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    Malacanang of the North

    by limledi Updated Nov 10, 2006

    Malacanang of the North, on the shores of legendary Paoay Lake, is now a museum. The place is huge with separate rooms each for the late President Marcos and his wife Imelda. The president's room has a kitchen, office, sala & a majestic bed. Other rooms are located upstairs. It has a wide verandah that opens to the beautiful garden. There, you can have a nice view of the Lake Paoay. One of the many resthouses built for the Marcoses during his regime. Admission fee is P20/pax.

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    Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

    by limledi Updated Nov 10, 2006

    Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel is not only adorned with beautiful landscape and scenery. It also has a nice long beach. It's exclusive so you can really enjoy the beach with complete isolation. There are huts dotting the beachfront. You can sit there and just gaze at the beautiful scenery ahead of you.

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    Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

    by limledi Updated Nov 10, 2006

    Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel is exclusive, about five km south of Gabu, where Laoag International Airport is located. Marcos had it built especially for guests on the occasion of the wedding of his daughter Irene to Greggy Araneta in 1983. The tables and seats under cover on the beach belong to the hotel and there is a P100 charge for their use. The last regular jeepney leaves the hotel at about 4pm and passes the golf course on the way back to Laoag. This hotel is highly recommended & is the best in the area. It is in my top 10 hotel list. I just love everything about it from the landscape to the beach & pool. The hotel also offers package tours Laoag/Vigan/Pagudpud for P9T+ (4d3n) inclusive of accomodation with breakfast. Check www.lakbay.net.

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    Paoay Church

    by limledi Updated Nov 10, 2006

    Paoay Church is a few km to the south-west of Laoag. It is a fortress-like church worth a stop. Its side walls are supported by strong posts. Styled in "earthquake baroque", this church is probably the most famous in Ilocos Norte. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    "Gameng" at Museo Ilocos Norte.

    by bike_packer Updated Sep 7, 2006

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    A glimpse of the history of Ilocos Norte and its people is showcased at the Museo Ilocos Norte. Housed in the old Tabacalera Building which was the Administration Center of the then Tobacco Monopoly in Ilocos Norte during the Spanish Times, the museum maybe small in size but is well-maintained. Exhibited are old tools used by the Ilocanos as fishermen and farmers - their main livelihood, typical Ilocano house furnishings as well as framed pictures of old Ilocos. Other famous Ilocos heritage showcased are: tobacco as a main product of the province, rattan-woven handicrafts, abel-iloko cloths, and typical Ilocano costumes.

    The building which looks like a church without a bell tower is made of thick walls of bricks. Major rehabilitation and restoration has just been recently done giving the fresh make-up of the interior of the building - worthy to be the repository of GAMENG (Treasure) that symbolizes the cultural heritage identity of Ilocanos.

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    Laoag Riverwalk

    by bike_packer Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    I may say that this was inspired by the success of the Baywalk at Manila. The city government of Laoag has constructed a thin strip of park complete with park lights, palm trees, cottages and benches at the riverbank just beside the Gilbert Bridge.

    Newly built, the park is a great place to watch the flowing lights of vehicles passing by the bridge as the sun sets and night falls. Or just relaxing and simply watching the river run.

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    Tobacco Monopoly Monument

    by bike_packer Written Aug 29, 2006

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    The monument is right at the center island at the foot of the Gilbert Bridge. Made of red bricks and towers about 5m high, it was constructed in 1882 to serve as a memorial to the lifting of the Tobacco Monopoly by the Spanish King Alfonso XIII in 1881. The monopoly obliged the Ilocanos to plant tobacco to be delivered solely to the government for over a hundred years during the Spanish-colonizing years.

    The monopoly increased government revenue and stimulatred the tobacco industry, it led to many abuses of government officials. The lifting then was a cause for celebration and thanskigiving; and immortalized by this monument.

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    Laoag Sinking Bell Tower

    by bike_packer Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    What makes this 45m-high bell tower a stand-out is eventhough it was built in the typical earthquake-proof design in the 17th century, the tower has survived the earthquakes through the years by still standing erect and no Tower-of- Pisa-like tilting; but the structure is SINKING as a result of those earthquakes and add to that its proximity to the river which makes the soil understandably loose.

