A Visit to the Malacañang of the North

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Malacañang of the North, or Malacañangang ti Amianan to the locals, served as the official Ilocos residence of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos and his family. Located in Paoay in the province of Ilocos Norte and built on a high point of land projecting into the sea right beyond the coastline of the legendary Paoay Lake, it now serves as a museum that showcases the life of the Marcos family. 

The structure is of Spanish influence, more wood than stone. Everything looked elegant, truly worthy of one of the most influential families in the country. I overheard a tour guide announcing that the furniture were all original. My mind was blown yet again upon realizing that I was walking through the same halls, running my hand along the very same table tops, as the visionary that was Ferdinand Marcos.







What I enjoyed most was looking at the pictures of the Marcoses. There were many interesting shots, but this one is my favorite:
"Here lies love," Imelda once said.
You can almost forget the dark cloud that looms over this two people when you look at that picture. For a moment, you can only see the love and care and the quiet respect they had for each other.

In any event, I straggled once again from my group and walked to the sprawling backyard that overlooked the Paoay lake. It must be splendid waking up to this view:

Here's also the backside facade of the famous house:

After several minutes of taking in the vista, I finally went inside and caught up with my companions. We went around and this caught my eye:
The Land Reform Program of the Government
See, I want to be a farmer and I find this to be of great concern. With the description "Decreeing the emancipation of tenants from the bondage of the soil, transferring to them the ownership of the land they till and providing the instruments and mechanism therefor," I think PD# 27 started off with a noble purpose but was later on ruined by incompetency and greed. If only this was carried out properly and selflessly then we wouldn't need the ridiculous CARP and the even more ridiculous CARPER. 

At any rate, I maintain that Marcos was a visionary. He is perhaps the last president to truly want the nation to become great again. If only he wasn't swallowed by his ambitions and surrounded by crooked people.

It was thought-stimulating having set foot in the halls of the Malacañang of the North. Having a glimpse of the family life of the late president made him seem more real to me, more tangible. The stories of successful pro se legal representation and on-the-spot keynote addresses seemed more poignant and more astonishing upon seeing candid pictures of Ferdinand Marcos reading books. To me, he used to be somewhat of a legend whose existence I sometimes doubt. But because of this experience, it is now clear to me that he is very very real. And because of and despite the deeds he had put to work, he is undeniably a remarkable man.

I cling to his ideals for the Philippines. 


Cheers to the next adventure!

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