Way up north is a city called Batac, nestled in the province of Ilocos Norte. Home to several historical shrines and museums, you might be interested in paying it a visit. In the heart of the city lies the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum, Ancestral Home of the Marcoses, Batac Church, and several other shrines.
The Marcos Museum and Mausoleum is famously known to house the corpse of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. who ruled over the Philippines for 20 years. In the museum, there are several displays of his letters, other memorabilia, and even some of Imelda Marcos’ traditional Filipinianas.
Near the museum is the Ancestral Home of the Marcoses. There you can appreciate its old architecture, which also allows you to take a peek at the past. Other notable places to visit is the National Ricarte Shrine, erected in honor of the Father of the Philippine Army, General Artemio Ricarte.
The Immaculate Conception Church which is locally known as the Batac Church is also a popular destination for tourists because of its centuries old structure. This Roman-inspired church started construction in the late 1500’s but was put on hold until the late 1600’s, at the prime of the Spanish occupation. This large church is well-maintained and well-loved by Roman Catholic devotees. The church’s interior is simply exquisite and picturesque.
However, Batac is not only a city dotted with historical monuments, it is also the home of the best empanada in the country. You can have a taste of this savory snack in Batac Riverside Empanadaan. Other than that, they also sell other delectable treats such as longganisa (Filipino sausage), miki (local noodles), pusit (squid), and pork barbeque.