Susie & the Banshees

I remembered that there was a mid-1980s New Wave band called “Siouxsie & the Banshees” who looked really interesting [ ask my friend from college days Cecile Zamora-van Straten a.k.a. “Chuvaness” ] and I thought an adaptation of it would make an interesting title for a social cataclysm of epic proportions that is now sweeping every social dinner table [ and otherwise ] from Forbes Park to Dasmarinas village, to the Bonifacio Global City to Ayala avenue, Urdaneta village, San Lorenzo, Bel-Air, Rockwell, Ayala Alabang, northwards to Corinthian Gardens, Wack-Wack, Greenhills, New Manila, Santa Mesa Heights, further to Ayala Heights and La Vista, on to Maria Luisa Park in Cebu, and down to Davao…  Its impact on high social circles is akin to that of typhoon “Sendong” on Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

“Lo cortes no quita lo valiente.” [ “Discretion is the better part of valor.” ]  I did not want to write about it in deference to the family members of both sides who are my friends, some of them close, some of them actually cousins of mine.  But the nuclear explosion of “le scandale du jour” in the media has simply rendered polite silence irrelevant.  The jawdropping exposes have left nothing even to the wildest imagination.  It is fast threatening to become the Filipino equivalent of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair.  Polite Manila society is shocked, to put it mildly.

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[ Despite my penchant for writing down the things of the past, I have never really been an inveterate gossip, coolly disinterested as I am in other people’s lives.  But because I live in a world where everybody knows everybody else, it is inevitable that talk passes — much of it frighteningly accurate — through me…  every single day. ]

What makes the current fiasco very interesting is that all 3 of the protagonists are from Filipino [ or Spanish-Filipino ] “de buena familia” or “good families.”  All three — Bayot-Madrigal, Ortigas, and Legarda — come from patrician families with solid wealth and long lineage.  All three, it must be pointed out, come from eminently respectable families whose fortunes, albeit inherited, were the fruits of honest, hard work.  Admittedly, their forebears also developed the political, financial, and social connections, but it was their unrelenting hard work that turned those disparate elements into the immense fortunes they eventually amassed.

Maria Susana “Susie” Madrigal Bayot is the daughter of Francisco Maria “Paquito” Bayot Bayot [ he was the son of paternal first cousins ] and of the heiress Josefina “Pinang” Paterno Madrigal.  Pinang was the 3rd daughter of the tycoon Vicente Lopez Madrigal and his wife Susana Ramos Paterno, after whom Susie was named.

Vicente Lopez Madrigal was the richest, self-made Filipino who ever lived, his fortune at its prime — in prewar, 1939 — was authoritatively estimated to be in the USD $ millions and millions of dollars and was still bigger than those of other leading Filipino families of his time like the Elizalde, the Ynchausti, the Soriano, the Zobel, the Cojuangco, and the Lopez [ Iloilo ].  He was Croesus-rich, already megarich at a time when being a millionaire was already a singular distinction.   Through the patriarch Vicente Madrigal, through his mother Macaria “Nena” Lopez who was a “hija natural” of Joaquin Pardo de Tavera [ before he married the heiress Gertrudis de Gorricho of Manila;  Gertrudis was a sister of Juliana de Gorricho, who married Joaquin’s elder brother Felix Pardo de Tavera;  Juliana was the mother of Paz Gorricho Pardo de Tavera, who married the famous painter Juan Novicio Luna ], the family can trace itself to the Pardo de Tavera, an aristocratic Spanish-Portuguese family documented 600 years back to the 1400s.

Through their enterprising matriarch Susana Ramos Paterno, the family traces itself to the very rich, shipping Paterno of late 1800s fame all the way back to its 1700s progenitor Ming Mong Lo, an immigrant apothecary from China who sired a veritable business dynasty.  True, as some quarters would claim, that Susana was not descended directly from the shipping tycoon Maximino “Memo” Molo Agustin Paterno of Santa Cruz, Manila;  she was in fact a granddaughter of his youngest brother, Lucas Molo Agustin Paterno [ who married Regina Zamora, of another rich Manila family ], through his son Jose Tereso Zamora Paterno, who married Dolores Ramos of Pangil, Laguna.  But family ties were close, and the young Susana spent extended periods in the homes of her rich Paterno aunts and uncles in Manila learning the aristocratic domestic arts of grace and elegance.  And no one can argue that Susana Paterno de Madrigal became the richest Paterno descendant ever.

By dint of very hard work, exceptionally sharp business senses, and important political connections, the already very prosperous Vicente Madrigal and Susana Paterno became unimaginably rich by the 1930s — that when the little Gloria Vanderbilt custody case broke out in New York in 1934 between Gloria’s mother Gloria Morgan-Vanderbilt and her paternal aunt Gertrude Claypoole Vanderbilt-Whitney which involved a USD $ 5 million trust fund left by the child’s father Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt to which little Gloria was entitled to one-half — the seven Madrigal-Paterno children Macaria “Nena,” Maria Paz “Pacita,” Josefina “Pinang,” Antonio “Tony,” Jose “Belec,” “Consuelo “Chito,” and Maria Luisa “Ising” actually wondered what the fuss was all about:  “All that trouble for just two and a half million dollars???  Peanuts…”

Josefina “Pinang” was the most beautiful among the Madrigal-Paterno daughters but she was reticent by nature and was the least visible socially among them [ she was also the first to pass away, from cancer, as she was a heavy smoker who could consume 3 packs a day ];  Maria Paz “Pacita” Madrigal-Warns-Gonzalez, Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal-Vazquez-Collantes and Maria Luisa “Ising” Madrigal-Vazquez were the social forerunners of the family.  The Madrigal-Paterno daughters, in terms of “attitude” and staggering wealth [ not necessarily of beauty nor elegance ], were the Filipina equivalents of the exquisite Livanos sisters Eugenie Livanos-Niarchos and Athina Livanos-Onassis-Spencer Churchill-Niarchos of Greek shipping wealth [ At the height of his fortunes before his 1956 stroke, Vicente Madrigal of the Philippines was every inch as rich, or perhaps richer, as the Greek shipping tycoons;  in fact, he knew many of them personally — Embiricos, Goulandris, Kulukundis, Mavroleon — because of the shipping business;  he was on friendly terms with the young Aristotle Onassis ].

Francisco Ma. “Paquito” Bayot Bayot was a very handsome man, the best-looking among the 7 Madrigal-Paterno sons-in-law [ Juan “Johnny” Lichauco de Leon, husband of Macaria “Nena”;  Herman Warns, first husband of Maria Paz “Pacita”;  Atty. Gonzalo Walfrido Rafols Gonzalez, second husband of Maria Paz “Pacita”;  Dr. Luis “Chichos” Earnshaw Vazquez, first husband of Consuelo “Chito”;  Manuel “Manoling” Collantes, second husband of Consuelo “Chito”;  Dr. Daniel “Danny” Earnshaw Vazquez, husband of Maria Luisa “Ising.” ]

Needless to say, Susie inherited a very considerable fortune from her Madrigal mother and grandfather.

Josefina “Pinang” Madrigal-Bayot doted on the young Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III.  Not only was he an heir to a real estate fortune, he was handsome, charming, and a prominent Spanish mestizo to boot — a perfect match for her only daughter.  He was everything that Pinang liked and wanted for her Susie, who was also coming into her own very considerable fortune [ bigger than Paqui’s, according to some quarters ].  She was pleased that Paqui married her Susie.

Macaria “Nena” Madrigal-de Leon, the eldest of the Madrigal-Paterno siblings, constantly admonished the various Vicente Madrigal grandchildren:  “It is equally easy to fall in love with someone rich and with someone poor.  So make the right choice.”

When the first separation of a Vicente Madrigal grandchild from a spouse happened more than 3 decades ago, she was castigated repeatedly by her irate parents, aunts, and uncles.  “It simply doesn’t happen, hija!” they protested in unison, to which she nonchalantly snapped:  “Hey, it takes 2 to tango, OK???!!!”

Francisco “Paqui” Miranda Ortigas III is the son of Francisco “Paquito” Vargas Ortigas Jr. and the beautiful Remedios “Nenita” Mendoza Miranda.  The elder Francisco “Paquito” Ortigas Jr. succeeded in transforming the family’s “Hacienda de Mandaloyon” into the Greenhills residential and commercial center.  The GSC Greenhills Shopping Center is a highly-successful business model [ excellent “feng shui” / location being one of them ] which is studied intently by the executives of rival malls.  Francisco “Paquito” Vargas Ortigas Jr. was the son of the very successful Atty. Francisco “Paco” Barcinas Ortigas Sr. and the philanthropist Julia Camus Vargas.  Like all rich Filipino families, the Ortigas have been plagued by intrafamily wars and separations but their businesses have remained intact.  Needless to say, Paqui inherited a considerable real estate fortune from his father.

The business links between the Madrigal and the Ortigas clans go back three generations to a business partnership “Ortigas, Madrigal y Cia., S. en C.” in 1920 between the clans’ progenitors Vicente Lopez Madrigal and Atty. Francisco “Paco” Barcinas Ortigas Sr. to buy the 4,033-hectare “Hacienda de Mandaloyon” of the Augustinians bordering San Juan, Pasig, and Diliman;  Going back further, the young Vicente Madrigal and Francisco Ortigas [ Sr. ] were classmates in the 1890s at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, along with Sergio Osmena, Manuel Quezon, and Francisco Imperial.  All 5 classmates became very powerful men who influenced the destiny of the country.

Maria Antonia “Marian” Lobregat Legarda is the daughter of Jose “Pepito” Legarda and Rosario Lobregat.  The Legarda trace their fortunes and lineage to the Tuason-Legarda-Prieto-Valdes clan.  During the British invasion from 1762-64, the rich Sangley trader Son Tua organized and financed a battalion of 1,500 Chinese mestizos — “The Battalion of the Royal Prince” — to help the Spaniards repel the British and he was greatly rewarded by the King of Spain with a noble title in 1782 and a “mayorazgo” noble estate in 1794-95.  Son Tua assumed the name Antonio Ma. Tuason.  Antonio’s great great grandson, the 4th Lord of the Tuason estate, Jose Severo Patino Tuason married Teresa de la Paz of Mariquina;  after Jose Severo’s early demise, Teresa married his cousin Benito Tuason Legarda.  Regarded as the “Old Rich,” they are related by blood to practically all of Spanish mestizo Manila [ with the possible exception of the Zobel-Roxas, although there are ties by affinity ].  The Lobregat are a prominent Spanish mestizo family.  Maria Antonia “Marian” Lobregat Legarda married Francisco “Paqui” Santamaria Campos and they have 2 sons.

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The first time we heard about seeming problems between Susie and Paqui was many, many months ago [ 2 years? ] through Assumption alumnae friends, some of them in New York city…  “Susie has been spending a lot of time in Bacolod with her friends like Stella, et. al..  They say she keeps on cooking and cooking.  Is there anything wrong… could you please find out?”

But of course, there was no way to find out.  Ging?  Jamby?  Tana?  Jun?  Lisa?  Marivic?  Bela, Miguel, and Bu had passed on.  They were all “Lo cortes no quita lo valiente.”  They were all discreet about family matters, more so about their dear cousin/sister.

And then, over lunches, dinners, meriendas, and even breakfasts;  over arugula, black Perigord truffles, white Piedmont truffles, Gascony foie gras, Brittany and Tasmanian oysters, Alaskan king crabs, Japanese king prawns, lobsters, Chilean sea bass, Dover sole, Wagyu beef, Kobe beef, “Cochinillo,” the whispers grew louder and more frequent…

“Susie spends a lot of time in Bacolod with her friends because she likes the life there, it’s relaxed and easy.  Nothing wrong with that.”

And then came the ambassadorial assignment to Mexico…

“Susie brought along Marian, her BFF.  Marian Legarda, remember?  Marian speaks excellent Spanish and will be an asset to Paqui.  Susie and Paqui have Marian staying with them.  It’s odd but Susie wants it that way…”

“Oh no, that’s another Henry, Viol, and Sylvia waiting to happen…”

“Just like Al, Paz, and Tita…”

“Is Marian still gap-toothed and kinky-haired?  That’s how I remember her from school [ Assumption Convent ]…”

“Not only that, she used to be a tomboy, what we called a ‘marimacha’…”

“But Marian was attractive, she had that “it.”  Many boys were after her!  I remember that well.”

“Don’t forget that Marian left her first husband, Paqui C..  That’s fact.”

“Do you think there’s something wrong with our batch???  Sylvia, Marian, and Baby were our classmates…  Who else is on the list???!!!”

“Don’t get the wrong impression, Marian is of very good family, “de buena familia.”  Legarda.  And through Legarda, Tuason.  Do you think girls like Susie and Marian ever go with the “wrong” crowd?  No!”

“Susie lent Marian a big sum USD $ so she could do business.  Susie is really generous…”

“It was USD $XXX K and Marian repaid USD $ XXX K.”

“Who is feeding all that to Vic Agustin???  Susie???  Nooooo. Why would she???”

“If it’s Vic, it’s Honi.  Common sense!”

“Not always.”

And then the whole affair exploded before our eyes like nuclear fission…

“Shame and scandal in the family!!!”

“You saw the news?  Susie’s finally at it!!!”

TXT msg.

“Yes, Susie is on the warpath.  She found her guts.  Good for her!”

TXT msg.

“T** N***** is ‘encarinada’ with Marian because she speaks fluent Spanish.  She enjoys their conversations.”

“She told Susie:  ‘Look at him…  He’s happy now.’ ”

“Because Marian is a smart cookie.  She can discuss current events intelligently, what’s going on in the world now.  Paqui enjoys that.”

“On the other hand, Susie is not ‘a woman of the world.’  Her wealth has kept her sheltered all her life.  She knows about real estate properties and cash investments very well.  Her real estate properties and cash investments, her cash investments and real estate properties…  Now beyond that, I don’t know…”

“Among several things, Susie is hurt that the ‘Luntala’ townhouse carries the memory of her late son, Paquito.”

“What do N***** and M******** have to say???  Pobrecitas!!!”

“But what family values do these people have???  Susie brings out the dirty linen…….  Paqui and Marian and the muchachas…….  Que horror!!!”

“It’s not ‘very Madrigal’ for Susie, or for any of the cousins for that matter, to stay in the background and suffer.  It’s not their style.  With all their $$$ money, they’re born to dominate their partners.  Simple as that.”

“At least, Paqui has had the good sense not to say anything, or at least say little.”

“Susie is surprisingly very calm about all this.  She’s very sure of what she’s doing.”

