Laoag City Things to Do

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Laoag City Things to Do

  • Toelicious Spa and Nail Salon

    Going around Ilocos Norte can get to be quite a physical activity, especially if you plan to visit the various rock formations in the area. After our long first day, I really wanted to get a massage.I asked our hotel if they can recommend a place to get a massage. At first the staff offered a home service, but I told them I preferred to go to the...

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  • Sinking Bell Tower

    One of the most noticeable structure upon entering the city itself, this bell tower of the St. William's Cathedral. It got its name because the bell tower is actually sinking at the rate of an inch per year. Why? They say that it sinks because of the heavy bell that hang inside the tower and the fact that the place where it now stand used to be...

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  • la paz sand dunes

    we hire a tryke going there which cost us 120 pesos...we didnt stay long because the sun is striking hot...The La Paz Sand Dunes or Bantay Bimmaboy consists of an area of approximately 85 square kilometers (52 square miles) of protected sandy coastal desert and beach close to Laoag City, the capital of the province of Ilocos Norte in the...

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  • malacañang of the north

    after visiting paoay church, we visit malacañang of the north - the official residence of late president marcos....

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  • paoay church

    Paoay Church (also known as the St. Augustine Church in Paoay) is a historical church located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. During the Philippine Revolution in 1898, its coral stone bell tower was used by the Katipuneros as an observation post. Paoay Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. It currently is a property of the Diocese of Laoag,...

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  • marcos museum

    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...

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  • Paoay - Batac tour

    If you want a hassle free tour, just hire a tricycle to tour you around. It may cost more - around 500 or less, but it's also very time efficient. You get to pass by riverside empanadahan as well. Malacañan has an entrance fee of 20p/person. Make sure that you have the exact amount since the guard may not have any change.- Marcos Mausoleum /...

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  • Paoay Church (Unesco World Heritage...

    Being the Only Roman Catholic and Christian Nation in Asia (East Timor is the second but it gained independence only in 1999), The Philippines has lots of UNESCO World Heritage Churches, this is one of them. The St. Augustine Church, or more popularly called Paoay Church, is famous for its distinctive Gothic, Baroque and Oriental architecture. The...

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  • Malacanang Ti Amianan (North)

    Malacanan Ti Amianan (North) is one of the 29 Palaces that Former Dictator Ferdinand Marcos Built During His 20 year reign. Work here started in 1975 and the Palace incorporated the best of Ilocano and Spanish Designs. It was Opened in 1977 with great fanfare. This two-storey building sits on a five-hectare property and was designed for...

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  • Ilocos Empanada!

    Empanada is a Spanish Invention. It is usually made using wheat flour and the fillings are porkmeat w/ potatoes and sweet peas but here in Ilocos, their version of the Empanada is done Using Orange Colored Rice Flour and the fillings are Ilocos Longanisa plus whole egg and chayote! it is sooo delicious and the dipping sour is the fermented Ilocos...

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  • Pagudpud Town

    Pagudpud used to be the Hidden Jewel of Ilocos Norte due to its varied features like fine, white sand beaches in Barangay Saud, A Blue Lagoon, Rugged Limestone Cliffs at shoreline, a 1 kilometer long viaduct and spectacular ocean views at the highway going to Cagayan Province that Rivals Highway 1 in Big Sur, California! Plus live lobsters at 400...

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  • Cape Bojeador, Burgos

    Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is about 40 kilomoters northeast of Laoag City. the lighthouse is the most accessible of all lighthouses in the north of the Island of Luzon. It was built in 1892 and is still functioning to date, serving ships passing by the northern part of South China Sea. This is one of the famouse historical landmark in the province of...

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  • Fort Ilocandia

    The Late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos, wanted to showcase the best of Ilocano Region hence the setting up of Fort Ilocandia Hotel. Today, this spanish style Hotel is owned by a chinese consortium and is primarily geared for chartered Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese Tourist. The hotel also provides the facility of watching in-room movies, a computer,...

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  • La Paz Sand Dunes

    La Paz Sand Dunes is located in La Paz Barangay in Laoag. The Area is the closest thing to a desert in the Philippines since it is a plantless and arid landscape. the area is about 85 square kilometers in size and is the favorite movie locations of filipino spaghetti western movies. You can also try using an All Terrain Vehicle here and that will...

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  • Bangui Windfarm and Windmills

    Ilocos Norter Province is a Windy Area, particularly in Bangui Town hence they've decided to harnest this natural resource and thus the Bangui Windmills and Windfarm was Born. It was Started by An Aid Grant of 48 million dollars by the Danish Government to Ilocos Norte Province in 1998. The steel contraptions, standing 23 stories high and number...

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  • stanD by.. and get HOT...ter!

    along the shores of fort ilocandia, whether public or private, you will get astonished watching the playful waves that slaps and throws the swimmer-swimmer..an in and on it. people likely to enjoy the unpredictable mood of bluegreen water. love the HOtttyah dark sand and the breeze that comes into life every second.

