Friday, August 26, 2011

Malacañang of the North, Ilocos Norte

This is the residence of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. Another tourist spot of Paoay that should be visited.  The house is an old rich Spanish structure and I must say that it is very well maintained for an entrance fee of 40 pesos only. The Marcoses was said to entertain their guests to parties and also play golf and waterskies just outside, where there's a great view of the Paoay Lake. It makes you want to go back in time........knowing how the family lived would want to dance on the floor, pretend to be having a conversation with the most important people in the society or dining with the former president and the first family. When the late president was ousted, they have turned the place to a museum. It just makes me wonder how they are able to maintain it so well. The furnitures are still in good condition and it is very clean. Below, you'll see photos I took but did not post everything so you can see it for yourself when you visit it.

Also known as "Malacanang Ti Amianan"

For only PhP40 as entrance fee; Bags are not allowed inside.

Portrait of the handsome and beautiful couple, former President Ferdinand Marcos & former First Lady Imelda Marcos

The room of Bong Bong Marcos

The different Ferdinand Marcos' mannequins and his trophies


Where all the parties happened at the second floor

The Paoay Church portrait

The Master bedroom

Connecting to the Master bedroom is another bedroom for Imelda Marcos
Not sure of the reason.........just rumours going around  :) 

Part of Madame Imelda's extended room

A comfortable environment where it's away from pollution and nature provides the cool and fresh air

The Paoay Lake and the golf course just outside the house

Look-alike? One of the security people of the house. He does look like a young Ferdinand Marcos.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Paoay Church

Growing up in a non-Catholic family, I was never a fan of churches. When you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. After reading several researches on Ilocos Norte, majority said Paoay church is a church a tourist should not miss to visit. As soon as we got out of our van, there I found out why. With the sun smiling and the bluest sky I've seen, there stood the enchanting facade of the church. It is like a painting. It doesn't look real. It is like a giant post card. It is a perfect subject for photography. They say in photography that you have to be creative and photos should not look like a post card. I can't help it. I just got to take one and that I could say that this is my post card shot. Amazed at just the facade, I did not bother to even go in. You should go there and see it with your own eyes.  

shot from the door

The History

Donated by this family

A Paoay trike

A Paoay bike???? :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

As soon as I saw a piece of the place from the gate, my eyes and my camera got excited. This was the feeling I was expecting when we went to Vigan, Ilocos Sur which I did not get. This place was even better.

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar is found in Bagac, Bataan which is around 150km from Manila estimated 3 hours drive. We were accompanied by a local couple who are members, as they said that this place is exclusive. It is open to the public but it looks like rates are different. It was like a time warp being there. A museum of houses in the past. No house is the same as the others and the architectures are interesting. A great place to do a photo walk but my aunts & uncles were in a hurry, so my shots were all quick. Though I would like to go back there again to practise more of photography. The place is very spacious and they were building more houses & making the place nicer. Definitely, a place to go back to.

Strict security

The staff.   How cool that every staff wears the filipiniana

Reminds me of my gran's place

If you need a hat, they are available at the reception area

Behind us is the pool
A merman behind me

Lola Basyang and her stories


when matresses wasn't introduced yet

with the staff

At first I find it cute they have statues of kids playing but there were plenty & it got freaky. It's like one of those scary movies where kids were playing & a witch cast a spell on them because they were noisy & happy so she turned them to stones :)

Security guard