Tag Archives: Imelda Marcos


Estrada, left, and Marcos

MANILA , Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The phenomenal success of Adele’s latest hit single, ‘Hello,’ has come to an abrupt end, thanks to former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and ex-President Joseph Estrada.

The duo’s version of a 1938 Filipino song, ‘Dahil Sa Iyo ‘ (Because Of You), is breaking music chart records worldwide.  Marcos, now a congresswoman, and Estrada, incumbent mayor of Manila, sang the song live at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philippines-China relations in Manila. Their impromptu performance immediately went viral, and in less than 24 hours, became the most-viewed music video ever on YouTube, eclipsing Adele’s recently-held record.

‘Dahil Sa Iyo’ is a song by Mike Velarde, Jr., written for the movie, ‘Bituing Marikit,’ and sung by the ‘King of the Philippine Movies’ Rogelio de la Rosa. A version with English-Tagalog lyrics, recorded in 1964, was a hit in the United States and continues to be popular in Filipino communities on American soil.

The song was famously performed by Nat King Cole at the Araneta Coliseum (now SMART Araneta Coliseum) in Quezon City in 1961. It was also sung by Jerry Vale with English title “Your Love Is Mine” (Eng. lyrics by Sonny Burke) in his album “The Language of Love” on Columbia Records, released 1963.

Many other international artists have performed or recorded the song, including The Lettermen, but none of the previous versions have quite achieved the notoriety of the Marcos-Estrada hit.  It is both musical and political, worthy of a platinum status.



Bongbong Marcos, Jr. waves to supporters during his VP candidacy announcement. Seated far left is Estrada and Imelda Marcos
Bongbong Marcos, Jr. waves to supporters during his VP candidacy announcement. Seated far left is Estrada and Imelda Marcos

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The bitter political rivalry between the Marcoses and the Aquinos abruptly came to an end today, when Philippine President Noynoy Aquino granted absolute pardon to the late Ferdinand E. Marcos and his family, including Imelda Romualdez Marcos and their children, Senator Bongbong Marcos, Governor Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos.

All it took was a simple “I’m sorry” from  Senator Marcos.

On Tuesday, Aquino said the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos should say sorry to the Filipino people for the atrocities committed during martial rule. Speaking at the presidential forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Aquino said that Filipinos would be open to forgiving the Marcos family for what former president Marcos did to the country during his tenure. “We are a forgiving people as a general rule.”

So on Wednesday morning, Bongbong Marcos said that on behalf of his entire family, he apologizes.

Being a man of his word, Aquino then issued an Executive Order granting absolute pardon to the Marcos family.

The pardon paves the way for the burial of the late Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ cemetery), something that the Marcos family had been seeking for a long time. Marcos’ preserved body currently lies in state in a refrigerated crypt in his hometown of Ilocos Norte.

An absolute pardon also frees the Marcoses of any liability in the numerous cases filed against Ferdinand, Sr. and his estate.  And, Imelda gets to keep her 3,000 pairs of shoes, or whatever is left of them.

Pardoning presidents for crimes committed while in office is not unprecedented in the Philippines.  Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was pardoned by his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who herself, is now is under hospital arrest . Estrada was convicted of plunder while Arroyo faces similar charges.

Will Aquino pardon Arroyo next?


L-R: Imelda Marcos, Estrada, Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile
L-R: Imelda Marcos, Estrada, Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – After so much speculation, Bongbong Marcos, son of the late Ferdinand Marcos, has finally declared that he is running to become Vice President of the Philippines.

He is not affiliated with any of the political parties that are fielding candidates for the 2016 elections, which begs the question, is he reviving his father’s Kilusang Bagong Lipunan  (Movement for a New Society), or KBL?

Judging from who was by his side when he made the announcement of his candidacy, the younger Marcos seems to have signaled the return of KBL, the ruling — and practically the only – political party during the Martial Law years.

There was his mother Imelda Romualdez Marcos, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Ferdinand Marcos’ Defense Secretary and now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Among the three of them, their combined ages add to a total of 255 years, prompting critics to speculate that the “new” KBL will stand for Kilusan Bangon Libingan (Movement for Rising from the Grave).

If the young Marcos’ age is added to the total, it would almost be equal to the three centuries that Spain colonized the Philippines.