IN DISGUISED SHRINE of Leyte


In disguised as a shrine, this building can very well be categorized as a mansion during the Marcos’ heyday. Today, it can be called a museum because it houses things of the  regime’s extravagant spending of the people’s money which did not  benefit  the majority of the citizenry. It  also serves as a repository of the gifts Imelda received from foreign dignitaries during their visit to the country.It is considered a frozen ill-gotten wealth of the late President Marcos and is now in the hands of the PCGG.

This is the chapel that will greet visitors first hand, a sort of an entrance hall.

Both sides of the chapel are themed bed rooms, thirteen all in all.

Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the widow of former Philippine President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, has been first lady from 1965 to 1986. After surviving the challenges in her life, Philippine media dubbed her as “Iron Butterfly” or “Steel Butterfly”. Her life is an open book, a Cinderella story but ended tragically as the family were booted out of the Palace via a bloodless revolution. This is her room.

I  had the  opportunity of discovering the physical truth about the former regime’s excesses. Imelda’s room was lavishly decorated and done.

This is her jacuzzi. At first, I sat at the edge of the jacuzzi for the souvenir photo but my tour guide requested me to go inside, lie down and act as if I’m taking  my bath. But the tub was covered with thick dust, so, I ended up squatting.

President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ bedroom

Imee’s bed

Irene’s bed

Little Aimee’s & yaya’s room

The Grand Old Piano needs a fine tuning.

The Grand Ballroom.

Bongbong Marcos’ school records and cards

Immaculate Concepcion in mosaic…

Gifts from other dignitaries

The sad state of the “shrine” which needs attention was further pushed to a sadder condition by  Typhoon Haiyan. Through the years of neglect, will it slowly die together with its contents or outlive its builder?

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