One of the great things about booking with J2F Ilocos Travel & Tours was that all our entrance fees were already included in the package. We didn't have to shell out money for every single museum we went to. Saves you from the hassle, eh?
Here are more places we went to on Day 1 of our Ilocos tour:
1. Malacanang of the North
On the outside, this place looked typically old so I was surprised to find air-conditioned, well-maintained rooms like this one.
2. Paoay Church
Although we're not Catholic, the beauty of this church did not escape us.
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3. Syquia Mansion
4. Crisologo Museum
I may have been living under a rock. I had no idea who Mr. Floro Crisologo was. Judging from all of the medals and plaques and trophies, he was one accomplished man. Did they really have to display his blood-stained jeans and close-up photos of his blood-stained body after he was shot? =/
5. Marcos Museum
You're not allowed to take photos inside and for good reason.
This is where they house former President Ferdinand Marcos' preserved body. This freaked me out a bit. Once you enter, the feel is automatically different. It's air-conditioned and although not foul-smelling, it's definitely not fresh air either. Chanting music is being played and the place is very dim. The interior (and the music) reminded me so much of Universal Studios' The Mummy ride. And then behind the wall, the late president's body lay in a glass box surrounded by flowers.
There may be numerous contradicting beliefs and opinions regarding this but just a thought, isn't that so prestigious, to be preserved and remembered and placed on such a high pedestal long after your death? The body is cleaned and waxed annually and who knows how much the monthly electricity bill is..
Once we entered, someone rushed to insist to take our photos. We declined. We didn't want to have to give monetary tip to yet another guide. Haha.
Thought we'd get to make our own pots. We didn't. Just watched a potter in action and got to pose with his masterpiece. We didn't mind. By this time we were already tired from the travel and the plentiful stopovers.
8. Hidden Garden
Just a nice garden with a restaurant where you can get refreshments. Overpriced though.
9. Baluarte ni Chavit
By this time, we were already quite tired and ready to head to our last destination for the day, Heritage Village/Calle Crisologo, Vigan. :)