Recently, the much-awaited reconciliation between two of the Barretto sisters, Gretchen and Claudine, took place. It was indeed a welcome news! Many people were happy for them. Some found it apt and timely given that the younger sister is currently on her sixth month pregnancy.
the press conference of Walang Kapalit last April 10, Claudine asked the press to leave the details of the
reconciliation to them. She also said
that she hardly remembers the cause of their almost-three-year gap.
Now, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) takes you down the memory lane.
The first smoke of this feud among the Barretto sisters came out in Joe Barrameda's column
in Abante Tonite, according to the article published in the July 2004 issue of YES! magazine.
Tabloid reporters soon picked up the story.
Write-ups mentioned that the comedian and former Caloocan councilor
Dennis Padilla had an exchange of words with his wife Marjorie Barretto's elder
The alleged cause of the argument was about ABC-5 hiring
Willie Revillame as host for its noontime show Pera o Puso. Tony Boy Cojuangco, Gretchen's partner, owns ABC-5. On the other
hand, Willie was then a co-host of Dennis in Magandang Tanghali Bayan
Dennis reportedly blamed Willie for losing his hosting
job in MTB. It will be remembered that Willie was forced to resign from MTB and leave the ABS-CBN family altogether because he always got into trouble with Movie and
Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) for his offensive jokes.
Willie soon found a new job with ABC-5, while MTB has
gone a series of reformatting until Dennis and other co-hosts found themselves
out of work.
Thus, ABC 5's move to get Willie was questioned by Dennis. He allegedly said, "Bakit mo naman kinuha si Willie? Hindi mo ba alam na kaya kami nawalan ng trabaho ay dahil sa
kanya? Iyong pinapakain ko sa mga
pamangkin mo ang nawala rito."
And Gretchen, provoked by the heated exchange and insulted by her bayaw's tone, reportedly shot
back: "Lumayas kayo sa bahay ko."
YES! magazine tried to double check the information by
calling Barrameda, and he confirmed the details.
However, a reliable source said that reports were probably false, as
Gretchen was not the sort who would throw blood relations out in the streets.
False history? In the press conference of Walang
Kapalit yesterday, April 12, Dennis cleared that Willie was never the cause
of the gap between him and Gretchen.
Dennis clarified, "Never, no [it wasn't about him]. That was
misconstrued. Willie was never a part, because Willie remained a friend through
the years. Hindi siya part. ‘Yong naisulat lang twisted. Ang problema lang doon
lumaki kasi Marjorie and I, we, never spoke about it."
Though he refused to give details as to what caused the
misunderstanding. Gretchen's brother-in-law firmly said
that, ""It started with a very small misunderstanding. It was very small,
but when some people started writing, ‘yong bulate naging kobra. So noong
naging kobra na siya, nakakatuka na siya, marami na siyang nasasaktan. Kasi
noong bulate pa lang siya, hindi naman siya nakakasakit. So lumaki. Matagal na,
three years mahigit na."
How Claudine got into the picture. The family feud became a public item after other
members of the family took sides in the fight.
Claudine defended her brother-in-law Dennis
and sister Marjorie on national TV, and talking ill about her sister Gretchen. Inday Barretto, their mother, also appeared in a showbiz talk show chastising her eledest daughter.