Emeralds

The Big Blab around town was Grand Manila Heiress’ 86th Birthday Celebration.  And the Bigger Blab was about her spectacular [ at least to the wags 😛 ] chandelier earrings of emeralds supposedly from Bulgari, the famed Italian jewelers.  They set off a face expertly bulldozed of wrinkles and sags.

All That Jazz reminded me of the story of another Grande Dame, The Dowager Empress, also known as Our Lady of Flowers and Fluffs in the fashion world, and her numerous emeralds, faceted and cabochon…

Years ago, at yet another lunch of the Friends of Chichi Concerns of the Philippines, an artist friend remarked to The Dowager Empress a.k.a. Our Lady of Flowers and Fluffs that an aspiring Chinese socialite had worn a “czarina-style” emerald necklace that was similar to one of her several emerald necklaces…

Without so much as interrupting her exquisite nibbling, She said sweetly:  “Hindi naman kasinlaki…”  [ “They were not as big { as mine }…” ]

And taking another teensy-weensy bite:  “At hindi naman kasin-berde…”  [ “And they were not as green { as mine }…” ]

And She fluttered her eyes and smiled beatifically at her artist friend.

*LOLSZ!!!* 

    

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52 Comments

  1. talagang tsismoso said,

    October 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    From a post in the blog of Tonyboy Tambunting Ongsiako about the Ongsiako Family
    http://cutebalddiver.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_archive.html

    Friday, April 22, 2005

    FAMILY FUN
    There’s a saying that you can’t choose your relatives. Yeah, I agree with that. There are relatives though that I get fairly well along with. There are those that I’d rather not see. We all come from one extended family, sharing traits and yet are so different from one another.

    Got a text from my sister yesterday at about 6:30PM just as I was about to leave the gym that the Ongsiako cousins are coming over for scotch and kobe/wagyu beef. I called her to tell her I was on my way. Wouldn’t miss that kobe/wagyu beef for the world! Well that was the motivation. I do enjoy though their company.

    You see my father’s side comes from a wealthy land owning family. Most of us end up as doctors or lawyers or politicians. During the Spanish time(like mid 19th century), a Intsik trader from Shanghai came over to trade in these islands. He fell in love with a half breed spanish lady and married her. He then brought her back to Shanghai but his family couldn’t accept a gweilo (foreign barbarian). So he came back and burned his ships. He then settled with his wife and foounded a trading firm that eventually lent out money. His father in law was a gambler. One day his father in law gambled away the family hacienda. He bought it back from the debtor and found himself in possession of more than 10,000 hectares of land stretching from three provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Pangasinan. He had 2 children. His children were considered mestizos. But they couldn’t figure out if they were mestizo intsik or espanol. They grew up speaking 4 languages, Spanish, Intsik, Tagalog and English.

    The girl ended up marrying a spanish mestizo and so this is where the de Santos, Orosa, Olegario lines are descended from. While Lucio (my great grandfather) fathered 3 daughters and three sons. His daughters married a de los Reyes, Gallego and yes a de Santos (1st cousin–this will be a normal occurence within the family–marrying cousins). My grandfather, Ramon, married my grandmother, Carmen de la Paz (a former Ms. Markina) from Marikina. He had 6 children with her and 6 children with other women, including an actress by the name of Naty Bernardo (grandmother of singer Jo Anne Lorenzana–yes she is a half 1st cousin). Pacita de los Reyes-Philipps, a 1st cousin of Dad, became Ms. Philippines in the 1930’s and became the 1st woman lawyer to graduate from UP and top the bar. She also made a splash of some sort when she sued Wack Wack Golf for not allowing her to become a member of the golf club. She won the case.

    My Lolo loved women. He was a handsome fellow. He was also an eye, nose and throat doctor. He also put up an insurance and tobbacco firm before the outbreak of World War II. He was intensely nationalsitic and got angry when people called him intsik. He was also eccentric. He burned his house in the farm because Pacita’s dad kept on using his house for months to conduct business in their hacienda. He was also jailed by the Japs in Fort Santiago. Unfortunately he died in 1949 of cancer. My grandmother, CArmen, was a businesswoman. She expanded the family wealth by buying up foreclosed properties from the banks. Together, they had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls.

