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Showbiz families: The Barrettos

Who is your favorite Barretto?

Chandral Selim
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Chandral Selim

5/29/2018 in News
Showbiz families: The Barrettos

Beautiful. Complicated. Controversial. This is the Barretto clan.

The Barretto clan is responsible for raising some of the biggest names in the industry since the 80's. From Gretchen Barretto to her sister 90's superstar Claudine and now to their niece Julia, it's safe to say that this family has talent running in their veins.

Blessed with flawless good looks, gravitas, and the ability to make you fall in love with not so much as a glance, the Barrettos have been captivating us for decades. And today, we take a closer look at their storied careers to find out the history behind the legacy.

1. Gretchen Barretto

Gretchen is a different breed of actress: outspoken, bold, and fierce.

The first among her sisters to enter Philippine showbiz, Gretchen has starred in some of the most iconic Kapamilya television shows ever. Like the insanely fashion-forward suspense drama "Magkaribal" which she topbilled alongside Bea Alonzo, Angel Aquino, and Derek Ramsay. And of course, "Princess and I" which also starred Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Aside from acting, Gretchen has also tried her hand in music, releasing two albums "Unexpected" in 2008 and "Complicated" in 2009.

Of course, one cannot speak about Gretchen without the many controversies she's attached to but that's a story for another article.

She has one daughter, Dominique Cojuangco, with her long-time partner Anthony “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, Jr.

2. Marjorie Barretto

Marjorie rose in prominence during the early 90's and has worked on and off in films and television ever since. Looking at her career though, it seems clear that Marjorie didn't seem to want to settle on just being an actress, what with motherhood and public service calling.

Nowadays, Marjorie mostly keeps away from the spotlight, totally focused on her most important role yet: being a mom. She has five beautiful children Dani, Julia, Claudia, Leon, and Erich, all of whom inherited her charm, beauty, and talent.

She also served as a Caloocan City councilor from 2007 up until 2013.

3. Claudine Barretto

There's a reason why Claudine is still called The Optimum Star to this day, and that's because, during her heyday, few stars shone quite as bright.


Claudine has a multitude of iconic roles under her belt, starring in the television shows "Mula Sa Puso", "Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan", "Marina", and "Saan Ka Man Naroroon." Also a certified (and incredibly bankable) movie star, she’s topbilled high caliber films such as "Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita", "Anak", "Got 2 Believe", "Milan", and "Kailangan Kita".

Claudine was married to fellow actor Raymart Santiago from 2006 to 2014. They share two children Sabina and Santino. Claudine also has another adopted daughter named Quia.

4. Julia Barretto

As the poster child for the next generation of talented Barrettos, Julia had big shoes to fill and she did not disappoint. The young actress has made quite a name for herself in the past few years, exploring and expanding her range as an actress.

Paired up with “Pinoy Big Brother” alum Joshua Garcia, Julia has enjoyed big successes in the box office with 2016's "Vince and Kath and James", 2017's "Love You to the Stars and Back" and "Unexpectedly Yours", and now she's gearing up for yet another film, "I Love You, Hater" which will also star Kris Aquino.

Like Claudine, Marjorie and Gretchen before her, Julia has also made her mark in television, portraying Chloe Noble in the 2017 drama "A Love to Last". She has also started filming for the upcoming series "Nostalgia."

5. Claudia Barretto

Claudia is a relative newcomer in the industry, but in the few years that she has been part of the club, she’s worked hard to prove that she can rise above the challenge (and the pressure) that her last name poses.

Unlike the other Barrettos that came before her, Claudia decided that she wanted to focus mainly on her musical pursuits. She served us her unforgettable debut single "Stay" in 2017 and recently released her self-titled EP. She’s still trying to make it in showbiz, but if her family history is any indication, looks like we’ve got another Barretto superstar on the horizon.

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