Imelda turns 80 in style

Click here for Larry Leviste’s account of the Imeldific celebration.

I had two interesting coverages yesterday. One was the National Day reception at the US Embassy and the other was Imelda Marcos 80th birthday bash at Hotel Sofitel.

My cellphone battery gave way and here’s the few photos I got.

Imelda Marcos with Dewi Sukarno

Imelda Marcos with Dewi Sukarno

Baby Arenas, Pia Watson

Baby Arenas, Pia Watson

Mrs. Marcos,in a bright pink terno and bedecked with jewelry, had a special guest, Dewi Sukarno, the controversial former First Lady of Indonesia.

Another special guest was the Chinese ambassador, who underscored in his remarks that it was during the term of Ferdinand Marcos when relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China started.

The whole Marcos family, Imee, Irene and Bongbong were there with their good-looking children.

There were a number of personalities I saw: Rep. Roque Ablan, former Senator Francisco Tatad, former Comelec Chair Pardo and others.

Another personality I saw was Baby Arenas, former Blue Lady, rumored special friend of a former president, and who is now director of the Manila Economic and Cultural office in Taiwan.

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Agence France Presse story in the Inquirer:

Imelda at 80: I feel vindicated
Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines — Former First Lady Imelda Marcos turned 80 Thursday, claiming to be nearly broke but feeling vindicated more than two decades after her dictator husband was ousted in a popular revolt.

“I have reached the lucky number eight, for eight decades,” the flamboyant Marcos told AFP as she distributed rice to hundreds of poor residents at a dumpsite converted into a sprawling housing area in a Manila suburb.

“My birthday wish is that I be given more health and a longer life so I can devote myself to helping the Filipino poor,” she said.

Wearing a pink terno, jade earrings and sporting a large diamond ring, the woman known worldwide for her excessive lifestyle and 3,000 pairs of shoes still has something of a regal presence.

Her burly bodyguards jostled with a pack of press photographers as she waded through the crowd of supporters wanting merely to touch her.

At peace with truth

“I have always been at peace with the truth,” she declared. “I feel vindicated because no court has convicted me.”

She said she is nearly broke after 23 years of “relentless persecution, vilification and ridicule” by the government, but remains happy that she has the support of her family and the poor.

Late husband and dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted by a “people power” revolt in 1986 which sent him into exile in Hawaii. He died in 1989 and Imelda and his children were later allowed to return home.

In 1992, Imelda Marcos launched a failed bid for the presidency, but her children have since regained political control in their northern bailiwick.

While her husband is accused of plundering the national coffers of an estimated $10 billion, no member of the family has been convicted or jailed.

Scores of criminal and civil cases however remain pending in courts.

So far, only $683 million stashed in Swiss banks has been recovered by the government.

The fight to gain control of the Marcos wealth has in recent months focused on $310 million in Imelda’s confiscated jewellery. Confusion arose last month after the government said the jewels would be returned to Imelda, only to backtrack after a public outcry.

Historical treasures

“That decision was vindication already to me. These are beautiful historical treasures that they should return,” she said defiantly Thursday.

She said she bears no grudges toward arch foe Corazon Aquino, widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, who was swept to the presidency in 1986 after Marcos was toppled.

Mrs. Corazon Aquino, 76, has been hospitalized since last week with colon cancer and is said to be in a serious condition.

“I asked all these people to offer prayers to her. I have peace in my heart and am comfortable with the truth. I am praying for her safe recovery,” Marcos said.

July 3, 2009 9:42 am  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture

82 Responses

  1. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 9:51 am

    “Another personality I saw was Baby Arenas, former Blue Lady, rumored special friend of a former president, and who is now director of the Manila Economic and Cultural office in Taiwan.”

    Rumoured only? Nah… it is true! She says so herself. No kidding, Ellen!

    And you say she is now the de-facto ambassador to Taiwan? Whoa! Great going Baby. Btw, Ellen, do you realise that this same office has tens and tens of millions in dollars of dollars as its operating budget? And frankly, funds that go through that office virtually is un-audited? Hmmm.

