Malacanang of the North (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)

Read the rest of the Ilocandia 2014 adventure here.

After the exhausting Paoay San Dunes Sand Boarding and Extreme 4×4, Kuya O then took us back to our hotel and came back an hour or so later. We had our breakfast, and took baths to wash off those Paoay sand.

Our tricycle tour then started.

Protip! I would suggest you take a tricycle tour if there are only a few of you. Kuya O’s ride can fit M and I and probably another small child. Can’t remember how much it was but it was SUPER worth it because of the quantity of the places Kuya O brought us to. You’ll have to pay for entrance fees, though.

Our first stop: Malacanang of the North, or Malacanang ti Amianan.

For those of you who do not know, Malacanang is the place of power – where the head of state resides. The Malacanang Palace is located in Manila, the nation’s capital (which is a walking distance from where I live, lemejazsey).

Malacanang of the North is… well, Malacanang of… the north.

During the darker times, the Marcos(es?) ruled the country and Malacanang ti Amianan was the former president Ferdinand Marcos’ official residence here in Ilocos. Oh, the Marcoses are from Ilocos, btw.

Disclaimer: There is no secret that I am not a big fan of the Marcoses, but i am a big admirer of history. Malacanang Ti Amianan gave me much joy, as long as I ignored the fact that there’s a giant painting of Marcos and his wife somewhere in the vicinity.

With that note, I’ll give credit to whomever credit is due. I was wildly impressed with the province’s tourism, and I’ll give that to another Marcos, Gov. Imee (Ferdinand’s daughter). It’s weird though that during our entire visit to the North, there was not a single mention of Martial Law. M also noticed that. I think it was something for the better though. Pacifist, yes. But I am on a freaking vacation, i don’t need to recall those dark times.

Now that I got all the politics out of my system, let’s get back to the tour.

Malacanang ti Amianan was truly a remarkable place, and it’s amazing how well kept the mansion is.

The view? Ah. Killer.

Malacanang of the North
Hello, and welcome!

Malacanang of the NorthEntrance of the mansion.

Malacanang of the NorthUgh. Paintings. The furniture looks lovely, though.

Malacanang of the NorthI died.

Malacanang of the NorthI think she was stunned too.

Malacanang of the NorthI mean.

Malacanang of the NorthNO ONE gets tired of this view.

Malacanang of the NorthSO. MUCH. SPACE.

Malacanang of the NorthEven the stairs are charming.

Malacanang of the Northhow many people can you fit in here?

Malacanang of the Northlovely set

Malacanang of the Northlooking up

Malacanang of the North“may CCTV ba? picture tayo!”

Malacanang of the NorthI can see myself just reading a book in here or playing mahjong with my amigas.

Malacanang of the NorthSome photos

Malacanang of the NorthBonggang bonggang…

Malacanang of the NorthIt was SO charming.

Malacanang of the NorthChair and stuff

Malacanang of the NorthThe tub

Malacanang of the NorthSeriously, their bathroom is bigger than my room.

Malacanang of the NorthI wanted to take a nap #siesta

Malacanang of the Norththe museum part, i guess.

Malacanang of the Northyep, part of the display.

Malacanang of the Northstill part of the display.


October 1, 2014