What it’s like…

The Filipino Everyman is awed by the displays in the SM malls and wonders just who can afford all those “mamahalin” [ “expensive” ] items like “Bench,” “Penshoppe,” “Folded & Hung,” “Kamiseta,” “Giordano,” “Levi’s,” and the others.  To them, only their prosperous OFW relatives and friends working in condominiums, houses, and factories can afford to do so.

The Filipino Well-Off are proud of their ability to shop at the establishment favorite “Rustan’s” department store and at the elegant Greenbelt IV and V shops.  They like to wander around, gawk, and buy at the uberchic “Adora” department store.  The prestige watch stores — “Patek Philippe,” “Jaeger LeCoultre,” “Chopard,” “Audemars Piguet,” “Rolex,” “IWC,” “Breitling,” “Panerai,” “Omega” — delight them, but they decide that it’s better to buy the watches of their desires in Switzerland, where they cost less.  “AC 632” is the place to buy beautiful and elegant gifts.  They like to talk about the Chinese-Filipina rubbing alcohol heiress who bought the Php 6.5 million crocodile “Birkin” bag with the diamond-studded clasp at “Hermes” in Greenbelt IV.

The Filipino Rich pride themselves in being able to shop abroad at their whim and leisure:  The “Landmark” and “Pacific Place” malls in Hong Kong;  “Takashimaya” and “Mitsukoshi” in Tokyo;  “Barney’s,” “Bergdorf,” “BHV” in New York;  “Harrod’s” in London;  “Galeries Lafayette” and “Printemps” in Paris.  They are amazed by the Chinese-Filipina rubbing alcohol heiress who bought the Php 6.5 million crocodile “Birkin” bag with the diamond-studded clasp at Hermes in Greenbelt IV, and impressed by the lending investor hostess with the mostest who also bought one, but conveniently and completely ignore the Php XX million they themselves spent for the new house by Ramon Antonio, the Php XX million they spent at Furnitalia and Osmundo Esguerra to furnish it, the Php X million for the lush “tropical” landscaping, the Php XX million hubby spent for the 2 MBs at Wil*y Sung, etc..

That’s nothing.

Aside from Madame Imelda Romualdez-Marcos who, during her political prime from the 1960s – 1980s, became the world’s ultimate shopper nonpareil [ officially from a mythical, legendary, and controversial $$$$$$$$ fortune based on unimaginable, bigtime gold trading;  no, I will not go into those other, juicier stories, too long… ], some Filipinos and Filipinas also reached the pinnacle of world-class wealth and saw what life, and shopping, was really like at the top of the world…

A beautiful, uberrich Filipina relates her life:

“When you want to buy a couture gown, or gowns, let’s say at ‘Chanel,’ and you decide that you want to go to Paris [ because you don’t have to ], a secretary of theirs will contact your secretary and designate a date for your visit to the Paris salon, at your absolute convenience, of course.  Their secretary will also discreetly ask your secretary several questions about your various preferences:  color, cut, style, shoes, bags, food, wine, diet constraints, flowers, etc..  When you are at the Paris salon, you will be greeted and entertained with the utmost courtesy and geniality by the staff;  if you are truly important, Karl [ Lagerfeld ] will be there.  You will be served food and drinks very elegantly:  you will be surprised that all your favorite food and drinks are so beautifully laid out on a table just for you;  your favorite flowers are around the room.  They have taken note of practically everything you like.  You will be shown the current collections, you make your selections.  Should you want something else, or something more, perhaps something very special, a design can always be made for you, and only for you.  Your measurements are taken by the most elegant staff in the world.  Then it’s back to your Avenue Foch apartment or to your hotel, which is usually the ‘Plaza Athenee’ or the ‘Meurice.’  A few weeks later, your dress, or dresses, arrive by crate.  The interior of the crate is lined in black velvet and in the middle is the mannequin wearing your dress.  The crate is accompanied by 2 staff members from the house to make absolutely sure that the dress fits you perfectly and that you look devastating in it.  Now you understand why a couture dress costs so $$$ much.”

“When you are known at ‘Hermes’ in Paris, you simply make your selections, and they will be sent to your Avenue Foch apartment or to your hotel, which is usually the ‘Plaza Athenee’ or the ‘Meurice.’  You never ask how much anything is and you usually order several colors of the things you like.  Price is never an object at ‘Hermes.'”

[ This is from the beautiful and gracious Filipina lady who has the inaugural gown of Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy and several important dresses of Princess Diana in her temperature and humidity-controlled closets, as well as the world’s largest high-quality citrine as the stopper of a gilded crystal decanter.  Aside from countless other splendors… ]

Wow, that’s how “the other .000001 % ” lives…   😛


That’s why we’re genuinely and sincerely thrilled with the adventures and misadventures of the most fantastically self-made Filipino, Manny Pacquiao, his wife Jinkee Pacquiao, and beloved mother Tita Dion / Aling Dionesia Pacquiao… !!!  He has made it to the ranks where once, only business titans like Henry Sy Sr., Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., Enrique Zobel, Vicente Madrigal, and Andres Soriano Sr. dared to dwell.   🙂   🙂   🙂



  1. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    From the Column of Boysie Villavicencio

    A trove of Italian artworks

    ACCORDING to my good friend, Anna Maria Luisa “Annali” T. Garcia, there is a significant Italian art collection (13th to 18th century) in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas complex in Manila.

    Annali Garcia is an artist, restorer, and is also accredited with the Italian Artesan Guild; and her proposal is that the collection be conserved and exhibited.

    During “the time of the Marcoses” two very important Italian paintings were acquired in 1977 from Mario Bellinni, a Florentine antique dealer.

    Mario Bellinni, who died in February 2006, in Florence, comes from seven generations of antique art dealers and is considered in Florence as one of the greatest antiquarians of the last century.

    Allow me to quote Annali Garcia who says, “The purpose of Mario Bellini in accepting an appointment from Marcos was to set up an Italian art collection of 75 canvasses to give the Filipinos, a closer understanding of the evolution of Italian Art”.

    “Mario, in 2003 personally told me he was a very close friend to the Marcoses apart from serving the most important kings and queens of Europe”.

    “When the 20-year government of President Marcos ended in 1986, shortly after about 40 of these Italian paintings were auctioned off at the Christies, in New York. The PCGG, a body of the Philippine government authorized to manage the sequestered goods of the Marcoses handled this endeavor, the proceeds of the auction then went to yet unspecified deposits”.

    “To this day, there are still a lot more of artworks kept in specific sites in the Philippines. One is a Sienese painting on wood by Lippo Memmi, a 13th century painter affiliated with Simone Martini. It is entitled “Five Saints” and is composed of five panels, with frames all gilded and carved and measures a total of 220m x 210m.

    “Some of the most outstanding works of Lippo Memmi are presently exhibited in the Pinacoteca of Sienna and the Uffzi Museum of Florence in Italy. My personal investigation to inspect the authenticity of what I saw in the Philippines of the works of Sienese Trecento artists myself inside the Pinacoteca of Siena and similar artworks inside the Museum complex of the Santa Maria de la Scala of Siena, has given me a more substantial perception of artworks in the period.

    “The close encounter with authentic paintings inside State and community Museums, gave me a clear idea of the high quality of draughtsmanship in the period including the rarity of these objects today considering that they have existed since the 13th century.

    “An established Italian art dealer of paintings on wooden panels in Florence, an art historian, and a collector connoisseur of fine art, after having seen the Sienese artwork ‘Five Saints’ made a rough estimate of its possible value in the international art market today in the amount of US$ 2,500,000,

    “Although the artworks are not for sale, the Philippine government shall keep them as markers of the young democracy’s political and cultural history. And though they seem to be under the custody of the MET museum, and the PCGG as objects being contested by the Marcos family, those are important relics of western Art that happen to be found in Far East Asia.

    “Due to the whirlwind of incidents controlled by the political events in the Philippines during the last two decades, the lot totaling to about 500 pieces, may merit its own museum space.

    “A particular collection on its own, in a strategic part of Asia, therefore making western art of that period accessible to Asians today, especially for the young Asians who eventually decide to choose a career path in the visual arts and the cultivation of culture as a catalyst for development for emerging nations of this century”.


    That’s wonderful information from Annali Garcia…..so, when shall we have the chance to view all those beautiful works of art and other masterpieces?

  2. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This Story is truly for the Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous imagine just to attend a dinner party in New Jersey it was written by a staff of Ms Doris Duke

    Former First Lady Imelda Marcos was then exiled in Hawaii. she became close to Tobacco Heiress Doris Duke. Doris Duke was invited for a dinner by her friend Jane Engelhard wife of billionaire Charles Engelhard founder of Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals at their Far Hills Estate in New Jersey
    She then asked Mrs Duke to also invite Mrs Marcos because she supported and wrote Ms Duke about bailing Mrs Marcos with her R.I.C.O Law suit both of them were in Hawaii Ms Duke asked her assistant to call her personal pilot to prepare her Boeing 737 she just recently purchased for $25 million dollars from Adnan Kashoggi the Plane stopped briefly in San Francisco to pick up the daughter Mrs Marcos, Irene Marcos-Araneta and her Lawyer John Bartko they later arrived at Newark International Airport the aircraft was met by horde of reporters and television crews they boarded their three limousine convoy motored into New York City they proceeded to Ms Duke’s Penthouse Apartment at 475 Park Avenue to freshen up & dress up for the Dinner of Engelhard’s after they proceeded to New Jersey when they arrived at Far Hills estate with their motorcycled convoy. Imelda Marcos made her entrance Imelda entered like a star said one of the guest it was ham actress performance she was regal and radiant in a black wool dress with aquamarine cashmere scarf draped over her shoulders her bodice accented by two long strand of pearls one white the other black she wore sheer black stockings and black suede pumps Doris wearing a nondescript outfit faded into the background while Mrs Marcos took center stage the guest all moved into large dinning room of the Engelhard House where two round tables that was beautifully arranged the Guest are decorator Sister Parish, Publisher Malcolm Forbes,Gianni and Marella Agnelli of Italian Car Maker Fiat,Diplomat Douglas and Susan Dillon Jane Englehard’s daughter Annette Reed Fashion Designer Oscar Dela Renta and Movie director Franco Rossellini as the guest nibbled their Dinner Mrs Marcos Controlled the Dinner Conversation as usual Malcolm Forbes tried to change the subject asking how the guests would vote in the next presidential election Mrs Marcos interjected Of course George H.W.Bush must win,he has been your Ambassador to China he knows as i do that China is the real peril for the U.S. he understands the Chinese i understand the Chinese after all as Chairman Mao once told me the Chinese are the oldest civilization in the world and will survive all.
    after dinner when the guest are starting to leave Mrs Marcos and Ms Duke finally left their convoy motored down to Morristown Airport the staff of Ms Duke arranged for the plane to be parked at the far side of the tarmac to allow the group to avoid going through the airport being besiege by reporters but when they got their Mrs Marcos insisted on walking straight through the press and some anti Marcos Protesters was all there the Staff of Ms Duke was trying to avoid a scene but Mrs Marcos liked it Marcos lawyer describe the incident as one of the most bizarre scenes one would ever see in the 20th century it made bonfire of the vanities look tame they were rocking the car, shouting,and jeering it was physically threatening

  3. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Here is a portion of Manuel Morato’s art collection in an interview in the
    front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
    July 10 2011

    Proud collector

    Manuel Morato owns at least four works by Picasso, the Spanish painter and father of Cubism, and whose paintings rank among the most expensive art pieces in the world.

    (They include “Garçon à la Pipe,” which reportedly sold for $104 million at a Sotheby’s auction in May 2004, and “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” which was sold at Christie’s for $106.5 million in the same year.)

    Morato is also the “proud owner of a Goya,” as well as a Van Gogh and a Toulouse-Lautrec.

    As well, he owns works by Edward Leeteg, the father of US velvet painting, and Andy Warhol, the late American pop artist and printmaker whose 1963 canvas, “Eight Elvises,” fetched $100 million during an auction.

    Among Filipino artists, Morato has acquired “fantastic pieces” done by Fabian de la Rosa and Antonio Malantic, among others.

    But he said he was shying away from local masters because “the faking of their works has been rampant for years now.”

    “Even the works of contemporary painters are now being faked,” he said.

    In ivory and silver

    Morato’s other treasures include religious statues in ivory and international pieces in silver, plus “royalty medals and necklaces, like those issued by Emperor Maximilian of Mexico (who ruled that Latin American country from 1864 to 1867), the Royal Order of Chakri of Siam (now Thailand), and Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor (from 1930 to 1974, and said to be the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba).”

