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Name: Imelda Marcos                                                                 
Born: 2 July 1929 Manila, Philippines                                               
Imelda Trinidad Romualdez-Marcos (born July 2, 1929 in Manila) is the widow of       
Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady, and an influential political figure in the     
Philippines. She is known as the "Steel Butterfly" and remains a controversial       
figure not only in her home country, but around the world.[citation needed] In       
1996, The Australian Magazine ranked her 58th among "The 100 Most Powerful Women     
in the World", sharing the honor with Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor             
Santiago who placed 69th. Her extensive shoe, gown, and jewelry collection is       
Imelda Remedios Visitacion Trinidad Romualdez Marcos was born on July 2, 1929 in     
San Juan de Dios Hospital in Manila. Her parents were Vicente Orestes Romualdez     
(of Spanish blood) and Remedios Trinidad, the second wife of the widowed-Vicente.   
Her paternal ancestors founded the town of Tolosa, Leyte. Her                       
own branch of the family was not political. Her father was a scholarly man more     
interested in music and culture than in public life. Her mother, a dressmaker       
who grew up in an orphanage in Manila, is a Trinidad from the town of Baliuag,       
Bulacan, famed for the charm of its women.                                           
Imelda spent her childhood in the shadow of the MalacaƱang Palace in San Miguel     
District in Manila, since her family then lived near San Miguel Church. After       
his second wife Remedios died, and their home foreclosed, Vicente moved his         
family back to Leyte to live with relatives, where Imelda earned a bachelor's       
degree in education at St. Paul's College."                                         
She also became a beauty queen. At the age of 18, she was crowned the "Rose of       
Tacloban," became "Miss Leyte", went to Manila in 1953, and was named the "Muse     
of Manila" by then Manila Mayor, Arsenio Lacson, after she protested her loss in     
the Miss Manila pageant.                                                             
In 1954, Imelda met then-Ilocos Norte Congressman Ferdinand E. Marcos. After a       
whirlwind courtship in Baguio during Holy Week, they were married in May of that     
year at the Manila Pro-Cathedral Church with President Ramon Magsaysay as           
principal sponsor. They have three children, Maria Imelda "Imee" Marcos,             
Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., and Irene Marcos; and one adopted daughter,       
In 1966, Ferdinand Marcos became the 10th President of the Philippines. Together     
with Imelda, he would rule the Philippines as a Dictator from September 21, 1972     
up to until he was ousted on February 1986 in the famous People Power Revolution     
when he fled the Philippines.