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‘Grandmama’s’ mystery identity: The quest goes on

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THE AUTHOR of 'Grandmama's' mystery identity: The quest goes on, Caty Petersen, in Moscow’s Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

It’s December 2011. While my husband is busy preparing the dinner he promised us later at home, I’m  in Paloma Garcia’s place, a mere 15 minutes away, although the surreal experience I’m about to encounter will make me feel like I’m on a different planet altogether.

Sitting in front of me is this unsophisticated and soft-spoken young man.  I’ve never seen him before.

He’s a spiritual medium, who Paloma believes is genuinely gifted. This meeting is unplanned; he happens to be available today, and so I have come over to see if he can connect with the spirit of my Grandmama. Perhaps he’ll tell me why she has been appearing in my dreams, for weeks at a time.

A few feet away, in the adjacent dining room, are two people I trust completely, Paloma of course, and Emily [Abrera]. They are here to observe, and give me support.

The medium lights a small white candle and asks me to write my Grandmama’s name, birth date and day she passed away.  He also asks for my Grandmama’s photo.

He looks at everything, closes his eyes and appears to be praying.  Silently I say a prayer too.

All of a sudden, I sense heaviness all around me; even the air in the living room feels oppressive and still.  And I feel what I can only identify as extreme sadness and pain.

“There is a secret she has been keeping,” the medium’s voice, gentle yet urgent, startles me. He places one hand on his chest, “There’s also much pain.  Look at your grandmother’s picture, at her eyes.  They’re talking to you.”

At this precise moment, a hair-raising, disembodied sound coming from my friend’s cat right outside the door behind me punctuates the afternoon. Should I laugh or be irritated? I get goose bumps.

He continues, “Your grandmother died from an illness. But she is not at peace. She’s not from here … she needs you to bring her bones back to her home. She keeps telling me you need to bring her home. To her family.”

He closes his eyes for a few seconds as if listening to someone, and starts again, “Her family … there are six of them.”

At this point, I think, “Nope, this guy is wrong. They’re seven in the family.”

Except the medium interrupts my thoughts with, “Yes, there’s six of them waiting for her.” Okay, now he’s got it right. I move to the edge of the sofa.

He turns his head to the side and closes his eyes again, “Her family. They were killed…because of the father. The sins of the father. There’s some kind of curse on their family, passed on from previous generations through the father.”

I notice that I have begun shaking.

He continues his staccato reportage: “There are angry men.  There are many of them…very angry at the father. Killing them, killing the family.”

I cannot help it; tears start streaming down my cheeks.

“Ay. So much blood. There are other bodies thrown on top of the family. So much blood.” He shakes his head anxiously, and starts making these strange hand movements, as if brushing away something invisible and unwanted from his arms. He says to no one in particular that the spirits of the killers are touching him.

I suppose there is a sound to my sobbing, prompting my two friends to join us in the living room.

Emily, ever the cerebral one, asks the medium to try to describe exactly what he sees.

“This happened a long, long time ago,” the man says.

“How do you know that?” Emily asks.

“Because everything looks old and faded, like there’s no color,” he responds.

Emily asks what else he sees.

‘Little chapel’

“I’m in a big house; it’s not in this country. There are many rooms…the walls are spacious…they look different. I’m going through other rooms now. I see the family. They’re not from here. They’re dressed in elaborate outfits with long sleeves, made of thick material…it is cold in this place; I’ve never seen it before. This is not happening here.”

The medium now looks directly at me and repeats, “Your grandmother says you need to bring her bones back to her home. She needs to be with her family, in the little chapel. She is the key to many questions. It is your task to bring her home.”

There they are: two words that hit me like a brick. Little chapel.

Why didn’t he say cemetery? Is this just one more in a list of uncanny coincidences?

In Saint Petersburg, in a quiet corner of the main cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress is a little chapel called St. Catherine’s. This is where the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family are buried. A red rope bars public entry into the chapel but through the open doors, one can view the single grave marble marker and the family’s plaque memorials on the wall of the chapel inside. Anastasia Romanov’s plaque is one of them.

Not expecting him to answer, I ask, “How? How am I supposed to bring her home? I can’t just put her bones in a backpack and smuggle her back to Russia. And how in the world do I bring her into that little chapel?”

Set her free

He calmly replies, “She will help you. It will all happen. Faster than you think. But you have to start this right away…when the New Year comes in.”

I still can’t imagine how. “Is she really going to help me?”

He grimaces, saying, “Ay. Now she sounds like she’s screaming. Her voice is shrill…masakit sa tenga (ear-piercing). Is she really like that?”

I nod, remembering. “That’s how she sounded when she was upset. She shrieked.”

He continues, “Well, she says don’t ever ask that question again. She’s always helped, so you shouldn’t even ask her that question.”

He says my grandmother is fading into the darkness again. And he touches his neck. “It feels like there’s a chain around her neck…it’s heavy and it hurts.”

I cry out, “What do you mean?”

“I’m not sure,” he sadly replies. “I’m sorry. She’s gone. But now I see a dark-skinned man, a Filipino. He’s your grandfather? He says you need to set her free. Bring her home.”

I never met my grandfather. He passed away two years before I was born. I know him only from pictures and the descriptions of my Mom and her siblings. When I do think of him, I imagine him as a gentle, loving person devoted to my Grandmama.

I am exhausted; my eyes are swollen; and my head now hurts. I can’t believe what has just happened.

Crown ring

The person who was responsible for that session I fondly call Palomsky. My former high school teacher who referred me to Palomsky described her as the genuine thing, the best feng shui master/astrologer in town but also warned me about her impersonal, straight-to-the-point manner with everyone when it came to reading charts.

Palomsky can be understandably intimidating, as are most people who are not shy about expressing themselves. In her case, having a special gift that lets her see through people, Palomsky is very selective about who she surrounds herself with, and may be a bit curt with those who don’t pass the test.

But I adore her. She and I have a special bond that seems otherworldly, which we both like to believe extends far back into our previous lives.

In October 2010, when I met with her for my second reading, she looked at the silver and onyx crown ring I wear above my wedding ring and exclaimed, “I love that ring!”

In the last 10 years, for some unknown reason, I’d steadily been collecting crown-themed items, in addition to the assortment in what I call my growing Russian-inspired caboodle:  heavily embroidered clothing, thick Russian linens, Russian Orthodox-Byzantine crosses and even fur hats.

Royalty in birth chart

Peering at my astrological chart, she turned serious.

“Who’s the foreigner in your family?” she demanded to know.

“My Grandmama,” I answered. She looked again at my chart then looked back at me, this time with some astonishment.” You have royalty in your birth chart,” she blurted out.

Had I ever thought that? In truth, until my recent trip to Russia with my husband and son-never. But the series of events that had occurred since that trip had led me to ask many questions.

Sensing my nervousness and discomfort, Palomsky explained that a person’s astrological chart is based on fixed data: one’s birth date and exact time of birth. She said that any good astrologer who did my chart would come up with the same reading. Trusting my intuition implicitly, I told her everything that had been happening for the past three years…there was a lot.

In some ways, I felt I was getting to understand my Grandmama better, but in other ways, some of the possible interpretations made her story, and mine, so preposterous that even I had to laugh at times. More and more, however, I felt I needed to tell it.

Palomsky then suggested introducing me to someone she thought could help me. She wouldn’t tell me who, just that she was a sort of public figure, highly esteemed, and most important, that she was someone with scruples, who couldn’t be bought. Soon after we parted, Palomsky called me back to confirm a lunch date the following week to meet her friend. I couldn’t wait.

Something in common

When I finally met Emily Abrera, advertising industry leader (who wrote the introduction to yesterday’s story), I immediately liked her.

As it turned out, the three of us had something in common: Catherine.

I’m Catherine; Emily’s second name is Catherine. And Palomsky went to a convent school named after St. Catherine. Over lunch, I shared with Emily everything I’d been discovering about my Grandmama, and asked her if she would consider writing her story. She seemed interested, and instructed me to start gathering and documenting all the data I had available, and to organize the material.

For the most part, Emily just listened to all I had to say, every now and then backtracking to see if I was recalling details accurately. If I got emotional in the telling, she would firmly and coolly bring me back to the present, reminding me to stay on track, and stay faithful to my purpose.

Some time after our second meeting, I received a text message from her asking if we could meet before my travel schedule took me away again.  We set it for the next day’s breakfast.

As soon as the coffee was poured, she asked, “What was your Grandmother’s last name again?”

I replied, “We always thought it was Kazzuhina, and we spelled it that way. But we probably never got it exactly right. Grandmama always complained that no one could pronounce it properly.”

Emily pulled out from a folder a page she had printed out from Wikipedia, on the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. Odd that it hadn’t caught our attention before, but the first line said:

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov of Russia (Russian: Velikaya Knyazhna Anastasiya Nikolayevna Romanova).

Emily said, “I don’t speak Russian, but the spelling of that word looks suspiciously similar to Kazzuhina, don’t you think?”

Story is far from over

Steve and I stared at the name Knyazhna, and yes, it looked and sounded very similar to the last name my Grandmama used as her surname, Kazzuhina. The same one that the genealogist in Moscow had told me bluntly was not a Russian surname.

The genealogist was right. Kazzuhina isn’t a name, and neither is its twin, Knyazhna. It’s a title. And it means Duchess.

This was just one more link to a possible Russian heritage I do not dare to claim for my Grandmama. But there are too many parallelisms and coincidences.

That morning’s discovery also triggered a chilling insight: could all the sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking I had been experiencing for several years while in the US, and to some extent here in Manila, have something to do with my efforts to solve my Grandmama’s identity mystery?

Had I been asking too many questions? Was it making anyone uncomfortable?

Too many questions remain unanswered, so my quest will continue, as I seek to discover: Who was she really, my grandmother Tasia, before she landed in the Philippines all those years ago? And will I eventually be able to help bring peace to her and her family?

This story is far from fully told, but at least I have begun, as my Grandmama wished. With each day that passes, I am getting to know her, and me, a little more. Implicitly, we have made a promise to each other. She will keep finding ways to guide me, and I will see our story told, to the last page.

Address feedback to peacefortasia@gmail.com


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  • robertcarino

    nice story, sweetie.  it’s just too bad a few other people’s earlier claims and conclusive DNA testing beat you to it. это материал, мечты сделаны.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LNLZ6SS7VEIHSNXH4LQ2JQFIGE Alvin

    Still a long shot. You shud present evidence like a thing from ur grandma that belongs to royalty. People won’t believe u just because u went to see a psychic or a surname that sounds the same as royalty. those are coincidental evidence only. after u produce a solid evidence, then that is the time that u have her dna tested.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7CZYPZWNB37S6GTPBJQF6Y7BM Fight D Bigots

      If the Tsar sent her to a ship to save her, he would  not let the Grand Duchess flee with any sign of being a member of the royal House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov. The Bolshevik regime was killing all family members of Tsar Nicholas II.

      DNA testing is the only acceptable method to prove if Grandmama was indeed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia.

      • Jojo Aguirre

        The author was brave enough to publish her story. I look forward to the DNA test.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LNLZ6SS7VEIHSNXH4LQ2JQFIGE Alvin

    But i now see ur intent for coming out. it is to hasten the process and maybe draw out people who may know something about ur grandma. there are russian tsarist who escaped. i suggest locating them and showing them ur grandma’s picture. maybe they will recognize her. however, there is a reason why ur lola is careful so be careful.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/242H5ZEXPZRO7WEETPKSDGE4A4 Kabataang makabayan

    it is a photoshop dear author on your background..complete lie. you can not and no way in the world that you can pose like that without other people close to you. it is a very busy landmark especially in moscow RED SQUARE.

    • bugaboomang

      the picture is untampered. there  are no discordances among the pixels.

      • Demuel Bendano

         The picture was not photoshopped and original.

      • bugaboomang

        that’s what i’m trying to point out to kabataan.

      • Demuel Bendano

         Well there are so many wannabees here. They just google and few one link, cut and paste, the voila they spew their rant without digesting much information. These kind of people will be of use if they’ll spit their rants to the Chinese but not this story. Too good to be true but it can be or can’t be not.

      • bugaboomang

        heck! some are just lucky to know how to google, copy and paste. they just want to have the feeling that they belong, however farfetched it is, that’s why they tap their keyboards.

      • Demuel Bendano

         These dingbats should be the first line of defense  when the Chinese will start a shooting war in Scarborough.

  • Pepe_David

    Ok so now we know the story is a total bullshit, and Petersen is one crazy grand mfckr.

    • Arlie85

      This person is on a quest. Let her find the truth and goodluck with it. There is no need for your nastiness Mr.David.

      • Pepe_David

        Yeah you are right, everyone is entitled to his or her own delusions of royalty. Just dont expect everybody to take your crap, as everyone has an equal right to stay sober and to call crap the crap that it is, and lunatics the psychotics that they are, when they see them. Petersen exposed herself to this ridicule by volunteering her story, nobody asked her to unload her crap on us, so expect sober people to react like normal people and tell some crazy girl what she really is. But of course she is royalty, so lets just call her eccentric.

  • D L

    If she seriously believes what she wrote – she needs some help.

    But I would incline to think she is just doing what is in russian called “вешать лапшу на уши” (to be pulling someone’s leg), maybe she is a college graduate in writing and not exactly one on the top of her class.

    The question is how she managed to be published here on the main page twice during one day despite the fact that one can read the Wikipedia article and the remains have been found and identified years ago. It would be more appropriate for April, 1.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSTCNEH4AZBNLZWJAHJ76FN6RQ Sheldon Blanc

      They are still not sure if the remains that they found was of Anastasia or Maria. But to just make the public shut up, they told them that all bodies where found.

      • D L

        1 + 1 = 2 they just don’t know which 1 is whom, but they do know one is Anastasia and one is Maria. DNA is different, Anastasia and Maria weren’t twins.

  • http://twitter.com/Love_ly_nez silent_observer

    Best of luck – may your Grandmama find eternal peace,wherever and whoever she was. Kudos for standing up knowing all the negative remarks that will be thrown you way.

  • ThudOthwacker

    Can’t believe you’re still doing it the old way. The fastest mode is DNA testing. Helloooooooo!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSTCNEH4AZBNLZWJAHJ76FN6RQ Sheldon Blanc

      You can’t just go up to Russia and ask them if they can test her DNA if it matches with the royal family. HELLOOOOOO!!

      • Demuel Bendano

         Contact then the British embassy in Manila. Maybe, just maybe, Prince Philip will be keen to have a DNA testing with you and your relatives as he is directly related to the Romanov’s of Russia.

      • NYPinoy

         What do you need Prince Philip for. The Prince’s DNA was used to verify the Romanovs when they were first found.  But now, the Romanov DNA has been analyzed.  Any reasonable research center can ask for a printout of the Romanov DNA record. 

        Doesn’t the author knows this?  Why isn’t the issue of DNA covered in an article in a respectable newspaper?

      • Demuel Bendano

         They probably want publicity?

      • bahaykubo1015

        For a few hundred dollars Caty can have her or her mother’s DNA analyze by experts and compared to the Romanovs DNA records which is accessible. Helloooooooooooo!
        I simply can’t understand this continued speculation of hers…..if she is honest with finding the truth…..

        As DL said which I completely agree”If she seriously believes what she wrote – she needs some help” (psychological) if I may add.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSTCNEH4AZBNLZWJAHJ76FN6RQ Sheldon Blanc

    And so it begins. This will be very very very HUGE if proven that her
    Grandmama is actually the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia.
    Their photos were undeniably similar (Try checking it out on wikipedia). I hope your grandmama will find
    her way home. Back to Russia. :D ♥

  • EdgarEdgar

    Grandmamma feared for her life and kept her identity secret. Just like many Jewish emigres from Russia that time, who were targeted by pogroms which at one time became a national sport in Russia.

  • http://twitter.com/mydesignpod mydesignpod

    I wish the author’s grandmother peace. But at this day and age, if you wanted to know the truth about your lineage there’s DNA testing. As much as I’d like this story to be true, I fear it is not as all the Romanov’s remains have been accounted for. 

    • Demuel Bendano

       Not all accounted since there is still one family member that is not irrevocably unaccounted and that is Anastasia Romanov.

      • http://twitter.com/mydesignpod mydesignpod

        Burial Site No. 1
        Nine skeletons found in a shallow grave in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in July 1991, were  identified by Russian forensic authorities as the remains of the last Tsar, Tsarina, three of their five children, the Royal Physician and three servants.

        Burial Site No. 2
        mtDNA lineage information of previous and present Romanov testing. *The identification of either Maria or Anastasia was not possible by DNA analysis alone. Either name could be INTERCHANGABLE in this pedigree.

        Interchangable meaning we don’t know which is Maria or Anastasia but we are SURE it’s Maria and Anastasia’s remains found in burial site no. 1 and 2

        Burial Site No. 1 = Mother, Father, 3 Daughters (5 Remains)
        Burial Site. No. 2 = Alexei and 1 Daughter (2 Remains)
        TOTAL = 7 Romanovs all accounted for

      • Demuel Bendano

         But the last site were of male and two female. It doesn’t conclude that one was of Anastasia.

      • http://twitter.com/mydesignpod mydesignpod

        The last site were of 1 male and 1 female. It’s mitochondrial DNA , these are unique genes can that specifically tell which is your mother, cousin, sister, half-sibling etc.

        4 Romanov daughters of Tsarina and Nicholas were positively identified via mitochondrial DNA in both burial sites – Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. ERGO, no one is missing.

      • Demuel Bendano

         I know dude, But the female was not of Anastasia Romanov.

      • http://twitter.com/mydesignpod mydesignpod

        Yes it is one of those 4 female Romanov daughter remains. Hardcore irrefutable science and logic says so.

      • Demuel Bendano

         Nah, it is not conclusive. Somebody can say that this could be Anastasia just to make everyone shut up.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Demuel:

        Why don”t you see a medium, too?

        Mukhang galing ka sa talangka, kasi utak-talangka ka talaga, e.

      • Demuel Bendano

        This thread has been closed with you being awarded as its craptard.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7SCP6VWAKPLCZHNTIVPQRC6LY Gibo

        It was said also that the bodies are chopped. It could be one of the sisters other than Anastasia was placed in the second grave?

      • jhujaejyt

        I agree that it is not conclusive, so as Dr. Michael Coble in the NatGeo Documentary has said but was cut-off by Dr. Anthony Salfetti and jumped to conclude that the Romanov were all accounted for. He forgot that the bodies were chopped, and the female bone recovered at the burial site 2 could be one of the sisters.

