historical Paoay Church, mystical Paoay Lake ..
14 hour drive from Manila
No wonder Marcos chose to have his holiday residence here!
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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....more
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,...more
Popularly known as Malacañang of the North, the 2-storey stone and wood mansion was built on a slightly elevated area overlooking Lake Paoay. Designed as a resthouse, it has wide windows as if to welcome the breeze from the lake into the house. And, even wider verandas for a good view of the lake. The house seems to be a "display window" of antique...more
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...more
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.