Eating too well

I always have a good laugh whenever I remember the story of two prominent, young Filipinas who had a memorable lunch at [ Enrique Zobel’s ] the Campton Place hotel in San Francisco…

Both of the young ladies had weight problems because they liked to eat.  But one of them had it worse than the other.

After the nice lunch, the bigger young lady could not rise from her chair.  It was not because she was full, which she was, but because her Rubensesque figure had partially enveloped the chair.

The captain waiter had to call the maintenance department of the hotel.  A carpenter came to the scene and to the rescue of the bigger young lady.  He sawed the chair off her!!!

That story is really one for the books!!!  *lolsz!*




  1. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

    SPYBITZ By Babe G. Romualdez

    Wealthy gift giving

    Iñigo Zobel, the wealthy Ayala heir, spends most of his time traveling between Spain and New York. He regularly spends two days in Manila merely to attend the San Miguel Board meetings. Iñigo has been a member of the SMC board since 1999 and has never collected a single cent from the per diem due him as a board member. He either donates the amount to charity or reverts it to SMC. After a recent board meeting, San Miguel president and COO Ramon Ang or RSA for short reportedly accompanied Iñigo down to the SMC basement – where a brand new Mercedes Benz was waiting. It was apparently RSA’s personal gift in appreciation to Iñigo Zobel for generously and religiously attending the board meetings. Along with his sister Dedes, Iñigo is considered to be the biggest stockholder of Ayala Corp. and perhaps the wealthiest among the entire Zobel clan

  2. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Rocio Urquijo Zobel’s family in Spain is a major stockholder of Banco Urquijo Rocio’s Father Francisco Urquijo is a former member of Board of Director of Italian Auto Maker Fiat S.p.A Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino
    According to the second wife of Col Jacobo Zobel
    Sachiko Zobel after the second world war the Zobel de Ayala’s Insurance Companies Insular Life,Filipinas Compania de Seguro, Philippine Guaranty & Universal Insurance had a social obligation to remain in existence and keep its policy holders savings in its books aside from the Ayala Group insurance companies only National Life did not close down most of the other Insurance companies declared force Majeur and closed down the Ayala Insurance companies had a big obligation and made an arrangement with the family of Rocio Zobel’s Banco Urquijo to loan them some money to restart the diverse Ayala business and settle some of their obligations

    Joseph R. McMicking studied in Stanford University.In 1948, , Joseph R Mcmicking and his brother, Henry A. McMicking, formed McMicking and Company in San Francisco – one of the first Venture Capital firms in California. They were instrumental in funding Ampex Corporation, the pioneer in developing audio and videotape technology. Until his death in 1990, Joseph R. McMicking was actively involved in Venture Capital in the Bay Area and his business interests in the Philippines and in Spain.Henry Mcmicking is a former mayor of Atherton in the mid- ’60s and owns the Santa Angelina Ranch in Sonoma

  3. rgvstfgvsz said,

    February 23, 2007 at 2:05 am

    my dear toto, the hotel in san francisco don enriq*e has divested from long ago. i heard even their place in atherton was sold off but i’m not sure.

    r*cio, on the other hand, moonlights under the auspices of fernando zob*l montojo’s name as a great abstract painter. modern painter. what have you (i have no interest in the new definitions of art… i’m like your idol who lives and breathes in canalettos and tintorettos).

    i’ve seen r*cio. i don’t like her. i’ve had a bad impression of her a long time ago… she never liked filipinos. our country, our people. to her, and this is what i believe— to her the philippines is sort of like a backward formerly spanish-colonized country and it just so happens her ex-husband was a wealthy man from our parts. she still goes to madrid sometimes. new york and madrid.

    but i assure you, people buy her work not because the paintings are great or at least appealing to the eye. nor do they buy it because so-and-so rich person bought some from her.

    no. no. no.

    they buy her work because it is inscribed ZOB*L.

  4. cara y cruz said,

    February 21, 2007 at 6:56 pm


    I think *nigo’s and d*des’ mother is r*cio urq*ijo who now lives in NY. She has been busy doing art.

  5. Garganta Inflamada said,

    February 15, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Update on Campton Place Hotel:

    I seem to have read somewhere that the Zob*ls are no longer part-owners of this hotel. It seems they sold their shares, Toto. And since you mentioned Enrique, then it might’ve been just his branch that was part-owner here. And could Campton Place be the pied-a-terre where the McMi*kings stayed when they summered in SF?

    It seems to me that since Enrique was his aunt’s favorite nephew (over the other one), he might’ve inherited her shares here; and then when he passed on, his family divested themselves of their shares.

    BTW, who is/was the mother of *nigo and his sister — because the ‘cana’ ‘widow’ was just his latter life companion, was she not?

    Yes, your story is a classic. And Campton is one of those really discreet hosteleries in SF that breathe understated elegance and ‘old’ money.


  6. February 15, 2007 at 3:34 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    It happened years ago, but it’s a classic tale, don’t you think???

    Your guess is right.

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. Garganta Inflamada said,

    February 15, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Anything for attention!!

    You should’ve printed this story like 2 weeks earlier when we ate there (had a friend over from Sydney, so we took him to lunch there); and I would have just tried to imagine this incident.

    When did this happen?

    Of course, it must’ve been the banquettes because the others are regular tables.

    And since there aren’t too many hefty Filipinas who gather there, but could one of the have had a surname beginning with an *? And initials of the other, please?


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