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Profiling Gretchen Barretto: 10 Things That Might Explain Why She is Who She is attempts to pick the beautiful brain of Gretchen Barretto.
Published on: Jul 26, 2010 - 10:00am

Face value. This pretty face was her ticket to the top.


6. She's pressured to stop the clock. Barretto is now 40. But, as with most beautiful women, the public expects her to look young for many more years. Let's admit it—”Filipinos often have an unrealistic standard when it comes to beauty. Based on the article "Mirror, Mirror: A summary of research findings on body image," beautiful people often think that their identity depends on how they look. Thus, it's not surprising if Barretto will do whatever she can to keep looking great. She's a fitness buff and has been known to subscribe to a macrobiotic diet. In fact, her entourage reportedly brings her cooking paraphernalia and packed food to her photo shoots and tapings.


7. She's a Metal Pig. Born in 1970, Barretto is a Metal Pig. According to, people like her are usually very attractive to the opposite sex. They also enjoy "great abundance, in health, career, friendship, love, and finance." They're also very generous to the people they love. In an episode of Private Conversations, a show hosted by Boy Abunda, Barretto's sisters confirmed that she was lavish with her presents, among other things.


Glamorama. The public (or most people, anyway) thinks that Gretchen Barretto is the epitome of glamour.


8. She's a "Performer." Among personality types documented in the Myers Briggs personality test, Barretto would probably be classified as a "Performer." Performers "have a very well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty, and an excellent sense of space and function" and "if they have the means, they're likely to have to have many beautiful possessions, and an artfully furnished home." Performers like being the center of attentions and take great pleasure in the finer things in life, such as good food and good wine. Though she may not list all her nifty possessions, the public knows that Barretto lives well. She's probably gotten hold of very high-end brand--from shoes to cars.


Hot mama. Gretchen Barretto's teenage daughter Dominique once called her mom "the Paris Hilton of the Philippines."


9. She's one fierce mama. Among the mothering styles described in Stephan B. Poulter's The Mother Factor, Barretto's seems to fall under the "Best Friend Mothering Style." Though it's been said that her daughter did not inherit her drop-dead gorgeous beauty, Barretto has to be commended for not emphasizing this difference. Instead, she's always highlighting how her daughter is better than she is. In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Barretto said, "I don't want [Dominique] to be just Tony Boy Cojuangco's daughter. She can be better than him. Or not just 'anak ni Gretchen.' I want her to be Dominique Barretto Cojuangco, the best of the Barrettos and the best of the Cojuangcos."

Walkout woes. Gretchen Barretto won't hesitate to storm out when she's forced to do something she doesn't like.


10. She's unpredictable. She's not a singer--but Barretto has two CDs where she covers her favorite songs: Unexpected and Complicated. Barretto also isn't afraid of walking out on people if she feels she's being forced into a corner. She has the gumption to say, "I don't give a damn." It's hard to guess what she'll do next. That's what makes her so interesting.




Art by Warren Espejo, photo from PEP.

