ILOCOS NORTE TOURIST SPOTS: Malacañang of the North and Paoay Lake

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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  1. parang ang sarap tumira dyan. :D

  2. @empi- wahahaha!!! palasyo eh... hehehe! thanks Empi! :)

  3. gusto ko tlaga makapunta sa north.

    buti nlang dito blog mo, tnx

  4. Its been eons since Ive been here. Is the creepy hospital bed still there?

    Definitely, Maybe

  5. Wow that sounds pretty good…The place looks like very entertaining and wonderful…Hope I can be at that kind of place too…Looking forward to be visit Ilocos Norte soon...^_^

  6. @Hi I'm ROY - go na Sir! ang daming interesting places Ilocos Norte and Sur can offer... :)

  7. Been here in the early 90s. yeah, regarding joei's question, is the hospital bed and the dialysis machines still there? It used to be in the ground floor. Was off limits then, but the caretaker allowed us to see it. I agree, it was creepy! Hehe.

    Anyway, just found your blog and will definitely follow this one. Cheers!

  8. @DGF | Explored! - is it the former president's hospital bed and dialysis machine?

    thanks DGF! :)

  9. Truly, a 19th century building, looks like the old munisipyo and Cara Real in Dapitan. Thanks for sharing this, an addition to my travel wish list. . .

  10. @Islandvacations - im into heritage/old houses, i just love seeing them... thanks po... :)

  11. => Lovely post in Ilocos. Thanks!


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