So, a question.

The widow of Ferdinand Marcos disclosed last week that she is pushing her son Ferdinand Jr, 51, known as “Bongbong”, to stand for president next year.

He was educated at Worth, a Benedictine boarding school in West Sussex.

I remember, when I was at the prep school there, seeing the limo coming to take him off for a weekend exeat or half term or some such. Whether Ma and Pa were in the back I don\’t know although I was told they were.

Anyway, on to the question.

If elected would he be the first head of state to have been educated at an English Catholic (err, yes, specifying Roman, not the Apostolic etc claim of the CoE) school since the Reformation?

The Tudors and Stuarts weren\’t educated at schools and we\’ve not had a Catholic HoS since then (neatly leaving aside all the arguments about whether Charles I, or II, or James II were in fact Papists). Then there were no Catholic schools in England until what, 1837 and the Emancipation (maybe earlier?)?

I doubt very much if any member of any other Royal Family who has ascended the throne was educated in England which leaves elected Presidents and the like since around 1850 or so.

So, anyone any idea?

Ah, looking it up I see that Ampleforth has already had a Grand Duke of Luxembourg and a King of Lesotho. So how about elected heads of state?

11 thoughts on “Bongbong Marcos”

  1. Why do you suppose there is an argument about whether James II was a Papist? That he was is the reason William of Orange was invited to supplant him.

  2. I hope he does become president, not because I care about Filipino politics but because I think it would be great if President Bambang of Indonesia met up with Bongbong of the Philippines on a regular basis.

  3. Tim: Apologies for being completely off-thread, but wondering if you might be able to enlighten me about the supposed dangers of ordering mixed eggs w/ sausage while in Portugal? (A friend sent me a copy of a tweet by a tourists saying “Never again” w/o elaboration.)

  4. Well there is also Fra’ Matthew Festing and, previously, Fra’ Andrew Bertie, both ex-Ampleforth and Princes and Grand Masters of the Sovereign and Military Order of the Knights of Malta. The clue is in the word Sovereign and they are recognised as such by 45 countries.

  5. ferdinand marcos(apo lakay) is the great leader, and now bongbong is attempt to run in high position, pls, to all filipino we suport bongbong,for new great second leader of decade.

  6. i do believe late president Marcos was a great leader…with this belief of mine ,if Filipino wants to live like other develop Asian country,let’s stand for bong bong Marcos… I’m form Indanan ,Sulu…

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