New Filipino Cardinal comes home to Ilocos Norte

The people of Ilocos Norte welcomed Orlando Cardinal Quevedo March 30, 2014 when he visited his birthplace Laoag City. The former Archbishop of Cotabato was elevated as Cardinal to the Holy Roman Church last February 22 at the Vatican and is considered the first Ilocano Cardinal. Download hi-res photos here: More »

Accenture looking to expand to Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos meets with the heads of Accenture who are in the province March 27 to assess its potential for establishing a business process outsourcing center. Download high-res version of these photos with captions in our page here. (PGIN CMO Photo / Alaric A. Yanos) More »

PGIN launches “Saguip Nars” program to employ nurses

The “Saguip Nars” Program of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte was launched on March 28 in Laoag City. The program aims to employ registered nurses in Ilocos Norte and deploy them to different barangays. The nurses in turn will get a chance to accrue the minimum two years clinical More »

Gov. Imee Marcos meets with Jaime Zobel de Ayala and the AC Energy team

Governor Imee met with Jaime Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation today, March 27, 2014, at the Ilocos Norte Capitol. Ayala is in the province to inspect the construction of the 200 megawatt wind energy project in Caparispisan, Pagudpud. Download the hi-res photos from PGIN’s photostream. Click here: Photos by More »

Ilocos Norte’s global art heroine reveals path to success

“Everyone possesses talents before even being born to the world. Other people just either forgot them or failed to put them in good use,” said Lucia Najera Mangapit Valdez, the Batac-born global painter and fashion designer who stunned the world during the post-war era. Having nurtured an array of talents More »

Ilocos Norte among the Top Rice Producers in PH

For the second time, the Province of Ilocos Norte was recognized as one of the top 12 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers in the country for its commitment in attaining high rice self-sufficiency. Launched on 2011 by the Department of Agriculture, the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards aims to encourage the full support More »

2nd Triathlon event in Ilocos Norte goes ultimate for promoting wellness

While its tourism industry remains robust, Ilocos Norte also proves to be an ideal venue of international sports events through hosting another edition of triathlon race, the “Ultimate Tri Ilocos Norte” on March 22 and 23, 2014. The event which was originally launched in March 2013 becomes bigger and more More »

Young Ilocanos embrace the 600-year old “Guling” tradition

Each year, more and more young Ilocanos are observed engaging themselves to participate at the magnificent celebration of Guling-Guling, a festival depicting the age-old tradition of the people of Paoay, Ilocos Norte. The festivitiy which is traditionally held the day before the Ash Wednesday marks the last day when the townsfolk More »

Of old and new: “Guling-Guling” shines through centuries

Fat Tuesday, which marks the last merriment among Catholics before the start of the Lent season, has been a tradition widely forgotten by many Filipinos except for the people of the heritage town of Paoay, Ilocos Norte, who have altogether upheld a localized version for centuries. Guling-guling Festival is a More »

Ilocano onion growers’ income improved thru support from prov’l gov’t

The contribution made through the stipend distributed by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte to the local vegetable farmers has now manifested when Wilfredo Valdez, the president of the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) of Region 1 revealed that there is already 40% increase in his revenue in growing “lasona”, a More »

More than 4,000 students undergo PGIN’s Free Career Counseling

With its aim to assist students in making crucial decisions for their career pursuits, the free Career Counseling Roadshow, which was spearheaded by the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in cooperation with Sirib Express and De La Salle University (DLSU), has successfully catered to more than 4,000 high school More »

Ilocano NCCA awardee upholds the abel-weaving tradition

After being honoured as a National Living Treasure (Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan) by the National Commision for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2012, Magdalena Galinato Gamayo of Lumbaan Pinili, Ilocos Norte continues maintaining the abel-weaving tradition in the country alive. At the age of 88, Gamayo is eager More »

Foods and Festivals

SOLSONA       (JANUARY 24 – 27)

GAMENG FESTIVAL (Ilocano word for Treasure) The festival aimed to strengthen Solsona’s culture, promote for cultural products and designs, preserve and conserve the historical and cultural treasures and resources of through the Gameng Festival.





