there for a fun weekend.

    Wow, your Lolo owned that island before they did??? Big time!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. myles g. said,

    January 10, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Toto wrote: She remembered how the overweight multimil*ionairess Rosem*rie T*ason T*da actually fell into the murky Pasig River [ yuck! ], and of how Don B*nigno had tried to help her, on the way to an official “merienda” at The Park across. Such fantastic recollections, it’s a pity I didn’t write anything down… *lolsz!*


    Why didn’t you?

    Anyway re the T*das, whatever happened to them? I thought la signora T*da was a Sor*ano — which is how he got access to PAL? So — was the falling into the Pasig Before or After the Big Grab of PAL?

    (Signor T*da bought my lolo’s island (H*rmana M*yor) off Zambal*s. Wonder which sh*thead owns it now? )


  23. January 7, 2007 at 4:08 pm


    There is J*se P*dal and there is J*se P*dal. I give up. What can you do??? It’s Filipino Tradition!!! *lolsz!*

    To match the splendor of those accounts you speak of, We should send you “creme brulee” from either Alain Ducasse or Joel Robuchon… *winks*

    Toto Gonzalez

  24. January 7, 2007 at 4:02 pm


    Cong D*dong incurred the Eternal Ire of All The Pampango Landowners for the Introduction of Agrar*an R*form into the Filipino Consciousness. They brand Him as an Ingrate, a nondescript peasant who should have never been educated with The Landowners’ [ specifically the V*nturas’ ] Money.

    Apo Lakay, despite his implementation of Agrar*an R*form, was simply an afterthought.

    I don’t know what to believe about Mrs. E*a. Every few years, we get househelp that have worked at the Mal*canang Pal*ce. We had this lady who had worked with the Mac*pagal household during the tenure of Cong D*dong. She regaled us with stories of how prudent and frugal Mrs. E*a was about palace expenses; She always emphasized that it was the money of the Filipino people. She even monitored and measured the consumption of “patis” fish sauce and “toyo” soy sauce in the pal*ce kitchens!!!

    On the other hand, in March 1986, we had this lady from the M*rcos household who found herself unemployed after The E*SA Rev*lution. That lady had recollections worth recording!!! Our Queen used to glance at the daily luncheon buffet and ask derisively: “Yan lang ba???” to which the answer had better be “Hindi po.” If our Queen requested any food item — some expensive French comestible or some exotic Chinese delicacy — the answer was “Madam*, it’s coming.” or “Madam*, it’s on the way.” She remembered the big cans of Iranian and Russian beluga caviar [ “malansa po” ] and the boxes of Kobe steaks and USDA Angus Prime Rib [ “malambot po ‘yong karne at taba” ]. She remembered the Jet Set guests: of how the handsome Count d’U*so [ like any other European in the tropics ] liked to walk around nude in his room at the guesthouse [ she could not forget his equally handsome “dong” ] ; and of how Cr*stina F*rd liked her massages. She remembered how the overweight multimil*ionairess Rosem*rie T*ason T*da actually fell into the murky Pasig River [ yuck! ], and of how Don B*nigno had tried to help her, on the way to an official “merienda” at The Park across. Such fantastic recollections, it’s a pity I didn’t write anything down… *lolsz!*

    There is all this talk that The Incumbent is amassing a Fortune far bigger than what Apo Lakay ever dreamed of. I personally don’t care. As it seems to be a proud Filipino political tradition, so be it. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  25. January 7, 2007 at 1:43 am

    If you want to know more about the fairytale P*dal family accounts, don’t check in Switzerland—if you put money in there it’s so hard to get it out nowadays. Don’t check it in Spain. It’s not there! Start the trail in London or the Caribbean. It goes through there most of the time. X marks the spot in Austria and Germany and Liechtenstein (sp?), in buildings so simple and ordinary you wouldn’t think the accounts are there.

    Happy egg hunting. There would be so much to find I’d have to demand for you to send me some leche flan.

