Skin Tight

Just a week before Christmas, the matriarch of an extremely affluent Chinese-Filipino family [ with a fortune in commercial and residential real estate around Asia ] was rushed to the Emergency Room of the Makati Medical Center.  She had been suffering from a lingering illness and her condition had turned for the worse.  She passed away after a few days in the ICU.  But that is not our story…

While the worried family members were keeping watch near their beloved mother, their curiosity was piqued, indeed the whole Emergency Room was distracted, when they saw the arrival of a new male patient on a stretcher covered entirely with a white sheet;  the patient was obviously alive as they could see him breathing.  The patient was followed by a very familiar looking, nay famous, lady who curiously enough had scratch marks and bruises on her arms.  The patient was wheeled into an enclosure and the curtains immediately closed.  Those outside could hear a pumping procedure being performed on the patient.

The lady was the very famous dermatologist and the patient, her handsome boyfriend.


  1. bing_a_abad said,

    April 30, 2009 at 3:50 am

    hi. any discussion thread here about the impending marriage of the cubao-capiz-bacolod heir to the abs-cbn star?


  2. Babaylan said,

    January 22, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaton (the pharaoh who promoted the concept of religious monotheism) while Nefretiri (sometimes Nefertari) was the wife of Rameses II (the pharaoh in the Ten Commandments of Cecil de Mille). Very similar names but two different persons. Nefertiti was the more ancient of the two.

  3. Babaylan said,

    January 22, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaton (the pharaoh who promoted the concept of religious monotheism) while Nefretiri (sometime Nefertari) was the wife of Rameses II (the pharaoh in the Ten Commandments of Cecil de Mille). Very similar names but two different persons. Nefertiti was the more ancient of the two.

  4. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Zip, uhmm…I was being facetious. 😉 It’s fun to rewrite history once in awhile…

  5. zippo said,

    January 21, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Cecil BDM was very very wrong. Check the history books. Nefertiti pre-dated Ramses by a few centuries.

  6. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 18, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    But, zippo, according to Cecil B. de Mille, Nefertiri was Ramses’ and Moses’ b*tch. So it is possible.

    Of course I have not released my scholarly treatise that somehow Nefertiri XXIIIrd was Ramses I’s ‘ho’ – ya know. There are many gaps that I am trying to help Oxford, the Egyptian gov’t and Harvard fill.


  7. Isla said,

    January 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Larry and Plum, to both of you who seem to be so keen on scoops in the haute jewellery field: indeed, I always thought Michelle Ong was “jarrified” to the extent that when I had dinner with them she wore a huge carved jadeite plaque set into a brooch by JAR. I rest my case and I’m happy they’re great friends. I just admire very much her oriental inspired pieces.

    Larry, if you cried at the Egyptian Museum with the Tutankhamen mask, prepare a boxful of linen handkerchiefs for when the Cairo Museum unveils the reedition of Pharaonic jewels that they have commissioned to be created by François Herail of Paris who I mentioned before in this thread.

    L*ding dear, why are you so quiet?

  8. Plum said,

    January 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Hi Isla, many thanks for sharing such detailed info. I am familiar with Carnet and Michelle Ong and I must admit that I always thought she copied JAR’s style. I saw a few of her pieces in a magazine that reminded me very much of Rosenthal’s much earlier signature pieces, those precious little gems enclosed in diamond cages (a theme subsequently copied by many many jewelry designers later on.) I was not aware there was a direction connection between the two, hence the similar style.

    I am now following the works of a few up-and-coming Indian jewelry designers.

    Thank you again for all that interesting info and wishing you and everyone here a great weekend.

    ps. Larry, what a terrific response! 🙂

  9. larry leviste said,

    January 17, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Hi zippo,

    I too, have a fondness for Egyptian antique history.

    Don Escudero and I went to the Cairo Museum, when I saw the solid gold mask of Tutankhamen, I wept like a bawling child.

    Overwhelmed I reckon. Later that night, we went on a dinner cruise up the Nile river. Quite unforgettable, that ancient city.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence and support, Thundernut, kibosh and issima. I thought I was being a tad too Dave Brodet*. Apparently, many out there share my sentiment.

  10. Isla said,

    January 17, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Larry, let me join Thundernut in congratulating you on that fabulous retort. Except in writing I’m quite reserved and usually can’t come up à la minute with a retort like yours, but I guess I’m learning. Wow, what a great blog and especially these comments on pharaonic scale about everything. Indeed, as Larry said in a previous post many moons ago: a XXIst Century cyber-Salon!