    Anyway, I’m happy for her. She’s an alrighty girl and is loyal to a fault.

  2. myrna - July 3, 2009 9:53 am

    ellen, buti na lang, medyo nagre-recover pa sa mammoplasty si gloria. kung hindi, baka siguro sumugod pa yun sa gathering.

  3. Ellen - July 3, 2009 9:54 am

    Loyal to whom, Anna?

    Re:Ellen, do you realise that this same office has tens and tens of millions in dollars of dollars as its operating budget?

    You said it.

  4. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 9:54 am

    Baby Arenas for President! Topple Gloria and put Baby Arenas in her place!

    (Funny, I posted this same Baby Arenas for President in Dean Bocobo’s Facebook page two days ago… jsut to annoy him… heh!)

  5. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 9:55 am

    Loyal to everyone whom she fancies or who’s nice to her!

  6. Ellen - July 3, 2009 9:57 am

    Anna, Baby Arenas is just a director of MECO. I forgot the name of the current head of MECO. I think its former ambassador Basilio.

  7. Ellen - July 3, 2009 9:58 am

    Anna, you are naughty!

  8. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 9:59 am

    Where is Sofitel? In Makati? Sofitel is just one of those airport hotels in France… it’s considered a second rate hotel here nowadays. Imelda must really be impoverished as she claims she is,eh?

  9. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:00 am

    Ah, is that so? Never mind, I’m sure she will have the head of MECO eating from the palm of her hand in no time at all.

  10. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:04 am

    Dewi Soekarno is still looking good for someone who’s nearing 70…

    (Btw, Ellen, one of my Dad’s ex wives, a former Filipino film star, became a wife to Soekarno, before Dewi.)

  11. Ellen - July 3, 2009 10:15 am

    Hotel Sofitel was the former Philippine Plaza, the five-star resort hotel beside the Philippine International Convention Center.

    The Hotel Sofitel here in the Philippines is ranked five-star. They have the best and very expensive buffet restaurant, Spiral.

    The buffet table at Imelda’s party was very good. Although much scaled down than her famous parties before, last night’s celebration still had the Imeldific touch – red carpet with ladies in terno lining the way.

  12. grizzy - July 3, 2009 10:26 am

    I told you, guys, that “blood is thicker than water.” If Imelda is lovey-dovey with the punggok, it is because of kinship between her son-in-law, Greggy, and the Fat Guy. Of course, she is no relation of the Fat Guy nor the dorobo, but her grandchildren are cousins to the Arroyos.

  13. parasabayan - July 3, 2009 10:30 am

    In fairness, talagang maganda pa rin si Imelda. Itabi kay pandak at parang kuto lang si pandak! At 80 too, she still kicks. I watched the Big Picture where Ricky interviewed her and she was still sharp.

    Kahit na naging ganid sila Marcos, during their time we were the first in Asia when it came to arts, medicine, education etc. Ngayon, we are the first in Asia in corruption, human rights violation and poverty! What a tragedy!

    History will be kinder to the Marcoses after the pandak and family leaves. Mas sugapa pa sa kurakutan si pandak sa totoo lang!

  14. grizzy - July 3, 2009 10:30 am

    Dewi was married to Sukarno, Ellen. She was not just a concubine. That was why her Japanese name was changed to Dewi.

    I doubt if the Philippine kabits had been given such legitimate title as wife/ wives of Moslem Sukarno.

  15. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:32 am

    Is that so Ellen? OK, so she’s not impoverished as she claims she is.

    But I’m bewildered here. For someone who’s 80, how come her hair is still jet black? OK, I know, I know… L’Oreal has a plant in the Philippines… But is she really “worth it”?

  16. parasabayan - July 3, 2009 10:34 am

    Aren’t the moslems entitled to four wives? It is in their koran, isn’t it?

  17. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:36 am

    PSB,

    Yes they are… But Christians outdo them… Christians have 5 wives.

  18. Liwayway-Gawgaw - July 3, 2009 1:43 pm

    Anna,

    Five wives?

    Payat.

    Hindi mo isinama ‘yung sideline niyan. Puwera pa ‘yung nadadampot sa kahabaan ng Quezon Avenue.