    Add to that “the tombstone of St. Fabius, one of the earliest Christian martyrs in Rome, that is made of Carrara marble; a rare Russian icon of the Blessed Mother, which I got in 1980 from the Wijenburgh Castle (in Echteld, the Netherlands); and a strip of cloth that’s a venerable relic of our Blessed Mother.”

    “That one is my favorite. It was certified by the Israeli government. I got it from a close relative of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo,” one of the great Filipino painters of the late 19th century, Morato said.

    Like Christmas

    And Morato is “still on collecting mode.”

    “It’s been my hobby since I was a young boy. It makes me happy. It’s like Christmas when I find something nice to buy,” he said, adding:

    “It goes on every day. It’s a work in progress. The rare art pieces are getting scarcer and harder to find; the supply is dwindling. And like the Gettys, the Mellons and the Rockefellers, I also sell and unload and buy better ones to improve my collection.

    “That makes it more exciting. It also makes you feel young. At 77, I feel young being surrounded by artworks that are more than 200, if not 2,000-plus, years old.”

    “I feel like the youngest in the group,” he said with a big laugh

    Here is the whole Article

    Ninoy’s camera among Morato’s prized collection
    By Jerry E. Esplanada
    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    THE ROLLEIFLEX twin lens camera comes with a certificate signifying its owner as Ninoy Aquino who used it in his coverage of Korean War in the 1950s. ERNIE U. SARMIENTO

    For over 27 years, Manuel Morato kept the camera in one of his vaults, along with his art collection that includes paintings by his favorite masters such as Picasso, Goya, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.

    “It’s no ordinary camera. It’s a Rolleiflex, a top-of-the-line German-made camera. It’s in mint condition, with a pure leather case and strap, and I believe it’s still in working condition,” Morato said.

    Not only that, he said of the classic camera. It once belonged to President Benigno Aquino III’s father, the late former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who used it in the early 1950s while covering the Korean War as a correspondent for the Manila Times, then the Philippines’ leading newspaper.

    It is also the one shown in the P500 bill, “along with Ninoy, its former owner,” he added. “It’s amazing.”

    Morato, a former chair of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, has turned the camera over to the Inquirer through this reporter for donation to the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation.

    He said he could not do it himself because of “political differences” with the Aquinos.

    Sold for P20,000

    In an interview with the Inquirer, Morato described the camera as “beautiful and unique” (maganda at kakaiba).

    “Unlike [with] other cameras, you shoot from the waistline, looking down at a big square lens. ’Di halata (You won’t notice) that one is taking pictures. It’s like shooting from the hip, as the saying goes,” he quipped.

    Morato said Ninoy Aquino’s personal photographer, Ricardo Cabrera, sold the camera to him for P20,000 on Feb. 7, 1984.

    “He came to me six months after Ninoy’s assassination (on Aug. 21, 1983, at the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport) and sold it to me, knowing that Ninoy and his elder sister, Maur, were my childhood friends,” Morato recalled.

    “Ninoy’s parents and my parents were close friends. When I was about eight, I spent weekends at the Aquino mansion somewhere in Arlegui, Quiapo,” he said.

    Cabrera told Morato that the Rolleiflex was “the same one used by Ninoy as a correspondent in the Korean War.”

    “I never heard from Mr. Cabrera again,” Morato said.

    In 1984 or 1985, Morato thought of giving the camera to Ninoy Aquino’s wife, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, who would soon become President.

    He said the late Cory Aquino used to visit his family’s home on Sampaloc (now Tomas Morato) Avenue in Quezon City. (The street was renamed after Morato’s late father, the first mayor of Quezon City.)

    “But I had misplaced the certificate issued by Mr. Cabrera when he sold the camera to me. I didn’t want to give it to Cory without the certificate, for it would be meaningless,” he said.

    ‘Angry with me’

    Morato said that after “retiring from government service” last year (as PCSO board member), he “spent time going through [his] vaults, putting [his] records in order,” and found the certificate.

    “Now that I’ve found it, I can donate the camera to the foundation for posterity. It’s also more pertinent for them to have Ninoy’s camera,” he said.

    But he cannot do the donation himself, according to Morato.

    “That’s why I contacted the Inquirer. I cannot go to that foundation because galit sila sa akin (they’re angry with me),” he said, adding:

    “We had political differences. I openly supported Gilbert Teodoro, the Arroyo administration’s presidential candidate, during the May 2010 election, remember?

    “I hold no grudge against them. I’m just keeping distance.”

    Morato has also turned over to this reporter a copy of the certificate issued by Cabrera on Feb. 7, 1984.

    In the document, Cabrera said he was the “absolute owner” of the Rolleiflex camera “made in Germany” with serial No. 748357.

    Cabrera said the camera was given to him by Ninoy Aquino in 1964 when the latter was governor of Tarlac. He said he was Ninoy Aquino’s personal photographer up to the time the latter became a senator, “[until] the present as their family photographer.”

    The relationship of the two men included their being detained during martial law.

    The Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation, established shortly after the former senator’s assassination in 1983, aims to “perpetuate [his] memory … in recognition of his patriotic and dedicated services, sacrifices and achievements in pursuit of truth, justice, freedom, reconciliation and national unity.”

    It maintains the Aquino Center, which contains family memorabilia, personal collections, manuscripts, books, documents “and other objects of historical, cultural and educational value.”

    Proud collector

    Morato said he did not mind parting with the Rolleiflex. “I still have my artworks, among others,” he said.

    Morato owns at least four works by Picasso, the Spanish painter and father of Cubism, and whose paintings rank among the most expensive art pieces in the world.

    (They include “Garçon à la Pipe,” which reportedly sold for $104 million at a Sotheby’s auction in May 2004, and “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” which was sold at Christie’s for $106.5 million in the same year.)

    Morato is also the “proud owner of a Goya,” as well as a Van Gogh and a Toulouse-Lautrec.

    As well, he owns works by Edward Leeteg, the father of US velvet painting, and Andy Warhol, the late American pop artist and printmaker whose 1963 canvas, “Eight Elvises,” fetched $100 million during an auction.

    Among Filipino artists, Morato has acquired “fantastic pieces” done by Fabian de la Rosa and Antonio Malantic, among others.

    But he said he was shying away from local masters because “the faking of their works has been rampant for years now.”

    “Even the works of contemporary painters are now being faked,” he said.

    In ivory and silver

    Morato’s other treasures include religious statues in ivory and international pieces in silver, plus “royalty medals and necklaces, like those issued by Emperor Maximilian of Mexico (who ruled that Latin American country from 1864 to 1867), the Royal Order of Chakri of Siam (now Thailand), and Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor (from 1930 to 1974, and said to be the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba).”

    Add to that “the tombstone of St. Fabius, one of the earliest Christian martyrs in Rome, that is made of Carrara marble; a rare Russian icon of the Blessed Mother, which I got in 1980 from the Wijenburgh Castle (in Echteld, the Netherlands); and a strip of cloth that’s a venerable relic of our Blessed Mother.”

    “That one is my favorite. It was certified by the Israeli government. I got it from a close relative of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo,” one of the great Filipino painters of the late 19th century, Morato said.

    Like Christmas

    And Morato is “still on collecting mode.”

    “It’s been my hobby since I was a young boy. It makes me happy. It’s like Christmas when I find something nice to buy,” he said, adding:

    “It goes on every day. It’s a work in progress. The rare art pieces are getting scarcer and harder to find; the supply is dwindling. And like the Gettys, the Mellons and the Rockefellers, I also sell and unload and buy better ones to improve my collection.

    “That makes it more exciting. It also makes you feel young. At 77, I feel young being surrounded by artworks that are more than 200, if not 2,000-plus, years old.”

    “I feel like the youngest in the group,” he said with a big laugh.

  4. Myles Garcia said,

    May 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    U’re very welcome, Enrique.

    Now, your reprint of Emil Jurado’s article. I didn’t know that that f***l mouthpiece and apologist for the Duvaliers of the Orient, was still alive.

    But, Enrique, I respectfully disagree. Rules are meant to be broken…and there are always extenuating circumstances for exceptions. I think this time, the exception has to called. If I were amongst the family members of the other legitimate heroes buried there, I would have my ancestor’s remains moved if that decrepit, PHONY war hero was interred at LNMB. Besides, I don’t think he’s going to be allowed to remain in that grotesque ‘Lenin/Sleeping Beauty’-type casket that his regionmates feast on. Let sleeping dogs lay undisturbed, I say. 🙂 🙂

  5. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 2, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Article Written by Emil Jurado of the Manila Standard Today last April 28 2011 titled
    Why Marcos should be buried at the ‘Libingan’

    The noisy militants, activists, human rights abuse victims and other inveterate Marcos-haters continue to divide the country. They say that Marcos is certainly no hero, and his claim to the 27 medals conferred on him after World War II were fake. These, plus the fact that Marcos was a dictator who imposed Martial Law, suppressed freedom and violated civil and human rights make it even worse.

    I find it funny that some Marcos-haters are frothing in the mouth claiming that Marcos was not a hero, and that to bury his mortal remains at the Libingan would desecrate a place reserved for heroes.
    The core issue is not whether Marcos was a true hero. The rules are there and it’s not a matter of public decision

    But the issue is basic: Is Marcos qualified to be buried at the Libingan?

    AFP Regulations G 161-373, with the subject “Allocation of Cemetery plots at the LNMB,” issued on 9 April 1986 by GHQ under then AFP Chief of Staff General Fidel V. Ramos, and then signed by President Corazon C. Aquino, states exactly who are entitled to be interred at the Libingan.

    It clearly states that “pursuant to the aforecited AFP Regulations, republished on 11 Sept. 2000 as AFP Regulations G 161-375,” that there are 10 categories of deceased persons entitled to be buried at the LNMB.

    1. Medal of Valor awardees;

    2. Presidents or Commanders-in-Chief, AFP;

    3. Secretaries of National Defense;

    4. Chiefs of Staff, AFP;

    5. General/Flag Officers of the AFP;

    6. Active and retired military personnel of the AFP;

    7. Former AFP members who laterally entered/joined the PNP and the PCG;

    8. Veterans of Philippine Revolution of 1896, WWI, WWII and recognized guerrillas;

    9. Government dignitaries, statesmen, National Artists and other deceased persons whose interment or re-interment has been approved by the Commander-in-Chief, Congress or the Secretary of National Defense; and

    10. Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, widows of former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense and Chiefs of Staff.


    So Marcos is clearly qualified. There are four categories to which he falls:

    He was a Medal of Valor Awardee. Since this award was given to Marcos at the height of the WWII, it certainly was not fake. It’s also on record that Marcos was elected President in 1965, and re-elected in 1969. And he served in a concurrent capacity as Secretary of National Defense in 1966.

    There is no doubt that Marcos fought in Bataan as a lieutenant. He escaped and joined the guerillas with the 14th Infantry under USAFIP Northern Luzon under Col. Russel Volkmann. I know this since my late brother, Willie, fought alongside Marcos in Bataan, had to walk the Death March to Capas, Tarlac concentration camp.

    My late brother Court of Appeals Justice Desi Jurado knew Marcos was with the guerilla movement with the 14th infantry. Thus he is truly deserving of the Medal of Valor.

    There are only two exceptions or disqualifications from being buried at the LNMB, namely:

    First, that a soldier was dishonorably discharged, and second, that he was convicted with finality for an offense involving moral turpitude. In both instances, Marcos was not. He and his wife, former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, may have been accused of many things. But they were never convicted.
    It’s as clear as day. Marcos should be buried at the Libingan

  6. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 2, 2011 at 7:47 am


    Thanks again what i liked in the Article the most is the story of a Sculpture by Henry Moore that was Auctioned in 1988 if i am not mistaken it came from the Mary Lasker Collection some of Mrs Marcos Modern Collection came from the Lasker Collection she also bought a Marc Chagall also from the same collection Mrs Marcos also owned a Self Portrait of Francis Bacon Mrs Marcos Bought it directly from the Artist

    I friend of mine who resides in France visited the Monet Museum he said to me their is a wall there that list the different paintings by Claude Monet and its Owners and one of the owner listed there is Mrs Marcos

    I had a conversation with the Astrologer of the Marcos family she said to me that Mrs Marcos sign is Cancer and the Cancer Sign is know to be a Hoarder of things may that’s why Mrs Marcos buys everything wholesale


  7. Alicia Perez said,

    April 30, 2011 at 5:07 am


    FEM to LNMB?

    LNMB: Libingan ng mga Bandido?


    Alicia Perez

  8. Presy Guevara said,

    April 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Speaking of Torpe: 216 Congressmen endorsed to PNoy transfer of the remains of FEM to LNMB?

