Imelda Marcos : The Diplomat

MA Thesis Proposal in History, Cognate in Political Science, University of the Philippines


Purpose of the Study


            The purpose of this research is to add to the existing literature about the life of Mrs. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos and the diplomatic history of the Philippines during the Marcos years. Countless articles have been written about the former First Lady. Her humble beginnings, rise to power and downfall have been widely studied. However, less has been written about her diplomatic skills. In fact, authors of this literature have rarely focused on her diplomatic initiatives abroad.

            Unlike the other First Ladies before her, Mrs. Imelda Marcos held various prominent positions in the government, to name a few: Governor of Metropolitan Manila; Member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa and Member of the Executive Committee; Minister of Human Settlements; and Special Envoy to various official missions abroad.

            As a Special Envoy, Mrs. Imelda Marcos was instrumental in the opening of Philippine diplomatic relations with China, the Soviet Union and her satellite states in Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, etc.), Middle East, Libya, and Cuba.

            She was also instrumental in the deployment of skilled Filipino workers abroad (known then as Overseas Contract Workers or OCWs); securing of cheap supply of oil from China and Libya, and the signing of the Tripoli Agreement.

            It is unfortunate that her significant role as a “diplomat” is often ignored in various literatures. This study is designed to fill this serious gap in understanding the life of Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos and her personal brand of diplomacy.

Statement of Problems, Review of Related Literature, Theoretical and Conceptual Framework, Outline of the Study: NOT AVAILABLE


The researcher shall employ both oral history and library research in this study. The researcher shall interview Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos, Rep. Imee R. Marcos, Mrs. Irene R. Marcos-Araneta, and Gov. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. For the purpose of corroboration, the researcher shall interview the following: Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, former President Fidel V. Ramos, former Senator Francisco Tatad, former Senator Vicente Paterno, former Prime Minister Cesar Virata, former Ambassador Benjamin Romualdez, Amb. Pacifico Castro, former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza,  former Blue Ladies, and other key informants who can shed light to her remarkable diplomatic skills. Moreover, the researcher shall collect anecdotes, documents, articles, newspaper clippings, photos, videos and other relevant materials where corroboration is available. Further, the researcher had already begun collecting photos and videos of the First Lady’s official visits to China, Soviet Union and the Middle East.