    Aprubado diyan si Bingotilyong Tol.

  19. mumbaki - July 3, 2009 2:56 pm

    inspeaking of kabit and magnanakaw ng asawa at boyfriend pinagkamalan ko’ng kabalen si Katrina Halili,Mangyan pala siya tulad ni Hayden Kho,kasi hindi totoong apelyido ni Katrina Halili ang Halili.;)

  20. chokaran - July 3, 2009 6:18 pm

    dewi sukarno should be hanged! dapat diyan i binan sa pinas. nakalimutan nyo na ba ginawa nya sa kapwa pinoy natin na si socialite minnie osmena years ago sa america. ginuhitan niya ng baso ang pisngi ni minnie osmena sa selos. laking high society scandal yun.

    yang si dewi naman dating agogo dancer na hapones yan. nag convert lang. bruha siya! ayaw ko ng nang aapi ng mga pilipina.

  21. grizzy - July 3, 2009 6:25 pm

    Her recent photos do not actually do justice to her natural beauty. Imelda is really beautiful even now. Walang binatbat iyong nagparetoke lang ng mukha, pati pala suso peke!!!

    I see that a lot many of Imelda’s blue ladies are still around. Wala sila noong natanggal ang mga Marcos sa Malacanang. The only one I remember at the funeral of the Apo in Hawaii was the wife of Enrile. Abandoned sila noon ng mga amiga nila. Talk of “friends thought thick and thin.” I doubt kung meron sila niyan.

  22. grizzy - July 3, 2009 6:28 pm

    PSB:

    Sukarno had more than four legitimate wives, including Dewi who bore him a daughter, as allowed by Indonesian law and Moslem rule.

  23. grizzy - July 3, 2009 6:32 pm

    You’re being kind, Chokaran. Everybody here knows Dewi was a highly-priced Ginza bar girl. That’s why if she acted that way, di alangan. Mas alangan iyong nagmamalinis na kolehiyala kuno pero pakabit-kabit din!

    It was a love triangle, nothing to do with racism!

  24. taxj - July 3, 2009 7:01 pm

    Meldy’s a saint, compared to Glue. She has achievements to speak of, with pride. Glue’s can only be spoken of, in shame.

  25. chit - July 3, 2009 8:23 pm

    Bongga talaga xa graaaaaaaaaaa

  26. norpil - July 3, 2009 9:21 pm

    5 wives? sa isa lang hirap na hirap ako. saan kaya kumukuha ng lakas ang mga iyan.

  27. Mon - July 3, 2009 9:22 pm

    Filipinos to this day are still benefiting from Heart Center, Kidney Institute & Lung Center. We still enjoy the programs we flock to at Cultural Center and Folk Arts. San Juanico bridge is still serving our brethren from the Visayas.

    Yes. No one can argue that the Marcoses amassed illegal wealth, committed crimes against so many who believed contrary to what the State believes to be “protecting the people.” This legacy may never be, and should never be erased by the few things I noted above.

    Yet, compared to Ms. Augmented Breast and heart by-passed fella na puro kabig, it is sad that this couple’s epitome of greed and crashness have far, far outshone the “evil” side of the Conjugal Dictatorship.

    Apo Marcos may have sent countless “enemies” of the State to their graves, but he did use Jo Al to mitigate the Philcag’s casualty in Korea, to Uncle Sam’s chagrin as to how Jo Al managed to strike a deal with the Vietcongs, in exchange for sparing the lives of Filipino soldiers.

    The Jabiddah massacre was a crime. Yet, behind that episode was a “sovereign and political will” to retake what is ours. Ms. Bad Temper ala Cartagena? She and her cabals have been selling our islands and patrimony to the highest bidder.

    Contrasting this with Gloria’s generals? The “hand-picked and pecked members of Class of ’78? Selling arms to ASG, MILF and allowing unabated smuggling, per Sen. Trillaneses own thesis, it’s quite obvious that for all the faults of the Marcoses, they do love the Filipinos, perhaps in their own distorted way. GMA? Espie? Abalos? et al? They have exhibited nothing but contempt towards our people and our country.

