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Very simple Monument but Remarkable

I didn't notice this monument immediately until I saw some words in the base of the monument. Then... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
Manila, Philippines
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We never had the chance to drop by but we saw this historical landmark many times as we were going... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
Jez S
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31 Aug 2016
“Try this at night”
28 Jul 2016
“Very simple Monument but Remarkable”
Laoag City Plaza, Laoag, Luzon, Philippines
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Another landmark of Laoag constructed at the foot of the Marcos Bridge, over the Laoag River, which commemorates the lifting of tobacco monopoly in the Philippines in accordance to the royal decree of June 5, 1881 of King Alfonso XIII in 1881.

4  Thank Justin Q
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

It's a simple monument made of bricks since clayey soil is abundant in the Ilocos region. It is located at the center of Aurora plaza, across the provincial capitol. This structure was erected when the Spanish monopoly on tobacco was lifted making it a victorious...More

2  Thank Mount_Arayat
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

There are lights at night which gives effects to the sign and monument. Colors are changing. Try capturing all colors.

Thank Shenna F
Reviewed 29 July 2016

I didn't notice this monument immediately until I saw some words in the base of the monument. Then I realized that this is already the Tobacco Monopoly Monument. We went here in nightime, a lot of tourists were also in the area taking photos.

2  Thank Arjay1989
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

We never had the chance to drop by but we saw this historical landmark many times as we were going around the city. I would have wanted to take a closer look to satisfy my inquisitive mind. I know it is historical because it signifies...More

Thank Jez S
Reviewed 19 February 2016

To tell you honestly, me and the rest of our group are expecting a lot about their tobacco monument. We thought we will be seeing other more related attractions or anything related about tobacco around the tobacco monument. Kaso its just literally a monument in...More

Thank Anything U
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Laoag Main Tourist attractions are very near each other, thus, the tobacco monopoly monument cannot be missed when you visit Laoag. What to do: 1) Read the history 2) Take a photo with this landmark 3) Take a photo with this landmark together with the...More

Thank GalaHone
Reviewed 1 November 2015

This monument is in Aurora Park near the Laoag CBD (central business district.) I took a photo with a calesa in the foreground to make it that little bit more 'historical.'

1  Thank Victorianlad
Reviewed 3 March 2015 via mobile

It's just some cement and a few bricks which could have been made and restored much much better. It's right in the middle of the city and next to the river , the garden square is ok with a small souvenir shop selling local handicrafts...More

1  Thank Bigozzi
Reviewed 4 January 2015

This monument is located in a roundabout across the Provincial Capitol. To go here, you need to cross the street where fast vehicles pass, so be very careful. This monument serves as a homage to the Ilocano tobacco farmers. There is also a mini park...More

2  Thank wandermomcc
Reviewed 6 May 2014

We waited until the cars circling the rotunda sped by and only a slower-moving calesa (horse-drawn carriage) was within the frame of the photo. I loved how the photo seemed like it transported me a few hundred years back in time!

1  Thank bibi_ngo
Reviewed 14 March 2014

It is a monument placed in the Aurora Park. It can be seen when you arrive or depart from the city crossing the bridge. It is a remembrance to how Ilocanos fought for their livelihood.

1  Thank Kaye P
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