  9. Myles Garcia said,

    April 29, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Glad you found the article informative, Enrique. But you know, she & GDR-T still purchased what was immediately available unlike other MORE genuine and discriminating buyers who will wait for months…years for that ONE special painting or work of art that they have salivated for for years.

    It was like the Nazis’ m.o. when they overran Europe…they made turo-turo on all the objects d’art they wanted!! Just wholesale picking and looting…in the hopes of repatriating all the right, ‘stolen’ art for their overnight museum in Berlin. Tactic sound familiar? Same thing with Imelda. She bought WHOLESALE – to use a pun…pakyaw!! 🙂 Did she ever hear of “quality…not quantity”? I guess not.

    And the saddest thing was…it was NOT her money…but the duped Pilipino people’s. Yet a certain region elected her again!! Talagang torpe!! (Totally clueless and foolish!) They deserve to have their pockets picked.

  10. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I have now read the entire Article about the Marcos collection in the ArtNews October 1990 issue published before the January 11 1991 Auction

    First the Prominent Italian Expert on Italian Renaissance Painting that said that the auction is an outrage they ll never get those prices the quality of the things is appalling and Everett Fahy, who was then the director
    of the Frick Museum said, “The whole thing is fishy.” Fahy, who has reviewed the catalogue, said, “You can tell simply by looking that it’s junk.The paintings have obviously been worked over. If it was real, it would be priceless, untold millions and millions, but this stuff is worth maybe two thousand dollars each both of them were proven totally wrong because in the Article Christie’s had estimated that the sale will
    bring $8,624,000 to $12,582,500. after the Christie’s
    sale of the Marcoses’ Old Masters totaled $15.4 million, well above the auction house’s pre-sale estimate

    in the Article Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s developed an intense interest in the paintings and a large collection of porcelain and silver that had also belonged to the Marcoses. Commissioner Parlade said that representatives of both auction houses had examined the collection last year. Then, this spring, Sotheby’s chairman, A. Alfred Taubman, and Christie’s chairman, Lord Carrington, met at different times with President Aquino to talk about the possibility of an auction. Both houses submitted proposals. “The Philippine government was very surprised because they thought all the paintings were fakes,” said Kennedy. “I do know that there are a lot of rumors about the poor quality of these paintings, but when I saw them I was agreeably surprised.”The Philippine government accepted Christie’s proposal.The estimates were different,” Commissioner Parlade said. “Christie’s were better estimates, although some of them were close. ” Christie’s has estimated that the sale will bring $8,624,000 to $12,582,500
    Ian Kennedy, vice president of the Old Master Paintings
    Department of Christie’s New York. Kennedy appraised
    about “a dozen” of the paintings recovered
    from Khashoggi and what was left of the Samuels
    collection and said, “Today, they would bring about
    $6 million. But the other paintings, I just don’t
    know Kennedy reacted angrily to the comments about the Paintings That is nonsense , ” he said . ” I will challenge him at every blow. I’m amazed. I
    find it very surprising that anybody would say something like this. Of course, these estimates might be modified in the course of further research, and we may very well conduct further research, but I don’t think the changes in the estimates will be that great. Of course, anybody can disagree with estimates, but I am perfectly satisfied. You can tell it’s not garbage. A lot of these pictures have been published.These are known pictures.”
    “This isn’t junk,” Kennedy insisted. “The competition
    with Sotheby’s was very stiff, as stiff as I’ve ever encountered.

    Second Mario Bellini said in the Article some of the Collection came from the Controversial Contini Bonacossi Family Raphael’s St Catherine was one of them he also said that the Titian is Real it was sold for $1million dollars in the January 11 1991 auction the Tintoretto’s are real their are two pieces in the collection

    In the Article Marco Grassi said he paid for the a Boucher for $550,000 the El Greco for $900,000 and a Zubaran for $750,000 i have both the Estimates of Sotheby’s and Christies the Boucher was estimated by Sotheby’s for $600,000 to $900,000 the El Greco for $900,000 to $1,350,000 it was sold for $2.1 million in the January 11 1991 auction the Zubaran was estimated by Christies for $500,000 to $700,000 Marco Grassi said in the Article The paintings were very real, in excellent condition, I can assure you, and they are all worth at least twice,possibly three or four times, what they were worth in 1980 he does not know how much Mario Bellini sold these paintings to Mrs Marcos

    In July 1983 Mrs Marcos bought 4 pieces from the Knoedler Gallery for $2.2 million dollars the four pieces are Veronese’s The City of Venice Adoring the Christ Child and Zurbaran’s Holy Family, and a sculpture, Andrea della Robbia’s Madonna and Child. two of the Pieces were part of the Auction the Veronese was estimated at $300,000 to $450,000 the Zubaran was estimated at $270,000 to $330,000

    From the Samuels collection, included the Portrait of Mr. Courtney by John Hoppner, the estimated worth is $5,000 to $7,000 a Portrait of a Young Man by Henri Danloux,was estmated $20,000 to $30,000

    In an Interview Marco Grassi about the Old Master’s left in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila he said “It is peculiar that the really good pieces did not appear in the Metropolitan Musuem of Manila… almost 2/3 of the paintings auctioned on January 11 1991 are from the Metropolitan Museum of Manila it is an open secret that the Best of the Marcos collection are in displayed in their various Residences around the world

    According to Carmen Navarro Pedrosa a well know Critic of Imelda Marcos she said Give or take a few duds Imelda Marcos Possessed some very precious paintings indeed,paintings to put her in league with American super millionaire collectors

    some of the Duds are Madonna and Child attributed to Filippo Lippi bought by Mrs Marcos for $700,000
    but is attributed it to Zanobi Machiavelli it is estimated to bring $40,000 to $60,000 the painting Three Musicians that was later found to be from the school of Velasquez $20,000 to $30,000 An Old Italian Master attributed to be Giovanni Boltraffio, Estimated $15,000 to $25,000 and a Canalleto said to be a studio replica estimated to be worth $50,000 to $70,000 all of these with the exemption of the Velasquez belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

    The 38 paintings claimed bought by Adnan Khashoggi from the Marcoses for $6.5 million dollars 25 were recovered by the French authorities the 25 paintings was receive by former United States of America Attorney General Edwin Meese and was sold in auction together with the Art collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in January 11 1991 Adnan Khashoggi said he already sold 20 paintings to different collectors for $5 million dollars it was all ordered seized by the French authority and the 16 paintings that was seized from his yacht named Nabila in France all paintings seized brings to a total of 36 paintings seized only 25 paintings was turned over by the french authorities to former Attorney General Edwin Meese what happened to the 13 paintings it was claimed that the 13 paintings were by French Masters curiously none of the 25 paintings turned over to Atty-Gen Edwin Meese were by French Artist it was reported that the paintings turned over were relatively minor pieces compared to what was missing it is important to keep a close count since even only one painting can amount to millions up to this day the French authorities have not explained the discrepancy nor the PCGG questioned

    According to Marco Grassi in the Article Artnews Oct 1990 issue he said if Khashoggi had been able to hold on to the collection, its value would have increased beyond the $6.5 million he paid for it because the authenticated pieces, such as the Zurbarans and the El Greco, would have risen sharply in price. Those paintings, however, were turned over to the U.S. Justice Department by the French authorities and, in a
    the final settlement in July, after the trial, Khashoggi renounced all claims to Paintings

    Some of the paintings the PCGG is trying to recover are by world famous Artist like Monet, Renoir,
    Degas, Gauguin, Cezanne, van Gogh, Picasso, Chagall,
    Mondrian, Magritte, and Bacon the investigators
    found invoices and other documentation at the
    Palace and residences of the Marcoses at least 94
    paintings are still missing, including van Gogh’s Peasant Woman Winding Bobbins.

    According to Richard Pichler a well respected professional Swiss Art Dealer in based in New York concerning Marcos Art when he was shown the list from the PCGG was using to track down the Artworks Mr Pichler who is extremely knowledgeable with both the European and U.S. Market said who ever prepared the list either do not know what they are talking about or deliberately tried to mislead the investigators the way that list is constructed makes it impossible to recover any art work Many Paintings listed here forms parts of a series or there are several versions of the same portraits this makes it difficult and to find if no other information is provided

  11. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 27, 2011 at 7:51 am


    Thank You very much for sending the Article


  12. Myles Garcia said,

    April 21, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Hi Enrique,

    Just checked back into this thread today. Saw your message. Article is on its way – in 2 parts because it is big file, I had to compress/Zip it. I hope you can Unzip it. I cc’ed our kind host on it.

    Enjoy. Sorry about the delay. It was ready like 2 weeks ago.


  13. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am


    Please send it to my Email Address enriquebustos16@Yahoo.com


  14. larry leviste said,

    April 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Someone asked Willie Revillame the other night at his crib at Ayala Heights, ” Mas mayaman ka ba kay Manny ( Pacquiao ) ?”

    “Oo naman, ” replied the most popular Philippine billionaire who bought Chito Madrigal’s old crib in Tagaytay at P45 million, a Lamborghini for P15 million and serenaded Nenita Floirendo at her 80 something B-day in her Forbes home last month. Wow.

  15. Myles Garcia said,

    March 27, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Toto, could you kindly let Enrique know that I have scanned and saved said ARTnews article for him? It is a big file; so it will have to be sent in 2 files. What logistics does he want to undertake? Best is probably via u as I am sure you want to see it too.

  16. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Most of the Silver Collection was gift to the then First Couple during their 25th Wedding Anniversary in 1979 Mrs Marcos asked friends to give her Georgian Silver as Presents some of them bought from Partridge’s and Spinks in London then Glecy Tantoco brought them over to Manila King Hassan of Morocco gave the First Couple a large platter by Paul de Lamerie during their Silver Wedding Anniversary

    According to the Part 2 of the Article of RITA REIF
    in The New York Times Published in January 12, 1991 a day after the Auction, the Painting of Catherine of Alexandria was a record at auction for a painting by Raphael, whose works rarely appear on the market. The work, which dates from 1503, was one of 74 paintings auctioned at Christie’s yesterday for the Philippine Government. Until recently, it hung in the Metropolitan Museum in Manila and the sale of the Marcoses’ Old Masters was well above the auction house’s presale estimate and Throughout the sale, at which every work was sold, The paintings brought prices well in excess of Christie’s expectations one buyer Giovanni Sarti a London based Art dealer bought at least nine paintings, he said “The estimates were conservative,” Mr. Sarti said. “I wanted to buy many others that I wasn’t able to buy.”

    In the Catalog it has a list the Provenance of the Paintings

    1.Titian’s Portrait of Giulio Romano was once owned by King Charles I of England
    2.Francois Boucher’s The Apotheosis of Aneas was once owned by Louis XV of France and was hung in his bedroom In Marly it was sold to Mrs Marcos by Marco Grassi
    3.Zanobi Machiavelli’s The Mandonna and the Child before a Ledge was owned by Armand Hammer.Mr Hammer then loaned it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    According to Presy Lopez-Panganiban daughter of Don Eugenio Lopez after the 1965 Presidential Election when Ferdinand Marcos was leading in the Counting of Votes Imelda Marcos invited her and some the Blue Ladies Eloy Revilla Zita Feliciano Lulu Tinio and Charing del Castillo into her bedroom and showed them a huge filling cabinet she then started bringing out her Jewelry one by one Precy thinks that Mrs Marcos wanted them to know without saying it loud to them that she had plenty of Jewelries even before her husband became President of the Philippines

  17. Myles Garcia said,

    March 23, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Enrique, on the sale of the silver pieces (why do I keep thinking the 13, or is it 20? pieces of silver which Judas earned… 🙂 ), I feel those were really rare and quality pieces which dealers, silver collectors and their agents knew about…so those attracted optimum prices. Again, it just bears out the reality equation (and my belief) that the market will seek its own level.

    I really believe most of the “Old Master” paintings that were hurriedly put together were of a “C-” or “D+” tier, thus attracting really low prices when they went on auction. Also, why did they NOT have auction histories on which to base the new prices? Ergo, they were never put out publicly because nobody else would buy them at profitable prices. Compare the so-called ‘low-balled’ prices for the canvases vs. the silver sales records. This meant that the silver pieces were indeed premium objects d’art to be sought after…even with the dubious provenance of having been owned by the Philippine dictator and his uber-extravagant wife; they still fetched record prices.

    At least the Philippines, I’d like to believe, made some money on the silverware resale.

    Will probably get to the scanning of the mag article by the end of the week.

