1. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 24, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    That solves that mystery. Thanks for the clarification, zip.

  2. April 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    We can discuss how to organize your blog over dinner at UA’s on the 29th of May. Hehe! So many comments already but no post yet. So what’s “Wiener” all about. 😀

  3. zippo said,

    April 24, 2007 at 12:39 am


    You must be talking about Carmen *rtega, supposedly one of FM’s many other women. Yes, you are correct, I did hear that he had at least 1 child with her.

    K*tchie Ben*dicto is the blood daughter of the late La Union Congressman Joaquin *rtega and his wife Corazon C*mpos-*rtega. The *rtega couple had something like 18 children (like Governor Victor *rtega of La Union, Congressman Manuel *rtega of La Union, Board Member Pepe *rtega of La Union, and former Baguio Vice-Mayor and PNP Col. “B*ngo” *rtega [La Union and Baguio are, of course, Ilocano speaking areas]). Julie C*mpos-Ben*dicto is the younger sister of Corazon C*mpos-*rtega. The Ben*dictos were child-less so they asked the *rtegas if they could adopt 1 child — this turned out to be K*tchie.

    My Lola said that the (late) Congressman and Mrs. *rtega had one of the most beautiful vacation houses in Baguio during the 1950s and 1960s.

    The 17 *rtega children (minus K*tchie) grew up and lived in San Juan quite near the *rtega Street compound of the M*rcoses. This is probably why some of Congressman *rtega’s sons were mistaken to be FM’s son with Carmen *rtega.

    I’m not sure though what relation Congressman *rtega had with Carmen but Lola said that they were definitely not siblings or even 1st degree cousins.

    Z 🙂

  4. April 23, 2007 at 6:34 pm


    Thank you for finding my silly blog amusing. It’s all about human foibles, the most interesting subject of all!!!

    Do read the comments after the posts. Oftentimes, they’re more interesting!!!

    You’re welcome to share your stories of Silay City, once “the Paris of Negros.”

    Toto Gonzalez

  5. Garganta Inflamada said,

    April 23, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Well, if the widow Ben*dicto is “88;” and then either on her 8th try, or she must’ve been the 8th customer of the 8th slot in a row that day, then there really is something to #8 being lucky in Chinese lore!! (That’s why next year’s Olympics are scheduled to open on 08/08/2008 at 8:08 in the evening, Beijing time!!)

    Didn’t know Mrs. B was still alive. Now, K*tchie’s blood brother, who also used the name “*rtega,” even though Ben*dicto is from the Bacolod area, strangely enough, held an elected position in the Ilocos???? Methinks there is more than to what the eyes see …


  6. April 23, 2007 at 10:11 am


    WOW!!! She’s one lucky lady!!!

    However, the “Other Camp” will say: “There is No Justice in this World!!!”

    Toto Gonzalez

  7. zippo said,

    April 23, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Yoyet of Silay City. Hmmmmm, are you sure you’re not “Yoyet from La Carlota City?”

    The First Lady of La Carlota (married to Mayor Jeffrey Fer*er) is Yoyet De L*on-Fer*er — eldest granddaughter of the late Sugar Baron and Ambassador Roberto S. Ben*dicto and his wife Julie C*mpos-Ben*dicto. Yoyet is the daughter of K*tchie Ben*dicto ( President and CEO of Channels 2, 9, 13, and Sining Makulay Cable TV during the Martial Law Years ).

    Mayor Fer*er, a godson of D*nding Coj*angco, was the last minute choice of D*nding Coj*angco to run for the congressional seat Charlie Coj*angco is vacating after Gr*tchen Op*en-Coj*angco decided not to run for the said congressional seat.

    Anyway, a really, really juicy tidbit about the Ben*dictos: The gracious 88-year old widow, Julie C*mpos-Ben*dicto, visited Hong Kong a few months back. She decided to take a short ferry trip to try the slot machines at the new Wynn Casino in Macau. As if Mrs. Ben*dicto needs any more material blessings, lady luck smiled brillianty upon her that night and she won what is, as of this date, the highest slot machine jackpot in Macanese casino history.

    Some guys/gals have all the luck….


  8. zippo said,

    April 23, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Hahaha GI, it’s under the thread entitled “Ecole Militaire”


  9. yoyet said,

    April 23, 2007 at 1:59 am


    your blog is very addicting. i for one have been scanning your pages for quite some time already. it is fascinating. certainly your “behind the scenes” stories make the picture i have of people and situations more interesting.

    more power to u!

    yoyet from silay city

  10. April 22, 2007 at 4:14 am

    Garganta Inflamada:


    To tell you the truth, I am such a techie dummy that I do not have the slightest idea on how to organize this blasted blog. I started this blog on the suggestion of Ivan Henares in August 2006 simply as a depository of “family stories and other oddities” which I could share with interested parties.

    I never thought that this incoherent series of reminiscences and musings would interest anyone but me. Since August 2006, it has totaled 74,000 hits with a current average of some 450 hits a day. Really not much by Internet standards [ “megablogs” average 800,000 hits a day 😛 ] but quite a feat considering that it talks about a particularly small segment of Filipinos.

    I receive all sorts of appreciative emails from amused readers. A vice-president of a big corporation related how he became “addicted” to the site and how his confreres are too. A young doctor told me of how he and his colleagues like to log in “on the sly” during slow hours at the Emergency Room of a top hospital. An “A-list” socialite likes to read so she can discuss something new over the afternoon’s mahjong session. It is a Negrense grandmother’s bedtime reading. It is a Spanish mestizo grandfather’s companion at his Calatagan seafront spread. Like you, there are many readers in California, New York, Virginia, and Connecticut. Vancouver, Toronto. London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Munich, Geneva, Luxembourg. St. Petersburg, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai. Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok. Dubai, Doha. Johannesburg. I have received emails from Mexico City, Caracas, Santiago, and Buenos Aires. The Reach of the Internet!!!

    Thank you very much for the suggestion. I have been consulting with IT expert friends on what to do. Let’s see where it leads.


    Toto Gonzalez 😀

  11. April 22, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Senor Toto:

    Ang LAKI na nitong blog mo. It has tumesced by Leaps and Bounds!! Isn’t it time to give it a little structure?

    You already have such a big following AND participants that, how does the ‘sward’ Filipino saying of some eons ago go?: Nakaka-lula!! LOLSZ!!

    Pretty soon, your readers will be staging a revolt or a coup d’etat; and you will have a virtual French/Russian/Pilipino/Honey-Mustard readers’ revolution on your hands! 🙂

    How about a traditional, reliable Index or Table of Contents of some sort? I am sure it will even EXPAND at a faster rate!!

    Merely a suggestion,


    P.S. I was looking for the thread where our newest correspondent, zippo, added something about Brother L*vy Boq*er and Estrella del Norte. I have something to add to that; and that would be the appropriate place.

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