“La Lollo” in Manila

A story guaranteed to make you giggle endlessly… if you’re old enough to remember…

The beautiful Italian actress “La Bellissima” Gina Lollobrigida [ aren’t all Italian actresses so beautiful??? ] came to Manila in the early 1970s.  She had produced a very nice book on the Philippines.

In those days, foreign celebrities visiting Manila invariably became guests on Joe Quirino’s “Seeing Stars with JQ” on IBC Channel 13.  Local celebrities also became guests, albeit weekly, on Joe Quirino’s show, probably because there was no other talk show to be a guest in.  We children also watched it on the sly, not only because it was past our bedtime, but also because there was nothing else to watch at that ungodly hour [ 10:00 p.m.; during Martial Law, that was already an ungodly hour; these days, you’re just about to enter the bathroom to prepare yourself for “Embassy” at The Fort by 1:00 a.m.. ]  The only show we children refused to watch was “Aawitan Kita”; that was strictly for Lola Charing, Ate Talia and the aged househelp.  We children parodied “Ah-ah-weeh-tan Keeh-taaaah,” “tremolo,”  at the beach, complete with “Tweety Bird” and “Bugs Bunny” beach towels for “kimonas” and “sayas,” replete with crashing waves and orange sunsets!!!  On JQ’s show, we could imitate the high-energy dancing of Terry and Lally Aldeguer and their silent but full-mouthed “ah! eh! ih! oh! uh!,” and learn to sing “Besame Mucho” with a Cebuana accent from Pilita Corrales and her erstwhile beau Amado del Paraguay… “Bisami, Bisami Moot-soo…”  *lolsz!*  

“La Bellissima,” as expected of a foreign celebrity [ remember the Martial Law ban on imports??? ], became a guest on Joe Quirino’s show.  And so, after the usual nonsensical interview, Joe Quirino presented a token of thanks to the evening’s guest of honor… 

“Por our hunured gist “La Billissima” Geena Lullubreegida, I would now like to prisint the Pride op the Pilippines… ”  *bated breath*

“La Bellissima” smiled graciously, and expectantly…  As an honored guest, she would surely receive a considerable and elegant souvenir…

“‘Pamily Rabbing Alcuhol’!!!”  *canned applause*


He ceremoniously handed her a green plastic bottle of “Family Rubbing Alcohol”…!!!

“La Bellissima” graciously bowed and accepted the bottle of rubbing alcohol like a bouquet of roses or a sceptre in a beauty pageant, “Grazie!!!  Grazie!!!  Grazie!!!”  

But with the twitch of her eye, one could almost see a thought bubble in “La Bellissima’s” head:  “Whatthehell is this???”


Martial Law under President Ferdinand Marcos was supposed to have been a difficult time, and yes, it really was.  But some of the most ridiculous things happened at that point in time!!!   😛   😛   😛



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  2. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 10, 2007 at 5:28 am

    Re the Onrubia sisters: they went abroad. One of them became part of the original Broadway cast of CATS; and (I forget now which one) the same one ended up being an assistant choreographer on the CHICAGO movie.


  3. natalie said,

    June 26, 2007 at 2:44 am

    toto: i wonder what ever happened to the onrubia sisters ( ces and carl) of the zoom zoom commercial? was it shell…i forget now…

  4. mia said,

    May 10, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    New commenter here but longtime lurker. I guess this incident can only be rivalled by Kuya Germs giving the Menudo packs and packs of United American Tiki Tiki “Ayron” Pills? Hilarious.

  5. Emelyn said,

    April 21, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Toto,
    Reading your site makes me more curious about Filipino culture, esp. the kapampangan’s. Galing mong magkwento. I have lost hours of sleep just keeping up! 🙂
    I bug Papa to recall any information he might have about the family (I can only go back two generations! He had a stroke 15 years ago so communicating is a bit challenging). The houses in Sta. Ana all look too new to me (post war) that I wonder if the people who live there moved there from another part of the province. We have relatives in Arayat too. Alam ko maliit lang ang Sta. Ana and my impression is, most of the families there are related (San Nicolas to be specific). Lolo’s house is fairly new but the pictures are old and scary (santos, old family pictures—siguro makasalanan lang ako kaya takot ako sa mga santo! LOL).
    Re: famous people, it’s fun to read your narratives about what goes on (or went on) within their inner circle. Chika!

