Within the identify of the Father 

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento 


Maid in Malacañang 

Directed by Darryl Yap 

The Massive Reveal within the controversial and much-talked-about Maid in Malacañang (MIM) is available in Chapter 8, additionally titled “Maid in Malacañang.” All of the months of buzz had it that this account of the final 72 hours of Pamilya Marcos Sr. within the Palace, could be instructed from the POV of three devoted kasambahay (maids) who have been there and noticed all of it. Seems, it’s Senator Imee Marcos, the inventive and govt producer, who’s the actual “Maid in Malacañang.”  

The film has 10 chapters, so attempt to be awake for this one. Chapter 8 options Imee’s (performed by Christine Reyes) massive heart-to-heart along with her dad (Cesar Montano) as they await the US contingent which can escort them to Ilocos Norte — or in order that they assume. In one other effortful try and humanize him, Marcos Sr. croaks his concern that each one the “little folks” working for them as domestics may turn out to be collateral harm because the Individuals Energy crowd outdoors the Palace partitions grows more and more restive. Then, he warmly praises Imee, his “genius woman,” for at all times serving him and the nation selflessly, and to the most effective of her capacity, dubbing her the true “Maid in Malacañang.” In flip, she assures him that historical past will decide him rightly: not as a monster, however as a real soldier and loving chief of the Filipino folks. So, that’s what that is actually all about. 

When Imee was quoted final June, as saying: “Ang importanteyung maahon namin ang pangalan naminang apelyido naminna ’yung legacy ng tatay ko babalikan at titingnan ng maigi. ’Yun ang importante. (What’s most vital is that we clear our household identify, that my father’s legacy shall be re-examined in truth and pretty. That’s foremost.)” And that’s precisely what she got down to do on this film. 

MIM opens and ends with mahjong. The tiles may symbolize the forces amassing towards them. Within the opening Singapore resort foyer sequence, Imee, with a child on her hip, seems to be on with consternation, because the gamers shuffle the pink tiles. Word: wala siyang yaya o bodyguards (she has no nanny or safety) — a lot for the tales about PAL’s flight schedules gone haywire simply to deliver her expressed breast milk to her firstborn Borgy whereas she holidayed in London, and of hordes of her close-in safety disrupting performances in London’s West Finish. Anyway, the pink mahjong tiles may symbolize Protection Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, Common Fidel V. Ramos, and the Reform the Armed Forces (inexplicably renamed the Navy Reform Motion within the movie) who’ve mounted a army coup towards them. She rushes again to their resort room the place Borgy, a budding psychic or just a bit struggle freak, is drawing army helicopters and tanks. She’s simply in time for a cellphone name from her father the President who tells her to return instantly to Manila. In any disaster, he wants his “genius woman” by his facet. 

Marcos Sr. instantly summons Imee to a closed-door assembly, leaving Imelda (Ruffa Guttierez) and her siblings ready within the hallway. However the Workplace of the President’s huge communications and intelligence assets, the maid Biday (Beverly Salviejo) is tasked with giving Imee the present situationer. Her turgid-tongued Bisayan accent ensures straightforward laughs. For comedian reduction all through the movie, Salviejo fluctuates between Ilocano, Bisaya, and Batangueño accents. The absurdity of Manang Biday giving intelligence briefings may lull us into forgetting concerning the dreaded NICA (Nationwide Intelligence Coordinating Company), which is now a part of the even larger and extra highly effective NTF-ELCAC (Nationwide Process Power to Finish Native Communist Armed Battle). 

Regardless of the tens of millions of pesos actually mendacity across the Palace, and dozens of uniformed kasambahay protected by numerous PSG (Presidential Safety Group) to do their bidding, MIM would have us imagine that these evil Cory supporters surrounding Malacañan for the final two days made it practically not possible for them to exit and replenish their dangerously low meals provides. After simply two days, Pamilya Marcos with their guards and retainers, have been at risk of ravenous to demise. Wala pa kasing Seize o Meals Panda midday. (They couldn’t order on-line supply again in 1986.) Youngest sister Irene’s (Ella Cruz) hubby Greggy Araneta, of the billionaire clan, returns from a grocery run with a tiny paper bag. His automotive was supposedly bombed. The kasambahay should resort to begging for meals scraps from kind-hearted neighbors dwelling round Malacañan. The director-scriptwriter Darryl Yap is unable to maintain up this farce with a straight face. He can’t resist displaying that the final breakfast of Pamilya Marcos and family is caviar on melba toast. 

Yap’s forte is over-the high comedy, not historic retelling. His concession to straight drama is to insert a hysterical rant on the finish of each sober narrative chapter or sequence. Christine Reyes performs Imee as perpetually on the sting, her face as tightly clenched as fingernails scraping throughout a blackboard. To indicate her concern over her father, Imee imagines one other assassination try on him. She claims there had already been seven such, proper within the Palace, in addition to 12 earlier coup makes an attempt. There’s no file of those although within the Official Gazette. 

Imee is overcome by paranoia, demanding to see the IDs of random PSG whereas shrieking of their faces: “Ilocos o Leyte?” (Ilocos province or Leyte province). Taking a web page from the Faye Dunaway-Mommie Dearest faculty of appearing wire hanger scene (a queer camp favourite), she vents her suspicions on the dialysis nurse, and hurls trays of drugs about, searching for poison. “You’re too good!” she yells at her nonplussed father. In contrast to the ruthlessly scheming and greedy halves of the Conjugal Dictatorship they’ve been portrayed to be, this final energy couple took off their footwear and tiptoed alongside the hallway to their bed room, simply to keep away from disturbing the kasambahay Santa (Karla Estrada) who had fallen asleep there, imagine it or not. 

