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― Archibald MacLeish

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Imelda Marcos' Perspective: "Do you know why I don't like Ninoy Aquino?"

Malakas at Maganda
When Bathala (God) was done creating the world, he was bored. He looked down over the earth and sent a bird into the world. The bird was flying around when it heard some sounds and tapping somewhere in the forest.The bird landed and found out that the sound was coming from a huge bamboo. He started pecking on it and pretty soon it split in the middle where a man (who look like Marcos) came out of it. His name was Malakas, which means strong, and he told the bird, "My future mate (Imelda) is in the other piece of wood." They got her out and her name was Maganda which means beautiful. Adapted from Bambooman.com
Imelda and Ninoy:Unrequited love
Do you know that, if were not for a surprise twist in history, Ninoy could have been the Malakas in Imelda's Malakas at Maganda story?
Imelda said that he had courted her in their youth, “but when he met this rich girl he dropped me like a hot potato.”
Here Lies Love Review: Disco Night With Imelda Marcos 
Imelda (the pitch-perfect Ruthie Ann Miles) falls in love with Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino (Conrad Ricamora), a rather astonishing fact, since Aquino went on to become the major critic of the Marcos regime. She first sees him (as do we) all dressed in white, in nerdy black glasses, but lithe and magnetic, committed to healing his country. The affair ends.
“Ninoy was my first love/ But he said I was too tall/ A rich girl stole the sweetheart/ Of the Rose of Tacloban”
When Imelda first meets Ferdinand Marcos, a war hero running for Senate (with video monitors catching him glad-handing members of the audience), she runs the full length of the theater immediately into a kiss — good theatrical shorthand for what was in fact a courtship that lasted only 11 days. (“Eleven Days” is one of my favorite tunes in the show.)
Ferdinand Marcos : "He might have started as a hero but ended up as a crook.” 
Singapore's Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
From his place in the senate, Aquino blasted his former fraternity brother, President Ferdinand Marcos, for setting up a militarized government, and for corruption and extravagance. 
Ninoy particularly took on First Lady Imelda Marcos, dubbing her the "Philippines' Eva Peron," although as students the two had dated briefly. From AsianHistory
Benigno Aquino Jr. with President Ramon Magsaysay 
"Ninoy managed to fall in love with many girls, or many girls fell in love with him because he was a good looking fellow. He was jolly, he had a good name, Aquino—the father was one of the rarely great politicians during his time. As a matter of fact, the father was a “presidential timber.” Ninoy was the favorite escort of “beauty queens.” As a matter of fact, he was a friend of Imelda. He met Imelda in the house of Danieling Romualdez and he would be taking some time to take Imelda to where she was working. Ninoy had a jeep at that time. He got to know Imelda but I don’t think he courted Imelda…"Nap Rama
According to Katherine Ellison in Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines*,  Imelda had once told Celia Laurel, “And last but not least… it’s pulverize Ninoy Aquino.”  Asked why, Imelda said that he had courted her in their youth, “but when he met this rich girl he dropped me like a hot potato.”** 
"Our opponent [Cory Aquino] does not put on any make up. She does not have her fingernails manicured. Filipinos who like beauty, love and God are for Marcos." - on why Ferdinand Marcos would win, January 1986
**The source is Katherine Ellison, Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines. On the Google Books preview (here), the pertinent paragraphs are on page 88.
She might've been 'Imelda Aquino'
I know my paternal grand aunt Mrs. Imelda Marcos wouldn’t be very amused with having her name attached to that of their family’s political arch nemesis, especially not like this. But with all the EDSA anniversary euphoria, I can’t help but recall some interesting trivia about the infamous and inimitable Philippine First Lady (and the decades-old political drama in our country)—especially the most interesting and intriguing bits of information many people aren’t even aware of.
Did you know that before Ninoy and Cory became the ‘awesome’ twosome they are now (thanks or no thanks to the Pinoy mentality of hero worship), or before Ferdinand and Imelda tried excessively to epitomize ‘malakas’ and ‘maganda,’ there was actually a time when Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and Imelda “Meldy” Romualdez dated?
Yes, for a time, before destiny took over and lead them to meet their respective spouses (for better or for worse), they were together. Doesn’t matter how long but before he became a senator and she became “Imeldific,” the two most powerful figures in contemporary Philippine history spent some time dating.
Apart from interesting and intriguing, I think this detail is important and I honestly wonder why it’s seldom discussed. Don’t you find it curious that this is left out in most (if not all) documentaries, books, or commentaries on the Marcos – Aquino saga?
They say all politics is personal. And to an extent, I agree. So imagine, what if the events of the past were largely shaped by what could’ve been a love triangle? Plausible angle? Of course. Anything is possible in this strange world that gets stranger each day.
Imelda/Ferdinand Wedding:
In 1953, Imelda met then-Ilocos Norte Congressman Ferdinand E. Marcos. After an eleven day courtship in Baguio during Holy Week, and with much prodding from Danieling (He and Ferdinand Marcos were both sitting congressmen at that time), they were married in May of that year at the San Miguel Pro-Cathedral on General Solano street, San Miguel, Manila. From Wikipedia
Ninoy/Cory Wedding:
October 11, 1954 - Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino married Corazon ‘Cory” Cojuangco at our Lady of Sorrow Church along F.B. Harrison st. in Pasay City.
"When Marcos later learned what happened, he reportedly went into a rage and even threw something at Imelda..."