Paoay Lake

 

The name Paoay is derived from the phrase 'makapaway kami! which roughly translates to 'we can live alone!'

Paoay lake consists of over 450 hectares of calm and clear water overlooking a Gary Player designed 18-hole golfcourse, and the renowned Malacañang ti Amianan or Malacañang of the North. 

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Many legends revolved around how the beautiful lake of Paoay was conceived at the heart of Ilocos. One of which is that once upon a time, there was a very prosperous barangay(village) called San Juan de Sahagun (St. John of Sahagún) that stood in that area. The village folk were known to have lived lavish and extravagant lives, who always held grandiose celebrations and wore elaborate pieces of jewelry. Their excessive lifestyle thus angered God and so for punishment, He unleashed a powerful earthquake upon the town which sank the village, with all the people’s jewelry, down the earth and formed a lake now known as Paoay lake. There also were rumors that some local fishermen catch fish with pieces of jewelry dangling on their bodies. 


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In June 21, 1969, Paoay Lake was declared a National Park under the Republic Act 5631. Paoay lake today is a premier location for various recreational activities including fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, bird watching, and, rowing.

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Paoay Lake will serve as the stage for the first international rowing competition in Ilocos Norte - the 71st ARAE-FEARA International Regatta. 

 

 

Source: http://www.paoayregatta.com