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    There is really nothing really wrong if she's a High School Dropout ! That doesn't mean she does not fit in our society. Peoples' lives are different. Our fate is different. Lives could be long or short. Smooth or rough. As for myself. I only have grade Nine Education. But I am employed in a World Wide Company and I make forty three thousand Dollars a year. That was then. Since the economy went down and during the recession. I now make less than I used to make. So I don't really quite focus on why the public is putting and taking her down. Gretchen is One in a million.
    Feb 17 2014 @ 07:17am     Reply  
  • jamila
    I like Gretchen Baretto, she is so superb person, first, she has the right to be a bet maldita as she suffered a lot from her family plus sa mga losers who is against her when she became rich. I do not understand Filipino. When someone is poor all they say ohhhh poor girl I should help her but if the person got rich all they do is to Pull her down. Gretchen is a fighter but kind. She has the ageless beauty, pretty lifestyle and a disciplinary woman. Most of us don't have that.
    Sep 08 2013 @ 03:06pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • ulul
      She's rich because of her partner Tony boy, and yeah kabit lang siya. Girl ka diba? kung in the future your husband magkaroon ng kabit tapos lahat ng pera niya sa kabit napupunta, let's see if you will still see Gretchen as cool
      Sep 11 2013 @ 07:26am     Reply  
  • Hater ni Gretchen Laki noo
    Ang laki ng noo mo Gretchen mala lapagan ng eroplano ang p*ng*t m* feeling maganda, maarte na at mayabang pa kung hindi lang laki ng noo mo eh,,
    Feb 23 2013 @ 10:32pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Ikaw na te
      Ganda mo te ah infariness.pustahan tau mas pangit ka pa sa nilalait mo. Tingin tingin din sa salamin
      Apr 30 2013 @ 02:03am     Reply   Hide replies
      • Don't call me fat. I'm just easy to see
        Madalas tiyak malipasan Ito ng shabu. Kaya walang oras manalamin.
        Jun 24 2013 @ 02:41pm     Reply  
  • Perry
    Dear Gretchen, stoping using world renowned names like Victoria (Victoria's Secret) and Behati (Behati Prinsloo, Victoria's Secret Angel) through your teledrama shows, you will never be one like them. Like they're waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than you are, you can't reach their levels. Uuuugggghhhhh -__________-
    Apr 09 2012 @ 04:01pm     Reply  
  • sunshine dawn
    Gretchen...please stop using people and pls. get and education like finishing High School.without plastic surgery you ar every *gly like a witch.
    Feb 05 2012 @ 08:59am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Don't call me fat. I'm just easy to see
      At least na e enhanced pa Ang beauty ni La Greta kahit plastic surgery kung totoo man. Galit na galit ka day ah. Galit ka Lalo sigurado sa salamin.
      Jun 24 2013 @ 02:45pm     Reply  
  • bingbing
    gretchen is always a loser.first,she was only a third year high school...did not even finish HS...what a shame.she is also a user she use Joey loyzaga.without plastic surgery , she is very very *gly.dawn Zulueta is more beautiful than Gretchen,more educated and more decent.Gretchen is nothing.
    Feb 05 2012 @ 08:56am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Don't call me fat. I'm just easy to see
      Loser ba yang matatawag? Ang tawag sa kanya ay PINAGPALA! Sayo na rin nanggaling na 3rd yr HS lang. Bakit binabato ng walang tigil? Kase nga, halimbawa sya ng punong hitik sa bunga. E ako nga, dentista at law grad. Di makabili ng mga gamit na meron sya. Bwahahahaha.
      Jun 24 2013 @ 02:51pm     Reply  
    • Ikaw na te
      Grammar te sakit sa tenga. Ikaw anu tinapos mo makaenglish lng te khit mali mali grammar.
      Apr 30 2013 @ 02:05am     Reply  
    • Ikaw na te
      Grammar te sakit sa tenga. Ikaw anu tinapos mo makaenglish lng te khit mali mali grammar.
      Apr 30 2013 @ 02:06am     Reply  
    • crea
      alam nyo ba kung bakit di sya nakapagtapos ng highschool?.para magsalita kayo ng ganyan ha?>huminto lang naman sya kasi kelangan nya magtrabaho ng maag para masoportahan ang pamilya nya. .maaga syang pumasok ng showbiz para mapangtustos ng pangospital ng tatay nya nung inatake sa puso. .galing nyo wala naman kayong alam.
      Apr 24 2013 @ 10:58pm     Reply  
  • yuckygreta
    ewww i hate her with vengance. social climer ...but is tasteless and has no class at all
    Sep 25 2010 @ 12:31pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    juice ko po, maalala ko lang kung gaano ka-negative ang sinabi niya about Imelda Cojuangco sa Inquirer Super!, di ko siya kayang paglaanan ng respeto. yun bang tipo ng ugali na nagbibigay ng credibility sa storyline ng "Rubi" (ay! Angelica Panganiban starrer nga pala yun!)
    Jul 31 2010 @ 03:49pm     Reply  
  • Helena Holy
    She's basically a gold digger.
    Jul 31 2010 @ 03:12pm     Reply  
  • Rachel
    @bratinelo: urban legend lang yan. that's as mythical as the snake in Robinson's Galleria's basement.
    Jul 30 2010 @ 11:12pm     Reply  
  • MattLamon
    Kaya nga high class H...oopppsss baka - delete, paris ng komentaryo ni purplehaze!
    Jul 30 2010 @ 01:22pm     Reply  
  • Neneng
    a kabit is always a kabit
    Jul 30 2010 @ 09:27am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Ikaw na te
      And ingitera is always an ingiterra. Perpekto te gnun agad agad talaga
      Apr 30 2013 @ 02:08am     Reply   Hide replies
      • dsfsf
        tinawag lang na kabit, ingitera agad?
        di pwede correct muna?
        Sep 11 2013 @ 07:29am     Reply  
  • Bratinelo
    overheard at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue

