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    Wandering around, and discover the city's beauty

    by shavy Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    We enjoy our morning walk around, this public park is like a meeting place for everyone. It is neat and clean, is a place to relax and everyone is welcome. The fountain is nice while it stands in the middle
    I have a good looked at it, it's design for women I think, because were all figure of young ladies.

    In front there is a landmarks of Laoag in a pretty huge letter. Is Christmas time when we visit, and Christmas lights all over. Around the park you will find the important buildings of Laoag such as the Capitol and the Hall of Justice. Is a nice place to stroll around. Is still very early in the morning when we were here, so it looks deserted. I wonder how the place looks like later in the daytime.

    Public Park of Laoag
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    The Sinking Bell Tower

    by myspices Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    This is one of the Must See when you are in Laoag - anyway you will not missed it as it is located right in the heart of the town of Laoag, along one of the busy main streets. The write-up of the Sinking Bell Tower :-

    The centuries old bell tower of 45metres in height was built by the Augustine Friars in 1612 and is one of the tallest and most massive building in the country.

    The construction is typical of the earthquake baroque structures found in Ilocos. Built with old bricks and stone-faced with lime stucco plaster, the tower rises in 4 tiers. The base with its massive rounded corners supports the graduated upper tiers noted for its graceful curved buttresses and corner treatments, giving it its early baroque appearance. The tower is crowned by a double dome topped with a cross.

    Access to the top is through a vaulted tunnel leading to a winding wooden stairway. At the top are 6 bells of different sizes. A big big bell on the 3rd tier when rung can be heard in nearby towns.

    Tales by old people mentioned that a person on horseback once could enter the vaulted entrance without stooping. Now an ordinary height has to stoop to enter through the tower door because the tower has sunk considerably and evenly, thus its reputation "The Sinking Bell of Laoag"

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    The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag Close-up of the Sinking Bell Tower looking at the base of the Sinking Bell Tower the vaulted entrance which is locked.
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    Museo Ilocos Norte - the Laoag Museum

    by myspices Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    The Museo Ilocos Norte - Laoag's Museum is located along Gen Antonio Luna St. It is an old corner lot building next to a grand hotel (can't remember the name of the hotel). You can either walk there or hop on a kalesa or tricycle (about 7.5pesos ride).

    It is a two storey building, displaying lots of antiques and artifacts. It is also structured in a such a way that there's a stairways to the second floor showing the living quarters of Ilocanos : the hall, bedroom, living room and the kitchen. When we were there, an exhibition on the kalesa was held, so once you enter the museum you will hear a recorded sound of the kalesa "click-clad, click-clad". A good write-up on the history of the kalesa and a kalesa is being displayed... sorry, a wooden horse, not a real one..ha.ha.ha.

    Museum hours : Mondays to Saturdays 9am - 12noon, 1pm to 5prm (closed on Sundays)
    Entrance fee : general admission 20pesos

    See more pictures of the Museum in my Travelogue "Museo Ilocos Norte"

    Museo Ilocos Norte walls of the museum
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    Malacanang.... of the North

    by shavy Written Jan 28, 2015

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    They were just closing when we get here, is only open till 4.30 pm we're just five minutes too late. I was very disappointed because this is one of our main reason passing by in Laoag. Our tricycle driver done his best to get here so fast, but still no luck.

    The security guard saw us standing outside and he came to say that is closed. I was begging him just to have some photos. He said he has to ask inside, so we waited till he came back and we saw him return and said okay, we can take some photos but just outside. We don't mind as long we have a souvenir of this place.

    From the driveway to the entrance were quite a long way, it is a very simple home a two storey style. Inside is now a museum where normally can be visited on daily opening hours from 9 am to 4.30 pm with an entry fee of 30-40 peso. The house is surrounded by garden which good in maintenance, is green everywhere, too bad we didn't see inside. We have reason to go back :-)

    Malaca��ang ti Amianan Driveway Backyard
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    Sinking Bell Tower

    by June.b Updated May 27, 2014

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    One of the highlight and icon of the city is the 400 year-old baroque-style bell tower right at the center said to be sinking an inch every year. Located beside the Aurora Park, along the main A. Bonifacio Street (or Boni).

    Built by the Augustinians in 1783 and measures 45 meters in height, purportedly the tallest bell tower in the country.

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    Hall of Justice

    by pres_16 Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    Before taking our flight to Manila, I took the time to see some of the sites of Laoag City. There is so much to see in Ilocos, so have a good itinerary if you want to make most of your time here even in a single visit.

    Roaming around the city, I spotted this structure that has an old design. Unlike the other modern office buildings, this one is different with its old spanish architecture.

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    St.William's Cathedral (Church of Laoag)

    by myspices Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    St. William's Cathedral a.k.a Church of Laoag is located across the street from the Sinking Bell Tower. It is majestic in structures with huge colums of pillars supporting the building. The Church is painted in a soothing cream. There is a school next to the Cathedral, as such you will see lots of children there and lots of tricycles ferrying children to/fro school.

    St.William's Cathedral was originally the site of a chapel of wood and thatch which was built when the Augustinian Friars founded the Parish in 1580. It was replaced by this Church of Italian Renaissance; foundation laid in 1612. It was damaged by fire in 1843 and was restored. It was also occupied by revolutionists in 1898 and American Forces in 1899.

