The mausoleum is where Marcos’ preserved corpse rests and is open to the public for viewing. Taking photograph is not allowed though. Some people claim that the corpse isn’t real and it is just a wax replica so I asked the attendant if it is real, to which he confirmed without hesitation. I don’t see any reason not to believe him.
After checking out of Vigan, we headed straight to Batac, Ilocos Norte which is just about an hour drive away. We’re supposed to stay for a day in Ilocos Norte but since our driver (hubby) is not feeling well, we’ve left with no choice but to shorten out our trip.
Ilocos Norte is as beautiful as Ilocos Sur. Both have stunning beaches, rich cultural heritage, and wonderful churches. Ilocos Norte is well-known for Marcos Museum, Paoay Church, Fort Ilocandia Resort in Laoag, Bangui Windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Malacanang of the North, Patapat Viaduct, and others. There are a lot more to discover about the place, unfortunately, we’ve only been to Marcos Museum and Paoay Church.
1. Marcos Musuem & Mausoleum.
The museum contains the memorabilia of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. There is an entrance fee of Php 50 but it’s worth the money. Among the things you can see here are his academic achievements, military awards, the Bills he passed during his Senate years up to his road to presidency. What interests me the most is his fascinating whirlwind romance with Imelda. How love struck him the first time he saw the beautiful Imelda, how he followed her to Baguio and he went further away by presenting her the marriage license, all in a quick span of 11 days..
2. San Agustin Church of Paoay
Saint Augustine Parish or commonly known as Paoay Church is famous for its unique architectural designs, featuring huge and thick buttresses on sides and back of the building. The church is built on a strong solid foundation, they thought of these buttresses as a possible solution to safeguard the church against strong earthquakes. The church is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Although we had a very short trip in Ilocos Norte, my family still enjoyed visiting to these 2 significant places. It was entertaining and at the same time very much informative and educational.