Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Untold Pinoy Story No. 2

It Could Happen Only in the Movies

These two women move in different circles but they seem to lead parallel lives.

Barbara C. Gonzales is the great-granddaughter of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Her great-grandmother is Dr. Jose Rizal’s elder sister, Maria, a liberated woman who was separated from her husband Daniel. Barbara is more popularly known by her nickname, Tweetums. She once appeared in a Del Monte tomato sauce TV commercial featuring three generations of women in the kitchen. Yes, that was Tweetums with her daughter, Panjee, and Tweetum’s mother whom they fondly called Mamu. Tweetums was married to Ramon Tapales, a successful businessman. Their daughter, Panjee Tapales (a.k.a. singer Panjee Gonzales), was co-host of ABS-CBN’s daily morning show, Alas Singko Y Media (now Magandang Umaga Pilipinas) and its defunct Sunday morning game show with Roderick Paulate. Panjee soon became the second wife of ABS-CBN chairman, Gabby Lopez. (But that’s another story.) Tweetums writes about art and culture in her column for the Philippine Star. She has published a couple of books consisting of collections of her essays from her newspaper column. She remains a highly-respected media personality, being the president of a major advertising company.

Socorro Alicia R. Quirino is the granddaughter of former president Elpidio Quirino. More popularly known by her nickname, Cory, she hosts a lifestyle show on TV. Her kidnapping ordeal a few years ago was made into a movie entitled, The Cory Quirino Kidnap, which was directed by massacre king Carlo J. Caparas. Cory was married to Roman Cruz, Jr. who was the president of Philippine Airlines and head of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). Cory writes a regular column on fitness and health for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She also published a series of health, beauty and inspirational books. She remains a highly visible media personality with her radio and TV programs.

While Tweetums and Cory were both successful in their respective careers, their personal lives were not as rosy. Tweetums Gonzales and her husband, Ramon Tapales, eventually decided to lead separate lives. Likewise, Cory Quirino and her husband, Roman Cruz, Jr., soon parted ways.

Indeed, Tweetums and Cory seem to lead parallel lives.

Then, in a strange twist of fate, the unthinkable happened. . While geometry teaches us that parallel lines can never intersect, the parallel lives of Tweetums and Cory allegedly intersected.

Tweetums Gonzales reportedly got married to Cory’s former husband, Roman Cruz, Jr. Meanwhile, Cory Quirino reportedly got married to Tweetum’s former husband, Ramon Tapales.

Just like in the movies.

And you know the rest of their story.
Images from divisoria.net , kabayancentral.com
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spanx said...

hi nick!

thanks for the "rosy" comments!

want to hear of synchronicity?
this afternoon, i had a meeting with poncy quirino, cory's dancing brother ",

Nick said...

You're welcome, Spanx.
Yes, I remember Poncy. I used to watch him every Sunday in Penthouse 7, with Archie Lacson, Ida Ramos (Ronnie Henares' second wife after erstwhile Morning Show host, Merce Henares), etc. How's Poncy?
Thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

If my memory serves me right, "Game na Game na" is the title of the ABS-CBN game show which Panjee co-hosted with Roderick Paulate and Ogie Alcasid (not Eric Quizon) and it was aired during Sunday afternoons. Eric, on the other hand, has a Sunday morning game show (Ready Set Go), which he co-hosted with Michael V, Patrick Guzman and Eula Valdez, also in ABS-CBN.

Nick said...

Hey Portia.
I guess your memory is much more reliable than mine.Thanks for that information.
And thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

FYI, cory quirino was never married to roman cruz jr. she was married to ramon tapales, too and they have a daughter. tweetums was married to ramon tapales but not to roman cruz.

Nick said...

Hey Anonymous.
Thanks for dropping by.
Please leave your name next time.

Anonymous said...


how old are you to know all these?


Anonymous said...

Hi nick,

This sounds so interesting! And maybe too late???? to add some real facts about all these comments. Roman A. Cruz's previous marriage was annulled both civil and ecclesiastical, Roman married Emilie Tenorio, now Ms. Emilie T. Cruz. Roman has two very smart, handsome & beautiful, and talented kids. I was there during this wonderful and filled with love wedding. Roman was even interviewed on tv by Julie, fortunately I was able to watch it too and I saw how happy, proud and so much in love Roman was to this simple and angelic face woman. This woman remain quite up to this moment and continue her role as a mother/father to her two kids when Roman passed away Jan21, 2001. I see her every now and then in church, grocery, charity events etc., but not much people knows her???, w/c I feel she prefers it that way. Hope I said this very well so when she happens to read this, it will put a smile on her face.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hey, are you the same person as this one?----> http://www.facebook.com/notes/lynnette-guzman/it-could-happen-only-in-the-movies/10150445769226654

cause lynette guzman posted the same article in her facebook and signed to indicate that this article is hers.

oh boy, somebody's trying to copy somebody else's article and signing it as their own.