La Paz Beach is the nearest good beach to Laoag. It is a peaceful, long drawn-out community at the mouth of the Laoag River. Hardly any vegetation exists on the wide beach, but there are very extensive sand dunes that eventually end up in a beautiful pebble beach at the north end.
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.
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!
the Sinking Bell Tower which dates back to around 1783..........the bell tower is called as such because earth movements have over the centuries caused it to sink and visitors need to bend and stoop to get through the entrance........
i saw marcos not in pic only but personally lying on his cold coffin...but no pics allowed so we just take a pic outside...
after visiting paoay church, we visit malacañang of the north - the official residence of late president marcos....
This church was built by the Agustinians in 1612 which was Italian Renaissance inspired. Unfortunately, this is already not in its original color.
From inside the Malacanang of the North, you can get a spectacular view of the Paoay Lake & the golf course of Fort Ilocandia.
From Laoag, it is a short one hour drive to Pagudpud - one of the best beaches I've seen. The way to Pagudpud is stunningly scenic.
One of the biggest and interesting baroque churches in the Philippines is Paoay church, otherwise known as St. Augustine church.
you'll find many old items here that filipinos used for their everyday life a long time ago..... if you want to see how a typical ancestral house looks like, you can also find it inside....
i wanted to see what the buzz is all about so we took a tricycle and went to see fort ilocandia...... the place is pretty!
Farinas Caltex Station, Bacarra Road,Brgy. 55-B Salet,, Laoag, 2900, Philippines
Good for: Couples
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