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Top Choice Church in Laoag

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…
Top Choice Ilocano in Laoag

La Preciosa

Laoag’s best-loved restaurant is highly recommended for its large portions of delicious Ilocano specialities such as pinakbét (mixed vegetable stew), crispy yet tender bagnet, dinardaan (offal simmered in pig's-bloo…
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 …
Food Hall in Laoag

Dap-ayan ti Ilocos Norte

An outdoor food court, this is a great place to sample local fare such as bagnet (crispy-fried pork belly); bright-orange empanadas filled with green papaya, longganisa, egg and bean sprouts; and the legendary Iloco…
Ilocano in Laoag

Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant

Surrounded by the owner's antique collection, you can sample the superlative pinakbét and poqui-poqui (roasted eggplant) pizza (which we suppose can be loosely classed as fusion), as well as the restaurant's unusual…
Cafe in Laoag

Johnny Moon Cafe

'Johnny Moon' is a play on Juan Luna, the renowned Filipino artist whose bold replica works decorate the interior of this cafe inside the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center. The food is only so-so, but we love t…
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…