“Susie and Paqui are both good friends of mine and it really upsets me to see them torn apart like this!  They were the very picture of a happy family!  All smiles and laughter.  They were always together.  They arrived at parties together, sat together, left together.  How could it have possibly all been a show…  for that long???”

“I don’t know what took Susie so long to do this…  Paqui was constantly ‘talking down’ to her, embarrassing her needlessly, in front of other people, and even in the presence of her own family, J**, L***, and the others.  She was an emotionally battered wife!  The problem with a battered wife, with your self-esteem so low, is that you keep on trying to please the batterer, and the worst thing is that you keep on returning to him!  The only way to solve the problem is to leave the batterer and get him out of your life completely.  So I’m glad that Susie finally did it!”

“It’s not exactly true that Paqui’s and Susie’s Paco was riding a jet ski and that it crashed into a coral reef in Calatagan and he was killed ( There were 2 Bayot-Madrigal grandsons named “Francisco” and nicknamed “Paco”:  Francisco “Paco” Bayot Ortigas & Francisco “Paco” Tinio Bayot ).  Paco was actually playing “Chicken” with another friend on a jet ski and there was a collision and he was the unlucky one.  C’mon, playing “Chicken” with jet skis???  That’s an invitation to an accident, bigtime!!!”

“How would you feel if you were Susie?  She and Paco had an unpleasant exchange before the accident…  Mother and son did not have the chance to resolve their issues.  Paco sped up the jet ski because he was upset when he saw the helicopter approaching, knowing it was his dad and his ********.  The bad thing was that Susie was in the kitchen at ‘Sonrisa’ cooking away and that it was Marian, of all people, who called her about the accident.  If that’s not life-changing, I don’t know what is!”

“This is the gist of the problem:  ‘I have my properties, you have your properties.  I won’t touch your properties, so please do not touch mine.  I am not even asking for alimony.  My properties are for our children.’  Please sign this so we will be free of each other.’ ”  Susie served the papers of separation to Paqui during his birthday last October 01.  He refused to sign anything.”

“Susie is richer than Paqui, always was and always will be.  Susie, like any well-invested Vicente Madrigal grandchild, is worth between USD XX – YY millions.  The Os know that well.”

“Among them [ in the ‘House of Madrigal’ ], the ladies are admonished:  ‘As long as he returns to the church [ which is you ], it is alright.’  Of course, their glamorous and maverick Tita Chito did not follow that [ well, you wouldn’t either, if you were her…  first she got a ‘m******,’ then a ‘p******.’  Que horror!!! ]… so why should Susie, or any of them for that matter???”

“Do you think that if Chito were alive… would she have allowed this to go out of hand like this?  Wouldn’t she have shelled out good money to keep the media quiet?”

“No.  Chito could be direct, confrontational, and very strong.  She would have let this fiasco run its course…”

“To tell you the truth, Chito wanted Susie to leave Paqui years ago.  Chito knew what was going on.  But Susie was such a lady about the whole thing.”

“Because Susie really loved Paqui.  There really was love in that marriage.  But then, I guess the last straw was his going with her best friend Marian.  You remember that scene in the movie ‘The Duchess’ when Georgiana Spencer [ Keira Knightley ] explodes at her husband William Cavendish [ Ralph Fiennes ] because of his affair with her best friend Elizabeth Foster [ Hayley Atwell ]?  Just like that, I guess.”

“Interesting advice that Susie wrote on the ‘How to… ‘ for Bianca during the latter’s ‘despedida de soltera’:  ‘Don’t be a doormat!  Show him who’s Boss from Day 1 !’  That, when Chris is Susie’s Madrigal nephew, son of Susie’s first cousin Bu.”

“Even they don’t think it will last.  Paqui is ‘tacano,’ ‘conchudo’ as Susie says…  He will not spend for Marian, or spend for her that long.  That old saying will hold true:  ‘No money, no honey.’  Just wait and see.”

The Susie-Paqui KO has even become a current sexist issue:  Women are for Susie, Men are for Paqui.

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“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”  [ The Mourning Bride” by William Congreve, 1697;  “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”  is often attributed to William Shakespeare ]

As the grandes dames and grands seigneurs of old would declare:  “Que barbaridad!!!”   :O   :O   :O

The late American writer Dominick Dunne would have really liked this…

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58 Comments

  1. January 15, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Interesting story.

  2. June 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Of course, the (open) secret of the Mendoza clan of Pandacan, as revealed by Atty. Felipe González-Calderón y Roca (a.k.a., the “Father of the Malolos Consitution”) during a 1900 inquiry conducted by the Philippine Commission, is that clan patriarch, Capitán Isidro Mendoza, was the illegitimate son (hijo natural) of cigar-smoking Manila Archbishop Pedro Payo y Piñeiro, O.P. (), while he was a parish curate in Samar (or possibly in the Bicol Region). This appears in the 1901 Reports of the Taft Philippine Commission to Congress, which was published by the Office of the President of the United States. It is interesting to note that Archbishop Pedro Payo’s son, Capt. Isidro Mendoza (described in his grandson David M. Consunji’s biography as a “farmer”/hacendero who had “inherited” his land), became one of a select few individuals to possess an estate on the periphery of Manila (apart from those owned by members of families such as the Tuason, Legarda, Barredo, Fabié, Rocha, Pérez, Gorricho, Martínez de Viademonte y González, and Roxas-de Ayala clans, practically all of the significant estate properties around Manila were owned by the monastic orders of the Catholic Church, and their shell companies/corporations, in the 19th century).

    Of course, the pioneering Filipina physician Dra. María Paz Mendoza-Guazon, who established the Mendoza-Guazon Foundation, would later donate a portion of her inheritance from the Mendoza estate in Pandacan (17,428.5 sq. m. of it, to be exact) for a health center, public library (the Kapt. Isidro Mendoza Public Library, which was named after her father), and recreational facilities. So, if Atty. Felipe González-Calderón’s statements to the American authorities are to be believed, one could say that the Mendoza, Consunji (David M. Consunji’s line), Miranda-Sampedro, and Ortigas (the lines of Paqui, III and his dad’s cousin Don Miguel, Sr.’s progeny) clans are descended from a genuine “Padre Dámaso.”🙂

    Cheers,

    Quito

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  5. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I stand corrected: Remedios Mendoza-Guanzon should be Paz Mendoza-Guazon.

    The children of Isidro and Macaria Mendoza are the FF:
    1.Paz
    2.Amanda
    3.Consuelo
    4.Remedios
    5.Sofio
    6.Guillermina

  6. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Excerpts of the Marcos Journals

    Aug 20 1972

    Met Danny & Ising Vazquez who are trying to get proper accounting and partition of the Madrigal properties valued at One to Two Billion pesos.The brothers and sisters are publicly quarreling about their shares.

  7. Enrique Bustos said,

    August 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Concubinage raps vs ex-envoy reversed
    The Philippine Star

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reversed the Pasig City prosecutor’s ruling that found probable cause to file charges of concubinage against former ambassador to Mexico Francisco Ortigas III and his former executive assistant Maria Anonia Legarda.

    In a resolution dated July 25, the DOJ reminded the Pasig City prosecutor that “the purpose of a preliminary investigation is to secure the innocent against hasty, malicious and oppressive prosecution and protect him from open and public accusation.”The DOJ resolution brings to light allegations that the preliminary investigation was conducted in haste and did not give the accused an opportunity to properly debunk the charges, said a statement from the camp of Ortigas.The DOJ resolution also directed the Pasig City prosecutor to withdraw the case filed against Ortigas, 67, and Legarda and report the action taken within 10 days. Susana Madrigal Bayot, Ortigas’ wife of 43 years, filed the concubinage case.

  8. Raul Simeon Consunji said,

    July 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Hello,

    Just a quick correction to the paragraph below written by Enrique Bustos:

    “Another Aunt of Remedios M. Ortigas is Remedios Mendoza-Guanzon she is a medical practitioner, educator, scientist, writer, social reformer, feminist, philanthropist and cvic leader, she is the first woman doctor of the Philippines and the first woman in the history of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.”

    Dona Nenita’s mother also went by the name Remedios. Her full name was Remedios Miranda Sampedro y Mendoza. She was the first woman to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of the Philippines. Yes, her sister Maria Paz (not Remedios) Mendoza-Guazon was the first woman to graduate from the UP College of Medicine.

    The full name of the Mirandas was Miranda Sampedro. They owned Philippine Net and Braid manufacturing which exported abaca products. Their offices were on Juan Luna in Binondo.

    A sister, Consuelo, married Gaudencio Consunji of Bataan. The M in David M. Consunji and DMCI stands for “Mendoza”.

    Guillermina Mendoza married Carlos Gelano and lived to the ripe old age of 105.

    They were all daughters of Isidro Mendoza, capitan del barrio of Pandacan at the turn of the last century.

  9. Enrique Bustos said,

    July 2, 2012 at 4:17 am

    News reports are circulating that the 34% share of H.S.B.C. in Ortigas & Co is really owned by the Quezon family”The move to sell was initiated by Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp (HSBC) reportedly on behalf of the Quezon family. HSBC is said to be managing the Quezon family’s 34-percent stake in the property firm with a market value of P11 billion (the Francisco Ortigas side of the family was amenable to the SM buyout while the family of Rafael Ortigas are for the Ayala Group.

    So now it seems the Kastilas the family of Rafael Ortigas & the Ayala’s are uniting versus the Sy’s to prevent it in from taking over Ortigas & Co

    Ortigas & Co was founded In 1931, it was incorporated as a limited partnership among Francisco Ortigas, Vicente Madrigal, B.C.M. Johnston, Fulgencio Borromeo, Clyde Dewitt and Manuel L. Quezon. All the incorporators, except Quezon, who was President of the Philippine Senate at that time, were constituted as managing and general partners while the other shareholders were designated limited partners.

  10. Enrique Bustos said,

    June 29, 2012 at 3:40 am

    According to a news report Jaime M. Ortigas brother of the infamous Paqui Ortigas their family regained absolute control of their company the Ortigas & Co..

    SM buy-in blocked by Ortigas Group

    THE ORTIGAS family has acquired
    Hongkong and Shanghai
    Banking Corp.’s (HSBC) 34%
    stake in the clan’s property firm
    for some P11 billion, blocking
    the SM Group’s attempts to buy
    into one of the country’s oldest
    real estate companies.
    “The Ortigas Group exercised
    its right of first refusal as it bid for
    the shares held by HSBC … OCLP
    Holdings (Ortigas & Co. Limited
    Partnership Holdings, Inc.) was
    able to match the earlier offer of
    the SM Group,” company director
    Jaime M. Ortigas told Business-
    World yesterday.
    “HSBC was selling something
    worth like P11 billion for the entire
    34% stake and the deal pushed
    through. Today was the deadline
    for the purchase payments,” Mr.
    Ortigas added.
    Corazon P. Guidote, senior
    vice-president for investment
    relations at SM Investment Corp.
    (SMIC), declined to comment.
    HSBC officials were not immediately
    available.
    SMIC in February disclosed
    that it was in talks with OCLP
    Holdings, saying it was keen to
    tap into the Ortigas’ clan vast
    landholdings.
    OCLP Holdings is the parent
    of Ortigas & Co., the firm behind
    the Greenhills, Valle Verde and
    Greenmeadows subdivisions, the
    Ortigas business center, as well as
    the Greenhills Shopping Center.
    It traces its roots to the 1920s
    when the Augustinians sold 4,033
    hectares in what is mostly presentday
    Mandaluyong City to Frank
    W. Dudley and Francisco Ortigas.
    OCLP Holdings is unlikely to
    entertain any buy-ins soon, with
    could be because of practicality,”
    he added.
    Mr. Ortigas saying: “There are
    no immediate plans to sell any
    company stake to any party. We
    will just pursue our development
    projects on our own.”—— Franz
    Jonathan G. de la Fuente

  11. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 8, 2012 at 2:53 am

    According to Biznews Asia Publisher Tony Lopez former President Estrada bought the wooded 6,000-square meter property in Santa Mesa district of the Legarda family to begin his one-year Manila residency. The compound has plenty of trees and about four houses. The scuttlebutt says P80 million changed hands though the property can easily fetch P150 million.

  12. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Former President Joseph Estrada just bought recently the house of the parents of Marian Legarda in 598 Mangga St Sta Mesa Manila.The selling price is P80 Million pesos for the half hectare property President Erap is moving to the house that was once a temporary home by another Philippine President and the original “Idol of the Masses” President Ramon Magsaysay. President Estrada plans to use this house as his new permanent residence in preparation for his possible run for the mayorship of Manila in 2013.because under the law, a mayoral candidate must be a resident of the city or municipality a year before the elections.

  13. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Julia Camus Vargas-Ortigas is a daughter of a former Governor of the Province of Basilan she was one of the most prominent philanthropists and civic women of the Philippines during the pre- and postwar years. Her name stood out in the campaign against tuberculosis in the Philippines. A philanthropist and a true Christian, she gave generously not only of her wealth but herself as well as she was a firm believer in, and exponent of, the social concept “I am my brother’s keeper.” Doña Julia was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila. She was educated in Manila and Spain. After studying at Colegio Inmaculada for two years, she continued her studies at a private school of Leon Quintos.

    In the 1920s the Philippines was beset with the growing disease of tuberculosis. She was called by Manuel L. Quezon to help needy patients in Quezon Institute, which was recently established.

    Starting as a member of the Board of Directors of the institution on February 20, 1929 she was later elected as its first vice-president. She was elected president of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society on February 25, 1932, until her death in 1960.

    Ortigas greatly expanded the bed capacity in the Quezon Institute from 150 beds to 1,350. Under her leadership, she initiated community involvement in the campaign for prevention and control of tuberculosis. A clear proof of her influence of her voluntary services was the society’s vigorous fund campaigns which resulted in significantly decreasing the country’s mortality rate from tuberculosis, then the number one killer in the country from 35,355 deaths in 1939 to 24,194 in 1960.

    Doña Julia’s term was characterized by many acts of kindnesses. Upon seeing the lack of linens for the patients, she organized a group of matrons and young ladies of the community to form a group called Ropero de Santol (Clothes Hamper of Santol) – “Santol” is where the tuberculosis hospital was located. From 1929 to 1960, she gave an unbroken record of voluntary services to the Philippine Tuberculosis Society.

    During the war years, Mrs. Ortigas together with her son Francisco Ortigas, Jr. gave money, food and medicine to the needy.

