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Malacañang of the North, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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Malacañang of the North

Malacañang of the North

The Malacañang of the North (or Malacañang ti Amianan in the Ilocano dialect) is a national park and museum in Paoay, Ilocos Norte province. Built in 1977 by the Philippine Tourism Authority, it was originally the official residence of President Ferdinand Marcos and family when visiting his home province.

One of the 29 summer residences of the Marcoses, it was sequestered by the Philippine Government when they were removed from dictatorial power in 1986 by the People Power Revolution.

Twenty years since management was given back to the care of Ilocos Norte. Ferdinand’s daughter, then-governor Imee Marcos had the complex refurbished to become a major historic attraction. The University of Santo Tomas’ Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics put together exhibits in every room, each one curated with themes reflecting the president’s landmark public programs.


How to get there

Malacañang of the North is located in Brgy. Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte. The best way to get here is by joining a guided tour or riding a jeepney or van bound for Paoay. Ask the driver to drop you off at the historic attraction.


Best time to visit

It is an all-year round destination and a popular addition to most guided tours in the region.The Malacañang of the North is open Tuesdays to Sundays between 9 AM and 4:30 PM.


Entrance fee

A very minimal fee grants access to the whole complex.

Frequently asked questions

Why was Malacañang of the North built in the first place?

The mansion was a gift from First Lady Imelda Marcos to her husband for his 60th birthday. During the Marcos regime, it hosted family affairs and grand balls for high society.

What is Malacañang of the North made of?

It is made of concrete and marble on the ground floor, and wood on the upper floor.

How many rooms are there in Malacañang of the North?

There are 9 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, and 2 dining rooms. Windows are made from capiz, while walls and floors are in gleaming hardwoods, boasting intricate parquet. Most of the furnishings are antiques.

Do both floors offer a panoramic view of Paoay Lake?

Yes, both floors of the house have a terrace at the back that lends a panoramic view of Paoay Lake. Locals share that president Marcos used to water-ski here.

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