The Sto. Niño Shrine in Tacloban City (is it really a shrine or something else? It has been renamed the Romualdez Museum) means differently to a lot of Filipinos. For those who have been inside, some (mostly Warays), view it as a legacy of Imelda Marcos; for others, it is an icon of the excesses of the Marcos dynasty.

Having seen it before and after the Marcos years, now it is but a bare picture of what it was before. It is in such a sorry state some things are literally falling apart.

Still under the custody and management by the PCGG, this is how the place looks today.

Photos taken January 23 & 24, 2011.

Imelda Marcos’ bedroom

Imelda’s bathroom

President Marcos’ bedroom

To my knowledge, the first family never slept here.

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