BURGOS TOWN FIESTA in honor of Father Jose Burgos (with the theme: Tignay Panagrangay Matagiben)



PAMULINAWEN FESTIVAL the official celebration of the yearly fiesta and (February 10) considered as the number tourist attraction in the City in February.







Pamulinawen Street Pageantry the highlight of the Pamulinawen Festival and a showcase of the different Ilocano rituals and traditional practices that are artistically presented in a dance drama. It is held on February 10.

“Dulang” Food Festival uncovers the culinary skills of the Laoagueños and revives the typically-Ilocano cuisine like the “pinakbet, bagnet, tinodok,” including the famous Ilocano wine”Basi”.

Calesa Festival it is a “tribute” to the so-called “Queen of the Streets” when this lowly mode of transportation takes to the major city streets-artistically decorated and drawn by well groomed horses and are tended by “cocheros” (rig-drivers) in their Sunday’s best.

Comedia Ilocana it is a satiric Ilocano play in a sing-song manner

Sarsuela an operatta of songs and dances culled from a collection of Ilocano prose and poetry.

Balikbayan Nights a tribute to the Balikbayans for their steadfastness and love for their native place.

Pamulinawen Grand Parade beautifically and artistically decorated floats, depicting the theme of the festival, with their respective muses

Miss Laoag City Pamulinawen Beauty Pageant

Search for Miss ABC (Association of Barangay Councils)

Pamulinawen Agro-Industrial Trade Fair

Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Day





ANI FESTIVAL they called it as an “Ani Festival” because it is the rice granary of the province of Ilocos Norte.


MANNALON FESTIVAL they called it as “Mannalon Festival” because it is purely an agriculture area dominated by the farmers and farming is their main occupation.





BADOC TOWN FIESTA in honor of their patron saint, St. John de Baptist.







BANGUI TOWN FIESTA in honor to their patron saint, St. Lorenz de Martyr, it is also a gathering for their fishermen and farmers







 CURRIMAO       (APRIL 29 – MAY 1)

DINAKLISAN FESTIVAL “Panagdaklis” is an ethnic way of catching fish used  by the fishermen of Currimao before and even today. Using their initiative, knowledge and skill, the coastal villagers invented indigenous fishing gadgets and the most common among them was the “DAKLIS” The festival showcases the traditional livelihood of the fishermen. Since this is the trademark of our town, we must give importance and dignify this income-generating occupation of the people.

TAMBORA they are celebrating it on the evening of December 24 wherein they gathered all at the Municipal Auditorium with their family in their best attire and there is a grand ball which continues until midnight.



KANGAYEDAN FESTIVAL is the festival to feature the beauty of Pagudpud not only the natural resources but the product.

KURARAPNIT FESTIVAL that is animistic festival wherein we are featuring exotic bat (Hiposideros sp) found in town in Pagudpud. The festivity giving importance to Bats and to promote the preservation of the unexplored natural wealth of Pagudpud- the caves.


PINILI TOWN FIESTA AND AGRO-INDUSTRIAL FARE it is the official celebration of their town fiesta in honor of St. Isidore de Farmer, their patron saint.

GARLIC FESTIVAL they called it as “Garlic Festival” because this is the main product of Pinili and it is now a tourist attraction.


“RIT-RITEMON CAYONG” this is what the Sarrateños called their fiesta which stands for liberty and courage, for the leadership, unity and brotherhood, even in the almost certain pain of death.



MAGDADARAN: TALIP FESTIVAL this festival aims to commemorate the ancient peace pact that has brought lasting peace between and among the ethnic tribes in the province of Ilocos Norte and its environs to cultivate and bring to the fore the rich culture, customs and traditions indigenous to these tribes and to enhance fellowship and stronger ties not only among themselves but also with the Ilocanos or intermingling with them.




