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    Marcos Museum & Mausoleum

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

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    Marcos Museum & Mausoleum integrates both memorabilia storage and the current resting place of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. It is situated in the heart of Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The museum shows memorabilia of the late president, from his stint in the armed forces down to his presidency. And of course, a memorabilia of his wife, Emelda Marcos.

    The large and solemn mausoleum contains the glass-encased coffin in which Marcos' embalmed body has been on public display since shortly after his remains were brought home in 1993.

    Years after Marcos' death, his remains are still on public display at the mausoleum. The mausoleum is built of adobe blocks and is stepped towards the top of the structure. The solemn interior is divided into an entry hall styled with old English standards and a bust. The family's mortician confirmed that the corpse is real, although people suspect it is a wax replica, and the real body was secretly buried.

    Taking pictures inside the Mausoleum is not allowed since the flash has an affect on the wax. You only have a very short time viewing his preserved body because a lot of people wants to see it.

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    Paoay Church

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

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    Paoay Church, also called St. Augustine Catholic Parish Church, in Ilocos Norte is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list in recognition of its unique architectural style which is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.

    Please click here to see the list of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
    The Paoay Church in particular is famous for its distinctive Gothic, Baroque and Oriental architecture. Its facade reveals Gothic affinity, its gables show Chinese elements, while the niches topping the walls suggest Javanese influence (reminiscent of the famous Boroboudur Temple). These influences suggest that the early inhabitants of the town had a bustling trade with other oriental countries like China.

    Construction of Paoay Church was started by the Augustinian friar Father Antonio Estavillo in 1694. It was completed in 1704 and re-dedicated in 1894. The church was dubbed “Earthquake Baroque” because for its fortress-like structure, with 24 massive buttresses designed to withstand the destructive forces of earthquakes.

    Its thick walls were built of coral stones and bricks and sealed by hard lime mortar, which according to historians, was made by “mixing sand and lime with molasses boiled with mango leaves, leather and rice straw for two nights.” This church is not visible at night and it's closed also, so better go there when the sun is still up. That's if you want to see how amazing it stands on the ground.

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    Paoay Lake

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

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    Paoay Lake is locally called dakkel danum. What makes Paoay Lake Legendary? It is because of the interesting and enchanting history narrated by forefathers and passed upon to the present , including the other stories or observations that happened in the lake narrated by te residents nearby.

    According to such legendary account, Paoay Lake was formed as a punishment to the early settlers thereat who used to be immensely religious but turned wicked and preoccupied by material things later. Their wicked acts earned the ire of their gods, thus submerged the place , turning it into a body of water, while the people were made into fishes with their fancy adornments, such as jewelries, still attached with them. These stories say that, seated in Paoay Lake’s location was a group of three villages called Gumura, Siduma and Sintapuli. The first two villages were much like those communities, Sodom and Gumorrah, which according to the Holy Bible, were submerged in water as a form of punishment by God to the People who turned wicked.

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    La Paz Sand Dunes (Paoay Sand Dunes)

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 6, 2014

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    La Paz Sand Dunes (also known as Paoay Sand Dunes) is a national geological monument that expands from the boundary of Currimao and Paoay to La Paz in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It surrounds the Culili Point located in Barangay Masintoc, a point that almost like an Indian man overlooking the China Sea. International films such as “Born on the 4th of July”, "Mad Max", “Stryker”, and local films such as “Ang Panday Series”, “Himala”, Temptation Island”, “Thelma” and the musical film – “Emir” were shot at the sand dunes.

    The scenery going to this place is not that pretty but when you get to see the sand dunes, you’ll be amazed on how these small dunes were formed. I was amazed on how blue the sky is and how it reflects to the sea, giving it a mixed color of blue-green and dark blue. It was a mistake going there after visiting other places in Paoay. We arrived at about 12:30pm so the sun is really hot, making the sand an almost like burning coal to my feet and the wind so humid.

    Activities such as 4x4 off-road challenge and sand boarding are the main tourism attractions. You can build a sand castle if you have spare time. We were not able to try these activities because it’s too hot to do so. It’s best to go there when the sun is not that hot so you can enjoy taking pictures, exploring and trying all activities this place can offer.

