Father: Vicente Orestes Romualdez

Mother: Remedios Trinidad

Marriage: Ferdinand Marcos (May 1, 1954-September 28, 1989, his death)

Children: Irene, Ferdinand Jr. “Bongbong” and Imee

Other Facts

Her nickname in the Philippines was the “Iron Butterfly.”

Wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for 20 years until he was ousted in 1986.

The Marcos family were accused of stealing billions of dollars from the Philippine people during Ferdinand’s presidency.

Famous for her lavish spending while first lady. At the time of husband’s ouster from office in 1986, she left over 1,000 pairs of shoes and more than 800 purses behind when fleeing to Hawaii.


1954 – Imelda marries Ferdinand Marcos 11 days after meeting him.

December 30, 1965 – Marcos becomes First Lady of the Philippines at her husband’s presidential inauguration.

September 21, 1972 President Ferdinand Marcos signs a martial law decree, which he publicly declares two days later.

December 7, 1972Is stabbed in her arms and hands during an assassination attempt by Carlito Dimahilig.

1975-1986Appointed governor of Metropolitan Manila.

1978-1986 Appointed Minister of Human Settlements.

January 17, 1981President Marcos lifts martial law.

February 1986The Marcos family flees to Hawaii after the Filipino people oust Ferdinand Marcos from office. He dies three years later in exile.

1990 – Marcos goes on trial in New York for racketeering. The charges allege she stole from the Philippines National Bank and invested the money in the United States. She is later acquitted of the charges.

November 4, 1991 – Marcos returns from exile to the Philippines and is arrested the next day for tax fraud and corruption. She is released on bail.

1992 – After returning to the Philippines, Marcos runs unsuccessfully for president.

1993 – Goes on trial in the Philippines for corruption and is found guilty.

1995-1998 – Serves in the Philippines House of Representatives.

February 7, 1998 – Declares her intent to run for president.

October 6, 1998 – The Philippine Supreme Court overturns her 1993 corruption conviction. Marcos faced a 12-year prison sentence and $4.3 million fine.

November 2006 – Marcos launches a fashion line, “The Imelda Collection.”

July 2007 – The Philippine government loses its case claiming rights to $4.7 million in Marcos’ account after 10 years of prosecution against the Security Bank and Trust Co.

March 10, 2008 A Philippine court acquits Marcos in a 17-year-old case of 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth totaling $863 million in Swiss bank accounts.

May 11, 2010 – Marcos wins a seat representing Ilocos Norte province in the Philippine House of Representatives.

September 9, 2010 – A Philippine court orders Marcos to repay the government almost $280,000 for funds taken from the National Food Authority by Ferdinand Marcos in 1983.

February 2016 – The Philippine government approves the auction of Marcos’ jewelry collection — worth approximately $21 million in total.
November 9, 2018 – An arrest warrant is filed for Marcos after she fails to appear in court. It is announced in court that she has been found guilty of seven counts of graft.

November 16, 2018 – Marcos announces she will appeal the conviction. She cannot be arrested while the appeal is pending.

March 30, 2019 – President Rodrigo Duterte approves the auction of the jewelry seized from the Marcos family.

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