      • pinoy_engr_abroad

        As simple as it gets, very good explanation! But Demuel Bendano here does not seem to be able to connect the dots. Poor guy. Something wrong with his brain.

      • Demuel Bendano

        Mate, speak to me with the mathematical language of DNA sequencing as I can’t understand your turds as I go mental with your crapshit. Otherwise, I would rather get a loo to your face. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

         I BELIEVE PRINCESS ANASTASIA ESCAPE & SECRETLY  LIVE IN PHILIPPINE UNTIL HER DYING BREATH

        KING NICHOLAS 2 MOTHER EVEN ESCAPE FROM THE BOLSHEVIK HAND
        AND I DONT DOUBT ANASTASIA ESCAPE RUSSIA  TOO

        MOST PROBABLY THERE IS A DOUBLE LOOKING ANASTASIA  WHO PRETEND TO BE A REAL ANASTASIA

      • jayskywalker

        Stop shouting. Hahaha. Please stop posting in all capitals.

  • Alajero

    ..katherine…nice and interesting story…continue with the quest…thanks for sharing…

  • bugaboomang

    let’s put it this way: if the Bolsheviks had the determination to brutally massacre the Romanovs, what’s to hold them back to mislead the world that Anastasia had not survived?? the same way the conducted DNA examinations might have been manipulated., who really knows?

    • Demuel Bendano

       To start some independent verification, why not start checking the marriage record of Lope Pelayo, the authors maternal grandfather, at NSO.

      • bugaboomang

        yeah, why not, indeed?

      • Demuel Bendano

         May online verification ba ang NSO?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

      MAJORITY OF THE ROMANOV RELATIVES FAMILIES ESCAPE RUSSIA WITH THE HELP OF UK, SWEDEN AND OTHERS — MORE THAN 15 ROMANOVS WERE KILLED AND THE REST ESCAPE

  • kayumanggui46

    medium’s arithmetic is wrong: anastacia and alexei’s bodies were never found…so only five corpses are waiting in the chapel…alexei and anastacia are still to join them…i can believe that caty’s  lola is the grand duchess anastacia…i used to visit the home for the aged in welfareville, madaluyong in the 1960s and one of the residents was an old Russian man…I used to wonder what the Russian was doing in an old folks’ home in the Philippines..there really were Russians in the Philippines after the Bolshevik revolution…  .

    • Demuel Bendano

      Verified first wave of Russians arrival in Philippine soil was in 1922 at Manila Bay. They were ferried by the ships commanded by Oskar Stark. Verified second wave was in 1949 and they were Russian exiles from China then they seek shelter in Tubabao Island, Samar. What was common to all of them, they were supporters of Russia’s White Army.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

         AM SURE THERE ARE MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FERRIED BY CAPTAIN OSKAR  TO MANILA NOT IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS

      • Mike Cohen

        It was a different time and Manila’s immigration bureau was very accurate then since entry for these refugee’s meant they could go directly to the USA. Most did actually. 
        One must remember in 1922 this was not yet the commonwealth period – hence – the Philippines was under direct US control and to keep track of non–resident islanders was a strict policy then. 
        Also US marines were actually deployed ironically alongside Japanese forces in the region of Vladivostok and Sakhalin island. Hence many who sought refuge in Manila and other parts of the country were actually coordinated evacuations.
        There were more than just one ship though – at least records state as such.
        A few also directly settled in Mindanao. While others went on to Australia.

  • kayumanggui46

    the similairty between Tasia’s photo and that of the tsaritsa Alexandra is a big clue…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

    I hope the YamashitaTreasures dotcom will feature this article in their website for eternity

    and other Philippine websites   like

    Boracay dotcom
    Palawan dotcom
    Siargao dotcom
    Caramoan dotcom 
    Taguig dotcom

  • Bayabas San

    What a piece of garbage! 

    Then again the Philippine Inquirer wants to know.

    It has become a tabloid paper.

    What a shame!

  • rnoldrmada

    I personally do not believe in mediums because it denies us critical thinking. I just cannot put weight on that over science. Perhaps a simple DNA test and a bit of research about her ancestry may unravell the mystery of grandmama. Maybe she could start at the Bureau of Immigration which hopefully,  would have a record of her arrival in the country. Or she could seek help from the Mormom library which has the most extensive genealogy data base in the world. I know Henry Louise Gates used this research center for his show “Finding Your Roots” on PBS.
    A lot of us have this quest or yearning to know where we came from and hopefully understand why we are who we are. I hope she finds the answers she’s seeking concerning grandmama.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

    “That morning’s discovery also triggered a chilling insight: could all the sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking I had been experiencing for several years while in the US, and to some extent here in Manila, have something to do with my efforts to solve my Grandmama’s identity mystery?”  
    Ditch the DNA testing that people keep suggesting and just go straight to psychiatric testing. Hallmark of really serious mental illness here.

    The author manifests a classic case of what is called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A person with a borderline personality disorder often experiences a repetitive pattern of disorganization and instability in self-image, mood, behavior and close personal relationships.The frequency in women is two to three times greater than men. This may be related to genetic or hormonal influences.

    • oriole28

      The author is clearly delusional

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

        Oriole, she manifests classic Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

    The Inquirer can do a follow-up story, investigative journalism style — “Who is Caty Petersen and why does she keep insinuating that Anastasia is her garandmamma?” Anyone with half a brain can see that this is not just “a search for identity” What is that mental disorder wherein a person is always craving for attention?
    We might as well get the Rappler and VERA Files involved this so that this whole mystery can be over and done with.

  • pinoy_engr_abroad

    sigh.. this is what Inquirer has become…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

    Bigyan na rin ng medal itong si Demuel Bendano…mukhang kasama siya sa mana…related siguro kay Caty Petersen…parehong may tuleleng. 

    • pinoy_engr_abroad

      haha, take it easy on him,  I think this guy sincerely believes in the Anastasia cartoons. Any proof however solid, in the eyes of science and logic, will be of no use to him. Because it’s either he’s not so bright (not his fault really) or he has a mental disorder therefore cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality.  @twitter-63148083:disqus below actually explained it very well, in the simplest terms possible. But he still doesn’t get it. Poor guy. And he continues to bash people who does not believe this BS. hahah

      • Demuel Bendano

         So you have an alias which portray yourself as “a pinoy engineer abroad”. You must be homesexs dude. Why hot get a camel and do something with it.  Your DNA test was not conclusive and therefore, you are just insinuating more hearsays.

      • blue carino

        excuse me, do you have a problem with homosexuals? 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Demuel, I hereby certify you as a first-class homophobic, and ignoramus par excellence!

      • Demuel Bendano

         Coward. Hiding your real name has just proven it.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Stupid. Using your real name so the whole world will know who you are has just proven it!

      • Demuel Bendano

         And do you really think that I take your science and logic brouhaha? Simply no. You need to tell me the logic behind the DNA sequencing that provided partial proof with reference to Anastasia Romanov’s charred body.

        Let us see how much you’ve got when it comes to mathematics then.

      • pinoy_engr_abroad

        wow, you dare challenge my math, while you can’t even connect the dots. The math I do is way out of your league boy, it’s way beyond the subjects you flunk in school. hahaha… Meanwhile work on your basic logic skills. It seems that it’s a big struggle for you. Good luck! 

      • Demuel Bendano

         Well you have no math shown thus most likely  you are hallucinating. End of story cased closed. You have just too much problem working out of the Philippines. Get some camel there in Middle East.

      • albert13

         gusto mo lang ipagyabang ang mydesignpod mo at the expense of the author and her story. what a crap

  • Jojo Aguirre

    Kindly post a follow up story regarding the results of her DNA testing of her Babushka. That would settle our unsettled minds. History has been rife with Anastasias and lost duchesses and a definitive closure to this conjecture would be good for history.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

       what more proof do you need?? who needs DNA testing when the fortune teller and palm reader have already verified her identity?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GZH7OEOP7ZTETQJKVKLVOBD3BA cupid

        We all know that we cannot trust fortune tellers. DNA testing is the best solution.

      • Demuel Bendano

         You are a transgender craptard that spew crapshit rubbish.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        And you are a troll, a stupid one at that!

      • Demuel Bendano

         Stupid is as stupid thus. This thread has been closed with you awarded the craptard medal.

    • Mike Cohen

      actually, the russian federation does have a extensive DNA library of those remained recovered of the Romanov line. I do believe it is even published; hence, it would be relatively easy to trace even without a trip to russia since the data is digital.
      Anyhow, good suggestion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

    hanep talaga…mas na-solb pa ng manghuhula kaysa scientific DNA testing! mayo na puro april fools pa rin mga articles ng inquirer.

  • oracle888

    Maybe we should ask the spiritual medium to talk to CJ Corona or GMA, or even PNoy, so we can find out if any of their grand-grand pa comes from the family of Genghis Khan, the great Emperor of Yuan Dynasty in China, who may passed by the Panatag Shoal in his way to flee to the Philippines?

    That would be interesting….

  • oracle888

     After US abandoned us from taking side in the Panatag (Huanyan) Shoal dispute in the South China sea, is the PH propaganda machine or someone now trying to establish a family tree relationship with the royal blood of the Russian empire in order to counter the Chinese powerful present at the Shoal?

    • Mike Cohen

      Oracle,
      Pls. there is a historical basis to what she is saying, there were a number of ‘white russian’ refugees who settled in the Philippine Islands in the 1930′s many among them became Filipino citizens during the commonwealth era in exchange for service in government.
      As to China, it too provided a haven to many who settled in Shanghai and other parts of China during the KMT era.
      It is actually a interesting part of history of how even early on. The Philippines provided a haven from oppressive, totalitarian and violent communist regimes giving people a fresh start and hope.
      Peace and GodBless!

      Mike

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

        Mike, I agree with you. We do not deny the veracity of her Russian roots. In fact, if that had been the central argument, throw in the history of Russian immigrants in the Philippines, it would have made a much better story. What’s disturbing are the many inconsistencies in the articles. A professional can see that there is something deeply disturbing in this two-part article — voices, mediums, impulsive behavior, emotions that swing from one end to another…

      • Mike Cohen

        I’ve often wanted to do a story on that, well, since I’m no longer on local tv maybe it is something to do between foreign media work, and spending too much time on facebook, and, blogging. Maybe I will. True there were a number of Russian migrations into the Philippines. Since I’m ethnically 3/4 russian and 1/4 Filipino perhaps I ought to do a story on it.
        But in my case – its easy to prove since my maternal grandfather made his mark on the map of mindanao literally. Look up Lake Leonard Kniazeff, compostella valley – that my Lolo! hahaha… a geologist who served with the pre-and post commonwealth government who mapped the hinterlands of Mindanao decades back. He chose Philippine citizenship rather than emigrating to the USA which was his option then…
        His angkan, stretches from Mindanao, to Mindoro, to Palawan to me this mike in manila. Perhaps one day I’ll do a book on it? Or a documentary…

        God bless  
        До свидания

        Mike

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

        That is a great idea, Mike. A wonderful addition to the history of migrants into our country. I do hope you pursue it!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

         Mr Mike Cohen 

        You should write down your history of Russian Immigrants in Philippines a book will be a good way to spread the knowledge before its lost forever

        sincerely

        Yamashita Treasures com

      • zdrx

        mike please write a story about the early russians here.  coming from freezing climate… i kept on wondering how they adapt to the weather here.
        your family name seems to suggests…you’re a russian jew?

  • DocTallyho

    Leviticus 19:31

    31‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am YHWH your God.

    Leviticus 20:6-7

    6And the soul that turns after mediums, and after wizards, to play the harlot after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
    7Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am YHWH your God.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LW4YJRMZODOB2VT5K4OE2FVFOE Padma

    I’m sorry but why you have to turn to a medium when DNA testing is always an option?

  • DocTallyho

    Just becareful because…if you are indeed heirs to the Imperial Russian Throne then Putin might send his assassins.  You know how these communists are.

    • NYPinoy

       Paranoid.  The Russians are through with the Tsars.  Heck, they are even through with the Communists.  They are experimenting with some form of democracy now.  I don’t think they would be interested to put back to the Russian throne Caty Petersen (Lola Tasia is already dead), although according to the rules of succession established by Tsar Paul I in 1797, only male heirs can become tsars.

      The Russian government is not worried about the Romanovs anymore, much less a Pinay-Russian princess.  But the Swiss Bank will only release money to a valid heir and they won’t accept spiritual mediums are proof.

  • albert13

    its the pinoy crab mentality in our midst again. di ninyo matatanggap na may isang pinoy na maaaring may royal blood. DNA analysis cannot prove the existence of GOD but why r u believing in God or worshiping the devil?  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    did the medium mention about who’s the brain behind the murder of ninoy? oh oh, can you ask about the next lotto winning numbers, please please.

  • Mike Cohen

    Well, lets look at this historically, yes, there were several I believe three ships that sailed from Vladivostok to Manila and Zamboanga with ‘White Russian’ refugees. Note: the term white russian was a political one not race.
    My grandfather, was among them, Leonard Kniazeff, whose last name also we found out is a title as well. One my fathers side, they too were White Russians who went from Vladivostok, to Shanghai, then later Manila.
    One must remember, the Vladivostok, did not ‘fall’ to Soviets until the early 1930′s. Of the several thousand Russians who settled here many moved on the US mainland settling in San Francisco.
    My grandfather, liked his new home, and served in its commonwealth government, gaining Filipino Citizenship in 1935 for his contributions to study of geology in Mindanao. Lake Leonard Kniazeff, in Compostella Valley Province is named for him. He and other white russians later served in the commonwealth army and USAFFE, and later proudly served  among Col. Wendell Fertig’s fighters in ‘Free Mindanao’ during the second world war.
    He raised two sons and three daughters, he was a good man, who loved his adopted home and rarely spoke of life in Russia. We know he was the son or grandson of a count and among the family’s coat of arms and title are some references to Lake Baikal, and, Vladivostok.
    Am sure there records, as were well kept during the commonwealth period of the refugess from Russia. Perhaps a first stop would be the Ateneo where most of American Historical collections documents are kept in the Rizal library. The US congress as well kept records. Also the embassy of the russian federation might be helpful also in your search.
    I am not sure if he would be of help but I emailed the author with a couple of names and other options.

    God Bless, Mabuhay, and, Удачи! in your search, 
    До свидания

    Mike

    • Demuel Bendano

       Wow, this is getting more interesting. As stated in the article, would you likely agree or disagree in some form that from the picture posted that her maternal grandmother can be  Anastasia Romanov? Also, it was stated that her maternal grandmother went off the ship at the Manila harbor guided the by ship captain and was being sheltered in the convent. Question is, is it likely possible that we can identify these ships? Thanks.

      • Mike Cohen

         demuel,
        try the American historical collection at the Ateneo; all commonwealth records that survived the war – even those repatriated after -are there up to I believe the time -f the turnover of the commonwealth.
        Another is the port of Manila, then the various religious orders.
        Here also would be something interesting since Russians were at the time not Catholics but Orthodox Catholics hence anyone who would have to be baptized to ‘live in a convent’ hence there would be records of conversions. (think of it as score-card each order kept back then.)

        Also remember this era was when Catholics could get excommunicated for attending protestant services. Pre-Vatican 2
        Now, I am not even sure if there is a Russian or Greek orthodox church in Manila.
        but if there was maybe it was one of those orders.

        One thing, did her Lola speak french> the language of court in house of Romanov; also german 0r more specifically austrian-german. There lies another dna path of the Hapsburg line that would be instant verification.

        See, that is key element in discovering the bodies of T’sars children. since thier mother T’sarina Alexis was of a line of Hapsburgs and Serbian houses.

    • Ulipur

      Zaldy Zschornack  was one of the descendants of the Bicol White Russians.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

    The author manifests a classic case of BPD. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition in which people have long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions, such as feelings about themselves and others… People with BPD are often uncertain about their identity. As a result, their interests and values may change rapidly.This personality disorder tends to occur more often in women and among hospitalized psychiatric patients.

    Did someone even bother to do a background check?

    • Demuel Bendano

       Says who, you?  Psychology is an art and will never ever be an exact science. If someone says something in direct contradiction to your perception then you labeled that person as having a BPD? You must be a graduate of some institution and their “creme of the crap”.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

        You’ve been on this page since yesterday Mr. Bendano, bashing eveyone who contradicts this story. I wonder if you are on someone’s payroll.

      • Demuel Bendano

        Again, you are hiding yourself on a cloak of a pseudonym. That just signifies you are coward. Reveal your identity.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Oh, Demuel, humihirit ka na naman? Ganyan ba kalalim ang iyong katangahan?

      • Demuel Bendano

         This just concluded that you are indeed a craptard coward who hides you real identity in a rubbish loo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        And you are certifiably stupid for using your real name; now, we all know who, and what kind of turdcrap, you are.

      • sprint_netms

        Gabrielle is referring to BPD 

  • hubblecoke

    just like reading a komiks story.  i was a believer, almost till the ‘medium’ part came. that did it.

  • lapasan

    Why consult a medium? This makes the account of the author less credible. She tried to trace her roots  via superstitious and primitive methods. In this day and age, we are very advance in technology. Why did she not resort to DNA and other scientific method to find her quests?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVWS4WKC434DXORSD5NOF4KT3A Alvin

    Interesting…the DNA test result claiming it was anastasia that was found might have been manipulated just to claim that she no longer exist just to stop all the talks surrounding her escape.  Why not ask the help of some govenment agencies to help you in your quest.  For the DNA you can ask the help of the NBI.  Show proof of your grandmama’s link to the royal family of Russia.  Any personal thing of your grandmama that will show her royalty.  Keep us updated in your quest  for your grandmama’s roots.  Probably the Russian embassy could help but you should ask the assistance of Philippine government agencies.

