Milking the Claudine-Carmina issue


The advertising agency that produced a Lactum TV commercial has issued an official statement refuting what I wrote in my column last January 30 about the tension that transpired between product endorsers Claudine Barretto and Carmina Villarroel during the shoot.

Fine, that’s the agency executives’ prerogative. Strange how quick they were to react. In the first place, I didn’t mention any product. For all they know, Claud and Mina may have another endorsement together.

Lactum, Got Milk or Got Guilt?

It’s a clear case of damage control, which is understandable. In advertising, image is everything. They’re just doing their job and I am doing mine.

I didn’t lambast their product. Neither did I go Claud/Mina-bashing. I just told it like it was.

Insiders know about Claud’s quirks on the set but I’d rather not go into details. Artists are entitled to their quirks. So be it.

Twitter haters

As expected, Claud’s supporters are waging war against me on Twitter. Fanatics are fanatics. Every show-biz writer has to learn to live with that.

After I interviewed Claud in Kalibo last January, I cleared up the issue behind the bank withdrawal controversy involving her and husband Raymart Santiago and the rumors about their shaky marriage in a previous column. Some fans don’t bother to acknowledge positive write-ups about their idol. On the other hand, they overreact when something unfavorable is written.

I’ve worked hard to earn my readers’ respect. I don’t write for some PR firm and cover up the truth. I am a true child of show biz; my mom didn’t raise me to concoct stories.

If the story was completely baseless, why go to great lengths to clarify it? Of course they have to protect their endorsers! Who am I compared to a big company like theirs? But I won’t give them the pleasure of bullying me. I stand my ground.

To the people behind Lactum: Sorry I’m lactose intolerant. Go ahead and milk the issue for all it’s worth.

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  • Anonymous

    Funny how these guys are reacting to this column. Haven’t you understood that Dolly is running a gossip’s column? So, that means the more she receives reactions (negative or positive), the merrier the column gets and the more she gains credibility as a showbiz writer. 

    • Gevon

       how can she gain credibility when all she writes are TRASH?!!  Her resignation is way long overdue, PDI. 

  • Anonymous

    Mind you, Dolly is a showbiz writer. She’s not writing for investigative journalism. Hope you realize that, Guys.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I hope SHE realizes that… it’s her better than thou attitude that gets our goat. I hope YOU realize that.  

      • charisse_valledor

        NO. I hope you do realize that she is a showbiz writer. What else do you expect? 

  • rexandre delos reyes

    Credibility is earned through conscientious efforts, Ms. Dolly… c-r-e-d-i-b-i-l-i-t-y! 

    At huwag kang magbuhat ng sarili mong bangko, dahil utang na loob mo sa amin mga readers yan… gets mo?  

    • charisse_valledor

      As if the people in her column also has credibility per se? She’s a showbiz gossip whatever writer, for chrissakes, she’s just doing her job. Ika nga, when something positive is written, we ignore it. Pag negative, we wage war. Get over it. 

  • hopelovefaith

    Hi Dolly, go ahead and do what you have to do.  Criticisms are part of the business because your work is seen by the public.

    If others cannot take the heat of reading gossip columns, then they can just read the Reader’s Digest. 

    • rexandre delos reyes

      Dahlin’, there is a huge difference between crticism and just plain rumor-mongering. Please read Reader’s Digest a whole lotta more.

  • Anonymous

    If you stand by your story, then why didn’t you show up on the show Paparazzi when Zoren was celebrating his birthday?  You felt awkward because Carmina happens to be Zoren’s better half? What a two-faced biatch. And you talk about respect? Ah-ah, you poor Cristy-Fermin-wannabe.

  • Anonymous

    Si Carmina na mismo at ang ad agency ang nagpatunay na walang katotohanan ang isinulat ni  Dolly Carvajal, pero kung anu-ano pang mga palusot ni Dolly.  Bakit di na lang aminin kung nagkamali?  “Milking” the issue si Dolly, gaya nang hindi matapos-tapos na pagbanggit sa kanyang nakaraan na naging “syota” nya sina William Martinez, Joey Marquez, Robin Padilla, etc.

    • Gevon

       you’re right, Dolly’s the one “milking” the issue, not the ad agency.

  • Anonymous

    Twitter:  minavillarroel carmina villarroel

    Truth will prevail! again, don’t believe anything that you read and hear. Chismis, blind items…. Hay! Such lies!

  • Anonymous

    Tama na yan dollyann, pareho kayo ni fermin wala kayong kayang gawin kundi manira nang kapwa

  • Anonymous

    You’d better stop making “papuri” of people like the Marcoses.Ang pamilyang nag papayaman sa kanilang mga sarili at the expense of the poor people.  Sip2x ka dolly.Obvious.

  • Shai

    Mabuti pa seguro huwag na natin basahin o i-click ang column ng babaeng ito.  Kaya hindi mapaalis ng PDI ito kasi marami pa rin nagbabasa at nag-comment.  Sumikat sya in a notorious way.  Kaya puro sya paninira para maging kontrobersyal then sisikat sya kasi pinag-uusapan eh. Kung pupuri man sya mga corrupt at magnanakaw like the Marcoses ang pinupuri. STUPID! 

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