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Jun 23, 2010
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Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant former first lady of the Philippines, will be featured on CNN’s Talk Asia tonight, June 23 at 830pm.
[firstpara]CNN’s Arwa Damon travels to the Marcos homeland in Ilocos, looking to achieve an exclusive interview with the newly-elected congress member.

Her controversial thoughts on the new Aquino administration, the Marcos family fortune, and her new stint in Philippine politics are just among the topics featured on tonight’s program.

News have already circulated that the Marcos and the Aquino clans have kissed and made up.

This claim will be put to the test this time around as Imelda’s son Bongbong just landed a senate seat, prompting a possible working relationship with president-elect Noynoy Aquino.

“I pray that he succeeds," says Imelda Marcos, "For the sake of the Filipino people, I really pray that he succeeds.

"You need somebody in the office of the President with a lot of public experience in service. I even more hope, and pray, that he succeeds in eradicating corruption. Because if that is so, then the truth and the Marcos’ truth will prevail.”

But Bongbong isn't alone in restoring the legacy of the Marcos' family. At 80 years of age, the former first lady recently won as congresswoman of the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte. A feat that surprised mostly everyone, save for Imelda herself.

Those who have followed the Marcos family years after their forced exile knows about the ongoing dispute over their family’s fortune.

With supposed riches in the form of dollars found in world banks, Imelda cannot seem to escape this issue. Other than being a first lady, it is owning over 3,000 pairs of shoes that is her legendary claim to fame.

(Side note: In fact, according to urbandictionary.com and wordspy.com, the word "imeldific," which means "extravagant" came from Imelda!)

Imelda however, has attributed the family’s fortune to her husband’s investment beliefs. She says: “He always believed in gold…He said diamond is no good, because when you put in fire it is carbon. Gold is better. The more you put in fire, the purer it is, and the more beautiful and more expensive it is.”

For more information, please visit www.CNNPressroomAsia.com

Marcos' interview can be watched online after its first airing at www.cnn.com/talkasia

The episode premieres tonight, 23 June 2010 at 830pm

Replays on:

Thursday 24 June 1130am
Saturday 26 June 7pm
Sunday 27 June 330am and 430pm
Monday 28 June 9am