Gretchen’s sister says, “We do not want you, too”
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Ouch. This really hurts.
The Barretto saga is getting so trashy, the Kardashians need to take notes.
But grrrr….I can’t help but post them because my statcounter likes the traffic the Barretto family brings here.

Barretto family
Barretto family

This letter was published by Ricky Lo in today’s Philippine Star.
It was written Gia Barretto-Reyes of Boston, Massachusetts to their mother Inday, addressed to sister Gretchen.
And I quote:

When enough is enough

I respect that you do not want to be part of our family. At this point, we welcome it.
Not at any point do I ever recall us forcing you to be part of us but we have never also alienated you during the times when you wanted to be with us. Even during the times when you battled with one of us.

I say us because you have time and time again made extreme efforts to push us — mom, dad and all of us — away.
You have hurt us in ways that put the word decency to shame, you have had no rules when you attacked us.
If the attack were physical then it would be bearable. Bruises heal.
But the attack has always been vicious, below the belt and so evil that the wound borne from it cannot heal.
It is done repeatedly and unsparingly with permanent damage in mind.

You have tried to put mom and dad to shame with empty allegations without thinking that you, whether you like it or not came from them.
You ridicule them in front of friend, strangers and us. And, you expect us to just take it.
Your claims of financial support for this family have no basis, because dad always managed to provide.
For the record, we may not have been so rich but we were never poor.

1. We live in big beautiful houses

2. Slept in carpeted, air-conditioned rooms
Posh bedroom

3. Food galore
food galore

4. Put in an exclusive school
San Augustin

5. Members of exclusive country clubs
Country Club

6. We each have our own yayas, yours even a midwife

7. Driven by chauffeurs

Long before you were born and even after you were in show business.
At 12 years old, could you have duplicated or taken over this kind of a style, with your meager earnings?
We did not have an excess of things but we had what we needed. You were never forced to get into show business.
I remember very clearly how you ran to the middle of the road when dad said “no” to you entering show business.
He believed that school was important. How sad that you cannot distinguish the lies that you make up and reality.

Gretchen Barretto

No Gretchen, it was not you who helped us during rough spots. It was Claudine.
You could not in the life of you convince her that our parents were abusive ones. It was difficult for you to accept that there was somebody who actually had pure intentions of helping where help was needed.
You once told me and I quote, “I just disappear when things get tough.”
You have become great at these disappearing acts. Claudine made an effort to be there always.


Just a few corrections: Claudine paid for my meds at UBC just as she paid for a lot of our nieces and nephews education. She gave them (our nieces and nephews), iPads, iPhones, concert tickets, clothes and so much more. She spoiled all of us not because she needed to but she wanted to.
She unlike you, has never equated her value with money or material possessions.

JJ comments on TV are only credible in as far as he is caught between a rock and a hard place, because he is in your employ. It honestly pains me to see that you could put him in this situation. To pick between that and his parents.

I echo mom’s words, “Stop it.” We get it. We know you don’t want us so please hear us now…”We do not want you, too.”
Please stop hounding us like an attack dog. We will admit defeat if you just leave us in peace. Just totally disappear from our lives without leaving a trail of vile and misery. Please.
Enough is enough! Leave us alone. Leave my family alone.

Boston, Mass., USA
Sent from my iPhone

Make your own Havaianas with Dan Matutina
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Each year, Havaianas diehards flock to the Rockwell Tent to create their own customized pairs of flip-flops.
And traditionally, the event features a commemorative pair that visualizes the theme for the year.
This time, working on the theme “imagination”, Make Your Own Havaianas launches its first-ever collaboration with Filipino illustrator Dan Matutina, who designed a glow-in-the-dark slipper with carbon blue soles, depicting spacemen with space markers, connecting stars to form images.
Soles and straps 2
So mark your calendars and prepare to Make your own Havaianas this May 2-5, 2013 at The Rockwell Tent.
Opens 10 AM onwards.
To know more, go to


Anthony Bourdain tries Jollibee
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When I think of Jollibee, I think of Chicken Joy. But that’s not what Anthony Bourdain tried while filming his new CNN show, Parts Unknown, while at Jollibee in Koreatown, Los Angeles, California.

Korean-American executive chef Roy Choi took Bourdain to a Jollibee drive through to try stuff we don’t normally see in a local Jollibee menu: a spam sandwich, halo-halo, and the Aloha Burger.
So amused he was, Bourdain tweeted this picture of the popular Filipino dessert:

Watch what happens during his brief visit to Jollibee

See the full episode on Parts Unknown, CNN this Friday night at 10 PM.
To know more about the show, click HERE.

Joaquin Barretto just joined Team Gremarju
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Joaquin Barretto, brother of warring sisters Gretchen and Marjorie against Claudine, just pledged allegiance to the two elder Barretto sisters by writing a letter tweeted earlier by Marie Lozano.

Joaquin Barretto's letter

I’ll spare you the migraine and type this out for you. And I quote:

The letter of our mother which was published earlier today was shocking and hurtful. But what bothers me most is that while she attacks my sister, Gretchen, and pictures her as evil personified, she seems to have forgotten the truth.
Mom, as you have gone out of your way to answer the issues that Claudine ought to answer for herself, maybe it is high time to reflect on things and address these concerns as well.

You have lifted Claudine on a pedestal as the teleserye queen and labelled Grethen nothing but an ST queen.
But who took over the role of her parents, worked at the age of 12 and gave up her education to put her siblings to school? Who put food on the table, paid for the rent and electricity and hospital bills when dad suffered from his heart condition at least 2 times?

Gretchen Barretto

Did you ever once stop her from doing all that because you loved her and wanted to protect her just like what you are now doing for Claudine?

We all know the truth about Claudine’s condition. Gretchen never threatened about having her “padampot.”
Whatever for? May I remind you that it was you and dad who had her put in a hospital because you wanted to save her from destroying herself.
Yes, Claudine is going through rough times. Again. And if you truly love her, then you should take concrete steps to save her rather than hitting Gretchen simply because she is standing up to Claudine.

You claimed that Gretchen has been calling Claudine’s children names to her face. But how is that ever possible when Gretchen had long stopped taking Claudine’s calls?
Hasn’t Claudine changed her mobile number many time while still owning many prepaid sim cards as well? (my note: how jeje!)
On the contrary, it was Claudine who repeatedly said she was going to make an exposé. On what?
We were clueless until bashing began on Instagram (read: the new jologs) which is why Gretchen came to rescue of Julia.

Julia and Gretchen Barretto

If there is anyone who cared more for her niece, we all know it is Gretchen as she has proven when she chose to protect me and her siblings for a long, long time. This explains why, as you said, we never complained about out childhood.
Please mom, let us put a stop to this before our family totally falls apart while there is still something to save.

(Signed) Joaquin Barretto

Joaquin Barretto
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