Inday Barretto’s open letter to Gretchen: illustrated version
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There is an ongoing war in the Barretto family.
It involves showbiz sisters Gretchen, Marjorie and her daughter Julia in one camp (Team Gremarju)

Gretchen, Marjorie, Julia

and matriarch Inday and daughter Claudine in another (Team Clauday)

Claudine and Inday Barretto

I don’t really know when and how the fight started. Someone please enlighten me.


All I know is they’ve been fighting on Instagram. (Because Instagram is the new jologs, that’s why.)
So I woke up this morning to news about Inday Barretto siding with daughter Claudine and saying all sorts of things about Greta.
Following is an open letter was written by Inday Barretto to her daughter Gretchen, published in Ricky Lo’s column:
You are a liar, Gretchen.
Many of your preys will attest to that soon. That is the style that you use when you want to play with other people’s lives!
To correct your lies…
• You claim Claudine said, “She will block Julia’s entry to Star Magic.”
Who did Claudine say it to…you? Or did you just make this up to put Claudine in trouble with Star Magic and make Julia’s big following angry with Claudine?
You did that before. Besides, Julia is very much “in” at Star Magic now.

Julia Barretto

• That Claudine said she is the only Teleserye Princess of ABS-CBN and will remain one ‘till eternity.
Hah? Did she tell you that or did you make it up again to block her entry to an ABS-CBN project?
First of all, Claudine was not a Teleserye Princess. She was ABS-CBN Teleserye Queen during her time, just like you were ST Queen during yours.

Gretchen Barretto in Tukso

And, hello, showbiz holds no franchise to eternity.
Owners and big bosses go to hell, too, or to heaven in time!
• That Claudine will ruin Julia’s career? Why would she?
Next to Marjorie, “No one can love those children more than Claudine!!!”
There is a track record to that. At hindi isang kagaya mo lang ang maka-manipulate niyan.

Claudine and Julia

Huwag mo naman gawing tanga ‘yung mga tao, Gretchen. They and we all know that “Claudine holds no power over the industry!”
Who do you think Claudine is — the Evil Queen of Bhutan?

Gretchen Barretto Queen of Bhutan
Who’s more chica? Gretchen as Queen of Bhutan (L) or Jetsun Pema, the real Queen of Bhutan

• Raymart left home? Yes, it is true.
For a cooling off period? — Sana.
But if God wills it to be permanent, huwag naman sana. But still, our life is not in our hands!
So, Gretchen, do you also want to include God in your “bashing” and drip your perfumed saliva for the misfortune of your sister?
• Claudine has violent ways? Ay, talaga? Correct!

Mon Tulfo vs. Claudine and Raymart

Nagbabasag ng plato at tasa ‘yan; buti na lang plastic, hindi ‘yung regalo ni Pres. Erap sa wedding.
I saw Claudine nagbato ng sapatos, natamaan ang pusa! Nabasa ‘yung shoes.
I also witnessed you, Gretchen, ah! When you were throwing expensive plates and vases at that time I was called to go to your place because nagwawala ka and you were threatening to swallow pills.
Muntik pa nga akong matamaan kaya I ran out of the house to the car on a Typhoon Signal No. 3, soaking wet. Pinalayas ako!
Yes, Claudine’s career slowed down but her talent did not!
What she holds on “record” for achievement, is “not gone” for how can you lose what you already have in your hand and kept in people’s mind? She doesn’t have to prove anything.
Julia and others will fare on their own — never dependent on anyone, comparable to none. They each have a gift from God! Oh yes, Julia is terrific, another good one coming.
You are insecure if you believe anyone can block that! For the record, that (your insecurity) can be supported by a well-known doctor.


Claudine has no “mental illness”…“mental torture,” yes, courtesy of an evil manipulation!
Some of these incidents will support it.
You attack Claudine with verbal abuse by phone and text messages, like these:
• Sabina — negra daughter of yours
• Santino — abnoy
• Raymart — bakla for not siding with you.

Claudine and family

You told Claudine that she has no more career to go back to. Bakit, si Malou Santos ka ba, si Vic del Rosario ka ba?

