Imelda Marcos, the widow of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, celebrated her 70th birthday on Friday with a series of lavish parties in Manila.
The grand feast, complete with Hollywood stars, was reminiscent of the former first lady's good old days at the presidential palace.
Earlier in the day, Mrs Marcos took the opportunity to - once again - deny charges of corruption and human rights violations against her husband.
It was just like old times.
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos glittered with jewellery at the grand celebration of her 70th birthday at a Manila Hotel on Friday.
The flamboyant widow of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos had two simultaneous dinner parties booked at the hotel.
One was for the Marcos loyalists - and another for her friends, including Hollywood actor George Hamilton, and Marcos' American lawyer James Linn.
The lavish party, with a seven foot birthday cake and more than one thousand invited guests was reminiscent of Marcos parties during their time at the presidential palace.
Before the evening's grand party, Mrs Marcos visited the poor people of Tondo, a slum district of Manila.
Accompanied by her son, Ferdinand Junior, now the governor in Marcos' home province of Ilocos Norte, she distributed small sacks of rice bearing the words, "With love from Imelda".
Standing up through the sun roof of her black stretch Mercedes Benz, Mrs Marcos waved to the crowd, whispering "I love you", to those who were trying to shake her hands.
Surrounded by her followers at a special Mass called to mark the occasion, Mrs Marcos reiterated her pledge to build a Marcos foundation for the benefit of the poor.
"And I swear in front of you that I dedicate the rest of my life to my fellow men and my
country. And I know that President "Erap" Estrada who is pro-poor will find a solution to the Marcos settlement in order to establish the Marcos Foundation to help the country."
SUPER CAPTION: Imelda Marcos, Former Philippines First Lady
Mrs Marcos again proclaimed her family's innocence on charges of corruption and human rights violations, saying that to this date, no court has found them guilty of any crime.
A year after a Marcos political ally, President Joseph Estrada, took office, Mrs Marcos said she expected a settlement of the Philippine government's claims over her husband's 590 (m) million United States (U-S) dollar Swiss bank accounts.
The Marcoses were driven into exile in Hawaii during the February 1986 "People Power" revolt, after 20 years of dictatorial rule.
Ferdinand Marcos died while in exile in Hawaii in 1989.
Imelda Marcos returned to the Philippines in 1991 and unsuccessfully ran for the presidency in 1992.