Bryant Wong, a disaster-response officer, said dozens of ambulances transported at least 244 people who either vomited or grew dizzy hours after eating a breakfast of chicken stew with egg and rice and drinking water in a sports centre in suburban Pasig city in metropolitan Manila, in the Philippines. The incident cut short what was supposed to be a day-long celebration by more than 2,000 followers of former first lady of the Philippines Mrs Marcos.
Marcos, the widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was not affected, radio station DWIZ quoted her chief of staff as saying. Video posted on Facebook showed people lining up at her table to greet her.
“There are plenty more people under observation at the party,” said Edilberto Angeles, security officer of the local community.
“The food may have been spoiled, but we remain solid,” her daughter and incoming Senator, Imee Marcos, told those left at the party in comments streamed live on Facebook.
“Let’s just take care of those who are in the hospital and expect that we will visit each one of them.”
Imelda Marcos is a socialite known around the world for her love of shoes.
She became the Philippines’ First Lady in 1965 when her husband Ferdinand Marco became President of the country.
She became known for living a lavish lifestyle while the country battled poverty and civil unrest.
When asked if she really had 1,000 pairs of shoes, she said: “I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.”
Mrs Marcos’s husband, dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted by a 1986 “people power” revolt amid accusations of massive corruption and human rights violations.
He died in Hawaii in 1989.
Her family remains a powerful yet divisive force in politics and enjoys good ties with President Rodrigo Duterte.
The incident adds to more misery for Imelda Marcos, who is the subject of dozens of graft cases that have hounded her since her family was toppled in a popular uprising in 1986.
She was sentenced to 11 years in prison on seven counts of corruption last year for making illegal bank transfers worth $200 million to Swiss foundations while Manila governor in the 1970s.
Marcos denies the charges and is on bail pending her appeal.