Alex Constantine - July 11, 2009
By Larry Leviste
Jul 04, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - In true Imeldific fashion, she glided down a red carpet, surrounded by little girls in white dresses carrying bouquets of roses and trailed by tuxedo-wearing violin and flute players who rendered her favorite love song.
In a frantic, fuchsia terno designed by Oliver Tolentino, former First Lady Imelda Marcos celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday amid glittering confetti and fireworks at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza's Grand Ballroom. In the midst of the extravagant celebration, Imelda asked family and some 1,000 well-wishers: 'Let us all observe a minute of silence and pray for the healing and restoration of the health of former President Cory Aquino.'
Every seat in the Grand Ballroom was taken. The guest of honor was Indonesian former First Lady Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno, who wore an emerald pendant the size of a compact mirror with matching earrings the size of mahjong tiles.
You're not invited
What kept everyone buzzing before Imelda's grand entrance, was the story of Sukarno spending time in a US jail for slashing the face of Philippine socialite Minnie Osme'a with a broken goblet in Aspen, Colorado, a few decades ago. About the same time, Imelda was acquitted by US federal court in Manhattan.
Imelda and Sukarno reportedly celebrated their freedom at the penthouse of arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. The invitation to the party read, 'If you're not indicted, you're not invited.' Leona Helmsley, the billionaire New York hotel owner convicted of federal income tax invasion and newly divorced Ivana Trump also attended that victory celebration. ...
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