Saturday, May 12, 2007

Imelda, the nude President and the pope's chair

The picture above is showing a huge painting with beautiful and grand Imelda Marcos in the middle, holding a shell with four smaller versions of herself (her three children Maria Imelda ‘Imee’ Marcos, Ferdinand ‘Bong-Bong’ Marcos, Jr., Irene Marcos and the adopted daughter Irene Marcos). On the left, even bigger than Imelda, is a nude Ferdinand Marcos with his face covered by a curtain. Trust me, you won’t have many opportunities to see a nude president with a covered face.

The picture below puts Imelda into perspective. On the very right, the chair made for the 1981 visit of Pope John Paul II to the Philippines (note on the very left the similar, but somewhat smaller chair used by President Marcos for the grand mass in Manila). Still, central to all of it is herself, the ‘Rose of Tacloban’.

April 2007 photos from ‘Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Centre’ in Tacloban—Imelda's home townon the island of Leyte. The Shrine was built by and for Imelda Marcos.



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4 Comments:

At May 12, 2007 at 11:26 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

Interesting stuff...

 
At May 12, 2007 at 12:56 PM, Blogger brommel said...

you have'nd seen the pictures I took from her bed room....

 
At May 13, 2007 at 11:27 AM, Anonymous Joey said...

That's a painting of Malakas and Maganda (a.k.a. strength and beauty) who emerge as Adam and Eve from a split bamboo.

 
At May 13, 2007 at 11:35 AM, Blogger brommel said...

Joey: You are right, I know some other examples of these paintings which even show Imelda nude such as the one from Leonado Cruz (1980) 'The First Lady's ardent desire is to guide her beloved people to better lives....'. Anyway, all the other Malakas and Maganda's lack the Pope's chair.

BTW, in Greek, the word malakas is used metaphorically to define the individual that uses no common sense, who instead repeats the same mistakes many times over, while maintaining an attitude of self-righteousness. I know it's not related.

 

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