About Ferdinand E. Marcos
About the author: Ferdinand E. Marcos (September 11, 1917- September 28, 1989), please see profile in the Presidential Museum and Library website.
About the diary: The entries published on this site come from xeroxed copies of portions of the diaries of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The diaries were written in longhand, more often than not, on official stationery, by President Marcos. The diaries have not been officially transcribed or published. However, a survey of the diaries was published as Delusions of a Dictator: The Mind of Marcos As Revealed in His Secret Diaries, by William Rempel.
At present, many of the entries published here are only partial transcriptions.
We hope to have both scans of the diary pages and transcriptions of those pages online. The scans have been sourced as follows:
1. A set belonging to Manuel L. Quezon III, given anonymously as a large stack of xerox copies:
1969 July, December
1970 January, February, March, April, May
1971 January, February
1973 January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
1974 May, August, September
1975 February, April, May, June, July
1976 February, April, May, November, December
1977 January, February, March, November
1978 February, October, December
These can be easily seen as being scans with a white background.
2. Other entries, provided by contributors or sourced from around the Internet: We are grateful to journalist Veronica Pedrosa for allowing us to include her transcriptions of the diary entries for September 20-23, 1972, and to reproduce the scans she used in her blog. These also have a white background.
3. The Presidential Museum and Library, which has a partial set of bound xerox copies:
1970 January, February, July, August, September
1971 February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September
1972 October, November, December
1977 March, April, May, June
These are easily seen as being scans with a brownish background. The PML very kindly also provided an initial transcription of these pages.
At present, there seems to be no complete collection of the diary, whether in original, handwritten form or as xerox copies, anywhere.