Province of Ilocos Norte Things to Do

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Province of Ilocos Norte Things to Do

  • Marcos Museum & Mausoleum

    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...

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  • Paoay Church

    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...

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  • Paoay Lake

    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...

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  • La Paz Sand Dunes (Paoay Sand Dunes)

    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...

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  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formations!

    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...

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  • Day Tour at Plaza Del Norte

    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 on a day/night tour at Fort Ilocandia

    Fort Ilocandia is a five star hotel resort in Laoag. The resort is open for day or night tour around their sprawling area. Aside from being a resort, the hotel also has a casino.

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  • Go up and down the Sand dunes

    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...

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  • Go to Church at Paoay

    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...

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  • Visit Apong Marcos

    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...

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  • Get winstruck at the Bangui wind mills

    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...

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  • Malacañang of the North "Malacanang ti...

    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...

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  • Juan Luna Shrine

    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. ;-DTHE GENERAL FEEL OF THE PLACEIt's...

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  • Go Sandboarding on the Paoay Sand Dunes

    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...

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  • Burgos: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

    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...

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  • Burgos: Cape Bojeador

    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...

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  • Bangui: Bangui Windmill Farm

    The first time we went to Bangui in 2008, we saw the famous Bangui Windmill Farm only from the View Deck in Bangui and from Saud Beach in Pagudpud. From afar, it was a sight to behold, but we got so curious what it was like under those giant windmills. We vowed to go back and see it on site, and we finally did in June 2011. It was an awesome...

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  • Pagudpud: Town of White Sand Beaches

    Pagudpud is a coastal town in the northernmost tip of Luzon, known as Boracay of the North because of its powdery white sand beaches. The first time we went there in 2008, we only went as far as Saud Beach. The second time we went there in June 2011, we returned to Saud Beach and went further up north to the Blue Lagoon. There's so much development...

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  • Sarrat: Sta. Monica Church & Belfry

    When we were in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, our tour guide talked in a soft voice about the town and the Church of Sta. Monica. Sta. Monica Church is considered the biggest church in Ilocos Region. It's red brick structure was built in neo-classical style, with hints of Baroque influence. Sarrat became popular when the church became the site of the...

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  • Paoay: St. Augustine Church

    It is a dream come true to be able to visit Paoay Church, the best known earthquake Baroque church in the Philippines which has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The cornerstone of the church was laid by the Augustinian missionaries in 1704 while the cornerstone of the belfry was laid in 1793. The people already used it even before...

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  • Laoag City: St. Williams Cathedral &...

    St. William's Cathedral is one place you shouldn't miss to visit. It is older than Paoay Church, as it was first built in 1590 by the Augustinian friars. The church was originally built using lime mixed with molasses for added strength, huge stones, gravel and sand. Wood was used for trusses to support the roof made of thatch materials (cogon...

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  • Paoay: Home of Malacanang of the North

    A "mini" Malacanang was built for then President Ferdinand Marcos. We weren't exactly fans of FM, but we went to Malacanang of the North out of curiosity. The former presidential residence has been converted into a Museo, open to the public for a minimal entrance fee (used to be P10). Our guide said this was where family, government guests and...

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  • Paoay Lake: Natural or Manmade?

    There is some debate as to whether Paoay Lake is a natural or man-made lake. Many local folks say in whispers that Paoay lake is man-made, especially made for former President Ferdinand Marcos (FM) so he can jetski in private. Government websites however maintain that the lake is a natural water formation, but extended to the area behind Malacanang...

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  • Aglipay Shrine

    The Iglesia Filipina Independiente Church in Batac is where lies the remains of the late Bishop Gregorio Aglipay, its founder. Leading the Filipinos in establishing a nationalist Catholic Church at the end of the Spanish colonizing years, Aglipay has a great following in his homeprovince of Ilocos as shown by the presence of an Aglipayan IFI church...

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  • Paoay Church

    Another place we visited is the The Paoay Church, a Unesco World Heritage site. Former president Ferdinand Marcos declared Paoay Church as a Philippine national treasure. This is a must-visit when wandering around Ilocos Norte.The fortress-like church, is like a large heavy coral block in the middle a vast square, It is very unique compared to...

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  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

    Burgos is a town named after Padre Jose Burgos, a priest born in Batac, Ilocos Norte and one of the three clergymen charged with mutiny during the Spanish Era. The three priests were martyred and now considered to be among the Filipino heroes who fought for Philippine Independence and known collectively as GOMBURZA (Fathers Mariano GOMez, Jose...

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  • Bangui Windmills

    Bangui is one of the coastline towns within the Province of Ilocos Norte which in northwest of Luzon and an ideal place to put up Windmills in order to generate energy. The first in the country, wind power generation started with 25 windmills with plans to construct more in other windy towns.

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  • Malacanang of the North

    Locally known as Malacanang ti Amianan situated in a exclusive suburb This is the vacation house of the Marcoses whenever they are staying in Ilocos. This is just one among the vacation houses they built in the Philipines. It was built on 1977 and it became the venue of the trendiest high society gatherings.When President Marcos was ousted and died...

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  • Marcos Museum

    This museum is the ancestral house of the Edralin, which is Ferdinand Marcos’s maternal side of the family located and where the late president was born.The house is a traditional bahay na bato, a 2-storey structure with the ground floor for storage while the upper level is reserved for living quarters.Lots of pictures to be seen everywhere about...

