Philippines: a country with some of the kindest, most beautiful people in
the world turned into a cesspool by the greed of an overprivileged elite
and an impoverished population. In the Philippines, everyone is scrapping
over who will get money, as if all the money in the world was already in
the Philippines. The behavior resulting from this cultural trait discourages
the influx of foreign capital which could help make life better for all
the citizens of RP. I myself would like to come to RP and spend the money
(which I earn from working a few months per year here in the U.S.) However,
ownership of land, uncertainties over the security of personal possessions,
and the problems of dealing with government officials, who all seem to want
money (bribes), are factors which discourage me from doing this.I get your
point about Imelda being quite eccentric, but like most critics you fail
to offer solutions. I am sure that you would like to see the problems of
the Philippines being solved. Making fun of Imelda's buffoonery may be fun
but what does it solve?" (11/17/96)
almost embarrassed to say that I come from Tacloban City, which as most
Filipinos know is 'Imelda Country.' Oh well, if Marion Barry can get reelected
Mayor of Washington D.C. after being convicted of drug possession, then
Imelda can be elected congresswoman from Leyte!" (12/3/96)
Ben, since I sent my opinion to you back in November I have made an additional
trip to the Philippines. My formerly Marxist opinion has been tempered since
I have met additional people from other social strata than the poor. The
problems of the Philippines are more complex than I had formerly assumed.
Capitalism and materialism are now a part of Philippine culture and cannot
be extricated. Pointing fingers at who is to blame for the problems now
existent in the Philippines is part of the problem and not part of the solution.
Of course everyone is scrapping for their share of what wealth exists there,
because Western culture (which is slowly supplanting all indigenous cultures)
encourages such behavior. Filipinos should not be held individually accountable
(whether rich or poor) for seeking to conform to standards of Western behavior.
The sins of the Marcoses have been widely publicized. Continued publicizing
of their actions degrades world opinion of the Philippines and Filipinos.
While your motivation is noble, in reality you are creating further detrimental
publicity for the Philippines. Results should be of utmost importance when
concerning oneself with improving the lives of Filipinos. I have decided
to become an expatriate and live year round in the Philippines as soon as
my obligations here in the U.S. are taken care of. While I appreciate your
interest in publicizing my comments, I would prefer that you concentrate
your efforts on more positive things... Perhaps publishing these comments
in addition would be more equitable to Filipinos as well. My plans on ex-patriating
require me to be non-political, regardless of my opinions. After all, I
have no right to influence Philippine politics since I am not a Filipino.
And after all, I am leaving the U.S. because I want a simple life...the
kind of life I can't find here." (11/17/96)
3,000 pairs of shoe is the least bad things to say about Imelda. How soon
can we forget that Macoy and her rob the country blind! How about the several
dozen laborers who died and got burried on tons of cement on buildings she
build all over the phillipines. She lives in a fantasy world, with her fairy
tale life......but let us not forget that for all the jewels, shoes and
bank accounts she had, lies the sweat of all Filipinos she had forsaken!!!!
Fuck you Imelda Fucking Marcos!!!" -- P.J.J., 1/8/98
a Lousy homepage And I dont think its a Filipino homepage it features The
country's enemy" -- D., 1/28/98
i don't think she even deserve to have a homepage... pwede siguro kung ka-category
nila Beavis and Butthead... that would be more of justice... She's a Filipino
but do you think we acknowldege her as one? Just an opinion ok" --
she intends to run for president do this mean we should anticipate her buying
more shoes?" -- K.R. and G.R., 2/8/98
hope that Imelda Marcos will get jailed and punished. The money should be
returned to the poor Filipino people. Some Filipinos are so stupid to vote
for her, and become a Congresswoman after robbing the Filipino of dignity
and wealth." -- D.F.C., 4/8/98
doesnt somebody just take that cow out to the pasture? I am not offended
by your web page, I am offended that noone has shot Imelda yet!" --
look what you've gone and done. Imelda has pulled out of the presidential
race." -- J.J., 4/30/98
she is just a wlaikgn menace, stealing money and spending it to satisfy
her lust for consumer goods." -- Z., 5/22/98
said one time in an interview, 'Some are smarter than others...' My own
input--Pain can grow. Can we "that" stupid that we totally forgotten the
hardships we've encountered after the destruction of the Marcos' regime?
I think not! Imelda should realize no matter how she cover-up or even have
face lift--- the we, the Filipino masses can be smarter than her!!!!"
