If you are familiar with the name Maria Leonora Teresa, most probably you are a child of the 70’s or a fan of Guy and Pip. Maria Leonora Teresa or MLT is a three-foot ceramic-face doll that belongs to the “loveteam” of Guy (Nora Aunor) and Pip (Tirso Cruz III). This doll was treated as the child of Guy and Pip by ardent admirers/fans. MLT (the doll’s nickname) had her own wardrobe, jewelry sets, combs and sunglasses. She even had her own shoes and make-up kit! All these were provided to the doll by sponsors and the fans of Guy and Pip.
Back then, people even wrote to the doll! Maria Leonora Teresa became almost as famous as the doll’s “parents.” MLT “answered back” the people’s letters through a komiks magazine which featured “her.” People were really devoted to MLT that when the editorials “written” by MLT came out urging people to help typhoon victims, truckloads of fans rode out to help, donating food and clothes.
There has been no other doll in the history of Philippine show business that has matched the popularity of Maria Leonora Teresa. How this doll became real in the eyes of the fans is a wonder that existed during those magical ‘70s – an age and time when anything was possible.