If you happen to pass by the city of Batac in Ilocos Norte on your way up north, this post might be for you. If you have a passion of discovering the history and the heritage of a place while you travel, this post will give you an idea about a piece of Philippine history as seen in Batac City. These 5 historical destinations in Batac will surely make you dig your history books.
Marcos Presidential Center is a museum dedicated for the Philippines' former president, Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the country for more than 2 decades.
This museum houses some works, memorabilia, etc of Ferdinand Marcos. But the highlight of visiting this museum is the Marcos Mausoleum wherein the remains of Marcos' body is displayed for public viewing. You can experience it with a 50-peso entrace fee. Just a warning, no camera is allowed inside the mausoleum
Just a walking distance away from the Marcos Presidential Center westward is the World Peace Center. If you are a fanatic of vintage pictures depicting the life of a great man, then the World Peace Center is the place for you. World Peace Center in Batac houses a large indoor photo collage.
World Peace Center is also known as the Marcos Photo Gallery. In here, you will appreciate how a picture speak a thousand words.
There are no written guides or tour guides inside. Everything are just photos and looking at those photos alone, you will learn how great Ferdinand Marcos was. This photo gallery will surely give you a dose of information about the history of the Philippines in photos!
The World Peace Center is located near Chowking and Jollibee in Batac.
Aglipay Shrine | Iglesia Filipina Independiente
Batac is also the home of the Aglipay Shrine, a remarkable landmark that gave rise to Aglipayanism, a separate denomination from Roman Catholic tradition born of revolution.
This church was co-founded by Msgr. Gregorio Aglipay, a former Catholic priest who was excommunicated due to his support to the Philippine revolution. The remains of Aglipay is burried inside this church.
Batac Church | Immaculate Conception Church
A walking distance away from the Philippine Independent Church (Aglipay Church) is the Batac Church or known as the Immaculate Conception Church.
Another leisure walk away from the Batac Church is the General Ricarte National Shrine which also compose a park and a museum. To reach this site, walk northward from the Batac Church.
It has a library and museum which showcased Ricarte's life through a number of his photographs and relics, and a collection of American and Japanese guns used in WWII. Well folks, these historical sites featured will serve as a teaser. There will be more stories about these heritage structures, more feelings and more experiences to be told. A separate post will be provided for each structure so it is not yet final...
Travel Guide and Tips | How to go to Batac City?
1. From Laoag: Ride a Manila-bound bus from Laoag then drop at Batac City. That's it!
- Travel time is around 20-30 minutes.
- Fare will be around 30-55 pesos depending on your bus of choice.
2. From Manila (Land Travel): Ride into a Laoag-bound bus and drop at Batac City.
- Travel time is around 8-9 hours.
- Fare will be around 700-800 depending on your bus of choice and inflation (LOL!)
Notes: You can finish the walking tour before lunch if you will start it at 9 am. For the museums, they open at 9 am, and for weekend backpackers, visiting some museums may not be for you because they tend to be closed for public during weekends.
After finishing the walking tour, you may head up north to Laoag/Pagudpud or down south to Vigan to spend the remaining time and the whole night. /end
This walking tour is my official entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for the month of October with the theme WALKING TOUR hosted by Glenn Martinez of Traveler on Foot
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