I find books about the Marcoses gripping and entertaining. I am intrigued reading stories about the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and of course, the equally amusing dramatic flair of the former First Lady Imelda.
So, during our Ilocos Norte trip, I made sure to have a glimpse of how their life was by stepping into their official residence way back. Our first stopover on that day was the Malacanang of the North, or ‘Malacanang Ti Amianan’ as how the locals call it. It’s located in Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Let me show you around the lavish house.
The architecture of the Malacanang of the North was impressive. It showcases the best of Ilocano and Spanish design and craftmanship. The floors, walls and ceiling were made out of wood while the windows were made out of of capiz-shells.
The house has grand paintings and beautiful pieces of furniture. It’s spacious and airy, with lots of natural light coming in.
My little boy had so much to ask on that day. Questions such as, “Who’s house is this? Why is it so big? Who is Marcos? Was he a great President? (Those were difficult to answer down to his level, by the way!)”
Well of course, it also holds the Marcoses’ memorabilia.
The Malacanang of the North is big as expected.
It is perfectly seated overlooking the scenic Paoay Lake.
Could have the little Bongbong Marcos back then played right in this spot like my boy?
I’m happy that we got to see the place. The impressive old house is a window to the lifestyle of the Marcoses. It somehow gave me a better understanding to the stories I’ve read about them.
Are you planning to visit Malacanang of the North soon? This historical landmark is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Entrance fee is only at Php20. It’s a must-see for the entire family!