To raise public awareness on the two-decade plunder of the Marcoses during Martial Law, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has launched an online exhibit of selected pieces of the Hawaii jewelry collection—one of the three massive jewelry collections hoarded by Marcoses. This collection was seized by the US Bureau of Customs upon the Marcoses’ arrival in Hawaii in 1986, and is currently stored at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) under the commission’s custody.
Captioned as the Virtual Jewelry Exhibit, A Story of Excesses: What could have fuelled a nation’s development, the PCGG will be posting selected jewelry items to remind the present generation of the excesses and extravagance of the Marcoses’ during their two-decade dictatorship.
Through this online exhibit of the family’s collection of diamonds, gold, even tiaras, the PCGG hopes that the youth can visualize how the Marcoses abused government—the people’s—funds.
In the exhibit, there is also a US dollar to peso exchange rate to show the equivalent values of these precious stones vis-a-vis what it could have financed in terms of education, health, agrarian reform, alleviation of poverty and other pertinent development programs of the government.
As part of the yearlong commemoration of the PCGG’s 30th anniversary, the commission will have a series of activities aimed at teaching the lessons of martial law and of the EDSA People Power Revolution, one of which is the nationwide Good Governance Caravan, an exhibit and forum to a number of universities all over the country to give the youth the opportunity to hear first-hand the dark stories of the Martial Law.
Visit the virtual jewelry exhibit here.