    Will you be posting any pictures? you want to respect people’s privacy but how about architecture? pictures of old mansions?
    Love reading your site (nasa Favourite na!). looking forward to more kwentos! 🙂


  6. April 19, 2007 at 11:02 pm


    We all heard that rumor in those days [ has it really been more than twenty years??? ]. It’s the sort of thing that makes Manila interesting. 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. April 19, 2007 at 10:57 pm


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    Being born in 1966, you’re only a year older than I [ born 1967 ]. Weren’t those wacky days??? That [ first ] “Caronia” commercial is clearly imprinted in my mind. I really would like to see it again, for old times’ sake!!! 🙂

    Actually, it may be better to be “on the outside looking in” as far as “famous people” are concerned. If you know the real lives behind the public personae, you just might be disillusioned and find them less interesting…!!! *lolsz!*

    Keep the comments coming!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  8. Ipe Nazareno said,

    April 18, 2007 at 11:49 am

    I don’t believe the story about Ms. Liz and the Cardinal. Obviously a malicious and unfounded rumor floated by the “Yellow Brigade” after the assassination of Ninoy.

  9. Emelyn said,

    April 14, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    I just love your site. So interesting to read about commercials that you thought you have forgotten tapos you read about tancho tique, C-a-r-o-n-i-a , caronia, tat-tat-ta-ta-ta, manicura , chicharonie …..tatatatatana-manicura. why do I remember the girls wearing white shorts and white-knee high boots with red trim? (I am babbling…) di ba black and white pa nun? 1969 ? I was three and I remember crying every time the commercial shows up on TV.

    as for the famous people, I have to admit, I am on the outside looking in. I am kapampangan (Papa’s side) and I find your narratives talagang amusing and entertaining. you should write a book. 🙂

  10. March 24, 2007 at 10:24 am


    Those people should work at “Runway” magazine for an improved dress sense.

    And have a boss like “Miranda Priestley.” 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  11. Mirella said,

    March 24, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Folks, it wasn’t Mon*ca Her*era who wore the barong with leather pants, it was Jer*c Rav*l! With matching spiky bangs hairdo a la 80’s Rod Stewart. And I also heard that Sen. Lito Lap*d wore a Sgt Pepper inspired costume complete with epaulettes!!! Bwahahaha!!!

  12. March 23, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Garganta Inflamada:


    How sooooo “Miranda Priestley” in “The Devil Wears Prada”!!!

    “A million girls would kill for that job!!!”

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 23, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Mirella wrote re Mon*ca Her*era:

    “… and once wore a barong Tagalog with leather pants to the senate!”


    oooohhhh! That’s just TOO HOT — and I don’t mean “caliente” in Celsius or Fahrenheit!!

    I know someone who once designed a pants-terno outfit (terno-cut on top; baggy pants below the waist) in DENIM, exclusively for Madam Im*eldie Roma Makros, to give the indefatigable Butterfly a fashionable working proletariat look!! 🙂 🙂 If I can still find that design, I’ll try to post it. It was totally ground-breaking! 🙂 🙂

    It would’ve blended well with her ‘punk-maharanee’ look, too!!


  14. Mirella said,

    March 23, 2007 at 4:36 am

    I wasn’t classmates w/ M*nique. My classmate was Eile*n at Assumption.

    So it was Mon*ca Her*era pala. Cheap nga! Hahaha! I think she was a leading lady of another B movie action star, Jer*c Rav*l, who was part of the senate staff of Lito Lap*d, and once wore a barong Tagalog with leather pants to the senate! Quel horreur! Too much cheapness now! Change topic, change topic!!! 🙂

  15. March 22, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Garganta Inflamada:


    I’m really cracking up on this Marcos Era-trip. Aren’t you???


    Toto Gonzalez

  16. March 22, 2007 at 7:44 pm


    OhmyGod. “Facts of Life.” That’s really 1980s!!!

    I thought “Blair” [ Lisa Welchel ] was gorgeous!!! 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  17. March 22, 2007 at 7:42 pm


    That’s a really funny anecdote about “La Lollo” in Manila… I’m so glad you shared it with us!!!