  • gets_mo

    Grandmama’s mystery remains, but she was not the  young grand duchess.  In 2007. the remains of Alexei and Anastasia, were discovered in a grave about 70 yards from the grave where the remains of the Tsar and his wife, their three daughters, their doctor and servants were buried.  DNA testing was used to confirm their identities.   Sorry.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRCOHCPVOCC3HBNSAXEJYPPCIM John Martin

      it’s Maria

      • gets_mo

        After more googling, I stand corrected.  The following is a quote from The Guardian:

        The execution and disposal of the remains of Russia’s last royal family, the Romanovs, remains one of the most macabre chapters in Russia’s bloody history. After the Bolsheviks swept to power in October 1917, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were moved to the town of Yekaterinburg. On July 17 1918, Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, their children, doctor and three servants were woken and killed. The tsar was shot, then his daughters Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga and Maria bayoneted to death. Afterwards, the Bolsheviks took the family’s bodies to an abandoned mine outside town and tried unsuccessfully to blow the mine up. They then retrieved the royal bodies, burned and doused them with acid, and buried them in a pit. The remains of all the family and their retainers were exhumed in 1991, with the exception of Alexei and Maria. DNA samples confirmed their identity – with the Duke of Edinburgh, who is related to the Russian royal family, giving a sample.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/aug/25/russia.lukeharding 

      • gets_mo

        My error.  After more googling, I stand corrected.  Still, no more missing Romanovs.  The following is a quote from The Guardian:

        “The execution and disposal of the remains of Russia’s last royal family, the Romanovs, remains one of the most macabre chapters in Russia’s bloody history. After the Bolsheviks swept to power in October 1917, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were moved to the town of Yekaterinburg. On July 17 1918, Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, their children, doctor and three servants were woken and killed. The tsar was shot, then his daughters Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga and Maria bayoneted to death. Afterwards, the Bolsheviks took the family’s bodies to an abandoned mine outside town and tried unsuccessfully to blow the mine up. They then retrieved the royal bodies, burned and doused them with acid, and buried them in a pit. The remains of all the family and their retainers were exhumed in 1991, with the exception of Alexei and Maria. DNA samples confirmed their identity – with the Duke of Edinburgh, who is related to the Russian royal family, giving a sample.”

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/aug/25/russia.lukeharding

      • gets_mo

        After further googling, it looks like you’re right. I stand corrected.

  • rizalista

    She may or may not be Anastasia. DNA can say for sure.

    Then again, Pinoys also say that Hitler is the son of Jose Rizal.

  • Ernest Gonzales

    The second part is indeed disappointing, Like the comments below I was a believer till I read about the “medium thingy”. Anyway still let’s give the benefit of the doubt. Try to have a DNA test, this will sure identify whether the author’s claim is the truth or this is just another exciting but fabricated story…

  • lapasan

    I was absorbed reading the story because it jibed with historical accounts regarding the fate of the last Russian royal family and the rise of the communist until that consulting the medium part came- I was disappointed. Sorry. By the way I find the comments of Mike Cohen that is related to the article enlightening.l

  • alexfrommactan

    The author is in an incredible journey in search of her
    roots. I wish her all the best to find what she’s looking for.

    However this story seems to remind me about our prevailing culture
    which is about talking first before having concrete and solid evidence -press releases
    first before doing the homework. Sounds familiar? Hmmm.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJOJ27PLSITRAM5PYOKBVVOXV4 Malyn

    This is a nice story to start the investigation on her grandmother’s roots (minus the psychic part). I was wondering, what if the Russian government just told the public that Anastasia’s body was already accounted just to put an end on Anastasia’s tales of survival? They can easily do it… anyway, let’s just wish her luck on her quest.

  • Tonton

    She thinks Astrology will lead her to evidence. And the alignment of Venus & Mars in the night sky predicts that I’m the secret grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

       yeah elizabeth the indonesian urangutan…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YN4GHCMAO22DHQEZAH6ZDVZ6YQ Blinkx

    Very interesting story even though I know what the truth is. Please write more.

    Also to those who are interested. What this video here of Nat Geo’s documentray:

    Part 1: watch?v=3eAdBHwUr5w 
    Part 2: watch?v=HonT60qAB0g

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

    Video of Anastasia: www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=3eAdBHwUr5w

    Yamashita Treasures com

  • maria victoria beltran

    OMG! How could Inquirer publish this hoax??? There are a number of women claiming to be Anastasia( a long time ago )and some of them were investigated and discovered to be scams. When Russia opened up, the Tsar’s family continued looking for Anastasia and after all the bodies of the royal family were accounted for in a DNA test, the quest for Anastasia ended. The Tsar and Tsarina are related to most royal families in Europe, that’s why all these claims of being Anastasia cropped up. Delusions of grandeur, anyone?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJ5U4FBZBZAKYY5FKK6TYXHZQQ Romabelle

      baka pampasabog lng pra mraming magbasa ng article.. ;DD

    • tong_its

      marami kasing uto-uto. at naghahangad sumikat they are willing to reinvent the wheel.

  • Rocky6076

    Abnoy went also to China like his mother before him to trace their root thinking they have a royal blood in them to their dismay their family roots is as poor as a rat.That’s the reason why Abnoy is nag jurementado sa Scarborough shoal.

  • NYPinoy

    She worries that her quest “made someone uncomfortable”.  But while she was paranoid about getting bugged for years by the KGB perhaps or other Russian powers, she decided to just print her story in the Inquirer.

    Why doesn’t this story make sense?

    • Eufemio Agbayani

      Russia’s government is no longer Communist and would not much care about a missing Romanov as much as back then. Just a curious thought though: It’s not like the House of Romanov was totally obliterated at the shooting at Ipatiev House. If she was truly Grand Duchess Anastasia, Grandmama Tasia should have at least tried to reconnect with the remnants of her family at Europe. The writer must try to contact the Romanov Family Association; they may be of great help.

    • tong_its

      story does not make sense because the author is deluded and thinks she can pull the country into her family delusion. she may succeed because maraming nagpapaniwala sa ganitong kwento, naghahangad sumikat kahit anong paraan. 
      kawawa ang mambabasang pinoy who believe this bullcrap. tamad kasi magresearch ng background facts ang pinoy. they would rather get it from hearsay.
      sa haba ng “quest” walang dna test. eh sana wala nang ganitong kwento in the first place.

  • noynoyjohn

    Ha ha ha! I like her story though kahit bitin na bitin hope part 3 is coming soon…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

    Princess Anastasia had escape because a symphatetic guard help her out from the truck

    YamashitaTreasures com

  • kumahog

    Jaime Licauco is the most authoritative person to verify the author’s claim. She may also solicit the technical expertise of Roy Alvarez if the search for the truth goes beyond known boundaries and requires an “intelligent being”.

  • palaigit

    part 2 is a buzzkill… i thought it would be more informative or filled with facts to answer questions from the first part…it drifted away from the concept of eye spy or detective historical puzzle piecing…it ended up with astrology and what not…sigh

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCUWABRTSMQOAO3PTEULGS2X4I John O

       at least naay part 2. hulata lang ang part 3.

      • palaigit

        naa pa diai part 3? basin puro na manghuhula, mawala na ang historical point of view

  • NYPinoy

    Why doesn’t Caty forget about Grand Duchess Anastasia and find her own true roots?  Lola Tasia, while clearly not a Romanov, was still a refugee from that great nation.  She could be a daughter of Kazahk serf or a St. Petersburg storekeeper.  It is still a nice story if her roots are found.

    • robertcarino

       correct.  in fact, some descendants have become well known celebrities.  for example, the late Ronald Remy (aka Ronald Kookooritchkin, i think).  i remember in the 70s reading about his ancestor’s odyssey from russia.  was a very informative article.

    • kath789

      I think she just can’t believe that stuff keep pointing to her lola being Anastasia. maybe it’s kinda hard to go up to Russian officials and say that you want to test out your story and verify if its true without enough support?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VVH36ROOA3JQC365ZRHZWSOXIA HanS

      Why are you immediately jumping to the conclusion that Lola Tasia belonged to the working class? Why would the daughter of a Kazahk serf or a St. Petersburg storekeeper be fleeing Russia during the Revolution? Wouldn’t it make more sense that she was part of the nobility? However, regardless of whether she was a Romanov, I agree that her story would be interesting, and that it would be good for Caty and her family to finally discover their Russian heritage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

    Austria Rudolph Latvia Help Princess Anastasia to escape the truck

  • Ulipur

    Diosdado Macapagal claimed he was descended from Alexander the Great. That his more immediate lineage was through Rajah Solaiman of Maynila.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRCOHCPVOCC3HBNSAXEJYPPCIM John Martin

      Yes they are relatives of Lakan Dula but i never knew that Lakan Dula is related to alexander lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZEI6SHG7MUONC75TPXZRCMQIII Dominic

    Do a DNA testing

  • tuldok

    Di Naman Anastasia

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TEEI5C5UPRRAVPE6GK52363MSA sievert

    a great story i think she should gather more evidence,and if it is true then she is part of the romanov.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/vtu_dnkapc7jNxV484AQGOmNh_saiqP.sMV5#605f8 baba

    The writer of this article, Emily Abrera, is a believer of the medium. If you have read her story about her conversation with her late husband, you would know. It’s also a good read. Try to look it up.

  • tong_its

    elvis is still alive, you know =D
    there are elvis suckers who believe that, and more.
    it’s just like how you publicity suckers are treating this story. something controversial and sprinkled with mystery (psychics, mediums) will no sooner turn this story into a cult than doing it scientifically to establish a genetic and historical fact.
    cut to the chase, have the grandmomma tested for dna and get it done with. if this lola’s descendants can afford trips to russia why not a dna test?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WT5ZX5O7ZBC6Z3LXFA4UIQZC3I emajega

    Pinagbabawal na ang pakikipag-usap sa mga patay, pinagbabawalan ang mga katoliko sa ganyan.. pwede nman malaman thru DNA.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YVVPCO24O5KQYC5TACHQ47TOLM ency

      the thing is.. we aren’t all Catholics.. just saying.. 

  • Bryan Kevin Tung

    this article is a complete joke. parang c anna anderson na nagclaim na sya raw ay c grand duchess anastasia. the author should have researched more for her to find out that the grand duchess anastasia was INDEED murdered along with her father tsar nicolas, mother tsarina alexandra, sisters grand duchesses olga, maria and tatiana and brother grand duke alexei. patahimikin na po natin ang kaluluwa nila. they are now resting in peace at st. catherine cathedral at st. petersburg in russia. HELLO INQUIRER EDITORS!!! CHECK THE ARTICLE YOU ARE PUBLISHING!!!

  • mskalimot

    Hindi ba in 2009 it was proved that two more bodies were found in a nearby site. Alexei’s and Anastasia’s. Tapos na ang kwento bakit ipinapagpatuloy pa. Baka nauto itong writer to write this story? At may nagpapauto pa.

    • robertcarino

       well, there’s such a thing called “gold fever”.  kung tamaan ang isang tao niyan, kahit gaanong evidence na nagpapatunay na di totoo ang isang claim, di pa rin mag-give up ang kawawang tao.  itatapon lahat para lang dun sa “quest”. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NJ5U4FBZBZAKYY5FKK6TYXHZQQ Romabelle

    she doesn’t look like a russian descent to me 

  • doublecross

    it’s open book. history can connect the lost one, keep on trying,and follow your guts. try DNA assessment, the world is at peace, the UN can help you…

  • http://twitter.com/stuffy_chico stuffy chicolini

    Ms. Petersen, I dont know what you are smoking or which planet are you from but I hope you have heard of DNA analysis? A few years ago the conclusive proof that all the Romanovs have been identified as you can use whats known as the internet to research on this. Maybe you can send this story to the US tabloid The National Enquirer, it would be a good fit together with the “my dad was a martian” or “i just saw elvis presley ordering takeout at burger king” kind of stories.

  • http://twitter.com/benkritz Ben Kritz

    Oh man. This article is even more loony than the first installment. I feel sorry for you lady. I bet you get scammed constantly with your level of gullibility.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

    Guys,

    Think about it. The story of the medium just tells us the motive as to why Caty is writing these articles to the public. She believes that her grandmother is not at peace yet. If you believed that your loved one is not yet at rest, wouldn’t you move heaven and earth just to remedy the situation? Even Caty admits that she couldn’t believe what the medium told her during the session. It isn’t as if she’s going around proclaiming that the blood of the Romanovs is flowing in her veins. She’s just after the truth behind her grandmother.

    • tong_its

      i thought about it. and this is what i thought about. anastasia has been accounted for. it looks like petersen is deluded. anyone can believe that a loved one is not at peace yet but it does not point to her being a descendant of the russian tsar.
      not going around proclaiming? how wrong you are. she wrote and submitted this article to inquirer and that my dear is going around proclaiming whatever it is through national media. there will be believers even if she establishes nothing.
      i will play psychic here. i look at caty’s photo and i see she has the looks of a typical pinay with not even a modicum of caucasian features, a tourist enjoying the sights of russia.

      • kath789

        judging by her words, she’s proclaiming that her grandmother COULD BE Anastasia. and there’s no doubt to her being of Russian descent cause her lola is proven to be Russian naman…why even question that part. and she is not the typical Pinay…she’s the typical Pinay na may lahing foreigner.

      • tong_its

        do you have caucasian blood? i do. my grandfather is spanish on my dad’s side, and my mother is chinese. you do not lose that much of the mestizo look in 2-3 generations. i say this because caty and i are 3rd generation mestizos, if i am to believe that she has russian lineage. mas tisoy pa ako tingnan kesa sa kanya eh, to put it simply. she looks asian, with that nose which is fleshy and wide like a pinoy’s. i hope you will forgive me, i am not using looks to bash her. she just looks like a pinay to me, with color treated hair maybe.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

        we are talking about caty’s grandmother here. have you seen the grandmother’s pictures? does the grandma look russian to you?

        caty, on the other hand, is two generations away from her grandmother. she has russian lineage because her grandma is russian. in genetic terms, maybe caty’s russian physical traits are recessive, which is why she doesn’t look as russian as some of you expect.

      • tong_its

        hmm pinupog ako ng cathy at kath magkabila. friends ba kayo ni caty? biglang naglabasan ang mga tukayo.
        pansin ko lang….hehehe.
        ok let me take up your point. you say caty is 2 generations away from her grandma. sure. i said my grandfather is spanish, so this makes caty and me 3rd gen mestizos right. same same?
        at tinanong ko sa tukayo mu na si kath789 kung may caucasian blood siya. unless you have, i can say ok, it is stranger than fiction that the fruit can fall far from the tree. gets?

      • kath789

        sorry but I did not trace my roots that much. all I know is my mom is a mestiza and I’m quite far from being one cause I got more of my dad’s traits. the problem in your how far fruits fall from the tree is that in terms of people, we inherit traits not just from one but from both our parents. I do not need to have caucasian blood to prove that.

      • kath789

        you do not have to be mestiza to be 1/4 Russian. you know about dominant and recessive genes naman diba? Lola Tasia married a Filipino so bakit bawal that her granddaughter looks more Pinay than Russian?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

    The story gets weirder and weirder. Caty needs a psychiatrist, not a medium. The Philippine Enquirer is on a slippery slope, indeed.

  • czar93

    please prove it first before you tell your quest on solving your grandma’s mystery.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRVNLKY7J3ZCRUGJCGE4NJULZM NineFour

    Go for it Caty. 

  • kath789

    I think this girl is just trying to connect the different aspects of her life…wag naman sana natin siya i-bash dahil lang sa identity search niya. She is probably at a lost with what she should do cause she is being bothered by her lola’s spirit..we’re just too much a scientific-proof driven race but we never know what issues spirits may have. All the girl was asking for even from the last article is openness, help and maybe some support. Kung kayo kaya nasa posisyon niya…I bet sobrang shocked niya sa mga nadidiscover niya… If it is true, then wow diba. If it is not, sana man lang mahanap na niya ung totoong pamilya niya. It’s not like she said Anastasia is her grandmother…she’s just saying maybe.

    • robertcarino

      @kath.  well, it is not the intention of people here to maliciously bash anyone’s hope or dreams.  but in the last century, there have been many documented claimants who exhibited strong indications of mental illness, or who have demonstrated less than noble motives.  most definitely any claimant to the line of the Romanov (and, perhaps, the inheritance), in light of conclusive evidence to the contrary, should not be somehow encouraged to pursue the “quest”. in fact, even in russia there is sort of a cottage industry of con artists riding on foreigners’ attempts at connecting with the late royal family. claims like this are treated as a joke or immediately considered to be deluded (e.g. the officials displeasure with inquiries of this nature).

      i do sympathize somehow with the claimant, while at the same time really hope someone close to her gets her to seek expert help.  this also comes with a warning:  if an equally deluded politician decides to support this lady’s claim, then we can see a deterioration of diplomatic relations with Russia, or we’ll see that the Philippines again becomes the laughingstock of the world. or both.

      • kath789

        @robertcarino:disqus  yes I know what you mean. but with everyone being diagnosed as sick in one way or another in this century…? we do not know everything and even science has its flaws. but it is not right to just go around saying that this girl is mentally sick. she seems to have been doing research for years now…2009 was the date Abrera said they first met and look…it has been 3 years since then. it’s just a what-if case naman eh…I’m sure if they prove it’s not real, then at least she can start over again in her search.

      • robertcarino

         i understand where you’re coming from.  let’s just say i have people close to me diagnosed with mental illness or personality disorders.  they look normal on the outside, some even are highly functional, but are not inside.  even “normal” people can be caught up in episodes of temporary insanity. 

        another person made a post that made better sense.  there are many people of russian descent in our country.  people like the late Ronald Remy (actor and celebrity), whose daughter is Jackie Kookooritchkin (the real surname, i think that was the spelling), who gave a very good historical account of his ancestor’s odyssey from russia after the revolution.  that would make for an extremely good read.  i remember reading that from the 70s (i think, Fina was the title of the magazine).  let’s hope that article has been preserved for posterity.

      • kath789

        oh..maybe that’s why she is seeking for help…cause it is almost impossible to even test out her claim

    • tong_its

      now why should i not describe hers as a fool’s journey?
      it’s a wish that has taken her on a quest that should have begun and ended with a dna test, plus a good long research into the imperial family’s execution and thereafter.
      “maybe” is also a foolish thing to think. in the first place you can remove that “maybe” with scientific testing. why allow that to cloud petersen’s thinking? maybe the wish is greater than commonsense.

      • kath789

        I think if you read robertcarino’s reply, you will also see why DNA testing is not that easy.

        my first reaction was also pa-DNA na agad but I also thought about, maybe it was not easy to do that which is why she resorted in popular vote to win a chance in verifying her search

      • robertcarino

         uhm, kath.  not sure if we’re on the same board.  the expert help i was referring to was psychiatric help.  best regards to all of you.  peace.

      • kath789

        I was not referring to your perspective sir. I was referring to this statement:
        “in fact, even in russia there is sort of a cottage industry of con artists riding on foreigners’ attempts at connecting with the late royal family. claims like this are treated as a joke or immediately considered to be deluded (e.g. the officials displeasure with inquiries of this nature).”

        This alone proves why DNA testing is hardly possible for a normal person like Caty.

