- The Cultural Center of the Philippines received criticism after holding a luxurious dinner party honoring Imelda Marcos.
- A fancy sit-down dinner was held in the CCP despite the suffering of those affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption.
- Netizens have called out the organization for being “insensitive.”
Netizens have expressed their disappointment towards the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) as the organization held a grand dinner event in honor of their founding chair, Imelda Marcos.
The dinner was held on January 15 at the CCP main lobby which was decorated with a lavish banquet set-up. It was hosted by CCP’s Chair Margarita Moran-Floriendo with other CCP trustees. It was also to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary.
Twitter users have called out the CCP for putting up such a luxurious event while thousands of their fellow Filipinos suffer because of the Taal Volcano eruption.
While we're all just trying to keep our head above water given the #TaalEruption2020, the CCP is hosting a fancy sit-down dinner as we speak, using taxpayers' funds. For who you ask? Why, the Marcoses of course! #BlockMarcos pic.twitter.com/RYHZzG7z80
— katrinastuartsantiago (@radikalchick) January 15, 2020
Imelda Marcos and CCP dead ass look at us and said, "Oh, let them eat ash!" pic.twitter.com/gPqZxoMdEk
— miko mendizabal (@mikonsepto) January 15, 2020
Other netizens have also stated their disappointment regarding the event.
CCP hosting a dinner for Imelda Marcos while the nation faces a horrible crisis. Only the poor are most affected and their lives amount to nothing so who's complaining right? Fuck Filipino culture.
— Nash Tysmans (@nashtysmans) January 15, 2020
— Jhoanna Lynn Cruz (@JhoannaLynnCruz) January 26, 2019
I think it’s not the right time to do lavish parties to honor CCP founder Imelda Marcos whilst thousands of people are suffering die to #TaalVolcanoEruption
— JR Castro (@jr_castro03) January 16, 2020
Floriendo was also labeled as “insensitive” by a Twitter user.
Over a year ago, Imelda Marcos was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of seven counts of graft for illegally creating private foundations in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1960 to 1986.
She has yet to serve aby prison time after posting a Php 300,000 bail last December 2018.