Born June 12, 1910, in Marikina in metro Manila, Philippines, to Sabino and Macaria Guevara (née Teodoro), she came from a family of hardworking shoemakers who made “Marikina shoes,” known as the most durable, elegant and reasonably priced shoes in the Philippines, according to survivors. Ms. Baradi attended the Fashion Institute of the Philippines where she studied fashion design and soon after won second prize in a Philippine lottery in 1935.
Doctors, lawyers, rich and prestigious men, even con-men, entered her life, but it was Mauro Baradi, a hardworking lawyer, who caught her eye. Her parents had heard that Mr. Baradi was a married man and were against the match. Mr.... more