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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tacloban :"For Every Tear, A Press Release" Imelda and Bong Bong

Tacloban City, Imelda Marcos' old hometown, located in the northeastern part of Leyte island, was severely damaged by Haiyan, which raged across the central part of the Philippines.

Thousands are feared dead and entire towns have been destroyed.

LORD, they are here. Not in Tacloban.
"I get more than appreciation, especially from the little ones. And in the rural areas, all I have to do is smile and they are happy." -- cited in Beatriz Romualdez Francia's Imelda: 
A Story of the Philippines

1) The first press release of Imelda's reaction to Tacloban Disaster

From Kyodo News
MANILA - Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos has not been informed about the extent of the destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan in her former home city, Tacloban in the central Philippines, which has been hardest hit, an aide said Tuesday.

The 84-year-old "cannot be stressed" because she has just been discharged from hospital, Marcos' media relations officer Lito Gorospe told Kyodo News by phone.

"You know very well know that Ma'am is very emotional. So, her relatives looking after her tell her that the television set is out of order (to isolate her from the news). 
2) Bong Bong Press Release

In a statement issued, Sen. Bong Bong Marcos appealed for continued support for the victims, and expressed his gratitude to those helping the survivors.

"The tragedy that befell our hapless countrymen has instantly brought us together for one noble cause. Let us not abandon them until they have fully recovered," Bongbong Marcos said.
3) The 2nd Press Release of Imelda

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos on Friday issued a handwritten statement offering her condolences to the families of those who died in Leyte, her home province, due to Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” after finally learning about the extent of the devastation from her children.

Her children, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Irene Marcos-Araneta, had tried to keep the information on the devastation in the Visayas from their mother because of her condition.

But they were forced to tell her about how the Visayas islands were ravaged on Friday, said June Arvin Gudoy, chief of the communications and media office of Governor Marcos.
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Imelda Marcos, a former representative of Leyte and the incumbent representative of Ilocos Norte, immediately directed aid to be shipped to Leyte, where her relatives from the Romualdez clan are based, Gudoy said.

Marcos wrote: “Ayaw kawang hin paglaun. Matindog kita na mga waray (Do not lose hope. We, Warays, will rise up once more).”

4) Bong Bong press release :"We are victims too!"

“It’s sad, you know. She’ll also be hurt if she sees the pictures. More than the mansion, she was asking about the people,” Marcos said.
TOLOSA, Leyte—Former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos has lost one of her precious gems.
The grand Olot mansion, which Imelda, now the Ilocos Norte representative, considered her family’s ancestral home here, was reduced to a pile of rubble when a three-story-high storm surge whipped by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” obliterated everything inside the 42-hectare beach front property.
The destruction of the controversial estate came nearly three years after the Supreme Court allowed her to retake the property, one of the assets of her husband, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, which the government had sequestered, on suspicion it was ill-gotten.
Save for a couch and a few mud-splattered wooden sculptures, one can barely picture the grandiose 17-room residence that used to house the once powerful family.
“It took me a while to recognize the house,” the late dictator’s namesake son, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., told the Inquirer when he visited the property on Monday.
The senator dropped by the mansion before proceeding to the distribution of aid donated by Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. at Barangay (village) Imelda.
“What I immediately recognized was the area where the volunteers placed the relief goods because that was where we used to eat. It also had guest rooms,” he said, pointing to a damaged structure where a group of men placed boxes of bottled mineral water.
Marcos said he had so many good memories of the place, recalling that he spent most of his summers as a teenager in the beach house facing the Pacific Ocean.
He maintained that the property, which also had an 18-hole golf course, originally belonged to the paternal side of his mother, the Romualdezes, one of the oldest political clans in Leyte province.
Ironically, Leyte, which bore the brunt of the most destructive typhoon recorded this year, is one of the poorest provinces in the country.
The Olot mansion, a testament to Imelda Marcos’ wealth and power in her home province, is now gone.
“It’s hard to see the mansion like this. I cannot imagine this could happen,” he said, his eyes welling with tears.
“But I am happy to be alive. I just want to move on. I don’t know if we can still rebuild the mansion.”
Marcos said his mother had been told of the destruction but photographs of the ruined mansion had been withheld from her.
“It’s sad, you know. She’ll also be hurt if she sees the pictures. More than the mansion, she was asking about the people,” Marcos said.
Imelda's Sto Nino Shrine in Leyte
From Sleek in the City
Visit the Sto. Nino Shrine. When I first heard of the Sto. Nino Shrine, I thought that I was going to a chapel or a grotto. Indeed the shrine is dominated by a chapel that is dedicated to the Holy Child Jesus but the rest of the shrine are various rooms with themes as well as artifacts and artworks formerly owned by the Marcoses. 

You'll be astounded! There are 13 themed guest rooms that are unbelievably furnished with expensive and elegant-looking- though now slightly dirty and unkempt- four-poster beds, sofa sets, shelves, cabinets and etc. Each of the guest rooms follow a unique theme such as the Butterfly Room, the Igorot Room, the Capiz Room and etc.

If you found the guest room jaw-dropping, wait 'till you see the other 8 rooms dedicated for each of the members of the Marcos Family.