  11. zippo said,

    January 17, 2009 at 12:34 am


    Nefertiti lived many centuries before Ramses. They, in fact, came from different ruling dynasties.

    Z 🙂

  12. John D O said,

    January 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I have seen some of Michelle Ong’s creation. They were beautiful. She sells her stuff through Bergdorf Goodman in New York. And of course you can acquire hard to get jewelry from auctions or estate sale. Beware though there are a lot of fake JAR going around in New York.

  13. kibosh said,

    January 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I completely agree with you for calling a b*tch a b*tch…

    Go, Larry!!!

  14. Thundernut said,

    January 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    G.I., I’m still on the floor rolling from your concoction: “La Imierda.” Rio, rio, rio.

  15. Thundernut said,

    January 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Larry, hurray! Great retort!

  16. issima said,

    January 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    First Class Angst, Larry.

    I love it!!!

  17. social climber said,

    January 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    The U*chico widower is not a Chinoy, he doesn’t even speak any Chinese dialect although his surname sounds such. And that’s just what there is to it.

  18. larry leviste said,

    January 16, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Titos Tony and Conrad are my dad’s first cousins. Their dads were brothers.

    I am thinking aloud though, that Lor*n is a stone cold b*tch to have released the statement: “Justice has to be served.”

    After all, they were married for a long time and Tony is the father of Lor*n’s two gay sons.

    Lor*n could have just said: “No comment.” She is a heartless harpie.

    I am not a fan of either Tony or Lor*n. They were cut from the same cloth.

    I remember Tony introducing me once as the “black sheep” of the family, I answered: “Yes, but my hooves are made of gold.”

    Look at them now… Oh the mighty, how they have fallen.

  19. Isla said,

    January 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Plum, aside from my favourites: Taffin, JAR (they told me there’s a ten-year wait for a pair of Iris or Violet cufflinks I want), I think that Sabbadini is particularly chic and in Hong Kong there’s Carnet, of course. Michelle, the owner, is to me the epitome of Asian chic and she’s an intimate of JAR. I had once dinner with her, Joel (who I’ve barely exchanged words with) her partner, Avi, and Pierre Jeannet who’s an incredibly civilized man. Michelle’s website is It’s by appointment only. I could carry on and on about the most fabulous jewels although my own personal favourite designer is an old-timer and he makes my cufflinks by appointment in Paris. His name is François Herail and in his day he founded Poiray on the rue de la Paix. His creations for the Shahbanou of Iran and the Begum Salimah Aga Khan are beyond words in their elegance and simplicity, setting the client’s own stones and he’s just as difficult to get to as JAR but never as expensive. In Madrid, without any doubt, the chic-est and most reasonable is Arsenio Díaz on Calle Ayala.

  20. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    zippo wrote: The lives of Ramses and Nefertiti do have striking similarities with the Marcos couple.


    Well, yeah, in that:

    – the enslaved Hebrews unshacked themselves from the rule of the degenerate Ramses and drag queen Nefertiri/Hotsoupshet

    – the educated Jews were kicked outta Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella;

    – the few remaining Filipinos with an ounce of integrity and ethics either left or cowered in silence under the conjugal rule of Ferdinand and Imierda!!

    I think another commonality among drag queens Nefertiri/Hotsoupshet, Isabella and La Imierda is that they had the same ‘favored’ jeweller: L*ding O!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I rest my case. 🙂

  21. Plum said,

    January 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Isla, interesting insights on the “new” generation of jewelers. Please share more. I’m also curious to know who bought Lady Barbara Black’s JAR pieces 🙂

    Speaking of new generation, the young Russians in London don’t seem to be affected one bit by the financial tsunami. They are still flocking to their current favorite jeweler, Leviev. While on the other extreme end, the well-bred young Brits still seem to prefer the very traditional SJ Phillips.

  22. issima said,

    January 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm


    “The lives of Ramses and Nefertiti do have striking similarities with the Marcos couple.”

    You can’t be serious… or are you?

  23. kibosh said,

    January 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm



  24. zippo said,

    January 15, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I am a fan of Egyptology.

