Scandal in a Tuna Can

Something as social as the annual Philip*ine Tatl*r ball should always have something scandalous to make all that getting spa`d out, dressed, coiffed, made-up, scented, and bejeweled worth it… and it certainly did this last grand fete…

She was awarded “Lady of the Night” or something.  And as she ascended the stage she was escorted by the new man in her life.  It would have been just another nondescript awarding had she not been who she is and he not been who he is.  They are both rich and famous personalities [ let’s not fool ourselves, not everyone in that ball was living on Easy Street and financially liquid; some couture bills haven’t been settled yet ] and that’s why their joint ascent to the stage merited that much malicious attention.     


And the very next morning, the most social and the most chichi lifted their cellphones and called the chicest cities around the world — Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Budapest, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rabat, Dubai, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, San Francisco, Chicago, New York — and wagged their restless tongues to express their indignation at such reprehensible social brazenness… “How could she???” and “How could he???” were repeated a hundred times.

But as a very intelligent and sophisticated lady friend said, how could these “leaders of society” [ and not surprisingly, “of business”, as well ] fume and fart at such a minor social infraction [ at least by the amoral standards of our day ] when they don’t even let out so much as a whimper regarding the crooks that run our literally wonderful little government???

Hmm… that’s a thought. 

To be truthful, it is much more fun to talk about who wore what Zach Posen or what Nicholas Ghesquiere and who wore what Christian Louboutin and what Jaguar or what Bimmer and what particular new golf club and what Cohiba and all things wonderful rather than discuss the food poisoning at the ASEAN Summit and the President Ar*oyo’s hemlines and the upcoming elections which are bound to be rigged as usual anyway and all things disgusting…  

Again, that’s Manila for you.  Vapid.  Very.



  1. September 18, 2008 at 4:10 am


    There are bits and pieces about the very rich de Santos Clan of Tondo, Manila and Nueva Ecija among the 10,000 comments in this blog. I will have to look for them.

    I have always meant to transcribe the excellent oral history of the de Santos-Ongsiako-Gallego clan recited to me by Cherry Pie Gallego Villonco-Lazatin [ Mrs. Leo Hocson Lazatin ] during one dinner at her house. But I have not been able to do so.

    Toto Gonzalez

  2. September 18, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Toto, I am a descendant of Mariano de Santos of the Marcelino de Santos ekek. My grandmere Carmen de Santos-Pineda loved her cousins Arturo de Santos and Lola Nitang de Santos Moreno-Lopez. Please give me some Marcelino de Santos stories. He owned lotsa land in Luzon before Agrarian Reform, no?

  3. September 15, 2008 at 10:25 am



    I love the REHASHED bit!!! I will seriously consider it…


    Toto Gonzalez

  4. September 14, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    This is Larry Leviste vacationing in Washington with his sister Ivi. I LOVE, ADORE your blog. It sweeps aside anything I’ve read before. KUDOS TOTO, my supreme being . Call it, Remembrance of things REPAST, REHASHED, REDUX. All power and praise to you, dear.

  5. taitai said,

    February 13, 2007 at 3:21 am


    By the way, I appreciate that she chose to showcase Filipino creativity by wearing Inno and Pepito gowns to the “Asia’s Most Stylish” shoot.

    The pink Inno ribbon gown (ala gift box) is beautiful!

    And she looked fab. Must be love? *wink*


  6. February 7, 2007 at 4:04 pm


    Uhm… I don’t want to get into trouble. 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. taitai said,

    February 7, 2007 at 12:56 pm


    Please UNZIP – the mouth, that is!



  8. February 7, 2007 at 6:36 am



    I know too much. So… *zips mouth*

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. taitai said,

    February 7, 2007 at 6:06 am

    She was awarded “Most Stylish.”
    I did not like the outfit (even the Choos and the Chanel bag).
    But those fabulous emerald earrings!!


  10. cara y cruz said,

    February 1, 2007 at 8:49 am


    what’s the goss about PP and RP? How long have they been tog? Was surprised with this development (recent?)


    it never ceases to amaze me how much scandal this ball manages to create everytime!

  11. Rafael said,

    February 1, 2007 at 3:39 am

    Can’t wait. You could be a good talk show host for a high end audience. Add to that a good social eventologist. The two or three existing ones can use some competition.

  12. February 1, 2007 at 3:35 am


    Yes, of course.

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. February 1, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    Patience, patience, patience. I have to make it all palatable enough [ decent ] for a worldwide audience.

    Toto Gonzalez

  14. taitai said,

    February 1, 2007 at 2:27 am


    PP and RP?!


  15. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 31, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    what is it with all these teasers, T?

    Do dish the details then…

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