Vince del Rosario's stepmother breaks silence on intrigues and issues

"It's very painful for me to hear allegations of thatbecause that was never the case. I never saw him as somebody who was rich. Iknew the family had money, but he was a very simple guy," says Patricia Braun-del Rosario about allegations that she married Mr. Jorge del Rosario because of his wealth.



Nagsalita na sa unang pagkakataon ang second wife ni Mr.Jorge del Rosario na si Ms. Patricia Braun-del Rosario. Si Patricia ang dahilan kung bakit lumantadsa media ang kanyang mister kaugnay ng pagpapakasal niVince del Rosario kay Inah Revilla, na anak nina Sen. Bong Revilla at LaniMercado.

Kasabay ng balitang pagbubuntis ni Inah at pagpapakasal nila ni Vince, lumabas din ang kung anu-anong balita laban sa pamilya Del Rosario— partikular na kay Patricia—na galing diumano sa kampo ng mga Revilla. Pero mariin naman itong pinabulaanan nina Bong at Lani sa mga nauna na nilang mga panayam.

"Kasi nga, pinapalampas niya everything. Nung ako na, becauseI felt bad, he felt bad na. Kasi foul naman din," panimula ni Patricia sapanayam sa kanya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

Alin ang "foul" na tinutukoy niya?

"Kasi kami, hindi kami involved doon sa nangyayari sa wedding,"sabi niya. "Parang lumabas, may narinig kami, nakarating sa amin that they weresaying that we just got married, that I married him for whatever reason, whichpara sa amin they don't even know. Me and Jorge, we've been very, very goodfriends, gosh! For so many years na, 15 years na kaming good friends."

FIFTEEN-YEAR FRIENDSHIP. Ipinakuwento namin kay Patricia ang buong relationship niya with Mr. del Rosario. Saan sila nagkakilala?

"We were introduced by mutual friends. We would go out tothe point na siya ‘pag may kailangan, may kailangan ng cook, tumatawag sa akin,‘Hanapan mo ako ng cook.' Or he wants to eat steak or something, we go out. Hewould tell me, ‘Hoy, make me libre. Let's have dinner.' Yung ganun," lahad niPatricia.

Pareho pa silang libre that time ni Jorge?

"Oh, yeah!" sagot niya. "We were very, very good friends.But you know, wala lang. It's a very, very good friendship. Then, we hadprevious relationships. And when his father passed away, we met up againbecause that was the time he came back from the States. He got sick andall that. So when we met up again, nag-start na naman ‘yun [friendship]. So webecame very, very good friends."

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Bago raw nakilala ni Patricia si Jorge ay kasal na siyanoon hanggang sa makipag-diborsyo siya sa kanyang dating asawa.

"Actually, yung love story namin, I can't naman say na it'sa love story na long, long, love story because we were good friends. We werereally, really good friends to the point na whenever he need something orwhatever it may be, he would always call me and ask me for help.

"My daughter and his youngest son were classmates in school.So we would see each other often in school. So, magkasama kami saparents-teacher. He would be teasing me in school, ‘Girlfriend ko ‘yan perohindi niya alam,' yung ganun."

SHE WAS RICHER THAN HIM. Sobra raw naapektuhan si Patricia at ang pamilya niya satsismis na kaya siya nagpakasal kay Jorge ay dahil sa pera.

"Siyempre naman, because when I met Jorge, in all fairness,the family of Jorge, they've always been well-to-do. But si Jorge really didn't get involved with their family and stuff. He was on his own. So there weretimes when he needed, you know, when he needed money before, ganyan. He wouldrun to me. And you know, for me, that's what friends do, di ba?

"So it's very painful for me to hear allegations...because that was never the case. I never saw him as somebody who was rich. Iknew the family had money, but he was a very simple guy. He doesn't flaunt it,at the same time he did not really have anything to do with their company upuntil the father died. So, you know, what I mean? Jorge is a very, very simpleguy.

"There were things that happened in the family na sila langyun ang may alam, na he choose to be independent and he did not want to dependon the family. So I can understand. So whenever he needs something, if I cangive, why not? Parang ganyan," pahayag ni Patricia.

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Sinabi rin ni Mr. del Rosario nang una siyang nakausap ng PEP na kungmay pera siya, mas doble raw ang pag-aari ni Patricia.

"E, hindi ko lang alam ngayon," reaksiyon ni Patricia. "I'msure may marami na siya ngayon. Pero nung time na magkakailala kami, e, I canhonestly say na mas marami ako nung time na 'yon!" sabay tawa niya.

"I work naman also," pahabol niya.

Dating presidente ng Union Bank ang ama ni Patricia nangayon ay retired na. "But he still sits in the board of the bank. He waspresident and vice-chairman of Union Bank at one point. He's still a directorof the bank."

THE DISCOVERY. Ano ang contribution niya sa wedding nina Vince at Inah?

