The Gucci Gang Rocked Filipino High Society in the 2000s. Here's Where They Are Now
ILLUSTRATOR WARREN ESPEJO
Ah, the early 2000s: a dark and wild time. By dark, we mean a time before social media took over our lives. And wild as it was the peak of excessiveness and hedonism for society and nightlife in the Philippines. The combination made the decade a perfect setting for whispers and secrets that led to the creation of gossip blogs like Chikatime and Soozy Hopper.
The so-called Gucci Gang—what others labeled a group of friends made up of Tim Yap, Celine Lopez, and more—was the main fodder of much of the gossip at the time. But, it wasn't until an alleged lover scorned sought to reveal everything about the Philippines' jet-set on his own blog that it all reached a nasty fever pitch as intrigue, scandal, and more were supposedly revealed.
It's been over a decade since the whole thing went down, which begs the question: where are the members of the so-called Gucci Gang now? Here's what the once-controversial socialites are up to now.
Where He Is Now: Unlike most of the Gucci Gang's members, Tim Yap never went away from the spotlight. Years after the controversy erupted, he continues to be a fixture as a nightlife restaurateur. He's since started Yaparazzi, a company focused on PR and events with his partner Javier Martinez Pardo.
Where She Is Now: From magazine covers and society pages, you couldn't escape Celine Lopez in the 2000s. These days, she keeps busy as an entrepreneur with sparkling wine label Gypsy Rosé, being mother to son Fernando Emilio, and working as a film producer.
Jackie Cohen Antonio
Where She Is Now: Jackie Cohen Antonio (left) is married to real estate scion Marco Antonio of Century Properties. She previously owned children's boutique Chibi Momo in Century City Mall.
Where She Is Now: Wendy Puyat owns a luxury swimwear and resort brand Por do Sol. In a 2021 interview with Lifestyle Asia, Puyat says she's been focusing on her fitness by playing tennis and doing yoga during quarantine.
Where He Is Now: According to his LinkedIn profile, DJ Montano now works as marketing director for a real estate agency in Tanza, Cavite. He's also a licensed real estate broker. On social media, Montano shares photos of his family, his dogs, and his active lifestyle as a tennis player.
Where He Is Now: Chut Cuerva owns the local franchise for Toby's Estate along with other Gucci Gang members Marcel Crespo, Marco Antonio, and Manny del Rosario. In 2016, he married Kim Kokseng in a Napa Valley wedding which was attended by several Gucci Gang members.
Where He Is Now: Marcel Crespo, the son of former Manila congressman Mark Jimenez, has made a name for himself in the art industry as a collector. He also co-owns the local franchise of Toby's Estate in the Philippines.
Where He Is Now: Marco Antonio (middle) is married to Jackie Cohen Antonio. In 2019, Marco Antonio took over his father Jose Antonio's title as president and CEO of Century Properties.
Where She Is Now: Tina Tinio works as a brand director for a luxury eyewear brand in Japan. On Instagram, she posts about her family, friends, and life in Japan.
Where She Is Now: Hindy Weber is married to Gippy Tantoco. The couple have four children: Lucas, Anouck, Zoe, and Cody. She describes herself as a Wild Wellness teacher, slow food grower, and fashion designer.
Where She Is Now: Jenni Epperson describes herself as a fashion, food, and interior stylist. She also owns online shops String and Always Sunday.
Where She Is Now: For over two decades, Xeng Zulueta kept her status as a go-to make-up artist in the country. She's also started an all-purpose company while being a property specialist for a real estate company.
Where She Is Now: Despite her family's background, Anna Angara has stayed out of politics. She shares her life on Instagram where she posts about her family, friends, and plenty of travel photos to destinations like Oman, Bhutan, and more.
Manny del Rosario
Where He Is Now: Along with his friends, Manny del Rosario co-owns the local franchise of Toby's Estate in the Philippines.
Where He Is Now: Ricardo "Ricky" Delgado is currently the president and CEO of private holding company Citadel Holdings.
Where He Is Now: Ipe Cruz is the son of construction magnate Philip Cruz Jr. with Ching Cruz. He previously worked as the publisher of Rogue Magazine. According to his LinkedIn profile, he now works as a marketing manager for Filsystems Inc.