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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Imelda Marcos "Unofficial" Museum

The Imeldific Museum
Imelda had the complete package -- the looks, the intelligence, the charm and the talent. But during those times, having the complete package meant having the right connections. So Imelda lost the competition. But she's not one to just sit down and take it. Instead she complained so bitterly Manila's mayor, at that time -- Mayor Arsenio Lacson. Her argument? She deserved to win. So Lacson offered her an alternative title, the "Muse of Manila". From Flickr
Imelda's photogenic face graced many of Manila's magazine covers and she was named the "Muse of Manila" by then Manila Mayor, Arsenio Lacson, a special title given to her after she protested her loss in the Miss Manila pageant. From Wikipedia
Imee Marcos is the most vocal defender of martial law and her father, the late Ferdinand Marcos. In her most recent pronouncements, she said: "The best roads and bridges were built during martial law. Even the movies then were very good." From Wikipedia
It was also in 1954 when Filipinos witnessed the whirlwind romance of Ferdinand E. Marcos, a member of the 3rd Congress who would later become president and dictator, and Imelda R. Romualdez, whose cousins were also into politics. They wed and forged a union of shared dreams and ambitions. Ferdinand courted Imelda for less than two weeks, and promised her that she would become First Lady one day. From PCIJ
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
What the numerous chroniclers missed, and subsequent democratically elected governments failed to publicize, was an even more bizarre accessory -- the private zoo on 36-square-kilometer (14-square-mile) Calauit.
In separate interviews in June, Imelda and her son, Ferdinand Jr. (aka Bongbong) swore blind that the family’s motive for commandeering an island two-thirds the size of Manhattan was to save endangered African species.
If he or she has no control over his or her carnal appetites, that person is likely to have no control over his or her appetite for power or material wealth.  Kit Tatad
Bonnie and Clyde were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals . Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn's 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. From Wikipedia
"When former US VP Mondale asked of Phillipine’s Ferdinand Marcos: “You know Marcos.  Was he a hero or a crook …”? he writes:  “…
I answered that he might have started as a hero 
but ended up as a crook.” 
From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First”
If a person is a serial adulterer or one of loose moral character, he or she is not likely to be the soul of honesty, purity or justice in public office  or anywhere else. From Kit Tatad's "First Things First" Blog
Most Greedy
After being featured on Newsweek Magazine's "Most Greedy" list, former First Lady Imelda Marcos has admitted to being greedy if it means that she can share her wealth with the Filipino people.
"I plead guilty. For me, greedy is giving. I was first lady for 20 years, you have to be greedy first to give to all. It is natural. The only things we keep in life are those we give away," Marcos said in an interview with ABS-CBN.
"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
"I hate ugliness. You know I'm allergic to ugliness." -- quoted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 1999
First Inaugural Speech of Marcos: (excerpts)
We have come upon a phase of our history when ideas are only a veneer for greed and power in public and private affairs, when devotion to duty and dedication to a public trust are to be weighed at all times against private advantages and personal gain, and when loyalties can be traded in the open market.
"On a more personal level, I remember people saying how thankful they were for the relative peace and order that followed martial law." Bongbong
"And when the people reach that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.” 
― José Rizal
“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”― Mahatma Gandhi