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During my siblings’ visit here in Tacloban City two days ago, we were able to schedule time to tour around the city and get the true feels as tourists. Since I cannot really go far from the venue where my training was held, I realized that we don’t really need to go far because even within the city, there are already numerous tourist spots that are a must to visit. For instance, the Sto. Nino Shrine or the Romualdez Museum.

We’ve heard about the grandeur of this mansion how many times but never had the chance to tour inside, until two days ago. Post-Yolanda, we were all the more curious if the mansion is able to preserve its grandeur. You be the judge.

Located in Real Street Tacloban City just beside the People Center (now labeled as Japan Surplus), this museum is the grand mansion of the late President Ferdinand Marcos built for his wife, Imelda Marcos. It is one of those properties of the Marcoses which have been sequestered by the National Government through the Philippine Commission of Good Governance. I can only imagine how grand it must be during Marcos’ time because even after Yolanda struck Tacloban City on November 8, 2013, one can still see many very expensive collection of china wares and porcelains inside the mansion. This is also why I decided to create a separate blog for it. There is so much good stuff to feature! 😀

Entrance to the Santo Nino Shrine/Romualdez Museum. This is where you will pay your entrance fee.

From downtown area, ride on a tricycle going to Real Street. Fare is only P15.00. Upon reaching the entrance of the museum, there will be an information officer who will ask what’s your purpose for coming and visiting the mansion. Then you will be asked to pay for P200.00 as entrance fee. This is already good for 3 persons. There will be a guide who will tour you to every corner that the mansion has, from its rooms to its bathrooms, to its receiving area to its ballroom.

The mansion does not only boosts of 21 grand rooms of the immediate Marcos family–that of the late President Marcos’ and the former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos and their children, Imee, Irene, Aimee, and Ferdinan Marcos Jr. aka Bongbong Marcos, and their guests. It is likewise a home to the beautiful shrine of Sto. Nino.

Sto. Nino Shrine inside the mansion.

Sto. Nino Shrine inside the mansion.

Through the photos below, let me take you to the 21 grand rooms which are designed and decorated according to the family’s chosen theme. I was able to remember the names of the other rooms but some, not, because the tour guide is like having an LBM with her pacing speed hahaha! 😀

If I understand the interior of the mansion right, I can say that the left wing (facing the Santo Nino Shrine) is where you find the immediate family’s rooms. The right wing is where the guest rooms are.

Ifugao room

Palm Room

Bicolnon room

Chandelier in the Palawan Room

Chandelier in the Palawan Room.

Muslim Room

Shell Room

The late President Ferdinand Marcos’ room.

An antique air conditioning regulator inside the late President Marcos’ room.

The connecting room of the late President Marcos for his guards or Presidential escorts.

Senator Bongbong Marcos' room

Senator Bongbong Marcos’ room

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Imee Marcos’ room

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Aimee Marcos’ room

Little Aimee (the grandchild) and her yaya’s room

Behold! The former First Lady, Imelda Marcos’ room-the largest room in the museum.

Imelda's bathroom.

Imelda’s bathroom.

Primitive room

Sampaguita room

Ilokandia room

Coconut room

Butterfly room

Banig room

If there is one thing I have observed from these grand rooms is that they all have a grand bookshelf. Some of these rooms even have old books in it with subjects ranging from political to philosophical books. Also, all rooms have either Imelda’s paintings or photos, or that of the President’s, or both. These rooms likewise have its own bathroom with a bath tub in it.

I have been to Ilocos Norte and was also able to visit the Marcoses’ properties there and if there’s one thing I can say, it is that they have truly lived a grand life. They don’t settle for anything cheap. As how Imelda puts it:

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.
If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That’s how rich we are.
Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.
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