    The girls married well. Imelda, married Ramon Cojuangco (mother of Tonyboy C. and Gretchen Barretto’s favorite peeve), Carmen, married Edmundo Reyes from Marinduque (she is governor of Marinduque and her son (my cousin) is congressman from that province) and Myriam, married Rodolfo Montelibano from Bacolod.

    The boys married well too. My Dad’s eldest brother, Oscar, a lawyer married twice. He married his 1st cousin, Violet Gallego who unfortunately died during childbirth. He married Noemi Villanueva. He founded also the Siguion-Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Offices. He liked to brag that he wrote the Coporation Code and the Labor Code in the Philippines.

    Ramon, a doctor married Cecille Hidalgo, a descendant of Tomas Morato.

    My father married Hideliza Paraiso Tambunting. He married rich.

    The Ongsiako’s are an eccentric, intelligent, cultured, refined and horny bunch of people. They have this sense of noblesse oblige (with great wealth comes great responsibility). They have a social conscience. While the Tambunting’s are a shrewed, money grubbing and pretentious bunch of people who only looked out for themselves and their status in society. My mother was the complete opposite of her siblings. I think she got it from the Paraiso side of the family. Gentle, refined and very principle oriented. She also had this soft spot for poor people that we always have to restrain her from donating to any poor priest or nun.

    I have more fun with the Ongsiako’s. They are very natural people. What you see is what you get. They like to drink. They like good food and they know how to have fun. And they love to flirt. Men and women. They’re perpetually horny. That’s why the Ongsiako’s die of lifestyle diseases like heart attacks, strokes etc. And they do it in a very classy way. Even when they die, they seem to do it with aplomb and class.

    Last night, we had caesar salad, kobe/wagyu beef and tanguinge washed down with Johnny Walker Black. We had pulutan of chicharon with laman, beef tapa and tofu. The conversations were free flowing and we talked about cars, places, ideas and as it got rowdier, their female conquests.

    Last night, we bonded. Family bonding is good for the soul. Wife though had to clean up the mess.

  2. Jules said,

    May 13, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Another grand wedding held at the “Grand Dame” (is it? Sorry, I’ve always been a resident of South Carolina) was hosted by the “Ham Lady.” My uncle speculated that there were 5-K guests, and this late great jeweller, with the usual endless “fanning” whispered to him ala-Maria Clara (so no one would hear her thus she’d be discreet about her remarks) said to my uncle: “Ohhh, Alb***, hijo, totoo ba na si Me*y ay ginamit ang directorio ng PLDT sa pagimbita?” And my uncle, laughed out loud with FS-P. 😉

  3. Jules said,

    May 13, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    My late uncle was the PR and Resto Manager for this once Lope*-owned hotel on Roxas Blvd and he shared some funny stories of people from the upper echelon. In one of the grand weddings he attended, bigwigs were there and he was with the group of IR-M together with L.S, a Forbes-lady. Here goes the grand entry of IO-C, with her usual flowers-and-puffs. My uncle said, “Dios ko, parang lilipad siya ngayon.” Mrs. L-S said: “Naku, Mrs M., si I-O punong-puno ng bulaklak ang ulo.” IR-M’s response to the group was: “Hmmpf, ewan ko ba sa gagang iyan.”

  4. Jules said,

    May 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Toto:
    My younger brod is the Project Engineer for this construction company building magnificent manses for renowned personalities. One time, they had this project in Fairview, QC, owned by a network heir, purportedly worth Php 30-M. Subsequently, my brod’s team is underway renovating the manse of MC-H & what she wanted was a grand ballroom at the basement, literally, a big space underneath has to be dug-out – but of course, ’twas made possible. My brod told me that each house staff has his own designation of w/c room to enter, even when turning-off lights, otherwise, they will be risking their lives for theft. And once MC-H found out that they were building the house for this network scion, she asked my brod: “How much is the house?” And my brod said, “Ma’am, Php 30-M po.” MC-H ghastly remark was: “Puñeta, ano iyon? – LOW COST HOUSING?” Funny but my brod & his team has a pseudonym for her: “Mrs. Puñeta.” Because, it is her litany on a daily basis, 24/7, ala-LIFESTYLE CHANNEL LoL ;->

  5. November 15, 2007 at 11:24 am

    rosanna:

    Great!!! You Go, Girl!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  6. rosanna said,

    November 15, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Well, I wore my flowing Jojie Lloren black dress with my dripping diamonds ( take note De Beers ) at the recently concluded Josh Groban concert held at the PICC. I love the way the matrons ogle at my bling bling.

