As the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte, Laoag lives up to its name as “The Sunshine City” with its clear atmosphere and bright, blue skyline. Derived from the native Ilocano language of the Ilocos Region, Laoag means brightness or light which best describes your experience in visiting this refreshing place. Now’s the time to discover the endless ways that Laoag radiates its hidden provincial charm!
What to expect when you’re there:
Feel the dynamic pulse of the city of Laoag! Serving as the commercial, educational, and trading center of the province, Laoag is multi-faceted at its core.
Truly where the old meets new, Laoag showcases its well-preserved colonial architecture along with contemporary infrastructure.
The Malacañang of the North is a must-see situated on the edge of the Paoay Lake. Now converted into a museum, this two-storey mansion used to be the holiday residence of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his family.
For your city stroll, marvel at the baroque architecture of the Paoay Church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In contrast, the equally beautiful Italian Renaissance style architecture of The St. William’s Cathedral or the Laoag Church is a sight to behold.
Make the most out of the beautiful Ilocos Norte coastline with a visit to the La Paz Sand Dunes!
The desert-like landscape and sandy terrain makes this perfect for adrenaline junkies. Whether you decide to go sandboarding down the dunes or riding a 4X4 up and down the sandy hills, you are sure to have the thrill of your life.
On your way home, don’t forget to take home the best that Ilocos Norte has to offer! You can find a diverse collection of items and food at the Laoag City Commercial Complex. The establishments here offer Ilocano products such as Inabel, Bagnet, Longganisa, Sukang Iloko and other Ilocano products.
From Laoag, explore the many possibilities to jump off to other local destinations!
Laoag is known as the gateway to the North Luzon Tourism Hub and Growth Quadrangle by air. The Laoag International Airport and The International Seaport are both very accessible from this city. Not to mention, you can get to other areas in the National Capital Region and other provinces from Laoag by land.
How to get there:
Getting to Laoag is the perfect excuse for a scenic road trip!
Laoag is accessible from Metro Manila by land travel which takes 7 to 8 hours by car via TPLEX. It is linked by a first class national road located parallel to the coastline of the Ilocos Region.
For a quick trip, you may opt to take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag which takes approximately an hour. From the airport, there are public jeepneys and tricycles that can take you to the city proper.