[Reaction Paper on Imelda]
Aside from being part of the politically-influential Romualdez family, Imelda rose to fame because of her stunning BEAUTY. She knows she’s pretty, and she used that to her advantage. Others may find her vain and self-absorbed, but for me, there’s nothing wrong with that. People have different assets and it just so happens that Imelda’s is her beauty.
Imelda even got more influential when she became Ferdinand Marcos’ wife, and eventually, the First Lady. People may have expected her to lay-low and be simpler in terms of aesthetics since she entered politics, but I’m glad she didn’t. She stayed true to herself; therefore, there exists an Imelda Marcos we now know today. Being true to oneself may be one of the things people in politics could learn from Imelda. Since a lot of politicians camouflage and program themselves to assume the image of a political figure, the people only get to witness a monotonous government with “factory-manufactured” leaders. In the case of Imelda, instead of trying to fix her image to adhere to the political standards, she focused on what she can offer the country. She was able to successfully accomplish a lot of programs and projects like the construction of the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and institution of the MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival), which were great factors in unifying the nation’s diverse cultural identity. These institutions may be simple, but Imelda placed her efforts in making these as grand and as possible. She also shared herself to the country by simply being an icon of beauty, sophistication, and fashion. For Meldy, beauty is not a luxury; it is a way of life. Her life story proved that Filipinos should not be afraid of beauty, and instead embrace it.