    Mrs. Imelda Marcos can be annoying. Empress Nunal? She’s plain disgusting.

  28. Dodong - July 3, 2009 9:42 pm

    At 80, Imelda is still very beautiful. Yes, she was an evil First Lady but we’re talking about physical beauty here. Itong si Bansot salbahe na pangit pa.

  29. Mumbaki - July 3, 2009 9:43 pm

    Siyempre hindi kayang tapatan ni Gloria si Imelda dahil hindi sila magkalevel.

  30. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:07 pm

    “Itong si Bansot salbahe na pangit pa.”

    Dead on!!! Hihihihih!

  31. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:10 pm

    “Yet, behind that episode was a “sovereign and political will” to retake what is ours.”

    Yesss!!!

    I despise Imeldific but can’t deny that in that respect, Ferdi has my unequivocal esteem!

  32. AdeBrux - July 3, 2009 10:11 pm

    Mon, excellent post!

  33. TonGuE-tWisTeD - July 3, 2009 10:42 pm

    Sukarno has had eleven wives, he used to boast he won’t let a day pass without sex. Idol!

    Naoko Namoto was the Japanese name of Dewi.

  34. TonGuE-tWisTeD - July 3, 2009 10:51 pm

    Mga opisyales ni Gloria umattend din. Nakita ko sa news si Bayani, nagbigay pa ng sapatos na Marikina-made. Si Genuino nandoon din.

    Tanong, Ellen, nagsayaw ba si Imelda ng swing kapartner ni PCGG Atty. Abcede?

  35. Diego K. Guerrero - July 3, 2009 11:32 pm

    Re: $683 million stashed in Swiss banks has been recovered by the government

    Where’s the money? Zero balance na ngayon. Winaldas ni Pandak noon 2004 election.

  36. TonGuE-tWisTeD - July 3, 2009 11:45 pm

    Para yang yung pera ng AFP Modernization na galing sa proceeds ng Fort Bonifacio sale. Sabi ni Angie Reyes, “You may not see it, but it’s there”.

  37. dandaw - July 4, 2009 12:55 am

    There were a lot of people salvaged during the time of Marcos. The people that were leeches then are now leeches of Arroyo. Sabi ni Erap “weather weather lang iyan”. How can these so-called criminals go unpunished? If that deposit at the Swiss Bank was totally recovered by PGCC, now is the time to account for that loot. How can Imelda flaunt her stolen wealth?

  38. parasabayan - July 4, 2009 1:48 am

    Mon you said everything I wanted to say. The Marcoses are not saints but they did the most for the Filipinos. I was well travelled to the rural areas in the late 1970s and early 1980s and saw the cemented roads evn in the barrios and these were concrete roads-not the cheap mix we now have. Barrios had home health care and even clinics. Now wala na. The Folk arts theater, heart center and kidney center were first in Asia. After the Marcoses, ano ang nagawa ng mga sumunod na presidente? Ngawa lang ng ngawa! Now we are at the bottom of Southeast Asean countries. Baka mas mahusay pa ang Bandladesh kesa sa atin ngayon.

    Nasaan na ang pera na na-recover nila sa mga Marcoses? Pihado ko ubos na ni pandak at ng kanyang mga buwaya! So the pandak is even worse that the Marcoses. Nothing this pandak and her hubby have can compare to the Marcoses. May breeding si Apo Ferdie and let us face it Imelda was a beauty queen. Itong si bansot ano? Fake na boobs atbp! At ang kanyang hubby, jueteng king kaya super mafioso!

  39. TruBlue - July 4, 2009 1:52 am

    This former “evil bitch” should be doing comedies at the improv! Broke! Geezz! I share your pain!?

    Apo Macoy is still the greatest Philippines Prez without his corruption. Late Roco could be the best Prez if he was elected.

  40. grizzy - July 4, 2009 1:56 am

    Nakita ko sa news si Bayani, nagbigay pa ng sapatos na Marikina-made.

