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MANILA, Philippines -- Imelda Marcos, the wife of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is launching a jewelry collection using castoffs from her wardrobe and, she claims, flea market finds.
100: Top price in dollars of the jewelry from "The Imelda Collection," which Marcos says she has made out of old accessories and clothes, mixed with newly bought stones and other materials. Pieces will start from $20. The jewelry collection is a far cry from the dozens of suitcases of genuine diamond tiaras, ruby brooches, emerald necklaces and other jewels the government confiscated from Marcos and which officials plan to auction off.
77: Age of Imelda Marcos.
20: Length in years of the Marcos dictatorship, during which Imelda Marcos was known for her shopping trips to ritzy shops in New York while the country wallowed in poverty.
$1.6 billion: Approximate amount recovered by the government in cash and assets from the Marcoses and their associates, including Swiss bank deposits now worth about $680 million.
$4.4 billion: The figure that assets tied up in criminal and civil cases in the Philippines are believed to be worth, according to Ricardo Abcede, a member of a commission recovering the Marcoses' wealth. The total amount of the Marcoses' assets abroad is unknown.
November 18: Date the new jewelry collection will be launched. Daughter Rep. Imee Marcos says that it is a little known fact that her mother shops for trinkets and accessories at flea markets and that using a glue gun, scissors or pliers her mother "can combine them with her vintage items in a way that comes out beautiful."
23: Age of Marcos's grandson Martin "Borgy" Manotoc, who gave his grandmother the idea for the jewelry line using recycled materials. He told her, "You are creating beautiful things, like jewels from practically garbage."
1991: Year Imelda Marcos returned to the Philippines after fleeing when the Marcoses, accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth, were toppled by a 1986 "people power" uprising. Her husband died in exile in Hawaii three years later.
8.5: Shoe size of Imelda Marcos. The former Philippine First Lady was notorious for her extensive collection of shoes and diamonds accrued under her husband's dictatorship. The new jewelry line does not yet include shoes but there are plans to expand the collection to include shoes, clothes and possibly furniture.
3,000: Number of shoes Marcos is believed to have collected during her her husband's 20-year dictatorship. Several pairs have gone on display at The Marikina City Footwear Museum in Manila. She also inspired the name for ChezImelda.com, believed to be the world's largest online women's shoe store.
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