    Ortigas was cited as an outstanding mother in 1952 and as one of seven exemplary Filipino citizens of the Philippines by the National Federation of Women’s Clubs. With her was Francisco Ortigas, Jr., who was a well known for his leadership in business and civic organizations, and was also the first president of the Lions Club, member of the former Import Control Board , and one of those who worked for granting of more benefits to the Filipino veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

    Socio-civic Affiliations

    Treasurer, National Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1941.
    Adviser, National Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1925.
    Honorary president, Club de Damas Filipinas.
    Life member, Catholic Women’s League.
    President, Ropero de Santol, 1936-1940.
    Vice-president, Manila Women’s Club.
    Member, Civic Assembly of Women.
    President, Liga Catolica(predecessor of the Quezon Institute).
    President, Confradia del Carmen.
    Member, Women’s International League.
    Member, League of Women Voters.

    Awards and Citations

    Recipient of the Golden Heart Presidential Award, 1960.
    Outstanding Citizen Award, from the National Federation of Women’s Clubs Award, 1948.
    Outstanding Mother Awardee, 1952.
    Outstanding institutional leadership, from the Association of Red Feather Agencies Executive Recognition Certificate, 1950.
    Merit Award from National Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1950.

    From the book Filipino Women in Nation Building. A compilation of Brief Biographies.

  14. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

    At the height of La Viuda Pobre’s power she bought according to her friend a Marquis Diamond pendant from Elizabeth Taylor.Ms Taylor discreetly when to Manila and stayed at the Manila Hotel the sale of the Marquis Diamond was concluded at the house of one of the highest official of the Roman Catholic Church here in the Philippine. I was told it was to be paired to an earring La Viuda Pobre bought earlier the story of the Marquis Diamond earrings is that one of the Pair was bought from the Shanbanu of Iran and the other pair was from a wife of a Swiss industrialist.

    For a TIme La Viuda Pobre was satisfied with branded jewelry such as Bvlgari, Buccelati ,Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpel but soon even these pieces failed to impress her it was said that she was in the market only for historical Jewelry.

  15. Mike Jordana said,

    March 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Paqui had genuinely fallen in love with Marian? While previous trysts with household help and other employees may have been cases of “boyish adventurism,” it may be different with Marian. And perhaps, that’s what has Susie’s dander up.

    And even the other affairs reveal Paqui to have a sentimental side, beyond that of a common “philanderer” or even “pervert.” Six months after his wife terminated maid Wilma’s employment, Paqui (by SM-B’s own admission) was still seeing her on the sly. Why did he bother? Why not just check out the new help brought in after Wilma left? That’s what a pervert would do. Perhaps there was more to the relationship with Wilma than just sex.

    Ditto with the employee of Concrete Aggregates. Paqui resisted the importunings of his own son in order to persist with this affair, and continued seeing Janet Tapel even after his son’s tragic accident. Two years after his son’s death, Paqui was still seeing Janet. Not a casual fling then, was it? The relationship must have been very important to him.

    If only divorce had been legal and easy to obtain in the Philippines… then perhaps Paqui could have, years before, gotten out of this marriage in which he was obviously miserable. Being forced to remain in a bad marriage is like being tied to a corpse… for both spouses. The longer it continues, the more disgusting and unbearable it becomes.

    Which brings me to the subject of the “Great Tide” that Toto Gonzalez spoke of in one of his other blog entries. For the Philippines to achieve “eventual First World stature,” it must be secularized at some point, becoming officially neutral in matters of religion, and legally permitting such practices as divorce and contraception. For this to happen, the heavy-handed influence of the Roman Catholic Church must be pruned back drastically.

    Not too quickly though… Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said, “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” We can’t have that. But the constitutional separation of church and state will inexorably come about as the citizens of a country are offered more economic opportunities and become better able to create their own economic futures through a high-functioning meritocratic system that is essentially free of patronage, corruption, and nepotism. A tall order, to be sure, but the Philippines is long overdue for such change.

  16. March 25, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Mike:

    Apologies. The only reason why your first comment had not appeared ASAP was that I had not opened this blog in 3 days because of full schedules. Reading through them, there is nothing that we would edit, none at all. Also, I have not written a new blog post in 7 weeks, so activity is low.

    True, I don’t consider myself a gossip. I merely chronicle what is happening, what is being talked about, and how it is being talked about. Several times, the protagonists themselves are the ones talking. Close friends with front seats to the unravelings give details. Whatever is written has been checked, cross-checked, double-checked, and rechecked. But what happened and what is happening must be recorded, so that future generations will understand why things turned out the way they did. Events achieve clarity in hindsight.

    Keep the great comments coming!!!

    Best regards,

    Toto Gonzalez

  17. Mike Jordana said,

    March 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I am disappointed by how Susie Bayot started her crusade against Paqui. She prefaced her actions with the words, “I don’t wish to air dirty laundry in public,” and then went ahead and did exactly that. It’s rank hypocrisy. I don’t mean she should have kept quiet about it. I mean she should have not bothered expressing her distaste for what she was about to do. Actions do speak louder than words.

    The only person who’s shown any kind of class in this affair is FO3 himself… although lately he seems to be cracking.

    Which is not to say I’m on his side. My brother and I were high-school friends of his brother Nando, so we would bump into Paqui now and again. Where Nando was soft-spoken and down-to-earth, Paqui always struck me as disdainful and mayabang. Full of himself. The hubris of the rich, what can I say? So it’s oddly satisfying to see him being taken down a peg.

    I felt bad for Paqui’s widowed mom, and had mixed feelings to hear about her recent passing. She was just a beautiful person that even at any advanced age, her passing would be considered untimely. But at least she doesn’t have to see the family’s name dragged through the mud any more.

    This story of wealth and depravity reminds me of an old Spanish saying… “Abuelos trabajadores, padres señoritos, hijos insoportables, y nietos arruinados.” To the extent they live off it instead of working their butts off adding to it, inherited wealth always eventually destroys its beneficiaries.

  18. Mike Jordana said,

    March 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

    So, Mr Gonzalez… how is that “Great Tide that will finally propel the Philippines to real progress and eventual First World stature” ever arrive, when one of the most prominent spokesmen of Filipino mores and culture practices unwarranted censorship on his blog? The right to freedom of speech is one of the prime hallmarks of a First World country, and that right is limited only in cases where there is libel, slander, obscenity, or incitement to commit a crime, none of which in my estimation appeared in the comments I submitted.

    Further, I am not an “amorphous entity in cyberspace” without “the guts to back their comments up with their actual identities.” I provided my real name, my real email address, and unless you need to see a copy of my passport or my drivers license, which I will be happy to provide, I have met all your identity requirements.

    Since this is your blog, of course you are perfectly justified in demanding that all comments submitted adhere, not only to your identity requirements, but “conform with our standards of accuracy, correctness, and good taste.” I believe my comments did, and if they did not, I would welcome your pointing out where I went astray.

    Therefore, I will resubmit my comments. If you choose to remove them again, I trust you will at least have the decency to email me and show cause. Since I suspect your sensibilities were offended by my remarks about the hypocrisy of your saying you’re not a gossip, and then proceeding to gossip, I will remove that part. Thank you.

    By the way, I noticed that my comments are still visible from viewed from my laptop, which was the computer used to submit them. From the other computers in the house though, they are invisible. That’s a neat trick! A sneaky way to let the submitter think all is okay, when in fact he’s the only one who can still see the comment. The number of comments in the heading is the giveaway… it remained at 39. My comment was #40.

    I expect you will remove this particular comment. I don’t blame you. Just try not to remove the one following.

  19. Mike Jordana said,

    March 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    “Despite my penchant for writing down the things of the past, I have never really been an inveterate gossip, coolly disinterested as I am in other people’s lives.” Coolly disinterested? Never really been an inveterate gossip?

    You sound just like Susie herself, who prefaced her actions with the words, “I don’t wish to air dirty laundry in public,” and then went ahead and did just that. It’s rank hypocrisy. The only person who’s shown any kind of class in this affair is FO3 himself… although lately he seems to be cracking.

    Which is not to say I’m on his side. My brother and I were high-school friends of his brother Nando, so we would bump into Paqui now and again. Where Nando was soft-spoken and down-to-earth, Paqui always struck me as disdainful and mayabang. Full of himself. The hubris of the rich, what can I say? So it’s oddly satisfying to see him being taken down a peg.

    I felt bad for Paqui’s widowed mom, though, and had mixed feelings to hear about her recent passing. She was just a beautiful person, that even at any advanced age, her passing would have to be considered untimely. But at least she doesn’t have to see the family’s name dragged through the mud any more.

    This story of wealth and depravity reminds me of an old Spanish saying… “Abuelos trabajadores, padres señoritos, hijos insoportables, y nietos arruinados.” To the extent they live off it instead of working their butts off adding to it, inherited wealth always eventually destroys its beneficiaries.

  20. Enrique Bustos said,

    March 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

    COCKTALES: Madrigal heiress warns SM Group about Greenhills sale
    Victor C. Agustin

    Madrigal heiress Susana Bayot has raised a judicial obstacle against her estranged husband, former Ambassador Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III, joining the Ortigas clan in their planned P44-billion sale of the Greenhills shopping complex to the SM Group, her counsel said Monday.

    Paqui Ortigas holds 4.67 percent of the Ortigas holding company that in turn owns the 16-hectare shopping complex, and he needs the written consent of his wife to proceed with the announced disposal since his shareholdings have become part of the conjugal property, said Bayot counsel Thea Daep.

    The former ambassador to Mexico stands to receive a little over P2 billion from that sale, based on the P44-billion price tag.

    The SM Group was forced in early February to disclose to the Philippine Stock Exchange its plan to acquire the Greenhills shopping complex through the acquisition of controlling interest in OCLP Holdings Inc., the holding company of the extended Ortigas clan, after the sale discussions were leaked to the press.

    According to Daep, Paqui Ortigas has also quietly put the North Greenhills home for sale, asking P280 million for the property.

    “The title over the family home is registered in the name of Susana Commercial Corp., a family corporation where Paqui, Susie and their children are stockholders,” Daep said.

  21. March 3, 2012 at 2:29 am

    bluwizard:

    We sent 2 emails to you ASAP but there have been no responses.

    Please see the “On Comments” page of this blog.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. March 1, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Myles:

    We transferred your very interesting comment to the blog page “Current Events Manila January – June 2012” where it belongs.

    Thank you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  23. Myles Garcia said,

    February 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    “Telenovela,” Alicia? I dunno. Would anybody in the C, D and E demographic markets identify with two people born with silver spoons in their mouths–I mean born with EVERY advantage in life…and then still manage to screw it all up? I mean outside of the “A” demographic, I doubt that anyone could appreciate the hubris being played out in the upper reaches of Philippine society. Even the “other woman/Marian” character would be hard for the average maid or factory worker to identify with, because she is cut from the same cloth as the other two protagonists.

    Like, is the PBS hit in the US and the UK, “Downton Abbey,” being shown there in Manila? If so, I bet only the A-B markets are watching it intently and understanding its nuances.

    I think the only character(s) the masses could identify with would be the down-trodden ‘maids’ who played ‘sexual slaves’ to the signeur.

  24. Myles Garcia said,

    February 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    What is 10,000 pesos (bail) when your main family asset has just been sold for $1 billion dollars? Kinda of a big joke. But I guess the “humiliation” ritual is part of what the Susie camp wants. Certainly gets more interesting.

  25. Alicia Perez said,

    February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Paqui “arrested.” More like harassed.

    Meanwhile, Susie sunning in Bali, doing the “Eat, Pray, Love” thing…

    This is too funny. Really.

    A major TV network should make this story into a “telenovela”!

    Alicia Perez

  26. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Billionaire arrested for concubinage
    Written by : Sammy Martin

    POLICE on Wednesday arrested former Ambassador and billionaire Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas 3rd over charges of concubinage filed by his estranged wife, Madrigal heiress Susana Bayot.

    Armed with an arrest warrant issued by Pasig Metropolitan Trial Court Judge Joy Nerves Casihan-Dumlao, agents of the Pasig City Police stormed the Tektite Towers in Ortigas district and arrested Ortigas, who argued that he was not aware that the case filed against him was elevated by Assistant Pasig Prosecutor Joselito de Asis to the court.

    Lawyer Thea Daep, Bayot’s counsel, said Ortigas had just emerged from a meeting at Puno and Puno law office at the building’s 12th floor, along with his private secretary and alleged concubine, Ma. Antonia Legarda when the policemen came.

    Puno and Puno, which earlier denied that it was providing legal services to Ortigas, was apparently unaware that de Asis had already approved and filed the information against the former ambassador to Mexico.

    Daep said that Legarda was spared by the arresting team because she is not covered by the warrant.

    After a brief altercation with the police, Ortigas was allowed to be joined in the
    police car by his lawyer, Alfred Molo. He was booked, photographed and
    fingerprinted at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

    Bail for Ortigas’ provisional liberty was set at P10,000.

  27. Myles Garcia said,

    February 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I should’ve added in my last post…Unlike the dalliances of a one-time presidential brother-in-law in the Park Ave, New York City.apartment of the real estate magnate’s daughter, those occurred on private property. Now, had that ex-ambassador to the U.S. taken the socialite to his residence in Washington, DC, then he would’ve been committing all those extra-marital, carnal acts on “Philippine territory” as apparently FO3 engaged in, in la Ciudad de los Aztecas!!

  28. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 8, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Another Aunt of Remedios M. Ortigas is Remedios Mendoza-Guanzon she is a medical practitioner, educator, scientist, writer, social reformer, feminist, philanthropist and cvic leader, she is the first woman doctor of the Philippines and the first woman in the history of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

  29. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The single biggest stockholder of Ortigas & Co Ltd is Hong Kong Shanghai Bank with a stake of 34.06% followed by the family of Raphel Ortigas Sr with 28.69% the family of Francisco Ortigas Jr with 25.98 and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila with 11%

    There are six General Partners in the Ortigas & Company Limited These are the brothers Rafael “Rafa” Ortigas, Jr. and Ignacio Ortigas, Then there are Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III but Paqui and his brother Fernando apparently at odds with cousin Rafa and his brother Ignacio, Rafa goes along with the Hongkong Shanghai Bank Corp. (HSBC) group.

