Teresita Ssen Marquez, or more popularly known as Winwyn Marquez, may have come from the most unconventional family, based on Filipino familial standards. Nonetheless, she still has her parents to thank for having grown up smart, with a well-rounded, genuinely pleasant personality.
Winwyn is one of four children of former showbiz couple Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno, who have called it quits in 2002 after 12 years of being together. Aside from their four kids, Joey and Alma also have children with their former partners.
Joey is the father of actor-turned-politician Jeremy Marquez, whose mom is non-showbiz. He also has two daughters with former actress Brenda del Rio.
Meanwhile, Alma is the mom of actor Mark Anthony Fernandez with the late Rudy Fernandez, and of Vandolph Quizon, whose father is the late Comedy King Dolphy.
Best parents While their relationship may have not worked as a couple, Joey and Alma sure did a good job as parents. Winwyn attests to this. “It might sound cliché, but for me, they’re the best parents, even though we came from the most non-traditional family,” she relates in an interview last October 10. “Kasi they really see to it that lumaki kami na kahit ano’ng mangyari… na hiwalay sila, we should respect na ganyan ang nangyayari. They’re very open about it.”
She explains that her parents were honest about their real situation, and they did not attempt to sugarcoat the fact that they had to separate. This helped Winwyn and her siblings to be more accepting and to not hold any grudge against them. “That’s what I really like, kasi ine-explain nila sa amin kung ano ang nangyayari and they’re not leaving us behind na parang puro questions. For me, gano’n dapat ang parents. They explain to you what’s going on. They explain to you what’s wrong. Walang away-away. At least, naiintindihan.”
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The 25-year-old lass clarified that this approach does not change the fact that they have a broken family, but it made the process bearable and later on, acceptable. “For me, para gawin yun ng isang parent, mahirap. But it’s admirable because gusto nila maayos lahat. And hindi kami matu-trauma or anything, so they’re the best parents for me,” she said followed by a genuine smile.
No such thing as half-siblings As for having half-siblings, Winwyn has this to say: “I don’t believe in half-siblings, because my mom and dad taught us na they’re still our brothers and sisters. Hindi half. Kapatid namin sila… full,” she declares. “I grew up with my half-brothers and sisters and we never treated each other [as] half. Wala sa amin yon.”
She explains that she, as well as all her siblings, are not burdened by their parents’ past. “Kung ano yung past ng parents namin, kaming magkakapatid, nagmamahalan, we treat each other equally and walang issue. So for me, I don’t like saying half-brothers, half-sisters, because they’re still my brothers and sisters by blood,” she concludes.