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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, November 13, 2013

The Rose Of Tacloban: "No TV, Unaware of 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). 
She knows about the typhoon, but she doesn't know the extent of the damage," Gorospe said.
Marcos, a congresswoman of her northern home province of Ilocos Norte, was released from hospital on Saturday after a weeklong stay to treat her severe fatigue.

Marcos' condition was linked to her fluctuating blood sugar levels, Gorospe said.

"She's ambulant. And I presume, she takes medicine," Gorospe said of Marcos.
Although the flamboyant widow of deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is back at her condominium unit in Manila's financial district Makati City, she is not allowed to receive any visitors and has been ordered by her doctors to take rest.

She lived in Tacloban City in the 1940s, after her father, Vicente Romualdez, decided to return home following the death of her mother in Manila.

She is still a revered icon in the area and speaks the native Waray language fluently.
Tacloban City, located in the northeastern part of Leyte island, was severely damaged by Haiyan, which raged across the central part of the Philippines on Friday.

Thousands are feared dead and entire towns have been destroyed.
WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME?

Imelda:
Why don’t you love me?

Estrella:
Why don’t you love me?

Imelda & Estrella:
Why don’t you love me?

Imelda:
I gave you my life
I gave you my time
What more could I do?
I’m broken inside

Estrella:
I rose each morning
Worked way past midnight
Exhausted, expired
Now you kick me out?

Imelda & Estrella:
Why don’t you love me?
What’s a woman to do?
Why don’t you love me? (do I)
Mean so little to you?
From DavidBryne.com
"Here Lies Love"

In a statement issued Monday, 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," he said.


 THE ROSE OF TACLOBAN

I wrote inside my yearbook
“To try is to succeed
Fried chicken and the rumba
The colors pink and cream”

Ninoy was my first love
But he said I was too tall
A rich girl stole the sweetheart 
Of the Rose of Tacloban

The heart grows slightly colder 
Necessary to survive
And money makes it easy
In many people’s lives

The sky above protects us
Don’t know what I will become
Or what lies beyond tomorrow
For the Rose of Tacloban

Elegant women on a magazine page
Elegant women, like a paper parade
I don’t go out dancing, I just stay at home
Cutting out their faces, and replacing them with my own
Cutting out their faces, and replacing them with my own

The sky above protects us
Don’t know what I will become
Or what lies beyond tomorrow
For the Rose of Tacloban
What lies beyond tomorrow for the Rose—
Of Tacloban
From DavidBryne.com
"Here Lies Love"