    Yes. it was the Marcos Era. But ironically, the Marcoses also frontlined The Most Ridiculous Happenings of That Time!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  18. March 22, 2007 at 7:39 pm


    I am surprised that Dr. Danny F. does not know, given the fact that guys know most everything about their closest guy friends…

    FYI, “younger brother” dated the starlet Mon*ca Her*era. I can already see the “thought bubble” in your mind: “How Ccchhheeeaaappp!!!” *lolsz!* Not just once, but three times. That was when Brother Andrew really blew his top. Oh well, Everyone’s entitled to Occasional Sh*t, aren’t They???

    BTW, you did get who the “right girl” was, of course… she was probably your classmate at DLSU: M*nique Padil*a Gal*ego.

    “You-know-who” reads this blog once a week just to know his intractable brother’s “miraculous” doings… *lolsz!* “YOU-KNOW-WHO” knows about the existence of this blog but has never bothered to look into it, perhaps because it is in English, which she can speak and read rather well, but which was never really her language… 😛

    Cheers, my dear!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  19. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 22, 2007 at 6:04 pm


    Ke*on, McKe*on, McCronies, etc. — todos son iguales!! 🙂 🙂


  20. Mirella said,

    March 22, 2007 at 7:37 am

    Ooops, a major error on my part! It was Mrs. Ke*on, not MCKe*n! Pardon my error but I guess it’s because I just saw a re-run of the old 80’s sitcom “The Facts Of Life” this afternoon w/c starred Nancy McKeon (Michael J Fox’s ex-gf) where she played Jo, and Lisa Welchel as Blair, and Mindy Cohn as Natalie, and Kim Fields as Tootie… and there was the lovely Mrs. Garrett …oh well, I’m just blabbing here w/ 80’s nostalgia! :O

  21. Mirella said,

    March 22, 2007 at 7:15 am

    I think I should also tell you this amusing anecdote I heard about “La Lollo”‘in Manila. Mrs. McKe*n (sorry, I couldn’t remember her first name), Pres. M*rcos’ sister picked her up from Manila Hotel to go on a beach trip and half-way to their venue, La Lollo realized that she left her make-up bag at the hotel. So she said to Mrs. Mcke*n, in her charming Italian accent, “We ave to go back to Manila Otel, I left my make-up there!”, then Mrs. McKe*n said, “No need to, Gina, you can just borrow my make-up.”. La Lollo stared at Mrs. McKe”n’s face for a few seconds, observing the kind of make-up she had on, then said, “No, no, we ave to go back to da otel now!”. And so they did!

  22. Mirella said,

    March 22, 2007 at 6:50 am

    Yeah Toto, I read “Dating The Wrong Girl”, but I didn’t get who the “wrong girl” was! I bugged Danny to tell me, but according to him, he absolutely couldn’t remember… so who was that “wrong girl”??? By the way, I really, really do hope you-know-who and especially YOU-KNOW-WHO don’t ever get to read your blog!!! If so, let’s have more nasty comments… HAHAHA! Or should I change my name to “anonymous”? 🙂

  23. March 22, 2007 at 6:19 am


    I’m glad you did!!! Have you read “Dating the wrong girl”??? You also know the characters in that one!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  24. March 22, 2007 at 6:18 am


    Wasn’t it “POR DA MAN HU FACKS A WALLOAPFF”??? *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  25. Mirella said,

    March 22, 2007 at 6:06 am

    To continue your commercial jingle of YC Bikini Brief, YC Bikini Brief… “FOR THE MAN WHO PACKS A WALLOP”!!! Bwahahaha!

    By the way, I read your “The Prince Of Wails” entry dated Aug ’06. I completely got it! Hahaha! Ooops, I hope neither of them reads your blog… 🙂 🙂

  26. cousin paz said,

    March 21, 2007 at 6:16 am

    The first Caronia commercial was the one you mentioned. I think mine was the second one… naka tights na! But the jingle is the same! I am having a great time here just reading this story over and over again!

    I was talking about it to my brother and he said… “You forgot Mennen Skin Bracer!”

  27. March 20, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    cousin paz:

    Well, She really invented the new pronunciation of the name “Christian.” Be it “Chreestiyan,” “Chrixstian,” “Chritchtian,” or whathaveyou. But I’m going to stop here before we get inundated with hate mail from all the V*lmanians!!! *lolsz!*

    OhmyGod. How, but how, can Anyone forget the “Caronia” commercial??? But first, are we talking about the same black-and-white, late 1960s commercial with all those girls in beehive hairdos and “Baby Doll” dresses all a-twirling with their manicured fingers in the air and singing some ditty in some unknown language [ was it actually Spanish??? ]: “Ca-ro-ni-a… Ca-ro-ni-a… ee ee wee nee… Manicura!!! Is Caronia!!!”??? Bwahahahahah!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  28. March 20, 2007 at 12:52 pm


    Hi there!!! *jumps for joy*

    How are you and Danny???