-- P.E.D., 5/24/98
response to Imelda Marcos' Wits and Wisdom. She have lots of wits and no
wisdom. Her husband is right, she talks too much. I will never vote for
her. If she claim that she love the Filipinos, she doesn't have to run for
any political office, all she have to do is to pay off the Philippine debt..."
-- B.G., 10/16/98
||"I was horrified to see all those clue-less, ignoramous dim-wits who cheered
Imelda as she did an Evita impersonation during her birthday party. This
display of moronic behavior only rivals those of the committee that bestowed
the Dakilang Ina Award(or something like that) on Imelda! Magkano kaya ang
ibinayad sa kanila? Or maybe they were given fried chicken dinners, perhaps?
When I think about EDSA, I could only think of putting 3 people in front of a
firing squad. Imelda, Bongbong and Enrile(the yellow-bellied chicken sh.. who
is still scared of Imelda). Is there anything still that can be done to
rectify this oversight? Sigh, is there really anything a common person can
-- L.B., 7/10/99
|"She's mad: Will someone wake her up? please?"
-- F.A., 8/26/99
||"I'm a white boy, so I don't know all that much about Mrs. Marcos, but
for her to have that much money and the Phillipines to still be
poor......I don't know? She has all these shoes for herself, when she
should be buying them for her people. If the people want to hate
her....I guess you can't really blame them? Peace Out, Pinay's are beautiful!!!!!"
-- O.K., 6/1/99
|"Where are we going from here?: After all has been said and done....then what?
The Marcoses are back..flaunting their wealth..indirectly taunting the
Filipino people. They are back in power...what can I or we collectively do?
Accept them 100% or fight them again.
Is it really worth fighting them? IN their turf...or maybe some other way?
I'm confused...what kind of specie do we really belong?????
Instead of having them vanished from this earth, as what has happened to most
of their equals..who were either burned or hanged by their people!!!
Should they feel lucky nothing of the sort happened to them???
I was taught not to hate and not to kill....sometimes I ask myself...is this
really the right thing to do???? Just sit back and see what happens
next...wait for another insulting move by these very people who most of us
claim did bad to the country and the Filipino People?????
What do I tell my children....or maybe hide it from them...for if by telling
them....a greater sense of anger might build up and just maybe they might
think of doing something drastic....
Or should this happen in our time???...If so what can we do???
Hoping that some answers are available!!!!!! I do not want to HATE nor KILL!"
-- J.J., 8/29/99
||"Hi! Enjoyed reading your page on Imelda's quotable quotes.
Heard about Imelda's award from the CCP recently? Well, call it as insensitive or as frivolous as the awardee herself, but hey - she did get that building erected back in '69, never mind where she stole the
money - and the CCP was, well, as that oft repeated saying goes ... "nagtatanaw lang po ng utang na loob."
But of all her projects, CCP remains as the showcase of Filipino culture. Cory and Fidel did not have much culture despite her youngest daughter and his wife foraying into movies and piano concerts respectively. Too bad Imelda's gloomy shadow will forever be cast on the CCP like a dark, heavy cloud.
Not far from it is the decaying and ghostly Film Center of the Philippines. I remembered skipping class one afternoon during one of Imelda's Manila International Film Festivals (I think this was in 82 or 83, can't remember) in order to ogle or catch a glimpse of those international movie stars whose arrivals the Marcos-run papers were trumpeting daily. I never saw any, the presidential security guards made sure we were far from the party. They had this long red carpet running from the main entrance of the Film Center all the way down the long staircase, past the three giant fountains and the long courtyard, and ended just before the main road leading to where Boom Na Boom is now situated. Steel fences were lined around the main road to guard against a stampede. And on that road was where I stood, along with thousands of others. I asked myself why the long carpet when all the stars and important guests were comfortably driven up the Center's main entrance ramp in Rolls Royces?
Just then, a long black limousine stopped in front of us, right where the red carpet began, and out came Imelda in a gorgeous emerald-green terno with peacock feathers extending from her waist down to the carpet. Imbedded on each feather's eye are what looked like tiny diamonds that glittered under the late afternoon sun. For a moment, I was again a Marcos baby, delighted with what I saw. Imelda's magic weaving itself on me in a dazzling array of light and beauty. Her perfume intoxicated me and I thought how beautiful she was, our First Lady. The Governor of the City of Man - as she used to call Manila.
When she started walking by herself, alone and definitely the center of attention, I realize now how ingenious her public relations strategy was (and still is). Everyone was looking at her. The crowds screamed and shouted her name. The movie star guests, I found out later, were not at all amused. They could not enter the Film Center until Imelda reaches the entrance and cuts the ribbon. So they all stood there and waited as she slowly marched her way to them. Imelda had them all - had us all - where she wanted. We wanted to see a star and her reply was we need not look any farther.
