Let’s Talk about Pinoy Celebrity Scandals

Behind the glitz and glamour are the dark, and sometimes obscene, stories involving celebrities. These may or may not be true, but then again they surely have hogged the headlines of major newspapers, landed their own special spots in talk shows, and became an instant talk of the town. Let’s talk the taboo and expose those who have been caught in the middle of the issue.

Tale of the Kissing Friends

Blame it on the cell phone or, better, on the lack of better judgment between Gretchen Barretto, one of the very popular actresses in the 1980s and now a partner of Philippine magnate Tony Boy Cojuangco, and John Estrada, the former husband of then child star Janice de Belen. An MMS showing the friends kissing caught the ire of conservative Filipinos.

So how did this happen? It was actually during the exclusive birthday party of Rufa Mae Quinto in her own pad that John and Gretchen, a little bit tipsy from all the drink yet lucid, decided to kiss—a tease for someone who proposed—and literally saved it for posterity in a cell phone.

Sad to say, it found circulation all over other’s mobile phones and into boob tubes. The rumor further raged on with the admission of both parties and their silence of speaking more. Gretchen flew to the United States with his husband for medical reasons while John preferred not to honor any interviews. Nevertheless, it could have done something good as gossips and criticisms died down.

Videos Galore

You can’t possibly count with your fingers the number of celebrities who were videoed (or supposed to be videoed) and gained considerable oohs and whats by those who claimed of seeing them.

Ethel Booba

Though Ethel Booba and her partner, a notorious basketball player named Alex Crisano, never admitted that they were actually the ones in the video, rumormongers would like to believe so. Ethel couldn’t seem to deny the striking similarity of her with the scantily clad woman in the video, who seemed to be getting instructions from a man who was filming it.

Dennis Trillo

He was one of those who cried foul. According to him, it was only a case of mistaken identity. The man, who closely resembled the actor, seemed to be a little bit younger for Dennis’s age. The root cause was actually a video lasting 11 seconds, showing a guy making a good play with his john.

Piolo Pascual

Even one of Philippine cinema’s heartthrobs wasn’t spared from the MMS video scandal. He was supposed to be the guy who was having a very steaming hot intimate scene—with another man. He was in spread eagle position, moaning with great satisfaction.

Jennylyn Mercado

The singing sweet sensation who became a household name when she won Starstruck—and with her tumultuous relationship with Mark Herras, another Starstruck winner—became a subject of tinseltown’s gossipers when she was allegedly caught stark naked when the shower curtains were suddenly opened. It was short, but the story lasted longer than the actual run of the video.

Angel Locssin

Everyone could be able to discuss in chronological order the hullabaloo surrounding the “sudden” transfer of Angel Locsin from GMA 7, where she learned to spread her wings and soar high courtesy of her famous fantaseryes Mulawin and Darna, to ABS-CBN, where she got her first taste of stardom in Ang TV back in the early 1990s. Cameras followed her everywhere she went, even in London.

But accusations between involved camps took a whole new level when news spread that Angel Locsin had a sex video together with an old Japanese man. It could have been a so-called grace for men who had the 20-something woman in their fantasies for such a long time, but Angel wouldn’t like to have it sitting down. She denied it in The Buzz, an ABS-CBN entertainment talk show, and in tabloids. The wrongful story came to a sudden halt when the actual “star” was discovered by Angel’s brother. It was actually Natt Chanapa, a fashion model and actress living in Thailand. She was later arrested and prosecuted by the government.

Karel Marquez

Karel is one of those who are gifted with exceptional acting and singing talents, not to mention a very pretty face. Yet she wasn’t as popular as her other counterparts like Heart Evangelista—not until she found herself in a very malicious video, which she and her mother didn’t deny. It was a great party in Boracay turned awry when a number of Ateneo students decided to play a prank on Karel by slowly raising her shirt to reveal her breasts while catching everything on video.

Her Name Is Kris

Kris Aquino’s name is popular for a variety of reasons. First, she’s the daughter of Ninoy Aquino, an incarcerated senator during the Marcos years, and Cory Aquino, the first woman president of the country. She comes from a good breed of the Cojuangcos, who own haciendas up in Tarlac. She’s also a celebrity, having done a number of notable films such as Si Pido at Si Dida, the latter a role she reprised thrice, and Fatima Buen Story where her acting caught the attention of award-giving bodies, giving her a rightful nomination as Best Actress.

But she gained more notoriety with her string of “problematic relationships.” She bore a child with Philip Salvador, who was separated but very much married to somebody else. What made the union more complicated were their age gap and the obvious dislike of Kris’s mother.

She then got involved with Joey Marquez—a certified chickboy who was recently separated with his wife, actress Alma Moreno—when they both met for a personal TV interview. Nobody actually confirmed their relationship not until a huge news broke out: Joey pointed a gun at Kris during one of their heated fights. The next thing we knew, their stories didn’t only belong in showbiz columns but in national news as well, citing violations of the rights of women and other legal jargons. It took a more drastic turn when Kris confessed on national television that she was inflicted with Chlamydia, a type of sexual transmitted disease, because of Joey’s womanizing ways. But forgiveness sets everything right, they say. All the brouhaha ended when Joey asked sorry and Kris slowly accepted it.

She found herself in another lesser-known relationship with James Yap, who is years her junior and a budding basketball player of PBA. It was a whirlwind love story, and the May-December affair was capped with a secret civil ceremony held at his bosom buddy Boy Abunda’s home. A year after, she happily announced that she was pregnant with their son. But when James was reported to be having an illicit affair with one of Vicky Belo’s receptionists, all hell broke loose. Kris almost lost her baby while she was struggling to attain a sounder emotional state. The supposed expose of the third party and their sexual trysts only made matters worse. It gave Kris several hospitalizations and a rocky marriage, which was only started to be mended when she gave birth and decided to give James another chance.

Which story is true and which one is not? Who’s telling the truth or who’s covering up their own mess? These stories could have found their own resting place in the deep recesses of the minds of Filipinos, but who knows? The ghosts will just someday haunt the guilty anytime soon.


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