Way up north, you will find the largest island in the Philippines. With a cool climate and a peaceful ambience, this town is home to many attractions that people might want to visit. Also located in this island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old Paoay Church. Alongside that, Paoay is also home to the “Malacañang of the North,” overlooking the Paoay Lake, which was the old mansion of the Marcoses, now converted into a museum housing all of their memorabilias. Fun fact, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was born in this municipality.
Constructed in the 1700’s, Paoay Church (also known as St. Augustine’s Church) is one of the oldest Baroque-style churches in the Philippines. It displays intricate designs on its architecture and boasting of its impressive structure. It’s really old, having greenery already sprouting on its walls and roof. The church was built with buttresses to withstand terrible calamities. Even if its centuries old, it still remains grand and majestic. It was declared a heritage site by UNESCO in 1973, alongside other churches in the Philippines. This place is great for photo shoots and heritage visits.
To get a good feel of what culture is like in the town, might as well visit the Nagbacalan Loomweavers Cooperative. There you can see the locals weaving this sturdy textile called abel; this quality cloth has already been recognized internationally.
Other than that, if you’re up for a little adventure, you can go to the Paoay Sand Dunes. You and your friends can hop on a jeep and just ride towards the sunset. Or perhaps you can go ATV-racing and maybe sand boarding.
Of course, if you’re looking for some down time, it would be nice to visit the Paoay Lake National Park where you can end your day by viewing the sunset by the lake.
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