Mama Marcos glows over son
Bongbong. President of the Philippines. Given identify? Ferdinand Marcos. Father? Late president of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos. Mom — who’s had her personal headlines — Imelda Marcos.
Again earlier than whatshisname invented lightbulbs, she and I met. The Shah of Iran had invited buddies to have fun His Majesty’s 2,000-year-old metropolis Persepolis. Visitors like Princess Grace, Haile Selassie, Spiro Agnew, Imelda. This week — Imelda in Manila, me in New York — traded cellphone calls. Years come, tragedies go, however friendship of half a century goes on.
When Kayser-Roth Company owned Miss Universe I, assistant to the president introduced superstar judges and in 1974 organized to televise it worldwide from Manila. First time exterior the USA. Estimated viewers 500,000. Imelda constructed us a particular theater. Got here fearful hurricane warnings. Our crew numbered a whole bunch. Calmly, the primary girl despatched up her air drive to “seed the clouds.” What that meant, who knew. What it did, I do know. Black clouds moved off the island of Luzon. The day cleared. The present televised. Subsequent day that hurricane socked us for 3 days. I used to be there, I do know.
The nation is 12 hours forward. On one journey there then-President Marcos held a gala in my honor. Robes, jewels, music, magic, photographers, TV, flashbulbs. The most important picture? Me quick asleep on the president’s shoulder. Hey, it’s an extended flight.
So, sure, for certain I do know the mother of the brand new president of the Philippines.
On the cellphone we remembered her New York trial. Life then was her East Facet townhouse and Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Waldorf suite the place, at some point, her buddy Doris Duke, USA’s richest feminine, introduced two legal professionals plus Imelda’s wanted thousands and thousands for bail. No one was to know. Me already there, I received locked right into a john the place I might hear all of it.
June 30 her “solely son” turns into president. She says: “Of age when his father was alive, he all the time wished to be a politician. College was in England. He spent 20 years learning there. After which ran in our province. Grew to become governor, senator and — with my needs and prayers — president. I’ll stand there sporting my finest Filipino gown. I nonetheless preserve my previous garments however my daughter is making a particular robe.
“I do know what problem is. I bear in mind these days after I confronted jail and was all on my own. Preventing alone. Returning to Manila there have been instances in opposition to me. I believed I’d by no means come again. The federal government was in opposition to me. I confronted it on their own with folks praying to assist me. I used to be in such a tragic state.”
We relived her standing to face a NY choose. We remembered her collapsing and being rushed to a hospital. We recalled a priest conducting Mass in her lounge. We reviewed her strolling St. Patrick’s Cathedral aisle on her knees.
“Now I dwell alone. Massive house. Many look after me. My youngsters dwell close by. July 2 I’ll be 93.”
New grandkid for Chuck
Lives change on either side of the globe. Off to handle a commencement, Sen. Chuck Schumer received phrase daughter Jessica was in labor. He and spouse Iris raced to the hospital, overnighted, and are available morning welcomed their first granddaughter.
His eldest, son-in-law Mike Shapiro and toddler son Noah, welcomed Eleanor Alys Schumer-Shapiro at NYU’s Tisch Hospital on June 3. She’s named with a hat tip to Eleanor Roosevelt. Ellie’s 6 kilos, 12 ounces, 20 inches. How’s that for the congressional document?
The opposite flash announcement is that gramps Schumer did NOT get that information on his historic relic flip cellphone.
Infants haven’t any hair; oldie heads are simply as naked. Between the cradle and the grave; lies a hairdo, even a shave.
Solely from Cindy Wadsworth Longfellow, youngsters, solely from Cindy Wadsworth Longfellow.