  7. zippo said,

    July 10, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Speaking of the Madrigals, I just saw Tita Ising M-V at the 7 am mass today. Very low key. Never calls attention to herself but always with a ready smile when you greet her.

    I was with my wife. She said “Ay, hijo, I’m so glad to see that young people still go to mass even on a weekday.” I wanted to tell her, “Tita, I’m already 41!” But thankfully, my wife interjected, “I think, Tita, that going to mass is what makes ALL OF US look and feel so young.”

    Pheeew, thank God for my wife lest I would have implied that if I’m ALREADY 41, then you must be really ancient, woman.

    Z 🙂

    P.S. My wife and I found it so cute that Tita Ising and Tito Danny were holding hands throughout the mass — sometimes looking at each other. They looked like giddy teenagers rather than the octogenarians that they both are. I just wish that my wife and I would be that in love when we reach the age of the Vasquezes.

  8. July 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Paquito:

    What interesting memories!!!

    Please tell us more!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. Paquito said,

    July 10, 2007 at 3:18 am

    I must say that all of this discussion of jewelry brings to mind so many great reminiscences. I shall share several more from years ago:

    The year was 1953, and the ladies committee in charge of the annual charity ball to benefit the Philippine Anti-Tuberculosis Society (whose President in its earlier years was none other than Doña Julia Vargas y Camus vda. de Ortigas, the wife of Don Francisco “Paco” Ortigas y Barcinas) needed a theme for the event. Of course, that was the year of the coronation of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, so the ladies decided that Manila should be host to a gala event of its own and made arrangements for a grand spectacle in which all of the family jewels belonging to the Philippines’ leading families would be displayed in public, for charity. Pretty, young ladies were selected to model the jewels of their families (or as surrogates for other families, including the tragedy-stricken Quezon family), along with ternos created by Valera especially to match each set of stones. I’ll see if I can find some photos in our collection. Anyone else care to share some?

    Of course, one of the most spectacular balls ever staged in Manila was the legendary “Bal Diadem,” which featured twelve socialites (anyone care to name them all?) modeling jewelry adorned with the birthstones of each month together with matching ternos! Those old enough to remember will recall that the absolute highlight of the evening was the appearance of “The Diamond” herself, Chito Madrigal, as April, wearing the legendary Madrigal Diamonds. The diamonds adorned a magnificent choker necklace, rings, and a tiara. The event caused quite a stir when it was featured (along with photos) in Henry Luce’s Life Magazine — it was considered by some to be far too gaudy a display.

    I should mention that the story of the Madrigal Diamonds is itself quite remarkable. During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, Macaria Madrigal had the the impressive jewelry collection of her mother, the late Doña Susana Paterno de Madrigal hidden away by the Assumption nuns beneath their convent in Baguio. Baguio, however, would be the site of General Yamashita’s last stand during the final stages of the liberation of the Philippines and was subjected to heavy bombardment. After the fighting ceased, the convent was found to have been completely destroyed during the siege — only the Madrigal Diamonds were said to have survived the destruction!

  10. divina said,

    July 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    “new” was the czar’s tela. 🙂

  11. July 3, 2007 at 8:59 am

    *giggles*

    Toto Gonzalez

  12. zippo said,

    July 3, 2007 at 8:42 am

    And what was the something “new”? My mom, who attended the wedding, said that it was the bride’s mother’s nose.

    Z 🙂

  13. taitai said,

    July 3, 2007 at 5:02 am

    D,

    Ah, the Perfect “something” to borrow!

    🙂

    taitai

  14. divina said,

    July 2, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    It was probably the “something borrowed” part of the ensemble… Madame must have insisted. After all, how does one refuse such an offer? 🙂

    D

  15. taitai said,

    July 2, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Wedding of Edn* C*mcam’s daughter?!

    Why did she (bride) have to borrow?
    Doesn’t mommy have enough?

    🙂

    taitai

  16. divina said,

    July 1, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    during one wedding, the gracious godmother (with the best jewelry collection in the country) lent her 40 carat diamond necklace for the bride to wear. The thing was literally pouring out of the couturier’s hands as he carefully cupped it from the vault to the bride’s room. It was so huge that it almost looked like costume jewelry. But the self-effacing bride politely hid part of the necklace inside her neckline, so as not to draw too much attention to it. In fact, it was hardly visible during the event. BUT the mom’s ruby and diamond pectoral was impossible to miss!! An entire bib of stones.

