Manolo says, not surprisingly, among the biggest tourist attractions in Manila are the shoes of the Imelda Marcos.
London has the crown jewels, Paris has the Mona Lisa and Manila has Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection.
In a city little known for tourist attractions, the Marikina City Footwear Museum is a bright spot, annually attracting thousands of visitors curious to see the treasure trove of shoes amassed by the Philippines’ shopaholic former first lady.
“Remove Imelda’s shoes and this museum would be nothing,” said tourism officer Mario Villanueva. “Curiosity about Imelda’s shoes does not wane.”
Lined up in glass display cases, the collection of 758 pairs includes black leather boots, silk brocade stilletos and leather slingbacks by local designers as well as world-famous names such as Chanel, Charles Jourdan, Bally and Bruno Magli.
Interesting enough, although, the best details from the whole article are at the very end…
Once feared, the 77-year old widow, who returned to the Philippines in 1991, is viewed by many Filipinos as an eccentric figure of fun.
Imelda opened the museum in Marikina, the home of the Philippine shoe industry in the east of Metro Manila, in 2001.
A spokeswoman for Imelda said her current shoe collection runs to around 5,000 pairs, most of which were presents from admirers.
Imelda Marcos still has 5,000 pairs of the shoes!
Who could not admire this woman’s incorrigible determination to acquire the beautiful feetwear?