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‘Cinderella’ Imelda Gives Away Pair of Shoes to Contest Winner

November 9, 1991

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Imelda Marcos gave away a pair of her celebrated shoes Saturday to a contestant who correctly guessed the date of the former Philippine first lady’s homecoming.

″The shoes of Imelda are being put to good use, like Cinderella,″ Mrs. Marcos told listeners of radio station DZRH, which sponsored the contest. ″Cinderella has returned and I believe this will bring us good luck. The shoes are a symbol of Cinderella.″

Mrs. Marcos returned home Monday after nearly six years of exile in the United States, where she and her husband, ex-President Ferdinand Marcos, fled after they were ousted in the 1986 uprising that catapulted Corazon Aquino to power.

Marcos died in exile in 1989.

Mrs. Marcos gamely removed the pair of shoes she was wearing after picking out the name of Lorna Agris, a Filipino, from the 50 winning entries. The other winners will receive pairs of new shoes.

″You can see that this pair is well-worn,″ Mrs. Marcos said as she raised the Philippine-made, white leather shoes with mother of pearl inlays.

Rina Veloso, an DZRH executive, said more than 100,000 people sent entries during the three-week contest. The entries included people from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

″When Cinderella lost a shoe, everything turned into a pumpkin, that is what happened to her life amd all the things around her,″ Mrs. Marcos added. ″Now, that Cinderella is back, I hope they will return all my shoes.″

The Aquino government has displayed more than 1,000 pairs of Mrs. Marco’s shoes at the Malacanang presidential palace to demonstrate the Marcos regime’s extravagance. The footwear included disco shoes with blinking lights.

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