Kuwento niya, "Actually, in the wedding talaga, right fromthe start, when the kid [Vince] went up to me. Kasi ako yung una nilangsinabihan that they had a problem. Very close kasi talaga sa akin si Vince. Imet Vince nung bumalik na siya dito from the States, e. Yun yung time na nag-bondkami.

"Si Vince is a very lovable boy. So to the point nowthat when we think about it, siyempre sad pa rin sa amin because we've onlyspent, me especially, yung bonding time namin with Vince is very, veryshort-lived. And my two daughters are very, very close to him especially mylittle one. They're look-alike pa nga. So, yun.

"From the start, all I wanted to do was help because I knewthat Jorge was not really... I didn't want to put himself on the line, so I wasthe one right from the start really trying to help out. So siyempre, masakitsa akin. Si Vince would always ask me for advice. Siyempre, depressed yung tao.Parang takot din sa nangyari. I prepared him and Inah. I told them na, ‘Youknow, your parents are gonna be mad. You have to accept that. Vince, you haveto be prepared for the worst. Tito Bong is really gonna get mad at you.'

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"Kasi ako man din, I have a daughter I will also get mad atyou. But sabi ko, that's the risk you have to take. And rightthere and then, we told them that, ‘You know, whatever it is that you decide,we will be there. So, that's what I told Lani.

"As a matter of fact, Lani knows naman I told her about theproblem. I even told her, ‘Lani, please come home.' And I told her na siya namuna ang magsabi kay Bong. Then after that, sabi ko, ‘Lani, I hope you guyscould come home na para we can talk about it,' ganyan. Kasi siyempre, concernedako doon sa mga bata. Kasi siguro closer sila to...I guess, I can't saythey're closer to my age, konti lang ang difference namin ni Lani. Feelingko naman, yung mga bata, I think, I'm very happy na ako ang napili nilanglapitan.

"That's why it's very painful sa akin na lahat ng mganaririnig ko, whether they were just rumors or whatever it was, very, verypainful for me. I had no bad intentions. I wanted everything to be settledimmediately. When Bong came back home and Jorge is in the States, ako pa ngaang humarap kay Bong. Ako ang nakipag-usap. The first thing I told him is,‘Bong, pasensiya ka na. We didn't want it naman to happen.'

"Yun ang aking role from the start. Kaya ako na-hurt. Parangako pa ang lumabas na, all of these, na parang after everything that I've done?Sabi ko, wala naman akong hiningi, e, except you know, I gave my time, I triedto help because I wanted to, and I was doing it for Vince. I didn't askfor anything in return," mahabang salaysay ni Patricia.

Doon daw marahil "nasilip" ang presence ni Patricia kaya lumabas na sa press ang katauhan niya at magawan ngintriga.

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"Siguro," pagsang-ayon ni Patricia. "Because sigurothey wanted to... I don't know how it all started. Pero siyempre, masakit saakin because if only they knew how things were talaga the way before. That'swhy Jorge, yung mga tira sa kanya, okay na kay Jorge yun, e. Pero nungako na ang tinira, siyempre si Jorge, nahiya na rin sa family ko, to me and tomy kids so he had to pick up."

THE CONDO. Dahil tunay na anak na rin ang turing ni Patricia kay Vince,kaya naman binigyan niya ng condo ang newlyweds.

"Si Vince, ako, I felt din for Inah, actually. Siyemprebabae ako, although I was never in that situation na ako yung makikisali sa mgain-laws. I couldn't imagine myself leaving with my in-laws ‘tapos siyempreyou're starting. Siyempre mahirap. You hear all sorts of story.

"Sabi ko nga, we have naman an extra place. Althoughthey know this, that when we found out that they were planning toget married already, we immediately added another room in our house inForbes for them. I informed them na pina-child-proof ko na yung room and allthat. We added a new parang wing for them.

"That's the initial plan, kasi syempre we were thinkingsiguro they needed our guidance, ganun. But then na-realize ko rin while we aregoing through all the process, of course. na-lay down na lahat. Kaya ang bahaynamin, may ekstrang mga kuwarto. Na-realize namin that you know, I thought andI told my husband na maybe it would be best kung magsarili na lang munasila. We'll just help them out. At least they can adjust."

May mga nagre-react na sobrang mahal daw ang P10 millioncondo para kina Vince at Inah.

"Ako naman, for Vince and Inah, I was willing to step asidewhatever makuha namin for their happiness. Si Vince nga, as I said, you know Ialways tell him, ‘Like you're a son I never had.' You know what I mean? I'mvery close to him

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"Yung ten million? E, wala. It's there. The value naman ofthe condo will always be...it's nice, it's located in a strategic location inSalcedo, so the value is gonna be nice. Ayoko rin naman sila na matira na, youknow, they're both used to a comfortable life ‘tapos bigla mo ilalagay kungsaan. So I'm happy they're there. My parents live on the very top floor ofthe condo, so alam ako that they will be there. Ipinagbilin din namin silasa parents ko that if they need anything, they can just go up," lahad niya.

LOVING STEPSON. Sobrang close daw talaga sila ni Vince kahit na stepmom langsiya.