    In effect, it is the HSBC group of who make the final decisions, since they are the biggest stockholder of Ortigas & Co

    The mother of Paqui Ortigas, Remedios Miranda Y Mendoza’s sister Isabel Miranda Y Mendoza also married an Ortigas she married Miguel Ortigas Y Ynchausti their first cousin is Construction Magnate David Mendoza Consunji their aunt is Guillermina Mendoza married to jeweler Carling Gelano

  30. Myles Garcia said,

    February 6, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Regarding one paragraph in which Mr. Ortigas defends himself:

    “As to his allegedly being caught in a female superior-position with his wife’s best friend and Ortigas’ executive assistant in Mexico, Ma. Antonia Legarda, 64, right in Legarda’s bedroom, the diplomat-lawyer turned legalistic: “(The Pasig Prosecutor’s Office) does not have the power or authority to even determine the existence of probable cause as the alleged criminal act, assuming it to be true, took place outside of the jurisdiction of the Philippines and is an act done not in the exercise and/or performance of my function as an Ambassador.”

    which bothers me somewhat. And OK, I’m going to get legalistic here as well…

    Anyone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that while in Mexico, Legarda was also housed in the ambassador’s residence. I just checked with a source who had previously served in Mexico and is now also in an equally high diplomatic status elsewhere, and she confirms my suspicion that aside from the embassy premises, “diplomatic immunity” does extend to the ambassador’s residence whether leased or owned by the guest country. Just like in Manila and other world capitals, many embassies own/lease residences for their staff. The extended diplomatic immunity is supposedly spelled out and guaranteed by the Vienna Convention.

    Therefore, any alleged misconduct occurring in the ambassador’s residence is NOT outside the jurisdiction of the home country’s courts since the tenant is, in this case, the Republic of the Philippines, and said premises unofficially fly the flag of the guest country. Thus, it is really Philippine territory. That makes It totally within the guest country’s purview–unless it were a police or criminal matter in which case the host country’s jurisprudence would take over; but the diplomats would be immune from arrest and prosecution.

    But even if it were just “…a private matter,” it does/did interfere with the functioning of the office because it caused a rift in the envoy’s marital union. And while I do not know the other extenuating circumstances, didn’t the incident hasten Ortigas’ term as the Philippine representative? So, etc., etc.

    So just by what is public knowledge, it appears that FO3 is incorrect on this count.

    Hey, Susie’s legal team, if you didn’t know that already, maybe you should hire me on a consultancy basis!!

  31. Joel Cruz said,

    February 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Kathy, Alicia – yes! That family… but a specific member only. She is the one directly negotiating. (oops – a giveaway. The other more intelligent, hardworking and level-headed one of course.)

  32. Myles Garcia said,

    February 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Mas detalles por favor.

  33. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

    COCKTALES:

    Ortigas admits to being an ‘atsay-killer’ but not to concubinage
    Vic Agustin

    Former Ambassador Francisco Ortigas III has tacitly admitted to his estranged wife’s accusation that he had taken liberties with the female household staff, but not to keeping his wife’s classmate and best friend as his concubine.

    “I may have ventured into boyish adventurism; however, all of them (had been) forgiven and condoned by the complainant,” said Ortigas, 65, dismissing in a single sentence the lengthy narration of his wife, Madrigal heiress Susana Bayot, 63, about her catching her Jesuit-educated husband twice in motels with a different maid each time.

    As to his allegedly being caught in a female superior-position with his wife’s best friend and Ortigas’ executive assistant in Mexico, Ma. Antonia Legarda, 64, right in Legarda’s bedroom, the diplomat-lawyer turned legalistic: “(The Pasig Prosecutor’s Office) does not have the power or authority to even determine the existence of probable cause as the alleged criminal act, assuming it to be true, took place outside of the jurisdiction of the Philippines and is an act done not in the exercise and/or performance of my function as an Ambassador.”

    Ortigas and Legarda, who continued to be employed as Ortigas’ executive assistant over the wife’s objections, were absent in Tuesday’s continuation of the preliminary investigation by Assistant Pasig City Prosecutor Joselito de Asis, having submitted their counter-affidavits the day before to evade newsmen.

    Ortigas also had a simple explanation as to why his wife of 43 years filed the concubinage complaint.

    “Stripped to its core, the instant criminal complaint is a legal maneuver designed to compel me to mechanically sign a quitclaim which complainant presented to me in the early part of 2011,” Ortigas said, apparently referring to his refusal to give in to his wife’s demand, with their marriage on the rocks, to safeguard the Madrigal side’s paraphernal properties.

    Ortigas admitted that his late mother-in-law, Josefina Madrigal-Bayot, “financially assisted us” right after marrying her daughter in 1968 by buying a three-bedroom bungalow close to Santa Clara University where the new son-in-law was then studying for his MBA degree.

    “My family is not as similarly landed as the Madrigal-Bayots,” Ortigas said, as his father only owned about 15 percent of the Ortigas Company Ltd. Partnership, the developer of Greenhills and Tiendesitas.

    Saying he was raised to converse in Spanish and English, Ortigas claimed he could not have possibly regularly ridiculed his wife, as she has alleged, as tanga (stupid) or bobo (dolt).

    “Sad to say, complainant must have confused me with herself as she is the one who is in the habit of uttering those words especially when she screams at the maids,” Ortigas said.

    And contrary to his wife’s claim that he was a tightwad who refused to pay any household expense beyond P30,000, Ortigas declared: “I was not raised in the belief that wealth is without bounds, unlike complainant who lived as if the well of money will never run dry.”

    Still, Ortigas maintained that he helped pay the household bills, travel expenses and even the maintenance of the family helicopter, and that his wife’s claim of economic abuse is a “product of cerebral fecundity.”

    Ortigas said he allowed Legarda to continue to live in the Luntala townhouse complex in Valle Verde that is co-owned by his estranged wife as part of Legarda’s compensation and that his wife had prior consent for the live-in arrangement.

    “Even assuming that I stayed at Luntala for prurient reasons, such stay cannot be labeled as cohabitation,” Ortigas said. “I have been advised that ‘the term cohabit means to dwell together, in the manner of husband and wife, for some period of time, as distinguished from occasional, transient interviews for unlawful intercourse’.”

    Legarda: ‘Best friend’ manufactured scandal

    Marian Legarda has come out swinging against her Assumption classmate and benefactor, calling Susie Bayot’s concubinage and illicit affair allegations against her as products of “fertile imagination, unfounded jealousy and blatant fabrications designed to force co-respondent Paqui to capitulate to her demands by portraying me as the ‘other woman’ in her concocted scenario.”

    Legarda in her sworn statement also said that her Chilean companion, who is said to be 20 years younger than her, and who has since returned home to his homeland was not her boyfriend but actually her “husband.”

    “Contrary to complainant Susie’s claim that she treated me ‘as a guest’, in her absence, her household staff virtually ignored (me and my husband),” Legarda, who was a bridesmaid to the Ortigas wedding in 1968, said of her stay in the North Greenhills home of Paqui and Susie Ortigas.

    “Nene, her maid, pointedly told us not to expect anything to be prepared for us, so that that we were not offered any food and we had to eat out every day, we had to wash our own clothes, we had to go to an internet cafe to use a computer and took taxis to wherever we wanted to go, even when the drivers were just lounging in the house and there were vehicles parked in the garage,” Legarda said.

    Legarda, who has been retained by Paqui Ortigas as general manager of his and his wife’s Suzy Q Corp., said the $150,000 that Susie had wired her was for a botched flower shop venture with her in Las Vegas.

    Even then, $120,000 of that amount had already been repaid, she added.

    Contrary to Susie’s claim that she had been deported by US authorities, Legarda said she and her Chilean husband flew to Manila to arrange for her investor visa, which never came, and that she decided to accept Paqui’s offer, with the intercession of friends Joey and Jenny Leviste, to become his confidential secretary in Mexico.

    “Complainant Susie never really showed much interest in helping solve my immigration problem,” she said. “Even more surprising to me was the fact that during our stay in her Greenhills house, not once did she call (from Mexico) to ask how we were doing.”

    “When she did call, she only talked to her maid and did not ask to talk to me, which I found really strange, considering that at that time, we were friends, if not ‘best friends’,” Legarda said.

  34. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Breaktime
    Quick claim
    By: Conrado R. Banal III
    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    When the rich go public with their quarrels, media reports usually say that the squabbles are all about money.

    But with regard to the high society family dispute featuring the marital problems of Francisco Ortigas III (former ambassador to Mexico) and Susan Bayot Ortigas, who both come from well-to-do families, media seemed to have focused solely on the affidavit filed by Mrs. Ortigas as the “abused” wife, complete with all the sordid details.

    All right, it is clear from the media reports that they have a pending court case for legal separation.

    Thousands of similar cases filed by the rich and famous in the past have come and gone—unnoticed. The couples simply agreed to part ways, split the money and get married again.

    We never heard about those cases.

    The highly publicized split of the Ortigas couple thus becomes the talk of business town nowadays, partly because of the juicy details in the wife’s affidavit, but more so because of the glaring absence of one usual issue in public displays of disaffection among the rich: the question of money.

    That the camp of Mrs. Ortigas obviously made her affidavit available to media, infused as it was with colorful language, precisely raised the money question. They had to go on a media blitz for no other reason.

    Incidentally, word has it that the newspaper articles—the kind damaging to Mr. Ortigas—somehow found their way to employees of Ortigas & Co. Partnership Ltd., and even a number of the offices of foreign missions in the country, in quick succession.

    There is a clear demolition job against the husband.

    Not a few of us thus waited for Mr. Ortigas to respond to the media reports in kind. They were tilted heavily against him. Surely he has sordid details of his own about the other side.

    Somebody named Madrigal, for instance, supposedly rented out a huge property in the posh Ayala Alabang subdivision that the police raided for being a “shabu” factory. Or what is the score on their “conjugal properties?”

    Who between them, since they both belong to rich clans, has more to give up when they separate the conjugal properties?

    Is one of them going to sign or, for that matter, be forced to sign a “quit claim” or something?

    The camp of Mrs. Ortigas has been quiet about the businesses of the Madrigal-Bayot clan that was also heavy in real estate, although word gets around that sales in the group’s condo project called “The Address” somewhat slowed down, which is under the Madrigal-Bayot Development Corp.

    That company in turn is under the Madrigal Bayot Group of Companies that had unloaded investments in cement production (Rizal Cement and Solid Cement) and banking (Consolidated Bank, which was absorbed by Metrobank).

    Some tidbits about those businesses would make sensational reports in media, for sure.

    The man, nevertheless, said that his marital affairs were a private matter that “refined and civilized” individuals should not discuss in public. To the media he pleaded for a little more civility and “allow the legal process instead to take its course.”

    But this is already a full-blown word war. Media is ready to feast on it. The couple has been married for more than 40 years. Surely the man had his own misgivings during all those years? Media must be dying for him to wash some dirty clothes in public. No dice!

    FIRST PERSON By Alex Magno (The Philippine Star)

    Salacious

    Those whose appetite for really salacious gossip might want to give up on the prosecution panel in the impeachment trial and look at the pages of a newspaper (not this one, thank heavens) that has taken interest in the dirty details of a raging conjugal dispute. Perhaps this has been justified by the fact that the personalities involved in this dispute come from really old-rich clans.

    This story revolves around a case for legal separation filed by Susana Madrigal Bayot against her husband of 43 years, Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III. The wife belongs to the fabulously landed Madrigal clan and, with her siblings, is involved in real estate development projects. The husband belongs to the landed Ortigas clan and was formerly our ambassador to Mexico.

    There is nothing extremely unusual about a case for legal separation, which is really about arriving at a settlement of conjugal properties. Normally such things are done quietly and with great discretion. It is a painful process, to be sure, but it can be done with a modicum of dignity. The disagreeing (and sometimes disagreeable) partners can placidly part ways without having to devastate each other on a very public stage.

    This is what sets the Bayot-Ortigas case from the norm. Here we see a bitter wife hanging out the dirty linen in graphic detail. More than that, there now appears to be a well-orchestrated publicity campaign to subject the husband to gross public ridicule.

    It is this orchestrated publicity campaign that arouses suspicion. On the face of it, there seems to be a motive here more than just the flailing of an embittered wife. The more jaded (or the wiser?) have opined that the campaign of public ridicule waged against Paqui Ortigas aims to exert so much pressure on him that he might agree to sign a quit-claim over his share of the conjugal wealth.

    That is not unwarranted suspicion. A quit-claim in this extraordinary case could possibly involve billions. That is such a sum it could justify a layer of malice overlaid on an otherwise routine matter of settling the conjugal estate.

    A lesser, or an unwise, man might have instinctively reacted by throwing back mud, matching derogatory accusations with derogatory counter-accusations. He could have put out his own version of dirty linens. But that would have resulted only in adding fuel to this unsavory spectacle, assaulting public sensibility with what is really an ornate, bejeweled version of a peep-show.

    Paqui Ortigas, to his credit, has chosen to respond with civility to a massive effort to smear him. In a statement, he says he rejected suggestions “to respond with (his) own collection of unsavory stories” about the estranged wife. He asks simply that “those behind the publication of my wife’s affidavit to please practice a little more civility and allow the legal process instead to take its course.”

    Public sensibility, after all, can only be demeaned by dwelling on salacious details of a private pain.

    Cocktales by Vic Agustin
    Madrigals monetize long-idled properties September 26,2011

    FRESH from having sold a never-developed property at Horseshoe Village-Santolan to Rockwell Land, the Madrigal clan has just disposed of another piece of empty land behind the ruins of the Jai Alai complex in Manila.
    The buyer this time is the DMCI Homes, whose residential condominiums have apparently been selling well despite the absence of star endorsers and heavy marketing blitzes.
    According to the grapevine, the sale was prompted by the ill-health of Maria Luisa Madrigal-Vazquez, the last surviving child of Vicente Madrigal, the pre-war industrialist and newspaper magnate, who incidentally used to own the Jai Alai fronton.
    In addition to estate planning concerns, there was a more pressing need from the Madrigal-Bayot branch of the family.
    The Madrigal-Bayots are building the 32-story The Address at Wack Wack, and they have committed to the buyers to deliver the luxe residential condo by the fourth quarter of 2012.
    The Madrigals are lucky that both the Jai Alai and the Horseshoe Village-Santolan properties have not been invaded by squatters, unlike their Culiat, Quezon City compound, which they finally sold to the Home Depot group earlier this year after what seemed to be a lifetime of trying to clear the land of illegal settlers.
    According to the grapevine, the clan had to shell out P25 million in “disturbance” fees just to remove the interlopers who lived for free in the Culiat compound, some for as long as four decades!
    As to DMCI Homes, the developer apparently plans to capitalize on the proximity of the Jai Alai site to City Hall, Adamson University and the nearby schools and the LRT station as well as the property’s still unobstructed view of the Manila Bay (without the Roxas Boulevard premium) as selling points of the planned condo complex.
    But that, as they say, is another story

  35. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 26, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Manila Standard Today
    Low Down
    Jojo Robles

    Speaking of rigging trials, the marital problems of Ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III have been giving people who enjoy poking fun at the rich and famous a lot to talk about—when they’re not discussing the Corona impeachment trial. But the very public humiliation Ortigas is enduring from his wife of 43 years, Susana Bayot Ortigas, could actually be more than just a simple case of a woman fed up with her husband’s philandering.

