Malacanang Of The North
Malacanang of the North is a historic and cultural attraction in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. It was once the official residence of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his family when they visited their home province. The mansion was built in 1977 by the Philippine Tourism Authority as a gift from First Lady Imelda Marcos to her husband for his 60th birthday. The mansion has a two-story structure with nine bedrooms, two living rooms, and two dining rooms. It showcases a mix of Spanish, Ilocano, and Chinese influences in its architecture and interior design. The mansion also has a terrace that offers a panoramic view of the Paoay Lake, where Marcos used to water-ski.
The mansion was sequestered by the Philippine government after the Marcoses were ousted from power in 1986 by the People Power Revolution. It was later turned over to the Ilocos Norte provincial government in 2010 and refurbished as a presidential museum. The museum displays exhibits that highlight the public programs and achievements of Marcos during his presidency. Each room has a theme, such as Study, Agriculture, Diplomacy, OFW (overseas Filipino workers), Culture, Nation Building, and Family.
The Malacanang of the North is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The entrance fee is very minimal and grants access to the whole complex. The mansion is also a popular destination for guided tours in the region. To get there, you can take a bus from Manila or anywhere in Luzon to Laoag, then hire a tricycle or a jeepney to take you to the mansion. The travel time is about 10 to 15 minutes from the city center.
The Malacanang of the North is a place where you can learn more about the history and culture of Ilocos Norte and the Philippines. It is also a place where you can admire the beauty and elegance of the mansion and its surroundings.
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