Day 2B - Batac, Ilocos Norte

Batac Travel Blog

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Portrait of Ferdie Marcos
After the Paoay Church visit, we decided to go to Batac. There's only one reason why we went to this town: Marcos Mausoleum.

The mausoleum is where the glass-entombed, preserved corpse of the deposed president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos is found. The dictator died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 and his body was brought to his hometown in Batac awaiting a state funeral at the previously-featured Libingan ng mga Bayani, which no subsequent administration has dared given. The mausoleum is a gloomy place only lit with candles and filled with piped Gregorian chant music. Visitors are not allowed to take any pictures of the interior. This is one of the biggest mystery in the Philippine modern history, the question whether the body found inside the mausoleum is still the flesh of the former dictator.
The Batac Church
Or the body inside that glass coffin is nothing but a mere creation of Madame Tessaud.

Directly in front of the mausoleum is the Museum. This is where memorabilia of the late president is stored, from his stint in the Armed Forces down to his presidency. Here, taking pictures is allowed. Among the things you can view here are tons of photos of him and Imelda, military awards, pieces of his writing, and his work desk. I have to agree that Ferdinand Marcos is one of the brightest politician the Philippines has ever had - however, he is also one of the darkest figure in the entire history of the nation, he will be known as THE dictator for eternity.

On the other side of the river is the Batac Church. Just like most of the churches here in Ilocos region, this church has been renovated and painted to look young despite of the real age of the church. It was like a 100 year old person having a massive plastic surgery just to look 40. It's a shame, I like old structures to actually look old.
wanderlust_rxist0324 says:
and welcome to my hometown!
Posted on: Oct 06, 2012
planisphere says:
hehee oo nga, dapat preservation hindi restoration..
Posted on: Sep 22, 2008
Isabetlog says:
"It's a shame, I like old structures to actually look old." - then you should go to Bohol :) and see as many churches as you can, not just the popular ones, they're all charming :)
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
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Portrait of Ferdie Marcos
Portrait of Ferdie Marcos
The Batac Church
The Batac Church
Some Wisdom From Ferdie
Some Wisdom From Ferdie
Some Wisdom From Ferdie
Some Wisdom From Ferdie
Letter about his dictatorship
Letter about his dictatorship
His seat as the president
His seat as the president
The outside of the mausoleum
The outside of the mausoleum
Batac
photo by: holdmyhandsforever