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The Imelda in all of us. (Ramona Diaz, 2004) September 5, 2007

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Asian Films, Noypi.
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Originally published in Digital Buryong on August 11, 2007

Directed by Ramona S. Diaz
Director of Photography: Ferne Pearlstein
Music: Grace Nono, Bob Aves, TAO music
Editor: Leah Marino

In Imelda, the former First Lady contradicts herself so much that my notion of rationality changes every five minutes. It’s as if gulping three cups of espresso and still feeling drowsy.

Out of the blue, she’s telling us that she is a simple woman and yet, she has this bodega of handwoven, elegant clothes and a galore of shoes sufficient enough to open a department store. She proudly mentions that it takes her an hour to dress up when she’s meeting royalties, foreign presidents, and diplomats but in visiting rural communities, it takes her twice of the usual time. These people need a model, a star, someone to look up to, so I should look damn good. Her logic ranges from the feisty to the insane, and yet she is very engaging. In fact, the entire documentary can stand on its own with just Mrs. Marcos blabbering endlessly about herself except for those philosophical sketches which drive me nuts. (Well of course, Mr. de Quiros, as one of the journalists who opined on the aftermath of the regime, is a sight and should not be taken out just in case.)

My favorite part was when she was stabbed by this raging man from the audience during a political event. She had more than five stab wounds and refused in undergoing a plastic surgery to show the Filipino people her bravery, in which she believes is tantamount to her husband’s. In an interview she said, Why use a bolo to kill me? Why such an ugly instrument? They should’ve put a ribbon, a lace, or something. If only I could smile up to my scalp, I already did.

There may be a little Imelda in all of us but given the power and fortune, I will not spend them on shoes. Ramona Diaz’s award-winning documentary, a subtle irony of a woman who once ruled our country in flamboyance and despair, ends perfectly with a footage of Imee and Bongbong Marcos’ victory party, singing and jumping whole-heartedly to the tune of Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough. As if Imelda is a walking irony, Diaz got into trouble after winning in Sundance and having a local release. * * * *

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1. Lauren Sevilla Faustino - January 8, 2009

Hi richard!! great blog!! must serendipity that I stumbled into it while surfing! may balita ka kila karen g.? see you around! =) i’ll read around for awhile if you don’t mind.

2. Richard Bolisay - January 8, 2009

lauren faustino! ang sumagip samin nung docu class! nagkataon lang ba na sa imelda (na docu) ka nag-koment? haha. kumusta ka na? yup, karen and i still see each other occassionally. drop by here more often! hehe, salamat.

3. Lauren Sevilla Faustino - January 19, 2009

hindi na mejo sadya, dapat pala sa ‘about lilok…” ako nagmessage. kaso i realized too late! Got too excited dahil kilala ko yung gumawa ng blog! hahahha! was doing research on filipina filmmakers, ramona diaz led mo to your blog.=) say hi to karen g. for me! marami rami na akong nabasa sa blog mo ah!! magaling magaling!!

4. Lauren Sevilla Faustino - January 19, 2009

hindi na mejo sadya, dapat pala sa ‘about lilok…” ako nagmessage. kaso i realized too late! Got too excited dahil kilala ko yung gumawa ng blog! hahahha! was doing research on filipina filmmakers, ramona diaz led mo to your blog.=) teka, ako si lauren laki, hahahha baka akala mo si loren marcojos. I don’t think i saved u sa docu class e. say hi to karen g. for me! marami rami na akong nabasa sa blog mo ah!! magaling magaling!!

5. Richard Bolisay - January 19, 2009

oh yes i know you’re lauren laki! (what’s malaki about you is up to them to find out haha) you saved us through the camera you lent us! remember? haha, too long ago. wow, where are you working? masaya ba dyan? damay mo naman ako, haha. salamat, salamat ulit sa pagbisita.

6. OJ - May 22, 2011

I hope Imelda is taking her medications for her Bipolar Mood Disorder, or she might a have a relapse.


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