  17. July 1, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    *jumps for joy*

    Welcome back!!! We’ve missed you!!!

    Where have you been???

    Toto Gonzalez

  18. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 1, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Hmmm. Interesting thread.

    Just back from about 5 weeks in an ashram in Kashmir.

    G.I.

  19. June 28, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    betty:

    Great to hear from you again!!!

    Do tell us more!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  20. betty mahmoudy said,

    June 26, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Toto, I have to say that industrial airconditioning unit size aside, MC-H and other members of the Swi*t Ham family were among my best customers when I was working for a Swiss watchmaker-jeweller back in the day. And Tita CM-C, who hosted our first gala in Manila in 1992, is simply divine. As for IO-C, whose convent in Mindanao was the beneficiary of our second gala, she is always gracious.

  21. June 26, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    sardonicnell:

    You have to be a “friggin’ Filipino” to understand any of this.

    Welcome to the Party!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. June 26, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Divina:

    “Madame Tussaud’s,” Manila version!!! *lolsz!*

    Toto Gonzalez

  23. sardonicnell said,

    June 26, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    just blog hopping. a bit lost in translation, but i had a fab time reading your blog entries and the comments as well. i’m fascinated about these semi-blind items and name initials. hmmmm?

  24. Divina said,

    June 26, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Wax works museum!!!! Incredible.

  25. June 26, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Where oh where is Elegance??? And All that it represents??? *laments*

  26. June 26, 2007 at 9:36 am

    taitai:

    Your friend is just being honest. 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  27. taitai said,

    June 26, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Toto:

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, who’s the meanest of them all?
    bwahahaha

    taitai

  28. taitai said,

    June 26, 2007 at 12:36 am

    “instead of Great Elegance [ and Grandeur ] which I’m sure was the intent, it looked Positively Sepulchral, like a Wake. My initial reaction was “Ready for Embalming.”

    bwahahaha!!!

  29. taitai said,

    June 26, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Here’s a link to CM-C’s RJ portrait

    http://rupertjacinto.com/gallery2/2004exhibit/CHITO_MAD_COLLANTES

    RJ-A’s portrait

    http://rupertjacinto.com/gallery2/2004exhibit/BABY_ARENAS

  30. June 25, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Everybody:

    I think this is a fabulous thread…!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  31. June 25, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    socialclimber:

    There are only two surviving, genuine grande dames of the “real Manila Society.” One is The Grand Heiress CM-C and the other is the Dowager Empress IO-C.

    Of course, there are several arrivistes claiming to be the grande dames of the “New Manila Society.” But they have yet to measure up to the achievements of the true Queens of Society, especially in the rarefied arena of Philanthropy.

    Curious nickname you have… For all I know, you’re probably a “Philip*ine T*tler ‘A-lister.'” 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  32. June 25, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    taitai:

    Comment3 coming.

    Toto Gonzalez

  33. June 25, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    zippo:

    Comment2 coming.

    You didn’t have to make that disclaimer. We both know that her own relatives say that She looks like “A Refrigerator All Dressed Up.”

    Toto Gonzalez

  34. June 25, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    ana:

    Comment1 coming.

    I only have One Thing to say about Great Jewelry in Manila Society. The grand ladies you mentioned all have beautiful and spectacular jewelry of diamonds, pearls, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. But for international quality and sheer size, the late international jeweler Fe Sarmiento-Panlilio outdid them all. When Fe S. Panlilio wore jewelry to a gala, it was the gala itself!!!

    Of course, All the grand ladies put together cannot compare with the truly magnificent and spectacular Jewelry Collection of Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos. How can you possibly describe a Collection that was once acknowledged by the world’s leading jewelers as “The Best in The World”???!!!

    I remember having seen that photographic portrait of The Grand Heiress in a black long dress and her three strands of good pearls in some social rag some time ago. No offense to the photographer / artist, an excellent professional who has to suffer the delusions of his clients. But Something was intrinsically wrong with the concept and styling of that portrait — indeed Everything was Wrong — because instead of Great Elegance [ and Grandeur ] which I’m sure was the intent, it looked Positively Sepulchral, like a Wake. My initial reaction was “Ready for Embalming.” It was a total misinterpretation of that particular Social Elegance emanated by the works of the “society artists” John Singer Sargent, Giovanni Boldini, and Bernard Boutet de Monvel. Not even Claudio Bravo or Antonio Garcia Llamas. Enough said.