    Gretchen to her bodyguard "pls tell the old lady to step out of my elevator

    Old lady said(apparently, it's Mrs. Yuchengco "pls tell this social climber to step out of my building!"

    Jul 29 2010 @ 01:22pm     Reply  
  • Pinoyrocks
    She is a good actress???
    Jul 28 2010 @ 08:50pm     Reply  
  • Sebastian
    when i see her act on magkaribal her face does not move at walang emotion.more retoke more fun hahahahaha!
    Jul 28 2010 @ 03:16am     Reply  
  • inday
    She used to be pretty before she got her cheeks fixed and mouth plumped up along with having her forehead botoxed. I don't know who is more annoying - Ruffa or Kris. Seems to be a toss up between the two. LOL :)
    Jul 28 2010 @ 01:46am     Reply  
  • i hate gretchen
    Social climbing is her sport. She may be feeling beautiful, disarming, and gorgeous on the outside- but inside- she can NEVER be happy.
    Jul 27 2010 @ 02:40pm     Reply  
  • myra
    Her purple Birkin is FAKE!
    Jul 27 2010 @ 11:03am     Reply  
  • angelbyday
    @irene -- cant help but read all of these Gretchen-laden news and gossip.

    you have to give it to the girl - love her, hate her, call her a whore, a social-climber......she wouldnt even care. She may have loved Tony boy or not, but she has definitely gotten what she wanted. Her life as a life-long mistress is a teleserye by itself, complete with contrabidas and all.
    Jul 27 2010 @ 07:34am     Reply  
  • Irene
    Love her or hate her...
    Jul 26 2010 @ 11:53pm     Reply  
  • Gigi
    I love her! You're just jealous coz u can't be her.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 11:04pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • ayan teh
      Be like her and forever be called a kabit? with a daughter being called a bastard?
      no I'll never want to be like her, thank you
      Sep 11 2013 @ 07:34am     Reply  
  • spectator
    she's the epitome of a social climber.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:56pm     Reply  
  • frogman
    a famewhore, an embarrassment - that is what she is.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 10:52pm     Reply  
  • LeroyBrown

    Ghetto term for WHORE.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 04:47pm     Reply  
  • v3py
    HO HO HO
    Jul 26 2010 @ 03:30pm     Reply  
  • mau
    sugar-coated article when said in simpler terms, she's just a wench.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 02:51pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    @purpleHaze...what is a HO?
    Jul 26 2010 @ 02:09pm     Reply  
  • PurpleHaze


    Jul 26 2010 @ 01:32pm     Reply  
  • purplesheep
    love her or hate her, you have to admit that in spite of being a failed starlet, Greta makes hot copy. My, this woman should be credited for the success of entertainment magazines and websites! Even a big star like Judy Ann cannot do that!
    Jul 26 2010 @ 01:28pm     Reply  
  • Uma
    In fairnez, magaling siya umarte sa Magkaribal. Nilalamon niya si Angel Aquino, na medyo O.A. at hysterical minsan. Si La Greta, isang taas kilay lang, maraming nilalamang emosyon. Winner!
    Jul 26 2010 @ 01:10pm     Reply  
  • pfft
    She's also quite gross.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 01:06pm     Reply  
  • socialsuicide
    spot, you need to edit this article.
    Jul 26 2010 @ 11:12am     Reply  
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