Easter Bash For 500 Or More Set For Marcos Honolulu Home On Sunday
HONOLULU (AP) _ Exiled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, invited 500 or more people to an Easter party at their new home, their first social gathering since fleeing the lavish Malacanang Palace in Manila.
″It’s too late to get ready,″ organizer Francisco Ugale said Friday. ″So we are telling them (guests), ’If you are coming, you have to bring your own lunch.‴
The Marcoses moved into a rented $1.5 million house in the Niu Valley on Monday, after living in a guest cottage at Hickam Air Force Base since they arrived in Hawaii on Feb. 26. Opponents of Marcos staged protests outside the house.
Ugale, who heads the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, said the gathering would include many Marcos relatives and numerous officials of pro-Marcos Filipino groups in Hawaii. ″Some of the club members will bring Easter baskets for the first family, so it will be nice,″ said Ugale. ″I don’t know if we will be hiding eggs. There is a a lot of sand and bushes so it could be hard to find them.″
Ugale said party organizers will be assisted by aides to the former president, who are living at the house with Marcos.
″They have a lot of experience in this stuff because of their experience in Malacanang Palace,″ said Ugale.
Hubert Bell, special agent-in-charge of the Secret Service Honolulu office, said security will be provided for the event as part of federal protection for Marcos.
″We’ll have to do what we have to do to accommodate the people coming and going,″ said Bell. ″There are going to be some problems, at the least traffic.″
Dean Alegado, a spokesman for a coalition of anti-Marcos groups, said there were no plans to hold a formal protest during the party.
But lawyer Eric Seitz, who lives two blocks from Marcos, said he planned to lead a small demonstration outside the house. Seitz was arrested Tuesday for obstructing the highway in front of the house during a protest.
″The thing tomorrow is very disturbing to many people, the fact that he is bringing in a bunch of people and holding what amounts to a political event,″ Seitz said.