    So JQ actually had Angela Bofill as a guest??? Wow… I can still hear “She’s an Angel… She’s an Angel of the Ni-igh-igh-ight…” Really, “Family Rubbing Alcohol”… What Style!!! *lolsz!*

    “YC Bikini Briefs”!!! I can still hear that commercial: “Wai Si Beekini Brip!!! Wai Si Beekini Brip!!!” “Secu Pockets”???!!! Are you thinking what I’m thinking??? *lolsz!* Even “Hanes” and “Fruit of the Loom” have never thought of those… or have they… considering “American sizes”???

    Keep the comments coming!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Give my best regards to Dr. Danny F….

    Toto Gonzalez

  29. cousin paz said,

    March 20, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Yes, I remember the early Sm*rt commercial with “Yaya, huwag kalimutan ang vitamins ni Chreestiyan…” of Ms.(now Mayor) VSR. The voice-over of the “yaya” pronounced Christian’s name better. That was hilarious!

    Let’s also not forget the Caronia Nail Polish commercial breaks in JQ’s show. Those models with “thunder thighs” in their tights and swinging to the beat of the Caronia jingle, only to freeze frame on the orange polish nails! Gosh, this gives my age away!

  30. Mirella Protacio-Fajardo said,

    March 20, 2007 at 6:26 am

    Hi Toto! This is Mirella (wife of Danny F, your brother’s friend) , hope you still remember me! Stumbled upon your fabulous blog! Just want to share that as a very young girl in the 70’s (ok, ok, I’m desperately trying to appear to be “still young”), I saw an episode of “Seeing Stars With Joe Quirino” where he had Angela Bofill as a guest (“This Time I’ll Be Sweeter” fame — she even appeared on “Dear Heart” singing a duet w/ Sharon Cuneta… or was it “PS I Love You”?). And J.Q., of course, gave Angela a bottle of “Family Rubbing Alcohol”… then he asked “Angela, Do you have a boyfriend?”. Angela replied, “Yeah, I have a boyfriend back in the States.”, then J.Q. said, “For your boyfriend, I’m giving one pack of YC Bikini Briefs w/ Secu Pockets!”. Uhm, what the hell are “secu pockets”??? “Security Pockets???” Hahaha!

  31. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 19, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Eartha Kitt? Ugghhh! Whenever that woman opens her mouth, I am immediately and painfully reminded of finger nails clawing a blackboard. (And I saw her too, in a show in London. Luckily, she had only 1 song in FOLLIES.)

    She’s one of a handful of B- and C-class celebrities who hung around Manila for a few months in the 60s. Others were Rita Moreno, Harry Belafonte…. a certain Dovie Beams (talaging Class G!). I also wonder what ever happened to Jerry Lewis’ ex-Filipina daughter-in-law, that S*zara girl (Jinky or Gem*a ata?) from San Lorenzo? I know that eventually she divorced from Jerry Lewis’ son; but I wonder if she ever returned to a life in Manila?

    Toto, am preparing a longer answer to what I know appear to be very pointed tirades against that Darkest Age in Philippine History, 1965-1986.

    Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.


  32. March 19, 2007 at 10:47 am


    I love Earthaaa Kkkit!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  33. Alex Castro said,

    March 19, 2007 at 12:49 am

    Yup, Lola Tina Turner herself had a short career in the Philippines courtesy of JQ. Eartha Kitt was another favorite guest. And all those Miss Asia beauties who stood all in a row, only to be commanded by JQ–“Miss Ostreylia, please pass the mayk to Miss Popwa Niu Gini..”