    Imelda promoted Marikina shoes that’s why. But the shoes displayed by the Aquino administration when Marcos was toppled down were not hers according to Imelda because they were too big for her feet!

  41. grizzy - July 4, 2009 2:00 am

    BTW, Ellen, may galit ba sa iyo si Imelda. Ang asim ng mukha niya sa picture na kinuha mo kasi. ;-)

  42. grizzy - July 4, 2009 3:25 am

    PSB: I was well travelled to the rural areas in the late 1970s and early 1980s and saw the cemented roads evn in the barrios and these were concrete roads-not the cheap mix we now have. Barrios had home health care and even clinics.

    *****

    You forgot to mention about the electricity. Before Marcos became president there was no electricity in the provinces. Only those who could afford to buy a generator could have lights in their houses as a matter of fact. But the irony of it, according to my aunt, “dumami ang magnanakaw!” after her town was lighted. Para daw nakawala sa hawla!

  43. Dodong - July 4, 2009 3:37 am

    Si Baby Arenas lahat na lang kumakapit: FVR, Erap, Marcoses, GMA.

  44. Dodong - July 4, 2009 4:04 am

    Sa tutoo lang, maganda ang vision ni Marcos sa Bataan Nuclear Plant. Kung natuloy lang iyan, siguro medyo solved na ang power natin. Kung minsan, nakikita natin ang kabutihan ng isang tao kapag wala na. Pero itong si Bansot, wala tayong makikita kahit isang kabutihan kahit mamatay pa siya ng isang daan ulit.

  45. parasabayan - July 4, 2009 4:06 am

    Dodong, that is what social butterflies are for. They go from one bud or blooming flower to another. That is how they spend their last days on earth. Is Baby Arenas in her 70s now? Mukhang Belo creation din yan.

  46. parasabayan - July 4, 2009 4:13 am

    Yuko, and yes, the electricity! Most of all, people were free to roam around. We used to travel all times of the day and never had any untoward incident. We were even invited by strangers to eat with them “dinengdeng”. Ngayon, kahit sa sarili mong bahay, nakakatakot pa dahil uso ang nakawan,rape at patayan. Isang motorcycle bandit lang ang katapat ng buhay ng tao.

  47. parasabayan - July 4, 2009 4:17 am

    Ang sabi ng mga nakakakilala sa mga Marcoses, Ferdie had the heart for the people and did almost everything he could for the people, Imelda was very extravagant and the cause of their downfall was when Imelda and their generals started to manage the country when the Apo was already bed ridden. Ano pa nga ba ang magagawa ni Ferdie kung hindi na siya makatayo? Kaya, ang downfall ni Ferdie ay dahil sa mga gahaman niyang mga generals! Will history reapeat itself soon?

  48. dandaw - July 4, 2009 5:59 am

    Sugar block ang nag lagay sa puesto sa mga Marcoses. I know the story from beginning to end. Alam ko ang lahat na katarantadohan ng mga iyan. Ngayon marami ding akong kilala na kumakapit kay Arroy. To become rich that way is a sin and they know it but they’d rather be a sinner and commit sin than be poor.

  49. Dodong - July 4, 2009 7:08 am

    Maraming grupo sa mga huling taon ni Marcos. There’s the Ver side who was very loyal to Marcos, the Imelda side and Enrile side. In a way, that partly caused the downfall of Marcos. Learning from this mistake, GMA now feeds all the Generals very well. Lahat ng mga bata niya busog at nasa magagandang puwesto.

  50. Rose - July 4, 2009 8:49 am

    Hindi ba si Baby Arenas ay doon nakatira sa Fort City sa Essensa Tower? Hindi ba ang Fort City ay ang dating Fort Bonnifacio..na nabenta ng gov’t courtesy of FVR ata! Hindi ba mag ka.ibigan (friends si Ramos at si Baby Arenas? just wonderng..totoo ba ito?

  51. hKofw - July 4, 2009 9:33 am

    Dodong – “Learning from this mistake, GMA now feeds all the Generals very well. Lahat ng mga bata niya busog at nasa magagandang puwesto. ”

    Natunmbok mo Dong, sapul na sapul.

