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Laoag

The capital of Ilocos Norte, is situated in the northern tip of the Philippines. Situated 400 kilometers from Manila, it is 45 minutes by plane from Manila and Taiwan, and approximately 80 minutes from Hongkong and Macau.

Points of interest

  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse - Built in 1892, the lighthouse stands on a promontory in Burgos, 45 kms. north of Laoag City. It still sends out signals to ships passing by the Cape facing the northern portion of the South China Sea.
  • Pagudpud Beach - A fast emerging tourist destination in Northern Luzon, with its long stretches of isolated shoreline, gentle waves and off shore breezes.
  • Juan Luna Shrine - Located in Badoc, the restored house is a repository of the memorabilia of the famous Luna family foremost are the paintings of Juan Luna which include a reproduction of his masterpiece, the Spolarium.
  • Malacañang of the North - Built as the official residence of President Marcos in Ilocos Norte, overlooking the legendary Paoay Lake, this imposing structure is now a museum.
  • Sinking Bell Tower - Located almost a hundred meters away from the St. William's Cathedral, the tower has sunk to the ground and leans slightly to the north.
  • Paoay Church - Built of coral blocks and stucco-plastered and bricks, the architecture is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental. Construction of the church was started in 1704 and completed in 1894. A few meters away is the coralstone belltower which served as observation post of the “Katipuneros” during the Philippine Revolution. Paoay Church is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List.
  • St. William's Cathedral - The Augustinians built the church of Italian Renaissance design in 1612. Its unique 2-storey façade is held by four pairs of coupled columns. The deeply recessed niche shows the image of the Patron Saint of Laoag City.

How To Get There

Guest will have to travel hours to reach Laoag City. Air Philippines flies three times a week from Manila to Laoag City and vice-versa. For international connections, Air Macau flies the route Macau/Laoag/Macao; Air Philippines, Laoag/Hongkong/Laoag, and China Southern, Guanzhou/Laoag/Guanzhou.

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