Heritage Sites

Malacanang of the North

Ilocos Norte

Renzelle Ann Palma
Renzelle Ann Palma | Jun 26, 2013

The Ilocanos reverence to its son is prevalent more than ever in this day and age. Imelda Marcos, the iconic first lady of the Marcos Era, represents the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte in the Congress, Bong bong Marcos, the only son of the late president, is a member of the Senate while Imee Marcos, his sister, is the current Congresswoman of Ilocos Norte.

The First Family was considered the “royal family” of the Marcos Era and has built many houses and retreats in the country. One of the more popular ones is the MALACANANG OF THE NORTH which served as the official residence of the Marcoses in Ilocos Norte.

Malacañang ti Amianan, as the locals call it, is a birthday gift from the then first lady Imelda Marcos to her husband’s 60th birthday. It is among the properties of the family that was sequestered by the Philippine Government when President Marcos was removed from power. After 20 years under the care of the government, it was finally given back to the care of the Provincial Government if Ilocos Norte. In January 1, 2011, after restorations and renovations by the Governor, it was opened to the public as a museum.

With its sprawling expanse, this imposing mansion is intricately designed and resembled a 19th century Bahay na Bato. With a mix of Spanish and Ilocano architecture, the end product is, in a word, majestic. Its best feature is the view. The mansion is the perfect spot to see the beautiful Paoay Lake.

The Malacanang of the North is a chance to take a glimpse in the life of one of the most influential families in the country. It is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Tuesdays to Sundays. Entrance Fee is 20php ($0.5) per person.

To get there:

By Plane:

Laoag is the gateway to Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

Philippine Airlines flies between Manila and Laoag daily. Book your flights now at: http://www.philippineairlines.com

· From the Laoag Airport, Malacanang of the North is just 15 minutes away. Vans and tricycles are available outside of the airport.

· Travel time is around an hour

By Bus:

There are hourly bus rides to Laoag via Farinas, Florida and Partas. · Travel time is around 10-12 hours Price range: 800php ($19) and up · From the bus terminal, Malacanang of the North is just 10-15 minutes away. Take the tricycle to your destination near the terminal. Haggle for the fair, it can go down to 150php ($3)

For more information and assistance:

Ilocos Norte Tourism Office Provincial Capitol +63-77-772-1211 loc 119 + 63-77-770-4242

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