  26. January 7, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Ha! She is Capampangan in only her father’s name and her pride. Unlike Tatang D*dong she has lost her Pampango Spirit. She’s more Pangas*nense or N*grense. She has the height, the skin, the duplicity and the executive social climbing skills of her mother.

    Did you know Tatang D*dong even issued some decree barring his wife and children and immediate relations from holding or influencing government decisions?

    Tatang D*dong, although not landed, was at least handsome, of good height, and como mestizo, and tan honesto.

    One of the few things they shared, I think, was/is their authoritarian temperament.

    But with her mother Lil*ng, she inherited an almost obsessive way of creating a fairytale of good family values and what not. It is true that Lil*ng (or Lal*ng) would return presents delivered to Mal*canang during her husband’s tenure. But that was because she snubbed such small niceties from people whom she could not benefit from.

    Lil*ng….you can ask the M*drigal women. Lil*ng was pretty much a hangers-on to their family.

    Although I am impressed to know of the steady, though small, economic overhauls being implemented in Manila because of her administration, it nonetheless makes my nose twitch to know at how her N*grense relations steadily enrich and jockey themselves to her…and how she grants their wishes!!! All these boardroom battles in Philcomsa*, these land purchases in Australia, and these unholy alliances she makes.

    The V*sayas has her full attention. The fairytale P*dals of Il*ilo and their US$134 million in Central Europe. These buildings being bought up in downtown San Francisco… all screaming for her to admit that these edifices are in fact owned for her benefices. And commissions from when the elder Mit*al and his two boys wrested control of one of the Philippines’ biggest steel concerns away from an equally moneyed and equally rebellious Laks*mi Mit*al.

    All this and yet Pampanga receives no special or extra treatment from her except from her publicists preaching at how she so loved L*bao.

    She is consumed of her desire to stay in power. She alienates those that matter including the home province of Tatang D*dong.

    I fear the day when she would embody some of those ruthless cronies surrounding Mrs. M*rcos and Apo.

    In their desire to get more they wrested control from Apo and all hell broke loose.

    Fr. Don*lan warned Mrs. M*rcos of this. Of this trait he saw in these linta surrounding the Palace. No self control will bring the whole kingdom down.

    Oh dear.

  27. January 6, 2007 at 5:10 am


    I don’t have that Capampangan “mas rumboso, mas hambug” attitude [ according to Dona Luz Sarmiento de Panlilio ]. I’m too young. *laughs* But many family members certainly did.

    It really is a Capampangan attitude. Witness:

    My father used to say: “Balu mu la reng N*grense, adua mung ectarea ‘hacienda’ na canu. *laughs derisively* Ah, Dios co, queni qng Pampanga e mu man lauen yta. Reng ‘hacienda’ da reng Capampangan, mangaragul!!!” [ “You know those N*grenses, two hectares is already a ‘hacienda.’ Oh God, you wouldn’t even look at that here in Pampanga. *laughs derisively* The ‘haciendas’ of the Capampangans are vast!!!” ]

    Of course, He got his comeuppance when the 1972 Marcos Agrarian Reform came. He lost his vast lands along with the other great landowners and it was the small landowners who were able to retain their lands. Duh. *lolsz!*

    An uberrich first cousin says: “Mebiasa la mu qng masanting a bie reng Ilong*o a ren quecatamung Capampangan. Mas minuna tang migcapera ca reng ‘sacadang’ a ren!!!” [ “Those Ilong*os only learned the Good Life from us Capampangans. We had the money before those ‘farm workers’!!!” ] True, the Sugar Boom in Pampanga began in the 1820s and that of Il*ilo in the 1850s.

