“Womanizer” is the new megahit song of Britney Spears.

I can’t think of a more appropriate song to describe so many of Manila’s “gentlemen.”

There is a Filipino “macho culture,” after all.

Harharhar!!!   😛



  1. Zoe de la Rosa said,

    August 29, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Both Imelda Marcos and Carmen Ortega are from Leyte. Imelda started as a not-so-rich member of the very powerful political Romualdez family of Tacloban. On the other hand, Carmen Ortega, comes a from a simple but wealthy Chinese – Spanish business family from the old town of Baybay City, Leyte. The former fires up his passion for politics while the latter, they say, is his first love…..romantic yet scandalous, a bit tragic. Both started out as simple beautiful lasses with strong provincial roots…from Leyte…..

  2. Albert Dejarlo said,

    April 4, 2013 at 5:10 am

    This is very good info.

  3. January 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Zhe Zaid:

    We have a policy that comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will not be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the requisite information.

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  4. January 19, 2013 at 10:52 am


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  5. lucia r porzio said,

    September 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I want to know more about Pres.Ferdinand E Marcos and Carmen Ortega love story.

  6. March 2, 2012 at 7:18 am

    To TN,
    I have reviewed and researched the birth dates and wedding dates of the people you wrote about especially your mention of the questionable paternity assumptions…and this is what I gathered. The famous couple were married and exactly eleven (11) months after they begot their first born daughter, which is understandably the following year. So I suppose there is not a single doubt anymore as to who was the real father, none other than the famous legitimate father. This is of course, if who you were referring to were the same people I have researched about based on your story.

  7. TN said,

    June 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Once there was a rich young Doctora who fell for a glib talking womanizer . He was a Muslim. She was from Luzon but not a Tagala. Scandal has it that upon discovery that her beloved was really married with children, she stormed the rented apartment of the lover in Gastambide. As was common then in Manila, some big houses were subdivided into apartments. She was heard screaming: “Ladron, isoli mo ang 10,000 piso ko.” by other residents in that big house which was occupied by some Spanish-speaking mestizos.

    A witness recalls that much earlier, Doctora financed the burial of the second child of her paramour, believing the dead child was his nephew by his sister, for that was how he introduced his wife to the unsuspecting Doctora. She personally delivered the ornate coffin and the flowers to the then rented house of the bereaved family in Intramuros. The grieving mother who was a Catholic did not protest the visit of Doctora. She has accepted the Muslim tradition of men owning several wives. There were indeed other women after the Doctora broke up with her husband.

    After the scandal in Gastambide, Doctora ended up marrying an upcoming politician who soared to prominence in our beloved Philippines. The groom was a widower at the time with 2 children, a son and a daughter, of his own. Within a year of their marriage, they had their own daughter and later on a son.

    A clue to the identity of the characters in this story is that 2 daughters of the groom grew up to be successful politicians on merits of their now famous last name. The younger of these daughters has a striking resemblance, particularly highlighted by a facial mole, to the Muslim, RA, who himself became a congressman from Mindanao. It may take a resourceful journalist to prove whether the rumor that Doctora was pregnant before her wedding is true or not. Unearthing their wedding date and the birth of their first born may lead to a DNA comparison to prove or disprove the suspicion that the younger daughter was in fact of RA.

    The solution of this mystery may become the buzz at mahjong tables and in Manila cafes.

  8. sisigman said,

    January 15, 2009 at 1:01 am

    kapampangan ka? check out my blog for some kapampangan short films. itd be nice if you would review them. 🙂

  9. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Juanton, your suggestion re the Lopez show was noted. I ended up doing something else in the City last night, Friday, Jan 9th — so I forewent the Lopez show on Thursday. I took your advice.

    But if I feel like it, and can make it to the Presidio without too much effort on Feb 5th, then I might give it — and the Main exhibit — a try.

    So, Babay, that’s all I have to report re Jan 8th. Sorry.


  10. Thundernut said,

    January 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Track down to USA. Then “Google, Google off the wall. Who’s Vera Baker after all? Obviously, she won’t be at any 1-20 Ball, unless Michelle’s exile is on recall!”

    As Toto says: “Cheers!”

  11. Juanton said,

    January 3, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Re: Babaylan #83 and Garganta #85
    There is an exhibit of photos/prints/etc. on the US-Philippine War which they called the Philippine insurrection, entitled The US in the Philippines 1898-1915 This runs till February 22/09 Wed to Sundays from 11:00 to 5:00 This is worth seeing. An eye opener. Not much like the story in the history books the US foisted on the Phil. students. A very good example of the adage: The propaganda of the victor becomes the history of the vanquished.
    The Lopez Family tale runs on the dates scheduled from 7-8 PM. Meaning if you went to see the exhibit and wanted to see the Lopez thing on the same date, you would have a couple of hours to waste 5-7.
    Anyway, the presentation is amateurish and not worth the time.
    Maybe I was expecting something better. GI, you might be disappointed again.
    My suggestion; See the exhibit. Forget the Lopez presentation.

  12. Cousin of my Cousin said,

    December 31, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Hello Toto,

    Yes, the poster of item #83 is correct, this is the same Lopez family from Balayan, Batangas that went through hardships during the Philippine-American War. A copy of the pardon of the Lopez brothers by General Bell together with the pictures of Jose Rizal and Sixto Lopez who were classmates at the Ateneo are still in the ancestral house in Balayan, Batangas.

    One of the Lopez brothers from Balayan, Batangas, Manuel, married a Lopez-Jison of the Lopezes from Jaro, Iloilo: Maria, also known as “Marucha.” Marucha descended from the line of Marcelo Villanueva Lopez and was a second cousin to Eugenio “Ening” and Fernando “Nanding” Hofilena Lopez. The eldest of 13 children, Maria J. Lopez was mother-in-law to Adoracion “Dory” Hizon Lopez and aunt by marriage to Guia Dison-Bautista, both Kapangpangans mentioned in other sections of your blog. Her two other daughters-in-law are Sylvia Tinio-Lopez and Rosalinda “Linda” Hidalgo-Lopez.