      • kath789

        In case you do not understand what I mean, I’m sure she knows na she has to do a DNA test. But the case has been closed and no matter how much she begs on her knees to the authorities, she cannot pursue verification of her claims. Resorting to popular vote is actually a good move to get help from people who can help her open the case again and test out her claim. You judge too fast na she’s just after inheritance. She has placed her good grandmother’s name on the line for coming up with this story all for the chance of doing what she thinks her grandmother wants her to do. May you open your mind a little and not be too quick in judging others. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

    Come on People, If they want to prove it then go to the Laboratory and extract DNA :) Besides if this is true I will bre proud as a Filipino! Imagine that, for almost a hundred years no on think that she is just here in Manila with us. Her relatives aborad is LOOKING FOR HER. If I am not mistaken ANASTASIA is related to Royal Blood in U.K. :) I’m totally following this story! :)

    • palaigit

      yep, the romanovs are related to the current mountbatten windsor family of UK, infact, the  DNA evidence that they used to check the buried bodies of the romanovs is from the husband of queen elizabeth 2

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

        yup! They are still hoping to find a survivor from that unfortunate incident. I hope that this story will be the truly end of that issue. Hoping she is ANASTASIA. 

      • palaigit

        dude, i think the story is already solved and buried in history. i wouldnt think that other royal families would just keep mum about any hints of any of the survivor with that incident… they would use their influence and power to look into these evidences. in my opinoin, that on their part, that countless evidences are already a nail on the coffin for this story.

    • robertcarino

      @aaron t.  it’s already been proven conclusively using the latest techonology.  the entire family is gone and has been for close to a century.  people here are not being “crabs”.  they’re calling the claim for what they perceive it to be.  there’s no envy associated with it.  maybe some immature pleasure, but not envy.  at meron ding mawawala sa bayan natin kung di tinigil ang claim na ito.  either lalong sasama ang relasyon natin sa russia, o pagtawanan tayo ng mundo, or both.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

    Ang hindi mawala sa atin mga Pinoy ay hatakan pababa?! Supportahan natin, kung hindi totoo ito then walang mawawala. Kung totoo karangalan pa natin! STOP CRAB MENTALITY!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

      Walang mawawala? Magmu-mukha tayong tanga, walang mawawala?

      • robertcarino

         @jake.  yup! agree.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ZGUXEE34FHJPQITZNZEOUJ4SI alicia

        you people already look like it. no need for this.

      • bugaboomang

        why do i keep imagining you’re wielding a bolo while chewing your tongue into pulp?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

      Hindi rin, Sabi nila si einstein daw bobo kung hindi sya nagtry mag aral ng Algebra edi walang e=mc^2 GENIUS PALA SYA. If we don’t pursue things that might true then there will be no INNOVATION! Besides we have now DNA technology to let this issue sort out. Let the Scientist do the test and let see. Hindi mo rin naman alam kung ano magiging resulta e. If they found out that it’s not anastasia then, stopped this messed. But if they found out she is truly anastasia then this will be the GREATEST DISCOVERY OF MODERN HISTORY! Kasi diba may  scientific findings na then mabubulaga sila ngayon positive DNA na sya si Anastasia. That will make history rewritten again. Closure na rin sa Family nya and Karangalan pa ng Bansa natin. 

      • robertcarino

         @yahoo-G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ:disqus.  that’s not how genius works.  there are scientists and there are geniuses.  scientists don’t know the final answer, but they can make an initial educated guess based on facts; they then prove or disprove the guess.  geniuses already see things for what they are; then they go about collecting facts to prove they were right. 

        the key word, aaron, is “facts”.  even the greatest scientists had dreams they discarded when confronted with facts and evidence to the contrary of their initial beliefs.  that’s what made them SCIENTISTS and not conspiracy theorists.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

      @ Jake tingin ko kasi isa ka sa mga Pinoy na may crabmentality! Mga kagaya mo kung bakit tayo Hindi makapunta ng SPACE mga pinoy kasi wala kang TIWALA na gawin ang mga bagay na kaya mo. AYAW MAGTRY kung baga!

    • bugaboomang

      ‘ge aaron, bigyan mo ng lesson ang mga kontra-barata. ang mga ‘yan, pag mainit ang panahon dumadaing, pag umulan dumadaing. kaya kung ang majority rito hindi naniniwala sa author, sila ang susuporta sa kanya, kasi nga kontra-barata! basta lang maipakita nilang kinakaya-kaya ang iba sa diskusyon, na magaling sila, ‘ge banat sila! mga payanig, e!
      tng’nan mo magkakasundo sila, yung jack, carino, tong-its at iba pa.
      yang mga ganyan, parang yung mga siga sa labasan, takot magka-engkuentro, kasi basically pala, mga urong ang mga yagbols! kaya ang kinakaya ay yung mga napagtutulungan nila, gaya ni demuel. buti pa itong si demuel, palaban, e, di nila mapatiklop! fight demuel! lol!

      kunyari pinipilit nilang rational and intelligent ang mga comments nila, tapos walang anu-ano, walang basehan kundi yabang lang, bigla nilang sasabihin na deluded raw si Caty?
      to each his own! deluded ka na kung may paniwala ka sa isang bagay?
      hindi kaya sila ang may delusion sa paniwala nilang deluded si Caty?

  • robertcarino

    mga kabayan, to have an understanding of the possible mindset of this claimant, may i recommend 2 really good movies (from a time when movies were well made and provoked intelligent thought).  The Maltese Falcon (starring Humphrey Bogart) and Anastasia (starring Ingrid Bergmann and Yul Brynner).

    • robertcarino

      hopefully, you’ll also understand why thousands of filipinos have never given up on the dream of finding yamashita’s gold.  (lintik, hinukay nga nila ang lot sa tabi ng subdivision namin.  wala namang nahanap kundi putik. nagkalat pa at humina tuloy ang roads. di mapigil dahil me kasamang mga naka-uniporme, mga fake army and pnp pala.)

  • Gerard

    “That morning’s discovery also triggered a chilling insight: could all the sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking I had been experiencing for several years while in the US, and to some extent here in Manila, have something to do with my efforts to solve my Grandmama’s identity mystery?”
    Lol what? Care to elaborate on this? What made you say that you have been experiencing “sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking” in the US and in Manila for several years?

    Also, this is speculation at best.

    • robertcarino

       not speculation, Gerard.  more like paranoia.  this alone should give the reader an indication as to the mindset of the narrator.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Yep. She has serious issues, for sure.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CSWDYNGYJUKDFMP4JW3RZK52HY Gabrielle

        She manifests a condition called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Rather than DNA testing, psychiatric evaluation is more the order of the day.

      • robertcarino

        and, if i may add, the longer this is delayed the worse the condition (or whatever alternate condition it is) becomes. sayang, because the claimant looks like she’s intelligent and highly functional.

    • tong_its

      delusion at worst.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    get a dna test….. solved….. get national geographic to help you ask the russian government for bone fragments of the czar

    • robertcarino

       hay naku.  governments don’t have time to conduct DNA test on every claimant in the world.  if only DNA testing were as simple as taking one of those drug tests during license renewal.  ang problema, deluded claimants will say, “ah-ha! refusal to conduct tests on me means they’re trying to hide something!!!”

      let’s just move on with our lives, people.  it was a beautiful dream.  in the end, it’s just a dream she must wake up from.

      • tong_its

        tama ka robert, if dna test is refused (for whatsoever reason–kahit ba sabihin ng russia “nananaginip si petersen na nakadilat”) it also becomes fodder for reader sympathy. so i am not exaggerating if this story with its share of “mystical” characters like astrologers and mediums and psychics will have a following. it is possible.
        imagine, in a book these people who are at present anonymous will be named. aba, kung ako ang psychic i will be more than glad for inadvertent publiclity diba.
        vanity nga naman.

      • robertcarino

        hay, kabayan.  kung alam mo lang what i have to deal with in my previous career.  hint: it had something to do with validating claims.  hehehehhe.

      • kath789

        kaya ka naman pala ganyan. God bless you sir

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    i bet my dingdong this is some marketing ploy by the author and inquirer to sell a book maybe 1-2 months down the road

    • tong_its

      yeah. it is called vanity publishing. an author with a foreign surname is a big draw to local readers. inquirer knows that and hitching its wagon to a money-making hoopla.

      • robertcarino

         @tong_its.  aba, posible yan.  but it’s a one-shot deal.  i don’t think the author can come out in any other reputable publication again, unless the article comes out in one of those “entertainment and fiction” features. 

      • tong_its

        robert, one shot deal is more than good enough for an “inadvertent writer” who **seized on** a sellable story, thinks she’s found gold in the family septic tank (or the basement of her mind). fool’s gold or real gold, thing is the story will have sold.

      • robertcarino

         hey, tong_its. ok ka rin!  i think we’ve disagreed on some issues before, but we agree here.  looking forward to seeing you on future posts.

      • tong_its

        same here bro. see ya around.

      • bugaboomang

        ayos! di pen-pal na kayo ngayon. ok, be sure not to
        contradict one another’s comments, para lagi kayong sweet, ja? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

    I agree with the below comment from surion (from the comments on the first article). The Inquirer is challenging public “facts” (in Google, Natl Geographic, etc) as they are. Who says that scientists can’t make a mistake? Just because a renowned scientist has said that something is “conclusive” doesn’t mean that he has made the right conclusion. Anyone can make a mistake.

    I am sure that Caty and the Inquirer know that a DNA test is the next step. I can’t wait to find out what the results of that test will be. In any case, it will bring Caty one step closer to her Russian relatives.

    ====================================================

    dear jake:

    i hope my message does not offend you but i dont think it is right
    for you to be calling Demuel “google boy” because 1. I bet you also got
    your facts about the romanov family from google 2. in case that you dont
    know, most of us gets our facts from google too! so pretty much all of
    us making these comments in this blog uses google as our source of
    information. also may i suggest that you be an open-minded person. open
    your mind to new ideas, new informations, new possibilities and to new
    mysteries which are yet to unfold. forget that this lola puti might be
    anastacia or not, but did it not occur to you that caty’s story about
    her lola puti actually CHALLENGES THE TRUTHFULNESS of the information
    laid down to us by google?? also, i dont think caty did not submit her
    story in the inquirer without researching about the romanov family in
    google, so i can pretty much assume that caty also knows about this
    scientist who claimed that he found anastacia’s body or corpse. but
    despite that dilemma or confusion she still chose to have her story
    printed in the daily inquirer and that meant something. if i were in
    caty’s place i think i would have done something the same because her
    lola’s story was indeed fascinating and intruiging! it might even hunt
    me in my dreams if i didnt do anyting about it! also she didnt actually
    confirm that her lola puti was really anastacia maybe because she is
    just as confused as we are because she knows of the fact that some
    scientist already confirmed that anastacia was killed during the
    massacre. then again, what is there to lose in telling everyone her
    lola’s story? infact nag gain pa nga xa eh! o ano naman sau?! no one is
    forcing you to believe! so if demuel wants to believe then let him
    believe stop leaving comments not worth reading. even though her
    lola truns out to be “not anastacia” her story was still enchanting to
    think about. but if lola puti turns out to be russia’s long lost grand
    duchess anastacia then that will contest the truthfulness of the
    informations laid down to us by google, it could be that the scientist
    was the one who is fraud or they just committed a plain mistake.

    • robertcarino

      @cathy.  there’s such a thing as challenging a claim.  and there’s such a thing as calling it as you see it.  no sense beating a dead horse.  i don’t mean to be cruel, but this claim is a dead horse.

      my big fear is that any of those deluded politicians could take up the claimant’s cause. then, our country will go through another episode of epic face palm.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

        Yes, if she turns out to be wrong. If she turns out to be right, our country will be a media darling. Either way, she deserves to know the truth about her family.

        Unfortunately, she can’t help but drag the country’s name along with her as she is Filipino. Maybe we should tell her to renounce citizenship before she proceeds with testing, etc.

        The claim is already known to be a dead horse. Which is why Caty is trying to go the Inquirer route to drum up interest and catch the attention of the Romanov experts. Good of her to try.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HPKASSSNJWORRNZIIAOQ7UMLQ4 Kay

        Caty Petersen is an American citizen, has a native American husband and son.  Only her parents are Filipino citizens.

    • Alajero

      ..i’ll give it the benefit of the doubt….i am wishing caty the best of luck on her search…and would like to see the rest of the story in the making…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

      Ay Cathy! It’s true, isn’t it? That there’s one born every minute?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

        What does your statement prove?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        As they say, there’s a sucker born every minute. Most usually don’t publicize their misfortune, but some seem to revel in exposing themselves to the public. That said, if I were you, I would just keep things to myself.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

         I’m sorry, but there’s freedom of expression in this country last I checked.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Yes, everyone has the freedom to express and prove his/her ignorance!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

         i agree. you and i just did that.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Expand your intellectual horizon, Cathy. Para hindi ka masyadong madaling madala at maloko. Your intelligence (?) is being insulted by Caty’s absurd claim, and you don’t even know it. Kawawa ka naman.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

    Universe is a VAST place people! There are lot things we didn’t now. Sabi nga nung kanta ” WAG MONG SABIHING MATALINO AT MAHUSAY KA DAHIL KAGAYA NG IBA IKAW AY TULDOK DIN! 

  • Gerard

    To people saying that a DNA test is in order: 
    DNA tests aren’t as simple as teleseryes make it sound. DNA tests are expensive and can take a long time. Also, the DNA information of royal/historical figure is not easily accessible.Besides, this mystery has been solved. Google the following keywords (can’t post the link) and you’ll be able to see a journal discussing/solving the mystery of AnastasiaMystery Solved: The Identification of the Two Missing Romanov Children Using DNA Analysis

    • robertcarino

       @gerard.  unfortunately, claimants won’t let facts get in the way of the quest.  in addition to the 2 movies i earlier recommended, i would also suggest people watch McKenna’s Gold (starring Gregory Peck, about “gold fever” and how this affects people) and Family Plot (by Alfred Hitchcock, about con artists posing as spiritual media).  good ones to put the issue in proper perspective, i believe.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

      There are now technology trimming down the time from ten years to just 3 months. :) That’s why the author published this article so that people from different parts of the world can read this and praying one of them is interested about this and make the test available for her. It’s a COMMON SENSE.

      • Gerard

        If the author or this publication had any common sense, the first thing they should have done was do a little research regarding this mystery. In doing so, they will find out that it has indeed been solved using scientific means and that the results have been published in a reviewed journal. 

      • kath789

        I think she knows that pretty well, na the case is labeled as solved already. Who knows how much pressure this is putting on her…claiming that there is a possibility that her lola is Anastasia right after Anastasia’s bones were said to be found? 

    • http://twitter.com/DrVeggy Jeremiah Torrico

      dear caty, why dont u just tell us if u have an uncle or a son who has hemophilia? if u dont, then surely ur grandmama wasnt anastasia.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3L5SNYH4GMJZVG2NQSLFKFJE7U midge

        i totally agree. way to go genetics!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3J53LA54NA54BYDF3ZCXU6LSQ Aaron T

    Sometime we are laughing at people looking for impossible things, but people like Einstein,
    Heinrich Schliemann, and others pursue the impossible things and they succeed! 

    • robertcarino

       @aaron.  pursuing a dream is different from pursuing illusions.  dreams give you a direction, while facts are the end.  Einstein was about dedication and hard work, but he was also all about facts.  great men are also capable of discarding dreams in light of cold and hard facts.

  • Pablo Juan

    Sorry Caty.. Anastasia died along with the rest of her family… DNA proof.. there’s another woman, now also dead, in the US who also claimed to be her.. I read/watched it a few years ago.

    • robertcarino

       @pablo juan.  even when i was a kid (several decades ago), marami nang nag-claim.  all were disproven based on hard facts and extensive investigation.  but cold and hard facts will never get in the way of the true dreamer.  i mean, ok lang yan.  but it’s a different story when a publication or when politicians start to take the claim seriously.  ano yung term na ginagamit ng kabataan ngayon?  “face palm”?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

         I still think you should give Caty the benefit of the doubt and the benefit of a DNA test with the experts involved in the Romanov case. So that she can at least get cold and hard facts that her grandmother is or isn’t Anastasia. This string of articles aim to give Caty the support she needs to pursue DNA testing.

      • robertcarino

        @cathy.  if she can get reputed experts to do the tests, why not?  but let’s not ride on this wagon, shall we? the more the hitchhikers, the greater the failure. this already has “kuryente” written all over it.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

        When you try, you always risk failure. You also risk success.
        I admire Caty for trying.

      • robertcarino

         just a word of well-meaning advise.  there is “trying” and there is “trying too hard”.  knowing the difference is part of growing up.  peace.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

         when you try, why not go all out? she hasn’t failed yet, so we can say that this is her first try. i think it’s subsequent tries after failure that fall under the category of “trying too hard.” peace.

      • kath789

        that’s precisely what she needs cause without the “kuryente”, no one will take on her case seriously. you said it so yourself. the case has been closed. she needs popular support to take her efforts to the next stage

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Cathy:

        You know what DEAD means? The one-and-only Anastacia was murdered long time ago. What benefit of the doubt are you writing about? That one can come back from the dead? Wow . . . you have some serious issues, too!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVNCJ23NB5BX5GIJ6DXT5PGIJ4 cathy

        what if she wasn’t dead after all? that is what benefit of the doubt means. and if you give me that part on the scientists, etc, i’ll refer you to my previous statement that scientists can make mistakes too.

      • kath789

        the hard proof you have that she is dead are just bones. what if may ibang kasama pala si Alexei pero of Romanov descent din? Pluto was once a planet and now it’s not. all I’m saying is, science has its flaws. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WMDNXVH3RXGU6OE35BJ7WXP74A Maria Cecilia

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.I have been staring at the title of this article for the past days and finally read it today. The ‘story’ is very amazing! At this point, I am not going to side with the ‘bashers’ nor with Cathy. I just admire the ‘plot’. If this is real, then it really deserved being written! (or make a movie out of it!) if not, i.e. grandmama is not Anastasia, then it is still a great adventure! I won’t say that Cathy is an overly assuming person because she is just really tracing her roots (that is what I felt from reading this). She did not pronounce any declaration that her lola indeed is THE Anastasia. I hope to read the future parts!

  • Annie James Parker

    Anna Anderson another impostor right?

  • robertcarino

    PDI walking on a thin, high wire here.  kakatapos lang ng “security risk caption” issue.  and now they come up with a controversial article like this.  people may claim PDI intends to challenge the claimant’s assertions.  but this will not wash.  there is some journalistic responsibility against publishing claims that evidence and facts do not support.

