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Friday, June 23, 2006

MARSHA GARCES WILLIAMS-Finnipino Wife or Robin Williams

She was the nanny of the eldest son of Robin Williams in his first wife. Their love story created a scandal in 1988 that could have been a movie hit except that they were scorned especially when she produced ROBIN WILLIAMS' Mrs. Doubtfire. It was a monster hit for their movie outfit. Marsha, the daughter of the late Leon Pantaleon Garces from the Philippines to a Finnish wife is living happily with the Cecille Demille awardee Robin Williams with their two children in California.

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Janet Susan R. Nepales, Jun 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES – “If I had a choice to erase from my life something, I would leave all the memories of my children…even the memories when they misbehave because it is still extraordinary.”

That was funny man Robin Williams talking.

One thing the quick witted, Academy Award-winning actor and comedian takes seriously is fatherhood. In fact, he admitted that one of the reasons that made him stop drinking was his children.

He revealed, “I stopped drinking when I had children because I wanted to be awake and aware. I did not want to be going, you know, daddy loves you and then drop my head on the table. I do not want to miss anything that they do or say. It is important to me. You are pretty much on drugs anyway when you have a kid. You are awake. You are covered in shit. It is okay, you know (laughter). Once you have a baby, you meet the most paranoid people on the planet. The baby! Oh, it is on her breast! (laughter). And that is why I stopped drinking right away.”

Robin, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last year’s Golden Globes or the lifetime achievement award, is the father of three children. He has Zachary Williams, 23, with first wife Valerie Velardi and has Zelda, 17, and Cody Alan, 14, both with his current Filipino wife Marsha Garces Williams (his former nanny-turned personal assistant-turned wife-turned producer).

Currently filming “Mrs. Doubtfire 2” and “Night at the Museum” where he will be appearing as Theodore Roosevelt, Robin simply described his wife as “Finnipino because she is half Finnish and half Filipino.”

He revealed, “Her dad is Filipino and her mom is Finnish.
You get some interesting dishes with that combination like lechon with white fish…interesting flavors.”

According to Robin, “Marsha’s father, Leon Pantaleon Garces came from the Philippines and went to the States. He joined the Navy but he was not a naturalized citizen. She has not been to the Philippines since she went back with her father that was 17 years ago. I have not been there with her.”

Of his three children, his daughter Zelda has inherited his love for acting. In fact, she has already appeared in a movie with him in the David Duchovny-directed movie, “House of D.”

Robin described his daughter, “She was so good in the movie ‘House of D.’ She was so instinctual. I was playing a character that was mentally challenged. I am kind of sitting there watching her and at the same time saying, she is good. She has the same kind of mental quickness but she is also sensitive. The greatest compliment of all was that she was not only a good actress; she was also kind to people. She treated all the other kids well. She ate lunch with everybody. She did not have an attitude with them and was decent with all the crew. People said, ‘Your daughter is good but she is also nice.’ That is kind of the double bill.”

Of his eldest son Zach, he said, “I am so proud of him. He has a degree in Linguistics and wants to study to be a lawyer.”

As for his youngest, Cody, he revealed, “He is like a Ninja poet. He is the kid who writes dark poetry. He is 14 but he is part homeboy.”

Robin, who was an only child of Robert (a car salesperson) and Laurie (a homemaker) Williams, usually was left playing alone so he started imitating different voices to entertain himself.

He pointed out that it was his mother “who was my strongest believer and supporter to become an actor. She gave me the seed that performing is something good.”

He also noted, “I got my quick wit from my mom. She was very quick but I think that came as more of a defense mechanism developed to fire back.”

As for his dad, he recalled, “My father had a dream and he lost it because his family went from having money to losing it all since he grew up during the Depression, World War II. So he had to go work in a mine and leave college. I think he wanted me to do better than that. We came from a generation of people who were raised by parents who said you could do better. Come on. Pursue that. Do this and that. So I am thankful my dad did that.”

Robin, who just turned 55 last July 21, confessed, “I don’t really think about old age. I acknowledge that at a certain age, there are things that all of a sudden you start to realize I did not hear that. Or, you have a senior moment where you go, what is my name? Oh Robin. Yeah right.”

He admitted that what really scares him right now is realizing that he is losing friends like former “Superman” actor, Christopher Reeve (who was Robin’s former classmate in drama at Juilliard) and other people. He pointed out, “All of a sudden, they are dying off.”

He shared, “Marsha and I are both orphans now. When my parents died, I never thought they would. My mother was so full of life. The next thing you know, she is a husk. My father too – he almost died and was like brought back to life and he said why did you do that.”

As for his own eulogy, he said, “I have not thought about it but when I die, just dance on my grave and water the plants with what you are drinking. Please do not clone me because after a while your clone is not as bright as you are.”

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The Lord and Lady of the House-Pinoys in United Kingdom

Aurea and Alfonso Taguiang share the same honor with those British entertainment luminaries such Sean Connery and Diana Rigg, that is to be addressed Sir and Lady.

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Filipina served at Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday lunch
June 22, 2006 Updated 08:06pm (Mla time)

GUESS who was at the 80th birthday lunch of Queen Elizabeth II last week?
Apart from royalty and other dignitaries, a Filipina met with the British monarch for the second time. She is Lady Aurea Taguiang.
The native of Malasiqui, Pangasinan, Taguiang is the lead waitress at Mansion House, official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. She served the Queen once before, when the British visited Mansion House in 1999, according to information from the British embassy in Manila.
Last May, when Lord Mayor David Brewer visited the country, he told reporters that Taguiang would again have the honor to serve the Queen during her birthday lunch on June 15.

Taguiang and her husband Alfonso earned the titles Sir and Lady in 1998. They were granted the honor of becoming Freemen of the City of London by act of the Lord Mayor and the Court of Common Council in one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today; the first one is believed to have been presented in 1237.
According to the British embassy, the medieval term "freeman" means someone who was not the property of a feudal lord, but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers protected by the charter of their town or city were often free. The titles came 12 years after Taguiang earned a post in the prestigious Mansion House in 1986; there, she has become a favorite of Lord Mayors.
As lead waitress at Mansion House, she has served Lord Mayors of London and their guests for 20 years, during which she has waited upon international leaders such as Nelson Mandela, King Hussein of Jordan, and our very own President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She has also served notable Britons Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.

According to an article from the British embassy, last week's event stands out as extraordinary for the Filipina. "It is my greatest honor to serve the Queen. It had been my dream as a child," she said, recalling singing rhymes about the Queen as a young girl.

Taguiang is a senior member of the Mansion House wait staff. "The key to my success is my loyalty and my dedication to the job," she says of her 20 years on the job.
Like many Filipinos, Taguiang and her husband went abroad to look for greener pastures. In 1975, they moved to England and entered the catering industry in the hope of providing better education for their six children.
According to information provided by the embassy, the couple made the difficult decision to temporarily leave their children in the Philippines, including the youngest, who was only 11 months old at the time. When they gained solid financial footing, the Taguiangs eventually brought their four youngest children to England; the two oldest are pursuing careers in the Philippines and Canada.

Though her job involves long hours and difficult labor, Taguiang says she thoroughly enjoys her work. "After working for some time, it becomes a pleasure; it becomes a passion to serve," she says.

Taguiang considers herself a loyal subject of the Queen, but she has never forgotten her native land. In her spare time, Taguiang organizes tours for Filipinos visiting England. Her husband Alfonso is a lifetime member of the Order of the Knights of Dr. Jose Rizal.

In this capacity, Sir and Lady Taguiang continue to honor the Philippines with their charitable work.