    One of her nieces was Chloe Jison Romulo-Periquet.

    Maria “Marucha” Lopez Jison-Lopez’s youngest brother Francisco “Frank” Lopez Jison was married to Lilia Hofilena Lopez, and lived at the “Nelly Gardens” in Iloilo.


  13. Babaylan said,

    December 28, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Garganta, i will miss those two performances but please let us know of your impressions if you make it to the event. I found the exhibit itself instructive and interesting and would recommend the following site to those who may be interested for further edification:

    Fyi for Mr. Gonzalez, my email address had expired and i haven’t gotten around to setting up a new one.

  14. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Re eksena re the (I guess Tagalog) Lopez Family at San Francisco’s Presidio, it looks like there are only 2 performances left: Jan. 8th, Feb. 5th, 7pm to 8pm. It is billed as a multi-media performance. Thanks for the alert, Babaylan.

    I’ve been a little weary of these Fil-American theatrical presentations…I went to a ‘kapre-something-or-other in the Mission… (it might even have been this Bindlestiff Studios presenting that play); then there was “The Romance of Magno Rubio” (w/ some people w/ Broadway credits behind them) — and both were such let-downs. Maybe my expectations were too high — after all, should I expect any less — or they were just downright mediocre??

    However, I’m willing to give this “Lopez” show a try (libre naman after all..) even though it’s quite a drive for me, on the P.M. of January 8th, if some RoTA (this blog) regulars (jeremiah? periphery? babaylan?) want to meet up that evening? And then maybe we can schmooze afterwards? I give Toto permission to pass on my email addy to SF Bay Area bloggers.


  15. James Cruz said,

    December 25, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Jaime Prieto died together with Nene Corro, both with the Ateneo Flying Club
    back in 1967, way before Ateneo became coed. Ateneo had the AirForce
    ROTC as La Salle had NavalROTC, hence the Flying Club.

    Raffy should read Richard in # 82. Mindy Barredo is now Mrs Carlos “Cookie” Ysmael Perez-Rubio and they reside in Atherton CA.

  16. Babaylan said,

    December 22, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I wonder if it is the same Lopez family from Balayan, Batangas who went through some hardship and suffering during the Philippine American War. Their properties were confiscated and three brothers were arbitrarily imprisoned because another brother Sixto was active in the movement to oppose American designs in our fledging republic. A sister Clemencia was able to secure an audience with President Theodore Roosevelt to plead her family’s case but was unsuccessful. For those who live in the San Francisco Bay Area or just passing by California, there is an ongoing exhibit at the San Francisco Presidio that includes the saga of the Lopez family at that time. Go to http://www.presidio.gov/calendar/war.htm for more details.

    On another topic, Jaime Prieto died in a plane crash together with the husbands of Mercy Arrastia and the late Maria Clara Lobregat in the 1960s. That was a very tragic event at that time as the victims were young promising members of families prominent in Philippine society.

  17. James Cruz said,

    December 21, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    DJ comes from a landed gentry from Batangas, her father was Batangueno and her mother Wendy was/is British. DJ has 2 other sisters, Marybeth, widow
    of Jaime Prieto, mother of Nikki, and now the wife of Joe Vincent Madrigal de Leon, other sister is Vicky, the ex-wife of Emilio Tuason. Their only brother Raffy was the 1st husband of Mindy Barredo.

  18. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 20, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Babylan, OH!! I didn’t realize that. I thought since movie star DJL also surfaces in some of the “in” events even at this late stage, she was one and the same. Thanks for clearing that up. So, one was the film star — and is the other one of THE Lopez clan?

  19. issima said,

    December 19, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    First Gentleman and Vicky To*.

  20. Babaylan said,

    December 18, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Garganta: re your post#72, the Dian* Je*n Lopez mentioned in mauricette’s post#52 and plum’s post#54 is NOT the same Jean Lopez, the movie star who was married to Romano Castelvi, another screen matinee idol rumored to be a descendant of the Spanish King Alfonso XIII.

  21. zippo said,

    December 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for the Christmas Greetings. Haven’t been logging in lately as I haven’t been myself lately. Been missing my kids. They’ll be spending Christmas with their respective mothers so I’ll be all alone for Christmas (there goes my chance of having an old fashioned Christmas — although there’s always the possibility of spending it with mother hmmmm…. slash wrists, Christmas with mother, slash wrists, Christmas with mother; such a hard decision).

    Thinking of hying up to Batanes or Banaue for some alone time starting this Sunday (roughing it up is always good for one’s soul). Will get to think whether to end my present relationship to go back to the last wife or to file my umpteenth annulment and see where this relationship goes. I know…. I know…. (Yes Larry, I’m a baboon).

    Anyway, Toto, Isla, bambina, larry, GI, Liding, periphery, talagang t, and everyone here: I wish your Christmas would be much much merrier than mine.

    You’ll miss me for a few days as there’s no wi-fi in either Batanes or Banaue. I’ll be back by Christmas.

    Take care y’all.

    Z 🙂

    P.S. A few days ago, I was looking at some pics of some of the parties my mom threw in the 1980s. Guess who I saw as a guest during one of the parties? Larry L!

  22. larry leviste said,

    December 17, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Manila is, sorry for the comparison, like a large BABOON tribe.

    I was watching ANIMAL PLANET recently and was listening to the narration.

