If you have a background of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos you will find the Marcos Museum interesting! Having studied Philippine History throughout my school years, I always dislike Ferdinand Marcos. He served as the president of the Philippines for 20 years and within that time he stole billions of dollars from Filipinos. He declared Martial Law in 1972. My parents had dreadful experiences during Martial Law. They disliked it.
It was 10:20 in the morning and we arrived in Bantay Church to see the historic Bantay Belfry (Bell Tower). The weather was scorching hot and I was ready to climb the tower. Ana Mae decided to stay in the van so I was alone climbing the tower.
Crisologo Museum in Vigan City was established to commemorate the tragic death of Floro Crisologo, Vigan’s most prominent Congressman. He was killed by an unknown gunman while he was inside St. Paul’s Cathedral Vigan. The museum is a mansion of the late politician where it housed antiques, memorabilia and other prized possessions of the Crisologos.
Pots and jars has been part of daily household chores of the early Filipinos across the Philippine islands. I have seen a lot of jars and pots in my Lola’s old house in Bohol. I can remember my Lola, she used to cook rice in a pot called “palayok” and I can remember my Tito Budz filling some waters fresh from poso (water pump) into my Lola’s “banga” (water jar). The tripod in my Lola’s kitchen was even made out of clays. You see, pottery is one of the earliest arts practiced by Filipinos. Since my Lola’s house was destructed, seeing pots and jars was no longer common to me. But from time to time I can see that pots are mostly used in the gardens today.
Ilocos also has a place for animal lovers. Chavit Singson, a famous Filipino politician owns Baluarte where some wild species held in captive. First day of our tour in Ilocos and after we ate our breakfast, we visited Baluarte. The place per their website is more than just a zoo, it is also an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breath taking view of its dominating scenic boulders a midst trees and greens.
I woke up and I found myself seated in a van. The environment was quiet and most of us inside the van were still asleep. I glanced at the window and saw unfamiliar places, it was quite dim and the sun was about to defeat the moon. I realized that we were actually travelling the whole night. We should be in Ilocos by now, I thought to myself. I was shy to ask our driver Kuya Bugz as to where we were at that time. Few minutes passed, all the people in the van were awake. What a beautiful morning! I checked my watch, it was about fifteen minutes before hitting six o’clock in the morning.
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