Ilocos Norte is a province rich in Philippine History and old-style culture. Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag City holds many remnants of that authentic Filipino lifestyle.
The Museo Ilocos Norte is a learning center of Ilocos Norte traditions. Within its spaces are many opportunities for inter-active and multi-disciplinary experiences. Its presentations are continually evolving, responding to new findings and revelations on the cultures of Ilocos Norte. In the Museum proper, artifacts illustrate how peoples such as the Ilocanos, Yapayaos, Isnegs and Igorots have wrested a living from the earth and waters of the province. Visitors are invited to tarry a while in the Ancestral House, and imagine the gracious living before the 1940s. A Hall for Changing Exhibits links the Museo not only with special aspects of living in Ilocos Norte, but also with development in the country and elsewhere. Venues for special events are the Entablado for small groups, and the Patio for outdoor gatherings. The search for knowledge continues in the Library, stocked with books and informational materials on the region. Souvenirs are available at the nearby Sarusar.
How to get to Laoag City?
Take a bus bound for Laoag. Travel time is 10-12 hours, so I would recommend a night trip for this. Several bus companies such as Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have regular trips that will take you directly to Laoag City. Check out their websites for the trip schedules.
Go straight until you reach the end of Northern Luzon. Just kidding. Take the old Manila North Road or MacArthur Highway as you would when you go to Baguio. From there on, and instead of turning right towards Kennon Road, go straight passing through the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur, and finally reaching Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Laoag City is 495 kilometers from Metro Manila.
– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.
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