The Legend of Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th president, for me, is a lifetime famous influential politician not only in the Philippines but, perhaps, all over the world. Influential in a sense that he opened the minds of Filipinos for another unity (well the first was against Spaniards), although they always refer it to Aquinos, which also caused other countries to begin their protest against their own dictator or the like. Being a dictator for almost 21 years (1965 - 1986), he became the most powerful in the country. His wife, Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, became as well an influential first lady, known with her hundreds of pairs of shoes and sandals collection.

However we're not focusing on his own life as a leader, but we're going to talk about urban legends connected to him.

There was this legend that still persists in Ilocos Norte:
  • That Marcos is alive.

  • That he is kept living by embryonic fluid in some secret facility.

  • That his skin is nice and fresh and that he walks among us but does not look at all like the original Marcos.

  • That the "corpse" in Paoay is really just wax.

  • That his gold certificates are still being encashed, etc., etc.


  • Ferdinand Marcos is ALIVE?!



    It was rumored that Ferdinand Marcos was still ALIVE. It was very outrageous! His devotees were making stories hoping that the dictator is still alive till now.

    The wedding depicted here is unknown. I don't know who the persons here were.

    [Taken from E-mail:]

    A Woman in her forties was invited to stand as the principal sponsor in a wedding to be held in one of the big churches in Manila. The bride and groom had told her not to be shocked when she sees one of their special guests, who was supposedly a long lost kumpadre. So she went to the wedding and there she saw the man, walking very oh so slowly along the aisle. She thought then that if the man were really alive, she'd at least expect him to be confined to a wheelchair, either because of old age or his reported illnesses or both. But the man was walking all by himself, albeit a cane and some bodyguards surrounding him. Then came the signing of the marriage contract, and the woman had thought of checking if the man and his famous signature would match. They did. She later learned that his being alive is top secret and is known only among the man's followers. The man is none other than Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.


    Ferdinand Marcos is made of WAX?!





    The corpse of the once powerful dictator now lies inside a refrigerated glass coffin in a mausoleum, wearing a barong Tagalog and black slacks. He will remain there unless the government will sponsor a burial with military honor.

    Anyway, in Filipino burial tradition, a corpse must not wear shoes, however, previous Pres. Ferdinand Marcos wear black shoes, as if, it's covering something. His whole body look like not a real biological body but a body made of WAX.

    It was not true. His family claims that the corpse looks waxy because it has to be waxed periodically for preservation.


    We're aware that his time is full of complicated and conflicting stories. If you will browse the whole blog, you'll find other urban legend and/or hoax having his name (or family name) involved.

    Sources:
    http://spoonlagoon.blogspot.com/2008/10/pinoy-urban-legends-20.html
    http://lisawallerrogers.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/ferdinand-marcos-restless-corpse/
    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-urban-legends-093005285.html

    Image Source:
    http://lisawallerrogers.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/imelda-kisses-coffin-of-ferdinand-marcos.jpg?w=300&h=227