Marcos heavily relied on Imelda, and as time passed, Imelda was no longer a clone of Marcos. At school, Imelda had to face the fact of her family's humiliating poverty. The mere mention of Imelda attending a rally would make people attend the rally and scamper for a place near the stage, not to listen to the speeches, but rather just to see the lovely wife of Ferdinand Marcos. Imelda used her charismatic appeal to get votes for her husband. To fix this, Imelda allegedly sent out invitations to family members, some of whom supported the opposing party, and told them they were all welcome at their house in Ortega. This was a turning point for Imelda to no longer feel guilty about spending money. Imelda wanted to build welfare villages to meet the needs of children with problems, and reorient a personnel to staff the villages. Her plan was to pool together all the social welfare efforts of several dozen social welfare groups. To persuade Lopez, her methods include appealing to Lopez's sympathy by telling him the struggles that she and Ferdinand faced during the campaign for Ferdinand's nomination and how she feels being abandoned by Lopez. During Marcos's presidency in the Nacionalista Party , Fernando Lopez , back then Marcos's vice presidential running mate, was unwilling to continue his political career.