    I’m not sure if there are boards that you can rent for sand boarding, but just to be sure you can enjoy sand boarding, bring your own board. 4x4 off-road challenge, from what I heard lasts for 30 minutes and P2, 500.00 per vehicle. Based on the scream I heard from the people who tried this challenge, I’m sure it’s enjoyable and exhilarating.

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    Kapurpurawan Rock Formations!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 5, 2014

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    Kapurpurawan Rock Formations are rock formations created by forces of the ocean on the rocky coast of Burgos, located just a few minutes further from the lighthouse.

    apurpurawan got its name from the Ilocano word “puraw,” which means white. It's really amazing how these rock formations were formed. You can rent a van or hail a tricycle to get to the main base. Though, getting to the rock formations is a little bit tricky specially if you arrive in the afternoon. It's a 10-minute walk from the main base so make sure to go there early morning to avoid the heat of the sun. If you want to go there in afternoon, make sure to bring an umbrella or a hat and of course a bottle of water.

    You will not be bored walking because the scenery is all worth it. Also, you will never be alone since a lot of people come here. When you go there, make sure to look around because the best view is at the back of these formations.

    They used to allow people to go near the formations and even to climb, but they since doing that alter the natural formations of the rocks, they restricted it. No one is allowed now to climb or even near the rock formations, which for me, is a good thing.

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    Day Tour at Plaza Del Norte

    by IamPam Written Jul 10, 2013

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    Last April my family and I decided to look for a resort to relax and swim. We started scouting resorts from Ilocos Sur and finally got the best place at Laoag which is Plaza Del Norte. You may go on a day tour and swim in their pool for P300.00 meals included.

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    Go up and down the Sand dunes

    by IamPam Written Jul 10, 2013

    I was surprised when I heard that Laoag actually has sand dunes, (and here I thought Pampanga only has them haha!) It wasn't anything like the ones in the real desset but this is good enough. You will see rolling sand hills as far as your eyes can see. It's quite picturesque!

    The best way to enjoy this is to hop on a 4X4 jeep and go up and down the terrain. It feels like a rollercoaster ride without the harness. There are also sand boarding available in the area.

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    Go to Church at Paoay

    by IamPam Written Jul 10, 2013

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    Paoay Church is the most iconic landmark of Ilocos Norte. Built in 1710, this baroque church was listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. What makes this chuch magnificent was the buttresses in its side and back.

    I personally thought that the chruch's frontal structure was filled with carvings only to realize upon closer inspection that what I thought was carvings from a far were actually cracks...

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    Visit Apong Marcos

    by IamPam Updated Jul 9, 2013

    The Marcoses is Ilocos Norte's most famous political clan. Ferdinand Marcos, being the late president turned dictator is still very well loved here. Because of this love, the family opened their ancestral house to the public and turned it into a museum. It houses the memorabilias of Ferdinand Marcos from his student years in UP, up to his presidency. It also has some of Imelda's dresses (sorry no shoes) and the late president's barongs. There also has a wall which tells the love story of the two which is quite romantic.

    But the real attraction here is not really the museum but "Apong" himself. When Ferdinand Marcos died of Lupus in Hawaii, his body was brought back here in the Philippines but was denied of a burial in "Libingan ng mga Bayani" (Heroes cemetery) because of his alleged crimes as a dictator. Until now, the preserved body of the late President was stored in a glass case in a refrigerated mausoleum beside the main house. Unfortunately, no cameras allowed.

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    Get winstruck at the Bangui wind mills

    by IamPam Updated Feb 26, 2013

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    Before heading out to Pagudpod's beach, I suggest that you stop by to see the windmills at Bangui, Ilocos Norte. It is the largest windmills in South East Asia and powers 40% of Ilocos Norte. Marvel at the sight of the powerful blades of the windmills and of course get a picture with it just like I did hehehe. Coming from the south you could actually see the windmills by the road but it is a must that you get a closer look, just be careful when you're driving there becase the roads are unpaved and a bit small. The windmills are erected by the beach so if you're coming by car, I suggest that you park where the soil is more harder than the sand to avoid getting stuck.

