Ferdie’s Looking Good, Considering

The Marcos Mausoleum
The Philippines

It could be hard to get face-time with Ferdinand Marcos during the 22 years he ruled the Philippines, 14 of them as a dictator.
That’s no challenge anymore. Just travel to the northern Philippine town of Batac. There, beneath the mansion of the Governor of Ilocos Norte Province, you enter the Marcos Mausoleum, a high-ceilinged, air conditioned, stone chamber with low liturgical music playing. Marcos’s waxed corpse is displayed in a crystal coffin and you can spend as much time with him as you like—or can stand.
Asia has a penchant for displaying heroes and monsters after death: Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi. The wise and official verdict, of course, is that Marcos was the Darth Vader of the 20th century Philippines, so his

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