    Toto Gonzalez

  35. socialclimber said,

    June 25, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    And who is CM-C?

  36. taitai said,

    June 21, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Ana,

    The yellow diamond center stone on the bride’s necklace is said to be 50 cts. That set supposedly costs Php 100 million.

    Cost for IO-C’s grand-grand-grand cabochon emerald necklace (with matching earrings) is believed to be around Php 200 million.

    Surprisingly, CM-C was very “under-jeweled” with a pair of earrings in invisibly-set rubies. Possibly VCA. She did not wear a necklace.

    taitai

  37. taitai said,

    June 21, 2007 at 12:41 am

    Z,

    I love your disclaimer on MC-H.
    bwahahaha!!!!

    taitai

  38. ana said,

    June 20, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Oh yes! MC-H’s wedding anniversary was sensational. It was in this party that grand dames and socialites donned their best jewelry… EM-O, as taitai said, had a stunning ruby necklace; IO- C, Our Lady of Flowers and Fluffs, wore a very grand necklace with large large emeralds! and of course for the bride, i think she wore something like a bib diamond necklace with a large fancy yellow diamond as the center stone.

    zippo:

    I know that kabuki or her husband is somewhat related to the Lop*zes. But I was referring to the husband of another Lop*z heiress (daughter of Don B*nito). I just don’t know how true.

    Toto, i’m sure you have a lot to say about the best and grandest jewelry society ladies have been wearing… 😉 can’t wait 🙂

  39. taitai said,

    June 20, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Yes, CM-C is fabulous in that RJ portrait. She is pure elegance in a 3-strand pearl necklace (as expected, HUGE pearls), flowing black couture gown (In*o Sot*o?) and black satin mules with pearl studs (Manolos?).

    Kabuki also has a nice RJ portrait (with her daughter) where she wears an exquisite 3-tier ruby necklace.

    I believe Liz Taylor’s Daisy Parure is from VCA , not Cartier.

    MC-H (and husband) celebrated a very high-profile Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2005. She is almost always in In*o Sot*o gowns and over-the-top rocks.

    taitai

  40. zippo said,

    June 20, 2007 at 9:12 am

    To the readers: Please be advised that I did not mean any harm or disrespect when I wrote down “MC-H = Car*ier Airconditioner and Swi*t’s Ham” other than the fact that MC-H’s family, the Cs, founded the companies which own Car*ier and Swi*t’s. For the record, I do NOT think that she looks like a leg of ham or, worse, weighs like a 5-ton airconditioner.

    Z

  41. zippo said,

    June 20, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Anton:

    MC-H = Car*ier Airconditioner and Swi*t’s Ham. She has famous twin siblings for brothers.

    Ana:

    I believe Kabuki Queen was indeed married to a Lopez scion (in fact, she still uses her married name — but no, her married name is not Lopez because it was her husband’s mother who was a Lopez by birth)

    Z 🙂

  42. Anton Sy said,

    June 20, 2007 at 2:40 am

    Who is MC-H…clue naman…no need to spell it out…the rest I kinda figured out….

  43. ana said,

    June 19, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    i believe what you said is true taitai 🙂 maybe they are more concerned with the design and general appearance of the jewelry pieces after all. “VCA = of vulacan fame” haha! really funny… I have seen MC-H wearing a daisy parure very, very, very similar to the cartier daisy parure that elizabeth taylor has. But then again, I don’t know if it was merely a copy or genuine cartier jewelry.

    There also is this rup*rt j*cinto portrait of grand dame CM-C wearing 3 rows of pearls. quite simple as compared to what we have previously mentioned but she really looked so elegant! such exquisite taste 🙂 just curious, what other jewels have you seen her wearing?

    thanks zippo, now i know who the kabuki queen is. I once heard that aside from or maybe before (i really don’t know) her relationship with former pres. FV*, she was accused of seducing the husband of a lop*z heiress. How true?

    A.A.

  44. taitai said,

    June 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    The thing is, a lot of Pinay Socialites (including the Grande Dames) have grand-looking jewelry. But sadly, they disappoint upon closer inspection. Let’s just say the jewels are more “Bulacan” than “Place Vendome.”

    The pieces are grand, grand, grand. But the stones are… sigh… heated, treated, unnatural, opaque, too dark, too light, too much inclusions, etc

    They can very well afford good quality ones.

