Imelda Marcos has always had an eye for beauty.
In 1979, Imelda Marcos, who was born in Tacloban, converted one of their houses in Tacloban into a museum. Because of the intricate design details of the museum, it was only completed in 1981.
Facade of the Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum designed by Architect George Ramos
She wanted the museum to look like the Malacañang Palace when they were still in power, but with some additional features.
The museum’s receiving area is a chapel.
Sto. Niño Shrine has 21 rooms representing the 13 regions of the Philippines and 7 master bedrooms (7 is Pres. Marcos’ lucky number).
Each room has its own motif.
Each room also has a diorama featuring an event in Imelda’s life.
Here are some of the Masters’ Bedrooms…
Pres. Marcos’ Room
With a secret room for his bodyguard, Gen. Ver.
Imelda’s room is fit for a queen.
Wall fabric personally designed by Pitoy Moreno.
Imelda’s Bathroom with Jacuzzi Whirlpool. The flooring used to be fully covered with Italian carpet.
Sto. Niño Shrine is filled with treasures and artifacts. Some of them were gifts from Mao Tse-Tung, King Philip, etc. Yun lang, nanakaw na daw yung iba…
This chair is made of silver. Sobrang bigat!
Shell fountain with corals.
Imelda commissioned Malang to paint her portraits, and a lot of them hang on the walls of Sto. Niño Shrine.
The Family Tree of the Romualdez Family made by a Spanish Lady Painter
Imelda and her children
Ferdinand and Imelda’s photos can be seen all over the place.
The Marcos Family did not live in Sto. Niño Shrine ha. It was really built for viewing purposes. Imelda visits the museum once a year during Tacloban’s fiesta.
(Information provided by the tour guide who claims that she has been working in the museum for more than 30 years.)
STO. NINO SHRINE
Real Street. Tacloban City, Leyte
Open daily from 8am to 4 pm.
A guided Tour takes about 30 minutes.
Entrance PHP 200 (for a group of 5 persons)
inclusive of a tour guide, and an additional PHP 20
exceeding 5 persons
PHP 30 for the use of camera
PHP 200 for video cameras