My next stop was the Malacanang of the North, also known in the local dialect as “Malacañang ti Amianan”. Built as the official residence of then President Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte, it is an imposing structure that resembles a 19th Century "bahay na bato" with an overlooking view of the legendary Paoay Lake. This once a seat of power is now converted into a museum that houses several memorabilia of the former President and his family.
Stands impressively on a five hectare property in Suba, Paoay; it is complete with living areas, a dining room, bedrooms, a grand ballroom and a massive balcony on the second floor with a great view of Paoay lake.
It also has a startling grand staircase that compliments the equally elegant living rooms on the first and second floors.
The structure is very impressive despite the lapse of time and should be preserved as it has played a major role in our history. Thanks to the initiative of the incumbent Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos for spearheading the restoration of the mansion. It was re-inaugurated last January 1, 2011 and hopes to attract more tourists to the province.
TRIVIA: The Malacanang of the North is actually a "birthday gift" of then First Lady Imelda Marcos to her husband on his 60th birthday.
When in Ilocos Norte, visit Malacanang of the North for a piece of Philippine history. It is located in Barrio Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte and it's open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. A minimal fee of 30 pesos is collected for those who want to visit the place.
To get there, you may also rent a tricycle from Laoag City. Please note that it is not on the national road, so it is advisable that you rent a tricycle or bring your own car.
Happened last May 6-8, 2011, here is a series of posts on my 3D/2N Adventure in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. This is my 3rd solo trip and 26th province on my list.
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