It was an easy leisurely DIY walking tour around Laoag City yesterday, made me woke up early today. I took breakfast and headed to the jeepney parking, three streets at the back of Laoag City Hall, on my way to see Marcos Museum in Batac, the Church of St. Augustine or popularly known as Paoay Church, and the Malacanang of the North. My plan is to do it really DIY, not the DIYs that’s making tourists renting a tricycle for the whole day to see all of those sights at a high cost. I got used to doing things on my own, I’m not a fan of organized group tours, a habit that started during my backpacking trips in other parts of the globe.
|Batac: Home of the Great Leaders sign at the junction.|
For a start, I wasn’t that much impressed, the museum is small and not much to see saved for the remains of the late former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos which looked (to me) like a wax. I asked the staff inside the mausoleum if it’s already a wax, he said, it’s the late president’s remain covered with wax to preserve the appearance, well.
|The museum has a lot of these story-captioned photographs.|
|A couple of he first lady's national costume wardrobe on display.|
|Entrance to Ferdinand Marcos mausoleum.|
|Immaculate Conception Parish Church.|
|General Ricarte Museum|
|Inside the Paoay Church.|
|UNESCO World Heritage site inscription tablet at the church's grassy lawn.|
|Jardin de San Agustin, at the side of the church.|
|Entrance of the Casa Dona Emilia, infront of the Municipal Hall.|
|One of the pots engraved with "Paoay Church" that dots the town.|
|The Paoay Municipal Hall.|
Grabbed siopao and coffee at 711 before heading at the tricycle stand where I passed by previously. I really wanted to make it to Malacanang of the North by bus or jeepney or anything else aside from contracting a whole tricyle and paying unreasonably (my Ilocano blood is kicking, NOT!), but unfortunately the only way to go there is by tricycle, so it is. I contracted a 2-way ride cost 200 pesos. Travel time from Paoay church to Malacanang is only 15 minutes contrary to the 30-min estimate of the trike driver. The mansion has more stuff to offer than the Batac museum. I’ve spent an hour wandering inside the place.
|Lobby of the Malacanang of the North.|
|The former president's office at the Malacanang.|
|Garden patio overlooking the lake.|
|Nice furnishings at the Malacangn.|
|Entrance of the Malacanang of the North.|
The Marcos Museum and 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. 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. [Wikipedia]
Marcos Museum (Batac) entry fee
Malacanang of the North entry fee
Jeepney from Laoag – Batac
Jeepney from Batac – Paoay
Tricycle from Paoay – Malacang of the North – Paoay
Jeepney from Paoay - Laoag
UKL Ever Hotel – (Php 600 / night) located right at the center near the market, clean room albeit small, clean bathroom, walking distance to all attractions, very fast wifi connection in room, small breakfast included, worth my 600 pesos.
Address: Abadilla St. Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Telephone: +63 (077) 772-2771
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Minus my hotel cost, I’ve spent (as a solo traveler) 269 pesos on transportation fare to see the Marcos Museum, Paoay Church and Malacanang of the North, and some miscellaneous stuff.
I did not include my food expenses as people differ in what and where they take their meals, some people spend less, some splurge, nonetheless, I did not eat much during this itinerary, oh yeah, only siopao and coffee from 711 in Paoay.
How to get there:
Manila - Laoag is around 45-minute flight. Or 10-hour trip by bus (Farinas, Maria De Leon, RCJ, I took Partas).
From Laoag City, you can take the jeepneys parked 3 streets at the back of Laoag City Hall to take you to Batac (pay 25 pesos), then from Batac to Paoay by the same jeepney (pay 10 pesos).
Malacanang of the North is only accessible by private transports or hire a tricycle to take you there and back to Paoay, pay about 200 pesos per tricycle.
Coming up next – Vigan.