  • Annie James Parker

    BEST NOVEL OF ALL TIME!!
    THE PLOT IS SO AMAZING~

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZS4KXULR63W7UFCNH7HHVUIDEQ Choi Bali

    Caty, this is a noble quest of yours. Finding who really your Grandmama was. To others, please give Caty the benefit of the doubt. If you read and heard some other stories, I encourage you to provide links or evidence(s) for us to see, hear, read and understand, in your comments so that we can also keep track to it. Do not jump straight directly to the “hot water” for no conclusive reason at all.

    • Mike Cohen

       I agree with choi, let her believe what she wants, but, science is there, the records are there. To put it to rest perhaps one or more schools of genetics here in the Philippines would like study this?
      And solve the mystery once and for all.
      There are DNA digital records available; perhaps the inquirer can sponsor it?
      Or a tv network. Let’s wish her the best of luck.

      • kath789

        the hard part naman ata is getting a DNA sample of the Romanovs? let’s just continue supporting her…baka through this mabubuksan at least ung case to accomodate for the verification of her claim…

      • Gerard

        Yes, like the russian government would give her access to those. Besides, it was the russian government that pushed for the study I previously posted,

      • robertcarino

         yup! not only russia.  the entire scientific community’s eyes were on this issue.  this should already be considered closed.

      • robertcarino

         no.  DNA of the Romanovs already on record.  the hardest part is to get reputable parties who’ve already done exhaustive investigations with decisive conclusions to humor one claimant.

      • kath789

        for Caty, the hard part is gaining access to those DNA records. do I have to really detail it out like that? I don’t know much about how DNA tests go but I know they went proving that Anastasia died by using samples and I do know their DNA is on record already. yet I do not think you can just access it just cause you want to. I bet you will need permits and other stuff for that.

        and yes, the next hard part is getting credible experts to do the testing. I have no idea what your profession is but I think you have experienced too much negativity that you don’t want to try out anything else anymore. but what if her claim is true? there’s no saying that it is false as of the moment because it has not been investigated that much yet. you just dismiss it as false because it is a waste of time and effort for you and is damaging to your image as a person of the same Filipino descent as Caty. but she has not even given it a serious try yet…if she is totally a fake, then at least she makes great stories. if her research leads to a dead-end, then she’ll have to start over. 

      • robertcarino

        not only DNA but forensics was used in the investigation, and conducted by the most respected parties.  the records and results were opened to the scientific community.  as i said, the results are not the hard part.  the hard part is getting anyone reputable to take this claim seriously. i believe the reason for this is obvious.  peace :)

      • kath789

        so we both know that the process is hard and the consequences are hard. but it’s not a false claim yet and she wants it to be verified or falsified.. it is what she is after and maybe kaya nga she went to the inquirer is to take a chance that maybe with the help of popular vote, she will be taken seriously. God bless you sir.

      • robertcarino

         God bless you too.

      • robertcarino

         by the way.  i’m not being negative.  i’m calling it the way i see it.  my previous career? something to do with validating claims. i also had to deal with the fallout resulting from false claims.  i do hope you understand that i never made this claim from the start until someone asked me.  i only want to share some hard lessons from experience, so that noone has to go through that.  so i hope you understand where i’m coming from.  peace :)

      • Gerard

        Solve the mystery once and for all? The mystery has been solved: 

        Mystery Solved: The Identification of the Two Missing Romanov Children Using DNA Analysis 

        plosone(dot)org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0004838

      • Mike Cohen

         I am not saying gerard she is or isn’t right – but closure would put the issue to rest. The DNA evidence is actually in hawaii at same center the us military uses to identify MIA remains. The russians sent samples for study there. digital records are available

      • Gerard

        A little google search would probably be enough to bring her closure, but given her paranoia and delusion as showed by this article, I doubt it.

      • http://twitter.com/DrVeggy Jeremiah Torrico

        no need to have a dna test for now, i guess. if grandmama tasia bore a sone who has hemophilia, then there is a possibility tht she is Anastasia or was related to the russian monarchy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DJRIL7WPYS374M7IK453N5PPU imjustareader

        I agree. check if cathy has hemophilia or anybody in the family. it might be handy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCUWABRTSMQOAO3PTEULGS2X4I John O

         caty is not hemophiliac, because only males can have that disease.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3L5SNYH4GMJZVG2NQSLFKFJE7U midge

        MOSTLY males can have it because it’s a recessive X-linked disease. but women can have it too. This is very likely to happen when a hemophiliac dad mates with a carrier mom.

    • robertcarino

       there’s a problem with links.  there is a common rule governing fora, and that noone should post links.  i don’t know why and if that applies here, but perhaps this could be due to copyright issues. 

      now on the subject of quests, there is wisdom in approaching this issue as conservatively as one can because this has already been the subject of literally and practically dozens of reputable investigations.  to veer away from convention well-established, is less of heresy, and more of ill-advised waste of resources.  then there is plain old common sense and discernment.  my sincerest regards to all of you.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/gGWLpr02s_Ss8JG4ogBHukH.VZwKNg--#10e26 abet

      Part 2 of the story is a cover-up. Their grandma told them the real story but they made it appear that the medium did it. Like their grandma, they are still afraid that something bad will happen to them.

      Someday, something will be unraveled by this story.

  • justyouraveragechinoy

    I already knew about the NatGeo clip RE Anastasia before this article was published but it still is a pretty good story.  Why not contact NatGeo Philippines?

    there’s no need to bash or hate the author or people pushing for a DNA test.  Don’t be such a scrooge.

    • robertcarino

       kabayan, NatGeo would most likely issue a form reply like “thank you for your submission.  we regret that we currently could not accede to your request.”  who knows? the claim could still get a place in one of those “Top 20″ lists.

    • Gerard

      People may find this story as an insult to their intelligence, which is why the author or this publication receives flak for this article.

      • robertcarino

         oh, yes.  me point din naman si justyour…  i think everyone should try to remain civil when posting.  pero minsan lang kasi sobrang gigil siguro.  and also, when one tries to discuss the subject of mental illness or questionable claims, some will take it scientifically, some more emotionally.  meron din kasing potentially embarassing suggestions which need to be nipped in the bud.  but in all things, peace.

    • Mike Cohen

      Something interesting I found on the website of the house of Romanov’

      The Head of the Imperial House familiarizes herself with the circumstances surrounding the death of her relatives….

      We recall that in 1991, near Ekaterinburg, the remains of nine
      persons were found—Nicholas II, members of the Imperial family, and
      their servants. However, missing from this gravesite were the remains
      of Tsarevich Aleksei and his sister, Maria. After an analysis of these
      remains, they were buried in the Ss. Peter and Paul Fortress in St.
      Petersburg.

      In the summer of 2007, local historians Vitalii Shitov and
      Nikolai Neijllin discovered a fire pit that had been used to cremate
      bodies. In this fire pit, they found the remains of two skeletons
      which, it was believed, belonged to a girl approximately 18 – 23 years
      old and to a teenager that had been between 10 and 13 years old. On the
      basis of these remains, the local District Attorney reopened the
      criminal investigation that had originally begun in 1991. In July 2008,
      the Senior Investigator for special cases of the Attorney General’s
      Office of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Solov’ev, announced
      officially that the remains found in July 1007 in the area known as
      Ganina Yama belonged to members of the Imperial Family—Tsarevich Aleksei
      Romanoff and Grand Duchess Maria Romanoff

      “Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna has reacted cautiously to the
      news.” He reiterated that the Imperial House does not recognize the
      authenticity of the remains buried in the Ss. Peter and Paul Fortress:
      “We would like to believe that the truth will one day be established and
      there will not be a repeat of the political circus that took place back
      in 1998,” Zakatov stated.

      The Russian Orthodox Church, which considers Nicholas II and members
      of his family as holy martyrs, has also reacted cautiously to the
      discovery of these remains. According to a statement to “Ъ” by Fr.
      Vladimir Vigilianskii, the press secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate,
      “The Church is inclined to believe the conclusions of Nikolai Sokolov
      (who, on instructions of Admiral Kolchak, investigated the deaths of the
      members of the Imperial Family in 1918—“Ъ”), who concluded that the
      remains of the Imperial Family were completely destroyed.” Fr. Vladimir
      said, “The Church has to be sure not to make a mistake, because then
      people would be venerating false relics.”

      Pavel Korobov

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/32SXLTJXCW4PYCTBJHFDOU3ILQ joy

    i wanted to hear more of your quest, somehow, i believe in you about the possiblilities of the true identity of ur grandmama, but these are just facts, you need a strong evidence that will prove your claim, & it will be hard to get, u need to atleast get in contact with a reputable institution in russia that will have u prove it,
    way to go i’ll be looking forward on ur next write up on the update of this quest

  • justyouraveragechinoy

    Can’t get over it…. But, did NatGeo or the people behind the discovery of Anastasia actually proved that the skeletons were that of the Grand Duchess?  I don’t know how extensive the DNA testing was but I think comparing a DNA with that of the other Romanov’s will only tell you that they are related but it doesn’t prove beyond any doubt that it was the missing Anastasia, not unless their DNA were profiled and the investigators have a piece of her hair strand or finger nail before they were murdered then that’s the only time you can close the book on this mystery.

  • robertcarino

    i think i’ve had my quota of analyzing claims without pay for today.  i’m going for a swim and a can of ice-cold cola after.  all of you just relax and not take things too seriously now, ok?  looking forward to chatting with you all in future issues. peace.

  • Simon Ward

    There are many posts here critcising the author for claiming her relative was Anastasia, and criticising the PDI for publishing a false claim. I’m not the first to point this out, but just as a reminder … The author has made no such claim. She is simply exploring the possibility.

    My only criticism is that the story is being run prematurely. I hope the PDI will promise to run the last installment – the one where Grandma’s true identity is finally revealed, no matter who she turns out to be.

    • robertcarino

      @simon.  just so this needs to be pointed out as well.  the author may not have categorically made a claim.  but she continues to insinuate on this.  how can you explore the possibilitiy of an impossibility?  DNA already proves the Romanovs all died. and despite this, the narrator keeps insinuating the possibilities!  and a teaser from PDI itself “Filipino’s Grandmama could be Russia’s Anastasia” does make the PDI liable for false claims.

  • angie669

    This is the Filipino crab mentality. Please respect the author and her quest. Let’s support her instead of criticizing her. The author’s story is very very convincing. If Cath’s grandma was the same Grand Duchess Anastacia Romanov, it’s an honor for her family and the Filipinos. If not, Cath still deserve to know her roots. Is there anything wrong when she wants to know her family history?? And her quest leads her to this side of the story, to the Russian royalty? This is where it leads her, why criticize her?

    • Gerard


      The author’s story is very very convincing ”

      The story is not convincing at all. In no way is the the ramblings of a “spirit medium” more convincing than scientific and forensic evidence.

      Also, this isn’t crab mentality. She’s just receiving flak for a stupid and uninformed claim published in a “broadsheet”.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

      Angie:

      This is what you get if you are uninformed, you believe in every story simply because you don’t know any better. Kaya magbasa-basa ka, expand your intellectual horizons para hindi ka madaling lokohin. Ignorance is bliss, indeed!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EX5QU7MWBL7MUYGAGS7BOS34GI Sharleen

        Nobody is saying she made the claim. Tss

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Siguro, Sharleen, kailangan na basahin mo ulit itong 2-part concoction ni Caty para maintindihan mo kung ano ang gustong ipahiwatig ng putative granddaughter ni Grand Duchess Anastasia. Medyo pa-coy siya ng kaunti, but the message is clear. Just spend more effort in trying to understand it, okay? Good luck!

    • tong_its

      i agree with gerard this is not crab mentality.
      definition of crab mentality: “if i cannot have it, neither can you.” compare with critical comments in this thread. doesn’t jibe.
       on the other hand, people may criticize from intelligent evaluation. it will help you to know the difference.

  • nakawan

    Pretty good Anastasia story.  Why not get a DNA sample of the lola, send it to the right authorities for verification?

  • markx2012

    continue your journey Catherine…
    and to you people, her search is not yet over, so dont judge her!

  • nakawan

    seriously though, stop going to mediums and fortune tellers. get DNA sampling

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3L5SNYH4GMJZVG2NQSLFKFJE7U midge

      totally! at least DNA analysis will answer the question, “is lola the lost anastasia romanov?” 

      • sushimacaroni

        Natgeo did this (DNA Analysis). However, there was no way to tell if the find was really Anastasia. but according to them, All of the bodies were found. (Tsaverich Alexei’s and a body of a young female were found buried at a separate pit but still close to the bodies of the Tsar, his wife and daughters). 

        I’m not trying to disprove anything. To be honest, I’m more interested in how the author’s story ends. :) 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VCQB4OB6VH2ENDJ6U6CG4MMDIY Kiza

    I really like the story….i am proud to know this… please let me know more the very interesting history/story of your grandmama. We should be very proud my fellow filipinos because the only remaining russian royal is here in our country. I am proud of you author. let me abreast of all possible stories of your grandmama. 

    • Gerard


      We should be very proud my fellow filipinos because the only remaining russian royal is here in our country ”

      wow

    • http://twitter.com/kram_wid Kram_W|d

      Why should Filipinos be proud?

    • Narolvin Tan

       what’s to be proud about? it’s like saying that you are only proud for being a filipino when you have a famous foreigner’s blood. =

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OHPB5L36WEZQRNNLSIZV5FDXY4 Olma Regina

    ..

  • starry_d

    I would like to believe your grandmama was the Grand Duchess Anastacia. If what the Paloma Garcia says is true, that your grandmama wants you to bring her body home right away, because if you would need her DNA for proof, time is crucial. God bless on your quest and I hope to read more of your story. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YATE6O3KK7WZEKAAVMIFUEHXMI iyot

    Interesting fiction

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

    I have it on good authority that this fantastically inane story about another Anastasia is part of a survey to determine how uninformed and gullible the readers of Enquirer are. Needless to say, based on the views expressed here, the Enquirer is very elated at our capacity to believe simply because we don’t know any better–so helpless are we in our ignorance. Thus, Enquirer is going to continue its series on incredible stories for its hopelessly credulous patrons. Abangan!

    • tong_its

      inquirer, bro. enquirer may be taken to mean The National Enquirer, which features celebrity news.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        That’s the totally-intended point, bro. The newspaper has become the Philippine version of the National Enquirer. I understand agents of the paper are looking for relatives of Elvis in Pinas, as well as wives and children of Martians. Stories endorsed/supported/verified by dwarves and mediums–preferably with cats that can emit “disembodied sounds”–have priority. Make sure that your respective story is vetted first by Emily Abrera. Start writing already!

    • 22_nko

      A lot of the readers here are encouraging the author to go and investigate using reliable methods. It’s a different scenario from merely believing. It’s called keeping an open mind.  And yes we all are ignorant because we do not know the whole story. But then everything starts from ignorance until we try to prove or disprove our theories. And precisely the name of the newspaper Inquirer – to inquire and ask questions and that’s the start of breaking away from the state of being gullible. 

      • Reezey

        Well, you know what they say about closed-minded people remaining ignorant over their own doing.

    • gardy_versozi

       it’s Inquirer.

    • albert13

       @jake, yes, the readers are not only uninformed and gullible, they have also misspelled the name of “Inquirer”

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        Albert:

        No wonder you believe this very tall story; you can’t even read. I have been referring to the Inquirer as Enquirer since yesterday (see the reactions to the first part of the story), in reference to the National Enquirer, a tabloid in the United States that publishes stories like this–relatives related to royal families, Elvis still alive and operating a karaoke joint in South America, people abducted by Martians, babies with twin snakes, etc. Hindi ka kasi nagbabasa, e, kaya lahat pinapaniwalaan mo. Wake up, kid; use your brain if you have any; but, especially, open your intellectual horizons para hindi ka madaling maloko.

      • albert13

         ngek, mas magaling ka magpapalusot kesa sa author ng article. ikaw ang dapat magbasa ng isinulat mo at ang corresponding reactions ng other readers sa sinulat mo. mas effective kang writer sa iyong Enquirer kaya doon ka na lang sumulat at huwag ka nang mag respond dito sa Inquirer. by the way, tagapunas ka ba ng puwet diyan ng mga lola puti sa US?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        albert13:

        walang hangganan ang iyong kabobohan. kawawa ka naman. saan ka ba nag-aral? sayang ang ibinabayad mo, at hanggang ngayon ay mangmang ka pa rin!

  • gardy_versozi

     this story was amazing, until the spiritual mediums and astrologers came in. then this story became a fraud.

  • Abby Alvarado

    omg I can’t wait for the next article of this story… very intriguing and interesting story.. hope you find all the answers to your question ms.catherine

  • AntiAko

    Three letters will solve this mystery, once and for all: D N A

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

    Caty Petersen should just spend her money going to a psychologist….or maybe she wants to be a fantaserye writer…. 2012 na po, imbes magtanong sa manghuhula, magpaduktor ka nalang…nabasa ko kasi sa tarot card mo na hindi tugma yung dna mo sa tamang pag-iisip.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YN4GHCMAO22DHQEZAH6ZDVZ6YQ Blinkx

      When she introduced “mediums” to her quest you know that she’s already joking around right? So we shouldn’t take this story seriously as if her grandmother really is the Grand Duchess.

    • chrisamityguild

      What about possibilities guys? History is written either with prejudice or bias, along with conspiracies and mysteries…We have no ideas whether the medium she consulted with is familiar with the history of Imperial Russia, or that of the Imperial Household, or better yet that of the Winter Palace…one thing is certain, what the medium revealed makes any sense…:) 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YN4GHCMAO22DHQEZAH6ZDVZ6YQ Blinkx

    I think in the 3rd and final part the author lady will tell us who her grandmother really is. She’s probably not gonna be related to the Grand Duchess but will have an interesting background about Lota Puti.

    So you see my friends this whole “claims” thing was just a way to get our attention. Good or bad 
    After all that’s what the media does these days ;-)

    I would love to hear about Caty’s story some more and I’m awaiting to find out who her grandmother really was.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OBHO2UWFLD3DGN2FGBI6AT57QI Dean

    The US government is hacking her? As if they have nothing better to than “hide the truth” about another Anastasia attention-seeking wannabe.

    • Ernest Gonzales

      IMO what she means is, her grandma won’t let her access those means for her to research online and wanted to trust her grandma as she guides her in discovering the truth and not relying on those found in the world wide web… 

      I hope I got it right Ms. Caty

      But still the second part is disappointing as I myself don’t believe in mediums, anyway
      I hope, Ms. Caty can secure DNA test result proving that Lola Tasia is indeed the lost Princess…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QYMLPTOC3C2UE6EYMGXC2AEKM magku

    April fools is over and Halloween is still at least 6mos. away. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QYMLPTOC3C2UE6EYMGXC2AEKM magku

    I can see Rasputin written all over this story, I’m more interested what happened to the Amber Room and the remaining Ambers.

