ANN/THE STAR – As he arrived in the United States (US) for a six-day working visit in New York, Philippines President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr on Sunday reminisced how he and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos ignited their love for each other in New York.
In his speech addressing the Filipino community at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Marcos said he and Liza met in New York in 1986 when the First Lady was then working as a lawyer.
“Liza worked here as a lawyer for six or seven years, while I go in and out of here and with all of my visits. It is here that we developed our love and I married a Filipino. We met here
Marcos said they were both elated when they arrived in US, saying it has been 25 years since they have both been there.
He shared that he met Liza, then already a practising lawyer, came to visit a friend in New York, while he was in the US state with his mother, former First Lady Imelda, to wait for the resolution of her case.
“In ’86, when Liza was a lawyer, we met in court when I was waiting for the resolution of my mother’s case while she was visiting a friend of hers,” he said.
He didn’t specify the nature of the case of his mother, but at that time, his father and namesake had been deposed from Malacanang, and their family were forced to go on exile in the US.
The President even joked to his son, Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand Alexander ‘Sandro’ Marcos who was also present in the Filipino community, that he owed his life to New York.
“So, Sandro, you should thank New York because if it was not for it, you would not have been born.”
Marcos arrived in the US on Sunday and started his six-day working visit by meeting with the Filipino community in the country.