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  • See Pagudpud beaches

    This is the place to see great beaches that hasn't seen the destructive effects of commerce. Except for Saud beach, the known blue lagoon cove lies majestically quiet in its pure beauty of lush foliage and fine white sand. There's only 1 resort/hotel - Kapuluan Vista Resort (see Accommodation tip) which is a popular stay for surfers and the edge of...

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  • See Cape Bojeador lighthouse at Burgos

    a working lighthouse that's more than a hundred years old, located at Burgos, Ilocos Norte, rumored haunted too .... see DEpt of Tourism's feature with Regine Velasquez singing DOT jingle where this lighthouse was featured :)

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  • One Day Tour

    I think it's best to start your day by visiting the St. William's Cathedral (which is just at the end of the bridge entering Laoag City) and head to straight to see the Sinking Bell Tower. Find a nice spot to get a nice shot of this bell tower as it is on the streetside and cables would most probably block your view.Then go right down at Rizal Ave...

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  • Activities in Fort Ilocandia: Swimming

    Fort Ilocandia has both beach and swimming pools for you to enjoy. The downside is that the sand is not white.. and the waves are rather strong.During the time of our visit, the waves were high and swimming at the beach was prohibited so we opted to swim at the pool instead.

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  • Paoay Lake

    From inside the Malacanang of the North, you can get a spectacular view of the Paoay Lake & the golf course of Fort Ilocandia.

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  • The Malacanang of the North

    The Malacanang of the North was bulit during the term of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.Patterned after the ancestral homes in Vigan, the Ilocanos call it "Balay Ti Amianan." This imposing structure has been turned into a museum that houses more of the late President's memorabilia. This two-storey building sits on a five-hectare property. It...

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  • Visit Paoay Church

    The St. Agustine church, more popularly known as the Paoay church, was built in 1694 commissioned by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo. It was finished on 1710 after 16 years on construction. Earthquakes damaged portions of the church in 1865 and 1885. In an excavation conducted inside the church in 2000, a prehistoric human...

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  • St Williams Cathedral

    This church was built by the Agustinians in 1612 which was Italian Renaissance inspired. Unfortunately, this is already not in its original color.

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  • The Sinking Bell Tower

    The Sinking Bell Tower is one of the attractions to visit in Laoag. It is situated around 2 blocks just behind the St. Williams Cathedral. For reasons unknown, the bell tower sinks a few centimeters every year.

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  • La Paz Beach

    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.

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  • Bacarra Church & Belltower

    The Bacarra church named after its patron saint Andres Apostol (St. Andrew the Apostle) is often overshadowed by its bell fry locally known as the "acrobatic bell tower." The Bacarra Bell Tower, which is now in its advanced stage of dilapidation because of the effect of strong earthquakes, serves not only tourist attraction but also as historical...

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  • Marcos Ancestral House

    After our visit to the Marcos Mausoleum, we went to the ancestral house of the Marcoses where the late Josefa Edralin Marcos gave birth to our former president, Ferdinand Marcos. We can see from the many memorabilia in the house that Josefa herself is an accomplished woman. The house is in bad shape and needs repair. Such a waste.

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  • Casa del Palacio Real

    A landmark in Sarrat town, the Sta. Monica Church with a nave of 137 meters in length is the longest in the country. Flanking the church is the convent, known as Casa del Palacio Real, which used to serve as the presidencia municipal (town hall) and the seat of the church's civil government. The two-storey brick convent boasts of a picturesque...

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  • Sta. Monica Church & Belltower (Sarrat...

    A fine country road leads to Sarrat, the birthplace of former president Marcos. In the centre of town is the restored Sta. Monica Church & Belltower (Sarrat Church), built in 1779 by Augustinian monks. It is more popularly known as the church wherein Irene Marcos and Greggy Araneta took their wedding vows.

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  • Museo Ilocos Norte

    The Museo Ilocos Norte in General Antonio Luna St provides a good overview of the history and culture of the Ilocanos as well as information on the ethnic minorities in the region. Open Mon-Sat 9am-noon and 1-5pm. Admission P20.

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  • St. William Cathedral & Sinking...

    St. William Cathedral was built between 1650 and 1700, and is one of the many old Spanish churches in this province. Also interesting are the mighty "Sinking Belltower", which stands a little apart from the cathedral.

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  • Fort Ilocandia Golf & Country Club

    Fort Ilocandia Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole country club complex consists of the main club and rooms overlooking the legendary Paoay Lake. The course is well maintained, very scenic and challenging. The golf course was designed by Gary Player.

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  • Paoay Lake

    You can take a tricycle going to Paoay Lake from Paoay Church. Paoay Lake is scenically attractive. It is a scenic freshwater lake, which was declared a national park in June 1969. The lake covers less than five square kilometers and is 10 meters deep. It's 3 km from the sea, yet the surface is below the sea level; a subterranean source keeps the...

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  • Malacanang of the North

    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...

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  • Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

    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

    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...

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  • Paoay Church

    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.

    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...

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  • Laoag Riverwalk

    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...

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  • Tobacco Monopoly Monument

    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...

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  • Laoag Sinking Bell Tower

    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...

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  • Visita Iglesia - St. William Cathedral

    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...

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  • Marcos Museum

    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

    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...

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