    Ortigas has finally broken his silence on what he clearly explained was a private matter between he and his wife Susana. The businessman said he has kept his peace in deference to a pending case of infidelity and because this is essentially a private matter.

    Of course, the lurid details of Ortigas’ supposed infidelities, as detailed in Mrs. Ortigas’ affidavit, have already been published in another major newspaper. But Ortigas has alleged that the disclosures are part of an orchestrated public-relations campaign against him that was clearly vicious and malicious.

    Our own informants allege it is possible that all the so-called incidents enumerated in the concubinage complaint have fabricated and that the witnesses paid or coerced. These sources say that the lawyer of Mrs. Ortigas has long been known to be an expert in manipulating the legal process, including using the media.

    For instance, as part of the supposed campaign to vilify the ambassador,all newspaper articles damaging to him are religiously e-mailed to, among others, the employees of Ortigas & Co. Limited Partnership and even (for some strange reason) the Consulate of El Salvador. Why this campaign is being waged is clear: money, lots of it.

    The sources say that Mrs. Ortigas and her siblings want control over the conjugal properties of the spouses to fund the development projects of Madrigal-Bayot real estate corporations. This, after sales for “The Address” residential condo, a the project of Madrigal-Bayot Development Corp., didn’t take off as expected.

    Apparently, the series of malicious news articles are part of on-going attempts to blackmail Ortigas into executing a quitclaim over his shares in the conjugal properties owned by him and his wife. “This is basically a case of high-society extortion,” said one.

    On the other hand, the people out to demonize Ortigas simultaneously seek to portray his wife, a member of the landed Madrigal clan, as some sort of model parent. Still, they do tend to go to extreme lengths to get the job done, like blaming Ortigas for the death in a jet-skiing accident of a son of the couple at the family-owned resort in Calatagan, Batangas.

    Clearly, there is more than meets the eye in the made-for-tabloid story that is sending people into spasms of uncontrollable schadenfeude. Ortigas, who belongs to the wealthy family that developed the Greenhills shopping and residential district, among other successful real estate projects, was correct in saying his piece once and then vowing never to speak again.

    The truth—and the bigger picture— will come out, eventually. And those in the know will have the last laugh.

    COCKTALES:
    Vic Agustin
    Cookie Monster break-up led to Ortigas concubinage case

    The lawyers of Susana Madrigal Bayot have shortlisted the former Chilean lover of Ma. Antonia Legarda as one of the witnesses in the concubinage complaint against Legarda and the Madrigal heiress’ estranged husband, former Ambassador Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III.

    Twenty years younger than Legarda, the Chilean national was a bartender in the United States whom Legarda, 64, brought home to Manila after she was deported by US authorities in late 2007.

    Identified only as Miguel, the Chilean lover lived with Legarda first in a Madrigal penthouse as guest of Bayot – Legarda’s classmate in Assumption Convent – and later on in the Bayot-Ortigas conjugal home in North Greenhills until he left Legarda and the Philippines altogether in early 2008.

    Legarda may not be as familiar a name to the readers as the estranged Ortigas couple. Outside the Assumption circle, where her classmates included Gloria Macapagal, Maria Antonio Legarda was known as one of the two owners of the Cookie Monster, the Legaspi Village cake shop in the 1970s and 1980s that was housed in the Campos-Rueda building across the Amorsolo jeepney terminal.

    Legarda was then married to the landlord’s son, Francisco “Paqui” Campos, another Spanish mestizo like his Ortigas namesake.

    According to the pro-Madrigal grapevine, the Cookie Monster partnership broke up, and the Legarda-Campos marriage crumbled, after Legarda was inadvertently found to have been giving the husband of her cake shop partner – how shall we put it? – private kneading and treading lessons.

    Legarda was later linked to another married man, another Spanish mestizo who recently passed away. Her ex-husband Campos, on the other hand, has since remarried, still happily, to Lilibeth Fernandez, a sister of Vicky Zubiri, aka the mother of former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

    Despite the scandal having spilled out into the newspapers and the Internet, Legarda has continued to live in the Luntala townhouse co-owned by Bayot “as if nothing happened, as if blissfully unaware of all the society talk and all the publicity,” said one Valle Verde resident.

    “She is one tough cookie,” volunteered one socialite who knew Legarda since her Assumption days.

    Legarda herself was unavailable for comment, although she has steadfastly denied any romantic entanglement with Ortigas, whom she still serves as private secretary and executive assistant, when confronted by her immediate family and Legarda relatives. Her counsel, June Ambrosio, similarly declined requests for a statement.

    A feminist and tormentor of convicted child rapist Rep. Romeo Jalosjos has come out to defend the alleged lover of Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III, Marian Legarda, from the concubinage complaint filed against her and Ortigas by Ortigas’ estranged wife, Madrigal heiress Susana Bayot.

    June Ambrosio, the former law partner of talk show host-law professor Katrina Legarda, entered her appearance along with another female lawyer representing Ortigas, Jacqueline Guzman of Gatchalian Castro and Mawis, before Assistant Pasig Prosecutor Joselito de Asis Tuesday.

    The two lawyers asked and were granted extension to submit their respective clients’ replies on January 31.

    The Paqui Ortigas and his alleged concubine did not attend the hearing

    Both are expected to appear for the continuation of the preliminary investigation on Tuesday before Assistant Pasig City Prosecutor Joselito de Asis.

  36. Alicia Perez said,

    January 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Oh-my-God!!! The Yellow Peril strikes again!!!

    Although I’m not a diehard fan of “Tiseria,” the Spanish mestizos are the last bastion of elegance in this country.

    And that goes for you too, Toto, even if you say you look Chinese. Your soul and essence are European — European aristocracy.

    Alicia Perez

  37. Kathy de Guzman said,

    January 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

    It’s the group of Henry Sy taking over Ortigas and Co.

  38. Joel Cruz said,

    January 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    2012 may prove to be a dim(mer) year for the Os as their family company has now been completely restructured… and will soon be taken over by a non-Castillian group. Amusing how the turn of events is poetic (more so for the family coming in…) very interesting to see how this pans out sociologically rather than financially.

  39. Larry Leviste said,

    January 18, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Less has More Impact
    By Larry Leviste

    Hollywood’s first major awards night for film and television last Monday celebrated celebrity fashion that was truly elegant, which is the refusal of anything over the top. For the 69th Golden Globes it was all about age appropriate, quiet quality, reverse glamor and dare we say comfortable couture that were the terrific trends on the red carpet.

    Angelina Jolie with a slash of red on her white sheath by Donatella Versace was top of the list, Nicole Kidman and Selma Hayek wore the new template for discreet Art Deco beadwork. Crimson, all shades of nude and blush plus the return of black were the colors of choice. Chiffon, satin, charmuese, taffeta, gazar, organza and peau de soie were fabrics deftly employed.

    The newest jewelry trend were the sparkle plenty headbands worn by Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron. Every shape and color for dangling megawatt earrings were the jewels of choice. Also small clutch bags and statement cuffs with competing big precious stone rings. Hair was back combed and upswept and make-up was 60s movie star style with eyeliner, false eyelashes and pale lips on a sea of beautiful faces.

    Suddenly it seemed stars and their stylists have finally nailed the best looks at the Golden Globes night in Hollywood by keeping it minimal yet stunningly singular. It was about a personalized, made-to-measure look and the actors owned it.
    Wardrobe winners Clair Danes in J. Mendel, Meryll Streep in Dior, Helen Mirren in Badgeley Mischka wore memorable looks that will be remembered for their seductive simplicity and consideration for comfort that would have them partying the night away after a champagne soaked dinner.

    Fashion must follow function. When the dress does not overpower the woman, it becomes memorable. In this spread study the stars in their personalized couture and see how less has more impact.

  40. January 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Enrique:

    I concur with you.

    Toto Gonzalez

  41. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I beg to differ from that opinion about Don Francisco “Paquito” Ortigas y Vargas ( Jr. ).

    Among all the children of Don Francisco “Paco” Ortigas y Barcinas ( Sr. ), Don Francisco “Paquito” Ortigas y Vargas ( Jr. ), the father of Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas y Miranda ( III ), was the most successful in terms of business pursuits. I can say that in terms of business ventures, he rivaled Joseph Mcmicking. It is hard to assess the wealth of the Ortigas family because they are very private and a low-key family but their wealth is very substantial.

    Don Paquito Ortigas was Chairman and President of Ortigas & Co Ltd, Delta Manufacturing Corp Francisco Ortigas Securities inc,Concrete Aggregates,Jackbilt Concrete Block Co Inc,Marconi Phil Inc,Filitalia inc,Philippine Agri Business Center Corp and Diplomat Sales Inc

    Chairman AGP Industrial Corp, Trans-Philippines Investment Corp,Industrial Co Inc,Leval Inc,Bayer Philippines Inc,Philippine Explosives Corp and Vacuum Finance Corp,Philippine Planters Investment Co, Philippine Portland Cement Co Inc

    Vice Chairman Atlantic Gulf & Pacific of Manila

    President Rio Chico Mining Corp, Signal Movement Corp,Pacific Shore Mining and Gilarmi Corp

    Chairman Philippine Banking Corp, Binalbagan-Isabela Sugar Co,P.B.A Pharmaceuticals P.D.C.P. Bank, Electronics Power Systems Corp

    Director Filipinas Cement,Fire Stone Tire and Rubber Co of the Phil ,Industrial Products Mktg,Salt Industries of the Phil, Commonwealth Foods Wise and Co, Casella Phil,Philippine Iron Mines and Pampanga Sugar Mills,Phyllis Harvey Space Planners inc

    Director of Ayala Group’s Insurance Companies where the Ortigas family is a major stockholder Filipinas Compania de Seguros and Philippine Guaranty

    Don Paquito Ortigas was an Adviser to Past Philippine Presidents he was once asked by President Ramon Magsaysay to be his Executive Secretary. President Ferdinand Marcos tried to Appoint him as Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States of America.

    Don Paquito Ortigas and other Ortigas family members bought in 1956 the Shares of Don Vicente Madrigal in their Partnership formed in 1931 the company that was incorporated “Ortigas, Madrigal y Cia to buy Hacienda de Mandaloyon, which spanned the municipalities of Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig & Quezon City After Don Vicente Madrigal’s withdrawal from the partnership.The partnership’s name was correspondingly amended to “Ortigas & Company, Limited Partnership.”

  42. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 16, 2012 at 3:38 am

    By: Thelma Sioson San Juan
    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    Last weekend, at the wedding of the scions of two of the country’s wealthiest families—Chris Warns (of the Madrigal clan) and Bianca Zobel (eldest daughter of Iñigo and Maricris Zobel)—in the Zobel estate in Calatagan, Batangas, people walked up to Susie Ortigas to pay her a compliment—“You’re blooming!”

    That would be music to any woman’s ear, but to Susie’s it was extra sweet music. Susie certainly looked alluring in a long fuchsia sheath with pin-thin straps and glamorous makeup.

    Then a bigger compliment usually followed, coming from a few friends—“Finally, you’re emancipated! You’re doing woman empowerment.”

    The next day, Sunday, Inquirer broke the news on the front page that Susana Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas has sued her husband, former ambassador to Mexico Francisco M. Ortigas III, for concubinage after the latter allegedly shacked up with her best friend, Ma. Antonia Legarda (Marian).

    Infidelities

    The 75-page complaint affidavit filed last month with the Pasig prosecutor’s office also detailed what Susana, or Susie, as she’s known to kin and friends, claimed were her husband’s infidelities involving other women, including the househelp.

    “Our marriage, contrary to how it is perceived in high society, has been marked by years of intimidation, harassment, repeated psychological and verbal abuse, all courtesy of my husband, respondent Paqui.”
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    What was apparent in the Calatagan wedding was that “high society” has known all along the state of the Ortigas’ marriage, particularly Paqui’s alleged relationship with Susie’s best friend. They were just wondering, as if waiting with bated breath, when or if Susie would confront the issue of her marriage. So when they finally learned that Susie has filed the case, even before Inquirer could break the story, some of them called it an act of emancipation.

    Since Inquirer ran the front-page story last Sunday, Susie has been deluged with text messages asking if she was all right.

    “Why are people asking me if I’m okay?” a high-spirited Susie asked a friend. “I’m not only okay, I’m very well.”

    It’s not surprising that people are anxious about Susie’s well-being. Not only did she face the alleged rotten state of her marriage, she also broke a high society taboo: no scandal, especially not where marital infidelities are concerned.

    Even in today’s postmodern age, spouses—especially women—keep their battered state to themselves. You can imagine the pressure to suppress is even greater on high-society women, especially those married to high-society men. In this case, two of the country’s wealthiest clans are involved.

    Susie’s suit is not only a taboo-breaker; it is also a first—in this century, at least. A first, even if only for the decibels raised by the scandal, and the lurid details of the allegations.

    Surely, concubinage or infidelity is nothing unique in whatever economic class. And well-known patriarchs romping around with the househelp is nothing new. Manila high society is, in fact, replete with stories of those—of this magnate, with a socially visible wife, who is a “tsimay killer,” or of the (again prominent, pious) man of the house caught with the (male) driver.

    Lawyer Katrina Legarda told us at one dinner: “Don’t you know the highest incidence of incest is found, not really in poor communities, but in Forbes?”

    But then, these complaints or cases are not filed with the prosecutor’s office—unlike Susie’s. What stands out in her affidavit, once one goes past the details of trysts right in the family home or weekend estate, is her allegation or realization that the death of their only son, Francisco IV or Paquito, in a jet-skiing accident off the family estate in Calatagan was indirectly caused by the son’s sighting of his father with his alleged lover in the estate—and the girl was even Paquito’s friend.

    So what finally pushed Susie to file the concubinage case and risk being the talk of the town?
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    Over lunch last week with her friends, they told us that finally she saw proof of what her friends—and family—had been telling her about her husband’s alleged affair.

    “The help had been talking and reporting things to her even when they were living in Mexico (where Paqui was ambassador, and his alleged mistress Ma. Antonia was his executive assistant),” a friend said, “but she wouldn’t really believe until her own family started telling her.”