    Ramses II (otherwise known as Ramses the Great) was probably the greatest Egyptian Pharoah (although a very close second was the Pharoah Sneferu who was the engineer of the Pyramids). Ramses won all his battles but his only defeat came in the hands of Moses and the Israelites (the 10 Plagues and the Exodus).

    Nefertiti was indeed the most beautiful Egyptian queen who was married to the Pharaoh Akhenaten who was somewhat physically deformed (Marfan Syndrome). Akhenaten was called the Rebel King because in one fell swoop, he dismantled the polytheistic culture of ancient Egypt and introduced the world’s first monotheistic religion (pre-dating Moses and the Jews by centuries) by worshipping only 1 god — Aten. Despite being polar opposites (physically as Nefertiti was extremely beautiful while Akhenaten was extremely grotesque-looking), the couple had a genuinely happy and loving marriage. They had numerous daughters but no son. Nefertiti died early in life. Akhenaten re-married and his 2nd wife bore him a son who succeeded him — Tutankhamen. Tutankhamen, in turn, married his elder half-sister (daughter of Akhenaten by Nefertiti) and was persuaded by the Egyptian nobility to turn his back on his father’s single-god religion and reverted back to the polytheistic religion of yore.

    Nefertiti, though, was despised by the Egyptian aristocracy because it was thought that she was responsible for Akhenaten’s foray into monotheism.

    The lives of Ramses and Nefertiti do have striking similarities with the Marcos couple.

    Z 🙂

  25. isabella said,

    January 15, 2009 at 4:59 am

    I am puzzled where is Toto? He seemed to be silent.

  26. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 15, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the last few sets of posts — especially re Eemeldah and Nefertiti. 🙂 😦 🙂 certainly not if Barbra Streisand has any say in it.

    I agree with Jaime. I think il Eemeldah is one of Ramses’ concubines – Hotsoupshet (Hatsepshut?) reincarnate!! Carmen was Nefertiri. And sino si Cleopatra??

    BTW, so larry is what to JAL (Jose Antonio Leviste?) Also larry, loren is a granddaughter of my mother’s first cousin.

  27. Isla said,

    January 15, 2009 at 2:19 am

    L*ding, as a foreigner who moves in certain circles I think I can say, unabashedly, that indeed to very sophisticated people abroad Madame Marcos is still one of the most glamorous women on earth, even at almost 80!

    Plum, I do have the Somerset House catalogue but I wish I hadn’t been so cheap and had bought the book. Maraming Salamat!

    John D O, I’m astounded that in the Philippines you know James Taffin de Givenchy (which is the real full name of the Givenchy’s). Mon Dieu, I knew you are sophisticated people, but to know “Taffin”… James de Givenchy is just a little younger than me, kind beyond words, and what style! He still has to find the stylistic direction he’s aiming for but it’s known that JAR is a mentor although Taffin is very different from the lace-like delicate jewels of JAR. James de Givenchy’s jewels are unique, refined, bold and incredibly well made. I’ve been his fan for some time!

  28. l*ding said,

    January 15, 2009 at 1:43 am


    in one of my dinners with jaime (take note i seek his advice in some important decisions of my life), he said that like ramses, ferdie was a great builder (he builds roads, buildings, etc…)ramses was like that in his time (building canals, temples, etc) Ferdie is aware that he is the reincarnation of Ramses, but Imelda is not Nefertiti. She is if im not mistake one of Ramses concubines. Baffling but true. Go to him. He might regal you with this story. And if you are invited by Meldy in her new One Mckinley Penthouse, go ask her about this. I’m sure she has a thousand words to say about that. (although she still thinks she is Nefertiti’s reincarnation.)

  29. John D O said,

    January 14, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Queen Nifertiti reincarnated as Imelda.

    JAR jewels are really superb. Another jeweler to watch for is James “Taffin” de Givenchy. He makes wonderful jewelry as well. Excellent craftmanship and not as expensive as JAR. He is more approachable.

  30. kibosh said,

    January 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm


    Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Romualdez as reincarnations of ancient Egyptian royalty…

    Aren’t those terrible insults to those legendary ancient royals???

    Aren’t you calling the Curse of Tutankhamun on us here, our dear l*ding???

    I know, I know, I’m just joking.

  31. issima said,

    January 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm


    Some “reincarnations” indeed!!!