  34. March 18, 2007 at 3:50 pm


    I am just amazed at your knowledge of magnificent jewelry, their histories, and their owners!!! For you to be able to speak with authority about the jewelry of the Maharani of Baroda [ the maharanis of Baroda and Cooch-Behar had renowned collections ] and of the Duchess of Windsor [ and several others besides ]!!! *applauds*

    I have come across many Filipino jewelers, and with the exception of the late Fe S. Panlilio and the still-around *rlinda M. Ol*dan, all they can talk about are the local ladies with their “aquarium” / “bubble-ated” diamonds, cabochon rubies, lasered emeralds, and treated sapphires. Tawdry jewelry, if you ask me. It’s so refreshing to have someone like you with an international perspective of truly magnificent jewelry!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  35. taitai said,

    March 18, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    How Imeld*fic!!! hahaha

    Was Queen Sof*a’s “simplicity” a snub to Imeld*fic (being non-royal and the wife of a dictator at that)? Because if you see her attending Europe’s royal weddings and even in such events as The Persepol*s Celebrations, she is in “complete jewelry attire” (tiara, necklace, earrings, brooch, etc)

    What I am hoping for is to see those 3 major diamonds in one necklace. Similar to one worn by Sita Devi, Maharani of Baroda (She shared it with her husband). She had the Star of the South (128.45 cts) and the English Dresden (78.53 cts) set in an ultra-fabulous triple-tiered diamond necklace.

    If not a necklace, then maybe something like the sensational lapel clips of the Duchess of Windsor. Magnificent well-matched pear-shaped yellow diamonds, 40.81cts and 52.13cts, by Harry Winston.

    In any case, the punk-maharani look is too exciting! 🙂


  36. March 17, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Garganta Inflamada:


    You have the darndest ideas!!! I’ll bet that just a few hours from now, some very creative soul will take your “punk-maharanee” idea of Madam* *melda Rom*aldez M*rcos and construct it on Adobe Photoshop and share it on Flickr.com!!!

    Your delightfully scathing reviews of the M*rcos Era bring a naughty thought to mind… What would have happened to you if you said these things in those times, specially during Martial Law??? Would you have ended up like Ar*el *reta and his infamous “Sa ikauunlad ng Bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan.” and been punished with all those bicycle rounds around Camp Crame??? *lolsz!* Or would you have ended up like N*noy Aq*ino at Laur in Nueva Ecija???

    As for practical Me, I would have most certainly become a sycophant at Mal*canang P*lace and squeezed the most from all those M*rcos connections, both local and international. I would have acquired big government properties, forfeited desirable corporations, and forced my membership into the boards of the biggest corporations. I have to Live, and Live Very Well, you know. Crime Pays. Nobody who did Bad during those Dark Days has ever been punished anyway [ They’re even “adored” as media darlings these days ]. Then, come February 1986, with Everything safely in European and Caribbean banks, I would have just jumped ship and lived happily ever after in Europe. Bwahahahahah!!!


    But really, when you think of it in Philippine terms, “What Price Principle???”

    It really is something to think about. I can’t be “Jesu*tical” about it because I’m not an At*nean. I’m Green. And Green People are very practical. 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  37. March 17, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    taitai wrote:

    (How fabulous will it be to see IRM wearing the Idol’s Eye along with the Emperor Maximilian and the Sultan Abdul Hamid II Diamond together in one necklace – three of the world’s most famous diamonds being worn by a Filipina!!)


    Di magmumukhang siyang Krismas tree!! Which she certainly did on the occasion of the first state visit of Juan Carlos and (a true) Reina Sofia to the Philippines in, I think, it was 1975 or 1977.

    At the state dinner for their majesties (at the old Fort no less), and my folks attended — so there are first-hand witnesses, she wore every conceivable jewel she had to try and look super-imperial. Whereas Sofia wore barely any — talagang simpleng simple. So unless you were visually challenged, the contrast was so stark. The royal guest — both a princess by birth and a queen by marriage — was elegant simplicity at its best. Whereas the hostess, isang commoner na Filipina (and there’s nothing wrong with that — altho she once said on a visit to Spain: “soy hija verdadera de Espana”…raw) *rolls eyes* — was like a Ronnie Laing-decorated Christmas tree. 🙂 🙂 (And there are photos of public record, to prove it!)

    Did she never hear of: less is more?

    Unless of course, she was treating it as some Halloween event, and purposely over-decked herself, just for mere trashy fun?? 🙂 🙂 Is that the *melda we never knew? Kulang na lang to have some lip, eyebrow and nose piercings with those multi-karat stones — para-naka-dikit sa kanya permanently — and so she could go for the “punk-maharanee” look!! Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if somebody could photoshop that? *Idea*

    So when is that “*melda” line supposed to come out? Baka no department store chain decided to carry it? O baka on-line lang?


  38. March 17, 2007 at 5:26 am


    Thank you for finding your way here.

