The location of the Sto. Niño Shrine in Tacloban City was the former residence of the parents of First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos.
In its current sad state, no renovation can be done as the edifice is still under PCGG as a sequestered asset. Even though the structure is obviously worn out, you can glean the magnificence that was.
|Facade of the Sto. Niño Shrine in Tacloban City.|
As you enter the shrine, you will be welcomed by the chapel honoring Sto. Niño. In the chapel you can also see the mosaics of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Conception which were done in Italy.
|The altar at the chapel.|
|Mosaic of the Sacred Heart made in Italy installed at the chapel.|
|Mosaic of the Immaculate Conception also made in Italy on display at the chapel.|
The chapel is surrounded by doors leading to room showcase of various ethnic motifs. I have taken pictures of some of the rooms below.
|A room with palayok motif.|
|The Ifugao room.|
|A room with fern motif.|
|A room with lizard theme.|
|A room with coconut motif.|
|A butterfly-themed room.|
|A room with Capiz Motif.|
At the back of the chapel, there is a reception area where various furnitures are on display. You can also see there a fountain made from shells.
|A fountain made from shells.|
|A 16-seater table.|
As you ascend the stairs to the second floor, you can see the family tree of First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.
|Family tree of First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.|
At the ballroom in the second floor, you can see a huge painting of the Marcos Family as well as the chairs used by President Marcos and St. Pope John Paul II during his apostolic visit to the Philippines in 1981. The ballroom is adorned with a grand chandelier made in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga.
|A painting of the Marcos Family.|
|The presidential chair of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos.|
|The ballroom at Sto. Niño Shrine adorned with a grand chandelier |
made in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga.
You can also see a multitude of elegant furnitures which were imported from Europe such as those shown in the picture below.
|Furnitures imported from Europe.|
Moreover, there are also musical instruments on display such as a grand piano and a harp.
|The grand piano and a harp.|
At the second level, you can also see the showcase of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos' bedroom.
|President Ferdinand E. Marcos' bed.|
|A globe from the collection of Pres. Marcos.|
|A bookshelf inside President Marcos' room.|
|The working table of the president.|
The grandest room is that of First Lady Imelda R. Marcos' which resembles the bedroom of European monarchs.
|First Lady Imelda R. Marcos's bed.|
|The First Lady's lucky mirror which is ornate in adornment.|
|A real jade among the collections of First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.|
The presidential children including the adopted daughter have their own individuals rooms as below.
|Room of Ferdinand "Bongbiong" R. Marcos, Jr.|
|Numismatic collection of Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr. |
displayed in his room.
|The room of Irene R. Marcos.|
|The room of Imee R. Marcos.|
|The room of the adopted daughter of President Ferdinand E. Marcos and |
First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.
Indeed, the First Lady's concept for that place was excellent and ahead of its time. Perhaps in her mind, the Filipino craftsmanship can be regal too and worthy of showcase to the entire world!