I still remember when I went to an event in 1980 in beautiful Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Diana Hubbard was the main guest speaker and that is when I first met Johnnie Laboriel, a very famous singer in the 60’s.
But he was not the only celebrity the Church had in Mexico. There were many, some soap opera stars, singers and more. I got to meet many of them in person.
He used to come to LA all the time and sang at events at Celebrity Center International, perhaps some still remember him. Everybody loved his songs even though they were sung in Spanish.
He even dedicated one of his long play records to Ron, he called it: “Live: Homage to L. Ronald Hubbard” and the songs from that record became an instant hit in the radio and the TV.
I still remember those songs such as “Friends of the Universe”, “You will Fly”, “Happiness is not a Place”, “I am a Thetan”, “Free as a Seagull”, they were so beautiful and inspiring! He made Celebrity Center in Los Angeles his second house.
Where is Felipe Gil now? As far as I’ve been told, he has been disconnected for many years but recently they did a ‘handling’ and he went back on lines at the Org, however he is no longer actively disseminating Scientology with songs or in interviews. He still composes music and is on TV but that is all.
Juan is a super famous telenovela or soap opera star, like theater and movie royalty. Both his parents are awarded movie stars from the golden age of Spanish movies and his sister is famous as well.
He always played the ‘handsome hunk’ in the 70’s and the 80’s in the most acclaimed telenovelas of the time. Whenever he was interviewed on TV or radio he promoted Scientology enthusiastically.
But whatever happened? According to an ex-SO friend of mine who has just left, he is on lines at the org in Mexico but he is not as active as he used to be and stopped talking about Scientology to the media.
In present time, he is acting in a telenovela, but I am surprised at this change. Perhaps he noticed the bad PR Miscavige has created that he rather not mention his Scientology liasons, I suspect that he noticed the alterations of the Tech.
Just because Juan is not famous in the US or other Anglo countries, do not under estimate these telenovelas stars. On the contrary they, are more famous than their American soap opera counterparts.
Telenovelas are not only immensely popular in Hispanic America, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, and Hispanic communities in the United States, but also have a wide following in Russia, Eastern Europe, France, Greece, Italy, the Philippines, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and Japan.
In the Arab world, telenovelas are incredibly popular with families stopping their day, from midday onward to watch these shows whose contents often reflect many of the moral and social questions faced in cultures like Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt
Famous for her beauty and talent as an actress, some of her movies won awards. She was married to Juan Ferrara, and I just learned that they got a divorce. They were one of the most popular telenovela couples with a very large following of fans. She too promoted Scientology whenever she was interviewed.
I remember seeing her at CCI in Los Angeles with Juan Ferrara and mingling with the Spanish public.
What are the latest news about Helena? According to my ex-staff friend she has been off lines for a while and does not want to hear about Scientology any more. I suspect that Scientology’s weird ‘ethics handlings’ had something to do with her divorce from Juan.
Martha is very famous for being an actress in plays and movies. She has received many awards for her work as well as for her contributions to the betterment of the Arts in general in Mexico.
She and her son Diego Shonening of the teenage musical band called “Timbiriche” became famous for performing the Spanish version of “Grease” in movies and concerts. They were on lines for several years.
However, according to reports, they got upset with the Org and they never came back. I wonder what ever happened to be gone after many years of loyalty. Who audited them? Were they abused like the rest of us?
Super famous for singing the Spanish versions of Rock & Roll era music in the 60’s, such as “Silhouettes“, “Calendar Girl” as well as Chuck Berry and Little Richard songs.
Every time I went to Mexico for events Johnnie was there. Always nice, friendly, funny and joking as usual. Apparently he is on still doing courses at the org, but has not been in TV for a while.
Eduardo Palomo and Carina Ricco
There are other celebrities like Eduardo Palomo who sadly died of a heart attack a few years ago. I wanted to go to his funeral but it took place at Celebrity Center and they did not let his fans or the media go inside the Org and say good bye to him.
His wife, a very talented singer Karina Ricco has been on lines for years at CCI. However, the last time I saw her there she had a SO member attached to her that went wherever she went and would not separate from her for a second. Of course I was not allowed to have a private conversation with her. Her singing career has gone to nowhere. Eduardo Palomo was hugely popular in Italy and all over Eastern Europe.
I would like to know if there are other celebrities from other countries that have left the Church as well. I am sure that this is not just happening in the US and Mexico.
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