Ferdinand E. Marcos

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10th President of the Republic of the Philippines

[ 1965 – 1986 ]

– President Ferdinand E. Marcos
December 1969

President Ferdinand E. Marcos was born on the 11th of September, 1917 to public school teachers Josefa Edralin and Mariano Marcos. His father was also a lawyer and a two-term Assemblyman. He completed his high school education at the University of the Philippines. He pursued a law degree from the institution’s College of Law, where he would famously top the bar examinations in 1939. He was the first recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Gold Medal for military science proficiency. A scholar, debater and orator, he won the Philippine President’s Gold Medal for oratory and the University President’s gold medal for attaining the highest scholastic average in college. At the state university, he stood out in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. He was particularly skilled in boxing and wrestling. In the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC), he was a battalion commander with the rank of major and became a national champion in the small bore-rifle tilt.

He was acclaimed by the Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon as the “Most famous young man in the Philippines in 1930s.” Marcos was a decorated war hero, who led numerous patrols to safety during the three-month Battle of Bataan. He was a survivor of the infamous 89-kilometer Death March from Bataan to Tarlac, and his miraculous escapes from bullets and cannon fire have become a part of Philippine folklore.

After the war, President Marcos entered the world of public service as a Technical Assistant to President Manuel A. Roxas. On April 17, 1954 at the age of 37, he married Imelda Romualdez, a beauty queen from the powerful Romualdez clan of Leyte.

The couple would have four children : Imee who is a senator, Ferdinand Jr. known as “Bongbong” who became the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines, Irene and Aimee. He was a congressman and a senator before assuming the presidency, an office that he would hold for 21 years. In his time, the Philippines saw a boom in infrastructure, farming and arts.

Contrary to the strongman image that the public have of the late president, the few who saw him behind closed doors, witnessed a kind, thoughtful and caring man who loved his country and relished time with his family. He was known to step out of cabinet meetings when he would hear one of his children crying. He got on his knees to play with them and opened Malacañang Palace to let other children in, most especially during the holidays.

Apart from his well-documented love for golf, the former president adored reading. It was an interest that he passed on to his children. This room pays tribute to his passion for literature, law and history through a private library with shelves lined with leather-bound books. A cozy reading nook is nestled within the library adjacent to a sophisticated work desk reminiscent of the former president’s multifaceted leadership. The suite’s expansive bed and walk-in closet is a glimpse of Malacañang Palace’s grandeur. The space is a fusion of contemporary pieces and those from a bygone era that hark back to our nation’s most progressive era.

President Ferdinand Marcos passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 28, 1989, at the age of 72.

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Jonathan Matti
February 2024

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