"Yes, because he would really open up to me, cry to me andactually, in all fairness to Vince, so many times when he see me hurting,upset, he would be the first one to siya, ‘Tita, I'm really sorry.' You know, Ikept a lot of his text message," kuwento niya habang pinipigilan angpag-iyak.

"Kaya despite everything," patuloy niya, "you know, tiniisnamin lahat because of Vince, yun yun," sabi ni Patricia kasunod ang hindi naniya mapigilang pagtulo ng kanyang mga luha.

"Minsan kapag dumadaan kami sa kuwarto niya, sabiko, ‘Hayyy," napapaiyak na lang daw siya. "Kaya pinalipat namin si Greggysa kuwarto niya para may tao yung kuwarto niya ngayon. Greggy is the youngerboy."

Tinanong namin kay Patricia kung ang bahay ba na tinutukoyniya sa Forbes Park sa Makati is the same house na sinasabi na worth half abillion pesos.

"Hindi naman ganun kamahal. Hopefully, it will go up invalue. Pero hindi naman siya ganun kamahal," paglilinaw niya.

"Actually, when we bought the house, we had it talagangrenovated. So technically, it's about...ang iniwan na lang namin doon is thefoundation. We had to redo the whole house because we wanted a modern house.But the location was perfect for us to improve more."

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Nami-miss na nga raw nila si Vince.

"Like I always tell him, may naririnig na naman kaming mgarason na maraming kulang sa condo. Kasi siyempre, concerned ako siyempre Idon't want them naman na may kulang. So, tinawagan ko si Vince and I have hismessage na, ‘Tita, you know, that's not true. We're very, very comfortable. I'mvery thankful.' And for me to hear him to say that, it's more than enough. So,para bang, okey na, kalma na naman ako."

May kulang pa nga ba sa condo na binigay niya kina Vince atInah?

"Actually, ang nangyari doon is we furnished and we did asmuch as we could for before the wedding para paglipat nila comfortable na sila.The refrigerator and the stove hinold namin, kasi we were thinking malaymo may magregalo, magkadoble-doble na naman. So the day of the wedding nawalang nagregalo ng stove and fridge. The next day, dumating na yungorder. I mean, yung kumpanya naman ng asawa ko, puwede naman kami magpa-delivergaling doon. Ganun ka-convenient. So, that's not a problem. Pina-hold langnamin.

"Now, the baby room, yun lang yun ang hindi pa ayos becauseI felt, although the designer, it's all taken cared of na. Ako naman as amother naisip ko maybe si Inah knowing na first baby niya would want a hand infixing the room. So ang usapan namin nung designer would be kahit bayad na,huwag muna siyang bumili ng any tela whatever. Pakita niya kay Inah.

"Kung ano ang gusto ni Inah, because siyempre first babynila yun, and I don't think that there is anything wrong yungdecision namin na 'yon. I think for me, I was just thinking what will make herhappy as a mother, di ba, unang baby mo?

"In the beginning, pina-mint green lang namin ‘yungwalls. Pero ngayon, na-realize namin na girl pala talaga yung baby. I toldher na if you want to change the paint, puwede ipa-change. Parang ako, I mean,kung masama pa ba yun, hindi ko na alam? I was trying to be nice."

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WEDDING PICTURES. Sa wedding nina Vince and Inah, nagpa-hard to get pa rawsila para magpa-picture with the new couple. Totoo ba ito?

"No, in the wedding siyempre, I know and right from thestart, I told Lani and Bong, I know that Vince's mother is going to play a rolein the wedding. I wanted it to be her wedding with her son because Vinceis just my stepson. Ako, alam ko naman. Siyempre naman may pinag-aralan namanako. Alam ko kung saan ako.

"Unfortunately, things happened before the wedding na medyouncomfortable yung situation between our family and the mother of Vince'sfamily. ‘Tsaka hindi naman din, you know, we wanted also to, parang yungfamily niya, came all the way from the States, yung mga Diaz. So siyempre kapagnag-picture taking sila, siyempre kanila naman yun. I'm sure they want todisplay it. Parang hindi rin maganda ng tingnan na makisiksik pa kami doon orwhatever. Siyempre, sa picture taking din ng mga Del Rosairo, nakakahiya rin nasumiksik din sila, di ba? Just like yung mga Revillas have their own.

"So kami, we didn't see anything wrong with that. Kungnag-play hard to get kami, di hindi na sana kami pumunta. For us, we were therevery early. So kung nag-play hard to get kami, di nag-grand entrance pa kami? Whichwe did not even...why we would we even do that? It's not for us to steal the show. It's Inah's show," paliwanagni Patricia.

What made them decide na um-attend ng wedding?

"Syempre naman, how can we not attend because ofVince? It's for the kids. Sina Bong and Lani went to the house. Andsi Vince, we had a long talk. And you know, we realized na once lang silamag-aasawa. Kami, we're all adults. We can put all the difference on the sideand do it for the kids," pagtatapos niya.


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