Paoay is located in the province of Ilocos Norte and is a place containing some pretty significant early modern and contemporary history.
This was a place favoured by the Marcos family for their summer holidays and home to one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is also an area that is prone to earthquakes throughout its colourful history.
Paoay Church is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town. Although this site is commonly referred to as the Paoay Church, it’s officially referred to as the Saint Augustine Church.
Its eye-catching design is a definite hit among architecture lovers, while its rich history draws the attention of history lovers from all over the world.
The site of the church itself dates back to 1593, with construction of the current building commencing in 1694 and completed in 1710. This is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The church is part of the group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
Ilocos is home to two sand dunes; one is located in Laoag while the other is located in Paoay. The Suba Sand Dunes are considered to be the safest in the country, in addition to being the widest and longest.
Visitors can take in the one of a kind views of rolling sands as they explore as much of this area as they can on a 4-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle.
Cost for this is P2,500 for up to 5 people with the adventure lasting for about one hour.
Paoay is home to one of the country’s most controversial presidents, President Ferdinand Marcos; and the Malacañang of the North was his summer and home town residence.
Overlooking Paoay Lake, this grand palace is now open to visitors and still retains its aura of elegance with its old but impressive furniture and grandiose chandeliers in each and every room.
There is an entrance fee of P20 per person and half price for children.
Paoay Lake is the largest lake in Ilocos Norte and is one of the largest natural lakes in the region. The Lake was actually formed after a tragic series of natural events. The land on which the lake sits was once a town.
However, the occurrence of a strong earthquake and typhoon, both on the very same day forced the land to give way to the formation of the lake.