PAOAY TOWN FIESTA the 5th May is the Feast of St. Augustine, the patron saint of Paoay. This day is the Town Fiesta, however the activities start on the first day of May. These activities are in the form of coronation programs, cultural shows, benefit shows etc. sponsored by the various civic and religious organizations. The fifth day which is the actual day to celebrate the feast of our patron saint, as early as 4:00 a.m. there is a “Diana” – a group of band members go around the town and several march tunes. It is in Paoay where the practice of having the Diana originated. There is also a High Mass in honor of the town’s patron saint. A Majority of the Paoayeños prepare some foods to serve for their visitors from the neighborhood of from other towns and provinces. In the afternoon there is a civic parade around the town participated in by all organizations and barangays of the Municipality. The highlights of the Town Fiesta are the staging of “Comedia” Ilocana starting on the first day and usually culminates on the 5th day and the Coronation Rites of Miss Paoay and her muses. This Coronation Rites is accompanied by a grand Program and Ball.

GULING-GULING FESTIVAL “Guling-Guling Martes” the Spanish friars introduced Guling-Guling in the 16th century as a means for the religious sector to interact with its parishioners. It has always been celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday because it was believed that this was the last day for the townsfolk to enjoy all forms of merrymaking before they observe the Lenten season.

Guling comes from the the Ilocano word meaning to mark, smear or make a sign. In the olden days, the chieftain (now mayor) of the town would imprint the the sign of the cross on a person’s forehead wet, white rice flour. The color white was significant in that it meant purity. Though this marking, a person was cleansed of all his past sins.

HOW IT IS CELEBRATED as soon as they wake up, the Paoayeños don their colorful traditional clothing. The women dress up in their abel (hand woven material) kimona and pandiling, with matching local flowers and other accessories. For the men, it is the camisa de chino and abel trousers. Husbands and wives usually have matching outfits.

Traditionally, the townsfolk dance their way to the place where binugbug, a native delicacy cooked from rice flour and sugarcane juice on a slow fire, is made, is made. There you will find the anawang, a makeshift oven made from dried sugar cane pulp. They are then met by the town mayor imprints the sign of the cross (guling) on their forehead. The locals believe that it is a sign of a bad luck not to have this guling. After this ritual, the crowd partakes of this binugbug and basi. The parade then continues to the church, the streets and finally, to the town plaza where the merrymaking reaches its peak. Anybody can dance with whoever they please. The evening is filled with music, laughter and gaiety.

DANCE PARADE during the Guling-Guling celebration, the Paoayeños dance like there is no tomorrow. They dance with those whom they have had petty squabbles as a means of forgiving them for these past understandings, for the townsfolk, this is a time to forgive and to have a good time with everyone.

The folk dances such as the Pandaggo Paoayeñna, Ariquenquen, Curatsa. Amorosa and La Jota Paoayeña are lilvely and delightful. The intricate steps and hand movements (kumintang) depicits the traits of courtecy, gentleness, peace and perceverance.

ULNAS PARADE (wooden Sled) is one of the farm implements of Paoayeños has been handed down from generations to generations. Used as means of transportation for farm products, it is pulled by the sturdy Carabao. However, this custom is becoming extinct because of the proliferation and introduction of modern farm equipments.

To promote this culture as well as to inculcate in the minds of the young generation the importance and the role of the Ulnas and the carabao in shaping the history and tradition of the town, an Ulnas is held as part of the festival.

DUDOL is a native delicacy made from rice flour (bel-laay), coconut milk, sugarcane juice and anis. The secret to making a good dudol is to keep stirring the ingredients under a slow fire.

During the celebration, the crowd proceeds to the place where dudol is made to partake of this delicacy. It is shared with family, friends and all their guests.

For the Guling-Guling 2008 celebration, the municipality will embark to make the largest dudol in the history of the festival. It will be participated by the different Non-Government Organizations of the Municipality.