  32. l*ding said,

    January 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    isla dahling,

    of course, “la p*rla de manila” ( isabel pre*sler ) is no match to the regal Imelda Marcos. isabel will look like a starlet if she stands side by side with LA IMELDA. The word GRAND and STYLE are words specially coined for Meldy. She has a lot of class. Her refined taste on the contrary is not at all acquired as some people think, she was born with it! Well according to m good friend Jaime Licauco who was one of Prez Marcos fave seers, Imelda was the reincarnation of one of Egypts Queen, while Ferdie is the reincarnation of Ramses II.

  33. Plum said,

    January 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Yes Joel Rosenthal is proudly from the Bronx which makes his rise to fame and riches even more impressive. I’d love to get the names of those Miami pawnshops that will soon hawk JAR 🙂

    Isla, you might want to try getting the JAR catalogue from the Somerset House exhibit. It is nowhere near as extensive as his 700 page book, but there are about 30 pages featuring several of his masterpieces. The brief catalogue features my favorite pieces from the exhibit: the zebra brooch in banded agate and diamonds and the sheep’s head brooch with cabochon sapphires. Genius work! 🙂

  34. Isla said,

    January 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I think your assessment of JAR is very unfair. It’s true that he comes from a humble area of New York but his jewels are absolutely exquisite and there is nobody in the world whose workmanship comes anywhere near what his Swiss craftsmen make. His production is limited to about 70-80 pieces a year and he is very, very shy and difficult to approach. Absolutely everybody who comes in touch with him must be vetted by his partner, Swiss psychiatrist, Pierre Jeannet, a very dear and close friend of mine.

    As far as the Marcos ladies, please be objective: Madame Marcos’s taste in jewels is superb. I have been commissioned to write a coffee-table book on how to wear jewels elegantly. Madame Marcos is one of the few ladies in the international limelight I have seen wearing brooches as they should be: high on the left-shoulder and balancing it by, for example, wearing a bracelet on the right wrist. When I see Isabel Pre*sler wear a bracelet on her left wrist I feel like yelling “Wake up, you’re Spain’s chic-est woman and you don’t even know how to wear a bracelet properly.”

  35. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Some of those JAR pieces ( like from Ellen Barkin’s collection ) are quite ***** and ****** — just the right kind for the Marcos and the Middle Eastern women. 🙂 And, btw, JAR ( Joel Arthur Rosenthal ), although being a Harvard graduate, is originally from *** *****. I don’t know if that carries any…

    Anyway, some loaded folks, caught up in the “exclusivity and ‘rarity’ of this merchant,” deserve to get fleeced by dubious self-promoters. And most of the Palm Beach crowd ( the Bernie Madoff clientele ) are now pawning their bijoux ( I’m sure with a JAR piece or two in there ) left and right. I wonder if the ******* are headed straight for the Palm Beach pawnshops right now??? 🙂

  36. John D O said,

    January 13, 2009 at 3:01 am

    A year ago we were able to get a copy of the JAR book at Christie’s New York. It cost around $1000. It’s a beautiful book.

  37. Cousin Paz said,

    January 13, 2009 at 2:55 am

    The “Chinoy” widower was an NCAA basketball player of DLSU together with his brother.

  38. zippo said,

    January 12, 2009 at 11:36 am


    The “Chinoy” widower is actually more Pinoy than Chinoy. The mom is a Floro — the eldest daughter of Don Pablo Floro (former Assemblyman and founder of the Crispa fortune) and the sister of Danny Floro (the manager of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers Basketball team in the PBA).

    Z 🙂

  39. John D O said,

    January 12, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Josie Natori has JAR jewelry.

  40. Isla said,

    January 11, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Plum, It’s impossible to find out who JAR’s Filipina clients are unless you see them wearing any of his pieces. Nay, it’s practically impossible to even enter their shop on the Place Vendôme which isn’t on the Place but in a side street that for prestige purposes bears the name. Mind you, JAR will sell only to those who come with the right introduction and he likes you, and then there are the JAR pieces that people who’ve been denied access to his shop have bought at Christie’s, Geneva or New York, when they’ve come up for sale. The last time JAR pieces came up for auction in New York at Christie’s, with whom JAR himself deals exclusively, was Ellen Barkin’s entire Collection which fetched zillions of dollars. I couldn’t even get that catalogue at a price, although Ms. Barkin’s taste isn’t mine. I have the slim catalogue of Jacqueline Delubac’s JAR pieces and the title says it all: “L’élegance de Jacqueline Delubac.” And if today you want to buy the magnificent catalogue of the JAR Paris Somerset House exhibition, be prepared to pay thousands of dollars online for that huge, luxurious black silk covered book. I’m still fretting that I balked at the original € 200.- it cost then but I refuse to pay that much for a book.

