Paoay Lake, Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte, Luzon, Philippines

The lake is covered by mysteries and urban legend. The origin is linked with stories that have been passed from generation to generations. It was once a barangay [smallest political unit in the Philippines] buried under feet of water – a community filled with wicked people. Despite of a warning coming from an old woman, the residents have ignored the warning until the community has been punished and eventually submerged beneath the waters.

That is how the legend describes the origin of the lake. The lake is actually mystical. Some fishermen tell that they have been catching fishes with “gold rings.”

Yes, gold rings placed somewhere else at the mouth of the fresh-catch fish as a testament of the lavish and extravagant lifestyle of the people who once lived there and submerged by a massive rainfall that flooded the village. The lake is really filled with a lot of stories and undocumented claims.

Perhaps, the most talked about attraction in the town of Paoay, Ilocos Norte is the mystical Paoay Lake. It is undoubtedly a very beautiful inland lake and has been declared as a National Park on June 21, 1969 which was from then called the Paoay Lake National Park.

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