Laoag is Ilocano word for light, which perhaps explains why it earned the sobriquet as the Sunshine City. Fittingly, the radiance from the scorching summer sun also describes our approach to the bustling capital of Ilocos Norte. Laoag is also the home city of one of the famous president of the Philippines the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Laoag is a 1st class city in the province of Ilocos Norte. It is the province’s political and industrial center where the region’s only commercial airport is located.
Tour include visiting:
“Malacanang of the North
“Malacaсang ti Amianan” is one of the rest houses of the late President Ferdinand Marcos located in Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte. The rest house is actually a gift from her wife, the former First Lady Imelda Marcos, in time for his 60th birthday. It is also considered as their official residence in Ilocos Norte during the former President’s regime.
Paoay Church (also known as the St. Augustine Church in Paoay) is a historical church located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. It is among the four baroque churches in the Philippines that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its unique combination of baroque and oriental styles. Known as the “Earthquake Baroque” church in the Philippines, Paoay church was built of baked bricks, coral rocks, salbot (tree sap) and lumber, and has 24 carved massive buttresses for support.
Located at the very heart of the city, Marcos Museum and Mausoleum houses hundreds of memorabilia of Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos that will give you a quick tour back in the time when we was still a fine gentleman of Ilocos Norte.
Two decades after Marcos was chased from power, he still draws the faithful and the curious from this farming town. Displayed in an adobe mausoleum, his lavishly waxed corpse lies in a family tribute, bedecked in military medals and surrounded by faux flowers while Gregorian chants echo softly. Scores of school children visit nearly everyday, filing past souvenir peddlers for a look of the deposed dictator whom residents of Ilocos Norte province fondly call “Apo,” or the Old man.
The Museo Ilocos Norte is a learning center of Ilocos Norte traditions. Within its spaces are many opportunities for inter-active and multi-disciplinary experiences. Its presentations are continually evolving, responding to new findings and revelations on the cultures of Ilocos Norte. In the Museum proper, artifacts illustrate how peoples such as the Ilocanos, Yapayaos, Isnegs and Igorots have wrested a living from the earth and waters of the province.
Sinking Bell Tower.
Built on a sandy foundation, Laoag City’s Sinking Bell Tower is literally sinking. If there is a Leaning Tower in Pisa (Italy), the Philippines has a Sinking Tower and this is located in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. This unique quality makes this tower to stand out from any other belfry in the world!
Considered as one of the most massive and tallest bell towers in the Philippines, this sinking bell tower is presently standing at a height of 45 meters and believed to be sinking for about 1 inch annually.
The Tobacco Monopoly Monument is one of the historical landmarks in Ilocos Norte. It was built at the foot of the Marcos Bridge over the Laoag River. This monument commemorates the lifting of tobacco monopoly in the Philippines in accordance to the royal decree of King Alfonso XIII on June 5, 1881. It was constructed in gratefulness for the said king whom without his order, will not end the agonies of the Ilocanos who are forced to plant tobacco. It aimed to bring in large profits for the government and make the Philippines the leading tobacco producer of the world.
St. William’s Cathedral
Saint William Cathedral is the Sinking bell tower.This church is often discussed separately with the Sinking bell tower when in-fact the bell tower is part of the church. Well it is due to the fact that they are not obviously seem to belong together. The St William Cathedral has a bell tower built far while the tower itself has gained it reputation as a unique and interesting sinking structure.
This church was a replacement to a wooden chapel that was built in 1580 for the sake of the growing Christian community in Laoag it was built in 1612 by Augustinian friars with an Italian Renaissance design and a four story bell tower built more or less 85 meters away from the church. Currently the church and the bell tower due to its distance were already separated by some structure that makes them look more separated than one.
What makes the Laoag City public supermarket stand-out among all the mushrooming mega-company owned supermarket in the area is its diversity in showcasing the ways of life and culture.
Laoag City public supermarket as well as all other municipal public markets presents life of a certain place in the raw. One can see what they wear, what they fancy for, how they bargain and especially what they eat. The rich, the middle class and the not so rich people all converge in one place to buy things and stuffs that are good for the moment, a day or days to come.
Ground Floor/First Floor – Dry Goods and other stalls of commercial use
Second Floor – Stalls of commercial use (Groceries, Bank, Dress shop and Flower shop), Public Market area selling cooked meat (bagnet etc.), fish and dressed chicken.
Third Floor – Stalls (Parlor, Groceries), fruits and vegetables, bagoong & patis (fish paste and sauce), chichirias (munchy snacks), jewelries and carinderias (a local eatery).