We headed off to Sarrat to visit Sta. Monica Church but along the way, we spotted a Marcos Museums and we didn’t hesitate to stop and check it out. In Ilocos Norte, there are many Marcos Museum and this is just one of them.
This museum which opens everyday from 8am till 5pm is just along the highway and it is easy to spot. This museum is the ancestral house of the Edralin, which is Ferdinand Marcos’s maternal side of the family.
The president was born and lived here until they moved to Batac City when he was eight years old. His parents, Mariano and Josefa Edralin Marcos were all schoolteachers. The house is a traditional bahay na bato, a 2-storey structure with the ground floor for storage while the upper level is reserved for living quarters.
There are many items on display some taken from the Malacanang Palace Museum as well as from the Malacanang of the North in Paoay. There are many old photographs of the family as well as documents and furniture.
Surveying and studying all the things you see in the Marcos Museum, you will learn that Ferdinand Marcos who was named after the Spanish king Ferdinand VII came from a well to do family. And it is not something new that he entered politics for his ancestors were already serving in politics and active in many revolutions.
The caretaker was very friendly and explains everything on display and what he knows about the Edralin-Marcos family. Renovated by Imelda Marcos for her husband’s 60th birthday, it was left abandoned during the fall of the Marcos Family.
Now, the Marcos Museum in Sarrat is one of the attractions in Ilocos Norte.