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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Romualdez Museum (Santo Nino Shrine) in Tacloban, Leyte Part 2

Tacloban City, 22 March 2010 - As the Romualdez Museum is mostly about the former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the many rooms in the ground floor, variously labeled after regions in the Philippines such as the Bicol Room or ethnic groups such as the Bagobo Room or other interests of Imelda such as the Butterfly Room, contain dioramas depicting her life. Here are some highlights of her life as seen in selected dioramas.

Imelda as a small girl
This diorama shows a scene in Imelda's childhood, as a little girl who shows respect by kissing an elder's hand.

Imelda's like during the Japanese occupation
This scene depicts Imelda as a dutiful young woman who did household chores during the war years when life was difficult for many families in the Philippines.

Imelda won as the Rose of Leyte
A turning point in her young life was when she won in the Rosas ng Leyte pageant. A testament to her being a beauty titlist.

Imelda campaigns for her husband Ferdinand Marcos
Imelda's charm and talent were assets during the presidential campaigns of her husband, Ferdinand Marcos. The couple sings to woo the crowd in this diorama.

Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippine Republic and Imelda fulfilled her role as First Lady.

Imelda is bestowed various honors and awards
This diorama depicts Imelda's success in her role in government having been recognized and honored by various entities both local and foreign.

A better life under Marcos presidency
A depiction of Filipino people enjoying the good life under the leadership of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Imelda continues to work for development
Imelda is depicted in this diorama as actively involved in development projects around the country. Of particular interest to us is the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mount Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna (represented by the leftmost building), an enduring legacy on her support for the arts.

More photos in Part 3 where Romualdez Museum art pieces will be shown.

Click here for the link to Part 1 where the Romualdez Museum structure was featured.

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