June 30, 2022 Philippine presidential candidate Marcos Jr. won election and successfully assumed presidency. After 36 years, Marcos family once again assumed position of Supreme Leader< /strong> Strong>Throne.
The Marcos family is notorious in Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos were expelled by Filipino people for embezzling tens of billions of dollars in country and finally fled to United States. lived a wild life.
Countless Filipinos cannot help feeling resentful about this. Is return of Marcos family good or bad for the country?
Marcos Jr sworn in as President
On day that Marcos took oath, a graceful and luxurious woman kissed him gently on cheek and looked at Marcos with relief. Some insiders were amazed to see this. Former First Lady of Philippines, current President Mother: Imelda Marcos.
If you don't know Imelda's real age, no one will think that she is 92 years old.
Imelda is a legendary woman. She not only witnessed how Marcos family became leader of country twice, but also rose step by step to top, having a bad backstory.
Now that Marcos family is back in Philippine political circle, people can't help but think about Imelda's past. The image of Imelda as a strong woman and her corrupt style has been etched in minds of Filipinos and has been since she was a child. Some clues can be seen from experience.
Imelda kisses little Marcos on cheek
July 2, 1929 Imelda was born in Manila, capital of Philippines, her father was a lawyer, and her family was not bad, although material life was tolerable. However, difficult family relationships still caused Imelda to suffer a lot since childhood.
Imelda's mother gave birth to six children, and Imelda was eldest, but they often had disagreements with children of their father's ex-wife. Out of desperation, Imelda's mother had to live with children In a modest garage.
Young Imelda always asked her mother why they should live in a garage while her father's other children could live in a warm house. Even if she told child, how could she understand?
So that children would not have a break with their father, mother simply consoled : "After some time everything will be fine, no matter what, you have to rely on yourself. Only when you are strong, can you be really strong.”
Although those words were unintentional on her mother's part, Imelda has kept those words in her heart ever since. Instead of thinking about relying on others, it's better to rely on yourself to strive for a better life.
Despite fact that family lives in two places, Imelda's father still tries to take care of her and other five children as much as possible, but life is often not always smooth.
After Imelda's father made some money as a lawyer, he started a small business. With early success, his ambition grew, but he was not really in business. A piece of business stuff, Gamble in business brought this originally wealthy family back to pre-liberation overnight.
In September 1938 Imelda's father could not afford large debts, so he had no choice but to sell his property and return to his hometown with his family. Imelda's mother also passed away. this year.
9-year-old Imelda suffered a lot in her homeless life. She is more and more convinced that only she herself can change future. While other children still do not know anything, Imelda has made a decision for herself. If you have achieved your goal, that is, become master of all people.
Philippines in 1930s
Imelda's death and life did not make her recover from her failure. She graduated brilliantly. At 18, she is also slim and tall, and her height of 1.7 meters stands out even more among her peers.
Smart people often know how to play to their strengths, and Imelda is just such a person.
It was by chance that Imelda found out that there was a beauty pageant in area. She was full of self-confidence and signed up without saying a word. She ended up winning Miss Taklaban. honor.
After this battle, Imelda also made a name for herself in area, but she was not satisfied. No matter how well she did in her hometown, this place is still small, which is far from satisfactory. Imelda: ambition.
Imelda is neither proud nor comforted by this accomplishment. She always focuses on herself and strives for top, and opportunities are often left for those who are ready for it.
Imeldagoes into politics
In 1952 Imelda returned to Manila with only 5 pesos. A girl from outback struggles to find a job and ends up working in a music store.
Manila was running for state councilor at time, and Imelda's cousin Daniel was also ambitious. He filled ranks, and Imelda took advantage of this opportunity. Using his powers and appearance to help Daniel win many votes, Daniel finally became a Member of Parliament.
This was Imelda's first step into Filipino politics, and then she used her cousin's influence and her own conditions to constantly shoot covers of various magazines, and gradually she became known to more Filipinos.
The following year, a national beauty pageant was held in Philippines, in which beauties from all over Philippines competed, and Imelda also managed to win Goddess of Manila.
Since then, Imelda has officially joined upper class. She often follows her cousin to meetings and gatherings of Philippine government offices, and her outstanding appearance has attracted attention of many young people.
But Imelda's eyesight is very high, and she can judge whether a person is outstanding by just a few words, so she always wanders among various young politicians, and never had a deeper relationship with anyone.
However, what many didn't expect was that this "Goddess of Manila" would decide a lifetime's deal with an ordinary congressman in just 11 days.
Imelda attended party
While attending a reception with her cousin, Imelda met Congressman Marcos. As one of most capable congressmen, Marcos has both temperament and ability. pursuit.
Imelda also saw extraordinary abilities in Marcos. Obviously, such a temperament, like a strong woman, attracted captious Imelda.
Love can be so reckless sometimes. Imelda, who has been rejected by countless handsome men, even started to fall in love second day she met Marcos. Then they got married after only 11 days of dating each other< /strong>.
Whether it's love or a bet, the story that follows clearly proves Imelda's choice was right.
Marcos is one of most popular members of parliament. Combined with running around of a strong woman, Imelda, Marcos' political career also runs smoothly. The collaboration between them is like a tiger with wings It can't be better described.
Thus, Marcos went from MP to President of Philippines, and Imelda also became "First Lady" of Philippines. This year her childhood dream came true. moment. Really met at top.
With help of Imelda, Marcos can be said to have reached end of country's power, and then began radical reforms, making great efforts for economic and social reforms.