    ” Not only are the males of the tribe promiscuous, going with multi partners as much as a dozen a day. But the females too will make it wit very young males as well as all try to seduce the alpha males of the tribe. This is nothing for them because all have a need for constant sexual intercouse, whatever the time of day, in whatever position sometimes in little orgy groups. ”

    I suddenly thought of Manila and what a barrel of sex starved monkeys we all are, at some point of our existence;

    I remain LOL,

  23. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 16, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Juanton, re (your post #39) and Issima (your post #19),

    “Dashing” Filipino colonel who turned CIA operative who also supposedly swept Irene’s (long absent) mother-in-law off her feet from architect-collector, I think that is Col. Napole*n V*ler*ano, right? If it’s him, there’s a photo of him in Sterling Seagrave’s “The Marcos Dynasty,” (2nd to the last page in middle photo section) and he doesn’t look particularly distinguished. I mean, nowhere near a “Mel Gibson guapo.” Seagrave did categorically state NV as a “professional killer,” so Issima, your story of Secretary PMG’s first husband being pushed off a building seems entirely plausible. No mention of Emma B-A as his later partner in the book. We may have to ask Leila. 🙂

    [Seagrave also goes into much further detail about the early life of Carmen and Ferdinand together and that 3 kids were already born when FM hooked up with Imelda. Also, Seagrave’s account of Imelda’s NYC hospitalization conflicts with Pedrosa’s. In his book, he states that Ferdinand took Imelda to New York for treatment pre-Imee’s birth and that is was Ferdie’s still seeing Carmen on the side even though he was now ‘officially married’ to her, that nearly drove her to the edge. In Pedrosa’s version, she intimates that it was adjusting to being a ‘political wife’ and the birth of the first-born that sent Imelda to treatment in NYC. But I was right on the venue: it was at the Presbyterian (pre-Columbia-Presbyterian in those days) Hospital.]

    Re Castila (I imagine MLQ?), I don’t know much about him or the “Presidentiable’s grandfather, etc.” You guys will have to fill us in on more explicit details than that.

  24. Thundernut said,

    December 16, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    GI, re: Post # 72; I have not been by the gates of Sampaguita Pictures Studios in San Juan for many many years now. It is sad to know that the studio lot has been razed. Visions of the past in that vicinity brings amusing memories. I used to duck inside the cabs when I passed near those gates on my way to a friend’s house nearby, since once the autograph hunters spot a passenger’s shadow inside a car, they block the way leaving no option to the driver but really slow down to avoid hitting anyone. Air-conditioned cabs were not common then, and the windows are normally down. Sometimes a stop will bring questions of “Can I have your autograph?” or “Are you anyone?” in Tagalog of course, more like ” Sino po ba sila?, Bago po ba kayong artista?. It did not matter if you looked like a villain or a hero. You would blush if you were modest. Their techique was to stop the car and get their chance of having an autograph from a movie star or starlet. These occurences happened almost everyday while the streets were daylit. The hunters seem to recognize cars belonging to the residents of the intersecting streets. Those cars get exempt from the bother. The hunters are gone by night time.

  25. zippo said,

    December 16, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    “classy boldstar”

    gee…… talk about an oxymoron!

    l*ding you absolutely crack me up

    Z 🙂

  26. mauricette said,

    December 15, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Plum, in the case of B**chus and C*arlo**e, I’m not sure who strayed first. But they were still married when R* came into the picture. But isn’t Manila such a merry-go-round?

  27. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Coincidences? Did most of you young ‘uns know that Dian* Je*n Lopez and Jose M*ri Gonzalez had their 15 minutes of fame when they were young actors at the Vera-Perez’s Sampaguita Pictures?? I believe they were teamed up in a few films — but always supporting to the bigger studio stars of Susan Roces / Juancho Gutierrez, Gloria Romero / Luis Gonzales and Amalia Fuentes / Romeo Vasquez. Maybe it’s those 3 names??

    Also, like most classic institutions of the PI of the 50s and 60s, hardly anything remains of Sampaguita. Was belatedly reading that article on Rene Knecht in the maiden issue of Rogue, and his family home / compound in Pasay was apparently appropriated as ‘public domain’ when they connected EDSA to Roxas. So, it’s like the old Sampaguita Pictures studios in Gilmore which also faced the wrecking ball when they connected Ortigas with Broadway.

    Ahhhh, progress. Or is it??


  28. mauricette said,

    December 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Ynchaustti, it was devastating for P*dro. He and Ed were extremely close. Ed was the first person Pete consulted when he decided to marry G*na. They were each other’s best friend.

  29. ynchaustti said,

    December 15, 2008 at 4:29 am

    It must have been so sad for Pedro with the death of Eduardo. They seemed to be close and even shared an office. I guess they where like J*ZA and Fernando.

  30. ynchaustti said,

    December 15, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Thanks kibosh and Plum for the info. Didn’t An* and Jose M*ri have a furniture / home accessories store? What happened to the political career of Jose M*ri Gonzalez? Was not he a former congressman or was it just one term in congress?

  31. Plum said,

    December 14, 2008 at 10:27 pm


    Thanks for the clarification! I did not know there was such a connection between AM and the big kahuna himself.

    Would that be why An* Marg*rit* lived in London for a few years, supposedly to study?

    Is the lady living in McKinley also the majority owner of the Mandarin hotel in Manila? I have heard this from a few parties outside the Philippines.

  32. l*ding said,

    December 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm


    thank you for the info. it has been years already. i remember ch*rito my comadre, who happens to be the mother of k**** k****, was so relieved when they were able to recover from their financial downfall in the 80s after their daughters met the sultan. the gonzalezes were among the first to construct roads in brunei. they are family friends and the benevolent sultan liked the two girls like daughters and helped their father rise like a phoenix. k**** k**** is the only classy bold star i know, she’s from maryknoll.

  33. kibosh said,

    December 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Coincidence. Sometimes, a tad more than that too.

  34. periphery said,

    December 14, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Am I the only one who finds it amusing when someone ( like the An* Marg*rita you all speak of ) marries a man, Jose M*ri C*ervo, with the same “two-fer” name as her father’s, Jose M*ri Gonzalez? 🙂

  35. kibosh said,

    December 14, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    l*ding and Plum,

    Plum, while the bold star Cr*stina “Kr*ng Kr*ng” Gonzalez was widely known for her Brunei adventures, it was actually her younger sister An* who almost bagged the ultimate prize.

    l*ding, you’re right, it was An* Marg*rita M*larky Gonzalez herself who was being considered by no less than the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei to be his umpteenth wife.

    l*ding, the lady living in the palace on McKinley Road is still very much married to the Prince of Brunei.