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    Malacañang of the North "Malacanang ti Amianan"

    by nixca316 Updated Oct 8, 2012



    Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was the first Philippine President that I have known and living inside Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo for a long time under his regime, I felt his...LEADERSHIP. Let's leave it at that. =[

    Minus the history behind it, it is very beautiful and all the rooms were carefully decorated.

    Outside, near the Paoay Lake where Marcoses rode their jet skis, it was very breezy. The air was fresh and it was very, very picturesque.

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    Juan Luna Shrine

    by nixca316 Updated Oct 8, 2012


    This place is known as the largest colonial home in Badoc and is the birth place of Juan Luna.

    It is filled with his work of art and every piece has a story.

    His wife, one of his favorite subjects, was killed by him because of alleged adultery.

    Anyways, just click Juan Luna's name and would learn things about him. ;-D

    THE GENERAL FEEL OF THE PLACE

    It's nice to go around this preserved house. I felt like I was being transported to the time that the great lived there. While walking around the garden I envisioned the Luna siblings playing there.

    Maybe getting some scoldings from their parents every now and then, but they must have had so much fun.

    I also imagined how they were taught how to paint and whatever else, until they transferred to City of Manila.

    He was well educated and well traveled, but died at a very young age of 42.





    When you get the chance to go to Ilocos Norte, do drop by Badoc and visit the shrine of Juan Luna.

    Museum/Shrine Schedule
    Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Look for Mr. Angel Raguindin, Curator

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    Go Sandboarding on the Paoay Sand Dunes

    by wabufamy Updated Apr 23, 2012

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    Sounds interesting, isn't it? There are only a few known sand dunes here in the Philippines, and lesser sandboarding opportunities. If it's one of the things to do in your bucket list, then you can start now. Of course, the best sand dunes are in the Middle East, but then, for locals, Paoay is good enough. Our guide said the best time for sandboarding is from 7-10 am and 4-5 pm. When it's too cold (like the early morning) or too hot (around noontime), the board doesn't slide down smoothly. To get to the sand dunes, we rode a 4x4 vehicle which took us into the ride of our lives, much like a roller coaster. It was so fun. Then it was time for the sandboarding. We were taken to a slope for beginners. It was a breeze sliding down. Of course, there were stumbles along the way, but the board slid slowly so balancing was not much of a challenge. Our overconfident selves then dared to slide down the steep slope. It turned out to be a disaster as nobody was able to stay on the board going down. Nobody got physically hurt, by the way, only egos were broken. :-) It was fun, though, watching everybody fall. The package we got cost P2,500.00 which included the use of the 4x4 vehicle and sandboards for an hour. Maximum no. of persons per trip is 5. Was it worth it? Of course. After travelling for 9 hours to get there, we just had to do it.

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    Burgos: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    When we went back to Burgos, Ilocos Norte in June 2011, we skipped going to Burgos Lighthouse to spend more time climbing and taking pictures of Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Once a well-kept secret of photographers, the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is now a popular tourist destination.

    The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is an interestingly-shaped hill of white limestone rock formed through the processes of sedimentation and erosion by the natural forces of land, sea and wind. Depending on how or which side you look at it, the top part of the hill look like waves with the hull and sail of a submarine showing. Others "see" the head of a dragon.

    I have posted a separate Travel Page on Burgos.

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    Burgos: Cape Bojeador

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    The first time we went to the small town of Burgos in 2008, we went to see Burgos Lighthouse, also known as Cape Bojeador. As our tour bus arrived at Vigia de Nagparitan Hill, I couldn't help but admire the old lighthouse on the top of the hill. It stands 65 feet/20 meters high, and is considered the highest elevated lighthouse in the country. Cape Bojeador has served as a beacon to sea navigators for more than a century, having started its operations in 1892. Cape Bojeador was declared a National Treasure by the National Museum. The structure is made of local red bricks with accents of cast iron grill work.

    If you want to appreciate the Burgos Lighthouse, you must be prepared to do a lot of climbing because one has to go up the hill, climb several flights of stairs to the building, then muster enough will power to "conquer" the spiral staircase and steep, steel ladder to reach the beacon light area. I did...well, almost... I finished climbing the spiral staircase but I didn't dare go further to the beacon light area because I was already very dizzy :(

    When I went down the lighthouse, I explored the surroundings...quite a creepy experience for me, but that's another story ;)

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