Marcos Museum & Mausoleum

This museum is just another place that shows how extravagant life of the Marcoses is.  It both serves as memorabilia storage and resting place of the former President Marcos.  Situated in the heart of Batac, his birthplace. 
Portrait of the young Ferdinand Marcos
Painting of the old President
Written by the former president before leaving to Hawaii
Unlike the other museums that show most of the family, or rather the wife's collections, this one is dedicated mostly to the late President. His paraphernalia from the time he was young to becoming a politician and even his death. A lot of people come here just to see the place and of course the preserved body of the late President. 
Some of the displays about the former President
The museum is a two-story was really over crowded when we visited, maybe because it's  a holiday.  The first thing you'll see when you enter is a wax figure of the late President. 

At the 2nd Floor, the first thing you'll see is his gold figure, not sure though if it's real gold.  I was never born yet when he was the President, so I just had a pictures with his wax & gold figures.  I kind of wish I was born then so I can know how he really was as a president, but was happy that I didn't because I don't want to through the terror of knowing what's happening around me.
Old radios & TV from his time that are still working
Bags and other accessories used by the late president
Of course, it's not a complete Marcos museum if some of the things belongs to the wife are not displayed, she's the first lady, anyway.  I never had the chance to check if the dresses displayed there were wore by her or not.
Some of the dresses of Imelda Marcos
Beside the museum  is the building with a glass-encased coffin containing the embalmed body of the former president. It is open for public to view but taking pictures is not allowed.  Although, there are others that can't help themselves but sneak a shot.
The mausoleum where the body of the late president is displayed
 Marcos Mausoleum
This is a worth reading, posted just outside the mausoleum. Please click here to read
It's worth going there, but I will never do it again.  It's kind of disturbing for me to see someone who's supposed to be resting is lying there for public viewing. Though there's a rumor that it's just a wax and the real body is buried somewhere. 

Located at Valdez, Batac, Ilocos Norte. Viewing hours are from Mon-Sun. 9am-12nn & 1pm-4pmEntrance fee is Php50.00 with special discount for students & senor citizens.

List of Hotels/Resorts/Homestays in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Please find below the list of accommodations in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. This is just a list and does not guarantee the current room rates, addresses, contact numbers and quality of service of the hotels. It is advisable that you do a full and thorough research about a specific hotel before booking.  

HOTELS & RESORTS

AGUA SEDA
Address: Sitio Malingay, Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(920)969-9166
E-mail: info@aguaseda.com
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APO IDON BEACH RESORT
Address: Burayoc Pt., Saud White Beach Cove, Pagudpud
Mobile#: +63(917)510-0671
Website: www.apoidon.com
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ARINAYA BEACH RESORT
Address: Saud White Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +632 4379386 | 3514017 / 6689216 / 9941145
Mobile#: 09473241969 | 0905223574
E-mail: deals@kolobialtravel.com
For latest reviews and current rates, please click here.
 
BRITANYA LODGE
Address: Saud White Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(938)797-3771 | +63(921)248-1105
E-mail: britanyalodge@yahoo.co.uk
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CASA CONSUELO (ISLAND REEF)
Address: Blue Lagoon Brgy. Balaoi, Bañiaran, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)607-0884 | +63(77)676-1735
Contact Person: Chad/Armi Tamayo
Mobile#: +63(918)990-5385 | +63(918)959-0757 | +63(917)554-1860
E-mail: casa_consuelo@hotmail.com
For latest reviews and current rates, please click here.
 
CASA VICTORIA BEACH RESORT & RESTAURANT
Address: Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(917)505-1462 | +63(908)869-6434
E-mail: ilovecasavictoria@gmail.com
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EVANGELINE BEACH RESORT
Address: Saud Beach Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)655-5862
Mobile#: +63(908)863-7564 | +63(927)411-6284 | +63(923)205-7445
E-mail: info@evangelinebeachresort.net | reservation@evangelinebeachresort.net | emohruo_ana@yahoo.com.ph
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F AND C SUNSET VIEW BEACH RESORT
Address: Barangay Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(918)640-8677 | +63(928)471-6199 | +63(917)883-8726 