  36. Plum said,

    December 14, 2008 at 9:04 am


    I don’t think it was An*, it was her older sister Cr*stina “Kr*ng Kr*ng” ( now Gonzalez-Rom*aldez ) who was a “frequent guest” in Brunei. Both sisters “vacationed” in Brunei, but Cr*stina was the more regular visitor… 🙂

    I am pretty sure Prince Jefri was never interested in marrying either sister as he was — at the time — quite serious with, and ready to propose marriage to, a daughter of an industrialist from Malaysia.

    Post-Brunei, Cr*stina “Kr*ng Kr*ng” herself had a short-lived marriage to It*s C*rag.

  37. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    December 14, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Larry, dear – thou maked me blush! LOL!
    Thanks for your very kind words and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family too.


  38. l*ding said,

    December 14, 2008 at 6:36 am


    wasn’t an* marg*rita gonzalez once pursued by the sultan of brunei to be his third wife? what happened?

    was she the lady living in the grand # 32 mckinley road of jefri?

  39. Plum said,

    December 14, 2008 at 5:00 am

    Hi ynchaustti, yes kibosh is right. The woman is believed to be bipolar. Her parents are in denial, as if it is a greater tragedy to get their daughter to seek psychological help.

    Poor Jose M*ri. But he is doing an admirable job raising their two kids.

    He was in Madrid for awhile but has been back in Manila since mid-year. He certainly has the support of everyone. I do not get the impression he and An* Marg*rita are living under the same roof.

  40. kibosh said,

    December 14, 2008 at 3:26 am


    That was an acrimonious separation worthy of an action / suspense thriller: An* Gonzalez progressively went bonkers and poor Jose M*ri C*ervo escaped with their children and went into hiding for some months.

    Jose M*ri has the sympathy and help of their many friends.

  41. larry leviste said,

    December 13, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Paris, my heart goes to you in your hour of convalescence, please be more CAREFUL as we are getting brittle-boned as we BLOG,

    Great to read your wit and wisdom is well. I bow deeply and wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  42. ynchaustti said,

    December 13, 2008 at 3:53 am

    Hi Plum. What happened to An* Marg*rita Gonzalez?

  43. Plum said,

    December 13, 2008 at 2:25 am

    mauricette, I did not know Ch*rlo**e T. had a kid with R*! I always thought it was Bac*hus who strayed.

    Bac*hus is living the total bohemian beach life now. He has two toddlers sired by two Boracay fire dancers.

    Like you, I have been away for so long, so it is nice to catch up on all these updates.

    Thank you Toto, for this forum 🙂

  44. mauricette said,

    December 12, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Plum, yes, D* is a real character. They all are varying degrees of crazy in that family. Vic*y is probably the sanest!

    Yes, Nik*i and Cla*dia also never really got along – and to think they went to the same school in Leysin at the same time!

    I did hear that D* had to give up her house on Paraiso St. in Dasma as well as her car, but I’d left Manila by then and don’t know all the details. Her encounters with J**mi* C*en*a were always great gossip fodder.

    The world IS small! After S*m, R* was with C**rl***e T**do** who was then still married to Bac*hus Zul*eta. They never married but they have a son. I’m not sure if they’re still together, though!

  45. Plum said,

    December 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Hi mauricette, the story about Dian* Je*n doesn’t surprise me! So did she end up getting anything from her ex C*enca? I recall she sued for ownership of some properties in Makati.

    Now I also remember that another person Cla*dia also had a fractious relationship with was her cousin Nik*i Pr*eto. I would never have thought that the latter would be a public servant someday, lol. 🙂

    I didn’t realize J*j*’s wife was S*m’s cousin ( I assume their moms are sisters or cousins? ) J*j* and his wife had a small beach wedding in Boracay.

    It’s creepy how small the world is. Add in the fact that S*m and her ex sister in law, Sprayee, both dated R* Gonzalez? ( and whatever happened to him? ) The only Gonzalez whose name comes up these days is his cousin An* Marg*rita, who I hope is seeking professional help for her condition. Her husband, Jose M*ri C*ervo ( or ex na ba? ), is a good man.

    Sorry if I am always full of questions, but this is the only forum where I can find out what happened to all these names from the past!

  46. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    December 11, 2008 at 5:45 am

    I wish it had happened in Madrid and I had had good company, but no… it was during the eternally long December bank holiday. Craving sunshine and hot weather I headed for the dreadful volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Should have gone to Tenerife, where I always go, but it was my travel agent who persuaded me to go to that dump where it was overcast, windy and very cold. The five-star (yeah, right) resort looked more like a retirement home for aging Lithuanian emigrés and the overall color of every dish on the menu was beige.
    Guess it doesn’t surprise you that trying to flee the hotel for the “bustling” center of town I tripped and fell.
    Having been taken in a wheelchair to the plane, believe me, I had tears of relief running down my cheeks when we took off from the “Isle-in-Hell”.
    I could elaborate more, but as suggested, will leave the details to Almodovar. If he makes a movie out of that weekend it will have to be called “Desesperación Canaria.”
    Thanks for your concern L*ding – the holiday season should be festive here too but what I’d give to spend part of it in Manila. Just love the music, food and ambience at the Pen at this time of the year.

  47. mauricette said,

    December 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Plum, you’re welcome. Yes Dian* Je*n wasn’t invited to the wedding in Bogota. I guess she thought she was extracting her revenge when she started squiring I*sam around town some years later. Mother and daughter have never gotten along.

    I remember D* flirting outrageously with M*r R*xas at a party in the late 80’s. Or was it at “Faces”? At that time, he was with D*ris H*. She said to him, “Ay naku M*r, you’re so pudpud na siguro from D*ris!”

    S*m is with E*vee Cruz, and has been for some time. Her longtime ex, J*j* married her cousin J*nn* S*rr*no just this year I believe.