  41. Plum said,

    January 11, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Who are the Filipina customers of JAR Paris? Any truth to the rumours that one of the more breathtaking jewels on display at the JAR exhibit in London’s Somerset House a few years back, was lent by a Filipina?
    I am only aware of the M*rcos women being JAR clients.

  42. Isla said,

    January 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Spot on Larry, Carolina Herrera makes my mother look years younger. As for Monique Lhuillier, the mind boggles why her dresses are not sold in Madrid. My sister, who likes the retro look, has to buy them at Harvey Nichols in London.

    G.I., Beside wishing you a Happy New Year, there’s an answer why those hideous gowns made it to the debutante ball at the Crillon: many of the damsels borrow the dresses from the couture houses or buy them at what’s called a “prix de jeune fille” or “young lady’s price” and are given a very limited selection to choose from (old stock). Very few, actually mostly very rich foreign young ladies, can afford to buy a couture ballgown, certainly in Paris where it’s always been “poudre aux yeux” or “dust in the eyes” – dazzle but no substance. Ditto for most of the Haute Joaillerie worn at the Crillon débutante ball which in the past was often underwritten by Mikimoto. There are very few jewellery houses left in the world like JAR, Mellerio, Buccellati or Sabbadini that are so exclusive that they never allow their jewels to be borrowed.

  43. periphery said,

    January 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Well, Carolina Herrera is more “NY society” and Monique Lhuillier more “Hollywood”.


    Look at the group picture again. The dress is all-black, definitely understated, possibly boring.

  44. larry leviste said,

    January 10, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Isn’t it de-lovely that B*a Jr. hooked up with a gorgeous Chinoy widower named U**hic*. They both love Bohol and deep sea diving.

    God is the greatest director in this never ending musical called life. We are but the costumed players who wait for our daily scripts and hopefully don’t fumble onstage.

    Carolina Herrera’s fashion, in my mind, looks better on matrons not debutantes.

  45. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    kibosh, your comment is TOO funny. Reminds me of Mary McCarthy’s “The Group.” But I think that was at Vassar, was it not?

  46. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Correcto mundo. It’s Makati’s very ‘own’ Paloma. ( Some of you cheated; you googled…naughty, naughty. ) 😉

    So, how is Juan related to Inigo’s mother, Rocio? Brother & sister? If so, that would make the inter-relations between the Enzo branch and the Jaime branch just too…too … Byzantine…to figure out. I hope the late Juan and Rocio were just cousins.

    And why is Paloma’s escort ( as so designated in the Crillon Bal webpage — although his name was left out in the ‘Official’ Cavalier list ) named Dom*nic B*KART ( and not Pampelon*e? ) Is that in the Rive Gauche or Andorran tradition?? 🙂

    Too bad there weren’t too many individual and close-ups photos in the Crillon website. BTW, did some of you notice — some of those so-called gowns were truly HIDEOUS for any femme… let alone, 18-year old women??? I wonder why they chose Carolina over Monique. I mean Monique is just another 4 hour flight away ( being LA-based ) and she’s “French” too. Was Monique not pricey enough? Or is it because Paloma hopes to give Monique some competition down the line?

    At least, one hopes Carolina H. dressed Paloma with her hallmark understated elegance.

  47. Plum said,

    January 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    The young Filipina-Spanish debutante at the recent Le Bal Crillon was Paloma Urq*ijo Zob*l, daughter of B*a Zob*l Jr. and the late Juan Urq*ijo who tragically died in a plane accident ( engine failure ).

    Paloma wore Carolina Herrera.

  48. kibosh said,

    January 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I hope she didn’t turn out to be a dyke while at Wel*esley. Lots of them there. 😛

  49. talagang tsismoso said,

    January 9, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I know the filipina who is one of 24 international ladies who made their international debut at the tres, tres soignee Le Bal Crillon des Debutantes at the renowned Paris hostelry last November 29, 2008: She is the granddaughter of Don Ja*me & B*a Zob*l her name is Paloma Urq*ijo y Zob*l de Ayala she is the daughter of the late Don Juan Urquijo and “Philippine royalty” Beat*iz Zob*l de Ayala Jr.. She is the eighth grandchild of the billionaire Zobel couple. She was the first Filipina debutante to come out in the prestigious Crillon Ball, where she attended alongside Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis. Paloma did her country proud in a gorgeous Carolina Herrera dress and escorted by Dom*nic Beka*rt ( son of Ros* An*e Cu-Unjieng de Pampelon*e ). After graduation from the famous Dana Hall all girls school in Wellesley, she hopes to go on to study fashion business or marketing and advertising.