HANNAH'S BEACH RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER
Address: Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(928)520-6255
E-mail: info@hannahsbeachresort.com
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JUN & CAROL BEACH RESORT
Address: Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)676-0183
Mobile#: +63(917)547-1270 | +63(917)548-6331/+63(942)801-2138 | +63(919)640-5630/+63(921)484-7746 | +63(920)574-0136 | +63(947)696-4441
E-mail: jbc_inquiry@yahoo.com
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KAPULUAN VISTA RESORT
Address: Sitio Baniaran, Brangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)676-0075 | +63(2)697-6597(Manila Office)
Mobile#: +63(920)952-2528
E-mail: kapuluan_vista_resort@yahoo.com
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KEAHANA BEACH RESORT
Address: Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(918)490-2713
E-mail: contact@keahanaresort.com
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KINGFISHER RESORT
Address: Sitio Aparot, Barangay Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
For latest reviews and current rates, please click here.
Mobile#: +63(927)525-8111
E-mail: kingfisher.ph@gmail.com
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MADRID BEACH RESORT
Address: Saud Cove, Barangay Burayoc, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(908)6221-400
Contact Person: Anna Romero Madrid
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NORTH RIDGE HOTEL
Address: Burayoc Point, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(921)415-9545

PAGUDPUD RINNOVATI
Address: Burayoc Point, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(927)890-4292 | +63(912)516-4798
E-mail: info@pagudpugrinnovati.com
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PALM GROVE SAUD HOLIDAY COMPLEX
Address: Sitio Jupiter, Barangay Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(928)465-1846 | +63(908)782-4045
UK Office: (+44)0128-3219987 | (+44)0773-4408080
E-mail: booking@palmgrovesaudhotel.com | info@palmgrovesaudhotel.com
For latest reviews and current rates, please click here.

PANNZIAN BEACH AND MOUNTAIN RESORT 
Address: Brgy. Pancian, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(2)646-9020
E-mail: pannzian@yahoo.com
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PUNTA AZUL BEACH RESORT
Address: Balaoi, Pagudpud
Mobile#: +63(927)323-1981(Maritess) | +63(928)482-2643(Malen) | +63(927)224-7825(Harold) | +63(905)266-2327(Lanie)
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ROMA VILLE BEACH RESORT
Address: Brgy. Burayoc Pt., Pagudpod, Iliocos Norte
Phone#: +63(2)620-9151
Mobile#: +63(919)571-6680(Maribel)

SABRINA BEACH HOME
Address: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(2)751-2146
Mobile#: +63(928)984-7125(Rina) | +63(916)591-5857
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SAUD BEACH RESORT & HOTEL
Address: Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#:  +63(2)928-9853
Mobile#: +63(917)519-5495 | +63(918)553-3073
E-mail: inquiries@saudbeachresort.com
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TARTARUGA’S HOTEL AND PAGUDPUD YATCH CLUB RESTAURANT
Address: Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(947)542-9521
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TERRA RIKKA BEACH AND DIVE RESORT
Address: Saud White Beach Cove, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)676-1559 | +63(77)676-1790
Mobile#: :+63(918)937-1752 | +63(917)554-0005 | +63(920)255-8377
E-mail: resort_terrarika@yahoo.com | reservations@terrarika.com | inquiries@terrarika.com | terrarikadiveresort@yahoo.com
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VILLA DEL NICO
Address: Sitio Aprot Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(947)233-7623
E-mail: nico@villadelnico.ph | bookings@villadelnico.ph
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HOMESTAYS

CATHY’S HOMESTAY
Address: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(919)571-6680
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CURAMMENG'S HOMESTAY
Address: Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(920)455-7633
E-mail: curammengshomestay@yahoo.com

GARRISON HOMESTAY
Address: Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)676-9839
Mobile#: +63(949)179-8952 | +63(946)947-3384
E-mail: seabreeze_25@yahoo.com | garrisonhomestay@gmail.com

HANNAH LOU HOMESTAY
Address: Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Contact Person: Ruben/Marifie
Mobile#: +63(921)310-4826

PEARL’S TRANSIENT VILLA
Address: Poblacion 2, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Phone#: +63(77)713-1218
Mobile#: +63(917)807-3713

RAFOL’S HOMESTAY
Address: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Mobile#: +63(919)862-7731(Ramon Rafol) | +63(921)255-7237(Delia Rafol)
E-mail: dhel_rafol_pagudpud@yahoo.com.