    And uberrich first cousin continues, rather expectedly: “*P*ta yng inda ra* reng Ilong*o ampong N*grense a ren… E la biasang mangan, e la biasang maglutu!!! Capeltot yng pamangan!!! Mengan na ca caren??? Ala lang balu cung e ‘manderang’!!!” [“*Sonsofb*tches* those Ilong*os and N*grenses… They don’t know how to eat, they don’t know how to cook!!! The Food is Sh*t!!! Have you eaten there??? They don’t know how to do anything else but ‘grill’!!!” ]

    Perhaps, that was true a long time ago. Not anymore. Some of the best tables I have dined on in Manila, Il*ilo, and B*colod, are those of Ilong*o and N*grense friends.

    There is only one exception to all this Capampangan pride: The Incumbent. So many Capampangans hang their head in shame and shake their heads at the mention of her name. What could be the reason??? *snickers*

    Toto Gonzalez

  28. fgnxgfbfx said,

    January 6, 2007 at 1:28 am

    The pride of a Capampangan is well justified. We have the means, the background and the capacity to personify such a capricious description. It’s alright to be proud when there is something to be proud about.

  29. December 29, 2006 at 12:03 pm


    Yes, those Pamintuans have done so well in Davao. Aren’t they also cousins of “Patis” Pamintuan Tesoro and “Backie” Pamintuan Celdran???

    Aren’t you pleased with what lalalala wrote about us Pampangos??? He spoke like a true-blue Pampango!!! 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  30. December 28, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Don’t forget the Pamintuans in Davao. My lolo’s first cousin, Remedios Santos, married to Mariano Pamintuan of Angeles, moved to Davao where they built the Apo View Hotel. And there is a Barangay Pampanga there too.

  31. lalalala said,

    December 28, 2006 at 1:14 am

    Okay, correct me now …. I was levitating. So nakakahiya. sewed-not sewered…..his children not her children…she mastered so well not mastered so well….almost not almsost.

    Isn’t it obvious that I’m so Waray. I spell so Bisaya.

  32. lalalala said,

    December 28, 2006 at 1:12 am

    And Mrs. M*rcos’s mother is actually R*medios Tr*nidad y de G*zman.

    Her mother’s name I think is Marci*na if this old copy of the Untold Story of *melda M*rcos book that I have serves me correct.

    She is a respectable girl, bred in Looban convent. Her mom is an alajera.

    Her neighbors on Calle General Solano were the Zob*ls. They were surprised to see her attending High Mass in San Miguel because they used to troop to Looban to buy her chorizos and galantinas, and embroidered dresses she mastered so well.

    The Zob*ls were first-hand witnesses of what was going on with Mrs. M*rcos’ mother… when Mrs. M*rcos and her siblings and her mother were forced to live in the garage because her father’s children by his first wife stuck up their nose on them like they were illegitimate WHICH THEY WEREN’T.

    The Or*stes Rom*aldez house on Solano was foreclosed after the death of Dona T*dad (the First Lady’s grandmother) and the scandals that destroyed the Rom*aldez Offices.

    The heirs of Tr*nidad and Merc*des Zobel saw the fate of R*medios Tr*nidad, the girl that sewed their children’s baby dresses and sang so well and cooked so well in Looban.

    But they were silent during those years because out of delicadeza, they did not want to intervene and aid their neighbor/good friend.

    Which also might explain why the Zob*ls were very supportive of the new Marcos government, especially Merc*des Zob*l McM*cking.

    They must have thought that the power held by Meding’s child as First Lady was but a small payment for all the pain they endured in that house on Solano, almost in front of San Miguel Church.

  33. lalalala said,

    December 28, 2006 at 1:00 am

    Yes that is true. The Flo*rendos used to be F l * r e n d o and from Vigan but perhaps that Lebanese/Israeli girl a.k.a. the nemesis of the newer Gr*tchen C*juangco may be able to tell us why in the world the “i” was added.

    It is true. Davao has become a new Pampanga in all especially by the surnames that top that city’s wealth.

