Mythic creatures: Conching Sunico

At the time when family background counted for everything in American colonial Manila society, Conching Chuidian Sunico had everything it took to dominate the social scene.

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7 Comments

  1. ysabel opisso campos said,

    September 8, 2013 at 3:47 am

    If I remember right, it was called the Metropolitan Opera House….also heard that Tia Conching actually danced with my father Boy” Opisso at a ballroom exhibition dance…

  2. September 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    […] Mythic creatures: Conching Sunico « remembrance of things awryDec 5, 2010 … In the photo were CONCHITA SUNICO, ROSARIO DE VEYRA ( MOTHER ROSARIO, RA), LUCHI SANTIAGO ( MRS. ARSENIO LACSON ) … […]

  3. December 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Taddy:

    Hi there!!! Where have you been??? We’ve missed you!!! More comments, please!!!

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  4. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    December 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    In the late 60’s, I remember seeing a photograph of my father’s first degree cousin Mother Candida, RA with her classmates from Assumption Class 32 when they went to Bulakan for a visit circa 1931.

    In the photo were CONCHITA SUNICO, ROSARIO DE VEYRA ( MOTHER ROSARIO, RA), LUCHI SANTIAGO ( MRS. ARSENIO LACSON ), NORA DIOKNO ( MRS. CASAS ), REMEDIOS ENRIQUEZ (MRS. SOC RODRIGO ), CARMEN LOPEZ (MRS. CONSUNJI ), CONCHITA ZARAGOZA (MRS. JOSE ANTONIO ORTOLL ).

    Conchita Sunico stood out in the group with her winsome smile while the unsmiling rest looked too formal, like smiling for photos was unheard of then.

    The last three are still around with Mother Candida as the fourth surviving who is 98 yrs. old now, the oldest nun in Assumption and who is still sharp for her age.

    Unfortunately, the photograph was borrowed and never returned anymore.

  5. Myles Garcia said,

    December 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Ah yes, Tita Conching!

  6. Presy Guevara said,

    December 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for this piece Enrique. I’ve only seen her once in her parents home, when I was about eleven years old. I did not know at that moment why she was so admirable in her physique, grooming and manners. Now I know more.

  7. Enrique Bustos said,

    December 7, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Conching Sunico was considered leader among the society women during her time she was called the mother hen no one can organize any kind of benefits with so much know how, glamor and pizzaz she gave the most entertaining parties,the most elegant fashion shows and the most sought after charity affairs everyone was anxious to belong to her group her parties were always attended by distinguished society members military officers diplomats and their wives and children some members of her group are the FF
    1.Peggy Lim wife of P.L. Lim
    2.Minna Gaberman wife of Benny Gaberman of the Makati Stock Exchange
    3.Paching Gana,Conching Sunico’s cousin
    4.Chito Madrigal
    5.Mary Prieto
    6.Chona Kasten
    7Jessie Zulueta
    8.Muchi Brias
    9.Maruja Roxas
    10.Gloria Zobel Padilla

    Conching Sunico was a former Miss Philippines from then on she was a sought after and became one of the most popular girls in Manila she had many suitors who were no match for her strong independent character she called the shots and everyone followed she always would keep up in check her family & friends she would admonish them when she thought they did something wrong or were out of hand she was involve in charity work she produced fashion shows different kinds of Benefits concerts and balls for the Community Chest, the Red Feather and the Anti T.B. Society she could get anyone in society to sell tickets for the benefits she was organizing Conching Sunico dedicated the last years of her life to the Manila Symphony Society and the preservation of the Metropolitan Theater which was where she staged her musical towards the end she gave her own money to pay for the musicians of the Manila Symphony Orchestra and to keep the Metropolitan Theater in arrears when she died both of her babies the Metropolitan and the Manila Symphony also died with her,but there a efforts to revive the old glory of the Metropolitan Theater but it would not be the same with out Conching Sunico;s guidance


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