Gov. Imee inspects flood prone areas of Ilocos Norte

Gov. Imee went on a routine inspection of flood prone areas in Ilocos Norte after heavy rainfall on August 7, 2014. She immediately dispatched the provincial back hoe to Barangay Salbang and Nalasin in Paoay to clear the river of debris.  More Photos: http://www.ilocosnorte.gov.ph http://www.facebook.com/IlocosNorteOfficial http://www.facebook.com/ImeeMarcos http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilocosnorte More »

PGIN offers online health care jobs to Ilocano nurses

To further address the demand for nursing employment opportunities, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) partners with BPO companies to provide online health care jobs to all registered nurses in the province. The project is still part of the Saguip Nars launched by PGIN Task Force Trabaho (TFT) on More »

Manang Imee’s Capitol Express resumes, targets remote areas

Hundreds of residents of the eastern and southern barangays of Batac City, Ilocos Norte expressed their delight to Governor Imee Marcos after the Manang Imee’s Capitol Express team resumed on July 24, 2014 to deliver the different frontline services to the city. But unlike the previous visits of the team More »

Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez thanks Ilocos Norte

Leyte’s 1st District Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez delivers his thank you message to Ilocos Norte and to the Marcos family during Congresswoman Imelda R. Marcos’ 85th birthday celebration on July 2, 2014 at Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, Laoag City for all the help that was given to their province during More »

Congw. Imelda Marcos 85th Birthday and Sto. Niño de Cebu in Laoag City

Ilocanos celebrate the visit of Sto. Niño de Cebu and the 85th birthday of Congresswoman Imelda Marcos with a mass at St. William’s Cathedral and a program at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena in Laoag City July 2, 2014. View all photos and download hi-res versions here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilocosnorte/sets/72157645489620155 More »

Cong. Imelda Marcos brings Sto. Niño to Ilocos Norte

In celebration of her 85th birthday on July 2, Ilocos Norte Second District Congresswoman Imelda Marcos will be offering an extraordinary gift to Ilocanos especially the Catholic devotees—the arrival of the most celebrated religious statue of the Holy Child of Cebu to the province. For the past few decades, the former More »

Launching of PGIN Jobs Website kicks off

Following the success of the paperless job fair last April 29 and 30, 2014, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has introduced a jobs website for the mutual benefit of job seekers and employers alike. The launching was held last June 5, 2014 at the La Tabacalera Function Hall. More »

Himala sa Buhangin! 2014 honors Superstar Nora Aunor with “Elsa” sculpture

A sculpture in the likeness of “Elsa”, the main character in the classic Filipino film “Himala”, was unveiled by the artist Gerry Leonardo, actress Nora Aunor who played Elsa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in the sand dunes of Paoay during the “Himala sa Buhangin!” music and arts festival More »

Governor Imee distributes honorarium to “Paspas Dur-as!” distributors

Governor Imee Marcos hands in the honorarium of students who distributed the PASPAS Dur-as, Official Publication of the Province, last April 14, 2014. The distribution of Paspas Dur-as lasted for two days wherein a total of 87 student distributors from different schools went to all municipalities of the province. “It was a More »

PGIN to launch its first paperless job fair

In line with Governor Imee R. Marcos’ “Task Force Trabaho”, a program addressing unemployment in Ilocos Norte, the Provincial Government partners with the Jobs Data Base Philippines (JobsDB) to conduct the first ever paperless job fair in the province on April 29 and 30, 2014 at the Ilocos Norte Centennial More »

PGIN Task Force Trabaho launches Saguip Nars

Intensifying her campaign ‘Agtultuloy nga asikaso, ad-adu pay a trabaho,’ which was launched on her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on 2013, Governor Imee Marcos finally launched Saguip Nars Program on March 28, 2014 to address the growing unemployment as well as underemployment rate of nurses in the province. More »

Second ‘Himala’ to make Paoay Sand Dunes alive with arts, music on May 10

Fun activities, soul-stirring music and art installations to be turned into giant campfires are set to enliven the famous Paoay Sand Dunes as the Province of Ilocos Norte’s ‘Himala’ (Miracle) festival comes back this May 10 in time for summer vacation. Named as ‘Himala sa Buhangin’, this biggest offbeat outdoor More »

Brief History

Long before the coming of the Spaniards, there already existed an extensive region consisting of the present provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra and La Union) renowned for its gold mines.  Merchants from Japan and China would often visit the area to trade gold with beads, ceramics and silk.  The inhabitants of the region, believed to be of Malay origin, called their place “samtoy”, from “sao mi toy, which literally meant “our language”.

In 1571, when the Spanish conquistadors had Manila more or less under their control, they began looking for new sites to conquer.  Legaspi’s grandson, Juan de Salcedo, volunteered to lead one of these expeditions.  Together with 8 armed boats and 45 men, the 22 year old voyager headed north.

On June 13, 1572, Salcedo and his men landed in Vigan and then proceeded towards Laoag, Currimao and Badoc.  As they sailed along the coast, they were surprised to see numerous sheltered coves (“looc”) where the locals lived in harmony.  As a result, they named the region “Ylocos” and its people “Ylocanos”.

As the Christianization of the region grew, so did the landscape of the area.  Vast tracks of land were utilized for churches and bell towers in line with the Spanish mission of “bajo las campanas”.  In the town plaza, it was not uncommon to see garrisons under the church bells.  The colonization process was slowly being carried out.

The Spanish colonization of the region, however, was never completely successful.  Owing to the abusive practices of many Augustinian friars, a number of Ilocanos revolted against their colonizers.  Noteworthy of these were the Dingras uprising (1589) and Pedro Almasan revolt (San Nicolas, 1660).  In 1762, Diego Silang  led a series of battles aimed at freeing the Ilocanos from the Spanish yoke.  When he died from an assassin’s bullet, his widow Gabriela continued the cause.  Unfortunately, she too was captured and hanged.  In 1807, the sugar cane (“basi”) brewers of Piddig rose up in arms to protest the government’s monopoly of the wine industry.  In 1898, the church excommunicated Gregorio Aglipay for refusing to cut off ties with the revolutionary forces of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.  Unperturbed, he established the “Iglesia Filipina Independiente”.  Aglipay’s movement and the national sentiment it espoused helped restore the self-respect of many Filipinos.

“The great increase in population from 1715 to 1818 from 18,980 to 282,845 made the administration of the province very difficult. Due to the excessive monopolies and forced labor, there were several uprisings: first by the people of Dingras in 1589; one that was led by Pedro Almazan in 1616; the revolt of Diego Silang in 1762-1763; by Ambaristo in 1788; by Pedro Mateo in 1808 and uprising of Sarrat in 1815. For this reason, the division of the Ilocos into two provinces was recommended by the local authorities. On February 2, 1818, a Spanish Royal Decree was promulgated dividing the Province of Ilocos Norte from Ilocos Sur. Laoag City, which was then the biggest center of population, was made the capital of Ilocos Norte.”