  • hopefullPinoy

    i think there is no 3rd part, since the heading says it’s “Last of two parts”. the author is still continuing the search for the intriguing root of her grand mama. i hope she will finally discover her grand mama’s root, and be free. i hope balitaan nya rin tayo kung sino talaga si grand mama = )

  • juanditamad

    Result of DNA test is the answer. Hope that can be conducted soon. Молитвы к семье Романовых.

  • ITT_Co_Makati

    DNA should once and for all prove whether Tasia is part of the Romanov family. Since the Romanov family is related to the Royalties of Britain, then there should be many samples to compare it to. Once proven, she can be placed in the desired resting place. Soyuz Neroshimi Respublik Spavotnik!

  • http://twitter.com/sharrahkate Sharrah Kate

    I have to agree that the story was a bit credible until the spiritual counsellors were consulted. It’s like I’m watching an overrated Pinoy horror film… Anyways, the details abt her grandmom might be true, but she might be overthinking simple facts… besides, if this is true, she shouldna publicized this too early before the problem was solved, making it all the more hard to believe. Well, may the truth unfold, so u and ur family will have peace.

  • chrisamityguild

    With the results of the DNA tests announced around the year 2008, it was confirmed by both parties of scientists that the charred remains found last 2007 were those of the Tsarivich Alexei and one of his sisters, therefore concluding that all members were killed during the massacre…however, many questions are rising, yet again, about the authentications of these findings, only intensifying the mysteries of the Romanov murder mystery, this story could be a connection with one of the biggest conspiracies in the world or this could be proven as one of the biggest frauds our country could ever be able of…the bottom line is, possibilities exist in the realm of beings…

    • Dianne Vanessa Alejo

       ONE of Alexei’s sisters. They weren’t really sure if it was Maria or Anastasia.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

         kais po, may anak na babae kasama sa naunang lima…so nakumpleto na dna testing ng lahat ng anak na babae so kung si maria or si anastasia, hindi na importante dahil sa DNA testing nakitang ang dalawang labi ay anak na babae…alam mo ba ibig sabihin ng dna testing? intiendes?

  • Mara Estalilla

    If her grandmama is indeed, the lost Anastasia, she should be a carrier of the “royal” disease. Not finding the remains of the youngest siblings doesn’t mean that they survived the massacre. It is found in 2007 or 2008 that some remains from the second grave is authentic and therefore belongs to Alexei and one of his sisters. They were shot in a basement and their bodies were carried in a truck, naked. If Anastasia survived, she should have been at least wounded by a gun shot and ran off naked or if they aren’t naked, she should then havet the jewels which the ladies had sewn on their corsets.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

       they were chop chop the second time before they were reburried the 2007 dig is all small fragment of bone not whole skeleton

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSMVUV655PKW7Y3OPEO4J2SZOA ruffa

    Bakit wala man lang bang picture si Grandmama kasi po may picture naman si Grandpapa!!!ano kaya yun kasi sa wiki may picture po dun si Duchess!!! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSMVUV655PKW7Y3OPEO4J2SZOA ruffa

    Hala, wala bang family si Grandmama…paano sila nagkakilala ni Grandpapa…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LQW5V2WPDFR2HTKAEN7YCBBPVM Crown Cheryll

      there were at least 4 pictures of her grandmama in the first installment

    • Dianne Vanessa Alejo

       Read yesterday’s post on this. It discussed how Lola Puti met Caty’s lolo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K2B7LI3JSKHATUAA6N4IOQP2X4 Estenieta

    Maganda po ang  story ninyo, I  just want to tell you I do firmly believe  you and  spiritually  support you with all your endeavors…  for the peace of your grandma , as it is not easy with the  life she underwent.She may have your family but then  I am sure deep inside her heart was the  longing for her to see her family in Russia ,back then when she was still alive and the thoughts of her longing and loneliness for her family back in Russia is beyond  the understanding for those who have not really experienced how it is to be away from your own family. I pray that you can give peace to your beloved babushka. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DPXEOE2HZPAYIJQK3LKXYEVOI JardonR

    I think Caty Petersen is no Gloria Liarroyo.  With regards to the spirit medium, I also think he is more trustworthy than the Former First Gentleman. 

  • http://twitter.com/claRAWRwan clararara

    I don’t get it with the comments. Why are you bashing her because she’s “claiming” that her grandmother is a part of the Romanov family. She has not claimed anything yet, she is just venturing on the POSSIBILITY that it may be her. This story is a big “WHAT IF”. So just don’t go assume that she’s being another wannabe.

    I hope that Caty finds out the identity of her grandmother. Part of the Romanov family or not, it’s pretty interesting to see how this quest will come to an end. :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

       What if you just read a proper history book and read journal articles??

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

        even history books get corrected.  what makes this possibility any different?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        ae92:

        what makes this possibility different? wow, you are worse than i thought! it is different because the real anastasia has long been dead! do you know what dead means? you cannot correct the dead, for crying out loud! pati ba iyan hindi mo maintindihan?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

         akala kasi ni ae92 basta basta nalang nako-correct ang history books… tamad magbasa eh wala namang lumalabas na scientific, rational, valid, at verified na dahilan na kailangan ng correction sa romanov history. eto mga taong makukulit.

    • robertcarino

       @clarence.  how can you open yourself to a possibility when it’s already been conclusively proven to be a logical impossibility?  as in how can someone even playfully or seriously entertain the thought that her grandmother “could be” Anastasia, when it’s been proven that Anastasia died almost a century ago?

      • albert13

        @robert noon, ang paniniwala ng mga tao that the world is flat. pinarusahan ang isang taing nagsabi na the world is round. that goes against the scientific technology at that time. now all these dna enthusiasts claim that the story is false. who knows that new scientific findings will prove the agenda behind the people who performed the technology. jesus christ was crucified for claiming what many people claimed he is not. ngayon, after the spanish and american colonization, many pinoys are self proclaimed christians following the claims of jesus christ without the benefits of dna testing. i read of a story of communist pinoys, self proclaimed anti religion pero nahuhuling nag kukurus kung magkidlat.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/ONrnFXdwyffidWJbWhNKiHSHkZZGUxMdnOPxHss-#d4974 maria

    if the grandmama tasia wanted peace….what i don’t get is …why didn’t grandmama tasia tell them who she really was before she died if she indeed wanted to be burried with her family in russia.  normal reaction would be to tell her family in her death bed the truth before she dies, so she can rest peacefully.  why does it have to be her spirit to tell them.   it’s like a bit late os a reaction.  plus i don’t really believe in fortune tellers.  sad if this story is a scam.  i am not so sure now if the story is true.  was excited pa naman.  but the spirit quest really put doubts now.

  • sprint_netms

    Budol-budol pala storya, isn’t NATIONAL ENQUIRER recruiting Emily yet????

  • http://twitter.com/patrishavanessa Trish Santos ϟ

    This is so incredibly stupid. I can’t believe how far Filipinos are willing to go to gain attention. MAYBE IF SHE DID A DNA TEST FIRST BEFORE GETTING THIS PUBLISHED EVERYBODY WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED HER WITH OPEN ARMS. HOW HARD IS IT TO DO THAT. THE DNA RESULTS HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN PUBLIC. NOT TO MENTION THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS DOCUMENTARIES AND SCIENTIFIC STUDY SUPPORTING THE FACT THAT ANASTASIA DIED WITH HER FAMILY. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been fascinated with the history of the Romanovs ever since I was little and I for one would like to believe that she escaped and had a great life and children and all that. BUT FACTS ARE FACTS. This is just humiliating and disgraceful. It would be so embarrassing to have this published ON THE FRONT FREAKIN PAGE only to have it trashed after the DNA tests came out negative. It would show that this person’s grandmother is a FRAUD and then she would have been disgracing BOTH Anastasia Romanov and her OWN GRANDMOTHER.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

       simple…she wants some ‘inheritance’…with this money she can get a fast internet connection so she can easily access public journal articles on the case and maybe she can also get money to read history books. finally, the rest of her inheritance, she can use to get psychological treatment or more appointments with the manghuhula and tarot card readers to her heart’s content.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3FHRB2PGZ3TZPIVVPDFQFC54HQ Mark

       And while you’re suggesting that the author resort to DNA testing before publishing the article, you could have withheld your aggressive comment as well, at least until the results of this DNA test which you have zealously demanded for are made public.

      Indeed, “FACTS ARE FACTS,” as you put it, but we always have to be open and critical.  History provides us with a lot of instances on how FACTS were fabricated to suit one’s convenience.  For instance, the “Yurovsky Note” (from Edvard Radzinsky’s 1992 book The Last Tsar) which highlights the details of the Romanovs’ massacre — that Duchesses Maria and Anastasia were clubbed on the back of the head and killed by virtue of bullets through the head — proved inconsistent with the alleged remains of the two duchesses because the skulls discovered in 2007 showed no trace of bullet shots and violence.  We can infer that Yurovsky, the executioner, may have noted these details in order to come up with a report to his superiors – to that effect as to prove that he was able to do his task of finishing off the Romanov family.  These details were FACTS only until the skulls were discovered and eventually proved to be inconsistent with scientific evidence.

      LESSON: Keep an open mind and avoid aggressive comments that are uncalled for.  That is your opinion, fine. But do remember that democracy is not absolute, and an UNFOUNDED OPINION should not justify itself based on the ideals of democracy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAHTVQKSCODYUU3HCPECPGMHY DaddyILF

       You react to much with your scientific mumbo jumbo. I think you’re the one who’s being too naive and stupid not to know that “MANIPULATION OF FACTS IS ALSO A FACT” – meaning, not because Nat Geo or Discovery or whoever the eff that says “this is what REALLY happened . . .” means it wasn’t manipulated. I’m not totally saying I believe in Caty’s story but a benefit of the doubt is JUST.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3FHRB2PGZ3TZPIVVPDFQFC54HQ Mark

        She even tweeted this — @inquirerdotnet
        FYI. Anastasia’s remains have already been found in 2007 in the forest
        where her parents were buried. Do your research. *end of tweet*

        Tanga pala tong si
        Trish Santos eh, she takes things as facts without being critical.  Nung sinabi dati sa napagaralan mo na planeta ang Pluto,
        naniwala ka diba? Then cinonfirm na hindi pala sya planeta, sumagot ka
        ba “SORRY, FACTS are FACTS, do your research.” BOBA ka, at wag ka na
        sumagot, dahil I’m sure mas matalino ako sayo. Nakakairita kabobohan mo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAHTVQKSCODYUU3HCPECPGMHY DaddyILF

         She’s our version of our “dumb-blond feeling like a smart brunette”. :p

  • Padre Damazo

    Does your grandmama has  a foot deformity?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIRIW4OWEIHTILXO4IPYMKLOHE eric

    STUPID   STORY.     SHE  JUST   WANT  MONEY   PUBLISH    A  BOOK.    SOME  PEOPLE   ARE  REALLY   DUMB  INSPITE  OF  SO  CALLED   COLLEGE   EDUCATION

  • sushimacaroni

    Maybe her grandma was a Romanov. Not necessarily Anastasia herself, but it (Romanov) was a big family and most of the them were persecuted (while others were lucky enough to escape) during the revolution. 

  • bahaykubo1015

    If Caty is serious about knowing the truth then why hasn’t she or her mother submitted themselves to DNA analysis after all these years???????????
    A REALLY BIG QUESTION INDEED!!!!!!!
    In 2-3 weeks at the cost of a few hundred dollars, even less, her DNA could be compared to the printout of the Romanov’s DNA which is in a database and accessible.
    Why continue with these tra-la-la-la-la of speculations for several years now????????
    Is she or PDI or both pulling our legs????
    SAGOT KAYO?????

    BAKA SABIHIN NINYO DUON AKO DAPAT MAGTANONG SA SPIRITUAL MEDIUM….. 

    • kathleen

      are you sure that the romanov’s dna are accessible? because i don’t think they would put out those things

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

        may internet ka naman. bakit di ka pumunta sa mga online scientific database..andun nakapublish..

        o hindi ka marunong gumamit ng scientific database dahil sa manghuhula ka nalang nagtatanong?

    • gusto667

      Anong website pwedeng tingnan? How are you sure that information data is accurate.

      • bahaykubo1015

        Sorry to disappoint you but not every Juan, Maria and Pedro could just have access and have a printout of the Romanovs DNA . Anyway even if this printout is placed under their noses they won’t be able to understand anything as most people are not expert in DNA analysis.
        What I think Caty should have done years ago, instead of hyper ventilating on the possibility of her being of royal blood, was to go to a reputable DNA testing laboratory (these labs can collect samples from all over the world) and have her DNA tested. It is then through these establishments that a comparison with another DNA could be processed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RPV2XB7XR3AGOUM2TMY34OL3WM paul

    actually, i think she needs to start back to the time, her grandmama wrote her name in russian.
    as i can remember, she said, she wrote her name in cirilyic or crilyc or something.. If they can find out one of those she had written then way back.. they might find out something, like… her true name… since they often and repeatedly asked for her true name..

    something to start with… just in case you might have overlooked this.

    there is nothing more wonderful than having the feeling of being complete or completed. Hope you find your answers.

  • gusto667

    The way some of you comment, it is just too easy to take a DNA test, considering she needs to have a specimen from a royal person or any individual related to czar of Russia. The author never claim that her granny is Anastasia. She just want to unravel her grandma’s true identity. If she is Anastasia so what, if she’s not so what. Anyway this is  just a story it is up to you how to digest it.

    • bahaykubo1015

      Why would she need a specimen from an individual related to the Czar of Russia????
      The DNA record of the Romanov is known, in a database and accessible. It could be compared to her own DNA if she wanted to…..
      Why she hasn’t done it after all these years is simply beyond me?????? KLARO BA????

      • gusto667

        Saang website nga ? bigay nga example. and how are you sure it is accurate.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

         yeah, saan ang website na tong sinasabi mo? 

      • oxford_debater

        mahal kaya ng DNA test. we don’t even have enough facilities in the Phils. if u do it abroad, you need a clearance pa from their Ministry. and if you’re not a citizen, the more that it is complicated. so question, saan na tong website na sinasabi mo bahaykubo1015? bobo naman.

  • robertcarino

    well, this article proves at least one thing.  a lot of people still believe in fairy tales.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

       not that I’m siding with the author, but ain’t you a bitter one. 

      • robertcarino

        uhm, ae92.  please read the earlier posts to get a better picture on how the discussions went. you might even find you don’t need to “cry out aloud” for a lot of things you’re calling for.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

         calling what? earlier posts? diba comment mo ang earlier post? if you’re going to reply to some post, reply to it.  hindi yung gagawa ka ng comment mo at maiirita ka pag may magrespond :)

      • robertcarino

        relax lang, pare.  masyado kang emotional.  i’ve been replying all day and have been politely disagreeing with others.  you’ll get the context of the “fairy tale” i talked about.  and why should you feel irritated?  to the point you’d refuse to accept facts because these don’t agree with your beliefs? 

        i’ve been around these kinds of claims for decades.  to the claimants, they really hope the fairy tales come true.  that is their “reality”.  be careful you don’t make it yours as well.

        really. over and out.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

        was just messing around. not really being serious with some of my posts, sorry if it hit a nerve.

        Serious naman: fairy tales sometimes do come true.  But not everyone benefits from this.  Minsan you just have to let things go by and then later on say “hey, it’s possible after all”

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        ae92:

        And ain’t you a naive one! And since you seem to revel in it, we should just let you be so the whole world will know what dumbbell means.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

         sige simulan natin.. bobo ka pala eh

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        whatever i am, at least i don’t believe in this. wala kang ebidensiya na bobo ako, pero ako merong ebidensiya sa iyo–ang mga walang katuturan na isinusulat mo dito. ignorance is bliss talaga, no?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

         you’re not forced to believe in anything anyway. 
        your ignorance is bliss nga talaga.. amen :)

      • robertcarino

        @ae92.  relax ka din.  retaliating doesn’t advance the argument.  kung magkaharap tayong lahat, i’d even offer to discuss this issue with you over ice cream or anything cold.  cool lang.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

         robertcarino: man, I’m just messing around.. :)

      • robertcarino

         uy, pareng jake! you’re still here! do take it easy on ae92.  apparently a lot of people have some difficulty looking at the issue from a logical standpoint.  some defend the author as not having a categorical claim kasi.  but they should consider this:  how can someone continue to entertain the possibility that her grandma was Anastasia, when it has been conclusively proven that Anastasia died almost a century ago? 

        an even greater wonder:  how can people encourage the author to go ahead and undergo tests to prove/disprove it?

        i don’t think any of these considerations could change the heart of a true believer.  as for me, i’ll leave it at that and hope to agree/disagree with you in a future issue.  regards, pare!  to everyone, too regardless of opinion.

  • D L

    Chapter 3 will be mailed from a mental institution.

    • bahaykubo1015

      ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

    Just do the DNA test while Prince Philip is still around to share his DNA for testing for crying out loud!

    • gusto667

      kung yung utot nga ni Prince Philip hindi mo maamoy, DNA pa hinahanap mo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

        how bobo can you get? tsk tsk tsk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

     ”could all the sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking I
    had been experiencing for several years while in the US, and to some
    extent here in Manila” – delusional talaga itong Caty Petersen na ito. Bakit naman siya pag-aaksayahan ng panahon para i-hack…baka puro numero ng manghuhula at FB friends na tarot card readers lang laman ng computer niya. Caty, patingin ka na sa psychiatrist…isama mo na si Emily Abrera.

    • bahaykubo1015

      str8boy,
      Could you also  ask them to include the PDI person who approved the publication of this story???? Front page news pa.. May tama din yon!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

    What an unbelievable bunch of gullible, uninformed and stubborn readers! No wonder Enquirer has no compunction in publishing trash like this–the editor must believe that the Enquirer’s readers would not know the difference. With the kind of readers that have surfaced here, no wonder the Chinese have been claiming everything that we own–alam nilang maski anong titulo ang isusubo nila, e, maraming kakain!

