Marjorie Barreto’s Photo Scandal & The Barretto Telenovela

Chaotic Beauty
By N Mark Castro

Former-Starlet-Turned-Local-Politician Marjorie Barreto. whose claim to fame was being the sister of another sexy starlet (Gretchen Barreto), is right in the middle of yet another scandal in the ongoing live telenovela of the Barreto Sisters … this time, semi-nude photos of her that she vehemently denies.

But let’s recap:

The Barretto Family Drama has all the elements of a bad Shakespearean play: two warring sides – the mother (Inday Barretto) and sister Gia Barretto-Reyes) on one hand, and a celebrity figure (Gretchen Barretto) and her brother Joaquin on the other.

The drama casts Gretchen, her sisters Marjorie and Claudine, and niece Julia, with each individual having their own sub-plots of drama.

At the center of it all is Gretchen Barreto, a one time sex symbol in Philippine cinema that enthralled a nation due to her supposed middle-class upbringing. She was living in at the time with popular basketball star Joey Loyzaga. When her film career ended, so did her relationship; but she did manage to snag one of the richest men in the Philippines, Antonio “Tony Boy” Cojuangco, although she would never be accepted in the discriminating genteel high society of Manila.

Unconfirmed rumour has it that she and Tony Boy Cojuangco have parted ways, but not without her playing coy and mysterious in a recent TV interview.

The youngest of the brood, Claudine Barreto was one-time Philippines’ Sweetheart. From a young teenage actress, she tried to carve her own artistic name in Philippine cinema and became a multi-awarded film and television actress, entrepreneur and product endorser from the Philippines. Married to former matinee idol Raymart Santiago of the Santiago Clan, the two were likewise embroiled in a warpath with the Tulfo Brothers when they allegedly accost columnist Ramon Tulfo who was covering Claudine Barreto’s violent outburst at the airport.

Rumours have it that Claudine and Raymart have gone on separate ways. Some say it’s because of her violent behavior.

And then there’s Julia Barreto — the root cause of all this “”beautiful mayhem.

Julia is the daughter of Marjorie Barreto with former husband, former comedian-politician Dennis Padilla, with whom she has 4 children at the time she filed for an annulment.

Rumour has it that she was sleeping with Caloocan Mayor Recom Echeverri at the time, the same local government where her husband was a City Councilor.

That aside, Julia is part of the newly launched Star Magic Circle, Batch 19 which, according to delicious rumours, film and TV projects that Claudine tried to block.

There went the ballgame.

Gretchen joined in the fray, protecting her niece Julia. Marjorie of course sided with her daughter and sister. What they didn’t expect was that their mom, Inday Barreto, would join in to defend her youngest daughter, Claudine.

Gretchen gets the support of her own brother Jayjay, who is under her employ. Another sister, Gia, who’s based in Boston, joined to side with their mom and Claudine.

It’s the best and most confusing live telenovela no scriptwriter could have imagined. The Barreto Family Feud.

But to add a serious twist to the entire drama, comes now Marjorie Barreto’s alleged photo scandal.


When this beautiful photo came out in the social media, the Philippine netizens were quick to distribute it globally while Marjorie Barreto was quick to deny it.

“No. That’s not me. I would never do something like that. That’s not my nature,” Barretto told entertainment site

It’s very challenging to disprove the pictures as my graphic designer told me that the nature of the pixels were plated enough to be real.

I would have let go of the entire episode, leave it untouched, and pity the sad plight of the Barreto Sisters when, suddenly, news reports have it that Atty Lorna Kapunan, powerhouse celebrity legal counsel for Marjorie Barretto, informed News5 through a text message on Tuesday morning that circulating the photos involving her client “is a blatant violation of Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009″.

Two things came to mind:

1. If it’s not her, as she loudly proclaims, then what “blatant violation” has been committed?
2. If the distribution is outside the legal jurisdiction of Philippine laws, how do you intend to enforce it?

Now I’m glued.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on May 7, 2013, in General, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. that is disgusting photos of Marjorie. How did this pictures circulate in the first place, Was it the guy (seen leg only) on the 2nd photo fondly gave it away?

  2. As promised, I have herewith taken down the controversial and PRIVATE pictures of Marjorie Barreto which had circulated on the Internet. I strongly believe that she deserves every right to privacy and dignity of whatever it is she does in her own bed.

    My contention earlier, however, was that for as long as she denied them and used the law to threaten my freedom, then the more I would fight against it. Now that she had come into full disclosure, then I would be the first to promote her privacy and would actually want to punch whomsoever uploaded it to begin with.

    I do not care who sleeps with and what she does in her private life. It’s hers and she deserves her privacy.

  3. Hahaha

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