  48. Plum said,

    December 10, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Hello mauricette, many thanks for the info. Interesting to know that about Cla*dia B*rmudez’s first husband. Her first wedding / marriage was fodder for gossip when her mother rather infamously remarked: “Don’t ask me about the wedding, I wasn’t invited.”

    As you probably know, she and her husband keep a very low social profile in their city, as well. She has aged well, I must say. A bit of trivia you probably know: her hubby was the longtime lover of a rather notorious local actress in their city of residence.

    What about S*m Eduq*e? Heard she has become somewhat of a recluse in Manila? Wasn’t J*j* Silver*o, her longtime ex, recently married too?

    And maybe someone can clarify this for me please: did Sprayee’s hubby hook up with his girl RR during or after their marriage ended? They have become quite public about their relationship, I’ve heard.

  49. l*ding said,

    December 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

    isla dear,

    i hope you’re fine now. be well, the holiday rush is just around the corner.

    dona liding

  50. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Isla, sorry to hear of your recent predicament. Glad to hear that your have returned home and are recovering.

    What a coincidence. We also heard from another regular poster on the “Elegance of Old Manila” thread (February 2008) (Paquito) who himself just reappeared after a few months absence due to being treated for a surgical procedure…like you, Isla…in a Madrid hospital. Migod, you probably could’ve even been roomates at the same Hospitale. R u sure the 2 of you were not rehearsing your parts for the next Pedro Almodovar movie, hmmmmmm — Habla con Ella, II”? 🙂

    G 🙂 I

  51. mauricette said,

    December 9, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Plum, her first husband was a Syrian-Swiss businessman who was then based in Dusseldorf. She had their marriage annulled. Her mother promptly took him under her wing, socially and, it is speculated, otherwise. He was typically Middle Eastern, charming when the occasion demanded it, but chauvinistic to the core.

    Ina is married to Freddie Ayala; Vivian is in SF; Ella married Eddie Gana and keeps a very low profile in Manila

  52. spendaholic said,

    December 9, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Is Edn* C*mc*m still alive? she took over my grandma’s house in Cambridge Circle when she got back from exile….

  53. Thundernut said,

    December 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Umm, for sure GI can uncover details of this parallel tract. Did anybody call M pendejo as the Catila did the Grandfather within hearing range of his cabinet? Oh, Babaylan, that’s juice!

  54. issima said,

    December 9, 2008 at 7:15 pm


    My parents and their friends used to talk about that: MQ foisting TdL on MR.

    MQ was a horny man. It was said that J*rge V*rgas, the Executive Secretary, had walked into the presidential office several times with his boss MQ and a new woman “in flagrante delicto” right on the presidential desk. MQ was never embarrassed and did nothing more than curse him “P*neta! V*rgas! P*neta!” and proceed with whatever he was doing.

    MR and TdL were not exactly a happy couple. MR, in his own way, was faithful to his real love, who did not have the fortune to be his wife. TdL was the richer partner and she never failed to remind MR about it. She could tell him the darndest things in front of anybody, anywhere. There were stories about how she literally locked MR inside Malacanang Palace many times — inside the private quarters, the bedroom, the bathroom — to prevent him from visiting his real love after his official duties.

    The Don Juans of yore…

  55. Babaylan said,

    December 9, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    The Castila promoted the political career of Presidentiable’s Grandfather in exchange for Grandfather marrying the Castila’s paramour who was a member of a well-placed family then. Grandfather had to cast aside his longtime sweetheart, an outstanding soprano of some world fame, so he can fulfill his political ambitions. Shades of the Marcos/Ortega/Romualdez affair.

  56. Plum said,

    December 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Sorry for the double post…

  57. Plum said,

    December 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    CB left the Philippines a long time ago. She (re) married a Korean and they have a daughter. Her first marriage, post B*nget M., was to a middle-eastern man, in the early 90s.

    Was wondering what happened to her Pitoy Moreno peers? Ina C*lalang still comes out in magazines. Is Vi*vian Vel*oso still living in CA and married to V*nce H? And what happened to E*la L*pez?

    And any updates on the Pepper Spray incident? I recall that Sprayer and Sprayee actually dated the same guy in the late 80s – J*an M*guel Ongs*ako (not at the same time though, so no hair pulling incident then.)

  58. Plum said,

    December 9, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    CB left the Philippines a long time ago. She is now (re) married to a Korean, and they have a daughter. She had a short lived marriage to a middle-eastern man in the early 90s, I believe.

    Whatever happened to her Pitoy Moreno peers? Ina Calalang still comes out in magazines. Is Vivian Veloso still living in CA and married to Vince? Whatever happened to Ella Lopez?

    And whatever happened to the Sprayer and Sprayee incident? No news? I remember both girls dated the same guy in the late 80s, J*an Miguel Ongs*ako (at separate times though, so no hair pulling incidents there.)

  59. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    December 9, 2008 at 7:48 am

    To Larry, L*ding, G.I. and my other dear fellow blogmates: I’m sorry I haven’t commented on the fabulous sequence of events in this post but I went on a short vacation, tripped and fell, was semi-comatose for a few days and was released from hospital and returned home last night.

  60. Juanton said,

    December 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    About Larry’s question: One story goes that the famed guerrilla warfare expert Col. Lansdale bumped into the military man unloading crates behind a supermarket. After relating his tale, the good Col. had him taken to the State Dept.,sworn in as a US citizen and inducted as a full colonel in the US Army (backdated so he gets a hefty backpay) with a cushy job the Pentagon, due to his excellent record as the top expert in the war against the HUKS in Central Luzon. No info after that. He was indeed guapito. Lady killer. He also had a GAY son they say he used to beat up daily, being unworthy of such a macho father.

  61. juanantonioclajazvasaquez said,

    December 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    How about Salvador “D*y” La*rel and Pilar P*lapil?

  62. mauricette said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    ynchausti, i believe it was cardiac arrest while he was on his treadmill at home. very sad.

  63. ynchaustti said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for the info mauricette. Would you happen to know the cause of death? That probably explains why CB does not seem to appear anymore in society pages.