    “A*witan Kita” was really a class, or a case, all its own. Wehehe. I think I should write an entire post about it.

    On hindsight, yes, Lirio Vital was beautiful, in a very Filipina kind of way.

    Would you believe that I have absolutely no idea on how to subscribe to this blog???

    Toto Gonzalez

  39. March 17, 2007 at 5:23 am



    That’s way before “Chrixstian” came along…!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  40. March 17, 2007 at 5:22 am

    cousin paz:

    I can still see those commercials in my mind, especially “Tancho Tique”!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  41. Sammy said,

    March 17, 2007 at 1:59 am

    Thank you for the delicious tidbits… they filled gaps in my memory. I, too,write about nostalgia and there’s always some details I miss that I learn from other bloggers. More stories from the 70s please! My siblings and I also laugh at Aawitan Kita while our Dad insisted that Lirio Vital was a true Pinay beauty (whatever that means). How do I subscribe to your blog?

  42. betty mahmoudy said,

    March 16, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Then Eskinol came into the picture, right? With Ate Vi saying “I cheris da way Eskinol cherises my skeen.”

  43. cousin paz said,

    March 16, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Don’t forget Three Flowers Pomade and Tancho Tique and of course, a can of Fita Biscuits! Hahahahaha!

    I was dying of laughter. You tell it like it is, Toto!


  44. March 16, 2007 at 5:30 am


    Really??? Wow!!! THE Tina Turner???!!!

    “Eckart bags and Seiko wallets…” *lolsz!*

    How come I only remember “Family Rubbing Alcohol”???

    Toto Gonzalez

  45. Alex Castro said,

    March 15, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    At one time, JQ had Tina Turner (then in the doldrums of her Ike-battered career) as co-host, ably helping him dole out Eckart bags and Seiko wallets to celebrity guests. Bwahaha. I still have Gina’s coffee table book which I use occasionally to prop up my sagging cofee tables.

  46. taitai said,

    March 15, 2007 at 12:47 pm


    I heard about the Purple Eyes story as well! Talks circulated that Imeld*fic bought the famous Tayl*r-Burt*n diamond from her. But that stone has been owned by Mouawad since 1979, a few months after Purple Eyes offered it for sale.

    Then again, I wonder why Imeldific never seems to wear any of her famous diamonds? She’s always just in her spectacular rubies and magnificent emeralds.

    (How fabulous will it be to see IRM wearing the Idol’s Eye along with the Emperor Maximilian and the Sultan Abdul Hamid II Diamond together in one necklace – three of the world’s most famous diamonds being worn by a Filipina!!)

    Maybe she has sold her more famous diamonds to avoid further public criticisms. (There have been reports that a respected jewelry appraiser saw the Idol’s Eye in Laurence Graff’s Bond St. office during the 90s).

    Didn’t she say that her current jewels are ALL paste??!! bwhahaha!

    I hope that there can be a museum someday to showcase the entire jewelry collection of IRM. Wishful thinking…


  47. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 14, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    betty mahmoudy wrote:

    Wasn’t it ET who hates being looked after by Pinay nurses in the US? It came out on Page Six last year I think.


    I didn’t hear about that. Maybe she regrets her act of kindness — and those nurses remind her of that? 🙂 🙂

    Who knows; baka it’s all the (harmless) Filipinisms the nurses indulge in when they are among themselves? But Liz is already an old, cranky broad; so I wouldn’t be surprised.


  48. March 14, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Garganta Inflamada:

    WOW. What a Story!!!

    On hindsight, I do remember that rumor around Manila at that time, the mid-1980s. By that time, Ninoy Aquino had already been assassinated, and Hell was Already Breaking Loose…

    Pity Cardinal Sin has passed away. He would have simply nodded if the story were true…

    I’m sorry my little anecdote on “La Lollo” was too safe for your ears. *lolsz!* I merely wrote it to amuse. I am sure of other motives [ The President? ] behind her Philippine visit, as there are always reasons for such actuations. But since I do not know of them, I will not write them. I let the Others who had the front seats during the Marcos Era tell the stories…

    Toto Gonzalez

  49. Bambina Olivares said,

    March 14, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Wasn’t it ET who hates being looked after by Pinay nurses in the US? It came out on Page Six last year I think.

    Something tells me La Lollo would love being looked after by Pinay nurses in Italy! Her boyfriend is like 35 years old, a Spaniard – Catalan at that!