    The entry gate of the tower tells it all that the belltower has really sank much. According to old folks, the tower entrance which is now barely a meter high used to be originally more than 2m high. A very noticeable sunk indeed. (see other picture to appreciate)

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    Visita Iglesia - St. William Cathedral

    by bike_packer Written Aug 28, 2006

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    One of the biggest cathedrals in this side of the country and the seat of the Diocese of Laoag, the St William's Cathedral is a witness to the history of Ilocos Norte - in times of revolution and peace - through the years since its foundation was laid in the early 17th century. Built by the Augustinian friars with Itallian Renaissance design influence, the building has been restored many times in which its ownership is contested by the local Aglipayan Church which was a breakaway group of Ilocano religious leaders from the then Spanish-controlled church.

    The deeply recessed niche at the center of the symmetrical white-painted facade shows the patron saint of the city of Laoag, Saint William the hermit.

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    Marcos Museum

    by yellowbell Written Aug 26, 2005

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    The Marcos museum which houses the late Pres. Marcos' personal effects and pictures during his entire political and military career is closed for renovation.

    The picture on this site was taken in 1998 and it shows 2 mannequins of Mr. Marcos wearing Barong Tagalog (formal wear for males) and his family trees/ lineage.

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    Marcos Mausoleum

    by yellowbell Updated Aug 25, 2005

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    Not to be missed when you go to the Ilocos region is the Marcos Mausoleum. Ferdinand Marcos was the president of the Philippines for 20 years. Some call him the most brilliant president the Philippines has ever had but others regard him as a dictator.

    Obviously, I'm not a big fan so I did not say a prayer when I viewed his waxed replica in a glass casket. Sorry, no picture is allowed.

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    Malacañang of the North

    by yellowbell Updated Aug 21, 2005

    Malacañang in the local dialect means "May " (presence of) "lakan" (nobleman).

    Since our late president Marcos hailed from Ilocos Norte, he built a version of the Malacañang Palace in llocos. Check out your 20 peso bill and notice that Malacañang Palace in Manila has the historic Pasig River behind it. In the same manner, Malacañang of the North has the cleaner and placid Paoay Lake.

    The Palace features rooms with long dining table, ornate 4-pillared beds, darkwood office furnitures, paintings of the Marcos couple. The huge garden right before Paoay lake is now being rented out as a wedding reception venue.

    Don't check out the cabinets as you will not find Imelda's numerous shoes! Those are in exhibit in Marikina!

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    Swim, Gamble, Play Golf at Fort Ilocandia Resort

    by yellowbell Updated Aug 17, 2005

    I love this Spanish-Moroccan inspired hotel with it's red-bricked roof, Olympic size swimming pool, manicured lawns, tennis ground, beach which is an extension of China Sea, and their 18-hole golf course. With all its amenities, you can guess that this is a remote and high-end resort.

    It's casinos are frequented by Chinese tourists from Taiwan and Hongkong (only an hour's flight away).

    For adventure seekers, try driving the ATV in the sand dunes (made popular in the movies "Mad Max" and "Born in the Fourth of July").

    Tours to Vigan (heritage village) and Pagudpud (northernmost tip of Luzon) are available.

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    St. William's Cathedral

    by yellowbell Updated Aug 15, 2005

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    St. William's Cathedral (1612) was a former hut and thatched roof church but now it's said to be of an Italian Renaissance design. The two-story facade has four pairs of twin entwined columns with urn ornaments and foliage capitals on the first story. The facade also features St. William enshrined in a niche.

    Notice the heavily buttressed sides (large piles of stones used to support the walls and the ceilings) which make the church earthquake proof. One of the side buttresses lead to a Grotto.

    I didn't notice the chandeliers, said to be donated by Former Pres. Marcos, but I noticed several large capiz windows that provide an airy feel inside the church.

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    Sinking bell tower

    by asianbelle Updated Dec 1, 2004

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    Situated 2 blocks from St. William's Cathedral, the tower was originally built on sand. Slowly, the tower starts to sink. Now, the door, that used to be wide enough to let a man on horseback pass, is buried halfway below ground level.

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