Mama Marcos glows over son
Bongbong. President of the Philippines. Given title? 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 associates to rejoice His Majesty’s 2,000-year-old metropolis Persepolis. Friends like Princess Grace, Haile Selassie, Spiro Agnew, Imelda. This week — Imelda in Manila, me in New York — traded telephone 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 tons of. Calmly, the primary girl despatched up her air pressure 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 key picture? Me quick asleep on the president’s shoulder. Hey, it’s a protracted flight.
So, sure, for certain I do know the mother of the brand new president of the Philippines.
On the telephone we remembered her New York trial. Life then was her East Aspect townhouse and Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Waldorf suite the place, someday, her pal Doris Duke, USA’s richest feminine, introduced two legal professionals plus Imelda’s wanted hundreds of thousands for bail. No one was to know. Me already there, I obtained 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 at all times needed to be a politician. College was in England. He spent 20 years learning there. After which ran in our province. Turned governor, senator and — with my needs and prayers — president. I’ll stand there sporting my greatest Filipino gown. I nonetheless maintain my outdated garments however my daughter is making a particular robe.
Marcos’ son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was elected president together with her “needs and prayers.”REUTERS/Lisa Marie David/File Photograph
“I do know what issue is. I keep in mind these days after I confronted jail and was all on my own. Combating alone. Returning to Manila there have been circumstances towards me. I believed I’d by no means come again. The federal government was towards me. I confronted it on their own with individuals 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 front room. We reviewed her strolling St. Patrick’s Cathedral aisle on her knees.
“Now I stay alone. Massive residence. Many look after me. My kids stay close by. July 2 I’ll be 93.”
New grandkid for Chuck
Lives change on each side of the globe. Off to deal with a commencement, Sen. Chuck Schumer obtained phrase daughter Jessica was in labor. He and spouse Iris raced to the hospital, overnighted, and are available morning welcomed their first granddaughter.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer not too long ago welcomed his first granddaughter.Stephen Yang for the New York Put up
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 report?
The opposite flash announcement is that gramps Schumer did NOT get that information on his historical relic flip telephone.
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, children, solely from Cindy Wadsworth Longfellow.