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Paoay Church

Nineteen kilometres southwest of Laoag is North Luzon’s most famous church. Unesco World Heritage–listed Paoay Church was built in classic earthquake-baroque style, with a towering belfry and massive brick reinforce…
Dunes in Laoag

Sand Dunes

Located along the coast near Laoag, the seemingly endless sand dunes sprawl south all the way to Paoay. Access is easiest to the La Paz stretch, only 15 minutes from the city. The Suba dunes near the Fort Ilocandia …
Museum in Laoag

Malacañang of the North

In a peaceful location next to the scenic Paoay Lake, the opulent former estate where the Marcos family spent their holidays is open to the public. The impressive house, with its cavernous sala (living room), capiz-…
Museum in Laoag

Museo Ilocos Norte

Housed in the historic Tabacalera warehouse, the snazzy Museo Ilocos Norte is one of the better ethnographic museums in the Philippines. It houses a large collection of Ilocano, Igorot and Itneg traditional clothing…
Museum in Laoag

Marcos Museum

The house where Ferdinand Marcos was born on 11 September 1917 takes pride of place in the small village of Sarrat, 15km east of Laoag. Displays embellish the former dictator's legal career. The nearby Santa Monica …
Landmark in Laoag

Sinking Bell Tower

Laoag's main architectural attraction is the Sinking Bell Tower, with what is presently a hobbit-sized doorway. Built by Augustine friars to accommodate men on horseback, it is gradually sinking into the soft rivers…
Church in Laoag

St William’s Cathedral

The immense Italian Renaissance–style St William’s Cathedral was built in 1880.