Connie Guidote Guanzon is the daughter of industrialist Horacio Alvendia Guanzon and Anita Guidote, who co-founded Farmacia de Oro and was the franchised distributor of Citroen cars in the Philippines.
Anita, in gratitude of the miraculous healing in Lourdes, France, of her cancer built a replica of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in their sprawling property in San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, complete with a church, a spring and a Calvary Hill with the 14 Stations of the Cross. It is now a popular site for religious pilgrimages.
Anita was in her 50s when she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus in l961 and was given by her doctors three months to live. She lived for 30 more years.
Her daughter Connie, a Theresian in high school, and a Thomasian in college, was beautiful, fashionable and always in the limelight as she attended big social functions. She modeled for top Philippine fashion designers and was always featured in the society pages of newspapers. She graced the covers of magazines.
Connie married Victor G. Garcia III, son of Israel Ambassador Enrique Melocoton Garcia and Dr. Roberta Laperal De Guzman. Victor earned his degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at De La Salle, took Postgraduate Studies in Political Science at the University of the Philippines, Diploma in International Affairs at Universidad Central de Madrid, and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at Ateneo University
Victor was appointed Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and
Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Resident and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.
Connie and Victor have two children: Roxanne, and Hendrik, a career minister at the Department of Foreign Affairs. He served at the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland covering the Human Rights Council. In his Home Office, he worked at the Offices of European Affairs and the Undersecretary for Policy.
Victor and Connie are happily enjoying their retirement travelling here and abroad, and attending government and diplomatic functions, charity balls and fashion events where, most of the time, Connie and Victor take the ramp as models. They are frequently seen in birthday and anniversary parties. Victor and Connie love to dance.