    WHY?!

    taitai

  45. taitai said,

    June 19, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    MC-H has an emerald bead and diamond necklace (fringe of graduated emerald drops on a collar of diamond set rondels) very similar to the legendary Cartier necklace of Hollywood actress Merle Oberon. I wonder if she just had that necklace copied or she bought it at auction of her collection that took place in New York (April 1980).

    **************************************************

    During the H Couple’s Golden Wedding Anniv, La Alajera EM-O (of VCA = Vulacan fame bwahaha) wore a stunning necklace with HUGE rubies. As expected, she is usually decked out in “gulpi-de-gulat” sets.

    I believe EC (mistress of Gen. V*r) also has a substantial collection.

    And of course, ex-Brunei Princess AM-L’s collection is definitely worth mentioning.

    ***************************************************

    It is said that BY, the son of Chinoy tycoon EY, is Kabuki’s “official” jeweller. He is very knowledgeable and I hope he influences her to buy quality stones. But I don’t think we can consider Kabuki’s collection to be in the same league as that of IO-C, MC-H, et. al.. Or maybe, I just haven’t seen enough.

    Of course, IR-M is in a totally different league. Not even Liz Taylor or the Duchess of Windsor can compare.

  46. zippo said,

    June 19, 2007 at 3:35 am

    F*R had 2 women: the Ming Dynasty (the legit one) and the Kabuki Queen (so-called because she’s usually made up like a character from the Kabuki [ancient Japanese theater]).

    Z 🙂

  47. ana said,

    June 18, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    oh yes! i agree with you zippo! 🙂 but i absolutely have no idea who THE kabuki queen is. Give me a clue 😉 haha (drama queen? i can’t think of anyone else except IR-M.)

  48. zippo said,

    June 18, 2007 at 1:43 am

    From parties I witnessed given by my lola (60s-80s) and my mom (70s-present), IR-M had really good ones. But excluding her, I would say IO-C and the late FS-P. In recent memory, M*ly C-H and the Kabuki Queen also have serious rocks.

    But hands down, I really would have to say IO-C.

  49. ana said,

    June 17, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Hello!

    I’m just curious toto.. in your opinion, who among the social elite of our country has the most valuable and tasteful jewelry collection? 😉 Who among all the grand dames and socialites (also including those who have passed away) has simply displayed THE best? …

    …. excluding the notorious former first lady jewelry collector of course (IR-M) since we know where all her “rocks” came from… hehe

  50. cousin paz said,

    June 17, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Hi Toto,

    I think the lady of flowers and fluffs does not want to dignify such cheapness from the “outlaw.” It is really disgusting. The “outlaw” may make all kinds of excuses but the photo says it all. A friend says that the affair has been going on for months already and the “outlaw” sees the actor at a supposed love nest at Oakwood in Makati.

    Cousin Paz

  51. June 16, 2007 at 10:52 am

    taitai:

    Honestly, I really wouldn’t know. It’s just that one doesn’t walk up to her and ask: Tita *****, are your earrings really from Bulgari??? May I see them up close??? Can you please remove them so I can see the marks???” *lolsz!*

    Oh, The Dowager Empress, Our Lady of the Flowers and Fluffs, is The Height of Poise. She just never “loses it.” And She’s not a dumb belle either. Au contraire. She’s a lawyer and one very intelligent lady, despite the flowers and fluffs. But of course, you know that already, taitai.

    I really wouldn’t know if She’s happy these days with the current “scandale” [ yet again ] involving her not quite daughter-in-law. She’s probably mortified at the tastelessness of it all. A “married” lady — especially to One so high up in “Manila Society” — just does not do things like that, does she??? I wonder what Tish Baldrige [ the Authority on Etiquette and Jackie Kennedy’s onetime Social Secretary at the White House ] would say about that.

    Where oh where is Elegance, and All that it represents??? *laments*

    Toto Gonzalez

  52. taitai said,

    June 12, 2007 at 5:13 am

    Dear Toto:

    Obviously, she can very well afford the real ones BUT are you sure the earrings are from Bulgari and not Bul-acan-ri? bwahaha
    (I remembered your VCA = Vulacan story)

    What a perfect description: Grande Dame, Our Lady of Flowers and Fluffs! Even her catty remarks are done with much poise and subtleness 🙂 Anyway, she must be quite happy these days *winks*

    Taitai


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