(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Belinda Olivares-Cunanan
Wow! The year really ended with a bang for that 99-foot cement bust of Ferdinand Marcos on the Marcos Highway going up to Baguio. Still unknown persons blasted the Marcos bust before dawn the other day, gouging out the concrete eyes and nose. The police authorities suspect that it was the handiwork of treasure hunters looking for gold in that bust. But few would mourn the blasting, for even in the early '80s, when that bust was ordered by the late Tourism Secretary Jose Aspiras to please the strongman, it was already considered by many as yet another symbol of the excesses of that unlamented regime.
I remember that bust very well. In the early '80s it was so well-guarded by the presidential security group that one couldn't even go near it. We lowlanders only heard about how huge it was and how it dominated the …