Love is such a wonderful thing. Sadly, however, it has a dark side. When the ugly green monster called jealousy rear its ugly head or when misunderstanding gets bloated, dead bodies pile up.
Wow. The 4-letter word that starts with an L. Everybody wants to have some semblance of it. As the song so echoes, some may not even find true love in a lifetime. What a rare commodity love is. And many who dare find it, wants to keep it expecting to be comforted by it. But homo sapiens, that superior race of animals, has just so many ways to mangle love, and so many different ways of expressing it. I dare say, murder is not in that short list. Don’t you think?
Ladies and gentlemen of the hour, the 10 most bloody love affairs that has shaken a nation of Pinoy lovers to the very core:
#10: LEGENDARY DATU SPEARED WIFE’S LOVER
Let’s not be so hasty and turn ourselves back in time, hundreds of years before the Spanish conquistadores came to Las Islas.
Remember the legend of the 10 Bornean chieftains? As you recall, Datu Sumakwel was one of them taking the reins of leadership after Datu Puti went to Borneo.
Well, seems Datu Sumakwel had to clean up his house pretty badly. It is said that while he was away out to look for a goddess named Bulalakaw (I wonder if this lady god is a beautiful mortal maiden), the Datu caught stories of his wife Kapinangan having an affair with none other than his servant Guronggurong. After a closer look and hiding himself in the house ceiling, he caught the illicit affair.
The ending: Guronggurong speared to death by the leader himself and mutilated by the Datu’s wife herself (to prove her loyalty).
ANGRY LOVER: Datu Sumakwel
#9: THE CASE OF THE HOTHEADED TALENTED PAINTER
He maybe the most talented painter ever to come out of the archipelago during the Philippine Revolution giving the world Spolarium and such notable works that propel the cause of Filipino independence forward. But hold your breath everyone, Juan Luna has a dark side.
In one fit of anger he killed his wife Maria Paz Pardo de Tavera and his wife’s mother, Juliana, leaving his brother-in-law alive but critically wounded.
The root of the matter: Argument over his plan to settle down permanently in Spain
ANGRY LOVER: Juan Luna
KILLED: his wife, his wife’s mother
#8: LOVE IN THE SET TURNS FATAL
And right after WWII, Pinoys were once again enamored by the beauty of the cinema brought by the Americans. But national consciousness was shaken by a brutal murder of a beautiful actress Lilian Velez along with her housemaid right within her home.
The suspect: her leading man, Bernardo “Narding” Anzures, who they say was madly in love with her even if she was already married. The only witness was the actress’ daughter.
ANGRY LOVER: Bernardo “Narding” Anzures
KILLED: his leading lady Lilian Velez
#7: JEALOUSY GONE AWRY
Suspecting his wife as having an affair, Emmanuel Desalisa from Sorsogon was so consumed by the emotional torment he hanged his wife Norma in a jack fruit tree nearby. It was the year 1994.
What shocked the nation was his wife was 5-months pregnant of a child Mr. Desalisa believed was not his.
ANGRY LOVER: Emmanuel Desalisa
KILLED: Norma Desalisa
#6: DESIRE DRIVES SISTER MURDERS
This is the story that shocked Cebu and the whole nation. On July 16, 1997 two Chinese young ladies, sisters Marijoy Chong and Jacqueline were kidnapped outside Ayala Center. Days after the lifeless body of Marijoy was found in a ravine while that of her sister is nowhere to be found until today.
The suspects were sons of people in high places with one of them Paco Larrañaga the great grandson of former president Osmeña. Paco was an avid suitor of Jacqueline and trial proved him and 6 others guilty. He was sentenced to death which was commuted after death penalty was abolished.
ANGRY LOVER: Paco Larrañaga
KILLED: Marijoy Chong
#5: THE CASE OF THE “CHOP CHOP” LADY
In one fateful night of September 1993, a Pinay named Elsa Castillo was not only stabbed to death by none other than her lover, Stephen Mark Whisenhunt in a Greenhills, San Juan condo, she was also mutilated. The account was detailed in court by Whisenhunt’s driver Ravelo who under orders help scatter the dismembered body parts along the roads in Bataan.
ANGRY LOVER: Stephen Mark Whisenhunt
KILLED: Elsa Castillo
#4: THE ERRANT WIFE
A true-bloodied Pinay Michelle Rivera got lucky and was granted her wishes to marry a foreigner abroad as a mail-order bride in 1990. And not just a foreigner, an American doctor named Dr. Jonathan Nyce. But fate had its twists and turns.
As things turn out, Michelle had an affair with a Guatemalan landscaper, Alexander Castaneda. And everything went sour when the landscape artist began blackmailing the good doctor asking for half a million dollars in exchange for a sex video.
The ending: Michelle gets killed by the doctor who was meted out several years for the murder. Bad landscaper.
ANGRY LOVER: Dr. Jonathan Nyce
KILLED: Michelle Rivera
#3: SM SHOOTINGS
On September 2011, a jilted lover Shiela Macapugay shot to death her hubby and a lady security guard right under the roof of one of the biggest mall in the Philippines, SM North EDSA. The reason: wifey says the two had an affair. Ouch!
ANGRY LOVER: Shiela Macapugay
#2: FATAL BEAUTY
With the beauty of a goddess, Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez, sister of beauty queen-turned actress Rochelle Barrameda was a picture of health and youth. But you can’t figure any traces of her out as her body is found decomposing in a drum floating in the sea. The suspect: her husband.
The only distinguishing marks were the slain’s earrings and the clothes recovered. It appears the hubby already issued threats to his wife. As grisly as the murder is, pundits has described it as an almost “perfect crime” for its sophistication. Noted fact is that the father of the hubby is a lawyer and his uncle owns a fishing business.
ANGRY LOVER: Manuel Jimenez III, husband
KILLED: Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez
#1: QUICKIE TURNS DEADLY
And in the heat of the moment, in the pursuit of plain pleasure two lovers got caught in an international scandal that rocked two ally nations, Philippines and USA.
And yes, it may be more than your 15-minute quickie but the hours that were spent between transgender Jennifer Laude and a U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton were like the fuse that lit up a powder keg.
The analysis: U.S. dailies were quick to point out Pemberton got irked upon knowing he was having a good time with a ladyboy, a man turned into a woman. Good grief!
But the big question remain hovering like a spy plane: Why did he have to kill her/him?
ANGRY LOVER: U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton
KILLED: Jennifer Laude
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Perhaps the song was right: Too Much Love Will Kill You. Light our fire and start the conversation below.
Correction on Ruby Rose B.
ANGRY LOVER: Manuel Jimenez III, husband
KILLED: Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez
Vivian Velez the actress is not the daughter of the lady murdered by Narding Anzures. She, Vivian is still young and could not have been the daughter of said murdered lady. In fact, her mom’s name was Norma Rodriguez who died in the USA.
You also missed the story of Gloria Caballero, an actress, who killed someone, I can’t remember who. But that was a big story of that time. I believe she has already paid her debt to society and has been released from prison many years ago.
Thank you for pointing this out Shirley. The editor has edited this already.
We’ll have Gloria Caballero looked up too.
What about banjo laurel/ silva and wife of banjo
Will take into account Kit thanks for the suggestion.