Marikina offers to restore, house Imelda's shoes

Posted at 09/26/12 4:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- When news broke out that the shoes of former first lady Imelda Marcos are rotting and being eaten by termites at the National Museum, the city government of Marikina offered to restore the shoes and even house them at the Marikina Shoe Museum.

The Marikina Shoe Museum proudly displays 765 shoes of Marcos which she wore when she was first lady.

"Nanghihinayang kasi si Mayor (Del De Guzman) sa mga sapatos. Nag-offer yung mga magsasapatos namin to restore the shoes at kung gusto nila, i-house namin dito sa museum," Marikina Tourism officer Maria Theresa Curry said.

But the National Museum has been silent on the matter, "Wala pa kaming naririnig sa kanila," Curry said.

The National Museum has not entertained media since Monday and only came out with a written statement saying the damaged shoes were brought about by the habagat last August. They also claimed that they have since started the restoration process although they have not allowed media to see the items.

The Marikina Shoe Museum opened in 2001 and has been attracting curious visitors who want to see Marcos' shoe collection which includes Chanel, Christian Dior and Charles Jordan. The musuem manager refused to say how much the shoes are worth for security purposes.

‘Rewriting history’

Meanwhile, the former first lady’s son, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., took offense when told that Palace spokesmen downplayed the historical significance of his mother's gowns and shoes, which are now in a sorry state from water leaks inside the National Museum during the height of the habagat last month.

"This is not about material things. We can make more gowns, ‘di naman ‘yan ang problema, It's rewriting history," the senator said.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III told reporters on Monday via text message that the only significance of the gowns and shoes is that some of them were designed by prominent Filipino designers.

"The boxes hold no historical significance, except some of the clothes were made by Joe Salazar, Pitoy Moreno, and other designers," Quezon was quoted as saying.

Asked for his comment, Marcos chuckled and made a gaze, then quipped, "That part of our history is not important?".

Marcos said he was astounded that some people are still not over and can't move on.

The statement of Palace Spokesman, according to Marcos, is similar to the confiscatory policy in 1986 where “people would just take away material things, even without reason or purpose.”

The Marcos family were forced to leave the country after the “People Power” revolution in 1986.