    • robertcarino

      c’mon, jake.  marami ka namang good points.  the chinese issue has nothing to do with this one.  take it easy and just relax.  this is my last post for this issue.  hope to catch you in a future post.  regards!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        robert:

        pasensiya ka na, pero mukhang diyan ang ating pupuntahan, dahil napakadali nating maloko. kung itong bagay kay anastasia na “cut and dried” na, e, ang dami pa ring naniniwala (at ayaw pang paawat), i can just see this spilling over to other issues. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

        OK, my serious comment this time: 

        Hindi naman dahil sa nagibibigay ka ng benefit of the doubt eh ibig sabihin naniniwala ka kaagad.  As far as I see the other people putting up their positive comments, they’re not completely believing on the author.  But more like saying “give us more proof”. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AOKOZS6STCAQGFYWSKENC7Y4KU lance g

        Jake relax… people are entitled with their opinion and that goes with their emotion so as yours…Let’s just stay with the arguments and keep our emotions cool… Mys argument is just this.. ” Everyone shout admit that the article got the readers hooked up, interested, emotional and even did some research it with the most available resources, wikipedia etc…, so is  Inquirer and it’s writers not good?, fact is, they are, they diverted the common news and put an article on their front page that got their paper sold if not sold-out in some other places”… so relax and do better interaction with our fellow readers..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AOKOZS6STCAQGFYWSKENC7Y4KU lance g

      hahaha the PDI is in fact very good in publishing!… SEE you have been commenting and saying a lot of bad things about the article yesterday which was the first installment of this, but see? you’ve read this article again and your commenting again and again saying things etc… I therefore conclude that INQUIRER and it’s writers are in fact very good! a lot of people are tired about news on politics, corona etc and your one of them… FACT IS “YOU’VE READ BOTH ARTICLES” HAHAHAHAHA

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

        lance g:

        it was important to find out how deep her psychosis is, and how much farther she can go in pulling people’s legs. well, this second part has shown that, indeed, she is in some deep psychological pit, and that the number of simple minds her story has uncovered is legion.

      • Athena08

        You’re funny. You are diagnosing a person when you don’t even know her personally. Have you met her in real life? Conducted interviews? Investigated her life’s conflicts? 

        I highly doubt that, Sir. Please stop with the name-calling. It feels like I’m reading a child’s play. If you are going to criticize her, do it right. Criticize the article, not the person. It’s okay to be a skeptic, but be mindful of your words. How would you feel if someone degraded you, huh? 

        Disclaimer: I am not fully believing her story. I am keeping an open mind about this. If it’s true, then it’s true. If it’s not, well, at least her fantasy is interesting.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WNLEMFPG4JAZVLAUHPFEJFNX4Y Meg

        are you nucking futs? sunod sunod na kabalastugan na nga ang ginagawa ng dyaryong to, dinedepensahan mo pa? 

        I’ve read both articles, too, and although the first one was interesting, the second one seemed to have been written with Licauco. Mystical bs. 

    • jlin_54

      that’s Inquirer!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLVZYJ6FC7JPRIST3PSXD4FUB4 Char

    Come on people! Open your minds to possibilities. There are a lot of possibilities in this world. Some facts now can no longer be “facts” in the future just like how Pluto is no longer considered a planet today. Has anyone ever considered the possibility that the claim that Anastasia’s body has already been found could just be politically influenced? Also, even experts can make mistakes. I am not insinuating anything here but there are just a lot of possibilities. Besides, if ever this Grandmama was not really Anastasia what is wrong with wanting to know the truth about your roots? Put yourself in the author’s shoes and save your bashing and whining to yourself.

    • robertcarino

      oh, char.  that kind of argument opens up a lot of kooky conspiracy theories.  you don’t really want to go there.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAHTVQKSCODYUU3HCPECPGMHY DaddyILF

         And why not? Not all conspiracy theories stays as “theories”. Some are just plain conspiracies.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

       true.. even the leftists were saying that the real anastasia got away and were in pursuit in looking for her.  It’s also possible that those who made tests might be some of the romanov loyalists who tried to keep her away from harm. 

      But then again, we have tons of pinoys on this online community who retort to bashing and name calling since similarly, they only listen to the 1st man who said that the world is flat and scrutinize Aristotle

    • bahaykubo1015

      Char I think the question here is not only on whether the real Anastasia escaped or not!
      A DNA test could have proven if Caty is even remotely related to the Romanovs. I don’t think years of hyper ventilating on the possibility that one could be of royal blood is worth one’s time. At least not for me…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLVZYJ6FC7JPRIST3PSXD4FUB4 Char

        Well, now that her story is published hopefully someone might be able to help her with that.

      • bahaykubo1015

        Was that her purpose????? You mean mangungulikta to pay for the DNA test?????

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLVZYJ6FC7JPRIST3PSXD4FUB4 Char

        Is that really the only purpose you could think of bahaykubo1015???

  • http://twitter.com/makewayfornodi dino cortina

    Reading the comments is as interesting and fun as reading the article! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

       come on, join the fun… ;)

      • bahaykubo1015

        I already did!!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

         ikaw si dino cortina? :P

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFY4JIM6QA55XAOHQK4JZIZUJQ Brettfavre Fan

        Why is he a celebrity?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAHTVQKSCODYUU3HCPECPGMHY DaddyILF

    The story got me hooked and interested. But I’ll be careful with what I’ll say and my criticisms (basing on facts that is). First of all, this 2nd part turned me off a little when a psychic entered the story. Although I’m not totally dissin the “power of the supernatural” but fact of the matter is Caty, your grandma’s story “could be one of the greatest secret ever revealed if . . . proven”. Mysticism has no place in this place like it or not. Although I won’t go below like saying “This is Stupid!” like some morons feeling intellectuals here but . . . you might want and need to stick to substantial directions of researching like documents and DNA stuff and the likes instead of going to a psychic.

    You might be thinking “but there’s so much to do and I’m practically alone in doing so”. Maybe but your story has been published online and been going around on social networks. With that, I wouldn’t be surprised if help will just present itself and even knocks at your door. Be careful though. You’re telling a story so delicate and complicated to a point that some would “kill” if revealed. Not to scare you but you must remember, the Romanovs were massacred because of power (generally speaking). Now I’m not sure if the “Rasputin Gang” are still out there trying to keep the Romanovs stay dead like in Jesus’ family story according to Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code) but, it pays to be vigilant.

    I’m not saying that I’m totally believing this story but let’s face it people, there details in this story that’s worth giving a benefit of the doubt. For those who are quoting the Nat Geo story or whatever, whoever you’re quoting, must I remind you that “history is written by the winners. And the historians who won to write does not necessarily mean they have the right story”. Let’s not go farther. “You’re naive if you immediately believe in every news you watched or read from CNN, Fox, TV PAtrol, PDI or whoever/whatever big media companies say. MANIPULATION OF FACT IS ALSO A FACT.”

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3FHRB2PGZ3TZPIVVPDFQFC54HQ Mark

       I would have to agree.  History is indeed written by the victors, just as some facts may have been fabricated to suit one’s convenience.  So we have to keep an open mind and a critical eye.  Don’t just dismiss possibilities presented by a fascinating story without considering its merits.  Remember that a lot of facts today (the Earth not being flat, the possibilities of space travel, etc.) were also once considered fiction and/or impossible until someone dared to investigate and confirm. :)

    • michael_angelo

      Mysticism has no place in this place like it or not. Its ur Opinion and not the opinion of all…

    • William Tyre

      I could never understand why so many people believe that Da Vinci sh!t. There is no such Rasputin gang. only gregori rasputin, killed by upon the instigation of Prince felix Yusupov.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAHTVQKSCODYUU3HCPECPGMHY DaddyILF

        I was merely using those as an allegory.

  • http://twitter.com/makewayfornodi dino cortina

    nope.. di sya c dino cortina….

  • kookijhe

    The first part was fascinating! The second part… TRASH! Haaaay, kala ko pa naman!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VI7RQWEK6FHMI3SAQ7CK3MASUU MA

    In Soviet Russia, grandma’s painting finds you. 

  • michael_angelo

    I also would like to hear CJ CORONA as the lost CHILD of FERDINAND MARCOS, whom the second brother of BONGBONG… thats why they are closed…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AOKOZS6STCAQGFYWSKENC7Y4KU lance g

    Yeah I agree… the first installment is a lot better than this… Fellow readers, let’s just keep the discussion thread healthy… Let’s not turn it into a senate impeachment hearing…hehe rela fellow readers…

  • D L

    She should be invited as the main witness at Corona trial, he would be immediately not only impeached, but also lynched by the senators after her single testimony, proven beyond reasonable doubt being the murderer of the czar family, stealing and keeping the family diamonds in safe deposit boxes in 50 banks. Then she would become the P-Noy new girlfriend, while they will be sometimes mistaken as twins because of their tales, eventually they will marry and P-Noy will declare himself the Emperor of the Philippines…

    • William Tyre

      hahaha

  • oxford_debater

    it is her right to know who really her grandmama was. and also our right to criticize the story in different levels. just make sure that you, whoever you are, your negative criticisms will not reflect you as “BOBO”. kakahiya naman kayo, pa comment2x pero wala namang lamang maganda ang utak. besides, you won’t get any if her grandmama is proven not to be the real anastasia. BUT, when DNA tests revealed her as an authentic Romanov, I’m sure kayo pa ang unang papalakpak. make sense pls. :))

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

       wala mag-aaksaya ng panahon para i-disprove ang ilusyunadang Caty Petersen na ito….kahit siguro mismo mga panatiko ng romanov ayaw magbigay ng piso para ma-dna test…psychiatric test pwede pa siguro. may BUT BUT ka pang nalalaman. 6 years ng case closed ang Romanov na ito.

      • Jessie Supe

        Str8boy??? para kang bakla mag salita.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WNLEMFPG4JAZVLAUHPFEJFNX4Y Meg

        Yan na hirit mo teh? That’s the best you can do? Making speculations about the sexual preference of someone you don’t know? So what if he’s gay?

        str8boy is right. case closed. 

      • albert13

        case is not closed. even the late lino brocka, himself gay and an advocate of gay rights called one policeman who arrested demonstrators in a rally at one time bakla. he was not referring to his sexual orientation but for his cowardice. basahin mo nga ang mga kabalastugang salita of this person who insults gays by calling himself straight. ang linguahe niya ay kabastusan at kakahiya bakla man siya o hindi.

      • oxford_debater

        alam mo str8boy. bitter ka. kawawa ka nman. how could u get BOBO all these years? :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AVGLXG2UCFW4HJRYWKOUZRJW7M marvin

    Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer’s Reader’s Advocate. Or write The Readers’ Advocate:c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

       sa tingin mo may papansin? basta bumebenta ang inquirer at napapatawa tayo, ipagpapatuloy nila mga tsismis news.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6SAY4AC4HOGL5MWANF254HBVMQ Gregorio del Pilar

    such a wonderful read…i hope you get to the bottom of this…this should be the greatest news ever…i hope they find the ship that brought her here in the archives somewhere…

    i’d like to believe that this is true…beautiful amazing story…title should be… A ROMANOV IN OUR MIDST

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

       the title should be A CRAZY FANTASIST WOMAN IN OUR MIDST dobol with INTERNET COMMENTERS WHO CAN’T DO A DECENT SCIENTIFIC DATABASE SEARCH.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SBAHTVQKSCODYUU3HCPECPGMHY DaddyILF

        Hey, Mr. Database! Do you even know how databases work and how secured most of them are? You talk like you know something even though your words only means S.T.U.P.I.D. The only “semi” secure database available on the net is Google. Stop saying moronic things.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VFXPGKJI3BAN7EVABPMFAL42OA Issa

        One of the most informative articles in this case is available for free online in its entirety. And having no access to any database is no excuse for ignorance. Porket ba hindi mo maaccess ang full text ng article e magiiba ang conclusion? Just because hindi masearch ng mga tao sa database ang studies about this e maiiba ba ang facts na naestablish na nung mga studies na yun?

        Even without full access, one can search most databases. Di mo man mabasa ang full text, pwede naman magsearch sa Google Scholar ng credible articles. Abstracts are made available naman ah. And the article I mentioned earlier can be found by doing a simple search on Google. Kahit nga Wikipedia, meron nung info na yun.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFY4JIM6QA55XAOHQK4JZIZUJQ Brettfavre Fan

        Ikaw naman Str8boy hndi marunong mag Internet si Gregorio Del Pilar, ka edad niya si Anastasia ano ba?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R4YOCRZDE5JBDT7UGI54KTZD5M Jpb

    Dami ko na nabasa tungkol dito, ibang version naman ito. Parang suspense … sana totoo na ito, yung iba lagi mysterious.

  • D L

    Congradulations the story is now published in a russian tabloid

    www . lifenews . ru / news / 91628

    • bahaykubo1015

      Embarrassing!!!!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WNLEMFPG4JAZVLAUHPFEJFNX4Y Meg

    Who’s responsible for all this hoopla? The Inquirer! Publishing stories like this on the front page? What next? Elvis is alive and welll and bartending in Timog?

    • pocogatsby

      I agree, this is a very sad commentary on Philippine Journalism.  The writer should have done her research, interviewed other members of the family, and she should have looked for more credible sources other than a medium.  Between DNA and a medium, who would you believe?  That Inquirer published this article on the front page – a story that had only the grand daughter and an unnamed medium as the source – makes me wonder about the credibility of the other articles published in that newspaper.  If Inquirer had done its job, this article should never had been published.

  • loljkalways

    How brave this woman to write an article expressing the possibility of the association of her Grandmama to the so-called lost Grand Duchess of Russia. If this will be proven, this may even endanger the life of her family. I wonder if there will be individuals who will take this seriously and open the closed case of the lost Duchess. But, I highly doubt it. 

    Nevertheless, kudos PDI for this article that has reached people who seldom read news, including me. I believe that this is the primary reason why you have allowed to publish and put this article on the front page. Kudos for that.

    • bahaykubo1015

      and why may this endanger the life of the family????????

  • http://twitter.com/SiAykol SIAYKOL

    if you are not interested in this kind of thing,  all you have to do is shut up and not comment at all.   there are things, information or knowledge if you will,  that are not meant for most people to understand or comprehend.   to comment just for the sake of feeling superior or smart,  that’s self-importance,  the worst attribute a person could have.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2UJKUFHUVILCL7EOYFHUPWQ64 Mon G

    Would like to repost the comment of one of the readers of the first installment…
    Marinela Reyes
    I majored in Genetics in college, sir, and from what I know DNA evidence is not conclusive when it comes to identifying people. That said, you can confirm if the people tested were of the Romanov blood but you cannot say, conclusively and irrefutably, who is who.

    • William Tyre

      so maybe the bones purported belonging to Alexei and Anastacia could only be all from the remains of Tsarevich Alexei?

    • bahaykubo1015

      That’s why in DNA testing results it is always stated ……99.9% probability etc…. What more could you ask????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L4BHDQVQ4VRLY5JQDGVDNPVV44 jarl

    Amazing story! I do believed and hope that your grandmama is the Princess Anastacia from Russia.Just continue your saga and dont let negative comments bothers you…

  • nofucksjustopinions

    “That morning’s discovery also triggered a chilling insight: could all the sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking I had been experiencing for several years while in the US, and to some extent here in Manila, have something to do with my efforts to solve my Grandmama’s identity mystery?
    Had I been asking too many questions? Was it making anyone uncomfortable?”
    just a question.. if you think there is a slight possibility that your investigation for your gradmama’s real identity has made some people “uncomfortable”, why would you publish this story now? now that you have no concrete proofs to show. why did you not wait til you have proven 100% if she’s Anastasia Romanov or not? why would you want the world to know about your speculation when you think it can harm you in some ways? why are you drawing so much attention? it seems to me that’s not a very smart thing to do if you’re really serious about this stuff. this particular issue makes the story difficult if not impossible to believe. just saying.

  • nofucksjustopinions

    “That morning’s discovery also triggered a chilling insight: could all the sinister and mystifying surveillance and computer hacking I had been experiencing for several years while in the US, and to some extent here in Manila, have something to do with my efforts to solve my Grandmama’s identity mystery?
    Had I been asking too many questions? Was it making anyone uncomfortable?”
    just a question.. if you think there is a slight possibility that your investigation for your gradmama’s real identity has made some people “uncomfortable”, why would you publish this story now? now that you have no concrete proofs to show. why did you not wait til you have proven 100% if she’s Anastasia Romanov or not? why would you want the world to know about your speculation when you think it can harm you in some ways? why are you drawing so much attention? it seems to me that’s not a very smart thing to do if you’re really serious about this stuff. this particular issue makes the story difficult if not impossible to believe. just saying. but i’m keeping my hopes up, somehow. this would be groundbreaking news to historians and other concerned humans. =)

  • albert13

    iyong mga critical sa medium at kahit minsan hindi nagbasa ng horoscope should cast the first stone. mga hipokrito tayong tayong lahat. ang mga sadusiyo at pariseo sa kapanahunan ni kristo ang mga taong salikod ng kanyang kamatayan dahil hindi nila kayang tanggapin ang sinasabi ni kristo tungkol sa kanyang sarili o dahill ang kanyang sinasabi at against their nature and self interest.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDMSKDJ5KM6M34N6W5EB7QNKLY Jake

      what the @#$%? are you commenting from the mental hospital? siguro kamag-anak ka rin ni caty, ano? hindi mo kaya kamag-anak din si prince albert? i-trace mo rin, and then you can have your illusions published in this Enquirer. but make sure you tell emily and paloma first, so they can refer you to a medium who can contact the spirit of prince albert, intiende?

      • albert13

        yes mr Enquirer i completely understand that arguing with a fool makes two. stop hallucinating. u r dealing about issues in the philippines but talking about the USA. parang kailangan mo lang ng pansin na taga US of A ka. ilang lola puti na ba ang napunasan mo iyong behind sa idol mong bansa?

  • kazoo25

    DNA please

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DER4C2IQ3ODOU4PJTQ6WBVZ524 Russbuss

      How exactly do they do a DNA test when the Romanov family were killed nearly 100 years ago? Huhukayin nila yung mga bangkay? Common sense naman. NONE of the Czar’s family survived except for the supposed “Anastasia.” You won’t find any possible DNA traces from the royal family still lying around in this day & age. It all comes down to documents & written/oral facts.

      • http://twitter.com/craierahl333 craie rahl

        dude, it appears you have a computer and internet connection at your disposal.  please, do yourself a favor and research the history and recent developments about the romanovs and then come back and edit your post… if you have the decency and guts to do so.  

        hate to be catty and i’m definitely not trolling, but i just can’t resist. sorry if you get offended, but you deserve to know.

      • http://twitter.com/kram_wid Kram_W|d

        Before commenting, make sure you are truly knowledgeable of the subject re the Romanovs.

      • m1600

        Boy, DNA was already performed to the remains of the ROMANOV a few years ago so they have now the basis of DNA comparison. 

