Ilocos Travel Diary: Malacanang Ti Amianan - Malacanang Of The North

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Within the 5 hectare property overlooking the legendary Paoay Lake in Ilocos Norte lies the 2-storey mansion of the Marcoses which is famously known as the Malacanang of the North or Malacanang Ti Amianan as referred by the Ilocanos. It is the official residence of former President Ferdinand Marcos and his family. According to history the house was built as a gift of the former Fist Lady Imelda Marcos to her husband, then former President Marcos on his 60th birthday and has become a venue to welcome affluent personalities and dignitaries, both local and foreign.

Heading south, bound for Vigan that day we dropped by at the Malacanang palace and the nearby La Paz Sand Dunes to complete our itinerary for the day. An entrance fee of P20 pesos per head for adults and P10 pesos for the kids was collected before we get inside the house.


The structure was designed in an old Spanish-Colonial architecture filled with interesting art pieces and memorabilias of the Marcos family. After the Marcos regime, the property was sequestered by the government and was converted into a museum that was open to the public.



Just as i set my foot at the entrance door of the house it immediately revealed the lavish lifestyle of the Marcos family with all the lovely and elegant interiors of the house. The spacious lobby-like receiving area and the huge rooms of the Marcos children holds the ground floor of the house.




The wooden curved staircase was grandeur. The long dining table on the other side was really impressive and the expensive paintings of various national artists that hangs on the wall speaks more about their lavish lifestyle. Bongga!




The biggest room on the ground floor is the museum. There were books and other old possessions from the late president displayed in one section of the room.



On the other part is the national building gallery which displays the projects, achievements and structures that was built during his time of leadership.



The other side showcases the agricultural museum where old agricultural tools are displayed. It also shows how rich the agricultural resources of the Philippines was, during the time of his regime.






On the second floor was the master's bedroom and a lot more of interesting and antique finds. Just like the first floor, it has spacious halls and the interiors has a touch of elegance from the shiny wooden floors up to its ceiling with all the lavish ornaments around.





What i really love at this part of the house is the wide and windy balcony overlooking the idyllic Paoay Lake and the luxurious 18-hole golf course located nearby. It certainly is a fitting  reflection of how prestigious their lives were during the Marcos presidency.




I also love the huge masters bed, the walk in closet and the wide bathroom inside the masters bedroom. This fraction of the room could've been one ordinary-sized house instead. They were just amazingly rich and famous, and the place just speaks for itself.





Other parts of the house are the huge bedrooms of the Marcos sisters including their toys and their colonial double beds with a walk-in closet too.



The entire structure is really very impressive and equally elegant. I can almost imagine how grand it was during its heyday.

Facade of the mansion facing Paoay Lake



It was truly a rewarding experience to personally see the famous house of the most influential family in our land during their time of rule. Definitely a must-visit on your Ilocos trip soon!

"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." -Bob Marley

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