Imelda Marcos

Politician

1929 –

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Who is Imelda Marcos?

Imelda Marcos, GM PLH is the widow of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and forms half of their so-called conjugal dictatorship. She is remembered as a symbol of excess during her husband's twenty-year rule because of her collection of more than a thousand pairs of shoes.

Imelda began her career as a local singer and model in Manila before meeting her husband Ferdinand, who would later be elected President. After the declaration of martial law in 1972, Imelda began holding positions in the national government that allowed her to travel the world and accumulate artwork and real estate. The couple consolidated their power allowing them to transport funds from the Philippine treasury into offshore accounts, such as banks in Switzerland.

President Marcos was accused of the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr.. This would lead to the People Power Revolution which forced the Marcoses out of office and into exile in Hawaii. After the death of Ferdinand, Imelda and her family were given amnesty by Corazon Aquino. Her return to the Philippines has since allowed her to restore her political dynasty.

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Born
Jul 2, 1929
Manila
Also known as
  • Steel Butterfly
  • Imelda Romuáldez Marcos
  • First lady Imelda Marcos
  • Imelda Remedios Visitación Romuáldez
  • Imelda R. Marcos
  • Meldy
  • The Iron Butterfly
  • Imelda Remedios Visitación Trinidad Romuáldez
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Philippines
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor's degree, St. Paul University-Manila
    Education
Lived in
  • Manila
  • Makati

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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