    And mind you Toto, Pampanga has always been looked favourably from even the time of the Spanish conquistadores. Without Pampanga there will be no Tarlac, no Nueva Ecija, no parts of Bulacan.

    To be Capampangan is to be a par above the rest.

    Perhaps, that is why some of the other provinces would smirk at how Capampangans are so arrogante in their ways and postura.

    Blessed by the fertility of our land and the great merchant-landed blend of our forebears, we but reflect and enjoy the prosperity of our past, the riqueza of our food ingredients, the grandeur of our escaleras.

    My papa would always say this when we used to see his friends in Laoag and Batac… in Ilocos. They have small ancestral houses but gigantic barren cathedrals to protect them when Chinese pirates invade them — while in Pampanga the churches are a tad smaller but goldleafed in gold and silver and the ancestral houses are as big if not bigger than the town’s churches.

    Okay I’ll stop. I’m ranting.

    Maligayang Pascu to you too, Toto.

  34. December 27, 2006 at 9:03 am


    Yes, there are Lacsons in Pampanga. And according to the Lacsons of Negros [ the more popular ones ], they are related. Now, which one of them was the offshoot of the other, I don’t know… yet.

    If you want to research on your David [ Guagua, Pampanga ] relations, go to the JDN CKS HAU Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City. They have a genealogical database of Old Pampanga families there and they just might have some material [ perhaps a family tree ] on the Davids of Guagua, Pampanga.

    Also, ask, ask, ask your senior [ old! ] relatives. They are invariably gold mines of family history!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  35. xyz said,

    December 27, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Thank you for that! My mom told me that her grandmother (my great grandma) was an “Elena Lacson.” I remember going to her funeral. She lived to be 107 yrs. old.

    I wish there was some way I could find out more about my history. I’m not sure where to begin with my ‘research’ (any suggestions?). I mean, I don’t really care if my ancestors turn out to have been “tinderos ng balot,” really. I’d still like to know who they were.

    I suppose it’s all a little confusing. And strange. I feel like my history and ‘distant relatives’ are…well, history and distant… 🙂

    I think my Trinidad grandpa (from Davao) and grandma (David, from Pampanga) met in Manila…

  36. December 27, 2006 at 3:06 am


    Three of them actually have. But they were so “full of themselves” that they didn’t recognize their own images in the posts. They even asked me, with genuine curiosity, who the characters were. Oh well… 😛

    I have no intention to embarrass anybody. I just write about my memories. It just so happens that many prominent people figure in those memories. Incidental, as some would say. 😛

    You’re guilty, guilty, guilty of unleashing yet another intractable monster into the Internet!!! Bwahahahahah!!!

    A book???!!! Whotheh*ll would be interested in these things???!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  37. December 27, 2006 at 2:36 am


    Many years ago in the late 1970s, I was surprised to learn over Sunday dinner that there were so many Capampangan families in Davao. Several of them have done so well [ as usual, don’t you think??? ] that they are among the city’s more affluent citizens.

    I always thought that the Ag*inaldos were of Caviteno extraction [ the Ag*inaldo-Ba*tista-V*rata linkages ]. H*zon is a Tagalog [ Malabon, Rizal where they originated ] and a Capampangan surname [ the more prominent descendants — M*drigal, de L*on, P*nlilio, T*opaco, D*zon / D*son, R*driguez, et. al.. — are of Capampangan extraction ]. Y*son seems to be Ilocano. And aren’t the Flo*rendos of Ilocano extraction? Well-informed friends from Vigan, Ilocos Sur told me that the Flo*rendos of Davao are actually an offshoot of the patrician Fl*rendos of Vigan, that the “i” was only added by the migrants to differentiate themselves.

    “They are all Capampangans, the most favoured of all.” Spoken like a true “cabalen”!!!

    Happy New Year, lalalala!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  38. lalalala said,

    December 27, 2006 at 12:34 am

    As for Ag*inaldos and Capampangans and Davao, suffice to say that the southern city of Davao was built by the Capampangans who went down there in search of new and free land being offered by the American Commonwealth Government. Think H*zon. Y*son. Even the Flo*rendos. They are all Capampangans, the most favoured of all.

