Barretto sisters Julia, Claudia join Bench as endorsers

Posted at 04/26/2013 12:11 AM | Updated as of 04/26/2013 6:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The youngest generation in the Barretto clan of local celebrities is looking to make a mark in showbiz, with sisters Julia and Claudia joining a popular lifestyle brand as its latest endorsers.

The daughters of former actress Marjorie Barretto with comedian Dennis Padilla, 16-year-old Julia and 12-year-old Claudia appeared in a behind-the-scenes video of their shoot as endorsers of the local clothing line Bench.

Both Barrettos appeared in the video, which was released on Thursday, alongside another Bench endorser Juliana Gomez, the daughter of celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres.

The release of the behind-the-scenes reel coincides with an escalating feud among the family members of the Barrettos.

Julia and Claudia's grandmother, Inday Barretto, early this week announced that she has disowned her daughter Gretchen, prompting Gretchen's brother, Joaquin, to come to the defense of his younger sister.

The feud stems from allegations made by Gretchen that her sister, actress Claudine, intends to "block" the launch of Julia's showbiz career, which was backed by Joaquin.