From ancestral home to museum - this place has become the home to the late, disgraced President's embalmed remains.
The Marcos Museum and Mausoleum also known as The Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center is located in the city center of Batac, Ilocos Norte. The museum was built to pay homage to the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The museum used to be the ancestral home of the Marcoses. Its wooden flooring and staircase, huge capiz windows and solid beams and posts speak of the structure’s once grandeur and elegance. The museum paints the life story of Ferdinand Marcos during his early years, his journey to politics and public service, from the time he was elected as representative of Ilocos Norte’s 2nd District until he seated in the Senate before becoming President of the country.
It’s also interesting that a part of the museum’s collection will let you have a peek at the eleven-day courtship of the late president with the former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.
The highlight of the Marcos Museum is a visit to the late dictator’s mausoleum. It’s an eerie black mausoleum that houses Marcos’ remains. People have said that it’s not really his body under the glass, but most of the people say otherwise. It is forbidden to take photos or videos inside, and any attempt at doing so will mean having to deal with the police.
ABOUT MARCOS MUSEUMThe Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center is a museum situated in Batac, Ilocos Norte dedicated to former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos which also hosts the cenotaph of the former President. The museum shows memorabilia of the late president, from his stint in the armed forces down to his presidency.
|Inside Marcos Mausoleum|
The large cenotaph which contains the glass-encased coffin in which the widely believed embalmed body of Marcos was on public display shortly after his remains were brought in Ilocos Norte from the United States in 1993 until his body was re-interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig on November 18, 2016. A wax replica of Marcos remains to be displayed inside the glass coffin.
Ferdinand E. Marcos' death
On September 28, 1989, Marcos died of lung, kidney and liver complications in Hawaii, three years after he, his family and allies were exiled in 1986. Marcos fled the country in the face of a nonviolent "People Power Revolution", which set the end of his regime.
The odyssey of his remains began when the government of President Corazon Aquino denied Marcos' return to the Philippines. Thus, Marcos' remains was interred in a private, air-conditioned mausoleum at Byodo-In, a Japanese Buddhist temple, on the island of Oahu.
Return of Marcos' remains
In September 1993, after having been kept in a refrigerated, glass-topped coffin inside an air-conditioned crypt for four years, Marcos' remains were finally taken to the Philippines. The newly elected president who succeeded Aquino, Fidel Ramos, second cousin of the late president, allowed Imelda Marcos, Marcos' widow, to bring her husband's body home but refused her demand for a hero's burial.Eventually, after a series of rituals and ceremonies, Marcos' remains were interred in a mausoleum in his hometown for public display, according to his family President Benigno Aquino III, son of the late Corazon and Benigno Aquino Jr., tasked Jejomar Binay to determine if Marcos should be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Binay made his recommendation, though Aquino never made a decision. President Rodrigo Duterte approved Marcos's burial in the cemetery and was buried on November 18, 2016.
The remains of Ferdinand Marcos
Frank Malabed, Marcos' mortician, states that he has helped preserve the body during its interment at the former mausoleum in Batac. It took him three weeks to restore Marcos' body so that Filipinos would recognize it. Local morticians maintain and check it regularly. Formaldehyde was used to preserve the body before it was flown to the Philippines.
It was reported on August 2016, that Historian Antonio Montalvan II said that a close Marcos family friend of his revealed that the body displayed on the glass coffin was a wax figure and not the preserved remains of Ferdinand Marcos. Montalvan added that the real body of Marcos is buried underneath the glass coffin.A wax replica of Marcos' remains was reportedly left inside the glass coffin on the day Marcos' real body was interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. There are reportedly two or three replicas of Marcos' body.
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HOW TO GET TO MARCOS MUSEUM
Going to the museum is not that hard, since it is located near to the city center of Batac. You can ride a jeepney or tricycle going to Marcos Museum and Mausoleum at the address of 10-N Lacub, Marcos Ave., Batac, Ilocos Norte.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
It is open from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please notice that the museum is closed on the first Tuesday of the month
Entrance fees are at P50 for adults, P30 for students and senior citizens with their ID, and P10 for children aged 10 and below. If you arrive in a group of more than 10 people, the eleventh person is free of charge. Again, picture-taking is not allowed inside the Mausoleum.
Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center
Address: #10-N Lacub, Marcos Ave., Batac, Ilocos Norte
Operating hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Monday to Sunday
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related To Ferdinand Marcos
- Is the body of Marcos in Ilocos real?
It was on September 7, 1993, that the body of Ferdinand Marcos was flown into the Philippines. From Hawaii the body was flown to Guam then to Laoag in Ilocos Norte. The body of Marcos was not buried but was instead preserved in a refrigerated crypt hosted inside the Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center.
- Is Marcos wax figure?
It was reported on August 2016, that Historian Antonio Montalvan II said that a close Marcos family friend of his revealed that the body displayed on the glass coffin was a wax figure and not the preserved remains of Ferdinand Marcos. Montalvan added that the real body of Marcos is buried underneath the glass coffin.
- What did Marcos died of?
Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. CVD includes coronary artery diseases such as angina and myocardial infarction.
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