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Before I totally get busy again (in preparation for the New Year), I wanna show you one of the landmarks we visited in Laoag, Ilocos Norte during our 2-day stay there.

The Malacanang of the North (“Malacanang Ti Amianan”) served as the official residence/mansion of the late President Ferdinand Marcos whenever he’s in Ilocos.  It’s located in Suba, Paoay and sits on a land overlooking the beautiful Paoay Lake.

Below are some of the pictures we took of the former President’s official residence, which was generally impressive and showcased the best of Ilocano and Spanish design and craftmanship:

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Capiz window panel design for the ceiling.

Beautiful floral design in one of the carved wood doors in the mansion.

Beautiful floral design in one of the carved wood doors in the mansion.

In the dressing room of  the former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.

In the dressing room of the former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.

So many interesting details in this ceiling lamp.

So many interesting details in this ceiling lamp, like the disc-shaped glasses that look so very 70’s.

View from the mansion:  the vast and serene Paoay Lake.

View from the mansion: the vast and serene Paoay Lake.

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I liked how the mansion was furnished with various wood, metal and glass pieces, like this glass fish display in one of the function rooms.

Interesting geometric pattern.

Interesting geometric pattern in this ceiling just outside the main entrance.

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One of the spacious function rooms in the mansion.  Notice the elegant (and expensive) hardwood floor.

The mansion’s bedrooms were equally grand and impressive:

Sen. Bongbong's bedroom

Bedroom for Sen. Bongbong Marcos

Bedroom for the President and First Lady

Bedroom for then President Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos.

For the Presidential Daughters ( Gov. Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos-Araneta)

For the Presidential Daughters ( Gov. Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos-Araneta)

The tour of the mansion was a very interesting one, with lots of design ideas that interior designers/architects will surely find inspiration from.

All that (and more) for a fee of just P20.00 (per head)!   Sulit na sulit! P1050889bThe Malacanang of the North is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM only.

 

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