  39. December 26, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    Toto, I wonder if your poor unfortunate subjects get to read their forgettable episodes in your blog. Bwahaha! Just don’t point to me when they asked who convinced you to blog. I can see your book coming out soon. I’m sure it would be a bestseller just like KG’s. Hahaha!

  40. December 25, 2006 at 6:54 am


    David happens to be an old and venerable Pampango surname. Their traditional hometown is Guagua, Pampanga, although there were also members of the family who lived in Mexico and Bacolor towns as early as the 1700s. In the early 1800s, the Chinese mestiza sisters Dona Paula and Dona Ana David y Liwanag of Mexico town married the brothers Don Vicente and Don Felipe Hizon y Santiago of Malabon and became the ancestors of practically all of the Pampanga aristocracy. The current richest family in Guagua, Pampanga is still a branch of the David family, the entrepreneurial owners of the “House of David.”

    Oh, I get it. That kind of Trinidad. They’re from Bulacan. Everybody forgets that Madame Marcos is Imelda Romualdez y Trinidad. Her mother, Dona Remedios Trinidad, was the second wife of Don Vicente Orestes Romualdez, whose first wife was Dona Juanita Acereda.

    Happy Holidays to you too!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  41. xyz said,

    December 25, 2006 at 5:12 am

    I deeply appreciate your taking time to reply. Thank you and happy holidays! =)

    The reason why I was having second thoughts about giving my mother’s middle name was because…er, I believe it is a very common Kapampangan last name, if not THE most common. Her middle name is David. She’d mentioned that her maternal grandfather ‘allegedly’ owned a portion of Dolores (Pampanga)… I do believe that ‘information’ tends to be exaggerated, and so I really have no idea how ‘true’ that is…

    (Paternal side of my mom’s family) I remember an aunt whom my mom said was, at some point, ‘Miss Green Revolution’… Peewee Trinidad is my aunt’s ‘ninong’…

  42. n.o.lopez said,

    December 24, 2006 at 9:44 pm

    who were these two “fags”??

    obet xxx

  43. December 24, 2006 at 6:14 pm


    Apologies for the *. They prevent the various search engines from quoting and misquoting me.

    Toto Gonzalez

  44. December 24, 2006 at 6:12 pm


    I have to be honest and say that I do not know the histories of all prominent Filipino families.

    My late parents used to tell me that “Ag*inaldo’s” was the premiere department store in Manila before “R*stan’s” came along. The Ag*inaldos are a prominent family.

    P*cong Ag*inaldo, of the department store branch of the family, was a great friend of the famous socialite Jul*eta *bad R*fino.

    Lee Ag*inaldo was a well-known abstract artist.

    I know that the Cavite V*ratas — the L*onides V*ratas and the C*sar V*ratas — are of Ag*inaldo descent.

    I had Ag*inaldo contemporaries in La Salle: Atty. M*ke Ag*inaldo and his elder brother L*uie Ag*inaldo.

    The *nselmo Trin*dads are a prominent Manila family.

    There are various prominent R*yeses in Manila. One of the most affluent is the family of Don Pr*copio R*yes who once owned the San Lazaro racetrack.

    Tell me your mother’s name. Old San Fernando, Pampanga was a tightly-knit place. New San Fernando, Pampanga is still relatively small socially.

    Toto Gonzalez

  45. xyz said,

    December 24, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Hello =) I love your writings. I was wondering…if you don’t mind my asking, if you are acquainted with the Ag*inaldos of Davao (who once owned the Ag*inaldo Pearl Farm, Trin*dads, R*yeses…our relatives)? Suffice to say, I do not know much about our family history/genealogy, and I’m not sure my mom does, either… My mom is Kapampangan (San Fernando) as well.

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