MALOU SANTOS (photo by VER PAULINO) Vic del Rosario

Ipadadampot — for what? (Planted or framed up.) There are bashers — 10, 15 or more, when one is popular — and still you would still like to accuse your sister as the culprit!
Do not call Claudine evil!
Do not start giving away that title that belongs to you and you alone, now that it’s burning your palm and scarring your beautiful face.
Some basher called Julia “maarte” and you blow your top!
You call Claudine evil, prepare to attack her and you want me to be “angelic?”
Ang dali-dali n’yo lang manakit ng tao. Power drunk! Pero pag kayo na, konting pitik gusto n’yo na magpakulong.
I am taking this fight — now in front of the battle.
I am going to take all the bullets you shoot.
Watch and beware it will ricochet kapagka ina na ang binaril.

Stop, please stop. Stop it na, ha! Stop it naaaaa!!!

For the longest time now and all these years you did nothing but make it your favorite pastime to play with the lives of my family, the family you are ashamed to own, in spite of the fact that I brought you all up well, humble and human!
You have attacked, accused, maligned and tried to destroy each and everyone of us in the eyes of society, starting from your father, I your mother, and each and everyone of your siblings including their partners!
People ask and some who do not know any better, might believe that maybe we’re cruel parents, neglectful and remiss in our duties to you! Only, you, alone? Because no one else is complaining about their childhood!
How easy for me to have explained my side, but how can a mother defend herself without destroying a child of hers no matter that she is EVIL?
Most importantly, I could not in all conscience correct the bad “impression” (image) you gave us.
The truth is: This impression is the “Deceptive Device” you used to hook your man and landed you on the moon shining bright like a diamond!


I kept mum not wanting to rock your world but you are wrecking ours!
Gretchen, I am not a wimp, never been one, but lahat may “hangganan.”
I have protected you all these years without exposing to the world the real you. But you have pushed many of us to the wall. There’s no other way but for us to defend our names! I have always loved you as one of my own, and always will, but love of my family belongs to the heart and not in the garbage can!
I am letting go of a child now who never wanted me in order to save one who has always been there for all, and with all of her love…Claudine! — INDAY BARRETTO

Claudine Barretto
Claudine Barretto photo by Jover Alforque

Everywhere We Shoot’s first solo show at PABLO
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Everywhere We Shoot is composed of newlyweds Ryan and Garovs Vergara.
Having met at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde’s School of Design & Arts, both say were two kids who used to meet up at a fast food joint near school, just to hang out.
As a result, they ended up smitten not only with each other, but also with each other’s taste. Both were obsessed with magazines and irony, and working together just happened naturally.
Their work has appeared in almost every major magazine in the country as well as a number of publications abroad. They’ve also been commissioned to do brand campaigns, record sleeves, and lookbooks for top Filipino designers.

Garovs and Ryan

This April 27, 2013, Ryan and Garovs invite you to their first solo show at Pablo Art Gallery.
They won’t say what it’s all about, only that it opens on April 27, 6 PM
at Unit C-11, South of Market Condominium
9th corner 11th streets, Fort Global City, Taguig.
Exhibit runs until May 31, 2013.

Map to Pablo, Fort

House manager
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Following my dad’s advice, I stopped working for a few years after having two children.
During that time I had a real dilemma of what to write under “occupation” on the immigration forms.
I didn’t want to write “housewife” because it sounds uninteresting, like something from the ’70s.
That made me decide to get a job. I applied as a writer for the Philippine Star and Millet Mananquil hired me!
Since then I’ve been able to write “journalist” on my immigration forms. That usually means no hassle in the airport—except in China where I would call myself a “writer.”
But more than a writer, blogger, or journalist, I consider myself a house manager.

Here’s what the job entails:
1) enrolling the kids in school and activities
2) buying everything they need, including my husband
3) buying groceries and all sorts of supplies
4) hiring people to repair stuff
5) paying salaries and lending money
6) some charities
7) taking care of the kids when they’re sick (including the hubby)
8) sending the kids to doctors, dentists, haircuts
9) cutting nails and cleaning ears
10) travel agent
11) renovating
12) planning children’s parties and dinners at home
13) ordering uniforms for kids and staff
14) paying bills
15) organizing garage sales
16) hiring people (I don’t fire, I let someone else do it)
17) etc.

I am the last one to sleep in the house and also the last one to wake up 🙂
Waking up late is my luxury because late at night is the only time I have that is quiet.
Thank God my husband gives me a good “salary” apart from my own income. It enables me to become an effective house manager.
When I became a mom I had to find to find myself again and it took some time. “Mom” is a great job description but I needed to be something more. For the longest time I envied office workers. But now I consider myself blessed by God to be able to work at home because the kids bug need me all the time.
Now if only I could find the drive to work out regularly, life would be perfect.

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