  18. Myles Garcia said,

    March 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I guess Ferdie and Mierdy lucked out on the silver loot. (Some of those pieces were, I believe binili ni Mum “pakyaw” 🙂 from that Leslie Samuels apartment/collection.) But notice that they just kept them in the guesthouses. I guess even they figured that sporting the proverbial “(born) with a silver spoon in the mouth” would’ve been too much.

    I’m surprised they didn’t bury them in their backyards in Batac and Ormoc, and then all of “a sudden, have them uncovered” to prove their “ancient, high-born” origins. 🙂

  19. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 22, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Marcoses’ Silver Sets Record At Auction
    Published: January 11, 1991

    A hoard of English silver acquired by Imelda and Ferdinand E. Marcos when he was President of the Philippines was auctioned yesterday at Christie’s for a total of $4.9 million, a record for a sale of silver.

    Teresa Roxas, a spokeswoman for the Philippine Presidential Commission, said she was “elated, thankful and relieved,” by the results of the sale of the silver, which was found in two guest houses near the Malacanang Palace in Manila.

    Miss Roxas said most of the proceeds from the two-day sale, which continues today with the offering of 98 Old Master paintings valued at $6.9 million to $10.1 million, would be used for the Presidential Commission’s land program or to help victims of earthquakes, typhoons and other disasters in the Philippines. A Wartime Contingency

    “I think this will help some of the immediate needs of the Philippine people,” said Miss Roxas. “If there is a war in the Middle East it will certainly help buy oil without which our economy would stop. But it will also help the victims of the earthquake and the floods and will help us buy land for the small farmers.”

    The auction of 78 lots of silver wine coolers, platters, tureens, candlesticks and stacks of dinner plates briefly appeared to be endangered this week. A legal action that sought to block the sale was filed on Monday by 23 Filipino artists in Philippine Supreme Court in Manila. The lawsuit was rejected by the court on Wednesday.

    The costliest purchase at yesterday’s sale was the Regency dinner service of more than 100 pieces, made by Paul Storr; it was sold for $1.76 million to a European collector who was not identified. A Telephone Relay

    An underbidder on the dinner service, Lewis Smith of E. & C. T. Koopman, a London dealer, held his paddle in one hand and a telephone to his ear with the other, relaying bids throughout the sale for his uncle Jacques Koopman, who was at home in London. After the Koopman firm lost out on the dinner service, Mr. Smith bought a George II salver by Paul de Lamerie from 1736 for $187,000

    “Other than the dinner service, it was certainly the main thing in the sale for us,” Mr. Smith said. “We are delighted.” The Koopman firm also acquired two sets of dinner plates by de Lamerie at $37,400 a set; it was also one of the two buyers — S. J. Phillips of London was the other — of four de Lamerie candlesticks, which brought $209,000

  20. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 19, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Philippines loses Marcos paintings
    From the Website of B.B.C


    President Marcos was toppled from power in 1986
    Art treasures seized from the family of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos have gone missing in the United States, a government agency has admitted.

    Among the missing paintings are works by the French artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas and Swiss painter Paul Klee.

    We don’t even know how these paintings were lost

    Government agency spokeswoman
    Many of the pictures had been stored in a Philippine Government-owned building in New York.

    Investigators are trying to establish how many pictures have gone and who took them.

    As many as 20 paintings could be missing – just some of the assets seized when Ferdinand Marcos fell from power in 1986.

    “We don’t have a record on how much they’re actually worth,” said Haydee Yorac, chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

    “The thing is, we don’t even know how these paintings were lost and we don’t know who the persons under whose responsibility these paintings were when they were lost.”

    Missing money

    But she said someone would have to take the blame.

    “If there are persons who are legally responsible for the loss, then we will take steps to make them respond to the failure of responsibility,” she said. “There must have been someone there.

    “You just don’t leave these paintings lying around.”

    One painting held by Marcos – Head of a Woman, by Spanish surrealist Pablo Picasso – was recovered in 1998 when somebody tried to sell it in New York, Ms Yorac said.

    $50-M nawawala sa Pinas
    (Pilipino Star Ngayon)

    Tinatayang umaabot sa $50 milyong dolyar ang kinatatakutang hindi mabawi ng Pilipinas dahil sa misteryosong pagkawala ng may 33 mga paintings ng mga batikan ng international painters na una nang narekober sa bahay na pag-aari ni dating Pangulong Marcos sa Estados Unidos.

    Sinabi ni Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Reuben Carranza, hepe ng legal affairs, na hindi 23 kundi 33 mga paintings ang kanilang iniimbestigahan ngayon kung saan na napunta matapos na umupo si Chairman Haydee Yorac.

    Sinabi nito na ang naturang mga paintings na ginuhit nina Frenchman Claude Monet, Edgar Degas at Swiss Paul Klee ay na-sequester ng Pilipinas sa bahay ni Marcos sa US matapos ang matagumpay na EDSA Revolution noong 1986.

    Sa kanilang pagtataya, umaabot ng $1 milyong dolyar o higit pa ang isang painting kapag naibenta sa isang auction na labis na makakatulong sa naghihingalong ekonomiya ng bansa.

    Inilipat umano ang mga paintings na ito sa pangangalaga ng National Museum sa US noong Hunyo 1992 sa kasunduan ng pamilyang Marcos at dating PCGG chairman David Castro. Nang umupo si Yorac nitong nakaraang Hunyo ay nadiskubre na nawawala na ang mga ito matapos na magsagawa ng isang imbentaryo.

    Kasasalukuyang nakikipagtulungan na ngayon ang PCGG sa US Arts Register upang matukoy kung saan napunta ang mga paintings. Posible umano na naibenta na ang mga ito sa mga malalaking art collectors.

    Kamakailan, naka-recover ang PCGG ng isang orihinal na Picasso painting na may pamagat na “Head of a Woman” na kabilang sa mga na-sequester noong 1986. Nagkakahalaga umano ito ng $1 milyon at nasa pag-iingat na ng US District Court of Hawaii. (Ulat ni Danilo Garcia)

  21. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 19, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Manoling Morato helped enrich the B.S.P Art Collection

    According to the Book titled Consuming Passions By former B.S.P Governor Jaime Laya in the Chapter Provenance the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Art Collection

    Manuel Morato owner of Galerias Bravo it was through him that the B.S.P has Felix Hidalgo’s Jovenes Christiana’s and La Barca de Aqueronte both are The B.S.P’s Piece de Resistance his circle of relatives acquaintances and agents yielded a quiet a few paintings from southern Luzon including Vicente Villasenor such as Nuestra Senora de la Porteria the image of the Immaculate Conception that was traditionally hung over the main door of a Franciscan convent’s receiving room and the coconut filled landscape painted by unknown folk artist that used to on post of windows of provincial homes also from him was the unsigned portrait of three women that i(Jaime Laya) later realized came from Obando Bulacan when I (Jaime Laya) saw the photo reproduction hanging on it’s original nail It was also he who found the Signed Mariano Asucion used for target practice and the beautiful Fabian dela Rosa of young women tending to the Azotea Garden

    Don Luis Araneta was Secure enough not to mind people knowing that he sold now and then I (Jaime Laya) was invited together with Arch Adolfo Liwanag Don Luis graciously showed as around his basement gallery that was filled with paintings santos and other objects then we settled down in his Library to a leisurely bargaining sessions at the end of which the B.S.P Art Collection was Richer

    Manoling Morato is correct All collectors go through that stage at one time or another. Collectors cannot keep their collections forever. There are art collectors who buy art pieces for investment because they know that these pieces appreciate tremendously in price as the years go by

    The Nucleus of the National Galleries of Spain,France,Italy and Russia are from the confiscated collections of their respective deposed Royal Families we the Filipino Nation had our chance in 1986 If only the Government did not sell the Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and consolidated it with collections confiscated in Malacanang Palace and other Marcos homes here and abroad plus the one Confiscated from Adnan Khashoggi we could have our own smaller and modest version of the Prado, Lourve and Hermitage

  22. Myles Garcia said,

    March 19, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Whoaaaaaaa!! Will wonders never cease?

    I just learned of the Great Cheese Scandal now…and many more unreported baubles/bubbles.. 🙂


  23. Myles Garcia said,

    March 19, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Re the Picasso article, Concepcion…thanks, I actually have a copy of said article. And the article I spoke about in ARTnews actually contains a lot of the info I was alluding to. Just didn’t want to wallow in all that stolen and wasted money of the Filipino people.

  24. concepcion constantino said,

    March 19, 2011 at 2:22 am

    myles wrote:Separately, I would also like to know what happened to all the other canvases that were hurriedly taken from the NYC townhouse on East 66th St., the two apartments at Olympic Tower, the estate at Lindermere, L.I. (where I believe she NEVER slept once), and in the choice embassies and legations of the Republic of the Philippines that were in the hands of the loyalists up to the last minue? Has there ever been a complete AND HONEST–beyond reproach, accounting of all these?

    below is the journey of a picasso from the townhouse to the auction house.


  25. Myles Garcia said,

    March 19, 2011 at 12:06 am

    OK, Enrique, I’ll try to scan the article in a few days’ time. I can either send it to you via Toto or I give Toto permission to give you my email.

    Just took a gander at your reprints of articles on ‘fakes.” Of course, it’s happened before and will happen again. The underlying theme is “caveat emptor” — buyer beware. I mean even the prestigious Getty Museum has acknowledged they have been hoodwinked in the past and bought some stunning fakes. It goes with the territory. And at least in the US and Europe, if you are NOT too proud to admit that you were naive and got hoodwinked, you always have recourse to recover your funds due to ‘misrepresentation.’ But for the most part, the auction houses hire the best experts they can…after all if they don’t, then the transaction backfires, they lose profits and face. So it is in their best interest to be as ethical as they can. And the buyers, museums and private collectors alike, have to perform their OWN due diligence as well…something two super-fast global shoppers most probably did not. It was almost as if Ma’am and G bought on eBay!! 🙂

    But my point is…again, I have not reread the ARTnews article since I pulled it out yesterday (I have a few other rush things on my plate over the next 4 or 5 days), is that in the overall scheme of things what Ma’am so quickly acquired in her rush shopping trips were really inferior products (and as you will find the forthcoming article, many had condition issues which is why they didn’t exactly sell like hotcakes). Plus, IRM only relied on Mrs. Kickback’s advice plus the so-called Bellini and Marco Grassi and the guy in Armand Hammer’s employ who knew that Mrs. M was under a tight schedule to fill out her shopping list and overnight museum. Here was a hungry buyer, the art dealers had inventory that hadn’t moved in years; just drop the right words, make the transaction seem like a bargain, and voila, the world just went around again with quick exchange of lucre. Remember, it was NOT lost on New York City merchants that Mrs. M tried to buy that Samuels coop on Park Avenue lock, stock and barrel…but that building’s board thwarted her. (Although she got the artwork, silverware, etc.? Then I think, the jilted realtors (those Bernstein brothers?) salved her hurt by presenting the Lindmere estate.) And I am sure a number of these dealers who sold to M were counting on the fact that Mrs. M and T would not come back and ask for a refund, appearing like total fools before the international cafe society she was in such a rush to crash or outdo.

    But the abominable thing say, between Mrs. M and Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn who also amassed a great Impressionist collection in such a short time, is that Mr. Wynn bought with his OWN money…funds legitimately made from his casino empire. Mrs. M was the first lady of a poor country under martial law but where people still had a hand-to-mouth existence, and here she was trying to keep with the Dukes, the Thyssen-Bornemiszas, the Mellons, etc. like there was no tomorrow. What were the source of Mrs. M’s funds??

    (Remember also that Steve Wynn bought (and I think continues to buy) artworks of the 18th century which were in better condition and more certifiable as authentic works. The Marcos-Tantoco tandem tried to be very “classical” and sought out the OLDER canvases which were in far worse condition than works from 1860-upwards.)

    Give me a few days but get my email from Toto or vice-versa.

  26. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Painter Mauro Malang’s Interview by Philip Cu Unjieng Philippine Star

    “Even the established international auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s have had fakes pass under their noses, despite the tests they undertake before accepting a painting. With the money that’s involved, is it any wonder that someone will try to take advantage? Let’s face the facts–these two are auction houses; their core business is not collecting or authenticating, but making money off the transfer. What really scared me was how people would use the fact that this or that painting had been accepted by either of these houses as authentication in itself. Never mind if these paintings were never sold through these houses
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    11 October 1999

    Art Association of the Philippines President Ramon Orlina says Philippine art should learn from the lesson of the Amorsolo episode. When Christie’s first introduced the master in its auctions, an Amorsolo easily fetched P4 million. When Christie’s tried to repeat the feat with five Amorsolos in its next auction, Orlina, who was consulted and was shocked to find out that three of the paintings were fakes.