  64. issima said,

    December 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    General F*bian V*r and E*na C*mcam.

  65. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 6, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Corrections on my errata on post #32: a short while ago, I just decided to x-check some facts from my copy of Carmen Navarro Pedrosa’s bio (the unexpurgated, unafraid version) of Imelda’s bio. I was off on a few dates:

    1. It turns out that the young Ferdinand and C*rmen were already engaged several months to each other when the other woman appeared. Pedrosa relates that CO was already in residence at the Marcos house in San Juan (page 78). Anyway, it makes sense that during all that time, Dona Josefa also got a chance to know CO before Imelda.

    2. Ferdinand and Imelda actually got hitched in the ‘spring’ of 1954. It is thought that the swiftness of the courtship was because Marcos wanted to get Imelda’s commitment before she heard of C*rmen’s being the first “lady of the house” in San Juan. So one can also imagine that in the final days leading up to that fateful Ferdinand-Imelda contract, Ferdie must’ve been doing double duty breaking up with Carmen, hustling her out of the house on *rtega Street, and explaining or trying to evade his mother who certainly would’ve been discomfited by the sudden change of daughter-in-law, after she had already gotten to know the first one.

    And of course, within this time chronology, CO might’ve already gotten pregnant or not yet known or revealed to FM that she was heavy with their first child.

    3. Imelda’s breakdown and eventual New York treatment — which the Marcoses never tried to hush up. (What a novel idea!!) Not 1954 but sometime after Imee’s birth (p. 91). Could it have been the shock of the firstborn’s birth? Quelle horreur!! 🙂

    In any case, as we all know by now, every trip to New York or just outside Philippine shores thereafter, proved salubrious to the self-conflicted Congressman’s wife. And of course, each succeeding foreign trip, each one grander and better financed than the previous one, certainly must’ve been very therapeutic for the Philippines’ much put-upon and very dedicated jet-setting “Inday-toinette.” I know of no health plan or HMO that would’ve sanctioned and paid for such treatment. Does anyone? 🙂

    Anyway, just setting some facts.


  66. mauricette said,

    December 6, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Tragically, Ed*ardo Roxas — truly one of the nicest guys ever — passed away a few years ago. He never married. Apparently upon his death his family made CB return the car and apartment he had given her…

  67. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 6, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    It’s known that Ferdinand Marcos and C*rmen *rtega never made it official. The supposed progeny carry/carried the mother’s surname… So, yes, there is no tangible proof that Macoy was previously married to her, and no one has ever disputed that … not unless you know something to the contrary?

    And on the 11-day courtship Ferdinand Marcos waged on Imelda Romualdez, my reading of that is Marcos saw better chances for his ambitious future in the young, naive Ms. Romualdez than in Miss O. I think he saw a clean slate in young Imelda whom he could mold and have adapt to his future schemes — whereas (again I just surmise) I think he knew C*rmen (and/or her family) was not someone he could bend to his will and master plan, especially, if she was a simple woman, was able to keep a discreet existence all those years after. Also, remember that when the young Mrs. Ferdinand Marcos could not adapt to the early public lifestyle of her dynamic, new husband and was supposedly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she was sent to a shrink, I believe, at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 1954. So that was the young Taclobena’s first trip to the big lights of the Big Apple…and well, we all know the rest. The world changed from thereon and the rest is history.

    “Start spreading the news(paper)
    (On the floor)…
    I’m longing to stay…
    I wanna be a part of it…


  68. randy b said,

    December 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Would a woman of C*rmen *rtega’s generation and social status ( “hacendero” class ) shack up with a man and have 4 illegitimate kids with her parents’ approval? Someone Josefa Marcos’ age would have called her a contemptible woman living in sin or otherwise “loca.” Would a congressman with presidential ambitions in a Catholic country shack up with a woman and have four kids without marrying her?

    Talk was that shortly before or after the marriage to Imelda Romualdez, a fire broke out at the Batac municipal hall, destroying the civil registrar’s office. Under Philippine law, the only definitive evidence that a valid marriage exists are 1) the original marriage license and contract on register; 2) true copies certified by the civil registrar and its national office ( now the NSO ). But these agencies will not certify unless they find the file copy.

    The couple’s copies, usually held by the wife, are not valid or admissible evidence unless certified as in no. 2. Those who wanted a valid second marriage without destroying official files, getting a foreign divorce or murdering the spouse might convert to Islam because annulments common today were legislated only in 1987 ( effective 1 year later ) and what they could get in the 50’s was a court order declaring a marriage void for lack of req. formalities.

    Anyone who had presidential ambitions in the 50’s would know this country had never elected a president who was divorced, a Muslim or one whose murder accomplices could give him away. Ferdinand Marcos could not propose marriage to Imelda Romualdez on the premise that a petition to declare his marriage void would be in the works. And there would be the hard-to-get church annulment for the voter’s eyes. Most probably he and C*rmen *rtega were living apart by that time. So having the files evaporate would be the short route. And it would be libel or slander to publish or say Ferdinand Marcos was in a bigamous marriage because no admissible evidence existed to prove it.

  69. ynchaustti said,

    December 6, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Although not really related to the topic, I would like to inquire as to what happened to Ed*ardo Roxas ( Central Az*carera de Don P*dro, brother of P*dro Roxas ) and to Cla*dia B*rmudez?

  70. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 5, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    OMG!! P.S. to the above post. Just as soon as I posted that; I said let me google my old g.f. (the FAIR one I referred to). And OMG!! She ended up being a professor pala at UP’s Mass Comm college and passing away from lung cancer in 2005. But it seems she did not take the Ortega boy’s name — or if they even made it official; or if she reverted to her maiden name. And I’m surprised she didn’t get snatched up by any one of the country’s soignee industrialists since (1) she was Assumption-San Lo; and (2) she would’ve made a truly beautiful, alta sociedad trophy wife Sheit!! Life is talagang short and time is passing. And in my last visit in 2004, to think that I was a dinner guest at her boss’ home (the dean of UP Mass Comm) who I still owe a condolence note for her having become a widow herself a little over a year ago — but had no inkling that D.T. was a prof under her wing.

