In Imelda's Own Words

Feb 06, 2009
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Quotable quotes from Imelda Marcos -- the lady who owns close to 3000 pairs of shoes.


"I was born ostentatious. They will list my name in the dictionary someday. They will use ‘Imeldific’ to mean ostentatious extravagance".

— cited in an Associated Press report, April 1998

“For God, country and the people, all the time this was his obsession and yet this selfless man was made to look like a thief, tyrant and dictator when he was a great democrat, a patriot and a humanist.”

—on Ferdinand Marcos, quoted in The South China Morning Post, March 1998

“It is not expensive to be beautiful. It takes only a little effort to be presentable and beautiful. But it takes some effort. And unfortunately people think of beauty as luxury, beauty as frivolity, ... or extravagance. Beauty is a discipline, beauty is art, is harmony, in the ideological sense and in the theological sense, beauty is God and love made real. And the ultimate rich is beauty.”

—From Imelda, the film

“For the sake of the republic of the Philippines, for the Filipino people, [we must] put the remains of the president to rest so that these negative vibrations will leave us.”

—after alleging that Ferdinand Marcos’s angry spirit caused Hurricane Andrew in 1992

“This is the Philippines... This is China, this is Russia... This is the east, the west. And the equator. As anyone could see, the Philippines was right at the centre of the globe. I’m surprised nobody saw this. As Chairman Mao said, you can change ideologies anytime, but you can never change geography. Geopolitics! This is what will make the Philippines great and beautiful again.”

—explaining her “masterplan for the country” by drawing a map of the world, quoted in Today, April 1998


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