Get ready to see the remnants of the Philippines’ Spanish colonial past in this guided tour of Ilocos Norte. If you are into history and culture, then this day trip to the towns of Paoay, Batac, and Laoag is just what you need.
After being picked up from your hotel in Laoag City, you will head to the Malacañang of the North, Ferdinand Marcos’ residence during his presidential term. The mansion has now been transformed into a museum, housing some of his memorabilia. From there, you will be visiting Paoay Church next. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site in distinctive Baroque architecture. The church is also known for having withstood natural disasters since the 18th century.
You will then make your way to the Marcos Museum to learn more about the life of former president Ferdinand Marcos before heading to Museo Ilocos Norte, located some 18 kilometers from the Marcos Museum. This heritage structure used to be a tobacco warehouse but now features a lot of interesting exhibits as well as information on how tobacco farming was done.
After exploring the museums, you will be taken to the Sinking Bell Tower and St. William Cathedral. Take out your camera and snap a picture of the bell tower that sinks an inch deeper every year. St. William Cathedral, on the other hand, is well-known for its Baroque and Italian Renaissance design. It had an important role in preserving Catholicism during the spread of the Philippine Independent Church. Before heading home, you will make a short stop at the Tobacco Monopoly Marker, a monument that celebrates the end of the Spanish exploitation of Ilocano farmers.
Learn about the Philippines' rich Spanish heritage when you book this half-day tour of Laoag City, Paoay, and Batac in Ilocos Norte. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.
- Optional local cuisine meal will be served ala carte at La Preciosa restaurant.