  52. Dodong - July 4, 2009 11:16 am

    Ms. Rose, may anak pa daw si Arenas kay FVR at nasa UK yata. Guess who was at Imelda’s extravagant party…Bayani Fernando who even brought a pair of pink shoes made in Marikina as gift to Imelda.

  53. dandaw - July 4, 2009 11:24 am

    How much jewels one puts around her neck, the world knew she is a thief. The money that they stole from the Filipinos vendicated her? So it will also vendicate Pandak?

  54. Dodong - July 4, 2009 11:40 am

    Among Imelda, Gloria and Cory, Cory is the best. Imelda offered prayer for Cory and wishes to visit her if allowed by the Aquino family. But as expected, hindi pumayag ang mga Aquino. With your indulgence, I would like to share my opinion about Cory and what I personally think about her. Pasensiya na po sa mga Corysta:

    Bilang isang Pilipino, nakikiisa ako sa paggaling ni Cory. Pero kung minsan ay Karma ang katapat ng mga ginawang kamalian noon. First, she and other groups conspired in the ouster of a duly elected President (Marcos). Tulad ni Gloria na umagaw sa puwesto ni Erap, inagaw din niya ang puwesto ni Marcos gamit ang pagpatay kay Ninoy na hanggang ngayon hindi pa napapatunayan na si Marcos nga ang mastermind.

    Then the Cojuangco (Cory’s side) did something that offended Iglesia Ni Cristo. She drove away the INC workers from Hacienda Luisita. Simula noon nagalit si Manalo kay Cory. Cory also did not do anything to the 1987 Mendiola Massacre that killed several demonstrators. Until now, justice has not been served to the victims.

    Ganyan din ang nangyari sa mga pinatay na workers sa Hacienda Luisita about five years ago. Cory might not be corrupt but she allowed her brother Peping who led the Kamag-anak Inc. in many illegal activities similar to what we see today. May isang kawawang matandang Congressman De Guzman pa nga ang sumalo at naging fall guy sa gun running sa airport noon. Kay Peping iyon.

    Sa panunungkulan ni Cory, wala na siyang ginawa kundi ang resbakan ang mga Marcos. Lahat ng mga projects ni Marcos kahit na may pakinabang ang mga mamamayan ay tinanggal niya. Madalas na nasa convent ng mga madre at tsikahan kay Cardinal Sin. Kung anong sabihin ni Sin kahit mali ay bulag siyang sumunod. Sa gabi naman, balitang madalas mag-mahjong kasama ang mga kumare niya.

    At siyempre, sinong makakalimot sa pagtraidor niya kay Erap noong Edsa Dos? Later, she apologized and now is Erap’s friend. Kung hindi Karma, ewan ko kung ano ang nangyayari sa kanya. Pero alam kong nagsisisi din siya. This alone should make us all pray for her recovery no matter how slim the chance is. Let’s hope for miracle so that she could witness the downfall of this evil Arroyo regime.

  55. Ellen - July 4, 2009 12:41 pm

    Rose, Baby Arenas does not stay in Essensa. Her place is one of the condo units on Perea street in Makati.

  56. Ellen - July 4, 2009 12:44 pm

    Rose, Baby Arenas does not stay in Essensa. Her place is one of the condo units on Perea street in Makati.

    Tongue, we left when the singing and the dancing started.

  57. Ellen - July 4, 2009 12:46 pm

    Grizzy, re your question (BTW, Ellen, may galit ba sa iyo si Imelda. Ang asim ng mukha niya sa picture na kinuha mo kasi.) ,Imelda Marcos does not know me personally. I’m just one of the many reporters there.

    I just was not able to get a good shot of her because I was already running out of battery.Anyway, I changed the picture.

  58. parasabayan - July 4, 2009 1:21 pm

    Heh,heh,heh Ellen, akala ko pinalitan mo yung picture ni Imelda ng mas magandang picture. Mukha yatang umiire siya sa bagong picture…heh,heh,heh.

