‘Maid in Malacañang’ is ‘work of truth,’ not historical revisionism – Imee Marcos
MANILA, Philippines—“It’s a work of truth,” insisted Senator Imee Marcos on Wednesday amid accusations that the “Maid in Malacanang” movie was attempting to revise history.
In an interview at the Senate, Marcos encouraged everyone, including critics, to watch the movie first before they make any comments about it.
“Nasa mga manood ang paghuhusga kung work of art siya o kung hindi. Pero ang masasabi ko lamang para sa panig ko, it’s a work of truth. Hangga’t maari, lahat ay accurate at historically correct,” she said.
(It’s up to the people to judge if it’s a work of art or not. But all I can say, on my part, is that it’s a work of truth. So, as much as possible, everything is accurate and historically correct.)
“I believe that by and large, it’s a work of truth and certainly, we’ve tried as best as we can to stay to historical fact,” the senator added.
Marcos wondered, however, why critics rushed to condemn the movie as historical revisionism when they had not seen it since the screening started only on Wednesday.
“Bakit alam naman nila na revisionism na hindi pa napapanood? Wala pang nakapapanood eh kasi today palang ‘yung opening…” she said.
(Why did they say it’s revisionism when they have not seen it yet? But, of course, no one has seen it yet because it just opened today.)
“Hindi ko nga maintindihan bakit alam na nila ‘yung nilalaman ng sine, wala pa silang nakikita,” the senator lamented.
(I don’t understand why they already know the film, they have not seen it.)
Marcos said it would be the first time Filipinos will get a glimpse of what actually happened at Malacañang during their family’s last days in power.
“Alam natin ang ending ng kwentong ito. Alam natin anong nangyari 36 years after, alam nating lahat. Kaya lang wala tayong alam sa nangyari sa loob ng Palasyo sa loob ng isang pamilya,” she said.
(We already know the ending of this story. We already know what happened 36 years after. Everyone knows it. But what we don’t know is what happened to a family inside the Palace)
“Sa isang banda, sa isang pamilyang pangkaraniwan lamang na may asaran, may tampuhan, may kulitan. Pero sa kabilang banda naman, alam naman natin na ito ay naging bahagi ng ating kasaysayan; naging kwento na rin ng bansa.”
(At one point, teasing, arguments, and small talks in a family is typical. But on the other hand, we also know that this is already part of our history; this has also become the story of the country.)
The senator said she hoped the movie could start a public discussion on what happened during that time.
“Sana ito ang maging simula ng ating pag-uusap,” Marcos further said.
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