    “Even that ambassadorial appointment was funny,” the friend said. “GMA (Susie is a good friend and former schoolmate of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) thought she was appointing Susie as ambassador, but obviously there was a foul-up in the DFA. And it was too late when GMA found out that it was the husband, not the wife, who had been named.”

    Not long after their return from Mexico, when the ambassadorial stint ended, Susie began looking into her husband’s relationship with her best friend.

    Soon enough, in 2011, she left the conjugal home, after she had ascertained the alleged affair.

    Empty nest

    Her son dead and her two daughters with families and homes of their own, Susie and Paqui were in an empty nest. “Paqui would come home way past midnight and would be gone early in the morning. That had been the pattern of their married life,” a friend said.

    After Susie broke away, she decided, upon the prodding of her own family, to ask Paqui to sign a quit claim to her maternal inheritance—the Madrigal Bayot side—or what is called her paraphernal estate (the separate real or personal property of a married woman that she can dispose of at will and sometimes according to common law during her life—defined in Webster’s dictionary), which runs to multi-billions. In exchange for this, Paqui could have all their conjugal properties. According to friends, Paqui didn’t sign the quit claim.

    Perhaps what surprises, or impresses, high society more about Susie’s bold move to file a suit is that Susie has always been seen as diffident and unassuming.

    The eldest and only daughter among three children of Josefina Madrigal and Francisco Bayot Sr., Susie studied at Assumption Convent and later at the Dominican College in California.

    Paqui—a De La Salle graduate and the “crush ng bayan” in their time—was her first and only boyfriend. They have been married 43 years, with two daughters and a son, and five grandchildren. Susie is now living with a daughter.

    She grew up in a pious household where her mother would always pray, and she with her—hardly the making of a liberated woman, even in the time of Gloria Steinem.

    “Susie didn’t have enough self-confidence, like any battered wife,” said a friend. “Paqui would always cut her down, even in front of people, for her cooking, for anything. At one dinner, Paqui hollered at her from another table and she was ready to spring to her feet, but we told her to stay put in her seat or else we’d all fine her five thousand bucks.”

    If you believe that men—especially Filipino men who have no divorce law to pin them down to alimony—are chronic philanderers, you’ll also believe that often a marriage lasts only because of how much a woman can put up with, depending on how much a woman can give and take.

    In this case, the give and take involves a woman’s sense of self-worth, just like in any marriage. But unlike most marriages, in this case, the give and take can also run to billions.

    Indeed, the rich are not like you and me.

    Cocktales by Vic Agustin

    The preliminary investigation into the concubinage complaint filed by Madrigal heiress Susana Bayot against her estranged husband Francisco Ortigas III and her Assumption classmate Marian Legarda will be heard on Tuesday afternoon by Assistant Pasig City Prosecutor Joselito de Asis.

    The smart money is on Ortigas and Legarda not appearing and merely sending their lawyers to the fiscal to escape the expected media horde drawn by the sensational allegations made by the wife.

  43. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Weddings. More Fun in The Philippines.
    ROGUE NATION By Josemari Ugarte

    OK, I’m making up for the piss and vinegar I spilled last week for something quite the opposite this week — a happy wedding! Exactly a week ago, my family and I attended my cousin Bianca Zobel’s wedding at her family’s Edenic hacienda in Calatagan, Batangas, and it was a memorable and fabulous affair. I don’t typically write about weddings as those are usually reserved for the seasoned-with-posh-salt society columnists, but this one was particularly special for many good reasons — and at any rate I thought I’d try my hand at this sort of name-dropping, flash-popping champagne journalism instead of the usual fish-wrap crap I dish out, and see if I might just acquire a taste for it; at the same time tipping my reporter’s hat to the pros at this game, like the immortal Maurice Arcache and his most likely successor, Pepper Teehankee, who were both in attendance doing the things they do best — chronicling the nocturnal skylarking of Manille’s (as Don Maurice coined it) movers and shakers. And move and shake they did, as not one but two bouncing big bands jumped in full swing while Bombi Balquiedra worked the turntables and the crowd into a sweaty frenzy of ball gowns and barong tagalogs.

    The Zobels are special people in our lives as they are not only family but good friends. Iñigo and Maricris were highly instrumental in realizing my lifelong dream of creating a truly unique Philippine lifestyle magazine — that magazine is of course, Rogue. Their total commitment and unwavering support for the magazine were catalysts of its sudden impact success in just four years. Those four years have brought us closer to them, and when their first child, Bianca, broke the news she was engaged to her boyfriend, Chris Warns, a guy I immediately got along with the moment I met him, we knew their wedding was going to be a great occasion and an epic party.

    What made the ceremony particularly significant for Rita and I was that Bianca had asked us if our first child, Camila Isabel (turning five this month), would be one of her flower girls. We were of course honored and beaming with pride to see Cami walk down the aisle as part of Bianca and Chris’s regal entourage, especially since we knew that she loved doing it because it made her feel like a little princess. Moreover, the event was sentimental because it brought back some childhood memories of my own: More than 30 years ago, I myself had walked down that very same aisle holding a soft, satin pillow bearing the wedding rings Maricris and Iñigo would give each other as a symbol of their love when they were married.

    The Santo Domingo de Silos Church in Calatagan naturally seemed so much bigger then, which all the more impressed upon me the understated elegance of what many social spectators might describe as a merging and consolidation of the Zobel and Madrigal clans, two wealthy and influential families that have been closely linked years before the patriarchal polo-playing days of Chris’s father, Vicente “Bu” Warns and Bianca’s grandfather Don Enrique Zobel, who Chris lovingly envisioned in his endearing rehearsal dinner speech as smiling down upon them from Heaven as they relax in their easy chairs chatting about “agriculture or horses or whatever… guns.” This drew a genuine din of fond laughter and teary-eyed smiles from the guests that gathered to listen to his speech; it was very much the Chris I met: a soft-spoken sense of humor and obvious love and understanding of family.

    The incredibly delectable rehearsal dinner was held the eve before the wedding at another fairy tale hacienda, Susana Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas’s seaside Hacienda Sonrisa, where a barrio fiesta was prepared for members of the wedding entourage and visiting out-of-towners. As soon as guests walked into the palatial Mediterranean home, the mingling ensued in fluid-like motion as familiar faces approached each other to schmooze and uniformed waiters passed around wine stems and hors d’oeuvres that, in a sea of tipsy small talk, were too sophisticated to remember exactly what they were without taking down notes. They were like little dreams that vanished upon waking. I do remember a delicate, texturally tongue-tickling asparagus spear tempura-type thing that could have been wrapped in pancetta, although I could be wrong. I e-mailed Margarita Forés, who is always one of the most pleasant faces you see at any event, and particularly heartwarming when you know she’s in charge of the kitchen that night, and asked about her menus. Two dishes that stood out supremely were the large Wagyu short ribs stewed in a love-infused braise that was both decadent and soul-comforting, and God bless Margarita’s family recipe for lamb adobo, which looked and tasted like it had been cooked for 10 hours, simmering over a low, gentle flame, and watched and nurtured and cared for by wise, old women who take pride in feeding their families well. There were of course lechons everywhere, perfectly roasted so that their skin crisped up to a deep and shimmering red-bronze tan and cracked open like the surface of a creme brulee. Pancit Heaven: sotanghon noodles surrounded by a dizzying array of toppings, sauces, and side dishes — including Margarita’s secret aligue that I swear has magical properties — that made my head spin in degustatory fervor.

    From the Madrigals’ corner, we are good friends with Mary De Leon’s stepchildren Kristina and Rob Mijares, who flew in from their homes in Costa Rica and San Francisco respectively. Kristina and Chiara, her sweet daughter with Cebuano entrepreneur Derrick Chiongbian, were also part of the bridal entourage. Chris’s immediate family members included his proud mom, Marian Warns, and brothers Herman, Gustav, and Karl. I saw Joe Vincent and Mary Beth De Leon’s son Iñigo with his girlfriend, Nina, who I believe went to the same high school I did. I also met a few of the Bayots for the first time that night and found them all to be good, smart, and decent people. I spotted the classy and philanthropic Chuchu Madrigal Eduque from a distance with her husband, Mandy, but didn’t get a chance to say hello; I’m not sure if she even remembers me as I hadn’t seen or spoken to her since I was about 10. Also in attendance were Ging Montinola and her husband, Gigi, who is president of the Ayala-owned Bank of the Philippine Islands and one of the sponsors in the wedding. Senator Jamby Madrigal and real estate scion Paqui Ortigas were absent for reasons inappropriate to discuss here.

    The wedding ceremony itself was perfect: short, sweet, understated, yet glowing with all the charm and romance of a quaint, small-town wedding, not unlike those celebrated in rustic villages in places like Palermo or Stylida. This was not a typical, over-inflated San Antonio Church-style wedding, as most would come to expect from families as landed as the Zobels and Madrigals. It was more a traditional Calatagan barrio wedding, only weighted by powerful guests and sponsors like Iñigo’s San Miguel boardmate and Danding Cojuangco’s right hand man, the enigmatic Ramon Ang, who walked the agelessly beautiful Dee Zobel down the aisle and rode shotgun in Iñigo’s brand-new 2012 Porsche Cayenne from the church to the reception. Other heavy-weight sponsors included my uncle, Jon Aboitiz, banana magnate Tony Boy Floirendo, Ayala Corporation boss Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and Vicente Bayot.

    After the groom kissed the bride and all the photo opportunities were taken, a convoy of vehicles trailed off into the sunset towards the reception area at the Zobels’ 10,000-hectare Hacienda Bigaa. On one of the hacienda’s horse grazing pastures, the family had commissioned the construction of what appeared to be a gigantic, ballroom-sized, triple-roof, nipa-and-sawali pavilion large enough to be used as a hangar. The pavilion as well as the set design for the entire event was done by Gino Gonzales. A mood-lit walkway led up to the dramatic entrance: a bamboo threshold flanked by two towering flower arrangements. Toni Parsons provided the flowers for both the church and the reception. The interior of the reception area was a gorgeously sensual mise en scène of elegant round dining tables named after the many varieties of Philippine trees (or streets in Forbes Park), endless buffet spreads and food stations, bars, bandstands, bamboo bathrooms and lounge areas, and of course, a dance floor that was hardly neglected as the night progressed from formality to fantasy with the help of a well-stocked bar.
    Leana Carmona, Menchu Soriano, Kit and Fernando Zobel de Ayala

    According to the talented Bacolod designer Adjie Lizares, the wedding took several months to prepare. “Maricris got Cristina Soriano and her daughter Paola de Herrera from Madrid whose business is weddings there. They came several times to the country. Mike Miñana handled logistics, Irene Araneta procured both bands — yes, there were two! Maric did a lot of work; she was the real mover and shaker of the team. Pepito Albert did the bride and her entourage. Tats Manahan and Mico Manalo from the Escuela Taller in Intramuros did some restoration work on the chapel. The list goes on and on!”

    Guests arrived by car and chopper. Many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins were there, including the always-great-to-see Stevie and Lisa Paradies, their daughter, Nina, and their son and daughter-in-law, Ian and Sandra. Keenan and James Ugarte were in from San Francisco and Cebu, along with Dudes Aboitiz and his always beautiful mother and sister, Chari and Sofia Aboitiz. Power player Endika Aboitiz sporting a stylish scruff beard and a dark blue barong tagalog alongside his divine and exuberant Spanish artist wife, Valeria, and their son, Danel. Endika’s younger brother Sabin, his lovely wife Bettina, and their only son Samel were having a ball. I ran into and sparked flashes of conversation with five more Aboitiz cousins — Gina, Carlos, Jokin, Sandro, and Yso. Other relatives I hadn’t seen for some time were Maricris’s sister, Maricel, and her husband, Poch Davila, who are based in Union City, California. Another uncle, Enrique Melian, was also there, but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him; it was impossible to touch base with everyone.

    You had the inner circle of close friends: Bongbong and Lisa Marcos; Greggy and Irene Araneta, and their sons, the polo-playing Alfie and the skateboarding Luis, who I ended up talking with at sunrise by the poolside of our ocean-front cabins at the Punta Baluarte resort down the road from the hacienda, with my wife and her friend, the Aussie-mestiza model from New York, Cristina Garcia; Louie Ysmael, dapper as usual in a blue suit and white shoes; man-about-town Chito Melo; Charlie and Leana Carmona; photography enthusiast Bengy Toda; Rene and Sonsoles Baretto, whose daughter Amaya was Bianca’s maid of honor; Konkoy and Doody Tuason, their sons Sev and Daniel, and Konkoy’s oceanographer son Gutsy, who recently had a baby girl named Antarctica with his Esquire editor/writer girlfriend, Audrey Carpio, who attended with him.

    A galaxy of guests partied the night away on Chris and Bianca’s Big Night and the following is a list of the ones I either saw or spoke with in no particular order: Iñigo’s only sister, Dedes, Lizzy, Katrina, and Enzo Razon, beauty queen Margie Floirendo and her daughters Monica and Gabbi, Fernando and Kit Zobel, the Foreses, Bing and Kathy De Guzman, Joe and Vicky Zubiri, JV Ejercito, Sam Eduque, Anton Mendoza, Stephanie Zubiri, Mari Borao, Santi and Marilen Elizalde, Charlie Cojuangco, Carol Masibay, Coco and Trinchy Garcia, Itos Carag, Nene Lacson, Jed and Manolet Dario, Pedro and Gina Roxas, Vicky and Camila Soriano, Ed and Menchu Soriano, the Moreno brothers and their wives, Becca Dosch, Bito and Menchu Mantecon, Jesus and Kat Romero-Salas, Robert and Tina Cruz, Paolo and Ria Prieto, Paolo and Anna Tuason, Mauro Agustines, Chukri and Ines Prieto, Enrique Gonzalez, and Marco de Guzman.

    OK, that should do it; this is starting to look like a heavily ensembled Robert Altman film. A passable first attempt at wedding reportage at best, so I’ll cut it off right here by wishing the newlyweds, Bianca and Chris, a lifetime of real happiness together. It’s a helluva thing, if you can pull it off.

  44. Myles Garcia said,

    January 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Alicia Perez wrote:

    Taken as whole clans, the Madrigal and the Ortigas are notorious for being tightwads. As clans, the same goes for the Zobel, the Cojuangco, the Lopez ( Iloilo ), and the Aboitiz.

