Imee Marcos

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The Honorable
Imee Marcos
Imee Marcos - August 2013.jpg
Governor of Ilocos Norte
Assumed office
June 30, 2010
Preceded by Michael Marcos Keon
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Ilocos Norte's Second District
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by Simeon M. Valdez
Succeeded by Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman) from Ilocos Norte
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Served with:
Antonio V. Raquiza
Personal details
Born (1955-11-12) November 12, 1955 (age 59)
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party KBL (1980–2009)
Nacionalista (2009–present)
Spouse(s) Tommy Manotoc (separated)
Children TJ Manotoc (stepson)
Borgy Manotoc
Michael Manotoc
Matthew Joseph Manotoc
Residence Batac, Ilocos Norte
Alma mater Princeton University
- Princeton University (B.A.)
- Asian Institute of Management in Makati (M.A. in Management and Business Administration)
Profession Politician

Imee Marcos (born November 12, 1955), is a Filipino politician who has been Governor of Ilocos Norte since 2010. She served three terms as Representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte in the Philippine House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007. She formerly belonged to the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan or KBL political party, the same party that supported her father, President Ferdinand Marcos.[1] Subsequently she joined the alliance of the Nacionalista Party of Manny Villar in support of her mother and her brother. She is the sister of Ilocos Norte Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who replaced her as the Representative for the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte.

Early life and career[edit]

Maria Imelda Josefa Romualdez Marcos is the first child of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, former president of the Philippines (1917-1989) and his wife, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos. Both parents ruled the Philippines together from 1965 to 1985. She was born on November 12, 1955 in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.[1] She has a younger brother, Ferdinand "Bong-Bong" Marcos, Jr., currently a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, and two younger sisters, Irene Marcos-Araneta,[2] a socialite, and Aimee Marcos, who was adopted and works as an entrepreneur and musician.[3]

Marcos, who turned 10 the day after her father was elected president in 1965, grew up as a young child at Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the president of Republic of the Philippines. In an interview with Filipinas Magazine in 1999, she admitted that she was not comfortable living at the Palace because it was too confining, very formal and fixed. She also added that it is not necessarily the most appropriate place to bring up a kid but it was quite nice.[4]

While living at the Palace, Marcos attended regular schools in Manila, then was tutored at the Palace because they found it difficult to go out because of protest rallies outside Malacañang.[5] This she found the most boring thing that happened, to learn without classmates.[5]


Marcos went to the Institucion Teresiana (Poveda Learning Center) from Kindergarten to Grade IV where she earned First Honors. She attended Assumption Convent at Herran St. in Manila for Grade V to First Year High School where she also earned First Honors. Then, she went to the American School in Makati.[1]

Imee, her brother Ferdinand Jr. (Bongbong) and sister, Irene had been studying in England before Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 on September 21, 1972. They stayed there for a few years until they finished their studies. But they came home for Christmas and summer holidays.[5] Imee was just about to turn 17 years old at that time. Bongbong was sent ahead of Imee and Irene to England to continue their studies.

In England, they had to live by themselves. "We were much concerned about adopting to a new and very cold environment. I was clueless. I wasn't aware of what was going on because we were struggling to cope in England without our parents, so it wasn't very real to us that things actually changed in the Philippines in an important way," she candidly recalls.[5]

In London, she attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art Acting and Playwriting, (with Distinction). She took up Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK (with Distinction). She also went to the Convent of the Holy Child Jesus, Mayfield, Sussex, England British Kingdom (GCSE Examinations –(7) UK Firsts,(3) Seconds).[1] Marcos completed her secondary education at Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California where she graduated valedictorian of her class.

She completed a B.A. degree in Religion and Politics at Princeton University.[6]

Imee became the most visible among the three Marcos children when she returned to the Philippines. She was chairperson of the Kabataang Barangay or youth organization. Then, she earned her M.A. in Management and Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management in Makati.[7] She did her graduate study in anthropology, sociology, literature, arts, history and theater at Princeton University in New Jersey and the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Marcos also studied French and Dialectical Arabic at the Royal University of Rabat in Morocco, as such she speaks ostensibly with French, Spanish, Latin, Arabic, Portuguese, aside from her knowledge about Ilocano, Waray, English, Tagalog and basic Mandarin and Japanese. She also studied Writing: screenplay; children's literature; painting and art; and interior design at the National University of Singapore College of Extramural Studies.[1]