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Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant & Bar

Not far from the cathedral is a well-known restaurant to both tourists and locals. It's just a simple looking restaurant from the outside but let it not deceive you.  You'll be surprised when you get inside and see the homey ambiance. 

I love how they decorate the wall behind the counter with young bamboos.  They really look like roots crawling on the wall.
Pinakbet Pizza
Saramsam is known for their unique flavors of Pizza.  Two of the famous pizzas they offer are the Dinuguan Pizza & Pinakbet Pizza. I never had a chance to try the Dinuguan Pizza because it's a Holy Week when we went there. But we did try the Pinaakbet Pizza. 

You read that right, mixed vegetables with shrimp paste, tomato sauce and cheese. I have never imagined that bagoong (shrimp paste), mozzarella and vegetables will be a good match. You really have to try these pizzas when you get the chance. 
Pancit Canton
It really sounds weird and unpleasant but it's really good, once you get used to the taste. If you are a vegetables lover and a very adventurous with food, you'll like it.  However, if vegetables are your worst enemies, then this is not the one for you.
Saramsam Pasta
The restaurant also offers other dishes aside from pizza.  What I really love is their own creation of pasta, the Saramsam pasta.  When I first tasted it, it feels so fresh and cool, I mean, it's so delicious and refreshing, for a pasta! 

I thought only salad can give you that refreshing feeling, but I was wrong. Just writing about and remembering how it tasted make me drool.
Spicy Sardines Linguine
Another must try is the Spicy Sardines Linguine. I love Spanish Style Sardines with newly cooked steamed rice but I never tried one in pasta before. It's not oily or anything, just perfect!  The sardines don't over power the taste of the pasta they perfectly go together.

I tried cooking a version of it, but it always ends up being oily or salty.  But I will get there; I will have my own version of Spicy Sardines Pasta. I'll make sure to try more of their unique food when I get the chance to go back.

Address: #10 Giron St., Brgy. 7-B, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Phone#: +63(077) 670-3219
Mobile#: (0917) 5507522/0920-9686695/0922-8826907
E-mail:  balaydablas@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.balaydablas-laoag.com/saramsam.html
Make sure to eat here when you visit Laoag, Ilocos Norte.  And if you need a place to stay, they also have bed & breakfast, Balay da Blas.

Northview Hotel

To truly enjoy your visit in Laoag & Paoay, you must at least, stay overnight.  We have a car so we decided to stay a night at the Northview Hotel.  Their service is okay though their rooms are kind of old.  The air con at the first room had stopped suddenly so we have to move to another room.
It's near the downtown proper and other tourist sports.  However, if you're going to commute, best to stay at one of the hotels at the downtown proper, because it's near the public transport.  
Please click here for the list of hotels in Ilocos Norte.
 

Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud

We were not able to explore more of Pudpud because we don't have much time.  We only had a quick dip because it’s over crowded, not my cup of tea. I don’t like places with a lot people, it kinds of suffocates me. Never visit Blue Lagoon during Holy Week, as it's really over crowded.
The traffic is really bad that almost all of us are irritated. My friend's mom literally went out of the car and helped fixing the traffic. We haven't had lunch yet so when we arrived at the resort we are all tired and hungry.
When it's time to see the beach I was really disappointed.  It's not as what I'm expecting.  I didn't find it exceptional maybe because there are a lot of people swimming. I've been to Capones, Anawangin, Calaguas and Boracay and this is not just good for me. However, I will just come back to see other beaches around, they might be better than this one.

Patapat Viaduct

Patapat Viaduct is a coastal bridge connecting Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Valey Region. It's really amazing to see this snake-like bridge in between the ocean and the mountains. It's the 4th longest bridge in the country. 
We dropped by here before going to the Pagudpud, but it’s raining. I wanted to stay a little longer but we have oldies with us so we have to go back to the car.  We just took few pictures and left. Another place added to my list of "Reasons to Return".
 
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