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Aquino Removes Imelda’s Art Collection from the Walls

July 29, 1986

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ President Corazon Aquino, citing a preference for Filipino art, ordered 144 Yugoslavian paintings removed from the Malacanang Palace building housing her office, a presidential press release said Tuesday.

The paintings were part of former first lady Imelda Marcos’ collection before she fled the country in February with her husband, President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The Yugoslav artworks have been returned to the Manila Metropolitan Museum, from which they were borrowed, said the news release. It did not give the names of the Yugoslav artists.

In their place, Mrs. Aquino has ordered installation of works by Filipino landscape artist Fernando Amorsolo and others.

″I prefer the works of our Filipino masters,″ the news release quoted Mrs. Aquino as saying.

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