Still on our second day of Lakbay Ilocos Norte, one of the most important landmarks of the whole province that we did not miss to visit is the Malacañang of the North locally called as “Malacañang ti Amianan”.
“Malacañang 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.
“Malacañang ti Amianan” is a two-storey mansion built impressively on a 5-hectare property in Suba, Paoay. It sits on a beautiful landscape overlooking the serene Paoay Lake. Its design is a mixture of both Spanish and Ilocano influences.
The entire structure is very impressive. From grand living room to the elegant dining rooms, attractive guestrooms to the grand master’s bedroom – everything is a work of art. It has also an equally elegant grand staircase that compliments the grandeur of the whole mansion.
“Malacañang ti Amianan” is among the properties of the Marcoses sequestered by the Philippine Government when former President Marcos was removed from power. For than 20 years, it was under the care of the Philippine Government until it was finally given to the care of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte. After going through series of restoration and renovation spearheaded by the incumbent Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, on January 1, 2011, it was open to the public as one of the Province’s key museum.
I am glad that I was able to visit the Malacanang of the North. To enter and personally see one of the most famous houses of the most influential families in the land on their time was a rare experience. It is like seeing history. So, when in Ilocos Norte, never leave the province without visiting this part of Paoay endearingly called by the Ilokanos as “Malacañang ti Amianan”.
“Malacañang ti Amianan” is strictly open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Tuesdays to Sundays. It has an entrance fee of Php 20.00 collected for the maintenance of the mansion. The Malacanang of the North is accessible by tricycles and by cars from Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte, however; if you are doing the trip by car, it is important to make sure you have a reliablemotor trade insurance to fully cover you in case of any accidents.
TRAVEL SERIES: Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte