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2/08/2008
matthew l. davis
fredericksburg, VA

In your Phillipine show on Emelda you never mentioned Harry Stonehill. Talk to the comis book master Stan Lee about the greatest story never told. The Philipines or anywhere. This would make a great show for the history of how if our government wants you, they will get you. 10/03/2007
David Monico
Los Angeles, CA.

The Imelda movie fascinates! The woman herself seems more powerful now that when she was FirstLady. "W" magazine (April2007)just came out with a 6 page spread on Imelda Marcos titled "Imelda Forever". Vanity Fair magazine (Feb 2007) had a 2 page spread on her as well and i quote " God made woman, then he made Imelda Marcos" Oprah Winfrey is said to schedule an interview with Imelda. The woman is more that her shoes. Good or Bad she remains a world character. All other dictators have been gone or executed. Obviously she is still around...she is loved by her people in the Philippines, like a queen mum. For a woman who had lawsuits left and right. She is still there. With 300,000 documents against her she never even been to jail.The US government spent $60,000,000 to arraign her with all the charges. SHe was acqutted on all counts. With 900 civil and criminal cases she faced in the Philippines since her return in 1991, only 3 of it remains.She will definitely live forever.Her Angels have indeed looked after her. She is just but a symbol of her husband's reign. She did not hold a gun and shoot people herself not even Ninoy Aquino. To this day not even Cory Aquino herself who ruled for 6 years with the support of the world have found who the real mastermind was.To Imelda Marcos! "at least when they opened my closets they found shoes not skeletons" Imelda Marcos is what filipino culture is all about! with that said, she indeeds live forever. 5/15/07
beth
pasadena,maryland

just seen the film today 5-13-2007.it really speaks for itself. the marcos's have monies then.so what's the problem of the people who don't even know them from eden?anybody who is elected in office promise,abuse,and use their power.why are we being hypocritical. don't forget the former ferdinand is intelligent,he's got the brains.some of us are poor but please don't blame it on them,strive harder.how did he get to be the past president if he did not work hard for it.everyone of us gets to where we are now cause we work hard for it,right? so,what i can say is this is history we have to move on,and for the next presidents they'll make their own littany of mistrials too. i guess imelda is just lucky!give her a break! naimbag nga aldaw yu amin! 9/25/06
Maria M.
An Arbor, Mi.

God, why people should still pay attention to her, I don't understand. You're just feeding on her humongous ego. She loves all that attention. 7/17/06
Switzerland

Think of the good things that they (Marcoses) have done. They may have profited from these but at least the Filipinos are enjoying the benefits, (Philippine Heart Center, National Kindney Institute, National Lung Center, Philippine Children's Hospital, etc) 6/23/06

ALL PERSON COMMITS MISTAKE SO JUST COMPARE BEFORE AND AFTER ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE GOVERMENT AND POLOTICIANS .SO I WILL RATHER GIVE A CHANCE TO IMEE MARCOS COUSE SHE IS LIKE HIS FATHER WITH BEST BRAIN TO BE USE TO LEAD THE PHILLIPPINES LIKE PGMA RIGHT NOW 5/26/06

They forgot to mention the thousands of people Marcos killed 8/29/05
Toronto, Canada

I was born in the Philippines and left in 1985, in my late teens to live in Canada. I've never known any Philippine President or First Lady except for the Marcoses. Growing up in their regime, I find Imelda quite intriguing and charming, of course not knowing then what is behind her theater like dramas in politics and the way she carry herself in public. She is indeed an enigma or probably just plain deluded. She literally got away with murders and a ton of atrocities, capitalizing on her charms and years of experience of manipulation. Yet in the end she has to pay for her crimes but most likely not in this life. 5/31/05
Zakia Lghzaoui
Alexandria, Virginia

Well, I would initially state that I didn't watch the whole special but caught the last thirty minutes of it. I am only an eighth grader but found a great interest and curiosity in the life of this "political diva". I had never heard much about Imelda but now I see her as a unique and never-understandable woman. This film by Ramona was an indie classic. I learned a lot about her life and the regime her and her husband ruled. I will not place any judgement on her because I am in no place to. I hope to watch this again in the future and do a research paper in class for it. Thank you for showing this PBS/ WHUT. Also the comments of previous people were entirely interesting to read! 5/20/05
Lenore
Austin, Texas

I just happened to turn on this program when it was halfway finished, and I am eager to find a way to purchase the DVD so I can see the entire show with my husband. We lived in the Philippines from 1983-1987; my husband's hospital commander at Clark Airbase accompanied the Marcoses when they fled their palace in Manila. A week later their palace was proudly open to the public and we toured it. All of the juxtapositions and contradictions underscored by this filmmaker's work are valid. The Philippines for me was a place of beauty and hope but also pevasive stagnation and struggle. I could never hope to fathom all the layers of politics and subterfuge just below the surface. The best thing that happened for the Philippines was the U.S. leaving our two huge and important bases there in the wake of the volcano and other events because finally after so many years of U.S. and Spanish influence the country could begin to stabilize itself from within. 5/17/05
Jose Aguilar
Mcallen, TX

I lived in the Philippines for about one year and what shocked me the most was the unrelenting corruption that takes place on an every day basis. I can honestly say that every aspect of the Filipino government is corrupt.

Sincerely,
Former Graduate student from La Salle. 5/13/05
Harry Watkins
New York, NY

Very well writtend and produced documentary. I just wish the interviewer would pose much harder pressing questioning of this tyrant. I as an American Fillipino am not a big fan of this woman, she and here husban defrauded the Fillipino and American Government out of Billions of dollars. Many people died due to starvation and poverty as so did the WWII vet that were to recieve benefits for their efforts durring the war, the Marcos Family scaudered so much of this money that was intended to help so many Fillipinos. Very Good Documnetary about a Very BAD person. 5/13/05
Astoria, NY

I stumbled upon a late-night rebroadcast of your film and wasn't able to turn away. You've painted such a complex portrait of this woman, whom I used to view as just another despotic, greedy fiend. I had no idea there was this strange, ethereal philosophy of her own quasi-divinity backing it all up, a belief in her own enslavement to beauty "for her people." Whether it began as a justification for the torture and exploitation of the Filipino people or she believed it all along, it's seems clear that she (mostly) believes it now. She is indeed pathetic, but she must pay for her considerable crimes. This was a well-crafted, moving piece, and I really want to see the entire film! 5/13/05
S.L.Yung
Brooklyn, NY

Watching IMELDA did not change my perceptions of her one dimension but highlighted Marco's "ego-maniacal self-indulgent vanities" which can further absolve Imelda's crime as depicted by the NYC Black American juror. I hope the viewer realizes she is a self destructive leader of the Philippines and by continuing to propagandize her self righteousnesses gives credences to absolution of such leaders as Stalin, Hitler and Hussein. The film's profile of Imelda from "rags" (she comes from a wealthy family) to riches continues to inspire superficial heroics. It does depict her as a pathetic martyr with no intent to change character but to continue with similar achievements through her children. To spend 90 mins highlighting Imelda and her "admirers" did not portray the real Filipino's democratic struggle fairly. The viewers are deprived from viewing the atrocities of Marco's paramilitaries, especially the immense poverty of the 60 million population and the mass sacrifices that the "educated" peasant class (never existed in American society), farmers, student's movement, human rights lawyers, religious sectors, middle class, artists and journalists had suffered and experienced under the 20 year Marco's Dictatorship. By negating such visual struggles, this can only pacify and confuse the viewer about fiction and facts or heroicism and propaganda. This film subtly depicts how Asian power leads to corruption as sanctioned by the American government and the public's obsessions (American and Asian) with the powerful rich where we always see profiled in Hollywood's celebrities. It seems to be the only conduit to gain media attention and encourages that corruption can be influentially powerful which defeats the purpose of film documentaries. This oversight shows sloppy editing on the part of Ramona Diaz and inspires future documentaries to be formatted with half truths for public viewing as well as developing a cult figure for younger generations.

I had been in the Philippines during the Marcos Dictatorship in 1984 on an Oxfam Study Tour (world hunger prevention) as an observer and photographer. I witnessed how the people used rallies, demonstrations and massive organizatonal support to make their democratic movement a reality against a regime gone askew. Thus after 25 years later such efforts have become futile with a profile of the Marcos regime rather than the people's struggle against such tyrannies. 5/12/05
Alice Maxwell
Stuart, Florida

The documentary was an interesting mix of facts and propaganda, American government initiated propaganda.

The Philppines has been a hotbed of communist activity since WWII. I know because I lived through the Hukbalahops et al for five years, 1950 through 1954. I kept in touch with friends there after we left and the activity did not subside. In fact, by the time Marcos came to power, he had to battle a moslem insurgency too. He had the first War on Terror to pursue!

The Marcos came to power because they had a public presence and the rumor was that Ferdinand had found the Japanese treasure trove, the gold etc. amassed from their South Pacific ventures in WWII. The couple had funds beyond normal from the beginning of their "reign" which lent enormus credence to the assumption. Much of what Imelda spent did not come from the Philippine public purse and the US Government knew it.

Rumor also has it that the US government wanted Marcos to place the treasure under their "security" but Marcos, knowing our propensity for taking but not always giving back, refused. That led to the orchestration of street riots etc. planned by our pot boilers from the CIA working with com/soc left. This pressure was thought to make Marcos change his mind. It did not.

The rest is history as you portrayed it.

What I found objectionable was the constant refrain re Imelda and her dresses and clothes and her insistence upon looking her best at all times as though this was a character flaw. This "obsession", the negative impression implied by our media to Imelda, was never applied to Jackie Kennedy, Monaco's Grace, Mrs.Reagan, or Princess Diana,none of which could hold a candle politically or intellectually to Imelda. Frankly,it was the same old com/soc attack visited upon Mme. Chaing KaiChek when Mrs. Roosevelt supposedly complained that the Chinese first lady insisted the sheets on her bed in the White House be silk! China's trade included selling lots and lots of silk to the world and their lady was doing what she could to promote it,(she even brought her own as a gift),but the media demonized her on cue from the State Department and its potboilers too!

I do salute your documentary for showing just how educated and brilliant Imelda was, especially since English was just one of the three languages she spoke fluently.

Imelda is having the last laugh on us and she should. Our many US governments have been deceitful and manipulative re the Philippines from our first landing there. Her story is just one of a long string of our American "mis-steps" and with two of her children successful in Filipino politics, the US may get its comeuppance re its actions yet!

MABUHAY 5/12/05
Huntsville, AL

I think this movie showed that before we jump to conclusions about public figures we need to evaluate both sides of the "coin". The Marcos administration, backed for a long time by the United States, can not be entirely blamed for the crimes against humanity. With regards to Imelda's extravagance, "How many Caucasian First Ladies ride bicycles?" The movie attempted to provide an unbias look at the Marcos' administration, which is good for civilization. 5/12/05
Nanette Gilligan
Hurley, NY

The film was quite entertaining. It did not change my view of Imelda Marcos. She is still a beautiful, self-involved and delusional glamour doll.

Of course a "reviled " public figure can be seen as sympathetic since they are in part created by a masochistic public. I have never understood why poor , deprived people look up to people like Imelda Marcos. The film didn't explain that mystery.

I also don't like it when the widow has to pay for the dictator's crimes. 5/12/05

Thank you KCET for airing this film and educating so many people. I did not know whether to laugh at Imelda or to cry for the Pilipino people when I saw this film. Either way the film dives into Imelda's eclectic spirit. One of the last segments really stuck to me, because it clearly identifies her ecclectic nature. During the Marcos family exodus from the Philippines "diapers and diamonds" where the only things Imelda wanted to take with her. Could this behavior be from grandmother instincts or from a narcissistic diva? Kudos and many thanks to Ramona Diaz for this independent film. 5/12/05
Lee Haskell
Charleston SC

Fabulous! One of the most entertaining documentaries I've ever seen.

Imelda is a shallow narcissist with a sublime sense of self-entitlement that transcends the usual amount tolerated from very pretty girls.

I should, but don't blame the Phillippines for allowing themselves to be duped for so many decades. This is a worst-case-senario example of what happens when our govt hands money over to the poor without accountable responsibility JUST because they CLAIM to be a DEMOCRACY. You'd think we'd have learned our lesson by now.

Ha, just like the Phillippines obviously never learned theirs since both the demon seeds and the demon itself seems to be gaining political power AGAIN.

And with each new generation, history seems to want to repeat itself. The Phillipines is no different. In the famous words of the poet-philospoher George Santayana: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 5/12/05
K E
Bloomington, IN

Its seems that like Marie Antoinette, the well-meaning but apparently naive Imelda, may have taken advantage of her people...but when you think about it, is this really any different from Nancy Reagan or Jackie Kennedy. All three were strong women of their day and made the best of the role they thought they had inherited and in each case the role their constituents allowed to them play. Even to this day Imelda is revered for the many positive things she brought to the Phillipines. People in the US live in abject poverty, yet we look beyond our own First Lady who appears bejewelled, and arrayed in gold. Far from perfect, naively in service to the image of her office, but firmly modelled after her US contemporaries, she remains consistent and unchanged, loved by many, committed to her mission...the "Jackie Antoinette" of her time. 5/12/05
Marc Ambalada
San Francisco, California

I just viewed the film documentary IMELDA for the first time last night on KQED public television. Generally, I felt that the film's treatment of the Marcoses, Imelda in particular, was fair with both sides of the various controversial issues surrounding the Marcoses having been articulated and ventilated well.

The film did not change my perception of Imdelda Marcos whom I had the privilege of meeting and knowing in a unique manner, she having been a former patient many years ago of my deceased mother. However, the film did re-affirm or confirm several things about her which I had formed opinions about, if not concluded, many years ago. It was satisfying to see my views confirmed by the film since I regard myself as an objective person and an impartial observer of Philippine history who actually lived the film's depicted times in the Philippines.

As regards the question posed on whether such a "reviled public figure can also be sympathetic," one has to know and understand Philippine society and culture within the context of its socio-economic classes and demographical settings (urban and rural) and the kind of people (women, particularly speaking) that the society breeds, to state "yes" -- Imelda can also be sympathetic. There are other "Imeldas" actually existing in the mold of "THE Imelda Marcos" perhaps of a lesser degree and thriving quietly without her infamy and public exposure. There are many more potential "Imeldas" in Philippine society, who, if they were to be given similar opportunities Imelda had in her life, would end up like her caricature.

Back in the colonial era of the 19th century, Jose Rizal caricatured the archtypal image of an Imelda with the character of Dona Victorina in his novel and critique of Philippine society "Noli Me Tangere." The society and the culture are breeding grounds for the persona of an Imelda Marcos then and now -- that of "glamourized stupidity" and a bizarre mix of well-meaning intentions colored by a hypocritical, perverse sense of Christianity.

Now THAT is utterly pathetic!

Although I believe the film "speaks for itself," it did not address the fact that people like the Marcoses got away with the excesses they did only because of and with the support of others who condoned and cooperated at the lower levels of the pyramid. (It is incorrect to blame Hitler alone for the evils of World War II. Without the pyramidal support base which propped him up from among the German populace and military, Hitler would have been an empty bag of air.) I decry the later claims of Imelda sycophants such as Christian Espiritu who claimed innocence stating that he was "duped." The fact is: He and other sycophants together with the military have to share the blame for the Marcoses' excesses in power because they knowingly provided the support base and benefited directly from the Marcoses accordingly, to the detriment of the Filipino nation.

Similarly, to uphold the notion that Juan Ponce-Enrile and Fidel Ramos are "heroes" of the EDSA revolution is a distortion and cover-up of how they willingly cooperated and were part of the betrayal of Philippine democracy. In this regard, the film did not adequately address the socio-cultural factors that shaped the Imelda Marcos persona. 5/11/05
Dale TX

Totally depressing. I recommend this film to anyone trying to get over a committment to the political process. There is no celebrity who can be thwarted if they offer themselves to an adoring public. Any electorate who puts in office the children of that deplorable woman deserves any misery that comes to them. 5/11/05
Gene Padre
Vallejo, CA

Although I have just seen the last part of the film, I will try to watch it some other days.

First of all, let me tell you that I was born, raised and college-educated in the Philippines. I've seen it all because I came to America during the Cory Administration (Mrs. Aquino). Also, I want to emphasize that I am neither pro nor anti-Marcos. I also consider our family as belonging to the middle class, being absentee landowners of a few tracts of pasture and farmlands since I was a kid during the 60's.

Anyway, whether I've seen the film completely or not, it doesn't change my perception about Imelda. She is a class of her own. To the outside world, negative perception about her comes from the media. To the poor people of the Philippines, she's seen as the "Lady Robin Hood" for initiating various projects designed to enhance their lives such as the livelihood training centers, Food production/"Green Revolution", the relocation of slum dwellers and providing them low cost housing, creating employments like the street sweepers for the unschooled resulting to a clean surrounding, the mass transport system, enhancement of the Filipino arts and cultures, and other countless projects. Definitely, she put the country on the world map and consciousness. In most of these projects, she used her charm and appeal to the big corporate community to help the poor and the needy. To sum it up, her pluses far outweighed whatever negatives she had. She was very misunderstood. Indeed, she's a great woman to me. Cory Aquino was great too, inspite of some failures just like Imelda. Philippine history will still have to judge Pres. Arroyo's greatness.

(To anybody who wants to have a private comment, you are welcome to e-mail me privately). 5/11/05
Jocelyn
Norridge, Illinois

I cannot believe that a human being (especially one who is so religious and uses God's name constantly) can do what she (Imelda)did. I think there's something wrong with her Mentally. Her son Bong-Bong is so oblivious to the fact that his parents were thieves! Come on! They were not self made millionaires (billionaires?) . All these wealth that they are enjoying now, belong to the Philippines and the Filipino people. I had a best friend that used to live in a very small apartment in a poor neighborhood in Manila. As soon as Marcos became President, they moved to a very exclusive neighborhood with chauffer, a number of maids, a house with 6 or 7 bedrooms, 6 cars in the driveway, a private office at the race track and of course, their own racing horses. She bragged about her father being one of Marcos's aids. Needless to say, they loved the Marcos administration.

Imelda is so in love with herself, it's disgusting. She is what you would call a woman with SUPERSTAR COMPLEX! Watching her really made me angry and my heart goes out to those people who suffered and are still living in poverty. 5/11/05
Joseph Tabaco
Ronkonkoma, NY

Watching IMELDA further confirmed my perceptions that the Marcos's were the worse thing since the Philippine's independence to happen to it, but it also made me aware that Imelda herself may have been one of the best things. Like Jackie Kennedy and Eva Peron, she gave the Philippines a standing in the world that could not be ignored, for good and bad, to this day.

It is hard to be sympathetic or pity Imelda since she still wields power and wealth. It confirms the cliche that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Despite President McKinley's untimely death, he, along with most of the US even today, believed that his annexation of the Philippines was a good thing. I suspect that Imelda will die believing she was the best thing ever to happen to the Philippines from her own portrayal in the documentary.

The film spoke for all sides that were portrayed including Imelda and her family. I think that Imelda and her cronies are delusional and in need of a reality check. However part of that reality is that she and her family and supporters still have popularity in parts of the Philippines and even here in the US. But a country that likes to elect actors for President has more problems that can be addressed here and could be, more than likely, better addressed by Imelda that those actors, a great actress herself as shown in this film.

Both the Philippines and the US like to pride ourselves in our freedom of the press. It is unfortunate that many of mainstream media are afraid of being charged with slander with ulterior motives or are careless in presenting potentially slanderous portrayals. If willing documentary subjects are edited to the point of being taken out of context, that may be grounds for slander. I believe that this documentary tried to be objective.

I commend PBS, Independent Lens and Thirteen for showing this Indy film during this APA Month in this large Fil Am community, many who do not know of the legacy of the Marcos regime other than Imelda's shoes. It's too bad that WLIW21 will not be showing it, at least in the next 2 weeks. I hope that PBS and its stations will program more Fil Am presentations in this, the largest Fil Am community on the East Coast.

Joseph Tabaco
NaFFAA National Asst Technology Director
Ronkonkoma, NY
http://tabacofamily.com 5/11/05
New York

I felt that the film was overall fair. It presented the good with the bad and left it to audience to decide on who is Imelda Marcos and her place in Philippine history. The film did not heavily lay blame to Imelda or the Marcoses for the troubles in the Philippines. The film suggested what is true about the US' convenient abuse of the Philippines and it's government. This was clear in the 1980s, 1990s, and even in the 2000s. Also, it is true Imelda helped put the Philippines on the map. Her international diplomatic trips and her style have far exceeded how many shoes she owns. Why don't we hear of the Philippines since her time? She was the "Star" of the Philippines. Although, it did disappointingly illustrate at times a selfish and ignorant former first lady. I was appalled at her explanations of freedom, beauty, and her being a role model. There should strongly be a follow-up film on the Philippines post Marcos and Imelda but maybe not for this series. 5/11/05
Catalina
Jersey City, NJ

It is now 11:30 PM EST and I just finished viewing the documentary about Imelda Marcos. I did not want to spend $9.00 to watch the documentary when it was commercially shown here in NYC last year even upon the prodding of my friends. I just got curious and watched it tonight as I have cable tv and got to watch it for free. I feel so sick that a Filipina named Ramona S. Diaz expended time and effort to film this documentary. Her talent could have been put to better use and this goes well for her financial sponsors who could have donated their money to the poor people in the Philippines. I find it also so appalling that the song "Ako Ay Pilipino" was even used as the background music for the election victory of both Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Imee Marcos. The Philippines has remained a basket case because we continue to insult our own intelligence as a people. It is about time we learn from, and re-live the EDSA Revolution of 1986 that served as a model for the other countries that suffered under authoritarian regimes and are still striving to regain their freedoms. 5/11/05
Nagal
Honolulu, HI

Imelda Marcos is the Micheal Jackson of the Philippines! 5/11/05
Alaska

I was in Hawaii when Mr and Mrs Marcos arrived in 1986. The local Filipinos were so afraid during the entire time she was on Oahu. People in Hawaii were more excited when Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Hawaii in 1986 etc. I just finished watching it-May 10 and you didn't show much of the Marcos in Hawaii. I got some questions answered. Most Americas didn't think about the Marcos until they showed up in Hawaii. 5/11/05
ellen
portland, oregon

If you want to see the face of evil... imelda is it!

I grew up in the Philippines during their administration and I remember the suffering of my family and the rest of the Filipino people. I hope justice will prevail even if it is nothere on earth. I really hope there is hell.

I just cannot believe my fellow Filipinos still voted her and her family to office, are they dumb? My heart is bleeding and aching right now!

And Christian Espiritu...shut up! You became a millionaire because of her and you are just like her, no heart, evil!

I am so disgusted about these "money worshiping christians." 5/11/05

The film makes me think,how an individual put into power and exploit that opportunity to be a goddess of some with no remorse to other while still wants to live on that divided society just a few brainstorm complex ideas comes into political games and also its a character of a person,individual with universal format,but in legal terms she needs to pay what she did .But whatever reason she didn't.

men I'm blank. 5/11/05
Noel C.Pagsuberon
Chicago, IL

Imelda and her kids should be in prison by now. Marcos, Jr. was convicted of tax evasion.

But the present administration of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has not guts to put the Marcoses in jail. It is a shame that President Arroyo sees nothing, hears nothing and does nothing. In fact, some reports say she is trying to make alliances with the cronies of the late dictator, especially Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. It is a shame that the Marcoses are still enjoying their ill-gotten wealth instead of spending time in jail. 5/11/05
Theo

When I first saw "Imelda" - it premiered last year as part of the Asian American Film Festival in Los Angeles - I was presently surprised. I thought Ramona [Diaz] did an exceptional job of capturing the essence of Mrs. Marcos. There must have been hundreds, if not thousands, of feet of film that were edited to condense the movie; yet, what is shown gives us a sense of who she really is. In fact, in an interview after the screening, Ms. Diaz acknowledged that the most difficult thing about creating the final cut was deciding what [footage] to keep.

I think the documentary speaks volumes about Mrs. Marcos - as a wife, mother, politician, etc. It is interesting to note her "slave/star" dualism - her rationale that she must serve her people while simultaneously be a symbol of beauty.

As a Filipino-American, I strive to learn about the history of my parents' homeland, so I definitely appreciate anything and everything that shows me a glimpse of how the Philippines was then and is now (Imelda being a part of the country's history).

Surprisingly, tomorrow night, May 11, East West Players debuts its new production, "Imelda: The Musical" at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Little Tokyo. Like the documentary, the show illustrates Mrs. Marcos' life - from beauty pageant life to life in exile and as a widow.

Furthermore, rumor has it that a famous impresario across "the pond" is also pondering a large musical production of Mrs. Marcos in the near future.

Suffice it say, I think Imelda Marcos is still the subject of interest internationally. I think "Imelda" goes way beyond her "shoes" and manages to show a woman who has many different faces, depending on her circumstance.

Thank you, KCET, for showing "Imelda", especially during Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. 5/9/05
Ontario

The "TRUTH" should never be hidden from the public; so there's no justifiable reason that a court order should be given to to ban a selfish monster who only care about her own welfare of a luxury living and care less about the citizens going hungry. And fact: there are poor and hungry children in the Phillipines and this is why Pastor Benny Hinn Ministries has invested huge sums of money into orphanages to feed hungry homeless children.

This woman is downright self- centered abused the country's budget. 5/9/05
Paul
Scarborough, Canada

I am truly appalled and upset beyond words that this INHUMANE woman keeps getting off all her charges .... this is very unfair and injust.

I can't believe she was aquitted of
*fraud charges in 89
*escaped conviction of 18 yrs in Prison
*another escape of conviction of 9 yrs in Jail in 2001
*** and still receives a PENSION fr. the government
Hello... where is the justice in this?

In the meanwhile, children and adults are malnutritioned and POVERTY still exists.

This woman deserves to be imprisoned for the rest of her life and to "REPAY" the poor citizens and tax payers what she has stolen from them. The Government should intervene and demand monetary repayment to feed the hungry children and help to alleviate the country's poverty.

Thank you very much for listening. 5/6/05
Ruby

My mom and I caught it last night and found ourselves chuckling with amusement. Those pictographs are a hoot. We never knew about them before.

This film was right on the money. It never adulated her nor crucified her. Mrs. Marcos is such a character unto her own that "imeldific" is the only way to describe her in one word.

Thanks PBS for showing it! 1/14/05
andrea k.
brooklyn, ny

i have always been facinated by this woman leading the phillipine nations. Partly because of my ignorance of their history but I know that i will get an objective viewpoint into her legacy by watching pbs. I can't wait to see the special.

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