By Eric - 10:58 PM

Even the former First Lady knows how to be "green". She recycles garbage. She isn't extravagant, excessive and frivolous after all, isn't she? Forget about the over 1000 shoes she previously had during Ferdinand Marcos time. Today she owns over 1000 plastic shoes. Kidding...

Last year, Marcos launched “The Imelda Collection” – a jewelry line she described as “both worthless and priceless,” made from glass beads, gold-plated chains and recycled plastic pieces.

Her beauty secret now is seeing beauty in everything, including garbage. She has resorted to wearing plastic accessories she herself made.

She has a set of emerald-colored earrings and brooch made of resin, plastic that is worth 50 pesos (about $1, euro .73). She also has a bracelet for 80 pesos (about $1.70; euro1.25) that glitters like gold but fake. But she likes it!

I would have thought she would have done a shoe line but no Imelda Marcos — wife of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos — launched a jewelry line on Saturday which she described as "both worthless and priceless," but would entitle the buyer to a piece of the glamorous former first lady.

Called "The Imelda Collection," it includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, pins, combs and even cuff links made from a combination of glass beads, gemstones and gold-plated chains.

Many of them feature images of butterflies and shoes, trademarks of the 77-year-old widow. During her heyday at the height of power of her late husband, Imelda was called the "iron butterfly" for her ability to get her own way.

Following her husband's ouster in a popular revolution in 1986, she was found to have collected 1,220 pairs of size 8 shoes.

Speaking to a crowd of mostly women at the seaside Philippine Plaza Hotel, she described the collection as "both worthless and priceless."

"Worthless because it comes from worthless materials, but it is priceless because it is the creativity that's coming from the soul of human beings to bring out what is beautiful and what is God in them," she said.

Marcos, known for her shopping sprees abroad while her countrymen wallowed in poverty, said the one-of-a-kind pieces came from her old accessories and clothes, mixed with newly bought stones and other materials.

She said the idea for the collection came from her 23-year-old grandson, Martin "Borgy" Manotoc.

Each piece carries a message from Imelda saying the item is "guaranteed to tarnish, fall apart, maybe even disintegrate. When this happens, just be Imeldific! Be ingenious and find ways to put it together."

Many of the items were recycled from things Marcos picked up on her travels, while others were fashioned from items the government failed to seize after the family's fall from power.

Their prices, however, were not for ordinary Filipinos. A hairpin made of olive jade, fresh water pearls, antique French glass, Austrian crystals and woven glass beads with white gold-plated chain was priced at 5,800 pesos (US$116, €91), about half a month's salary for an office employee.

A necklace made from a vintage brooch, glass beads, cat's eye gem stone, fresh water pearls, orange calcite and ribbons cost 15,600 (US$312, €244).

Liza Ilarde, editor of JetSet, a travel and lifestyle magazine, said the collection was "in tune" with the current trend in accessory design of mixing semiprecious stones with found objects.

"Personally, some of the pieces are not to my taste although, I'm sure if I look hard enough, I can find something that I'll like," she said.

What can you say Filipino people...are you still mad or happy about her?....I think lets forget the past....why not remembering the good things she had done to us?

Blog entries courtesy of: talksmart
and David Waring

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