Extreme North Adventure: Laoag City

We did a quick tour of Laoag City courtesy of Edwin Antonio. Our first stop was at the Museo Ilocos Norte. It is said that the museum was a restored Tabaclera warehouse (Tobacco factory), which dated back to the Spanish era. The best thing about the museum is that we can take pictures inside and we can also touch the items displayed.

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–> More Museo Ilocos Norte pix here  <–

Then we went to see the Capitol building of Ilocos Norte.

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Afterwhich, we went to see the famous Sinking Bell Tower and St. William Cathedral. We failed to get inside the Bell Tower, though.

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We also went to the City Hall of Laoag. I really found the building interesting, nothing compared to any City Halls I’ve seen in the Philippines (or maybe I really haven’t checked on others).

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–> More Laoag City tour pix here <–

We got the privilege of meeting Edwin’s boss, Doc IC. He was on his way to Paoay to meet his classmates from med school and he offered to give us a lift to the town. He even taught us to get an education online and learn about it. So, after our very brief tour of Laoag City, we headed for Paoay where we saw the St. Augustine Church (most popularly known as “Paoay Church”). This “earthquake Baroque” church was built in 1704 and is now included in UNSESCO’s World Heritage List.

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–> More Paoay Church pix here <–

We dined at Herencia Cafe, home to the flavored pizzas such as Dinuguan, Pinakbet, and other Ilocano cuisine. Their pizza is really really yummy!!! It’s a must try!

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–> More Herencia Cafe pix here <–

After lunch, we headed to see Paoay Lake, “Balay Ti Amianan” otherwise known as the Malacañang of the North or the White House of the Marcos Family in Northern Luzon and, the famous hotel in Ilocos Norte, the   Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino, known to be the only 5-star resort in the Ilocos Region.

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–> More Paoay Lake pix here <–

Malacañang of the North

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–> More Malacañang of the North pix here <–

Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino

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–> More Fort Ilocandia pix here <–

On our second day in Laoag,  we explored the city one last time before we left for Vigan the morning after. We had the chance to see the Sinking Bell Tower at night and St. William’s Cathedral too.

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Comments

  1. wow, that’s a lot of photos (of churches and chandeliers)! it took a while for this page to load! hehe.

    i’ve never been to ilocos…and paoay church is one of my target church destinations because of its being a UNESCO world heritage site. paoay lake looks fabulous, too.

    thanks for sharing your ilocos adventure! thanks also for dropping by miss igorota’s blog! 🙂

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  2. did you crash the wedding? hehe.

    i see you have a travel mascot, too! is piglet made of plastic? i have one too but he’s plush.

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  3. hihihi…sorry for that faery! 😛 i also realized that this morning after I woke up and checked on the site. 😆 I will be transferring some of the pix on my Blogspot site…ehehehe…..(i knew someone would comment on it! rolf)

    As for the wedding, they were blocking our way 😆 I had no choice but to include them in the picture since we were in a hurry to finish the tour. 😉

    And yes, piglet is a plastic pencil decor (am not sure what its called). I tried to bring him to the tour but got dismayed since I’m not an expert at taking his pictures yet (everything seemed blury) I think he’s still camera shy, as ever… 😆

    Thanks for droppig by faery! 😀

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