Newly engaged celebrity stylist Liz Uy is receiving a lot of well wishes from her friends, including from fellow “It Girl” Isabelle Daza, whom Uy considers the “best cupid” who paved the way for her and fiancé, businessman Raymond Racaza, to meet.
Uy’s announcement of her engagement on Instagram yesterday also opened wounds from a few years ago, which stirred the conversation among netizens that her fiancé Racaza was still married to accomplished physician Dr. Geraldine Zamora when the two of them started their relationship.
Uy’s celebrity friends like Vice Ganda, Karen Davila, Rajo Laurel, Ellen Adarna, Divine Lee, Bubbles Paraiso, Georgina Wilson, Anne Curtis and Alex Gonzaga congratulated her on the engagement. But what netizens took notice of was Uy’s reply to Isabelle Daza’s comment.
Daza replied to Uy’s Instagram post, “Love you you deserve it” with red hearts and heart-eyes emojis. To which, Uy responded, “I love you!!!! You’re the best cupid.”
Uy’s name has been trending on Twitter since yesterday, and today Daza’s name is also trending as netizens and readers point out that Daza was playing Cupid to Uy and Racaza while the former was still very much married.
According to the 2018 tell-all exclusive interview of Uy in The STAR’s Supreme, it was Daza who introduced Uy to Racaza in a business meeting in May 2016 and the two connected immediately.
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Here is an excerpt from the August 2018 article by Irish Christianne Dizon:
“Isabelle Daza introduced Liz and Raymond to each other casually at a business meeting and the two connected immediately. They found themselves talking the entire evening, the conversation flowing effortlessly. He asked her about her glitzy life in fashion, she grilled him about what it’s like heading a start-up tech business. Liz told him she had just gone through a breakup, and he laid down his cards right away, saying he had come from a marriage that didn’t work, and that he has a daughter he loves more than life itself. He also offered Liz, then the only single girl among the It Girls, some sage advice: ‘Never settle’.”
The article also mentioned that Uy and Racaza didn’t hear from each other for a month, and after another encounter later, the two recognized that their bond could lead their relationship a step further.
In February 2017, Uy found out that she was pregnant and Daza was the first to learn about it, among her close friends.
“She was having dinner at Liz’s place when she overheard Liz retching in the washroom. ‘Maybe you’re pregnant,’ Isabelle said in jest as she continued to eat. Liz remained poker faced and said nothing. But because they know each other so well, one tiny twitch in Liz’s face told Isabelle everything she needed to know,” writes Dizon in the 2018 Supreme article.
Uy gave birth to a baby boy in September 2017 and introduced him to the world in an Instagram post in March 2018 with the caption “Xavi.”
It was reported that Racaza was the one who filed for annulment, with a court hearing that began in May 2017 and ended in January 2018. Racaza and Zamora share a daughter from their marriage.
Zamora, a Ten Outstanding Young Men 2016 awardee and co-founder of Hope for Lupus Foundation, kept mum about the issue until the STAR article came out.
In 2018, a netizen asked her on Instagram if she had read Uy’s exclusive tell-all interview, Zamora only responded, “Yes, unfortunately.”
In a Hope for Lupus book launch in 2018, reporters caught up with Zamora and asked about the issue of her ex-husband and Uy. A reluctant Zamora did not want to discuss the issue, as she said it was “improper” for her to talk about it during the launch.
However, she clarified to reporters that she had no intention of bringing the case to court. Zamora also said that she would just let it go and she believed that there was a purpose as to why everything happened. Zamora also mentioned that among the many women who were linked to her husband, it was only Uy who got pregnant.
On the day of Uy’s engagement announcement on Instagram, a photo of Zamora and her partner Dr. Lauro Abrahan IV also surfaced online, with speculations that the doctors got engaged on the same day of Uy’s announcement. But according to reports, the doctors got engaged in August 2020.
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Happy birthday to my #Cardio; my volunteer driver when I don’t have a ride to PGH this ECQ; best vaccination assistant; food delivery guy & parking guard; whose birthday gift for me aside from the usual girly stuff is a very practical @3M elastomer respirator (so ready na ako not just for covid but also for gas leaks or, knock-on-wood, biologic warfare); and best of all he endured #CLOY in his free time to understand why I think it’s SO wonderful.? Thank you & stay healthy, @sonny.abrahan.md! Go fix more broken ❤️s. Ok, ang corny ko.? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (First photo was at my BFF @travellingpt’s backyard beach. Beautiful place to be quarantined in. Time flies!! This was just pre-covid.)
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