    Anyway, belated RIP, D.T. (that’s the lady I referred to; not her boss).


  71. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Zip, it might seem that way but I am merely stating what I know, have read and heard from various sources, nearly all of them quite reliable. But how different is it, in the grand scheme of things, considering every other president mentioned on this list, just held on to power, LEGITIMATELY I might add, for their one allotted term, from the others?

    I mean the marcos years were really so… sleazy. It might’ve been OK if indeed he/she even had genuine style to carry off the grand larceny. But even their style was so phony, that one, I, could see thru it through and through. [Ask Larry… 🙂 ] And to have the unmitigated gall to cling to power for 21 years, a good 13 years over the legitimate eight, and 15-17 years over those who sat for only one term. I mean the time period alone is a blight on the subconscious of anyone with even an ounce of self-respect.

    Larry, I personally don’t know where Carmen O ended up. Stories were that they tried to ship her and the kids to the US, but she didn’t want to and had the good sense to just keep a low profile as much as the official one shone so blindingly. Supposedly, the oldest son who did keep his mother’s surname, and luckily for him, also was a rather good-looking mestizillo (so, did not get any of the rather… shoddy Ilocano looks) (to my eye, better looking than Bong2) — and even ran successfully for UP Student President during his college years; which campaign was supposedly backed by money from the Palace. (Last I heard about this guy, he ended up with this gal I used to date — one of the FAIREST half-Filipinas I had ever known. Her mother was an Aussie.) I don’t know about the other siblings.

    But while a lot of this was hearsay, I do know about the old lady Dona J’s most intimate feelings re her daughters-in-law because my folks knew one of her bosom buddies with whom she shared her joys and frustrations in life. And of course, Dona J’s amiga also shared that juicy insider stuff with mon parentes.

    Anyway, back to Zip’s err, observation …they not only stole materially from a decent people but stole time and self-respect as well. The former can be regained; but the latter cannot.

    This must always be remembered so that it cannot be allowed to happen again. One cannot forget. We should not.


    On another subject, never having read Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo (ok, ok, mea culpa… but you know what…it was never prescribed reading at the schools that I went to…. but hey I memorized Mi Ultimo Adios in its full, glorious Spanish…), I don’t know what made me do a quick google for the plot summaries the other day. And aba pala, when I got to Fili, was mildly surprised to learn that (i) it was a sequel; and (ii) it’s in the ‘return-under-disguise-for-revenge’ genre; so in the vein of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Les Miz” (to a certain extent) and “Sweeney Todd.” Hmmm, I wonder, how much our dear Jose was influenced by the first 2 earlier works? And would he have been surprised that there was a wonderful movie theatre named after him — but alas is nothing but a memory now??

    We’ll never know, will we? Hasta lluego,


  72. zippo said,

    December 5, 2008 at 8:31 am


    galit na galit ka talaga kina marcos….

    Z 😉

  73. randy b said,

    December 5, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Thundernut: Can’t say people could blame wifey for what she did. Anyone would do the same. Used to go to the same gym as Maria R*sa Isab*l A*aneta P*rdices Flor*s.

  74. larry leviste said,

    December 5, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Christmas Poster Please, answer my querry:

    What happened to the dashing military aide who swept the grand lady from effete antique collector, my mom said he was Mel Gibson guapo ? Did they have children, and as LIFE magazine used to say, ” Where are thy now ? ”

    And while we are at it, GI or Gorgissima Informant, where Is C*armen Ortega and their children with Macoy ? Was there really an original Bong-Bong, where is he now ?

    As much as this WONDERFUL blog is about reminiscing, there must be UPDATES, please.

    Closure, resolutions, happily ever afters or reversals of fortune care of KARMA or otherwise.

    Oh Paris et al, I went to the most amazing beauty pageant for gays last night. It was hosted by the original PMAP models and the contestants were all fashion designers with ages 50 and beyond. It was HILARIOUS. This years theme was very Pinoy with Randy Ortiz as Miss Parada Ng Lechon, Roby Carmona as Miss Cry of Balintawak and Gerry Katigbak ( a deadringer for Elvira Manahan ) as Miss Day Off.

    It was hosted by actors John Estrada and Calvin Millado, who were damn good with the question and answer portions.

    I escorted Chairman of the Board of Judges and my boss Thelma San Juan dripping in Jewelmer pearls. It was refreshing to see co-judge Tessa Valdez not in drag as the contestants all would have upstaged her in the sequin and swarovski department.

    It was all in good fun, a moment to forget the world’s blues and kick up those high heels.

    Here’s the clincher, the winner is determined by TAMBIOLO or picked like a LOTTO. To insure ” fairness”, God’s LUCKY Hand or so there would be peace and harmony for the ” thank you girls ” losers.

    Henry Calayag in a stunning PEPITO Albert black corsetted gown won TOP Prize as MIssed Millenium. This contest is on it’s eight year.

    I high-tailed it to Oskar Peralta’s 65th Burstday at the Adriatico Circle right after. Oh Manille, as Christmastime toils by.

  75. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 4, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Re Ferdinand Marcos and C*rmen *rtega, please — don’t be fooled. That really could not be considered an extramarital affair. The old lech had met and shacked up with her BEFORE he even met Imelda Romualdez. He just decided to make it official with Imelda because she came with a politically well-connected family which would tie in with his long-range ambitions. And it did. However, the old lady Josefa always considered C*rmen as her “real” daughter-in-law and NOT the Visayan. She always considered the latecomer as the Pretender.

  76. Thundernut said,

    December 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    randy b, I see “wifey” every now and then at select parties. She’s a grand lady. Let’s allow her her peace, please.

  77. Mike said,

    December 4, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Ferdinand Marcos and C*rmen *rtega.

  78. randy b said,

    December 4, 2008 at 3:26 am

    re effete antique-collecting husband: some magnificent items from his collection are displayed on and off at San Agustin. Wifey and military man reportedly went abroad to live. At the wedding of collector and wifey’s son to a presidential daughter, everyone craned their necks to see if wifey was present, but she wasn’t.