    Christie’s caught up as £30m forgeries send shock waves through the art world
    Rotes Bild mit Pferden (Red Picture with Horses), sold in 2006

    Panic is spreading through the art world following the discovery of forgeries among major 20th-century paintings sold in recent years by leading auctioneers and dealers worldwide, including Christie’s in London.

    More than 30 paintings, thought to be by artists including Max Ernst, Raoul Dufy and Fernand Léger, have been unmasked as forgeries, the Observer has learned. The fakes have duped leading figures in the art world into parting with at least £30m.

    Four of the paintings have gone through Christie’s, including forgeries of Ernst’s La Horde, estimated at £3.5m and eventually sold to the Würth Collection, and André Derain’s Bateaux à Collioure, sold for £2m. Six paintings were sold by the leading German auctioneer, Lempertz, one for £2.8m. The forger’s strategy appears to have been to create compositions that would relate to the titles of documented works whose whereabouts are not currently known.

    Dealers and collectors who have recently acquired works by the artists involved “are shaking over this scandal”, one insider said. “They are in a panic over whether their paintings are also forgeries. Everyone’s taking a second look.” The panic is so acute that collectors are even seeking refunds on unquestionably genuine works.

    One expert describes the forgeries as “gold standard”. They cover many styles and include works by Heinrich Campendonk, the German Expressionist. Most are in the style of the particular artist, rather than a direct copy. All are believed to have been painted by a German forger over the past 15 years. Police are now investigating whether that forger is Wolfgang Beltracchi, 59, an artist from Freiburg, aided by his wife, Helene, 52, and her sister, Susanne, 57 – women described as “great charmers”. All three are now in police custody. Two men are also being investigated.

    The deception involved an invented story about inheriting the paintings from the sisters’ grandfather, Werner Jägers.

    Dr Nicholas Eastaugh, of Art Access and Research, a leading British expert in scientific analysis of paintings, told the Observer that he has seen four of the forgeries and conducted extensive tests on three. The results confirmed that they contain pigments not available when they were supposed to have been painted. One of the paintings, Campendonk’s Rotes Bild Mit Pferden (Red Picture with Horses), was sold in 2006 by Lempertz for a record price.

    Eastaugh emphasised that the duped buyer has given him permission to discuss the case. A painted sketch on the back of the canvas – suggesting that the artist was trying out another idea – is also a forgery. Clues to a painting’s provenance, or history, are often found on the back of a painting. Many of the forgeries have fake labels from galleries or collections to give a further authentic touch, suggesting past exhibitions. The Christie’s Ernst is said to bear a false label, “Flechtheim Collection”, which aroused the suspicions of the distinguished historian and Flechtheim biographer, Ralph Jentsch. Labels on other works suggest they are from the “Jägers Collection”.

    One duped auctioneer said: “It’s significant that these paintings have been through the sale process before they got to me. They must have been sufficiently convincing.”

    The buyer of the Campendonk was Trasteco, a trading company in Malta, which is now claiming back the purchase price. The firm is one of two collectors represented by Friederike Gräfin von Brühl, a German lawyer at K&L Gates. She said: “For the art world, this is a big scandal. Everyone is shocked.”

    Christie’s London – which handled alleged forgeries that include Campendonk’s Girl with a Swan, sold for £67,000, and another painting that fetched £344,000 – said: “We take any doubt surrounding authenticity extremely seriously and are investigating the matter fully.”

    Source: The Guardian-UK

  27. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I hope you can find time to Scan the October 1990 issue of ARTnews, pages 154-163 I would really like to read it

    Here is a story in the New York Times after the Auction some of the Buyers were Art Dealers who sense they can make a profit with the Art Pieces being Auctioned one example is Stanley Moss who bought El Greco’s Coronation of the Virgin he then sold it to the Alexander Onassis Foundation

    Marcoses’ Raphael Sold To Italy for $1.65 Million
    New York Times
    Published: January 12, 1991

    An early Raphael painting, “Saint Catherine of Alexandria,” was bought for $1.65 million by the Italian Government yesterday in a sale of art from the collection formed by Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos when Mr. Marcos was President of the Philippines.

    The price was a record at auction for a painting by Raphael, whose works rarely appear on the market. The work, which dates from 1503, was one of 74 paintings auctioned at Christie’s yesterday for the Philippine Government. Until recently, it hung in the Metropolitan Museum in Manila.

    “Raphael is the master of the masters — the father of the Renaissance,” said Antonio Paolucci, chief curator of the Italian museums, after he bought the oil-on-panel painting, which measures 5 by 15 inches.

    Mr. Paolucci said he thought the work would go to the Uffizi, the Florence museum. Sale Exceeds Estimates

    While auctions of Impressionist, modern and postwar art have been disappointing in recent months, with many works unsold, sales of Old Master paintings have fared much better. Christie’s sale of the Marcoses’ Old Masters totaled $15.4 million, well above the auction house’s presale estimate of $10 million. The two-day sale of silver and paintings, which ended yesterday, realized $20.3 million, most of which is to go to the Philippine Presidental Commission on Good Government for its land program or to help victims of earthquakes, typhoons and other disasters in the Philippines.

    The sale also included 25 paintings formerly owned by the Marcoses that were auctioned for the United States Government. These Old Master works, seized in July 1987 in France from Adnan M. Khashoggi, a wealthy Saudi businessman, were acquired by him from Mrs. Marcos in 1986. They were discovered by the Federal Government during the investigation that led to the indictment of Mrs. Marcos and Mr. Khashoggi on charges of racketeering and fraud. In a four-month trial that ended on July 2, the two were acquitted on all counts.

    The Khashoggi art holdings, which brought $5.9 million, were auctioned to pay the court costs, which have not yet been disclosed. After the trial, Mrs. Marcos and Mr. Khashoggi “renounced any interest they had in the paintings,” said Charles G. LaBella, Assistant United States Attorney in Manhattan. What remains of the proceeds after the court costs are paid is to go to the Philippine Presidential Commission.

    El Greco’s “Coronation of the Virgin” from 1603 was sold for $2.1 million to Stanley Moss, a New York City dealer.

    Every Work Is Sold

    Throughout the sale, at which every work was sold, paintings brought prices well in excess of Christie’s expectations. The Raphael was expected to bring $1.2 million at most, the El Greco $400,000. Titian’s “Portrait of Giulio Romano,” from about 1536, was expected to sell for $300,000 to $500,000, but was bought by a Zurich dealer, David Koetser, for $1.1 million.

    Giovanni Sarti, an Italian dealer based in London, said the sale showed that the Old Masters market “is very healthy.” Mr. Sarti bought at least nine paintings, the most important of which was an 18th-century work by Gaspare Diziani, for which he paid $110,000, $50,000 above the estimate.

    “The estimates were conservative,” Mr. Sarti said. “I wanted to buy many others that I wasn’t able to buy.”

    Photo: “Saint Catherine of Alexandria,” a painting by Raphael, was bought for $1.65 million yesterday. (Christie’s New York)

  28. Myles Garcia said,

    March 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Uhmmm…Enrique, if you can, please see October 1990 issue of ARTnews, pages 154-163. I direct you to one of the lead stories of that issue: “The Marcos Collection: Fortune and Folly.”

    It’s been years since I looked at the article, and it may prove painful to some readers here. I don’t have the time NOR the inclination right now to copy/recreate the 10 pages of copy here but let me just quote 2 or 3 quick passages to give you an idea of the bent of the article:

    – Christie’s says a much overpainted Madonna and Child is not by Filippo Lippi and is worth about $650,000 less than Mrs. Marcos paid for it. (caption, page 158);

    – “Manhattan-based conservator Marco Grassi, a party to several sales, summed it up more politely. “Mrs. Marcos,” he said, “was often sold inferior art fpr superior prices.” (page 156) (My comment: of course. How could she and ‘kuno’-art adivser Mrs. GDR-T-‘Kickback’ possibly have discerning knowledge of these matters which take YEARS to be familiar with…when they were doing their turo-turo shopping in between quick jet jaunts and other kitsch shopping. If it’s Tuesday, it must be Bulgari’s; Cartimar was sooooo yesterday. 🙂 They were too busy with their dizzying shopping pace; but certainly shrewd merchants and smart art dealers took notice…)

    – …a prominent expert on Italian Renaissance painting who asked not to be identified said, ‘This auction (the one in January 1990) is an outrage. They’ll never get those prices. The quality of the things is appalling.”

    etc., etc.

    The article, I had forgotten, is about as complete an inventory of all this expensive, ‘faux’ loot as of fall 1990. Readers can always try to access it form ARTnews magazine’s archives; or perhaps scour ‘back issue” services. I’ll see how I feel about scanning the article (lengthy) and zapping it via Signor Gonzalez to whomever requests it. (It all depends on how I feel on a given day.) 😉

    As for Mr. Morato, one has to ask oneself why is it that he had bad experiences with those 2 houses, while — yes, Christies and Sotheby’s had collusion and Taubman and Deedee Brooks got indicted (but I believe that happened like in the latter ’90s) — they continue to flourish as the world’s LEADING auction houses and the world’s wealthiest people continue to do business with them? (I knew I should’ve bought stock when Sotheby’s first went public in the early 90s.) Why? 😉

  29. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Rose Lacson is a grand daughter of General Aniceto Lacson a prominent figure in Negros Occidental President of the short lived Republic of Negros

    Rose Lacson-Hangcock remarried after Lang Hancock passed away to Willie Porteous a lawyer of her deceased husband,These are the arguments used by her stepdaughter Rina Rinehard in Court but eventually Rose Lacson won the case

    Lang Hancock is based on Perth because it is near with his mining properties

    I beg to Disagree some of the world’s greatest museum exhibit other countries art pieces the Metropolitan Museum of New York has a collection of Japanese and Chinese and other Asian art pieces the National Gallery of London has a collection of Raphael’s 10 paintings,Canaletto’s – 12 paintings and Titian – 10 paintings the Lourve in France has Greek and Egyptian art pieces.The Singapore Art Museum has a collection of Philippine Paintings by Masters,Established and up and coming Artist some painting in their collection are by Fabian dela Rosa Fernando Amorsolo Botong Francisco Vicente Manansala all of these Museum attract tourist from other places to see their collection and at the same time exhibit it so that the local people who does not have the means to see these Art Pieces if it is not on exhibit in a Museum the objective is it will inspire young artist and it will be appreciated by people who understand or who wants to understand art who are not financially well off. these is the intention of Mrs Marcos when she established the Metropolitan Museum so that the Filipino People can see different artwork from abroad because of these the Filipinos was able see the works of Rembrant Picasso Sisley Monet Renoir and Cezanne today only few pieces are left in the Metropolitan Museum one is an Altarpiece of five Saints by Lippo Memmi a Landscape Painting by Giuseppe Zais and collection of antique Russian Icons During the Marcos years The Metropolitan Museum exhibited different Artworks on Loan from foreign institution during in it’s inaugural exhibit a tribute to the American Centennial Year consisting of paintings loaned by the Brooklyn Museum During the Manila Arts Festival the Marubeni collection of European Paintings was loaned other exhibits Vasarely Predecessors and Contemporaries The Great Yugoslavian Naif Script and Images, German Art Paintings,Belgian Contemporary Art

    If The Metropolitan Museum still had the Collection they could integrate it with the planned Pagcor City in Manila Bay and we can imitate the Wynn Collection of Fine Art in Las Vegas it has more than a dozen European and American masterpieces from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,In The Wynn Collection which features works by Edouard Manet, Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin Although the artwork is owned personally by Wynn, Wynn Resorts pays an annual lease of $1. As part of the lease agreement, insurance and security are the responsibility of the company.

    The centerpiece of the collection is Le Rêve, the Picasso portrait that was the working name of the resort project. Wynn purchased the painting in 1997 for $48.4 million at the Christie’s auction of the Ganz-collection on November 11, 1997. In 2006 he reportedly was to sell it to Steven A. Cohen for $139 million, which would at that time have been the highest price paid for any piece of art. However, he put his elbow through the canvas while showing it to his guests, including the screenwriter Nora Ephron and her husband Nick Pileggi, the broadcaster Barbara Walters, the art dealer Serge Sorokko and his wife, the model Tatiana Sorokko, the New York socialite Louise Grunwald and the lawyer David Boies and his wife, Mary Recently he spent a record price for a painting by J. M. W. Turner, $35.8 million for the Giudecca, La Donna Della Salute and San Giorgio and spent $33.2 million on a Rembrandt, the auction record for the artist

    Here is the written account of Mr Manuel Morato’s exprience with the Auction houses

    Beware of international auction houses
    By: Manuel L. Morato

    In the 1990s, TIME magazine featured a scandal that involved the two chairmen of Christie’s and Sotheby’s who were charged for conniving with each other and for malpractice in cheating owners of important art pieces from private collectors who were willing to unload part of their collection. All collectors go through that stage at one time or another. Collectors cannot keep their collections forever. There are art collectors who buy art pieces for investment because they know that these pieces appreciate tremendously in price as the years go by.