  50. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 9, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I’m talking about the 2008 batch. No, l*ding, it’s not this Aq*ino-B*noit girl. They are actually Manila-based, but VERY international.

  51. AA said,

    January 9, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Paloma Urq*ijo Zob*l de Ayala, in Carolina Herrera?

  52. periphery said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Paloma Urq*ijo Zob*l, in Carolina Herrera.

    The naming order is in keeping with Spanish tradition.

    (full disclosure: I had to research via Google to figure out who dressed her.)

  53. Isla said,

    January 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    You’re so right! The T*ntocos have a wonderful store in Makati and I bought some unusual Barongs there that are a sensation when I wear them in the summer in Europe because they’re not all embroidered and I was given exceptional care and advice by the personal shopping department of R*stans. I save the finest embroidered pearl-coloured one for formal wear in the Phils.
    Can’t wait until 17th April when I leave for Manille via Hong Kong and have decided after much hesitation to visit Cebú this time, which everybody tells me is a must. It ain’t easy when there are 7100 temptations!

  54. l*ding said,

    January 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Are you referring to Babet*e Aq*ino-Beno*t’s daughter? Babet*e is the cousin of Tessie and Ninoy. She lives in the Western Side of Paris if I’m not mistaken. Her apartment is to die for. My comadre Z*ny T*ntoco et. al. would visit her from time to time. Speaking of T*ntoco, the younger sister of Z*ny seems to have reunited with her dashing model husband. I remember they were sued together with A*ba by a worker who was recruited for their Morocco company but they won, talk about a worker trying to milk the rich ( que horror! ). The T*ntocos have come a long way from being just the “tagabili” of Meldy Marcos, now they have a flourishing business which is the biggest luxury retail empire in Manille.

  55. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 7, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    A “Filipina” was one of 24 international ladies who made their international debut at the tres, tres soignee Le Bal Crillon des Debutantes at the renowned Paris hostelry last November 29, 2008 — alongside the daughter of Bruce WIllis and Demi Moore; a Mellon daughter, and some other titled Europeans.

    Can anyone guess which ‘Filipina’ this was? Hint: she uses her more illustrious maternal surname last; and her lesser known paternal surname in the middle.

    And in whose gown did she make her international debut? Hint: Unfortunately, NOT in a Monique Lhuillier.


  56. Brian said,

    January 7, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I need botox!

  57. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    January 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm


    Primero es lo primero: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s in the air; 2009 will be fabuloso and I pray that Our Lady will protect us all. Let’s put it this way, if I don’t go to thank her in Fatima I’ll do my best to go to the Santo Niño Shrine in Tacloban at some point. Sadly I won’t have time to visit Anita’s shop in Hong Kong. I won’t be there long and if I leave my Taitai friend’s apartment to do my own thing I can see the scratches from those long red nails on my arm. She’ll want to drag me to her shopping and endless drinking parties at the China Club since we haven’t seen each other in ages and I’m like a psychiatrist to her. Oh well, I love her: we’ve been friends for over 25 years and I always kept her secrets from her husband.

    Not surprisingly I don’t drive anymore: had my driver license revoked many years ago in Miami, allegedly for DUI (that is excess champagne, for Goodness’ sake, and I was not even drunk!) by this elegant, glamorous, extremely refined, 200 lbs femme fatale in a gorgeous poly-blend Miami Police Department pant-suit with lovely brass accesories, whose name will forever remain etched in my memory: Sgt. Regina Br*tten. I hope she’s been nipped in her toes by a hammer-head shark while bathing off the fashionable Jersey shore. She is/was the fugliest creature I ever saw and hated the guts of all of those creatures coming from a wonderful night of dancing in South Beach and sent us all, about twenty of us, to “sober up.” Can you imagine how daddy felt in the morning when we each called collect to have our attorneys sort matters out?

