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Amid disaster, a sole thought

October 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

When a powerful storm inundated the Philippines last month, most people rushed to save their homes or their lives. Employees of a certain museum, however, grabbed the shoes.

The Marikina Shoe Museum houses more than 800 pairs donated by former first lady Imelda Marcos, and many were threatened Sept. 26 by knee-deep water inside the museum. The museum is in Marikina city, capital of the Philippine shoe industry.

Curator Dolly Borlongan said the staff quickly moved the shoes to the top shelves of display cabinets, and only about 100 got wet.

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