The Malacañang of the North in Paoay, Ilocos Norte was the Presidential Residence of the former First Family of the Republic of the Philippines. This, being that of President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda Romualdez together with their children Imee, Ferdinand Jr and Irene. For at least 26 years, this was their home in Ilocos Norte, the former strongman’s homeland and bailiwick.
Malacañang ti Amianan, as it is called in Ilocano is a bahay-na-batoinspired home, reminiscent of 18th-19th century Spanish colonial architecture. It sits on a verdant 5-hectare property overlooking the wide and placid Paoay Lake.
Built with the finest bricks, stones and hardwood sourced from Ilocos Norte, this palatial residence has weathered the dry climate of the north since 1960. Large doors, windows and ventanillas provide the passage of air within the house. Calado transoms and kapis windowsills ornate the entryways and windows.
Blending Spanish design aesthetics and Ilocano artistry, the house is laden with exquisite bentwood and hand-carved turn-of-the-century furniture. It keeps some of the finest balayong kapiya chairs, comoda armoirs, huge aparador and poster beds. Unlike its presidential home in Tacloban Leyte, Malacañang ti Amianan is a lot simpler and holds only a few of its prized collections.
After the 1986 EDSA Revolution that ousted the former strongman and his steel butterfly from position, the property in Ilocos was sequestered by the national government. In January 1, 2011 the property was returned to the Province of Ilocos Norte and now serves as museum. Some of its rooms have been converted into a gallery of the former First Family’s memorabilia showing their travels and accomplishments.
Truly, the home reflects the personality of its owners and the Malacañang of the North speaks of the Marcoses love for grandeur and beauty. Its lavish spatial arrangement and elegant ornamentations are nothing short of what the new generation describe as “Imeldific”.
Museum Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday; 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Museum Fees: P20.00
Ilocos Norte Provincial Tourism Office
+63 77 772 1211; +63 77 770 4242 local 119
How to Get to Malacanang of the North
From Laoag or Paoay
Hire a tricycle. This should only cost about P200 depending on your point of origin and other side-trip routes.
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