Paoay Travel Guide

  • Let's do the Sand Dune!
    Let's do the Sand Dune!
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  • Paoay Church
    Paoay Church
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  • Paoay Lake
    Paoay Lake
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Paoay Things to Do

  • Malacañang of the North

    Reminiscent of the opulence of the Marcoses during their time is the grandeur of the Malacañang of the North. The Spanish structure mansion sits beside the languid waters of Paoay Lake. In the absence of a private car, one would be able to reach this rest house of the Marcoses by renting a tricycle which costs 200 pesos for the whole trike from...

  • Philippine Independent Church.

    Another Catholic church in Paoay is the Philippine Independent Church located just beside 711 and the municipal hall of Paoay, not really far from Paoay Church.

  • Paoay Municipal Hall

    Paoay has a nice municipal building formerly known as the tribunal municipal, was said to have been built between 1889 and 1898. The neatly white painted building with green roofing is located almost beside the Paoay Church, in front is a beautiful european-style (reminded me of some quaint houses and hotels in Spain) hotel and beside it is a 711...

  • Paoay Church

    The Paoay Church or Church of St. Augustine is the one and enough reason to visit Paoay. The beautiful church is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered as one of the best baroque-style church in the country, adapted to the seismic condition of the country.The church was built in 1694 and was completed in 1710 by the Augustinian...

  • Paoay Church

    The most famous landmark here in Paoay is the St. Augustine's Church in Paoay built in 1684 and was completed 200 years later. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines built during Spanish-era. The bell tower was made out of coral stones. It is now one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

  • Paoay Lake

    This is the famed lake beside the famed Malacanang of the North Mansion, it is a fresh water lake about 470 hectares in size and the shape is irregular. This lake had many legends on it's origin and one of them is that the whole area used to be an affluent town punished for its obsessive attachment to wealth and power. Torrential rains flooded and...

  • Malacanang of The North

    Malacanang Ti Amianan (Malacanang of the 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...

  • Paoay Church (St. Augustine Church)

    The St. Augustine Church, or more popularly called Paoay Church, is famous for its distinctive Gothic, Baroque and Oriental architecture. The church was dubbed "Earthquake Baroque" because of its fortress-like structure, with 24 massive buttresses designed to withstand the destructive forces of earthquakes. It is inscribed in UNESCO's World...

  • Visit Paoay Church

    Paoay Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the Philippine Revolution of 1898 it's coralstone belltower was used by the Katipuneros as an observation post. (from can also visit the ruins of an old convent situated nearby.

  • Paoay Church

    St. Agustin Church or more popularly known as Paoay Church is included in UNESCO's World Heritage list due to its unique architectural style which is "Earthquake Baroque" because of its structure designed to withstand earthquake.A few meters away is a three-storey bell tower which serves as a look-out point for Katipuneros against the Spaniards and...

  • Suba Beach

    You will pass Suba Beach when you are on your way to Malacanang of the North and Paoay Lake. It is actually a small secluded beach - along the main road. Did not see anyone hang out there. We stopped by the road side, sat the the road embankment - enjoyed the scenery and continued out journey to Malacanang of the North.See two more pics attached.

  • The legendary Paoay Lake

    Paoay Lake, at the border of Laoag City is where the grand Malacanang of the North is located. Legend has it that the lake formerly the site of the town, submerged as divine condemnatin of the inhabitants' extreme materialism. This is a natural lake - the waters are calm and blue, giving a perfect backdrop for Malacanang of the North. From most of...

  • Malacanang of the North - the holiday...

    This beautiful house of two storey is located in one of the most beautiful sites - overlooking the legendary Paoay lake. This is the official residence of the late President Ferdinand Marcos - opened for public viewing in 1986. When you arrived at the gatehouse, walk a short distance to the residence. You will need to pay an entrance fee - 20pesos....

  • The infamous Paoay Church

    The "earthquake baroque" style Paoay Church is one of UNESCO's Heritage sites. Next to the Church, a couple of meters away is the 3-storey coral stone belltower. These two structues are surrounded with a patch of nice garden - lots of students, children hang out here. Many will sit near to the Church pavement to relax.Write-up on this massive,...

  • Filipinos Pride

    Paoay Church, included in the UNESCO's world heritage list, is one of the very few Spanish churches designed by Filipinos. This was a rare feat at a time when Filipinos were considered inferior by colonial Spain.


Paoay Restaurants

  • Empanada Roadside Stalls

    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...

  • Pinakbet Pizza

    Just across Paoay Church is the Cafe Herencia, home of the peculiarly delightful pinakbet pizza. Its a marriage of two culinary classics -- the italian pizza and our local dish pinakbet-- which gave birth to this deliciously appetizing treat.

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Paoay Transportation

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    by myspices Written Oct 27, 2006

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    From Batac to Paoay and Paoay to Laoag, we sat on the same tricycle. It was a package deal that we made with the driver to cover both journeys and stopping us at the various places of interests. We boarded the tricycle at Batac (at Marcos Museum and Mausoleum ). Package deals of 450pesos covers the following :-

    1) Paoay Church
    2) Suba Beach
    3) Malacanang of the North
    4) sent us to Laoag town where Sinking Bell Tower is.

    Tricycle stopping at roadside near Suba Beach
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