Lived: Sep 11, 1917 – Sep 28, 1989 (age 72)
Height: 5′ 7″
Spouse: Imelda Marcos (m. 1954 – 1989)
Children: Bongbong Marcos (Son) · Imee Marcos (Daughter) · Irene Marcos-Araneta (Daughter) · Aimee Marcos (Daughter)
Buried: Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center
Parents: Mariano Marcos (Father) · Josefa Edralin (Mother)Highlights
- 1954: Ferdinand Marcos married Imelda Marcos on May 01, 1954.
- 1965: Marcos won the presidency in 1965.
- 1972: Marcos placed the Philippines under martial law on September 23, 1972, during which he revamped the constitution, silenced the media, and used violence and oppression against the political opposition, Muslims, communist rebels, and ordinary citizens.
- 1978: In 1978, the position returned when Ferdinand Marcos became Prime Minister.
- 1984: By 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan started distancing himself from the Marcos regime that he and previous American presidents had strongly supported even after Marcos declared martial law.
- 1989: Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were jointly credited in 1989 by Guinness World Records with the largest-ever theft from a government: an estimated 5 to 10 billion dollars.
Ferdinand Marcos takes the Oath of Office for a second term before Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion on December 30, 1969
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Official language: Russian
Area: 8.65 million sq miles (22.40 million km²)
Calling code: 7
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