    In 2001 and 2002, I started dealing with Christie’s and Sotheby’s again, thinking that since their shenanigans had already been exposed by TIME magazine, they are now on the level, free of syndicated bidders and anomalous practices.

    I began unloading important jewels to raise funds for the hotel we were putting up in Makati. As one of the investors, I helped the project in order to finish it as it had suffered from non-release of the approved loan we availed of from the Landbank in 1997 and was stopped during the term of then President Erap. The finishing of the hotel was being delayed, and the delay was costing the corporation so much losses.

    My co-directors could not put up additional funds. So, I did.

    I auctioned one of the very expensive watches in my collection with 52 carats of perfect D Grade diamonds. I bought that watch for $189,000 many, many years ago, and Sotheby’s was excited about the piece as only three pieces exist in the world. I was offered $75,000 as starting bid. They said: “Let it go up during the bidding from buyers from all over the world.” Guess what, they paid me the $75,000 after deducting “expenses and commission.” I lost a lot on that piece. For sure, the house bought it and resold privately.

    Sotheby’s branch put up in Makati had wiped out so many old matrons of their jewels nationwide. Then it closed down matapos malikom ang magagandang gamit ng mga private owners sa bansa.

    For the sake of brevity, my Cartier ring with diamonds and a rare blue sapphire in the center, certified from Paris, and which had cost me 51,000 pounds was “sold” by Sotheby’s for only $15,000! Another Cartier brooch of the 1950s with genuine colored stones forming a sunflower sold for only $8,000! On a direct sale, that piece should go for not less than $50,000. Another diamond bracelet with big Russian amethysts worth $25,000 was sold by Christie’s for only $2,000. And several other beautiful pieces went down the drain that I don’t want to enumerate anymore, for it will only break our hearts.

    I will never forget how the representatives of Christie’s came over to entice me to put part of my collection on the block. For sure, many other old families in Manila were also victimized as they did the rounds to meet potential victims. But they remain quiet, moping on their personal tragedies. Speak out as I am doing now.

    After investing on so many important pieces since I was a 13-year-old student in Europe and inheriting also from my family, I practically lost most of my jewelry collection. But the ones I have left (and there are still quite a few) I will never auction in the international auction houses again.

    It was my father who cultivated and supported my interest along the arts and funded my very expensive hobby.

    In a Written Account on the Column by late Max Soliven in the Philippine Star he is a well know critic of the Marcos Administration when he saw an article about one Canaletto sold in an Auction aboard he wept as he reviewed the Catalog published by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila when he saw the Six Canaletto’s owned by the Filipino people he criticized its loss

    Former First Lady Imelda Marcos Bought art pieces from Knoedler Gallery that was put on Auction on January 11 1991 I Have the Sotheby’s Appraisal of some the Paintings Paolo Veronese’s City of Venice Adoring the Christ Child Mrs Marcos bought it for $465,000 and estimated Value by Sotheby’s is $400,000 to $500,000 Francisco Zubaran’s The Holy Family Mrs Marcos Bought it for $250,000 the estimated value by Sotheby’s is $270,000 to $330,000 in one of the sales invoice found in The Palace after the Revolt read Above are Special Prices authorized by Armand Hammer for Mr and Mrs Marcos these paintings were flown to the Philippines on a private Plane of Armand Hammer as Mr Manuel Morato Said private collectors who were willing to unload part of their collection. All collectors go through that stage at one time or another. Collectors cannot keep their collections forever. There are art collectors who buy art pieces for investment because they know that these pieces appreciate tremendously in price as the years go by

    The Collection in the Metropolitan Museum was brokered by Mario Bellini a well know art dealer in Florence the New York Times describe him as the dean of the City’s Antique Dealers

    Mrs Imelda Marcos bought Raphael’s St Catherine of Alexandria’s it used to be in the collection of Contini Bonacossi in Florence the preparatory drawings for it is in the Baron Edmond de Rothschild collection in the Lourve

    Other Purchases of Imelda Marcos which Mario Bellini handled were bought from Marco Grassi a Manhattan art dealer more than $3 million dollars was paid to Marco Grassi for Francois Boucher’s Apotheosis of Aneas and Francisco Zubaran’s David and Goliath and El Greco’s Coronation of the Virgin whose preparatory sketch is displayed in the Hospital of Charity in Illecas Spain

    El Greco’s Coronation of the Virgin in Sotheby’s appraisal it is estimated to be worth $900,000 to $1,350,000 it was sold for $2.1 million dollars in the Appraisal of Francois Boucher the Apotheosis of Aneas by Sotheby;s is worth $600,000 to $900,000 and Francisco Zubaran’s David with the Head of Goliath is $500,000 to $700,000

  30. Sabin Arranz said,

    March 10, 2011 at 4:49 am


    Re: your description of Rose Lacson Hancock … Ugh. How gauche. Classic money-but-no-class behavior. She might as well be one of the caricatures of the rich in an early 80s Viva Films trash flick. If she lived in the United States and were black, her antics would fit right in with the ghetto-fabulous classless moneyed set from the hip-hop and professional sports worlds.

  31. Myles Garcia said,

    March 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    “Hangcock”? 🙂 Is that for real, Enrique? I thought she was Porteous?

    And I dunno…I wouldn’t exactly brag about those ‘exploits’ of hers. She comes off as a spoiled, self-centered brat who throws a tantrum if she can’t have her way; someone who finds happiness in material things. Maybe that’s why Mr. Hangcock probably departed this world and her company early? And if most women acted like that, kinda gives credence to why Arab men treat them like chattel.

    And Perth? Who goes to Perth? I mean even self-respecting Downsiders (Sydney-ites) or Melbournese don’t go there if they can help it.

    Re the Art matter, I seem to recall the same discussion came up before. But what does Canaletto have to do with the Philippines? That’s about as remote a connection there is as Grandma Moses’ work hanging in the Goldenberg Mansion guesthouse.

    As for Mr. Morato’s views–with all due respect to him–but that’s a TOTALLY unproven point that Manila would’ve been “…like the Louvre or New York’s Metropolitan Museum in attracting hordes of tourist dollars.” This supposition from a man who could not hang on to two or three of his own treasures? It’s like he never attended higher learning in a major US university…which he did.

    For someone supposedly so well-educated and cultured, he wields/ed quite unrealistic demographic views. The majority of art lovers in North America and Europe are people of average means. They’re NOT going to fly halfway around the world just to see six canvases (regardless by whom) and throw in a dozen Moro “vintas.” That’s why blockbuster shows (Tutankhamen, loans from the d’Orsay, the Hermitage, the Vatican, etc.) come to the various cities of Europe and the Americas; so they can be closer to the average art lover–NOT the other way around. People flock to Europe because that’s where the old culture is and the museums are all cheek by jowl. If you want cut-rate bargains, where do you go? To the souk or Divisoria because dikit-dikit ang mga stalls and merchants (where the stalls and bazaars are side by side).

    And the value of those Canalettos and other pieces picked up by IRM, are/were over-rated: (1) If they were really priceless to begin with, the museums and collections in the West would have hung on to them for dear life. They wouldn’t have been floating around for some 3rd world country’s dictator’s wife to pick them up on a wholesale shopping whim. Don’t think that the art dealers and experts of the West don’t have their own network of inside intelligence as to who’s legit, who’s tight, who’s flush, who’s gullible/an easy mark, etc.?

    (2) Whatever the canvases finally fetched in their auction is accurate of their true market value. It’s all a case of supply and demand. Why do a handful of van Goghs, Picasso’s, and a Klimt sell over $70-80 million dollars? Because that’s what collectors are willing to pay for. Apparently, the Canalettos were truly only worth $3 mil apiece at the time. I wasn’t privy to the exact condition they were in but judging from their final prices, I am sure it was known amongst insiders that those canvases were of poor condition, of doubtful provenance–probably attributed to the “school of…” or the “Atelier of…”; probably had wood rot, needed a lot of restoration work, etc.. And yeah, maybe Christie’s/Sotheby’s didn’t promote them as well but that’s another story altogether.

    Again, the network of dealers, art experts, etc., do advise their clients of what’s hot and what’s not. And IRM, with her penchant for hanging around Italian ‘friends’ and ‘hangers-on’ of dubious origin, I am sure was set up by these same connections with shady dealers. (Have we forgotten the Gina Lollobrigida episode already where one ‘thief’ quickly short-changed the ‘other’?) The merchants of the Italian boot are known to pull a fast one more than once. And remember, IRM’s “art adviser” ‘kuno’ (GDR-T) and hubby ended up with the embassy in Rome. Mere coincidence?

    Another one: the late Armand Hammer (via his Knoedler Gallery then) for one, pawned off his lesser works to IRM. If the items were really valuable, he would’ve hung on to them for his own collection. He was a shrewd businessman; he knew when and whom to sell to. 😉

    A number of these purchases were reported in reputable, leading art magazines with arched eyebrows. I am sure it could’ve been a lot more embarassing if ART News wanted to compete with the regular tabloids.

  32. ino manalo said,

    March 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Toto :

    Could you please email me your cellphone number. I need to talk to you.


    Ino Manalo

  33. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 8, 2011 at 7:46 am

    One Filipina who reached the pinnacle of world-class wealth and saw what life, and shopping, was really like at the top of the world is Rose Lacson-Hangcock

    Rose Lacson-Hangcock attempted as she describe them offers to get her back into modeling photographs taken by a Paris Vogue photographer hired by Rose to update her portfolio her fee she isdemanding $50,000 for a photo shoot she said i am perfect mannequin size and fit into anything i no longer need to model for the prestige the money or the glamor i am doing it for the fun of it as a hobby and because i love it in a mock up fashion shoot with a photographer and crew she travelled to Colombo,Rhodes Bucharest Vienna Zurich Dusseldorf Rotterdam London Paris Bahrain and Hong Kong for her fashion shoots it premiered in a launch in March 1987

    Rose Lacson Hangcock was not shy about the Luxuries her Marriage with the late Lang Hangcock one of the most richest person in Australia she traveled a well trodden path to and from Europe’s most expensive fashion and and art houses her Favorite designers included Renato Balestra in Rome and Rety in Paris she favored only made to order and one of a kind dresses not off the rack pieces then there was the helicopter she convinced her husband to buy so she could commute between her farm the Belle Rosa and her Mansion the Rose Mahal the local government in Australia prohibited it because of the noise it created

    In 1987 she fond her house the Rose Mahal too modest and decided she wants a grander house her husband was against her idea she refused to eat for two days her husband relented and agreed they bought five neighboring properties in Perth Australia and named it Prix d Amour In February 1988 in her private jet she went to Florence Geneva Paris and New York to buy furnishing for her new Mansion 9 months before construction her step daughter Gina Rinehart complained about the bills the new house is costing $470,857 for curtains $315,991 for the gardens and $425,203 for the architects fee she ordered a Waterford crystal chandelier for the grand portico it consist of 3,587 pieces of crystals attached to 66 arms with 36 internal lights it stood almost 3.5 meters high suspended on a specially made winch and weight more than a ton the world’s most largest domestic chandelier in March 1990 Prix d Amour was finished Lang Hangcock Spend $11 Million dollars

    Rose Lacson-Hangcock more than once interrupted a business meeting of her husband Lang Hangcock in their hotel suite complaining to her husband she was bored it happened in Paris and another time in Singapore in front of local businessmen she emerged from their bedroom still wearing her nightie and draped her self over a red faced Lang Hangcock I am bored i need some thing to do while you are in this meeting how long are you going to be her husband replied Why dont you go some shopping

    In late 1985 while in Zurich the couple had a fight when she returned later than expected from a shopping trip Rose sulked until Lang Apologised for his outburst she demanded an apology provided she could go shopping for Jewelry in Athens Greece on their way home she bought seven items she chose bracelets necklaces and earring complete with 1,094 glittering diamonds worth $460,000

    During their honey moon Rose and her husband bought a new Plane because the new one would feel like a limosine instead of a Taxi the old plane had been on board in their new Private Jet on their way back to Australia from Europe Rose Demanded that Lang order the Pilot to divert the plane to Singapore for another Shopping Trip after an argument inside the Private cabin Lang emerged and told the pilots to change course and head for Singapore