Imee was counsel at the Center for Legal Aid at the U.P. College of Law. She was also a consultant for corporate taxation of the Independent Realty Corp., Anchor Corp., Prime Holdings, MidPasig Realty Corp. She was columnist of The Manila Bulletin in Manila, publisher of the Filpino Film Review, publisher and editor of the Kabataang Barangay Foundation, Makati, Metro Manila, and Special consultant to the chairman of the board of ABS-CBN, RPN 9 and IBC 13. From 1979-1986, she was consultant to the minister of the National Media Production Center in Quezon City. Then, from 1981 to 1986, she was director general of the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines.[7]

Prior to politics, Imee was producer for eleven years (1975–1986) of two famous Filipino children shows namely: Kulit Bulilit and Kaluskos Musmos - where Batibot originated. For five years (1981–1986), Imee was director-general of Experimental Cinema of the Philippines and produced: Oro, Plata, Mata; Himala; Misteryo sa Tuwa and Soltero. She co-produced with Marilou Diaz-Abaya the movie Brutal with Peque Gallaga, Scorpio Nights; and with Tikoy Aguiluz in The Boatman.

Imee also produced and wrote animation featuring Nonoy Marcelo's "Da Real Makoy and Lam-Ang", among others.[8]

Imee also held the following positions:

  • President/Executive Producer of Renegade Filmamakers - (1996 to present)
  • Founding Chair of the Kabataang Barangay Foundation - (1975–1986)
  • Producer of Metro Magazine - (1975–1986)
  • Consultant/Writer of the Children's Television Workshop for Asia and New York - (1977–1979)

Marcos has dabbled in drama, appearing in the Cultural Center of the Philippines' production of The Diary of Anne Frank.[citation needed]

In 2007, along with some industry luminaries, Imee Marcos established the Creative Media and Film Society of the Philippines (CREAM). A year after CREAM evolved into CREAM Content Distribution, Inc., a production company that specializes in animation, game and film production. She is currently the president of CREAM.

Personal life[edit]

Former Congresswoman now Ilocos Norte Governor Marcos was once married to businessman Tommy Manotoc, an avid golfer and former Professional Basketball Coach. They have three sons: Fernando Martin ("Borgy"), a commercial model and a DJ; Michael, a student at New York University; and Matthew Joseph, a student at Claremont McKenna College. And her stepson Tommy "TJ" Manotoc, whose also sportscaster and news anchor.[8] Marcos and Manotoc are now separated.

Political career[edit]

Imee entered the world of politics as an Assemblyman from Ilocos Norte from June 30, 1984 up to March 25, 1986 together with Antonio V. Raquiza.

Twelve years later, she returned to the world of politics. She ran as Congresswoman of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte and won. She assumed office on June 30, 1998 and ended June 30, 2007.

In the 2010 elections, she ran as Governor of Ilocos Norte against her cousin, Michael Marcos Keon, who was the governor during that time. She defeated her cousin by a landslide victory. Imee had 196,160 votes while her cousin, Gov. Michael had only 86,005 votes. She assumed office on June 30, 2010.

She was re - elected as Governor in the 2013 polls, unopposed.


  1. ^ a b c d e Congress Curriculum Vitae Retrieved 24 November 2006.[dead link]
  2. ^ Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Retrieved 24 November 2006.[dead link]
  3. ^ Biography for Imelda Marcos Retrieved 24 November 2006.
  4. ^ Imee Marcos Source: "Imee Marcos" by Marites N. Sison, Filipinas, November, 1999 Retrieved 24 November 2006.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d Special Report: Imee Marcos Source: "Special Report:Imee Marcos" by Tati V. Cruz, The Leader, September 2002 Vol. 1 No. 3 Retrieved 24 November 2006.[dead link]
  6. ^ Frank Senauth (March 2012). The Making of the Philippines. AuthorHouse. p. [ 222]. ISBN 978-1-4685-5232-4. 
  7. ^ a b Personal Information Retrieved 24 November 2006.
  8. ^ a b Imee R. Marcos Biography Retrieved 24 November 2006.[dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Vizmanos, Danilo, author, Through the Eye of the Storm, Ken Inc., Manila, 2000 ISBN 971-8558-41-1
  • Vizmanos, Danilo, author, Martial Law Diary: Part 1 Popular Bookstore, Manila, 2003
  • Seagrave, Sterling, author, The Marcos Dynasty, Harper & Row, New York, 1988 ISBN 0-06-015815-8

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