Thursday, March 20, 2014

Imelda: Love is Beauty

      The documentary on Imelda showed me the different side of the ex-first lady, Imelda Marcos. Originally, I thought Imelda Marcos was just an ordinary first lady of Ferdinand Marcos, an ordinary mother to her family, and ordinary Filipino woman. However, the case was very different. Imelda Marcos showed her different personalities in the documentary, her political, economic, and socio-cultural side.

      Imelda, as a the first lady, helped her husband "lead" Philippines. Opposite from what the people thought of her, she was not just beauty, but also contained brain. She was able to construct different health institutions here in our country such as the Heart Center and Kidney Center. She was also the ambassador of the Philippines for different nations. Finally, she was also the governor of Manila during that time. Who would have thought that a girl like her would be able to do all of those things.

      From the documentary, I also learned that Imelda was also some kind of economist, but a weird one. She believes that poverty is just a state. Once you make the people happy, poverty will be eliminated. She said that this is the reason why she always dresses up elegantly, to give the Filipinos a role model. She also said, "When I am happy, the Filipinos are happy." I guess that is also the reasons why the Marcos started stealing from the people, "when I am rich, the Filipinos are rich". WTF.

      Finally, Imelda was a very complicated type of person. She was a great fan of European Art and philosophy. She collects very expensive paintings from different parts of the world. She also writes books discussing the relation of art and life. At the same time, we can also say that Imelda is one of our modern contemporary philosophers. In the documentary, it was shown that she was writing different weird, non-sense philosophies in her pad paper. This truly proved that she did not only have beauty, but also brain, a weird brain though.

      "I always say you can never be extravagant with beauty. Beauty is God made real. Beauty is life." - Imelda Marcos

Marco Ragaza

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