Enough of the ugly Barretto clan squabble


A SCREEN SHOT of the Barretto sisters— Claudine, Gretchen and Marjorie— in good times

The Barretto sisters are at it again. Behind the beauty of Gretchen and Claudine’s faces  lies so many ugly family secrets which have now become public knowledge through the exposé of their mom and siblings. But can’t we be spared of the  gory details?

Enough is enough. They should settle matters as a family behind closed doors. Although Pinoys  have a penchant for show biz  scandals, there’s also a point of saturation. Sad when the domestic front turns into a battle front. When you wash dirty linen in public, where do you hang your tears out to dry? Greta and Claud have everything money can buy. It’s about time they ransack through their Hermes, Dior, Chanel, Prada bags and unearth  the Barretto in them. No amount of designer labels could ever replace the value of a family name and everything it stands for.

Amalia’s comeback

It was such a delight to chat with my second mom, Mama Nena (Amalia Fuentes) on the phone. She was raving about how touched she was when GMA 7’s top honcho, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon approached her during the celebration of Kuya Germs’ 50th show biz anniversary at the Resorts World Manila.

“We were never introduced formally so I was surprised when he came up to me and said that we used to be schoolmates at Philippine Christian University and I am one of his favorite actresses of all time. I remember having read in one of his magazine interviews that his admiration for me and my work was one of the reasons he ventured into show biz. For someone of his stature to give me such credit is so heartwarming. I salute him for not losing sight of his roots.”

AMALIA Fuentes makes TV comeback with old rival.

It certainly takes an icon to know one.

She also shared with us the good news that she would be back on TV soon via a teleserye in ABS-CBN with former rival Susan Roces. “It will be sort of a TV comeback of two movie queens. Our last movie together was ‘Cover Girls’  with Fernando Poe Jr.,” she gushed. “We still have to discuss the billing, though (laughs). But if it will be based on seniority,  I played a lead role before Susan did during our Sampaguita days. I was only 16 when I top-billed ‘Movie Fan.’”

She also revealed that her ex-love/screen partner, Romeo Vasquez, was first tapped to play their leading man on the show but he begged off because he couldn’t leave his sister who was critically ill in the United States. So the role went to Dante Rivero instead.

What made her accept the offer? “It was too good to refuse,” she said. “A little more money could not hurt anybody.  Besides, I felt a bit envious of my contemporaries like Susan who are still visible on TV. But for me, it would be a one time, big time thing.  I don’t  want to spread myself too thin.”

The movie queen in Mama Nena can never be dethroned. As she rekindles her love affair with the camera, her adoring public will find new reasons to love her even more.

Hayden’s aces

Hayden Kho enjoyed his role as a bodyguard to Lovi Poe’s character in “The Bride and the Lover” (opens May 1). Based on the movie’s title, does he believe that for a bride to become a good wife, she should know how to be a good mistress/lover?

“To each his/her own,” he mused. “Some people will like it. Some people like me, won’t. Right or wrong, I won’t be the judge of that.”

Is he now joining show biz  full time? “Nope. I’m just checking to see what else is in it for me and gather life lessons as I go along,” he explained. “No attachment. I deal with the cards handed to me the best way I can.”

With the way Hayden has reshuffled his life, he still has a lot of aces up his sleeve.

Charity bazaar

Christine Bersola-Babao invites fellow entrePinoys to join her annual charity bazaar, “The Summer Bazaar” at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang from May 23 to 26. It will be for the benefit of Alagang Kapatid Foundation. To join, call 9310852 or e-mail

Bazaaristas unite!

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PERSONAL: Congrats to Nicholas Danielle Vidal for graduating valedictorian and for being DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Awardee. Mighty proud of you, Nico!

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  • aris alfaro

    …spare the gory details? you’d lose your job if they did.

    • Dan Valuz

      At least she has a job ! How about you ???

      • aris alfaro

        …my job? well, it does’nt entail gossip and/or covering other people’s affairs and spilling them on tv, radio and/or print, and then complaining/wishing to be spared of said people’s gory details, which she gladly helped spill into tv/radio and/or print. so yeah, i have a job. but very much unlike her job which entail gossip and/or covering other people’s affairs and spilling them on tv, radio and/or print, and then complaining/wishing to be spared of said people’s gory details, which she gladly helped spill into tv/radio and/or print.

  • pakialamera_i2

    “But can’t we be spared of the gory details?” Hypocritical statement. Why print the story? Why talk about it in your column?

    • fuctore

      As if Dolly Anne’s private life is filled with ultra glossy details.
      Her self declared sexcapades with Robin Padilla and Onemig Bondoc once transformed into a drunken nympho , holds the title the most goriest , vomit inducing showbiz scandal of the century.
      second only to madam auring’s….lol

      • Dan Valuz

        Another “attack dog” here sent from the Phil Star Newspaper. IDIOTS like you act like you are so clean and perfect ! Whoever you are hiding behind a ficitious name. Sana may mag publish din sa lahat ng nagawa mo sa buhay mo !!! Problema hindi ka nga sikat at pa pansin ka nga lang eh. Almost all of your comments are personally attacking the columnists of this website. What is your problem ??? Didn’t your parents give you enough attention at home ? Baka naman wala ka gf or bf ? Buong buhay mo na lang comment ng comment ka na lang… LOSER!

      • fuctore

        ang daldal.
        kahilo lang…

    • Dan Valuz

      Because it is her OWN COLUMN ! Ano inggit ka ??? Wala ka kasi nun and nobody will ever care to know who you are !!!

  • Elizabeth Bennett

    I’m extremely happy that Ms. Amalia Fuentes is making a movie and will be in a teleserye with Ms. Susan Roces. It’s about time Ms. Fuentes goes out of her showbiz retirement, it’s better to be active than hibernate, she doesn’t need the money, but nothing can compensate for the fun, vivacity, pep and vigor, mental and physical exercise, camaraderie in making movies and telenovelas. Now, she can feed her co-stars with the dishes she learned from a culinary school, Happy shooting, guys!!!

  • Teresita Sy

    Makes me regret that my family is boring. Ang saya ng mga barretto!

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