IMELDA                                                                                                                                       Unpublished Photographs of the Philippines’ Former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos


IMELDA ROMUALDEZ MARCOS, the fabulous former First Lady of the Republic of the Philippines, has been known as the “Steel Butterfly” perhaps for her perceived power and influence behind the late strongman, President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

But behind the façade is a loving and lovely woman who played different roles aside from being the First Lady. She was a topnotch ambassador for her country, governor of Metro Manila, Human Settlements Minister, assemblywoman, a patron of the arts, and an able political partner of the President.

Beyond this public face, however, is the less known side of this powerful woman — a loving wife and mother, and a loyal friend who did her best to squeeze family and personal life to her very tight schedule as a public figure. This collection of photographs taken by veteran lensman Emmanuel “Jolly” M. Riofrir during his stint as special events photographer assigned to the First Couple aims to show both these facets of her public and private lives.


Copyright 2015 by Emmanuel M. Riofrir

US Copyright Registration No. VAu 1-204-653

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other non-commercial uses permitted by copyright law.

Printed in the United States of America

First printing, 2015

ISBN 978-0-578-16364-2

Emmanuel M. Riofrir

Emmalie Books Inc.

San Bernardino, CA 92407



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