      • jhujaejyt

        Someone just tried to look smart…duh..

      • nofucksjustopinions

        that’s just dumb and stupid man. i can’t help myself. learn from this, do your research before you write disturbing comments. COMMON SENSE NAMAN. wtf. 

      • kazoo25

        my sentiments exactly

      • bahaykubo1015

        My advice to you Russboss:

        If you don’t know anything about something, ask questions or do a research, hindi yung tira ka lang nang tira with your opinion without knowing anything about the subject….. Common sense naman….

      • kazoo25

        I second the motion

      • joannaland

         troll harder.

      • kazoo25

        The remains of the romanov family were found years ago . They’ve already done DNA testing . Scientists compared the dna from the remains to that of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England and Anastasia’s cousin.  They cannot  specifically say who is who but all members of the Romanov family were accounted for. All they need now is DNA samples from Caty Petersen and her mother for comparison.  And then we’ll  know if this writer is telling the truth. 

  • William Tyre

    Hey Ms. Caty, does your Grandmama have deformity in her left foot? Princess Anastacia has one.

  • LutherJohn Manuel

    Hope you will find the truth!  If it indeed your grandmother is Grand Duchess Anastasia, it will be a great honor and a big responsibility for the Philippines…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RUGSHPOR4XCD577XI4BL7MOQRY SANTO

    There are things meant to be kept in secrets for the better good of many………………..it might sounds affair but this is how things work in the world…………….

    But in due time if it is meant to be revealed it will come out, somehow and somewhere……  

    • politics201138

      Santo:

      I agree.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/gGWLpr02s_Ss8JG4ogBHukH.VZwKNg--#10e26 abet

    Part 2 is a cover up. Cathy made it appear that the medium discovered events related to the life of their grandmama. Their Grandma told them the real story before she died. Like her, they are too scared to let this out in the open.

    Someday, something will unravel out of this.

    • politics201138

      Abet:

      Hmmm…it’s a new angle. That’s interesting.

  • INQ415

    “Because everything looks old and faded, like there’s no color,” he responds.

    weh?

    • Chekwa

       I have a friend who is ” psychic” and he said the same thing with so called “ghosts” or entities that existed a long time ago…he said they looked “faded” too compared to people who died more recently, they looked solid like a real person…Oh well….

  • Edward Tavu

    a very nice story indeed. fact or fiction, this one’s  really good. haters will always hate and skeptics , well, they’d always be skeptics. if this story is true, then it would really be a good closure for the Romanovs, if not then, kudos to the fantastic imagination of the author  ^_^

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSMVUV655PKW7Y3OPEO4J2SZOA ruffa

    Lets give her the benefit of the doubt before judging her. Its not important whether Grandmama is really the Duchess, whats important is Cathy will find her roots and reunite her with her family. The lesson we learned here is that there are still lot of things in our country that until now remained hidden and unexposed due to our cowardice to tell the world our story.Lets be happy that in time if this story is true that once we are part of the heritage of the world and we are able to saved a priceless gem of history. Its about time to dig in and tell our story to the world that our country is not just rich in natural resources, a world leader in  peoples power and pro democracy rally, the only catholic country in the world who renounce legality of divorce but also we are a country whose part in the global history is unparalleled. Our knowledge is limited only to certain era of history like once we were discovered by Magellan, fought with Japanese, given independence by Americans, traded with Chinese and suffered under martial law and regained freedom when Aquino gave his life for us. Maybe we could dig in more and live with pride that ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES not just because of Palawan Underground River or the white beaches of Boracay but because of our role in the history of the world that helped shaped the world today.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ETKNCCDZ3J6K7DUHOXSUIRL6NM nin

    The skeptics have their eyebrows raised even higher when the word “medium” or “astrologer” pop out, understandable. But I’m sure, there’s more to come and this 2nd part is meant for others to grind their teeth in frustration or annoyance, and people like me to wait in anticipation :-)

  • http://twitter.com/jolazki Jonathan Lazaro

    poof! as i’ve said in part1, this could’ve been one helluva novel!

  • Chekwa

    Well, for the writer…even if I am a bit skeptic, I support you in finding the truth about your Grandma…. I hope someday you’ll trace your roots and find all the answers you are searching for.

  • Mayu04

    I wish you did not use such a “medium”
    There are more ways to prove your geneology.
    But goodluck on our quest.  I am loving your journey.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z3ORLQGNUSRNM4WHWFOSKOAX3Y LilibethB

    Reminds me of Anna Anderson…but well then who knows? This world is full of dark secrets and  mysteries but then dreamers, jokers and suckers do exists, too.

    • sheila theresa dc

       right

  • puza65

    a very interesting story and I wish she will find the answer….soon

  • puza65

    A very interesting story and I wish she will find the answer……soon,but we all know it’s not that easy… 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/573GKVTQMBD62PQ6XOEPMI7LXA Yugi

    Is it possible to get the DNA from the bones of the “grandmama”? At least you have the record. Then maybe in the future, you would get the DNA of those buried in the “little chapel”, to test the if they are related.

    • Gio Dalisay

      no, you can’t! for sure any remnants of the corpses would not be viable for dna testing anymore. another alternative is that it’s possible to get her DNA (the author), and that of any living relative of the romanovs family in russia. :)

    • sheila theresa dc

       i do not know about DNa ..but you have apoint. with all the modern technology.. at least that makes sense…to avoid na pahabain pa yung issue because it will be embarassing of humaba pa,catch the international media’s attention only to find out…hindi pala :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UK327HVKATNKQBEI3VUWKEMD5I josh

    Can they possibly also do what they did with Ana Anderson? Conduct a DNA test on her grandmother’s tissue sample and the blood of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a grandnephew of Empress Alexandra.This would be exciting if they can do it.

  • Romy Azarcon

    “DNA testing by multiple international laboratories such as the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and Innsbruck Medical University confirmed that the remains belong to the Tsarevich Alexei and to one of his sisters, proving conclusively that all family members, including Anastasia, died in 1918. The parents and all five children are now accounted for, and each has his or her own unique DNA profile.[66][67] However, in the article[68] Dr. Michael D. Coble (et al.) wrote (see “Supporting Information”, in comments to Fig. S1):
    The identification of either Maria or Anastasia was not possible by DNA analysis alone.
    Also, in the section “Discussion” of this article:[69]
    It should be mentioned that a well publicized debate over which daughter, Maria (according to Russian experts) or Anastasia (according to US experts), has been recovered from the second grave cannot be settled based upon the DNA results reported here. In the absence of a DNA reference from each sister, we can only conclusively identify Alexei – the only son of Nicholas and Alexandra.”Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_Nikolaevna#Romanov_gravesSo DNA debunked DNA…. well accounted of deaths yet Maria and Anastasia could not be identified.

  • twistedangel82

    kung isa sa mga relatives nyo ay may Haemophilia (or commonly known as ‘the Royal disease’ )., then yon malaki ang chansa na ang lola mo nga ay c Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia ;-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BJDAXP263MPGAYOPSMCZPRRPHE Darth Stitch

    Consulting mediums and psychics?  Bakit hindi?  Ironically, it was in putting their faith in the Russian mystic Rasputin that contributed to the Romanovs’ fall from power. 

    One of the reasons why I got so hooked on this story was that I read the book “Nicholas and Alexandra” as a kid.  Tsaritsa Alexandra was so desperate to cure her only son (and the only heir to the throne) that she was willing to try ANYTHING so that he would get well.  Parang din tayong mga Filipino – we go to faith healers and arbularyos. Sino ba sa atin ang hindi nakarinig ng kwento that Our Lady of Fatima healed someone in their family?  Or Saint So-And-So cured a friend of cancer?  We never know.  The world is full of mysteries and wonders.  

    In fact, if you believe in ANY religion, you’re already believing in something that science cannot prove or disprove – the existence of God.  So…. again, let’s just keep an open mind.  I’m not saying that she can’t be taken in by con artist mediums – because puede rin yon, but again, let’s just keep that open mindedness.

    Still, just in response to all the comments here – I think Lola Tasya deserves to have her story told.  For all we know, she could easily be a White Russian noblewoman or even a Romanov cousin.  Again, let’s keep an open mind and wait and see for the story to unfold.
    :)

    I would actually love for the Inquirer to do an article on the White Russians who emigrated here and chose to stay.  I believe one of the posters here mentioned his Lolo was a former Count?  Maganda ang mga storya nila – they deserve to be heard.  Let’s read more about them!

    • oxford_debater

      totoo yan. palibhasa yung iba jan, bitter lang ky Caty Petersen kasi she has A STORY to be told na may magandang aral tungkol sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas at Rusya noong nakaraang siglo. kayo, ano ang kwento ninyo?

    • revolver04

       Just because the Romanovs put their faith in Rasputin doesn’t mean he had supernatural powers. The man was a charlatan. Wikipedia would help you there.

      “Consulting mediums and psychics?  Bakit hindi?”  – - Mediums and astrologers’ testimonies are not accepted in a respectable court of law. An extraordinary claim like hers needs extraordinary evidence. A medium and an astrologer just won’t do.

      “Parang din tayong mga Filipino – we go to faith healers and arbularyos.
      Sino ba sa atin ang hindi nakarinig ng kwento that Our Lady of Fatima
      healed someone in their family?  Or Saint So-And-So cured a friend of
      cancer?”  – - There is no evidence whatsoever that faith healers can do what they claim they can do. Simply search for The Amazing Randi on YouTube. Just because a majority of Filipinos believe in superstitions doesn’t mean they’re true. Surely you don’t believe in aswangs, kapres and duendes.

      “In fact, if you believe in ANY religion, you’re already believing in
      something that science cannot prove or disprove – the existence of God.” – - Science is under no obligation to prove or disprove the existence of God. You should know better than that.

      Only science can prove or disprove this woman’s claim – - DNA testing. No more, no less.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BJDAXP263MPGAYOPSMCZPRRPHE Darth Stitch

        I know perfectly well that Rasputin is a charlatan.  I even observed how ironic it was that the Romanovs put so much faith in him that it resulted into their fall from power.  As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been reading about Russian history since childhood and the fall of the Romanov dynasty was something that especially interested me. Aaminin ko that I am a history nerd, kahit noon pa, okay?

        I’m not saying she’s perfectly correct to accept the word of mediums and psychics – I am simply pointing out the parallels and similarities here.  Russians, like Filipinos, also have a deep-seated mysticism.  Whether or not we choose to believe in such things is entirely our choice. 

        “- Science is under no obligation to prove or disprove the existence of God. You should know better than that.”  Actually scientists have been trying to prove or disprove the existence of God for quite a long time.  Run mo lang sa Google and I’ve already found several interesting articles about that topic. The clash of Science vs. Religion has been ongoing for hundreds of years. 

        Finally, I said absolutely nothing about this article proving or disproving her theories about her Grandmother’s identity.  Any so called psychic or medium who can read will find it easy to derive the interesting parallels of her Lola Tasya’s story to Anastacia Romanov’s and can pick up obscure little details to make their “visions” more “accurate” and “authentic”.  If you are observant and skilled on human nature, it can easily be done. 

        Like you, I believe that DNA testing is the only way to resolve this.  This detour into mysticism is simply interesting but not something that can be taken seriously by any person. 
         

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_23VKPUHSWPJ5GRPTP5EGEFQAMI Flex A

    i remember before there was a similar claim that she was Anastasia of Russia, a grandma from US. DNA test showed that her claim was “negative”. (NatGeo or Discovery, can’t remember but it’s there, look it up).

    Having said that, it means that the authorities have already secured an authentic DNA to compare to. A hair could shed some DNA to test, if not, the offspring will do. best admissible yng DNA ng lalake. :)

    kung talagang totoo yan, ilaban mo :) walang mawawala, in memory of your grandma. Pakiusap lng do not put her name in vain. the story is tragic the duchess’ royal family, please put a positive dent on it and shed light for the world to see.

  • seafarerUSA

    Until now, the Russian Orthodox church doesn’t recognized that the remains found in Ekaterinburg are authentic, and they don’t believed that it was Alexei and Anastasia’s DNA.
    Meaning case is still open…

    • politics201138

      seafarefUSA:

      Someone posted a link either in this article or in another about what you just said and I checked it the other day and your assertion is actually right. It was dated Mar 28, 2012 and the Romanov family itself and the Russian Orthodox church have doubts on the findings.

      That means, the case is still open.

      seafarerUSA, would you mind posting that website?

  • sheilove2x

    It doesn’t matter if your Grandmama Tasia is indeed the lost Duchess Anastasia…For me, what matters is that you give your grandmother the eternal rest she needs and deserves. And if what is needed is to bring her remains to her birthplace, then so be it. For sure, it will also give you and your family peace of mind…After all, she is Russian by blood, and she doesn’t need to be Duchess Anastasia to have peace and to your family as well….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZDMSTR367IF76AJOU576OAVRPM CAI GUIANG

    In March 2009 the final results of the DNA testing were published by Dr. Michael Coble of the US Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, proving conclusively that the remains of all four Grand Duchesses have now been accounted for, and no one escaped.

    I just hope they’d still open the case again for you Caty for another DNA testing :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QPK535ZJ4KLDUEBW4XYF25LN5Q Cha

    This article made me *facepalm*. I was expecting more details on the story. I can’t believe this is an unfinished tale and left the readers hanging. Kudos to the writer though, this is very interesting. I hope she traces her roots soon.

    Hmm, for this to be categorized in the Headlines>Nations is epic. :| I’m starting to rethink the news values PDI uphold–remember the the headline on the Tulfo-Santiago brouhaha? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IA47KZZRV2LH2SEXOWXCO2CUSI Camille

    i love the possibility of having had the grand duchess Anastasia find refuge in the country. But I was really thrown off by the medium,though i am not discounting their ability. They see auras, but what if what she saw and felt was but the hope and anticipation that Caty subconsciously claims. We all know the power of “believing” that it sometimes become the truth, yet not a fact.
    What if her grandmama assumed and believed she was Anastasia even if she’s not.

    I thought having a little brother named Alexei and using a deconstructed title for a surname was a nice touch.

  • Jordanna Gange

    nagtataka ako dito>>>
    “Emily, ever the cerebral one, asks the medium to try to describe exactly what he sees.
    “This happened a long, long time ago,” the man says.” How do you know that?” Emily asks.
    “Because everything looks old and faded, like there’s no color,” he responds.”
    ano yan sine?? na kesyo matagal nang nangyari e old and faded and like there’s no color? lmao!

    • Paolo Dominict Umali

      ganun talaga pag kelangan ng vivid description ang isang story.

    • revolver04

      That’s because there is no such thing as spiritual mediums – - they practice cold reading and are charlatans. There is no evidence whatsoever that they are capable of contacting dead spirits  – - there isn’t even evidence that spirits exist. This lady’s grandmother may have endured great trauma when she was a little girl in Russia. Or she could have been part of the household of the Romanovs as a royal maid to the royal kids. Or she may just have read about the “missing” Anastasia as a little girl and in her mind created this grand story that she is the missing girl. Who knows? An astrologer and a medium’s testimonies are not exactly concrete evidence. If this is all this lady has I call bullshit.

  • abantug

    This is a very good story. Continue your quest to find your grandmama’s heritage. A lot of things in the Philippines that we still dont know. Hopefully there will be a continuation of this article. Godspeed  on your journey…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HSGIA2SLZYBVIMRR3VFRX2IEW4 Obed DC

    I hope I’m not being rude by this comment but I’m just wondering, would it be alright for you to let scientists and researchers examine the DNA of what’s left with your grandmama? I think it would be a great help. You see, it would be amazing to find out that the late Grand Duchess resided in the Philippines and had a grandchild like you. But of course we just need to be sure.

  • revolver04

    Intriguing story but a medium and an astrologer – - really? Contacting the dead and astrology are complete hogwash. Could this be the reason why the ‘more cerebral’ Emily declined the offer to write your story? Get a sample of your grandmother’s  DNA, have a lab compare  it to existing DNA samples of the Romanov family and have the results peer-reviewed – end of story.

  • robertcarino

    whether or not the Russian Orthodox Church or the Romanov descendants accept the 2008 DNA results does not matter, as far as the truth is concerned.  and the truth is – the Czar, his wife and their 5 children, together with the doctor, the maid and 2 servants all died almost a century ago.  none of them survived.

    this may come as cold and hard, but i assure you walang malisya, walang katuwaan when i post this.  truth hurts, but truth enlightens.

    this case is CLOSED.  what is still open is why this claim is being coyly made and at the same time disavowed by Ms Petersen (read her reaction dated 20 May 2012).  i do hope everyone stops encouraging this claim, and let the late Romanov family finally rest in peace. 

    mabuhay kayong lahat.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UYLTGZRCTOUMJXZR3HDZ62QGVY Robert

      Ah-ha!  robertcarino, I’m not surprised you left the other article’s comment thread because I’m pointing out the error in your statements. Who are you to declare it does not matter whether the RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH or the ROMANOV descendants accept the 2009 DNA results or not? Who made you the judge of this case? Ms. Petersen has the right to go on her journey and share her story. You don’t like it, don’t read it. And don’t create confusion with more erroneous statements such as the author coyly made a claim about being a Romanov, re-read her articles. Peace, man.

  • robertcarino

    AH-HA! really impossible to present facts to a “true believer”.  hahahahahhaha! 

  • M Flurey

    Ok, so does this mean that you still need to test your grandmama’s bones for DNA to grant her final request beyond the grave? You have to prove her royal lineage to be buried in St. Catherine. For your sake, I do hope the medium and astrologer is right that she is truly a duchess and the royal family approves of her.

    I tend to go by scientific evidence otherwise I could just ask an Astrologer or Psychic to certify that I am David Cameron’s missing daughter, better yet, I am Princess Anne’s missing sister.

    By the way, if you put this journey into public view, don’t expect to have all of us to cheer you on. We’re also entitled to our own opinions. If you don’t want any negative or disheartening comments, this story should not go public and open to criticism and judgement….right, Robert?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QRQVXCXPMSF5FZ5R3U5IELMOPY aria

    the bashers here are so mean. but i guess this article is for the purpose of getting intense reactions from readers anyway.
    good luck to Caty, although the possibility of getting that dna test seems a bit slim. you need hard evidence. try working on that first. just creating noise wont be enough for this case.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PF6SGVT3OC34BCXDGZPJGRUMA4 Sharon

    I think DNA testing is the best solution. I hope Caty will find the family of her grandmother. I am also interested on her story on how her grandmother came to the Philippines and who was with her when she arrived there. I guess finding the answer and reconnecting her grandmother’s family will make her grandmother more at peace even she already died. 



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