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ILOCOS NORTE: Fascinating Nature and Culture
Posted by Brando Dimagiba on 02/21/2011 01:33 PM

Ilocos Norte is best known as the home province of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The province has many old Spanish Churches, the best known being St. William’s Cathedral in the capital city, Laoag. There are a number of popular beaches in the province, including Currimao, La Paz, Seksi Beach, Pagudpud and Saud Beach.

A fascinating feature of Laoag is the Tobacco Monopoly Monument, a memorial to the lifting of the tobacco monopoly by the Spanish government in 1881. The Sinking Belltower in Laoag is one of the tallest in the country, while the Acrobatic Belltower of Bacarra gained its name from the effects of earthquake damage.

Memories of the Marcos era abound in the province, including Balay Ti Ili, the ancestral house of the Marcoses in Batac, which showcases the memorabilia of the late president. Malacañang of the North, on the shores of legendary Paoay Lake, is now a museum.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse stands on a promontory in Burgos and is still operational. Paoay Church, built of coral blocks and stucco-plastered bricks, is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental architectural styles. The church is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.


Region: 1
Capital: Laoag City
Number of Towns: 22
  1. Adams
  2. Bacarra
  3. Badoc
  4. Bangui
  5. Batac
  6. Burgos
  7. Carasi
  8. Curimao
  9. Dingras
  10. Dumalneg
  11. Espiritu (Banna)
  12. Marcos
  13. Nueva Era
  14. Pagudpod
  15. Paoay
  16. Pasuquin


Paoay Church - Built of coral blocks and stucco plastered bricks, the church is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental designs.

St. William's Cathedral, Laoag - Built by the Augustinians in Italian Renaissance design in 1612.

Sta. Monica Church, Sarrat - Century-old church of Neo-classical and Baroque architecture.


Balayti Ili, Batac - The Ancestral house of the Marcoses in Batac showcases the memorabilia of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos - Built in 1892, the lighthouse is still in use today.

Malacañang of the North, Paoay - Built as the official residence of then President Marcos in Ilocos Norte, overlooking legendary Paoay Lake. This imposing structure is now a museum.

Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Laoag - A memorial to the lifting of the Tobacco Monopoly in 1881 by the King of Spain.


  1. Malacañang of the North
  2. Paoay Church
  3. Balayti Ili
  4. Sinking Bell Tower
  5. St. William's Church
  6. Tobacco Monopoly Marker
  7. Acrobatic Bell Tower
  8. Patapat Viaduct
  9. Pagudpud Saud Beach
  10. Cape Bojeador Light House

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ILOCOS NORTE: Fascinating Nature and Culture