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Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos
Imelda Marcos was born Imelda Remedios Visitacion Trinidad Romualdez on 2nd July 1929 is the widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and is herself an influential political figure in the Philippines and is known as the Steel Butterfly and is still the most controversial figure not only in her home country but around the world. In 1996, the Australian Magazine ranked her 58th among The Most Powerful Women in the World and has gained notoriety for extensive shoe, gown, and jewellry collection.

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2010-01-13
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Imelda Remedios Visitacion Trinindad Romualde
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Imelda Marcos was born Imelda Remedios Visitacion Trinidad Romualdez on 2nd July 1929 is the widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and is herself an influential political figure in the Philippines and is known as the Steel Butterfly and is still the most controversial figure not only in her home country but around the world. In 1996, the Australian Magazine ranked her 58th among The Most Powerful Women in the World and has gained notoriety for extensive shoe, gown, and jewellry collection. Her parents were Vicente Orestes Lopez Romualdez and Reedios Trinidad, the second wife of the widowed Vicente. She is of Visayan and Tagalog descent. Her paternal ancestors, the wealthy and prominent Lopezes of Leyte, claimed to have founded the town of Tolosa, Leyte. Her own branch of the family was not political. Her father was a scholarly man more interested in music and culture than in public life. Her mother, Remedios Trinidad, a dressmaker who grew up in an orphanage in Manila, was from the town of Baliuag, Bulacan. Imelda spent her childhood in the shadow of the Malacanang Palace in San Miguel District in Manila, since her family then lived near San Miguel Church.

After Imelda's mother Remedios died, her father, Vicente, moved his family back to Leyte to live with relatives where Imelda earned a bachelor's degree in education at St. Paul's College. She also became a beauty queen and went to Manila where she became Miss Leyte. In 1954 she met then-Ilocos Norte Congressman Ferdinand E. Marcos. They later married that year and would go on to have four children. In 1966, Ferdinand Marcos became the 10th President of the Philippines. Together with Imelda,he would rule the Philippines as a dictator from 1972 until he was ousted in 1986. In 1965 she became the First Lady of the Philippines and was snubbed by The Beatles who at the time when they toured there.

In 1972 she was targeted for assassination and in 1978, she was elected as member of the 165-member Interim Btatsang Pambansa (National Assembly) representing the National Capital Region. Then after her husband's death in 1989 she was acquitted of racketeering and fraud charges the following year in 1990 and the following year again in 1991 she was allowed back to the Philippines. Since then she was tipped to become President of the Philippines but she ended fifth in 1992 and in 1995 she was elected Congresswoman of Leyte, representing the first district of her home province. But in 1998 she made another bid to become President of the Philippines but has finished 9th. In 2008, she was found not gulity of dollar salting.

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