Marcos burial captured in ‘same-day edit’ video

Paterno Esmaquel II
The late dictator's daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, posts the video with the hashtag #SalamatAPO

HERO'S BURIAL. Children of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos –€“ Ferdinand Jr and Imee –€“ and the late strongman's wife, Imelda, look on as their family patriarch is given a hero's burial on November 18, 2016. Screenshot from Marcos video

MANILA, Philippines – This is how a hero is buried. 

Kept from the eyes of the public, the hero’s burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was captured in a “same-day edit” video posted by his daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

Governor Marcos posted the video on Friday, November 18, with the hashtag #SalamatAPO. 

“Apo” is an expression of reverence in Ilocos, the birthplace and bailiwick of Marcos.

The video has had half a million views as of 2:30 pm on Friday, when Marcos was buried with full military honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).

The public learned about his scheduled burial only around an hour before it took place – a private burial as requested by the Marcos family. Vice President Leni Robredo said Marcos was buried “like a thief in the night.”

(Watch the video below)

In the video posted by Governor Marcos, the opening shot showed a helicopter presumably bringing the late dictator’s remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The next shot showed soldiers carrying the casket of Marcos.

The video also showed members of the Marcos family, most notably the dictator’s wife, former first lady Imelda Marcos, and their children Imee and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Mrs Marcos, who was wearing black, is seen holding a rosary.

Governor Marcos – who, according to President Rodrigo Duterte, supported his presidential bid – is seen smiling.

It was Duterte who approved a hero’s burial for Marcos 30 years after Filipinos ousted the dictator. –

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at