  79. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    well…and I forgot all about this…in the final months of Macoy’s reign, the old lech supposedly took up with the most favored niece of his better (worse?) half, after the niece’s own marriage had crumbled. That niece by marriage was the Binibing Pilipinas representative to, I believe, the 1967 Miss International pageant. Ex-mistress/niece is supposed in dire financial straits these last few years despite having been married to a prominent banking family, all the loot her “R”-elatives took and the largesse from her uncle/benefactor in the glory days.

    Issima, your Ramon M-Social Welfare Sec story and its tangents is so intruiging but …dizzying as well. 🙂

  80. issima said,

    December 2, 2008 at 11:37 am

    It was also said that President M*gsaysay was having an affair with his Secretary of Social Welfare [ an heiress ] and that they used to rendezvous at a small house in the Roxas district in Quezon City.

    She, in turn, was also having an affair with a dashing military man who later swept a young society matron off her effete, antique-collecting husband. It was also said that it was the dashing military man who pushed Secretary’s first husband off a building and made it look like a suicide.

  81. larry leviste said,

    December 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Who was it who said President M*gsaysay was rushing home on that fateful plane ride to catch his ***** **** in the arms of a young *** *******?

    Yes, Darwin, “homo sapiens” do not mate for life. Most mammals in fact.

  82. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 2, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Re: Larry’s story re Chon* and “POWER,”…

    Did that happen in Forbes Park? Power was in the Philippines filming “An American Guerilla in the Philippines” in 1949. The movie came out the following year. Wala pang Forbes Park in 1949… I think they only started selling the lots in Forbes in 1951. So she had gotten her chronology mixed up; or the story was ‘upgraded’…

    BTW, Power was supposed to be bisexual anyway, since he also had a ( documented ) secret relationship with Errol Flynn. This was per director George Cukor in supposedly whose guest house they’d meet for their assignations. So…anywho…

    G 🙂 I

  83. December 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm


    S*l V*nzi???

    Toto Gonzalez

  84. zippo said,

    December 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and S*l V*nzi.

  85. talagang tsismoso said,

    December 1, 2008 at 3:47 am

    Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and L*gaya Silver*o-de la M*rced.

  86. larry leviste said,

    December 1, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Chon* made me swear I could only say this after she had gone to HEAVEN.

    One night long ago, apres dinner at the home of the questionable Z*******, I found myself in a round table parlor game with Chon*. I initiated that we would each tell a most riveting story of where was the strangest place we had ever made love? One gay said a coffin, but another lady countered that didn’t count cause Fred El*zalde had done that too.

    A sexy madame said a phonebooth in Fire Island and when everyone looked at Chon*, she in her Jackie Onassis Tempelsman voice cooed, ” It was a Forbes Park soiree when I was whisked by my escort to the pool area. I wasn’t about to do a ‘Splendor in the Grass,’ so I pointed to the diving board. It was very good for my back.” The whole table was hypnotized, mesmerized if happy that our Sphinx granted us with a secret revealed.

    I whispered, “And he had tremendous staying POWER?”

    Chon* replied, “As I remembered, rather.” Then that girlish giggle that haunts me till now. How I miss her.

  87. Garganta Inflamada said,

    November 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    ‘Macho’ culture? The Philippines is a matriarchal culture. The women let the men think it’s a ‘macho’ way. Then the women (both sides) get their due.

    Strange, huh, issima, wala diyan si Kong Dadong and Carlos Garcia on your list? It’s a privilege of power. Doesn’t make it right but dem are the perks.

    As for Ferdinand Macoy and Dovie Beams. Bagay na sila — parehong Grade C actors. 🙂 And the first wife, err…widow, didn’t even make starlet rank.

    Makes one wonder why Filipinos attract such lower tier personalities. I mean there was that Str*nk fellow and Nida Blanca; previous to that, there was Jinky S*zara who got hitched to Jerry Lewis’ son. About the only Filipino/a-1st rank pairing I can think of was Chona Recto [ Ysmael, later Kasten ] and Tyrone Power. But I think that was only a fling while Power was filming here.

    G 🙂 I

  88. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Vice-President Fernando Lopez and Juli*ta *bad-R*fino.

  89. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 8:12 am

    President Manuel Quezon and Mesdames A, B, C, et. al..

  90. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 8:09 am

    President Manuel Roxas and Juanita MacIlvain.

  91. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 8:08 am

    President Fidel Ramos and Ros*marie “B*by” J*menez-*renas.

  92. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 8:06 am

    President Joseph Estrada and G*ia G*mez.

  93. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 8:05 am

    President Joseph Estrada and La*rni Enriq*ez.

  94. issima said,

    November 30, 2008 at 7:58 am

    First Gentl*man and Sexy Comedienne RMQ…

  95. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 30, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Querido Larry,
    I guess if Miz Beams had kept her memories to herself she would have lived long and comfortably with an apricot toy poodle by her side like many other cocottes.
    I’m afraid I would have accidentally dropped my lit Marlboro in front of her house in California too had I been Fred’s widow…

  96. larry leviste said,

    November 30, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Dovie was provided quite well by Fred, she lived in an estate in Pasadena, California.

    In the mid 90’s, she surfaced anew wanting to publish a spill-the-beans-bio. Mysteriously, Miz Beams and her house burned to oblivion.

    It was rumored Miz Beams suffered from AIDS.

    Que trajedia, que lastima,

  97. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    This makes me think of Madame Mitza Bricard, directrice of haute couture at Christian Dior in the 50’s, and how envious the ladies of “le tout Paris” were of her fabulous jewels when she had neither the fortune nor background to possess them.
    Stanley Marcus, one of the founders of Neiman Marcus, asked her once who her favorite florist was to send her orchids. With nonchalance she replied: Cartier!

  98. issima said,

    November 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Let’s start with President Ferdinand Marcos and Dovie Beams…

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