  50. March 14, 2007 at 8:23 pm



    As you wish!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  51. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 14, 2007 at 7:28 pm


    #1 – I thought your La Lollo story would be more salacious, especially with the fall-out with that other Signora who lives to be fawned by the Italians, opportunistic nobility, movie stars or what; when things about compensation for her (GL) photographic services turned sour.

    BTW, La Lollo is really a very serious but diminutive woman. Was once waiting to check into a flight at JFK; and who would standing there, also waiting for her flight, but La Lollo? This was either 1990 or 1992, and I was so tempted to ask her how friend, M*ldy, was. 🙂 But I bit my tongue. Su cara era muy seriosa.

    #2 – OK, the other story. Of course, again, this is one of those whispered tales during the 80s (you think there are official dossiers to these things?). Of course, the jet-setting profligacy of La Madonna or La Ladrona Filipina and how their worths jumped from small-time dictator to big-time billionaire, was big buzz in le toute monde.

    So around that time, movie star supreme Elizabeth Taylor supposedly sold off a few prime items from her baubles (I guess through Harry Winston or perhaps one of the auction houses). And of course, with the quality of the gems alone and the ADDED provenance of La Taylor having owned them, she turned quite a handsome profit; and not that she needed the funds. Shortly thereafter, when it came to her attention that the buyer was none other than the Dragonfly Lady of a certain impoverished nation, I guess La Taylor had a case of conscience-nitis. But for someone who’s had fame, attention, fortune (and some bad times) come her way naturally, she does certain ‘correct’ things in a very low key way.

    So, and this indeed has all the intrigue of the Milady chapter in a Dumas novel (in keeping here with the Francophile decor of your blog, Toto :-), Cardinal Sin supposedly had a very mysterious visitor one night at the Archbishop’s residence on Shaw. And it was not Amalia Fuentes. It was a foreign visitor; none other than ET herself who had come to personally turn over (and here there are 2 versions to this story: again, I can’t recall now whether it was gems that ET had bought from IRM; or it was cash she was turning over.) the profits she made from the sale of those baubles, to the Cardinal, with the stipulation that, via the Church, those funds be used for the impoverished people of the Philippines, from whom she felt it was stolen. Of course, it was all very mysterious; and it appears that she arrived in Manila in a private jet; performed her little errand of mercy (she supposedly turned up at the Arch. Palace in a scarf and shades to disguise herself and those dead give-away eyes); and departed just as mysteriously as she came.

    Now how can anyone find a written record of that? Did Louis XIV indeed have a twin? But I guess if you inquire from the likes of Fe P.’s daughter or L*ding Ol*dan, you could get some little chokes, or feigned puzzled looks or pregnant pauses — enough for one to tell if indeed the story was true or not. (Of course, if she knows anything about it, LO would lie thru her teeth to protect her patroness.)

    However, if one can get ahold of jet arrival logs at MIA around 1984-85; then that will bear out the story. (I think this happened around the time her pal Rock Hudson passed away; and ET wanted some changes in her life.)

    Still, it makes for a marvelous tale; and I would like to think it’s true. Liz isn’t all purple eyes and White Diamonds, ya know. She’s the Real Thing (an indefatigable fundraiser for AIDS causes who lends her celebrity to raise much-needed funds); unlike Someone Else who, no matter how hard she tries, is nothing but a zirconium in the rough. 🙂 🙂 Fake pa!!!

    If only we knew who else worked at the Archbishop’s residence that night …


  52. Gino Gonzales said,

    March 14, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Very Funny, Toto!!!! I suddenly miss the 70’s… my childhood. Hahaha!!

    That snippet of Philippine television is so REAL… or should we say surreal? That article brought with it an entire milieu. More, more, more!

  53. March 14, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    Wow. I never heard of that story, perhaps because I was too young then. Another one of those loud whispers during the Marcos Era… Care to tell us more???

    Toto Gonzalez

  54. Adrian Lizares said,

    March 11, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Me too Toto!

  55. Paz Atienza said,

    March 7, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Can’t wait….

  56. Garganta Inflamada said,

    March 7, 2007 at 12:57 am

    If you’re going to recount La Lollo, of course, you must also recount that clandestine violet-eyed night visitor of the late Cardinal Sin to return the gems she had bought, not knowing that profits were made by the self-appointed Mother of a Starving Nation.

    Or is that story apochrypal?


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