Not to be outdone, the rumored ghosts of the Film Center had better come up with their own award for Imelda pretty soon.
Ciao! And more power to you!
-- E.C., 9/6/99
|"god, when will she ever be run over by conscience? does anybody have a
conscience to spare? quick somebody give her one before someone finally
manages to sucessfully strangle her, and she dies. the devil just might
be pissed off with her and sends her to heaven so he doesn't spend
eternity with her. just think of the gigantic mass rally st. peter will
have to deal with."
-- M.P., 10/24/99
||"Hindi ko alam kung bakit sinasayang mo ang valuable space sa server mo, by
placing all these trash, Imelda does not deserve to be even mentioned in any
publication, much more to be a star in your website. If I become a president
I will ban the name Imelda and Ferdinand, to me it means rape to the highest
Gamitin mo lang ang server space mo for something more worthwhile for the
Pilipino community around the world.
Who the fuck cares of what she thinks and say, sabihin mo sa kanya na bayaran
niya ang utang ng Pilipinas, sila ang maykagawaan kung bakit tayo sa baon sa
utang. Who the hell is she fooling ? Anong investment sa metal? Bago sila
umupo ang metal na sinasabi nilang investment eh 'tanso', kaya pag may
kidlat, hindi makalabas ng bahay, sana tinamaan na ng kidlat noon, baka
sakali pang may pagasa ang Pilipinas.
Sa lahat nang mga padrino at supporters mo, Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.
-- Isang Unggoy, 11/9/99
|"MARCOS-ROMUALDEZ KLEPTOCRACY!!: As a Taclobanon now living in the US(Thanks to God), I am also ashamed to be
known as a Taclobanon..but I am also proud to say that as a student in the
early 70's we fought them..in the city and the countryside of Leyte. Some of
our group were even victims of the infamous "San Juanico Torture" and the
other terrible tortures done to students, workers and the farmers of Leyte. I
guess what caused the infamous MIGs in Leyte to be brutal to us..was that we
were from Imelda Country. Yes, there are still marcos Loyalist in Leyte, my
sister is one them..she even voted for her as a Congresswoman...and her
brother(Bejo) for City Mayor.
The worst mistake that the People's Power Revolt of 1986, made..was to KEEP
MARCOS-ROMUALDEZ FAMILY ALIVE. Maybe the ROMANIAN SOLUTION TO A
DICTATORSHIP, SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED...LINE THEM UP IN A WALL ..AND SPRAY THEM
WITH 5.56mm bullets.. We the , the so called MARTIAL LAW VICTIMS, now living
in the US..an informal group of former detainees, torture victims
are all waiting for her in the US(we read in the news she is coming)..LET HER
COME OR MAYBE WE WILL GO BACK TO OUR HOME ..THE PHILIPPINES AND HELP GET RID
OF THESE KLEPTOCRATIC FAMILY..
-- K., 11/18/99
||"The Logic Behind Madam: Imelda Marcos shoudnot be punished. Imelda Marcos should not be hated
nor sneered nor be talked about as the devil. I have often wondered why
the Filipino people even pay attention to her. Do you pay much attention
to the lonely, deprived person sitting by the flyover shouting out
curses to nobody and everybody? Really, if Imelda Marcos believes what
she is saying, she is more a lunatic than an overly evil person. And
lunatics belong to the hospital, not the jail. Lunatics deserve our
pity, if not our help. And of all her facesaving and even blasphemous
remarks, let us not mind them or even pay them heed. The lunatic will
never see his lunacy, for he will believe he is the sanest of us all.
-- H.K., 3/27/99
|"One of the great site in the net.
Ever before I'm always wondering why there's a lot of people hate the
MADAME, if we tried to look back and analyzing the country's situation
from the Dictator, Cory era, Ramos era, and Estrada.... where part of
the Era the Philippines has greater heights.... precisely and exactly it
was during Marcos Regime... I'm not pro Marcos, I just want to open the
mind of many others that was being blinded by black propaganda against
the Marcoses... I'm not Anti-Cory but who's become richer and richer...
it was Cojuangco and Aquino families.... and so on with Ramos, though
he's a good one but he can't surpass what Marcos accomplishments has
been achieved. About Estrada... give him more time to do his job (no
comments for now)
Its good to hear that u have this kind of feature with your website at
least people can now express their feelings and opinion...
-- A.T., 4/3/99