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B orn to Joey Mar­quez and Alma Moreno, two names that fig­ured promi­nently in sports and showbiz in the 1980s and in pol­i­tics in the early 2000s, Teresita Ssen “Win­wyn” Mar­quez knew what liv­ing in the pub­lic eye meant early on.

“Our life was an open book, siyem­pre,” Teresita be­gins. “My par­ents are re­ally known. My dad was a politi­cian, and si Mama was the same. So we were re­ally ex­posed to a lot of dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions, and kailan­gan ta­laga namin magsalita in front of peo­ple.”

The namin that Teresita is re­fer­ring to here are her sib­lings—her Kuya Charles Yeoj, her younger brother Vitto Joey or VJ, and her younger sis­ter Maria Maal Ve­nesa, or MM.

“Our house was re­ally open to a lot of peo­ple, since my dad was the mayor. And we’re re­ally help­ing a lot of peo­ple. Wala ta­laga kam­ing pri­vacy.”

Hav­ing no pri­vacy was a nec­es­sary trade- off, es­pe­cially for a fam­ily with im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions and big po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions. Her dad was mayor of Parañaque City from 1995 to 2004, while her mom was coun­cilor of the same city from 2007 to 2016, be­came the first fe­male na­tional pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine Coun­cilors League (PCL) in 2012, and even had plans of run­ning for se­na­tor.

Teresita, who con­fesses to be­ing a shy girl when she was grow­ing up, learned to take the good with the bad. Be­ing ex­posed to peo­ple from all walks of life taught her to be more un­der­stand­ing and less judg­men­tal.

“I grew up with that, na parang natuto akong mag­ing open sa mga tao, makipaghalu­bilo, makinig sa mga prob­lema ng iba-ibang tao. Like, do not judge ta­laga, kasi nala­man ko na there are dif­fer­ent life sto­ries no’ng lumalaki ako.

“So wala kam­ing paki, wala kam­ing kiyeme. Parang we learned not to take for granted what we have. Gano’n kasi ’yong par­ents namin, parang ilala­gay kami sa isang place na kailan­gang matuto ka kung ano ang gagawin mo. ’ Wag kang spoiled. So, it was like that. It was a nor­mal life but dif­fer­ent be­cause it was open to the pub­lic.”

Part of hav­ing an “open book” fam­ily life was hav­ing “no se­crets.” Teresita— who was born on May 4, 1992, in the town of Santa Fe, on Ban­tayan Is­land, Cebu—knew early on that she also has half-sib­lings. From her mother, she has Mark An­thony Fer­nan­dez, Alma’s son with the late ac­tion star Rudy Fer­nan­dez, and Van­dolph Quizon, Alma’s son with the late Com­edy King Dol­phy. From her fa­ther, she has Atty. Jowee Ann Mar­quez, Joey’s daugh­ter with for­mer ac­tress Brenda del Rio, and Jeremy and Jer­ica Mar­quez, Joey’s kids with his ex-wife Francesca Siron.

“What’s nice is, my dad re­ally told us ev­ery­thing, kasi I have half­broth­ers and half-sis­ters. Pero I don’t con­sider them half. Ka­p­atid ko pa din na­man ta­laga sila. Ka­p­atid na buo pa rin sila, kasi lumaki kam­ing magkakasama.

“Nagkakaintindi­han kami. Nagkakausap kami ng mga ka­p­atid ko. Pag may prob­lema na­man, sasabi­hin namin sa mga par­ents namin. ’ Yon din kasi ang turo sa amin. You know, ang gal­ing kas­ing mag­palaki ng par­ents namin, e. Kasi we don’t keep se­crets. We tell

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