Claim: The prophet Nostradamus predicted that Marcos was destined to win the presidency
Facts: Multiple conspiracy theories have claimed that Nostradamus has predicted Marcos Jr.’s win. These theories were shared in social media platforms such as TikTok and Facebook.
Michel de Nostredame or Nostradamus (December 1503 – July 1566), was a French astrologer, apothecary, physician, and reputed seer, best known for his book Les Prophéties (published in 1555), a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events.
With almost a thousand “veiled” or symbolic quatrains, there is a big chance finding a quatrain that will suit your prophecy agenda.
In the video, the narrator claims
“Isanglibo’t siyam na raan limangput pito (1957), may isang sanggol na isisilang sa Luzon, ito’y sanggol ng kapayapaan at ng hustisya, at dugo ng pag-ibig, isang inosenteng bata ang isisilang sa pinagpalang lupa ng perlas ng silangan.” This was never said by Nostradamus.
In fact, there is no historical account of anyone using the term “Pearl of the Orient” until 1751 which was 96 years after Nostradamus’ prophesies. There is also no evidence that Nostradamus used the terms “pearl” or “Luzon” in any historical document.
Rather, it was priest and historian Juan J. Del Gado who first addressed the Philippines as “Perla Del Mar De Oriente” ot “Pearl of the Orient seas” in 1751, according to Lily Rose and Detch P. Nonan-mercado in the book Philippines (Cultures of the Worlds) published in 2002.
Other fact-checking news sites such as Politifact, Snopes, and Rappler have also debunked these claims.
Why we fact-checked this: Marcos apologists will go for destiny in saying that Nostradamus prophesied Bongbong’s power. But more Nostradamus quatrains prophesied the assassination of Ninoy Aquino and the rise to power of his widow Corazon Aquino.