  59. Mike - July 4, 2009 2:40 pm

    I’ve seen Mrs. Marcos several times in Greenhills buying jewelry (pearls). dun siya bumibili sa tiangge where the muslims sell there wares. Di na yata siya bumibili sa mga high end stores at sa tiangge nalang bumibili. I also saw her once in Market Market in Global City, Taguig. Naghihirap na nga kaya??? :D
    BTW, she is still beautiful, especially in person and very poised.

  60. Ellen - July 4, 2009 2:55 pm

    Mike, mahilig yun pumunta sa 168 sa Divisoria.

    Together with daughter Imee and her grandchildren, they produce fashion accessories – bracelets, necklace, etc. under the brand “Imelda”.

  61. Ellen - July 4, 2009 3:55 pm

    PSB,not nice pa rin yung picture? Sorry ha, I didn’t get good pictures to do justice to her beauty.

    Talking of “beauty”, that was in abundance in all the remarks that night. “Beauty is in the heart”, “the good and the beautiful”, etc. etc. Vintage Imelda.

  62. Ellen - July 4, 2009 4:18 pm

    Xman. the issue about your comments that I deleted is bad taste, not freedom of expression.

    Considering Cory Aquino’s condition, it was in bad taste.

    Only God can say when a person should depart from this world. You are not God.

  63. grizzy - July 4, 2009 6:48 pm

    Ellen:

    Pinalitan mo ang litrato! Parang kumakanta naman ngayon—as usual, ng paborito niyang “Dahil Sa Iyo”! :-P

  64. grizzy - July 4, 2009 6:56 pm

    Whatever you say, Marcos really loved his countrymen. Nakita namin siya a few months before he died and he expressed his love for the Philippines and the Filipino people. I can understand that.

    Ang di ko maintindihan ay kung bakit di na lang niya tinapos ang second term niya para di napulaan ang reputation niya. Tutal wala namang mga utang na loob ang tinutulungan nila sa totoo lang.

    Besides, mula pa pala noong 1973 may sakit na siya. Lumala pa lalo noong mid 70′s hanggang 80′s. Nang linipad sila ng mga kano sa Hawaii, he was in fact nearing his death bed. Di na siya nakakakita when we visited him, and that was only a few months after EDSA I.

    Sabi nga niya, “History will be kinder to me.” Kasi may mas masahol pa pala sa kanilang mag-asawa ang uupo sa Malacanang—di lang Martial Law, gusto pang magtayo ng EK! Ek-ek ni Gloria!

  65. Mumbaki - July 4, 2009 8:49 pm

    Imelda Marcos is one of the people who modernized metro manila.

    Well,meron nagsabi sa akin na iyung pagmamalupit noong time ni Marcos ay gawa ni FVR at mga kasama niya.

  66. Mumbaki - July 4, 2009 8:56 pm

    Regarding Ramos meron negative records tunkol kay Ramos dito sa website na ito.;)

    http://www.prisoncensorship.info/archive/etext/mn/mn.php?issue=094

  67. Dodong - July 4, 2009 10:17 pm

    One thing good about Imelda, she patronizes our own products and promoted the Philippines to foreigners. Maraming kasalanan si Imelda sa bayan pero hindi natin ma-deny na malaking tulong ang ginawa niya sa tourism at mga sariling culture natin. Alam niyo ba kung bakit naglalabasan ng mga kaunting magagandang salita tungkol kay Imelda ngayon di tulad noon na even one good word ay wala? Because now that we have this Gloria who’s the most evil of all evil, Imelda has become a good person.

  68. parasabayan - July 5, 2009 1:02 am

    I am not so fond of Imelda but I saw the contributions of Ferdie to our country. Wala ng nakadagdag ng ginawa ni Ferdie sa totoo lang. Puro nakawan na lang ng kaban ng bayan ang specialty nila, kung hindi sila mismo, ang mga sangkatutak na galamay nila!

  69. Dodong - July 5, 2009 2:44 am

    And look at the Romualdezes who are now close allies of GMA.

  70. Ellen - July 5, 2009 9:37 am

    Dewi’s reply when Larry Leviste asked her the secret of her ageless beauty:

    Offer prayers and thanks to your God daily, a good cosmetic surgeon and lots of cash.