BASI comes from sugarcane extract and samak, a plant commonly grown in the Ilocos region.

The juice from sugarcane stalks collected and boiled in large, open kettles. The brew is poured into earthen jars (burnays) and once it reaches room temperature, the samak leaves, bark and fruit are added. The mixture is stirred and poured into a jar that is tightly covered with banana leaves to allow fermentation. After the aging period, the basi is then transferred to bottles.

Basi is the official drink of the Guling-Guling merrymakers because if its enervating effect.


BASI REVOLT OF 1807 (Sept. 16) this is when the Piddigueños rose in arms to resist the Spanish Monopoly which sentiments spread all over the Ilocos ( Basi is made from crushed sugarcane juice compounded with elements like barks and berries from local trees)



BACARRA TOWN FIESTA in honor of St. Andrew de Apostle, their patron saint

BAC-BACARRA FESTIVAL started in 2005 is a heritage that awakened the love and passion of every Bacarreño to rerive and preserve the richness of their culture and traditions. The legendary word “bac-bacarra” is specie of freshwater fish abundant in the river during the 15th century where town got its name by a Spanish soldier who passed by the place.

The highlight of the festival is the conduct of the Bac-bacarra Street Dancing, a legendary dance, which depicts the history of the town, and the traditional thanksgiving to the abundant fish catches to the patron Saint Andrew the Fisherman. Fishing industry is well-known in the locality where the fish products have quality taste and high valued.

FARMERS FESTIVAL it is celebrated through a mini agro-industrial fair wherein they strengthen the role of the zanjeras in community development.



BATAC TOWN FIESTA ( Dec. 8 ) in honor of the feast of the Immaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Concepcion) – month long celebration.

 EMPANADA FESTIVAL showcases the most famous product- the BATAC EMPANADA. When it comes to EMPANADA, the City of Batac offers the best. With a distinct taste truly it own, the BATAC EMPANADA is made of savory filling of grated green papaya, mongo, longganisa and egg. The dough that serves as its thin and crisp wrapper is made of rice flour. Tha main features of the EMPANADA FESTIVAL is the street dancing which chronicles the process of preparing the delectable BATAC EMPANADA, like the:





 PASUQUIN TOWN FIESTA in honor of St. James the Great, their patron saint.

PANANGASIN FESTIVAL- ti kangrunaan nga pagsapulan ti umili ti Pasuquin nangnangruna kadagiti umamianan a barbarangay ti iti a Pasuquin, the Song PANANGASIN was composed in the 1950’s.




DAMILI FESTIVAL it was conceptualized to honor the contributions of the “damilians” in the history of San Nicolas as well as in the promotion of tourism.

The town of San Nicolas known of its DAMILI products takes pride in its rich historical past. It invites everyone to come and visit the place especially in the year long activitites in celebration of its CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY.



VINTAR DAY (Dec. 4) in honor of their “EMANCIPATOR OF VINTAR” the late Don Florendo Camaquin who initiated the fight for the separation of Vintar and Bacarra and he succeeded in the noble project and on December 4, 1909, Vintar finally became an independent municipality again.

SIWAWER FESTIVAL Theme: Talugading ni Siwawer Pasantaken.

The Vintarinians, having faith in their capacity for greatness, are-ready to unleash the power  of the “Siwawer.” As such, the idea for the launching of the Siwawer Festival with the theme: “Talugading ni Siwawer PAsantaken,” was hatched as a fitting celebration to showcase Vintar’s many great leaders and achievers whose notable accomplishments are worthy of praise and emulation; to serve as a venue in promotion of culture, arts and tourism development; to help preserve the natural environment; and to help conserve the cultural heritage of Vintarinians here and across the miles.

The name “Siwawer” which have been etched masterfully and mysteriously in every Vintarinian’s heart will be used continuously by succeeding generations. It is an inheritance from the glorious past that is deemed of great importance. It will never be lost; it is destined to last forever. FLY HIGH MIGHTY SIWAWER!