Within the curiosity of equal time, Imee’s brother, right here known as Bonget, and youthful sister are given their very own moments of excessive (melo)drama too. For Bonget, whom Imee ridicules for enjoying toy soldier and by no means taking off his military fatigues (“You possibly can’t put on that in the course of the press con,” she warns him), it’s a teary trade with pricey previous dad. He’s remorseful about his clubbing days and social gathering boy methods. He simply desires daddy to be happy with him, and is able to lay down his life combating for his household. Awww… The one mattress scene within the film is shared between Bonget and his mom. He assures her that even when they’ve to depart now, they may return, and the digital camera ominously closes up on the only of a rhinestone-bedazzled sandal with {the catalogue} no. IRM 2022. 

The bit within the trailer the place Marcos the dictator thoughtfully asks if he was a nasty particular person is in Irene’s (Ella Cruz) sequence. The actress has proven in interviews that she will actually activate the waterworks which she does so straight off within the movie. It’s only one lengthy tiresome whine from there, whilst her dad explains that the highly effective hate the Marcoses as a result of they’re poor provincial hicks — with a Congressman (Mariano Marcos) and a Supreme Courtroom Justice (Norberto Romualdez) as their speedy ancestors. Inured to all of the untrammeled hysteria and cringe-worthy drama, we’re able to go to sleep. If solely Yap had the buxom Ms. Cruz take off her high, because the extra nubile of his Vincentiments Fb web page YouTube starlets are wont to do when their feelings run excessive, which may wake us up sufficient to concentrate. 

The director-writer’s and producers’ true sentiments concerning the Malacañan kasambahay are made clear within the chapter titled “Palamunin” (Nugatory Freeloaders). Right here, the assistance are instructed to pack up their belongings and put on road garments in preparation for the autumn of Malacañang to an indignant mob. Manang Lucy (Elizabeth Oropesa) praises Marcos for his refusal to reply with violence towards the rallyists or the putschists, and exhorts the employed assist to die for his or her masters. There’s a refrain of weeping because the kasambahay can’t think about an existence aside from servitude. The silly servant continues to be a staple in Philippine performing arts. 

Because the take-charge panganay (eldest daughter), Imee orders her husband Tommy to cellphone the US Embassy to return and get them (“para sunduin na tayo.”) as although regardless of the yellow T-shirted, torch-bearing mob from a pre-WWII Frankenstein film who had wandered contained in the Palace, Pamilya Marcos had determined to depart Malacañang of their very own volition. Robin Padilla has a cameo as a loyal officer who sees them to security. That surreal state of affairs is like the favored Vincentiments “Kung Puede Lang” shorts, the place the protagonist acts out his fantasies in his head — largely anti-social cursing, threatening mayhem, and disrobing. In MIM, the fantasy is that on Feb. 25, 1986, it was Pamilya Marcos’ alternative to depart the Palace with a US army escort, whereas his successor Corazon C. Aquino, her hair mockingly executed up with curlers, performed mahjong (this time with yellow tiles) with the Carmelites. 

Regardless of MIM’s makes an attempt to painting Marcos Sr. as a kindly, ailing, misunderstood dotard, historical past exhibits it was he, not his “genius woman,” negotiating with the US in the course of the Pamilya Marcos’ last days in Malacañang, and shortly earlier than they have been hustled out by the US Air Power:  

“At 15:00 PST (GMT+8) on Feb. 25, 1986, Marcos talked to United States Senator Paul Laxalt, an in depth affiliate of the USA President Ronald Reagan, asking for recommendation from the White Home. Laxalt suggested him to “reduce and reduce cleanly,” to which Marcos expressed his disappointment after a brief pause. Within the afternoon, Marcos talked to Enrile, asking for secure passage for him and his household, and included his shut allies like Common Ver. Lastly, at 9 p.m., the Marcos household was transported by 4 Sikorsky HH-3E helicopters to Clark Air Base in Angeles Metropolis, about 83 kilometers north of Manila, earlier than boarding US Air Power C-130 planes certain for Andersen Air Power Base in Guam, and eventually to Hickam Air Power Base in Hawaii the place Marcos arrived on Feb. 26. When he fled to Hawaii by the use of Guam, he additionally introduced with him 22 crates of money valued at $717 million, 300 crates of various jewellery with undetermined worth, $4 million price of unset valuable gems contained in Pampers diaper bins, 65 Seiko and Cartier watches, a 12 by 4 ft field crammed stuffed with actual pearls, a three-foot strong gold statue coated in diamonds and different valuable stones, $200,000 in gold bullion and practically $1 million in Philippine pesos, and deposit slips to banks within the US, Switzerland, and the Cayman Islands price $124 million, which he all amassed throughout his dictatorship. 

“Initially, there was confusion in Washington as to what to do with Marcos and the 90 members of his entourage. Given the particular relations Marcos nurtured with Reagan, the previous had expectations of favorable therapy. Nonetheless, Reagan was to distance himself from the Marcoses. The State Division in flip assigned former Deputy Chief of Mission to Manila, Robert G. Wealthy Jr. to be the purpose of contact. The entourage have been first billeted contained in the housing amenities of Hickam Air Power Base. Later on the State Division introduced the Marcoses weren’t immune from authorized prices, and inside weeks a whole lot of circumstances had been filed towards them.” 

At maniwala po kayo sa Wikipedia, iyan po ang tunay na pangyayari. Bow. (And you may imagine Wikipedia: that’s what actually occurred. Phrase.) 


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