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  • Laoag Sinking Bell Tower

    Like Bantay church the tower is a bit far from the church.The Laoag City Bell tower is located almost a hundred meters from the St. William's Cathedral, the tower has sunk to the ground and leans slightly to the north. It was believed that even a horse can actually enter the door of tower. It is still working though but one must stoop to enter.The...

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  • MarcosAncestral House or Balay ti Ili

    The Marcos ancestral house has been turned into a museum that displays things about our only Philippine Dictator president on his 20-year reign. It has been renovated though but still preserves its Spanish look. The house contains the huge memorabilia and collections of the late president like his service in the Philippine army during World War II,...

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  • Fort Ilocandia

    You can also have a visit on this only 5 star hotel in Northern Philippines even though you are not staying there for free. You can take pictures and see the 2 kms sandy beach. It is a Spanish Moroccan inspired villa, the resort is complete with facilities and luxuriously designed to provide satisfaction for the tourist and travelers. It has

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  • Bojeador Light House

    Th Cape Bojeador lighthouse is another famous historical landmark in Ilocos Norte. It is the highest lighthouse (around 150meters) in the Philippines above sea level majestically set on a top of a hill named Vigia de Nagparitan overlooking the South China Sea. It is the most western of the lights on the northern coast of Luzon and assists sea...

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  • Wind Mills of Bangui

    You can have a quick look of these gargantuan wind turbines as you travel your way to Pagudpud. There’s actually a viewing deck from afar but I suggest it is better to go closer and also experience the wind that blows those propellers coming from the sea.The Bangui Windmills is located in the town of Bangui strategically located on Bangui Bay...

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  • Pagudpud Trike tour

    If you ever find yourself spending a day in Pagudpud during your Ilocos Norte trip, I would recommend taking a tricycle to see the area. During our trip, we were lucky enough to be given the grand tour by Mang Arnel. For 600.00 pesos, we were able to visit Blue Lagoon, Saud beach, Kaibigan Falls, etc. and an additional 200.00 pesos allows you to...

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  • A real lighthouse!

    Driving north from Laoag, on the way to Pagudpud, is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Standing majestically on a hill, this lighthouse has guided ships plying the China Sea since 1892.

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  • Malacanang of the North

    A scenic drive around the Paoay Lake from the historic Paoay Church lies a beautiful replica of Manila's seat of power, the Malacanang of the North.As you enter the foyer, you are immediately greeted by the view of Paoay Lake. As you approach the veranda, scenes from the various post-Marcos regime documentaries come to mind. Remember the scene of...

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  • The Route of the Grand Wedding

    After my visit to Batac I decided to follow the route of the wedding of the century, the Marcos-Araneta Nuptials. So many stories were filtering out during the 1980s about the grand preparations for this magnificent wedding. How guests were flown in from Manila and how a road was built from the church to the reception venue.The wedding was...

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  • The Marcos Mausoleum

    I began my Ilocos Norte tour with a visit to the mausoleum of the fallen leader, President Ferdinand Marcos. A couple of years back, newpapers carried stories of the huge unpaid electric bill of his mausoleum. I had to know what all the fuss was about.Within the compound of the Marcos ancestral home is a separate adobe structure that houses the...

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  • You gotta have some Batac empanada!

    You can find two kinds of empanada up there in Ilocos, the paler Vigan empanada with its thinner crust/casing and the orange-y Batac or Laoag empanada with the thicker crust. We didn't try Vigan's version so I can't give you my opinion on that, but I can tell you this about the Batac empanada... IT ROCKS!! Omilord, it was fantastic! And even more...

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  • Saud Beach, Pagudpud

    Saud Beach is Pagudpud's prime tourist destination. When people rave about the beaches of Pagudpud, it's the stretch of beach in Saud they speak of. And I understand clearly why. It's largely unspoilt, uncluttered, clean and devoid of any crowds. The energy of the sea here different from what I'm used to. I couldn't get enough of it, here was this...

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  • Bangui Bay Windmills

    Before my friend had told me about the Bangui Bay windmills, I didn't have much interest in seeing them because well, they're tall steel structures, how exciting can that be? If I wasn't wowed by the Eiffel Tower as much as I thought I would be, than surely 15 wind turbines could not move me.Oh boy did it move me. It was already a beautiful sight...

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  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

    The Cape Bojeador lighthouse in Burgos is the tallest in the country. My first thought upon seeing it was that it very closely resembled the Punta Santiago Lighthouse in Calatagan with the whitewashed red brick. The lighthouse is perched high on a hill at the northwesternmost corner of Luzon, where it has been whipped by cruel storms for over a...

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  • Buy biscocho from the Pasuquin Bakery

    The first was the Pasuquin Bakery where we bought more of that delicious soft bischocho - rolled bread with a hint of anise - we tried back in Sitio Remedios. It was the perfect first stop since we pinched and pulled happily from our biscocho stash all throughout the rest of the trip. Pasuquin Bakery is a favorite for biscocho lovers because...

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  • St. William's Cathedral

    I don't have a picture of St. William's cathedral in Laoag (actually I do, but it didn't come out good) because the sun was directly behind it, preventing me from taking a decent photograph of it where it didn't come out as just a silhouette. The facade of the church, which is of Italian renaissance design, has a recessed niche with a statue of San...

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