  71. Dodong - July 5, 2009 10:18 am

    If what Dewi said was true, why can’t Gloria look beautiful like Dewi since Gloria also has lots of cash and good cosmetic surgeon?

  72. parasabayan - July 5, 2009 1:57 pm

    Dodong, the pandak will never get close to the looks of Dewi kahit na mag-hire siya ng magician! Pangit na, pandak pa, mandaraya at magnanakaw pa! No saving grace at all!

  73. Willy jade - July 5, 2009 7:56 pm

    bakit pa may politiko, wala namang asahan ang taong bayan..ang president sumesweldo lang ng maz 60000 per month pero fuerte gumastos..mga alipores na gov, mayor, sen, cong.. ganoon din kung humataw..pera ng taong bayan ang gamit..kayaakala nila sarili nila piggy bank..maski anong kagandahan ang ginawa kung mali naman ang pammaraan ay dapat parusahan ang may gawa..the solution does not justify the means..ano ang turo natin sa mga bata..magnakaw ka di bali mabait at maganda ka naman..abswelto ka..kaya magpulitiko ka na lang para yumaman ..tingnan mo si meldy, fvr, erap, gma…etcccc galing nila..nakatawa pa..may puso kaya sila..di ba sila natatakot sa nagawa nila at gagawin pang kahibangan?

  74. mhirph - July 5, 2009 9:48 pm

    Sharing this link — a child’s collection of photos and her birthday wish to Mrs. Imelda Marcos….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2p6JZ0rI3Y

  75. chi - July 5, 2009 11:12 pm

    Ang mga rich and famous na mga babae sa pictures, wala ni sa kalingkingan ni Angelina Jolie in terms of fighting and working for a cause she believes in. Puro retoke mula ulo hanggang toenails ang mga matronang yan at plastic na ugali, aksyon at sosyalan! For these fake beauties, lucky bitches in the league of the luckiest bitch of them all, the implant president Gloria Arroyo.

  76. Dodong - July 6, 2009 12:19 am

    Sino iyong batang babae? Very lovely.

  77. dandaw - July 6, 2009 9:01 am

    It is expected for the wives of any leader to host or do charity work. Any government has a budget for such thing as schools, public health, etc. etc. But it is wrong for a public official to use Filipino money to buy jewelries, art, hotels at the expense of the Filipinos. How can they afford their lavish lifestyles when you and I know a President of the Philippines only makes $600.00/month?

  78. Rose - July 6, 2009 11:09 am

    Dodong: “why can’t Gloria look beautiful”? She is a hopeless case…she is genuinely fake!

  79. taxj - July 6, 2009 2:56 pm

    dodong: Sa tutoo lang, maganda ang vision ni Marcos sa Bataan Nuclear Plant.

    Kung natuloy ang Nuclear plant ni FM, hindi sana nagkaroon ng mga brown out sa panahon ni Cory… Hindi na sana natin kailangang magpaalipin sa ibang bansa… Hindi na sana nagwawaldas ng pera ng bayan sina EL Tabako at Glue para maghanap kuno ng investors at trabaho para sa mga super maids. Sino ba ang mag-iinvest sa isang bayan na napakataas ang cost ng power? Bukod pa sa #1 sa corruption. Maunlad sana ang bayan natin, at hindi laganap ang kagutuman.

  80. dandaw - July 7, 2009 7:58 am

    Are you going to praise this Imelda to high heavens when she bankrupted the Philippines buying arts, jewelries, properties? Remember, a lot of people got killed and have gone thru hardships because of their brutal rule. How soon you forget. If that is your mentality then you deserve Gloria.

  81. norpil - July 7, 2009 8:48 pm

    this is one problem with pinoys, easy to forget.has forgotten that marcos declared martial law to stay in power.

  82. Dodong - July 13, 2009 5:00 am

    Pinoys are not easy to forget…but they also remember some good things. Assuming Marcos declared Martial Law to stay in power, was it not beneficial during the first few years? Malakas ang activities ng mga Komunista noon. Pati Plaza Miranda binomba at kay Marcos sinisi.

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