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10 High Society Scandals That Rocked Manila
Headline-making "rich stories" with stranger plot twists that put telenovelas to shame.
Published on: Jan 25, 2012 - 8:00am

The couple's wedding photo accompanied the bad news. (Screenshot from




The characters: Mons Romulo (daughter of former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo) Sander Tantoco (her husband) and Cita Revilla (her friend and prayer group buddy)


The connections: The Romulos are well-known in Philippine politics. Mons is the granddaughter of statesman Carlos P. Romulo. For their part, the Tantocos are recognized entrepreneurs. Revilla is part of a famous showbiz clan. Revilla was married to Ricky Yabut, the son of former Makati mayor Nemesio Yabut.


Opposing sides: Mons Romulo vs. Sander Romulo and Cita Revilla


Conflict points: In January 2011, Romulo bravely announced that her 21-year marriage to Tantoco was over. She cited his infidelity. She said she was also seeking an annulment.


A report published in The Philippine Star revealed: “For Mons, it was a double betrayal, because the woman involved with her husband was her friend, Cita Revilla, who was part of Mons’ prayer group. She had repeatedly told Mons not to be jealous if she was frequently at her husband’s office, since she was seeking his help for some project. And when Mons would be told that the two were seen at this and that restaurant, she would wonder if they were having an affair. She would be assured by mutual friends, 'Of course not,' especially since Cita had repeatedly said she’d never go with a married man because she knew what that does to a marriage and a family.”


However, the report said that the so-called relationship between Tantoco and Revilla “became more and more public, to the point that the truth could no longer be denied—or ignored.”


In the same report, Romulo also revealed that Tantoco had an eight-year-old love child. The report did not say who the child’s mother was.



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  • ferdie67
    What about Sen. Madrigal being disinherited?
    1 month ago     Reply  
  • Dekada70
    How about Ferdinand Marcos and Dovie Beams?
    5 months ago     Reply  
  • kobayashi
    if this guy Po got any sense, he would run away as fast and as far away from Patricia Panlilio who is the brother of Jose Ma. Bong Sarmiento Panlilio (also featured here) who stands accused of murdering 2 car traders and robbing them of P250 K and going on the lam for 7 years. There is something pathologically screwd-up with the siblings.

    So what are the chances of Po not meeting a violent death to live a long life if she stayed with Patricia? Nil. Smarten Up!!! :)))
    Feb 13 2012 @ 11:44am     Reply  
  • theWalruz
    dapat sinama ung tim yap scandal
    Jan 31 2012 @ 06:56pm     Reply  
  • theWalruz
    dapat sinama yung tim yap scandal hehe
    Jan 31 2012 @ 06:55pm     Reply  
  • Gucci Wucci
    Baka kasi di talaga high society yung mga Gucci Gang members. Most of them are wannabes lang yata. And if some of them had sosyal last names, they turned out to be poor relations of the so-called rich clan.
    Jan 28 2012 @ 06:59pm     Reply  
  • Gucci?
    Where's thr Gucci gang scandelilah?!?
    Jan 27 2012 @ 11:02pm     Reply   Hide replies
  • trololo
    Bayot. Tee-hee.
    Jan 27 2012 @ 10:17pm     Reply  
  • radialhead
    The research on this article is amazing. Well done! My congratulations on the writer/s and researchers!
    Jan 27 2012 @ 09:58am     Reply  
  • Noobita

    @Noobita: Please read my comment. I only pointed out that noobi made a mistake, too. Plus, this noobi was nasty. ("Ctrl c & ctrl v," much?) Please note that I didn't say anything about laurene being wrong. In fact, she was right. (I assume laurene is a "she.") Thank you, for fixing those sentences even if somebody accused you of doing a bad copy-and-paste work. As for noobi or laurene coming back here... I have a feeling that one or both of them will be back to check this article--if only to see if there's any response to their comments.

    Jan 26 2012 @ 06:22am     Reply  
  • @Noobita
    B*tchy much? There's nothing wrong with what laurene wrote. Since I didn't notice any incomplete sentences, then SPOT checked and corrected the article. So thanks to laurene for noticing, and good job SPOT for being a good sport and rechecking the article.

    I doubt noobi and laurene are coming back to this article again to check if the mistakes were corrected or to read the other comments, though.
    Jan 26 2012 @ 02:45am     Reply  
  • Noobita
    Passt, noobi...

    It looks like nag "ctrl c & ctrl v" ka rin kaso wrong ang na-copy mo. Your sentence is missing "is." LOL. Kung magiging super cruel and may-I-demand-perfection ka, better make sure you're perfect talaga.

    "@laurene, it the result of a bad "ctrl c & ctrl v" work!" --- It good, yes?"

    Meanwhile, spot i-fix nyo nga mga sentences na yan or else may mga magwawala dito na siguro nagbayad ng P1 million para maka access sa site na ito.
    Jan 25 2012 @ 01:23pm     Reply  
  • noobi
    @laurene, it the result of a bad "ctrl c & ctrl v" work!
    Jan 25 2012 @ 01:04pm     Reply  
  • laurene
    Why are some sentences not finished?
    Jan 25 2012 @ 01:00pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Divorce is allowed in the Bible. It's only the hypocritical Simbahang Katolika that imposes this country cannot have it. This country has been under the frayles for far too long, to the extent that they will supersede what the Book says. Glad to be Protestant here, at least my pastor encourages me to read the Book, even its gory details.
    Jan 25 2012 @ 12:06pm     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    Makes me wonder why the Philippines is the only country in the civilised world without a divorce law...
    Jan 25 2012 @ 11:12am     Reply  
  • angelbyday

    spot, i think Paqui Ortigas has already issued a formal statement several days ago. (Please read our reply below. Thanks so much for reading

    Hello, angelbyday,

    For clarification, we added these two paragraphs to the Bayot vs. Ortigas segment:

    Philippine Daily Inquirer published a story about Ortigas on January 12. In it, he said he was "trying to find peace" with himself and his loved ones. He referred to a "personal crisis" but he did not address his wife's accusations.

    The writer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer story,  Jerry E. Esplanada, noted: "Last weekend (referring to January 7 and 8), Ortigas told this reporter he would issue shortly a statement in reaction to the article on the scandal that appeared on Page 1 of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 8. He later asked for more time, saying he was waiting for the recommendation from his team of lawyers 'if it’s timely or necessary to answer, or if there’s any reply to the newspaper article that needs to be done.' On Tuesday afternoon (January 10), Ortigas called up to say he had been advised by his lawyers not to issue any statement or make any further comment on the issue."

    Jan 25 2012 @ 09:43am     Reply  
  • monocle
    How funny that the Ortigas-Madrigal story was's top story for a few days. Better pa than any showbiz scandal!
    Jan 25 2012 @ 09:30am     Reply  
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