At time, one could say that Marcos family was at peace, and problem of corruption followed. However, due to dictatorship of Marcos and help of his good wife, Imelda, relations between them stalled. on edge Very hard.
Marcos and Imelda
From December 1965 Marcos was elected President of Philippines for first time, until fourth successful election in 1986 Marcos and his wife sat on throne of power In last 20 years, to say that controversy continued.
When Marcos ran for president for third time, Benigno, his most powerful political opponent, was assassinated at Manila airport for unexplained reasons. "Cold Cases".
After that, Marcos and Imelda became even more unscrupulous, but what they didn't understand was that Water can carry a boat, but it can also topple it, and people are not fools. live by rules.
Since Imelda helped Marcos get elected for a fourth time, Filipinos could no longer tolerate their corruption and rule. Large-scale protests broke out across country, and Imeld could only be forced to "exile" US.
Murder of Benigno
He is said to be in exile, but for Imeldas, it's more like a vacation. According to people familiar with matter, Imelda's holdings in Swiss banks could be as high as US$10 billion. What was concept behind this huge amount of money at time?
In 1980s and 1990s, annual GDP of some small countries may not have reached this figure, and such an amount of money was quietly deposited in Imeld account. It is too ironic that stolen money received by people of whole country is only kept in accounts two people.
Since then, Imelda has allowed herself to have even more fun in United States and lived her life as Heroine of Shuangwen.
Imelda, who no longer needs to intrigue in political world, spends her daily life of "buy, buy, buy", living in a multi-billion dollar villa, sitting in >Rolls-Royce Phantom, roaming various luxury shops every day in "the city that never sleeps" New York.
Imelda's home has more than 3,000 pairs of high-heeled shoes worth thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as countless jewelry. One item may be enough to cover cost of a typical family for a year.
But for Imelda, this is just tip of iceberg. What she can actually see may be an original Cartier crown that is encrusted with 25 carat Big Mac" diamond powder, even if you look around world, you won't find a second such diamond, but his value is difficult to measure in money.
Original Cartier crown
Ordinary wealthy Americans may still be weighing their heads when buying something worth a few thousand dollars, but for Imelda to leave house without spending several million dollars is just a waste of time.
Louis Vuitton, Kucci, Prada It may be difficult for ordinary people to wear such expensive luxury brands for once in their lives, but every time Imelda makes a purchase with "Empty window", main task of bodyguards is not to protect her, but to help her deliver "trophies" of each purchase.
Shopping in Imelda
If you think that Imelda is just a local tyrant, you will be greatly mistaken.
On contrary, Imelda places great emphasis on cultivating "spirit", and countless rare paintings are scattered around houses like street stalls.
The Lady Picasso, Madonna and Child Michelangelo, Monet's Water Lily Pond... These are all genuine works, and every work worth tens of millions of dollars. At this scale, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Imelda's house is the "Little Louvre".
Famous paintings in Imelda's house
They say that they make a fortune in silence, but Imelda does not know how to restrain herself at all. Although she knows that these things are obtained by squeezing people out, she still boasts of her wealth arrogantly. profile way.
Filipinos also love and hate this iron butterfly. Corruption is an ironclad fact, but stability that Imelda and Marcos brought to society during their reign is also evident to all. Of course, this is inseparable from political skills of Imelda couple.
Despite living a life of luxury, Imelda is still obsessed with pleasure that power brings deep into her heart.
The extravagant life became less and less attractive to Imelda, so in 1991 Imelda returned to Philippines and Marcos family returned.
In face of Imelda's return, people split into two factions. Some consider her a savior, while others continue to repeat facts of corruption. But for Imelda, these questions are nothing more than trifles. known only to her.
Of course, Imelda is too old to be in politics again, but her son Marcos still has unlimited possibilities. /strong>, Marcos family is once again back at pinnacle of Filipino power, and Imelda's shadow is naturally irreplaceable behind it. .
As for Masi's future in politics, it will take time for Filipinos to check it out.
Some say that Imelda is an exploiter who eats people without spitting out bones, and some say that she is a hero who helped country develop. Leaving aside corruption for a while, Imelda actively developed local hospitals and education. system and committed to foreign affairs of Philippines.
Imelda once wandered between international political circles, and then leaders Gaddafi, Saddam, Nixon and others had diplomatic ties, and even Imelda helped establish diplomatic relations between my country and Philippines.
Nixon and Imelda
September 27, 1974 Imelda came to China and was received by Chairman Mao Zedong under leadership of Premier Zhou Enlai. Strong women even studied Chinese song "I love Beijing Tiananmen” and offered to sing it to Chairman Mao.
Chairman Mao applauded again and again after listening, and then Imelda offered to establish diplomatic relations with China, which, for a peaceful China, he naturally accepted with pleasure. Less than a year after Imelda's return to China, two countries successfully established diplomatic relations.
Group photo of Chairman Mao, Imelda and Marcos
Although Imelda's husband Marcos held power in Philippines at time, it can be seen that Imelda's right to speak is also very important. The reason why Marcos was able to stay firmly in country for 20 years naturally needed support of Imel Da.
From Marcos to Marcos Jr., Imelda supported two Filipino presidents one after other. From Cinderella to listening to politics step by step, Imelda's life is described as legendary. You can't think of a better description. This.
Contribution is a fact, and corruption is also a fact. Justice is easy. Only Filipinos are more qualified to judge Imelda. Advantages and disadvantages cannot be compensated. The Future of Philippines Depends on Marcos, or Tell Imelda's Strategy.