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Guess Imelda’s Homecoming Date and Win a Pair of Shoes

October 16, 1991

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Guess the date Imelda Marcos returns to the Philippines and walk away with a pair of shoes.

Radio station DZRH launched the contest last week and has already been swamped with entries.

The widow of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos, famed for her shoe collection, says she will return from 5 1/2 years of exile next month.

″I don’t know why so many are joining,″ said Joe Taruc, the announcer who thought up the contest. ″Maybe it’s because times are tough and shoes have become unaffordable.″

Americans and other foreigners are free to enter, too, announcer Jennifer Postigo said today. She made the commitment during a live hookup with talk show host Curtis Sliwa of WABC-AM in New York when he asked if Americans could join in. Sliwa is founder of the Guardian Angels, a private group formed to protect people by patrolling high-crime areas of New York and other cities.

Mrs. Marcos’ more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, including disco shoes with blinking lights, have been on display at the presidential palace since she and her husband fled the country in 1986.

Mrs. Marcos has made several announcements of her homecoming date, prompting the radio station to hold the contest.

Five days after Mrs. Marcos’ actual arrival, the correct entries will be mixed together and 50 winners will be picked.

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