    In Bahrain Rose was outraged when she was forced to ride in a black Cadillac from the Airport while her husband feted by an Arab businessman was driven ahead in a cream turbo Bentley in amusement Lang Hangcock said all women in Arab countries are treated as 2nd class citizens Rose had her revenge when they returned to Australia she ordered her own Cream turbo Bentley worth $372,000

    In an interview in Australian T.V. asked to explain the accusation of her Step daughter Gina Rinehart ( Today Gina is the most richest person in Australia according to the 2011 Forbes Magazine) about the money she spent for essentials including $468 for sangria ingredients $475 to clean a Chandelier $872 for drycleaning $479 to hire clothes racks and $1,200 for a Choreographer

  34. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 8, 2011 at 5:22 am

    1.During the Auction in Christie’s New York in January 11 1991 the total paintings up for Auction are 93 pieces of artworks of the 93 pieces 71 pieces are owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila some of the outstanding pieces in the Museum’s Collection are Titian’s portrait of Giulio Romano six pieces of Canalleto’s and the Most Valuable piece in the Auction Raphael’s St Catherine of Alexandria concerned citizens flied a case in the Supreme Court to stop the auction of the art pieces owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Manila the complainants are DEAN JOSE JOYA, CARMEN GUERRERO NAKPIL, ARMIDA SIGUION REYNA, PROF. RICARTE M. PURUGANAN, IRMA POTENCIANO, ADRIAN CRISTOBAL, INGRID SANTAMARIA, CORAZON FIEL, AMBASSADOR E. AGUILAR CRUZ, FLORENCIO R. JACELA, JR., MAURO MALANG, FEDERICO AGUILAR ALCUAZ, LUCRECIA R. URTULA, SUSANO GONZALES, STEVE SANTOS, EPHRAIM SAMSON, SOLER SANTOS, ANG KIU KOK, KERIMA POLOTAN, LUCRECIA KASILAG, LIGAYA DAVID PEREZ, VIRGILIO ALMARIO, LIWAYWAY A. ARCEO, CHARITO PLANAS, HELENA BENITEZ, ANNA MARIA L. HARPER, ROSALINDA OROSA, SUSAN CALO MEDINA, PATRICIA RUIZ, BONNIE RUIZ, NELSON NAVARRO, MANDY NAVASERO, ROMEO SALVADOR, JOSEPHINE DARANG, and PAZ VETO PLANAS they are some of the who’s who of the Art scene in the Philippines they argued that the art pieces are cultural treasures of the Philippines and should be displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

    2.Up to now after 25 years of the Edsa Revolution most of the Graft and Corruption cases are still pending in various Philippine Courts Imelda Marcos won her Rico Case in New York for investing and buying real estate and art works in the United States

    3.In the PCGG’s Selling the different Artworks This is according to Manoling Morato “Now, what direction am I leading to? Mrs. Imelda Marcos’ collection confiscated by the government through the PCGG suffered the same fate as I did. It was a big, big mistake of the government at the time to have sold them through those two biggest international auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

    Mrs. Marcos’ silver collection had generated so little money for the government when any museum in the world would have wanted those pieces. They sold for so little, but they are worth a hundred times more in the world market — if you can find them. Those silver pieces carry the hallmarks of the best silversmiths in the world centuries ago, found only among the royal families of Europe and in the houses of nobles. They are worth a fortune.

    But what really broke my heart was the disposing of the five or six huge oil paintings of that world-famous artist Canaletto who painted the scenes of Venice. As exposed by the late Max Soliven of the Philippine Star sometime in 2005(?), all five or six Canaletto (nee Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768) paintings of the 1700s then hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila were auctioned off by Christie’s sometime in 1990 for only $16 million for all. That’s only about $3 million a piece.

    Any museum in the world would die just to have one Canaletto. To think that we have had five or six of them. What a boost to our tourism industry.

    If we still had them, those paintings would have attracted viewers from all over the world to Manila.

    Now, if you find one, the Italian government would never allow it to be repatriated as it is a national treasure in Italy.

    I feel bad, for those pieces could have paid part of our foreign debts. Those five or six pieces would have easily generated more than a billion dollars �” if not more.

    Putting aside other negative remarks on Imelda Marcos, there is one plus factor I must credit her for, and that is her being able to bring to the country all those art treasures that could very well have enhanced our culture, put the country on the world map as a center for the arts and catapulted us to a First World Country.

    Why do I say this? Because all the art treasures Imelda Marcos was able to acquire could have stood as collateral to our foreign debts.

    I am sure that she never meant to take them out of the country. She meant to share them with all of us, for the people and for the country. That’s restitution enough — if at all the money to buy them were stolen.

    I called on Former PCGG Commissioner Rick Abcede, and told him not to even entertain the idea of disposing the Jewelry collection through the international auction houses of Christie’s and/or Sotheby’s or any other. Sinabihan ko talaga si Rick kung ano ang nangyari sa akin; that I have all the documents to prove how I was taken for a ride. Sabi ko sa kanya, I’ll come out into the open and cause a scandal to cause people’s awareness.

    Had it pushed through, I would never have spoken with Rick ever again for being a party to the raiding of the nation’s coffers. And I mean it up to now.

    If at all the government wishes to sell them, I suggest it goes on direct sale with the Arab sheiks of the oil-rich countries or to whoever has the money to pay — on a piece-by-piece deal and not on a lock, stock, and barrel basis.

    In my honest opinion, instead of having them all in a vault, put them in the museum for everyone, for local and foreign tourists to see. Imelda’s jewels could be the best tourist attraction we can ever display. I’ll bet my neck that the local tourism industry will boom instantly.

    Put them in a secure wing of the Metropolitan Museum or the National Museum; build a fireproof room constructed like a walk-in bank vault on a larger scale; and insure them with Lloyd’s of London. The entrance fees to be generated can pay for all the expenses, including yearly insurance premium. It would be an income-generating undertaking for the government.

    Those jewels are so hard to find in the world market nowadays. Maipanlalaban natin sa mga museums all over the world — what are left of the items. And before they disappear, let them earn money for our fight against poverty.

    Think rich and we’d all be rich. Positive thinking does it. If not, even pang feel-good na lang.
    Alin bang bansa ang nagbebenta ng treasures sa mundo? On the contrary, naghahanap pa sila ng mabibili para ariin ng kanilang bayan, for that would give their people a sense of pride necessary in giving them hope as well.
    Art treasures promote tourism. Tourism creates jobs and livelihood for the people. ‘Pag may trabaho, may kabuhayan. ‘Pag may kabuhayan, nawawala ang krimen at corruption. ‘Pag bumaba at nawala ang krimen at katiwalian, may progreso at katahimikan. ‘Pag may progreso at katahimikan, umpisa na ng pag-unlad ng ating bayan.
    Puwede ba, tigilan na ang nakawan in any format the transaction was done so quietly by the PCGG that nobody knew of their secret disposal.

    4.The 22 pieces of artwork of the 93 pieces that was auctioned in Christie’s in New York came from the New York art collection of Imelda Marcos it was confiscated from Adnan Khashoggi thru a court order by a New York Judge that prohibited the disposal of Art and Jewelry believed to connected to Imelda Marcos

  35. Myles Garcia said,

    March 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Very good article, Concepcion. Thank you. Of course, if fishes were wishes, then it would be a perfect world.

    However, one thing the article seems to have forgotten by picking Russia and South Africa as examples…and OK, it may be window dressing only, but those two countries in particular have had/will have shining examples of prestige (bonga) projects which belie the dire portrait the writer paints.

    This past summer, South Africa hosted the best organized men’s soccer FIFA World Cup tournament ever, a billion-dollar extravaganza–against all odds. Russia in early December grabbed the 2018 hosting duties for the same Cup, on top of already actively preparing to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. And South Africa (Durban) is viewed as the frontrunner for the 2020 Summer Olympics host at this time. And it’s still a highly developing economy. So, yeah, de Klerk and Gorbachev must’ve done something right.

    But these were enlightened men, a far different breed from the –shall I go alphabetically? the Burmese generals, the Castros, the Ceausescu’s, the Duvaliers, the Kims of (North Korea), the Marcoses, the Mubaraks, Mugabes, Qaddadi’s, Suhartos, the Sukarnos, the mullahs of Tehran, etc., and the rest of the tin-pot, petroil dictator gang.

    Speaking of “enlightened,” I don’t know if THE KING’S SPEECH has alrredy been released in Manila, but I highly recommend it to anyone with a whit literacy. It is the best film I have seen possibly, in the last three or four years. It is up there with the best of the best of Masterpiece Theatre. As a matter of fact, it is actually quite bare in the sets-and-costumes department but the story and the execution are unparalleled. It is the best in British filmmaking in recent years–the total polar opposite of that anomaly, “Slumdog Millionaire” which to me was a total dog!! KING’S SPEECH is truly deserving of its Best Picture of 2010 Oscar. It is for anyone who knows and has tried to better him/herself even in the smallest ways. It is warm, funny, touching on so many levels. I came out feeling exhilirated, ennobled and touched…that yeah, we aren’t such a bad species after all (excluding those parties singled out above). 😉 lol

  36. concepcion constantino said,

    March 7, 2011 at 4:45 am

    my apologies if i’m digressing 360 degrees from this thread. i’d like to share this article which i found very interesting.

    how to lose your country gracefully.

  37. Myles Garcia said,

    March 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Enrique Bustos wrote:

    1.El Greco’s Coronation of the Virgin was bought by American art dealer Stanley Moss he then sold it to the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation It is on display at the National Gallery of Athens

    2.Raphael’s St Catherine of Alexandria was bought by the Italian Government it is now on display in the Museum in Urbino the birthplace of Raphael

    3.Francisco Goya’s Marquesa de Sta Cruz was bought by the Spanish Government it is now in Prado Museum in Madrid

    4.A Queen Anne silver cup and cover, London 1713, purchased by Doris Duke at auction by the Republic of the Phillippines at Christie’s in 1991


    Yes, those 4 may seem like an impressive small haul (and it’s good to learn that they ended up in more responsible hands than their previous owners) but my questions are:

    1. Of the overall ‘art’ purchases Imelda made while she was the self-assigned “Patroness of the Arts”/Shoppiatrix Majeure (rolls eyes) of the R.P. (especially during the illegitimate years 1973-1986, when she was accountable to no one), what percentage of these compras were ‘true treasures’ — and which ones went to the National Museum and which ones ended up in her personal boudoirs and apartments?

    2. What were purchased from personal funds or public funds? Or were they one and the same at that time?

    3. For those 4 above-mentioned items, and at least some monies were recovered, what were the original purchase prices? After transport, insurance, reappraisal fees — what did they sell at in the 2nd RP-sponsored auction? Did PCGG show a profit for those?

    Separately, I would also like to know what happened to all the other canvases that were hurriedly taken from the NYC townhouse on East 66th St., the two apartments at Olympic Tower, the estate at Lindermere, L.I. (where I believe she NEVER slept once), and in the choice embassies and legations of the Republic of the Philippines that were in the hands of the loyalists up to the last minue? Has there ever been a complete AND HONEST–beyond reproach, accounting of all these?

    It’s funny how these dictators never learn. Over the next few months, of course, we will all be learning of the ill-gotten, eye-bulging loot of the Mubarak, Qaddafi families, the Bahraini ruling house and whomever-else-is-next… as those dogs face their days of reckoning. And thank God there is now the more aggressive ICC, the International Criminal Court, separate from the original ICJ (Int’l Court of Justice, which was a rubber-stamp arm of the U.N.) Too bad, the ICC wasn’t around when MacGoon and the Missus were na-etcha from power nor can it prosecute cases retroactively.

  38. March 6, 2011 at 9:06 am


    What a great list of Mr. Banatao’s accomplishments, which even non-techies like I can understand. Thank you!!!

    What an inspiration Mr. Banatao is for all Filipinos!!! His achievements must be made known to more, specially our youth!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  39. March 6, 2011 at 9:02 am


    I agree. I absolutely agree with you.


    Toto Gonzalez

  40. Mike V. Jugo said,

    March 6, 2011 at 5:33 am


    I’m glad you mentioned Dado Banatao. He’s a true role model. He works hard for everything he has, without stealing a single cent.

