Our Laoag City tour’s second to the last destination was at late President Ferdinand Marcos' birthplace. This house is small compared to many of the ancestral houses that you’ll see when touring Ilocos but If I am to weight them then I can say that this has an equal value like those of other big houses.
September 11, 1917 - In this small house that was laid half concrete-half wooden in a very simple municipality in the northern Philippine Islands the young Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos was born. Despite of the oldness and lack of maintenance I am astonished to see some photos of the old family, the room where the late president was born and some original furniture of the family, the togas that they used in their graduations and most of all the old pajama of 2 year old Ferdinand Marcos. At first glance you won’t even think that the kid in that clothing will actually bring our country's name to tabloids all over the world.
Since this house doesn’t have any guide who can give you information, they nicely framed some stories that are worth reading. This way you will see the family as who they were before everything was covered with black and white impressions from unpleasant political issues the late president had left before he passed away.
If there is one thing that really marks me in that house is the copy of Doña Josefa Edralin Marcos letter to President Cory Aquino appealing to see his son to say goodbye before she pace to her death. Unfortunately the ailing request of the old Doña was declined up to her very last breath – a sad and painful story of motherhood.