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

    So true. That’s exactly what a very talented but not landed-rich Spanish mestizo painter friend of my brother’s who wanted to stay in Manila, said when he couldn’t make a go of his profession there. Even just subsisting on commissioned portraits and religious paintings, he just couldn’t make a go of it because the so-called Manila “Medicis’ and the Catholic Church were tigher than a “drum.” I think maybe that’s why that other Madrid-based painter, Wallendorp, from what I have seen, only gives her clients “half-baked” canvases — in proportion to what she was probably paid.🙂 You reap what you sow or sew… He returned to Spain and Europe where he is doing well, Manila’s loss.

    BTW, even though I don’t know her, I really feel sorry for SM-B. I wonder how she was able to put up with it for so long, and why only break out now?

    And what happened to the big W-Z wedding earlier this month? Ano? BYOB? Maybe they’re re-doing the pre-nup terms now???

  45. Alicia Perez said,

    January 12, 2012 at 4:54 am

    “Kuripotitis.”

    It should be very, very, very funny coming from a Madrigal to an Ortigas…

    Taken as whole clans, the Madrigal and the Ortigas are notorious for being tightwads. As clans, the same goes for the Zobel, the Cojuangco, the Lopez ( Iloilo ), and the Aboitiz. But as always, there are exceptions. ECJ Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. is not known as such, and the late Eugenio “Ening” Lopez Sr. lived in grand style, even during his self-exile in the USA.

    But Susie is an exception to the tightwad Madrigal ladies because she is a generous soul.

    Alicia Perez

  46. Larry Leviste said,

    January 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

    CONCUBINAGE, it’s more PUN in the Philippines

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

    Francisco Ortigas III ‘trying to find peace’

    by Jerry E. Esplanada
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    January 12th, 2012

    Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III, the country’s former ambassador to Mexico, would neither confirm nor deny the concubinage and sexual perversion-related allegations made by his wife, Susana Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas, against him.

    The 65-year-old Ortigas, however, said he was “way above all this,” referring to the controversy, and that he was “trying to find peace” with himself and his loved ones.

    Asked if he was considering reconciling with his wife, Ortigas said “she has already walked out of our house (in North Greenhills, San Juan City).”

    But he claimed other family members “have been very supportive.”

    He noted that “like many Filipinos, my religion and close family ties” were helping him deal with his personal crisis.

    Ortigas, who was Manila’s envoy to Mexico City from the middle of 2008 to late 2010, initially considered answering his wife’s charges.

    But he was later prevailed upon by his “team of lawyers and advisers” not to comment on the case filed against him last month in the Pasig City prosecutor’s office.

    Page 1 story

    Last weekend, Ortigas told this reporter he would issue shortly a statement in reaction to the article on the scandal that appeared on Page 1 of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 8.

    He later asked for more time, saying he was waiting for the recommendation from his team of lawyers “if it’s timely or necessary to answer, or if there’s any reply to the newspaper article that needs to be done.”

    On Tuesday afternoon, Ortigas called up to say he had been advised by his lawyers not to issue any statement or make any further comment on the issue.

    Best friend

    Susana, 63, sued her husband for concubinage after he allegedly took her best friend, Ma. Antonia Legarda, as his mistress and cohabited with her in a Valle Verde, Pasig City, townhouse owned by the spouses.

    Susana also accused her husband of having a string of extramarital affairs during their four decadelong marriage, including having sex with one of their household helpers in their own marital bed.

    In a December 16 complaint-affidavit, Susana said “the painful truth is that I married an abuser, a scrooge, an incorrigible philanderer and worse, a pervert.”

    Years of verbal abuse

    “Our marriage, contrary to how it is perceived in high society, has been marked by years of intimidation, harassment, repeatedly psychological and verbal abuse, all courtesy of my husband, respondent Paqui (Ortigas’ nickname),” she said.

    Susana named both her husband and Legarda as corespondents in the criminal case (Department of Justice’s National Prosecution Service Docket No. 03291).

    Both respondents, she said, live at the same address—Unit 8-F Luntala, Valle Verde IV-A, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.

    Susana said the respondents’ alleged acts “were not only immoral and by law a violation of the marital vows that Paqui and I took. They are also unlawful, horrendous and demeaning, and for which there must be adequate recompense under the law.”

    In the complaint, she narrated how she invited Legarda—her best friend before she discovered the affair—to live in their conjugal home in North Greenhills, San Juan, after the latter suffered financial difficulties.

    When Ortigas was appointed ambassador to Mexico, Susana even decided to bring Legarda along to act as her husband’s assistant because of her command of the Spanish language.

    First affair

    However, one of their household staffers in Mexico later testified in a sworn statement that Susana had caught her husband and Legarda having sex in June 2009 when she entered the latter’s bedroom to clean it.

    Susana also described how she discovered her husband’s first affair, which he allegedly had with their helper of 20 years, Wilma Balingasa, whom she described as an “old maid.”

    “Paqui made Wilma his sex slave and engaged in perverted acts right in our conjugal home, in the master bedroom and worst of all, in the marital bed,” she said.

    Susana “found out about this disgusting affair between my husband and our maid sometime in 2003, and that was the reason why I dismissed Wilma in April 2003.”

    Victoria Court

    “About six months from the time I dismissed Wilma, I had a nagging suspicion that the affair was not yet over. Hence, one time, along with my driver, I followed my husband from the house. Paqui ended up checking in at the Victoria Court motel on Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila. Considering his stature, he did not even mind to check in a hotel. I saw that it was Wilma who alighted from my husband’s car,” she recalled.

    But Balingasa “was not the only member of our household whom Paqui took advantage of,” Susana said.

    She said her husband had “also subjected to his perverted acts my executive assistant and personal secretary, Cielo, who used to live in our house.”

    In an affidavit, Cielo said: “When I reached the bedroom, Mr. Ortigas stripped down to his underwear, flexed his muscles and with a smug look asked me, ‘What do you think?’ referring to his naked glory.”

    “There were also times when Mr. Ortigas would invite me to look at pornographic photos and videos as if expecting me to be turned on by such indecency,” Cielo added.

    Exhibitionist

    Susana said, “apparently, my husband is also an exhibitionist and a porn enthusiast.”

    She also disclosed that her husband’s “illicit affair with Janet Tapel, one of the employees of Concrete Aggregates Corp., a sister company of Ortigas & Co. Limited Partnership, had the most devastating consequence.”

    Susana was referring to the death of her only son, Paco, in a jet ski accident in 2002.

    Condoms

    “At the height of my husband’s affair with Janet in the early months of 2002, my son Paco apparently knew about it… I was told that Paco knew that his father would bring Janet to our beach house in Calatagan (Batangas) which Paco frequented, and about condoms used by Paqui which were found by our maids at the said beach house. I was later informed that Paco confronted my husband about it but instead of remorse, he asked Paco to leave our house in Greenhills,” Susana said.

    She said that “after that father and son confrontation, Paco dabbled in drugs. Paqui, instead of showing understanding, confronted Paco. His words to my late son were, ‘Your family name is not yours. You just borrowed that from your grandfather. So don’t dirty it.’

    “That must have been very hurtful to my late son, knowing that my husband himself was the first to spit on his father’s name with his scandalous and perverted affairs with women, including our maid,” she said.

    Son’s death

    On the day Paco died, Susana said her husband, Tapel and another female companion arrived at the family’s Calatagan beach house.

    “It was only after I had known that the woman with my husband was his mistress that I was able to understand why my son Paco, on that day, was visibly shaken, upset and in a fit of anger when he set off on his jet ski where he had an accident and met his untimely death,” Susana said.

    She said the death of her only son left her broken because, according to her, she had failed to protect him.

    “It took me years to recover from my son’s death. I thought that his passing and the circumstances under which it happened would have served as an awakening for Paqui.

    Stakeout at motel

    “It did not. Apparently, his affair with Janet continued, which only shows the callousness of my husband… Sometime in 2004, I asked one of my sons-in-law to accompany me to tail Paqui. Like with Wilma, Paqui checked in at a motel, the Victoria Court in Pasig City. He was indeed with Janet. Together with my son-in-law, I waited for hours until Paqui exited from the motel. When they exited, I pulled Janet out of the car and in my rage berated her for sleeping with my husband,” Susana said.

    While her husband “projects an image of wealth, traveling in style using only first-class airline seats, staying in first-class hotels, driving luxury cars and going around using a helicopter,” Susana said “he made me pay for it.”

    “In the 43 years that we were married, Paqui did not want to spend for our family or even on himself. I was the one who paid for practically all of the family and household expenses, everything from groceries, utilities, salaries of all household staff, all our local and international travels, shopping, education of all our children, their allowances, even purchases and maintenance of real and personal properties were all shouldered or paid for by me,” she said.

    Stingy

    Her husband “even had a rule that anything above P30,000 should be paid by me. Respondent Paqui is afflicted with the worst form of kuripotitis [stinginess]. At the very least, what he did to me (was) a (kind) of economic abuse,” Susana added.

    Paqui Ortigas is a scion of the Ortigas clan which owns Ortigas & Co., developer and owner of Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City, a high-end residential condominium project in Mandaluyong City, much of the Ortigas central business district and large tracts of land to the east of Metro Manila.

    Susana, on the other hand, is a member of the prominent Madrigal clan which owns huge landholdings to the south of Metro Manila, including the Madrigal Business Park in Muntinlupa City.

    At one point, the posh Ayala Alabang Village was part of the Madrigal estate.

  47. Myles Garcia said,

    January 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Really quite sad and salacious. But better it broke in Manila rather than in Ciudad de Mexico where it would’ve been doubly embarrassing altho outside of the diplomatic circles, no one really knew them.

    I wonder how it will fare in the Pasig court knowing that that jurisdiction gets quite a bit of its revenues from many Ortigas properties. Perhaps so the plaintiff could get due recompense, it should’ve been filed in the Muntinglupa courts? Altho I thought North Greenhills (where their house is) was technically Mandaluyong…since our previous residence in the old Phase II was demarcated San Juan.

  48. Paul Campos said,

    January 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Good for Susie!! Shame on her ex and that so-called best friend. Saw the pair recently ( Paqui and the other woman ) at a gallery opening and both came separately. He arrived in a battered old Volvo while the other woman alighted from a very expensive, late model Mercedes Benz with a female friend in tow. The other woman is having it good. With friends like her whothehell needs enemies? Scary person.

  49. Enrique Bustos said,

    January 11, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Here is the complete Cocktales series by Victor Agustin who first wrote about the Ortigas couple’s

    Another Madrigal heiress joins the First Wives’ Club August 10,2011

    MADRIGAL heiress Ma. Susana “Susie” Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas has decided—finally, according to the social chatter—to decamp from her conjugal home in Greenhills that she had shared for decades with retired Ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III.
    According to grapevine, Susie left North Greenhills last month and moved to the Ayala Alabang home of her daughter, El Salvador honorary consul Ma. Josefina “Tabbie” Duarte.
    There is apparently no turning back for Susie, if the increased chatter about separation of the accumulated conjugal properties is to be believed.
    But there are, as always, peculiar legal complications in the rumored division.
    Paqui also happens to be the president of two of his wife’s companies, Susana Commercial Corp. and Suzy Q Commercial Corp.
    The First Wives’ Club just hopes that the financial records have not been commingled by Paqui’s favorite accountant and transported to the Luntala Valle Verde 6 townhouse that His Excellency shares office space with his live-in assistant, Marian Antonia Legarda.
    Still, Susie could rely on another daughter, Ma. Victoria Bayot Ortigas-Borromeo, to straighten the company records, she being a lawyer and the corporate secretary of the two companies, in addition to being the treasurer of Suzy Q.
    The 41-year-old daughter was also the corporate secretary of her father and Ortigas uncles’ Concrete Aggregates Corp. until her resignation last October.
    It was not immediately clear if domestic concerns between her parents—Ma. Victoria shares the same North Greenhills residence—had also triggered the daughter’s departure.

    The cousins of former Ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III are wondering why he has not showed up at the Ortigas office ever since he returned from his posting along with his executive assistant, Marian Antonia Legarda Lobregat.

    The Ortigas office needs Paqui’s signatures by Oct. 23 for a crucial partnership meeting.

    Paqui’s new passion
    October 11, 2010

    RECENTLY retired Ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III and his executive assistant Marian Antonia Legarda Lobregat have found a new passion.

    Ortigas and Lobregat, according to the chatter from the First Wives’ Club, now share a townhouse within the Ortigas-developed complex as a private office for their joint venture—a coffee-table book on Mexico-based Filipino painter Romeo Tabuena.

    The office is unusual since it is a four-bedroom affair within Luntala Valle Verde 6, a residential enclave a block away from the Medical City.

    Why His Excellency would persist in holding office right next to the master’s bedroom has mystified and chagrined not only the ambassador’s wife, Maria Susana Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas, but even the equally landed Madrigal and Bayot clans.

    Extra baggage for Ortigas
    September 29, 2010

    The Arroyo-appointed ambassador to Mexico, Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III, finally came home last weekend, bringing home with him an extra piece of baggage in the person of his live-in assistant, Marian Antonia Legarda.

    According to the grapevine, Ortigas’ wife, Maria Susana “Susie” Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas had precisely left for Manila a month earlier because of a falling-out with Legarda, who happened to be her best friend.

    Ironically, it was Mrs. Ortigas’ herself who had imposed her best friend, a divorcee with time on her hands, upon her husband, when Paqui Ortigas was then looking for an executive assistant for his Mexico posting.

    Among the perks that Ms. Legarda enjoyed was free housing in the ambassadors’ residence, an arrangement that resulted, after two years of close-quarters contact with the Ortigas couple, in a domestic version of a Mexican standoff.

    Madrigal heiress sues Ortigas husband for concubinage
    THE estranged marriage of former Ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III with Susana Madrigal Bayot has reached a point of no-return, with the wife finally suing her husband of nearly 44 years for concubinage.

    The billionairess accused Ortigas of shacking up with her childhood friend and Assumption classmate, Ma. Antonia “Marian” Legarda, in a townhouse ironically co-owned by the wife and their children.

    As revealed in the complaint, the Madrigal heiress commissioned a private detective agency to confirm her nagging suspicions; a copy of the surveillance report and nearly a dozen surveillance photos were attached to the complaint, which was filed only last Friday before the Justice Department.

    “I am filing this criminal complaint… against my husband, former Ambassador Francisco M. Ortigas III and against his current mistress, Ma. Antonia L. Legarda, for cohabiting and having sexual intercourse under scandalous circumstances during our marriage,” Madrigal Bayot said.

    When Ortigas, then 22, married Madrigal Bayot, then 20, on January 4, 1968 at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills, many thought that the union was a perfect match “because it was a marriage of wealth, a marriage between scions of landed families,” said the Madrigal heiress.

