malacanang-of-the-northThe town of Paoay in the province of Ilocos Norte, cradles another structure that serves as a reminder of the Philippines not-so-distant past, the time when the Marcoses wielded power during Martial Law, ending with his ouster during the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.
Malacañang of the North or Malacanang ti Amianan in Ilocano is always present in everyone’s itinerary when planning or visiting the northern province of Ilocos Norte. Dubbed as “Marcos Country”, Ilocos Norte is home to many remnants of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and of one these is Malacañang of the North.
Malacañang of the North is within a 5-hectare property that overlooks Paoay Lake, and is the residence of late president Ferdinand Marcos and his family when they are in the north. This was one of the 29 houses that the Marcos regime was able to build during its two decades of power. As its’ name suggests, this house served as the official residence of the First Family during that time whenever they are in Ilocos. The Marcos extended their reception for their guests both local and foreign in this house.
After Marcos was deposed in 1986 and died a few years later, the palace transformed into a museum of the late president’s memorabilia.
Now managed by the Department of Tourism, entrance fees are 20 pesos and 10 pesos for adults and children respectively. It is open from 9am-11:30am and 1pm-4:30pm daily except on Mondays.



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