Monday, May 14, 2012


It’s May, 2009.  I’m on holiday with my husband and son in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a mission to trace my Russian roots and hopefully reunite with relatives of my Russian grandmama. Getting ready to leave my hotel room for more sightseeing, I’m on the phone with my hysterical mom who’s halfway across the world in Manila. She asked that I call her immediately after receiving pictures I e-mailed her from the previous day’s visit to Catherine’s Palace.

“No, Mom, I didn’t.”
(Photo courtesy of Phil. Daily Inquirer)

“But you have Mama’s picture when she was young!  How did you get this?” my Mom asks, absolutely confusing me.

I reply, “Mom, I don’t know what you’re talking about.  I didn’t find our relatives here because Grandmama gave us the wrong name. What picture are you talking about?”

My Mom identifies the photo I took of a portrait of Russia’s last queen—Czarina Alexandra Romanov.

Having just discovered an hour earlier that my grandmama’s name, Tasia, is actually a diminutive of the name Anastasia, I start hyperventilating.

Anastasia was also the name of the Czar’s youngest daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, who, according to lore, may have possibly escaped the massacre that killed the last royal family of Russia.

Shocked, I try to calm my Mom and myself. “No Mom, that’s not a picture of grandmama when she was young. That’s a photo of the Tsaritsa (Russian term for their Queen) when she was young.”

My mom cries and insists that this particular photo is indeed her mom when she was that age. I now keep silent. My mom is too emotional for me to continue arguing with.


The REAL Anastasia said...

The Anastasia mystery has been solved years ago. I'm just basing on the most recent History Channel Documentary. All 11 victims were accounted for. So kasama si Anastasia sa pinatay noon.

Anonymous said...

The HCD release only a probability because 3 of the children didn't discover.. as of year 2007 they found a bones and identify that it is the bone of crown prince but they also found one which is a female DNA but it is either the bone of maria or anastasia.. no one would likely survive in that event but we dont know what actually happened during the killing of imperial family, so there are 20% chance that this lady "Tasia" a russian girl lived in Philippines is the duchess of russia who escaped during the soviet revolution.

Anonymous said...

The only unanswered question is was Anastasia's body among the first 9 bodies found or with the youngest brother in a separate grave hole found years later. There were 11 victims. 9 was found in one hole and the remaining two were found tears later in a separate hole. But she was definitely killed along with her family.

Anonymous said...

Is tasia realy died.or they just sont know.or maybe tasia is alived she survive.

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Anonymous said...

Aww, I wish Anastasia survived but this is clearly a fraud

Anonymous said...

I don't think it should matter whether or not Caty's Lola Tasya is the actual Anastasia Romanov or not. What matters is that Caty gets closure on the origins of her grandmama, whether or not it yields DNA proof of royalty or not...


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