    “The painful truth is that I married an abuser, a scrooge, an incorrigible philanderer and, worse, a pervert.”

    The 63-year-old Madrigal heiress said she left the conjugal home in North Greenhills in July “to protect myself,” after Ortigas, 65, angrily denied the affair when confronted and subjected her to “insults, foul temper and baseless accusations.”

    Ortigas in retaliation fired 10 drivers and maids loyal to the wife and “has prohibited me from entering our conjugal home… unless he is in the house, and has prohibited me from getting my own things,” Madrigal Bayot said.

    Ironically, it was Madrigal Bayot who literally led her classmate into the arms of her husband.

    Not only did she lend Legarda $150,000 when she was having immigration and financial issues in the United States, Madrigal Bayot even allowed Legarda the use of a penthouse in 8 Wack-Wack Condominium after her classmate was deported by US authorities.

    After the penthouse was sold, Madrigal Bayot then invited her best friend to move into the Greenhills home and, in August 2008, pushed the jobless Legarda to become Ortigas’ live-in secretary in Mexico when Ortigas was appointed the country’s ambassador.

    That was when the marriage rapidly went downhill, especially after one of the maids confessed to catching the ambassador and his secretary in the act.

    Madrigal heiress: I was supporting my Ortigas husband all these years
    HIS surname may be synonymous with old money, Greenhills and a gleaming commercial and business district, but Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III was in truth being financially supported by the Madrigal and Bayot money all these years, according to his estranged wife.

    Susana Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas, who last week sued Ortigas for concubinage, said her husband of 43 years “did not want to spend for our family or even on himself.”

    “I was the one who paid for practically all of the family and household expenses, everything, from groceries, utilities, salaries of all the household staff, all our local and international travels, shopping, education of all our children, their allowances, even purchases and maintenance of real and personal properties were all shouldered or paid for by me,” the Madrigal heiress said in her sworn statement.

    “At the time of our marriage, I was clueless that all Paqui could bring and actually brought into the marriage was his name,” she said in hindsight.

    “Our marriage, contrary to how it is perceived in high society, has been marked by years of intimidation, harassment, repeated psychological and verbal abuse…”

    Worse, her husband, just like the Spanish hacenderos of old, took liberties with the female help, with one illicit affair having “the most devastating consequences…[and] may have caused us our only son, Paco,” the Madrigal heiress said.

    Named like his father after the clan’s patriarch, Francisco IV (“Paco”) took to drugs after his father asked him to leave their Greenhills home. Paco, according to his mother, made the mistake of confronting his father about the latter’s affair with an employee of Concrete Aggregates, a sister company of the Ortigas and Company, where Paqui continues to be a partner.

    Despite the father-son confrontation, Paqui still brought the mistress to the family’s beach house in Calatagan, with the odd couple even flying in by helicopter with a certain Ed Mijares and another female companion.

    Paco, who was also at the Calatagan beach house that same weekend, “was visibly shaken [and] upset” by the temerity of his father bringing the other woman to the family retreat that he set off in a huff on his jet ski. As he sped off, the jet ski hit a shallow reef, flipped and crushed Paco’s body.

    “I thought that my son’s passing and the circumstances under which it happened would have served as an awakening for Paqui,” Mrs. Ortigas said. “It did not.”

    And it was she herself who discovered “the callousness of my husband.”

    Two years later, the Madrigal heiress found herself tailing her husband check in at the Victoria Court in Pasig. After waiting for hours right outside the motel driveway, she was shocked to find Paqui emerge out of the love nest with the same female employee in the car. Enraged, Mrs. Ortigas stopped Paqui’s car and a shouting match ensued.

    “In spite of Paqui’s affair with [the female employee], I continued to stay with him for the same reasons I had when I chose to stay with him despite his affair with [a maid],” Mrs. Ortigas said in resignation. “Each time I confronted Paqui, he would always find a way to blame me for his actions and claim that I drove him to seek other women.”

    “On hindsight, the reason why I could not leave Paqui is because [though it may be hard to accept] I am a battered wife.”

    The 37-page confession of Mrs. Ortigas was accompanied by five other sworn statements executed by four maids and a secretary, detailing where, when and how they caught their master and his varied playmates, including the latest, Mrs. Ortigas’ classmate and best friend, Ma. Antonia Legarda.

    According to the grapevine, the concubinage complaint is just the first part of a twin-legal action being directed by Thea Daep, a senior partner of Villaraza Cruz Marcelo Angangco, who also represented a younger brother of Mrs. Ortigas, Vicente “Butch” Bayot, in his nasty legal separation case against Maria Rebecca Makapugay.

    The second action, a petition for legal separation, is all set for filing early next year.

    Paqui Ortigas, on the other hand, has reportedly tapped the Puno & Puno Law Offices for his defense.

  50. Marina Sanchez said,

    January 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    My dears,

    MANY still-rich Spanish mestizos in the Philippines are “atsay-killers” [ or “atsoy-killers” as the case may be ]. It’s their “droit du seigneur” [ right of the master ] or “divine right,” or so they think.

    Do you want me to enumerate?

    Marina Sanchez

  51. Marina Sanchez said,

    January 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Susie,

    Cheers to you and to Women’s Empowerment!!!

    Marina Sanchez

  52. Alicia Perez said,

    January 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Paqui!!! You Stud, You…

    Alicia Perez

  53. Maria Elena Paterno said,

    January 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I’m glad you finally got your guts, Susie!!! It’s about time!!!

    Much love!!!

  54. Angelita Santos said,

    January 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Inquirer’s, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/124199/abused-wife-sues-husband-rocks-madrigal-ortigas-clans, drove me to write you Toto. May I express my support for her through you because I was like her too but only for six years, 21 years ago. I had a lawyer-batterer and a philanderer too. It was as if, I was the one filing the complaint as I was reading the article. Will be praying for her Toto. It will be a long and “scandalous” battle, but if it will be any consolation to her, I know what she is going through and she can count on the prayers and support of a voice like mine. I am what I am now because of the battles I faced. I fought the “war” with God and the Blessed Mother at my side. I will fight the battle with her through pleadings to God and to the Blessed Mother. Please thank her too for courageously taking up the cause for the abused and battered, always maligned, left with zero self-esteem, torn and degraded. God has His ways of taking care of things…

  55. January 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    A friend texted me, that after this embarrassing lawsuit by his wife, Paqui Ortigas decided to change his name to “P*k*-Or-T*g*s”.

  56. Alicia Perez said,

    January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    From “Cocktales” by Vic Agustin:

    Madrigal heiress: “My Ortigas husband is an ‘atsay-killer’ ”

    Former Ambassador Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III apparently has a Dominique Strauss Kahn-complex in him. Put less elegantly, the Castilaloy heir to the vast Greenhills and Ortigas real estate fortunes is an “atsay-killer.”

    The explosive allegation, complete with racy details fit for tabloids, are contained in the sworn statements of five household staff in the concubinage complaint filed by Ortigas’s estranged wife, Susana Madrigal Bayot, before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Pasig.

    “Paqui made Wilma (one of the dozen maids in the Ortigas house in North Greenhills) his ‘sex slave’ and engaged in perverted and depraved acts right in our conjugal home, in our den, in the master’s bedroom and, worst of all, in the marital bed.” the Madrigal heiress said.

    “In fact, Paqui was caught by one of our maids in the middle of making Wilma give him a ‘b… j..’ in our walk-in closet and this was apparently while I was in another part of the house!’

    The wife, 63, then proceeded to detail other liaisons her 65-year-old husband had committed with one other maid, a staffer of the publicly-listed Concrete Aggregates Corp. (where Paqui was once president) and, worst of all, with her classmate in the exclusive Assumption College, Ma. Antonia Legarda, who was caught in the act with Paqui while serving as his personal assistant in the Philippine embassy in Mexico.

    “Perhaps exhibiting his utter moral depravity, Paqui did not even make any effort to hide his used condoms from the other maids,” said the Madrigal heiress.

    The husband, who is listed as chairman of the AIG Global Fund (Philippines) and Philam Bond Fund as well as other four Philam funds, has yet to file his answer to the concubinage complaint against him and Legarda.

    According to the grapevine, Ortigas, after the news of his affair with Legarda became public, made it a point to sleep at the Greenhills home, but not after dropping off and having dinner with Legarda at the Luntala townhouse in Valle Verde.

    Two scandalized Ortigas relatives, meanwhile, resigned from Concrete Aggregates board in late December, shortly after the Madrigal heiress filed the criminal complaint and named one of the Concrete Aggregates employees as one of her husband’s lovers.

    Paqui’s cousin, Ignacio Ortigas, quit as chairman and gave up his directorship, with Paqui’s nephew Rafael Ortigas following suit. Ignacio did not cite any reason for his abrupt departure, while Rafael cited the need “to focus on family matters.”

  57. Myles Garcia said,

    January 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Re: this latest episode of “Desperate Housewives of Greenhills and Alabang,” I shared the story earlier with an ex-classmate who is now Philippine Ambassador to a major Euro country about this ex-colleague of his. His reply was: “So what else is new in Manila? The political diplomatic appointees ( like Mr. Ortigas ) lead much more exciting lives than us rank-and-file career diplomats whose dull lives would NOT land us in the society pages.”

    Of course, how can one forget that in their final years in Manila, the husband of the Faded, Lacquered-Hairdo One, was consorting with his wife’s ******** ***** who had fallen on hard times. Yes, the ****** are from the subject clan of the previous thread… and the ***** also happened to be a former neighbor ( a few doors down ) of ours in Greenflats… errr, I mean, Hills!! ( I could never truly understand how Ortigas y Cia. came up with the name “Greenhills” when that whole area is pretty much flat as a pancake?!? But that’s a story for another day… )

    BTW, Larry and Enrique, the results from the auction of Liz Taylor’s gewgaws and bling shattered all world records. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/galleries/TMG8955180/Elizabeth-Taylors-record-breaking-jewellery-auction-in-pictures.html I wonder when they auction off “La Viuda Pobre’s” gaudy material things, who will buy and how much will they bring?

  58. January 9, 2012 at 12:01 am

    SHARE and CHER alike ………………

    A scion of the landed Madrigal clan has sued her husband—himself heir to the vast Ortigas property development fortune—for concubinage after the latter allegedly took his wife’s best friend as his mistress and cohabited with her in a Pasig City townhouse jointly owned by the spouses.

    More importantly, 63-year-old Susana Madrigal Bayot-Ortigas accused her husband, 65-year-old former ambassador to Mexico Francisco M. Ortigas III of having a string of affairs over their four-decade-long marriage, including having sex with one of their household helpers in their own marital bed.

    “The painful truth is that I married an abuser, a scrooge, an incorrigible philanderer and worse, a pervert,” Bayot-Ortigas said in a 75-page complaint affidavit filed last month with the Pasig prosecutor’s office.

    “Our marriage, contrary to how it is perceived in high society, has been marked by years of intimidation, harassment, repeated psychological and verbal abuse, all courtesy of my husband, respondent Paqui.”

    The accusation of concubinage was leveled against Ortigas (nicknamed “Paqui”) and his “alleged mistress,” Ma. Antonia Legarda (or “Marian,” reportedly aged 64) for “cohabiting and having sexual intercourse under scandalous circumstances during our marriage,” Bayot-Ortigas said.

    She said that before she decided to file the complaint, she had been warned that doing so would ‘’only add to my embarrassment and humiliation.’’

    ‘’I have been discouraged to file this case because I was told that we live in a society which is forgiving of philandering husbands,’’ she said. ‘’I have no wish to air dirty laundry in public.’’

    But the respondents’ alleged acts ‘’were not only immoral and by law a violation of the marital vows that Paqui and I took. They are also unlawful, horrendous and demeaning, and for which there must be adequate recompense under the law,’’ Bayot-Ortigas stressed.

    The best friend

    In the complaint, she narrated how she invited Legarda—her best friend, prior to her discovery of the affair—to live in their conjugal home in North Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, after the latter suffered some financial difficulties.

    When Ortigas was appointed ambassador to Mexico in August 2008, Bayot-Ortigas even decided to bring Legarda along to act as her husband’s assistant because of her command of the Spanish language.

    “Aside from speaking fluent Spanish, respondent Marian needed employment, and that is the reason why I thought she was perfect for the job,” Bayot-Ortigas said.

    “More importantly, since she was my best friend and a recipient of my generosity, I thought I could trust her,” she said.

    However, one of their household staffers in Mexico later testified in a sworn statement that she had caught Ortigas and Legarda having sexual intercourse in June 2009 when she entered the latter’s bedroom (Legarda also lived in the same house in Mexico) to clean it.

    “According to Angie (Gamboa, the helper), my husband was lying on respondent Marian’s bed while Marian was straddling him,” Bayot-Ortigas said.

    “Unknown to me, respondent Paqui’s unlawful affair with respondent Marian was already known to other people. I did not know that the members of my own household staff were already talking about [the] respondents and how shameless they were about their affair. [The] respondents would even hold hands and kiss each other while they were in the house,” she said.

    Battered wife

    In the affidavit, Bayot-Ortigas also described how the marriage started to unravel from its earliest days, describing her husband as being “obsessed with dominance and control” to the point of berating her frequently—even in public—as tanga or bobo (dumb, stupid), and showing no qualms about telling her to “shut up” in the presence of other people.

    “The years of demeaning treatment I suffered made me see myself as inferior and overly dependent on respondent Paqui,” she said. “On hindsight, the reason why I could not leave Paqui is because (though it may be hard to accept) I am a battered wife.”

    The maid

    She also described how she discovered her husband’s first affair which he allegedly had with their helper of 20 years, Wilma Balingasa, whom she described as an “old maid.”

    “Respondent Paqui made Wilma his ‘sex slave’ and engaged in perverted and depraved acts right in our conjugal home, in our den, in the master bedroom and worst of all, in the marital bed,” Bayot-Ortigas said.

    “In fact, respondent Paqui was caught by one of our maids in the middle of making Wilma give him a ‘blow job’ in our walk-in closet, and this was apparently while I was in another part of the house,” she said.

    Bayot-Ortigas is a member of the prominent Madrigal clan which owns large tracts of land to the south of Metro Manila, including the Madrigal Business Park in Muntinlupa City. The posh Ayala Alabang Village was, at one point, part of the Madrigal estate.

    Ortigas, on the other hand, is a scion of the Ortigas clan which owns Ortigas & Co., developer and owner of the Greenhills Shopping Center, much of the Ortigas central business district, and large tracts of land to the east of Metro Manila.

    The Inquirer tried to get the side of the respondents in the case, but they had yet to respond as of press time.


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