The latest season of Stranger Things features a "cameo" appearance by former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, and it's got Filipino fans of the hit Netflix series talking.
Season 4 of Stranger Things is set in 1986, which was the year in which Marcos was deposed by the EDSA Revolution and fled to the US in exile. So it's surprising but understandable that that chapter of Philippine history is featured in the period horror drama.
In the first episode of the season, the character Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) is introduced as he reads a Newsweek article about the Dungeons & Dragons game.
Marcos Sr. can be seen on the cover of the magazine that Eddie is holding. The headline reads: "Showdown: The Last Act in Manila".
Stranger Things cropped the cover picture from this photo of Marcos and his wife Imelda:
In real life, Newsweek did publish an issue with the same cover story and headline on March 3, 1986, although a different photo of the late dictator was used.
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The setting was also in 1986, the time when Marcos Sr., fled to America from the Philippines after the EDSA Revolution. A reminder about our history.
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The EDSA demonstrations in Manila occurred in February 1986, culminating on Feb 25 with the then first family's departure to Hawaii in exile. The protests marked the end of Marcos's two-decade rule, during which he presided over a martial law regime in which thousands of people were detained, tortured, killed, or disappeared. Marcos and his wife Imelda reportedly stole billions from state coffers.
Ferdinand Marcos Sr.'s son, "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., won the presidential election last month in a landslide victory. He will be inaugurated as the Philippines' 17th president on June 30.
The first half of season four of Stranger Things is currently streaming on Netflix. The second half will be released on July 1. You can read a review of Stranger Things season four, volume one here.