    Since then I enjoy only taxis and on special occasions call to have a sober dark and solid Mercedes, Audi or my special favorite Lexus take me out for the night. Finito having to stand for hours in gas lines and having near-heart attacks if your car gets scratched or towed away. In the Phils, however, I’ll need to rent a 4×4 with a driver to get out of Manila to Subic and I’d be grateful for ideas from any of you about a very reliable company that rents them because I’m sure the Pen’s car service will be very very expensive. Many thanks in advance.

    Larry, now that we’re in touch I might seek your advice to get VB to do at some point a little nip ‘n tuck for me in the Phils. Please tell her I’d like to look into it. It might be painful where in my body I want to do it, but you know that after 40, especially when you want to keep slim, certain posterior parts of your body have a tendency to sag, as is my case. She’s from Batangas so I guess I’m in good hands as it’s the province where the loveliest things happened to me and has the most delicious coffee au monde.



  58. issima said,

    January 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm


    Terrible!!! Interstate 5 Pileup on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2008. There were 11 of them in the van returning from Disneyland headed for the rented house at Pebble Beach [ which they got so that the kids would be nearer Disneyland than having to come all the way from Hillsborough in SanFo ]. The van turned turtle 3 times!!! When Mel regained consciousness, he was shocked to realize he was on top of his parents…

    They all have fractures. Pete has a fractured neck. For an 80 year old man… S*ri has serious injuries. Marilen I.-C. only slightly.

    Even the family believes they have bad luck concerning vehicular accidents. Remember their son who was killed along the North Expressway [ now the NLEX ] in 1996.

    Let’s pray for them.

  59. l*ding said,

    January 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

    so fellow comadres and solteras be careful. as much as possible ride a really good solid car like mercedes benz or volvo.

  60. l*ding said,

    January 3, 2009 at 10:50 am

    que horror… somebody called me and p*dro and s*ri coj*angco figured in an accident in california… details are still sketchy… please pray for them…

  61. l*ding said,

    January 3, 2009 at 9:35 am


    compadre, be sure to check the shop of anita in hongkong. you might find some good pieces to bring home. new inventory!

  62. periphery said,

    January 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    This “romance” is reminiscent of that of Consuelo Mc… oh, nevermind. 🙂

  63. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    December 31, 2008 at 8:53 am


    Am now in Sevilla with our whole clan. My cousins and I terrorized the hotel Alfonso XIII’s courtyard last night and got unruly in a civilized way. Swigged champagne and to the horror of their California-minded parents smoked our Marlboros like the rest of the Españoles. As if it were a sin… They’re so wonderful: in their early thirties and soooo New York and San Francisco. Refreshing to feel young and vigorous again!!!

    Have postponed my trip to Manille but am NOW BOOKED to arrive from Hong Kong on 18th April. I’m almost sure I’ll be staying the nine days at the Pen, so I can’t wait for a dinner “en petit comité” with our little gang somewhere fabulous where one can smoke.

    Please ask Toto for my private email so we can correspond. Wasn’t sure you’d get my text message, but I take it you now also have my private number.

    You ALL have a wonderful New Year’s Eve party and let your hair down. I will, even if I’m brought back home on a stretcher. 2009 will be a great year; I feel it in my guts. Easy, Bush will be gone and a new era begins!



  64. December 30, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    In your opinion,how can you help Gloria become a good President in 2009?

    Join the EQ poll:

  65. larry leviste said,

    December 30, 2008 at 5:05 am

    First, it behooves me that VB would approve of her HK to pose nude with KH for a billboard advertisement.
    That’s like giving a lion some raw meat.
    Second, didn’t VB know this day would come because that is one of the consequences of a March-December coupling.
    My heart goes out to VB, she is a dear friend.
    But she should cut her losses, break free. Start 2009 as a sexy single.


    I got your text while I was at Crosswinds in Tagaytay. Thank you very much for your thoughtful wishes. I trust 2009 will be a better year for us all.

  66. December 30, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Pls.remember today the famous Rizal day speech in 2002.

  67. l*ding said,

    December 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    well, if this young doctor’s “pecadillos” are in his laptop, could it be that the famous doctora is also there as one of the highlights? “que barbaridad!” i wonder how it looks like…???

  68. issima said,

    December 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Tongues wagged that VB had discovered HK’s “pecadillos” in his laptop, young sexy actress KH among them, when she went to his apartment while waiting for an afternoon appointment.

    At least they were girls. Could one imagine if she found boys instead, as initially rumored???

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