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    St.William's Cathedral - Church of Laoag The 10 Commandments plaque One of the figurines  in the structure Main door of St.William's Cathedral
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    St. Agustine Church in Paoay

    by shavy Written Jan 16, 2015

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    Paoay lies outside Laoag and certainly a must see! to get here take a tricycle or hired one, not all trikes want to come this far, because is about 30 minutes drive. Negotiation is the only way to get a good price. This church is one of most visited church in Paoay

    I've seen photos from it already but we really want to see it in actual, WOW what a massive monument and incredibly beautiful. Paoay church is the Philippines primary example of an earthquake baroque architecture. Its walls are made of large coral stones on the lower part and bricks at the upper levels

    Its Bell Tower stood next to the church, is a three-storey coral belltower constructed separately from the church building on the right side resembling for a safe distance away to spare the sanctuary in case of collapse. Parts of the church were damaged during the earthquakes in 1865 and 1885.

    Paoay Church
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    Visit the Provincial Capitol

    by monina_c Updated Mar 31, 2013

    When in Laoag spare time to visit the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol o an evening. It's a hodge-podge of tacky and interesting. :) On one hand the capitol itself is a good solid building, there are refreshing fountains in front and a "japanese garden" (aka Museo vivo de Iloko) filled with bonsai on the left side of the capitol. On the other hand they have these funny looking electric "sakura trees" which locals find worth posing in front of. :)

    Clowning around in the Museo Vivo de Iloco
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    St. William's Cathedral

    by June.b Written May 27, 2014

    Stone throw away from the Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag is another must-see sight in the city of Laoag, the St. William's Cathedral.

    The white and cream colored cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of Laoag - San Guillermo or St. William the Hermit - and is of an earthquake baroque style in design and was constructed in 1612 by the Augustinian friars. The Filipino revolutionists inhabited the church in 1890 and also by the American forces in 1899.

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    The name still remain to a former president

    by shavy Written Jan 15, 2015

    Not surprisingly the name still remaining to the former president. This building still used by politician in Laoag, a house of different regional trial courts of the department of justice,interesting architecture.

    There is nothing much to see in the city but looking for some landmarks I find this should be one of thing to do. Besides, all are in the same area or not too far from the other sights

    The building stood in the center of Laoag, can't never missed, the city square is surrounded by beautiful building. It wasn't surprised , being seen a building and named after to a famous man in the Philippines. There is a story about this but seems complicated

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    One of the landmarks in the city

    by shavy Written Jan 15, 2015

    If we say Laoag, mostly everyone say especially locals, the Sinking Bell. Sinking Bell is very known in Laoag, why they called it sinking? one say the tower sinks every year, I haven't noticed. Is a 45-meter tall built by the Augustinian Friars in 1612.

    The construction is typical of the earthquake baroque structures found in Ilocos. Built of old brick and stone faced with lime stucco plaster, the tower rises in four tiers.

    A massive tower looks old and dirty but unique to its sized. We took a trike from our hotel door, and ask the driver to take us the sinking bell tower, he knows where to drop us, just below the tower. Is one not to miss when in Laoag city

    The Sinking Bell Tower
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    Saint William's Cathedral

    by shavy Written Jan 15, 2015

    Is just a few step from the Sinking Bell Tower is the St William's Cathedral, absolutely beautiful baroque style. There was a funeral mass when we arrive, but there wasn't so much people inside the church. Outside hang a publicity of the pope for his coming visit in the Philippines in 2015

    Looking to the architecture of this church looks like new build, but apparently the church has been through alot in decades. It was already destroyed by a hurricane around 1640s, earthquake in 1706 and a burnt by fire last 1843 but there were no remarks can be seen anymore since it was already restored and re-created like a new one. The altar and behind has yellow background and very simple, next to the church is a chapel where everyone can light a candle

    The church
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    A stylish church in the city

    by shavy Updated Jan 16, 2015

    While wandering around we saw from a distance this church, but we haven't much time to walk our time was very limited, so we took a trike to get here. At the gate there were people, and said to us that the church is closed, but we insist just for picture taking so they let us inside. It is a huge church I don't know the seating capacity but it is certainly big, such as any Iglesian church in Philippines. I think the church is recently painted, the light color is adorable

    I've seen an old photo from this church it wasn't light blue, is more pale sandy fawn color. Most and typical of Iglesian Church looked always very modern and attractive. We have one in Cebu City too from where I'm originally and it is also pretty big with seating capacity of 3000

    As I've seen most of this church around in Philippines they really have nice architecture and also most of them has the same style, the color might not always the same, but they respectively almost similar to each other

    The Iglesia ni Cristo
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    Ilocos Norte Capitol

    by shavy Updated Jan 16, 2015

    Another one of admirable building in the city, this is right around the public park not far from Marcos Hall of Justice. Laoag city in the capital of Ilocos Norte and the province’s political commercial and industrial hub

    The city is a gateway to other destination in the North, hub for transportation. There is no need to stay for so long in Laoag if not necessary. The city has nothing much to do but there were some nice building to admire such as this capitol building

    It was Christmas when we were in Laoag in front of the Capitol where nicely decorated, too bad the photo of the whole building it didn't appear as the Christmas decorations are on it. Its already the fourth year in a row that the former president's daughter gave her speech in this building which attended by many locals

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