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Inside the Crazy Rich and Lavish Life of 'Candyman' Philip and Small Laude

The couple lives in an Ed Calma-designed, six-story, resort-like home in the middle of the city.
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The world of society, business, and internet fame are all interconnected these days. And, at the center of it all is Small Laude, a socialite, entrepreneur, and a vlogger. Along with her husband Philip Laude, the couple navigates different industries with their lavish lifestyle, celebrity friends, and multi-million homes.

Here's what you need to know about the Laude family—Philip and Small Laude—and the family business.

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Who are the Laudes and where does their fortune come from?

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Philip Laude is the scion of Candyman, the confectionery makers behind Kendi Mint, White Rabbit, Orange Kist, and Viva, while Small Laude comes from a family that at different times owned a garments export business, rice milling business, and rice trading business. In an interview with Inquirer, the couple recalls that they met through a common friend.

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Together, the couple has four children: Christopher, Michael, Timothy, and Allison. Like any good entrepreneurs, the Laudes have ventured out of their family business to start printing company Timson Printing and brokerage firm Timson Securities.

The couple lives in an Ed Calma-designed, six-story, resort-like home in the middle of the city.

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Each level in the Laudes' home has a deck for outdoor entertaining. Naturally, the six-level house features two scenic elevators. The home is furnished with Italian furniture, which Small Laude handpicked in Milan, including a Minotti sofa, Rimadesio console, Fendi coffee table, and Poltrona Frau stools. Minotti's prices range from P300,000 to P3 million and above.

Small Laude documents her life on YouTube and Instagram.

In an interview with Philippine Star, Laude says she started vlogging after her close friend Karen Davila suggested it to her. "There were times when I think of what else I can do besides helping my husband in the office because it’s not a full-time job. There were times when I got bored. One time, I was talking to my close friend Karen Davila. I asked her about vlogging and she said why don’t I give it a try? Then, I left for the U.S. and just filmed whatever. I asked someone to edit it for me and when I saw the finished product, it made me happy. Then, I decided to start vlogging," she said.

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She eventually started her own channel after the workload from Timson Securities eased as it transitioned online. To date, she has 58,100 subscribers on YouTube. That, combined with her 81,500 followers on Instagram makes her a force to be reckoned with.

Her content ranges from numerous adventures in Manila to her lavish life in Los Angeles.

Her most viewed video is a New Year vlog with her family in Los Angeles. The same video features some shopping with Julia and Claudia Barretto.

Laude is a fixture at parties in Manila and Los Angeles.

Aside from gracing the covers of some of Manila's society magazines, Laude also regularly attends society balls including the Tatler Ball, Red Charity Gala, and more. She's even vlogged about attending LACMA's 2019 Art+Film Gala, co-chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio. There, she was seated with Mohamed Hadid and met several celebrities including John Legend.

The Laudes surround themselves with equally rich and famous friends such as Vicki Belo, the Barretto family, and others.

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She regularly welcomes friends along with her siblings Alice Eduardo and Melba Solidum in Los Angeles. The family's Beverly Hills mansion's guest list has included rapper Offset, Ruffa Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati, Marjorie Barretto, Dani Barretto, Julia Barretto, Claudia Barretto, singer Pops Fernandez, and socialite Kit Zobel.

The couple have also found themselves in the spotlight for less favorable reasons.

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In 2014, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a criminal complaint against Philip Laude for "willful attempt to evade or defeat tax." He was sued for P21.98 million for making several investments amounting to P50.66 million, and only declaring earnings of P741,000.

Years later, Gretchen Barretto brought up Laude's name while discussing Laude's sister Alice Eduardo's tax payments in a Facebook live which dragged in the names of Marjorie Barretto, Kris Aquino, and Eduardo. "I have tampuhan with her sister but I refuse to say her name because it does not fit her. She has a small body but with a big attitude," Barretto said.

Laude, however, denied Barretto's accusations replying to an Instagram comment, saying, "It's a lie. It's slanderous."

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