Photographs by Noel Pabalate

Tina Jacinto gracefully stalked the social gatherings of Manila’s elite, of which she was a component, as Manila Bulletin’s beloved longtime social columnist

She cooked me a imply arroz a la Cubana, which she knew I cherished. And we sat at her desk, the place she watched me savor each chew. Even dressed to the nines, her hair pulled again right into a glossy ponytail, gem stones dripping from her ears, Tina Jacinto was each inch a caring, nurturing girl. As Manila Bulletin’s celebration chronicler, her weekly column, “Having A Ball,” making a report of probably the most glittering social occasions, large or small or just for the books, she would see past fabulous attire, beautiful jewellery, breathtaking settings, and colourful personalities, at all times on the lookout for the soul of issues. Our events had been placed on indefinite maintain, and so had her column, and it was on this limbo that Tina, together with her love of poetry and serendipity, selected to say goodbye on a Sunday individuals in her social set would spend recovering from their events the night time earlier than. Led by her husband, photographer to the “Faaabvlous” Rupert Jacinto, I collect a few of her closest mates right here to share a number of phrases about Tina Jacinto, whose life had been a ball, a celebration to recollect for a protracted, very long time.

Husband Rupert with Tina

Greater than something, Tina cherished her youngsters and grandchildren, after me after all.

They’re all in New York, so she seemed ahead to Vibering with them frequently. The grandchildren have been spoiled by Tina. She and the children had a fond method of claiming, “I really like you eternally and ever and ever…” to at least one one other, trailing as they repeated the phrases advert infinitum.

When my youngest Liezl and her household nonetheless lived in Tokyo, we might go to them each Christmas, and Tina would at all times have a suitcase filled with toys and goodies for our grandkids Keiji, Arisa, and Shinji. She would spend quite a lot of time with them, carry them to high school, play with them. In New York, she would do the identical with Julian, our son Jeremy’s son, and Vivienne, our daughter Jacqueline’s daughter.

Tina was each inch a woman. I’ve mentioned it time and again that my spouse, like her aunt Meldy Cojuangco, whom she idolized, is without doubt one of the most elegant girls of our time. She at all times carried herself exquisitely.

Tina may need seemed fragile, however she could possibly be a fighter, if want be. Calm and softspoken, she carried a gentleness about her. She wouldn’t be heard saying something nasty of any individual.

I’ll miss her cooking, from beef Wellington to laksa. She made the meanest salmon pasta with saffron sauce. For our kids, there was a lot to be taught from Tina, her inside energy, how she lived. “She touched the lives of so many, in all ranges of society,” mentioned our daughter Jacqueline. Every time Tina met an individual, she would pay attention and interact in a prolonged dialog.

My spouse was a girl on the go. She was sport for something. The world was her oyster. She cherished to journey. Hers, then and now, is an adventurous soul.


Tina and I have been classmates. Perhaps as a result of we have been each quiet and reserved, there grew a deep-rooted friendship between us since our early years.I’ll actually miss her. I comply with her column religiously. Could the nice Lord take her into His loving arms.


She was at all times so beautiful, dressed to the nines. Each time you noticed her or speak to her it was like being graced together with her inspiring good vitality. Like a golden flower they don’t make anymore. She will likely be missed.


Tina, Rupert, and I’ve been mates for over 45 years.Tina has at all times been elegant, demure, an ideal partner to Rupert. By way of the years, we had at all times been involved, even when she was shuttling between New York and Manila till she lastly determined to remain put.

One can’t say any unkind phrase about Tina. She was fiercely loyal, considerate, caring. She would name, in her very candy voice, each time she had excellent news to share, particularly about my goddaughter Liezl and her household.

I’ll very a lot miss this woman. She was at all times first to reach at an occasion, at all times dressed impeccably, at all times with a candy smile.

I’ll at all times keep in mind you, Tina, and our good instances, our most significant instances collectively. I honor you with these recollections that can eternally be in my coronary heart.


Tina Jacinto was the epitome of true female magnificence, a girl of sterling character, a girl of advantage as exemplified by her actions, the best way she carried herself and associated to others.She was actually lovely, inside out. An incredible pal and distinctive human being. An awesome soul, could she relaxation in peace.


Tina was one individual you would by no means hate. She had all of the laudable traits this aspect of the earth. Tina was the epitome of a cultured woman.


Tina and I discovered pleasure speaking about something lovely, from garments to jewellery to individuals and life on the whole. Ours was the form of friendship I hoped to maintain eternally. I had an opportunity to test on her throughout lockdown however I had no concept it was going to be the final time we’d say “I really like you, sister” like we at all times did. It breaks my coronary heart realizing she’s gone however she is going to at all times be remembered with fondness.


I’m deeply saddened shedding Tina, my pal for 60 years. I’ll at all times cherish the recollections of our sporadic however at all times joyful gettogether at social occasions and photoshoots. Her lovely smile, her lithe voice, her at all times comfortable and calm disposition, her kindness and at all times on-the-go working mode. Most particularly,I cherished seeing her being the right companion and spouse to Rupert and eventually a really loving mom to nice youngsters.


Tina was so candy, so soft-spoken, so humble. She would by no means criticize individuals and he or she would at all times be there while you wanted her.


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