    He invented the ff:

    1) First single-chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator (while at Commodore in 1976)
    2) First 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip; got 3Com into the Ethernet PC add-in card business (while at Seeq in early 1980s)
    3) First system logic chip set for the PC-XT and the PC-AT (while at Mostron in 1984 and Chips and Technologies in 1985)
    4) First enhanced graphics adapter chip set (while at Chips and Technologies in 1985)
    5) Pioneered local bus concept for PC (while at S3 in 1989)
    6) First Windows accelerator chip (while at S3 in 1990)

    And he “made it” relatively later in life, in his late 30’s to early 40’s.

    Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RCu5uGMlOs&

    There’s also Wilson Damarillo (never met the guy, although he’s a batch ahead of me from DLSU). He sold his software, Gluecode, to IBM from US$100M.

  41. Julio Ledesma Arenas said,

    March 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Thats nothing…. SO APTLY PUT TOTO. Glean and reflect on your post. When the “I have enough” epiphany moment happens ONE KNOWS. Affirmation not necessary. Your lady friends Wealth Whispers it need not do or be a ‘Screaming Mimies” ..it just IS. Non-plussed is not jaded its merely at ease and at peace. Whoever she is, Deo Favante. And as for Manny Pacquiao- HE REALLY TRIES HIS BEST be it billiards, Congress, basketball whatever He sets His mind on THATS IT-HE is Driven; Im a Fan mega. He is the Genuine Article. If it were up to me Heroes like him should’nt have to pay any taxes for life. The Goodwill he brings Us is payment a hundredth fold.

  42. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 6, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Some of the Art pieces bought by former first lady Imelda R.Marcos are Museum Caliber pieces after the 1986 revolution the P.C.G.G sold some of her collection

    1.El Greco’s Coronation of the Virgin was bought by American art dealer Stanley Moss he then sold it to the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation It is on display at the National Gallery of Athens

    2.Raphael’s St Catherine of Alexandria was bought by the Italian Government it is now on display in the Museum in Urbino the birthplace of Raphael

    3.Francisco Goya’s Marquesa de Sta Cruz was bought by the Spanish Government it is now in Prado Museum in Madrid

    4.A Queen Anne silver cup and cover, London 1713, purchased by Doris Duke at auction by the Republic of the Phillippines at Christie’s in 1991

  43. Myles Garcia said,

    March 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Re the case Nani cited: that’s always self-defeating. So what if you can show that you can afford the most expensive items in the store? They probably got rid of a lot of things that otherwise wouldn’t move. The petty sales staff made good commissions; thought well of you, the individual… but I doubt if it changed their mind overall on other things. And then afterwards, you come out feeling like the fool, having tried to make a very elusive and ephemeral point… but you’re stuck holding the bag; and a very expensive one at that. Penny-wise, pound-foolish. It’s all “kalokohan” (foolishness).

    It reminds me of when GDR-T would go on her pre-shopping, reconnaissance trips for Imelda. She let it be known (via IRM’s other NYC-based friends, EC and FR-G; whatever happened to those accomplices?) that the Pers Ledie of the Pilipins needed some “old masters” quickly and would pay in cash. Well, of course, that set the pulses of the Madison Avenue art dealers a-racing! Nouveau riche, cash-rich, not-very-discriminating amateurs would be walking through those doors!! Time to bring out all their 2nd and 3rd rate pieces which had been languishing in the basement for years!! The more decrepit-looking, the better; they wouldn’t know the difference. Then jack up the prices as well because GDR-T would always make “tawad” (bargain) (plus get her commission in the backdoor as well). Slather up these obviously insecure, ignorant women with the right words — and they and their purses would soon be parted. Who came out ahead in the end?

    Woman, thy name is vanity and foolishness.

  44. Nani Sy said,

    March 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    “I occasionally witness the condescension of foreigners, Caucasians and Asians alike, towards our less fortunate countrymen who work in their countries, and it rouses simultaneous feelings of indignation and helplessness”

    — Reminds me of a comedian actress who went to Italy awhile back. She said that sales people in the high end shops looked down on her because they associated “Filipinas” with domestic helpers. So she said that she wanted to “itaas ang bandera ng mga Filipina” so in true Pretty Woman fashion she bought all the most expensive items available just to show them… When she came back here in the Philippines she said she wanted to cry because she maxed out her credit cards because of the incident! hehe

  45. Myles Garcia said,

    March 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Toto, neither defending nor condemning Galliano…but if the fool even thought for a minute of the consequences of his actions. I am sure a number of Dior’s clients are the Rothschilds, the Bettencourts and those circles, etc.. Further, here he was in the supposedly most heavily Jewish district of Paris, and he spewed his guts like that? Oy, what can I say?

    And how does it go? Alcohol loosens the tongue. And apparently it wasn’t the first time; and this second time it all got captured on tape. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/28/galliano-hitler-racist-rant-arrest_n_828955.html (further down the page on that link if it works) The influence or alcohol or whatever is no excuse, especially if you are quite public a figure. It looks like long pent-up feelings he’s had, finally came gushing out. So…barring a sincere apology and maybe large donations to Jewish charities (if they would even accept it), this boy’s goose is cooked.

    (As for the derision and condescension hurled at OFWs, that’s altogether understandable but another chapter to discuss for another day.) 😉

  46. manuelbuencamino said,

    March 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    P6.5 M. How many bottles of rubbing alcohol is that?

  47. March 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm


    I understand your sentiments and I’m aware that some people share that too…


    I’m a fan of Manny, Jinkee, and Tita Dion PACQUIAO!!! 😀 😀 😀

    How many people can live life that way??? I’m so glad to see them enjoying themselves!!! Manny Pacquiao has earned it — and Jinkee and Tita Dion have helped him earn it — HONESTLY!!! 😀 [ Not like some people we all know. 😛 ]

    Cheers to the PACQUIAOS!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  48. Paz Atienza said,

    March 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Dionisia Pacquiao prefers to be called “Mommy D!” My gawd! Sorry for saying this but everytime the local primetime news features her and her antics on TV, she does remind me of the “village idiot” who easily follows everyone’s proddings even if they make her look silly and stupid. My mom calls her “parang manikang de susi.” It’s actually a pitiful sight which we have to endure, and on primetime at that.

  49. March 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm


    Please be reminded:

    From now on, comments with no real names, no email addresses that can be confirmed, and no reliable identity checks will no longer be allowed.

    Please upload your comment again with the pertinent information.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  50. February 27, 2011 at 1:16 am


    Perhaps John Galliano was drunk with alcohol or high on some substances. It is behavior perfectly understandable in artists… the more creative, the more outstanding, the more so…

    Of course, racial slurs are not politically correct, but I have to add that it is not a politically correct world at all. In my travels, I occasionally witness the condescension of foreigners, Caucasians and Asians alike, towards our less fortunate countrymen who work in their countries, and it rouses simultaneous feelings of indignation and helplessness — indignation at the injustice and helplessness that millions of our countrymen have to work abroad and put up with foreign shit because opportunities here are so limited, much of it because of our avaricious and corrupt government officials through the decades.

    Toto Gonzalez

  51. Myles Garcia said,

    February 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Uh-oh…latest contretemps on the Parisian fashion scene: http://www.fashionologie.com/John-Galliano-Suspended-from-Christian-Dior-After-Arrest-Alleged-Anti-Semitic-Remarks-14453685?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=fash&utm_content=20110126&utm_campaign=outbrain_cpc_fash_20110126

    House of Dior suspends its star designer/enfant terrible, John Galliano, after he was arrested for a disturbance at a Paris cafe and hurling anti-Semitic remarks against several patrons.

    This looks more exciting to watch than another Pacquiao pugfest!!

  52. Myles Garcia said,

    February 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Jay Samson wrote: Manny Pacquiao…That he could do it in one generation – and in a country like the Philippines! – is a feat close to impossible for many of our countrymen. Let’s just hope his kids are raised well and not squander their father’s riches or tarnish his name.



    1. There’s also Diosdado Banatao, little known, ex-Mapua graduate, now Silicon Valley multi-millionaire who made a mint with a little invention in, I believe PC hard-drives, and is now a leading resident of tony Atherton, CA.

    2. Pacquiao could NOT have done it without fighing in the international arena with those huge prize purses and also give credit to his American trainers and managers. Without their methods and guidance, Manny would’ve been another small-time Filipino boxer casualty, washed up by the 3rd fight. Give some credit where it is due.

  53. Tomas Pablo San Andres said,

    February 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    para syang anak ng Heneral under senate investigation ngayon, nakatira daw sa N.Y. at meron pang ankle bracelet kaya hindi maisuot ang alligator boots.

  54. February 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm


    “The Powder and the Glory.” I like it!!! Hahahah!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  55. Myles Garcia said,

    February 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

    There was a documentary (shown on PBS in the US) about the last gasps of haute couture in the erstwhile fashion capital of the world; as seen from the perspective of a few American and British fashionistas who worship(ped) at the foot of high fashion’s French altar. As a matter of fact, I might’ve alluded to it in the past. The doc is at least three years old if memory serves me right.

    Anyway…most of what your source says is true…except that (at least in the house that was shown…and I think it was LaCroix), the gowns were just shipped in a regular carton box with a lot of tissue paper stuffed in all the right places…but it flew in a Business or First Class seat together with the house’s chief seamstress. I imagine this would be if the order was for at least $50,000 and of course, the sucke…errr, the doyenne (or her sugar or oil daddy) would end up paying for that de luxe delivery anyway (what’s another $10K between friends?).

    It was a fascinating documentary considering there are only about 6 houses now in Paris (at least at that time the doc was made) that cater to its A-list clientele, down from supposedly like two dozen some 25 years ago. And there was only one living American, NY-based designer (forget his name) whom the Paris trade considered worthy of their ‘haute couture’ appellation. And of course only Coco Chanel knows how the recent global financial meltdown affected said trade.

    But the big thing with the alta moda crowd was…as seen in THE DEVIL WORE PRADA, was coming to Paris during show week, getting tickets to the best houses, being seen in the front row seats. The serious ones would take down the numbers of the pieces they were interested in; and then come back to the shop a few days later and check out the ensembles up close and in person. If there was no hurry, they would recreate a new one for you which would take at least two months before delivery. However, if there was an item that nobody else really wanted, you could get the actual runway piece at a bargain since it came with the sweat and amoy of the model!! 🙂 🙂 (And they would do the alterations ASAP.)

    Toto, I hope your source does not lend her Jackie O and Princess Di’ gowns to anyone and have them suffer the same fate that a supposed orignal signed U.S. Declaration of Independence and I forget what other object d’art that the hapless lumber magnate “lost.” BTW, re Jackie O’s “Inaugural” ball gown…which one? It looks like there were at least two of them: http://pastperfectvintage.blogspot.com/2008/12/first-lady-day-jackie.html

    Back to the haute couture documentary…that was the m.o. of a few real barat (NOT Borat) patrons…and of the few individuals they followed from the early spring shows to the fall galas these women supposedly shopped two seasons earlier for, actually only one bought a new one (I think it was either Diana Guinness or the wife of the Dutch banker). The other 3 or 4 just pulled out a previous purchase (but obviously not to the same event); while one or two of the more frugal ones ended up with a more local, less prestigous creation. Hmmm, I wonder if Monique L. uses these same chi-chi tactics in her L.A. atelier.

    Also, there was another documentary I happened to catch last night about the near parallel paths of two other 20th century glamour icons, Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden. It was called “The Powder and the Glory.” I thought a Hedda Hopper-Louella Parsons doc might’ve been more riveting and entertaining!! 🙂

  56. Jay Samson said,

    February 25, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Manny Pacquiao is a very rare thing: a truly self-made billionaire. The amazing thing is, he didn’t inherit it, didn’t marry into it, didn’t have to sleep with a billionaire to get it, didn’t have to run for office or become a military/police general to get it. That he could do it in one generation – and in a country like the Philippines! – is a feat close to impossible for many of our countrymen. Let’s just hope his kids are raised well and not squander their father’s riches or tarnish his name.

  57. Mickey Reyes said,

    February 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Toto,

    I think I have an idea who this Filipina is. She used to have a connection with an oil rich sultanate.

  58. Don Escudero said,

    February 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    J. K. Rowling to Oprah: She said that as she was deciding which of two things to buy, she realized she didn’t have to choose. She could buy both. That was when she understood that she was really rich. Oprah replied she had undergone the same epiphany. I guess that’s what serious money gives you, the freedom to choose or not to have to choose.

  59. Nani Sy said,

    February 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    People have a real fascination with how the “other” set lives. That’s why we have a plethora of reality shows showcasing the lives of the rich and famous. Envy, fascination, etch whatever the motives are, people are given the privilege of fantasy when “peeking” into the lives of the other set. Somehow in the back of their minds they themselves become the very person they are looking at and are able to live in that splendorous reality even for just a few seconds…

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