When the Marcoses were in power, I was still inexistent, my mother was only 10 years old and my grandfather worked in a government people see as both progressive and corrupt. I’ve only heard stories during their time and have a lot of questions as to which side to believe in. Based on the documentary we watched, a side of the Marcoses were shown through Imelda Marcos.
Imelda Romualdez Marcos is a woman who appreciates beauty whether it is the physical or inner aspect of beauty. Even in the “ternos” that were custom-made for Imelda, each design was unique and carefully embroidered to suit her taste.
It was seen in the documentary how much Imelda appreciated the culture of the Philippines and saw how little attention Filipinos are giving to cultural arts. I was able to see how much priority she gave to the construction of cultural and health institutions for the need of the public, although there were still some issues as to how much sacrifices were made for the completion of each.
In my opinion, Imelda was a remarkable person in her own way. She appreciated the beauty of our culture and how important it was for our culture to grow and be noticed more by our fellow Filipinos and even foreigners. So maybe she was a little (or too much?) narcissistic, but aren’t we also like that sometimes?