August 19, 2005 |
He doesn't look like he could cause much trouble anymore, flat on his back in an airtight glass box, toes up, eyes waxed shut. Dead. But almost 16 years after dying in exile and infamy, deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos -- or at least his reputation -- is being resurrected in the Philippines. And it's causing a commotion.
May 13, 2005 |
"Imelda," the world premiere musical at East West Players, is one of those committee-designed endeavors that launches off into so many directions that it goes hopelessly astray. Although handsomely produced and competently directed by East West's producing artistic director, Tim Dang, it is otherwise misbegotten, blurring the line between camp and bathos until we don't know whether to laugh, cry or simply yawn.
May 8, 2005 |
COMPOSER Nathan Wang's day is divided into a pie chart of four-hour chunks. For four hours, he scores a "Tom and Jerry" animated movie. Then it's four hours on an aviation documentary. Later, four hours for a new Jackie Chan film, "The Myth." Spread throughout the day are four hours for meals and family time. Finally, four hours of sleep. For those keeping count, the missing four hours belong to "Imelda," a musical Wang has been writing for more than a year.
August 20, 2004 |
"I've been very misunderstood," says a pouty, wide-eyed Imelda Marcos at the outset of Ramona S. Diaz's documentary "Imelda." She's decked out like a Braniff stewardess, touring the Philippine countryside in a chauffeured RV and distributing autographed photos of herself to the adoring crowd that gathers around her wherever she goes -- a plutocratic Celine Dion charged with human rights abuses.
August 15, 2004 |
Somewhere in the steamy northern Philippines, the elaborately embalmed body of notorious former dictator Ferdinand Marcos lies on view in a glass casket. He's been dead since 1989, but his widow, Imelda Marcos -- now a favorite model for drag queen impersonations in Manila nightclubs -- is waiting for him to be buried with full state honors.
July 13, 2004 |
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos lost her battle to stop a film about her colorful life being shown in the Philippines. On Monday, a regional court lifted an injunction against its screening. Lawyers for the film distributors said the court's ruling was issued before the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos released a statement saying said she would give up the case in recognition of the Philippine people's right of freedom.