Philippine History

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Today in Philippine History, September 28, 1989, President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos died in Honolulu, Hawaii

On September 28, 1989, President Ferdinand Marcos, 10th president of the Philippines died at the age of 72 of kidney, heart and lung ailments in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was interred in a private mausoleum at Byodo-In Temple on the island of Oahu, visited daily by the Marcos family, political allies and friends. His remains is currently interred inside a refrigerated crypt in Batac, Ilocos Norte. February 25, 1986, at around 9:00 p.m., at the height of what is now known as the People Power revolt, the Marcos family was transported to safety by four Sikorsky HH-3E helicopters to Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga, about 83 kilometers north of Manila, before boarding US Air Force C-130 planes bound for Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and finally to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where the Marcoses arrived on February 26, 1986.

President Marcos would remain in Hawaii until his death in 1989.

President Marcos, in his 21 years in power, with the help of U.S. massive economic aid and foreign loans, built more schools, hospitals and infrastructure than any of his predecessors combined.

Marcos is also credited by some for promoting Filipino culture and nationalism. Many laws written by the Marcos. Out of thousands of proclamations, decrees and executive orders, only very few were repealed, revoked, modified or amended.

We will always remember him as our hero and the “greatest” leader the Philippines ever had because he did not allow any bloodshed when he chose to leave the country instead of remaining in power. He opted for peace, unity and freedom to prevail.

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