PGIN remains under red alert, more than 19,000 Ilocanos affected due to ‘Ineng’

Governor Imee R. Marcos ordered the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to stay on red alert as efforts are intensified for the safety and early recovery of the province from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ineng’ in the province over the weekend. Prompting local government officials to place the More »

Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng

In the wake of the most recent typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name: Goni), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has declared Ilocos Norte under state of calamity following a total estimated worth of damages of Php 456,878,938.65 has been recorded as of August 23, 2015. According to the Provincial Disaster More »

Power cut off in entire Ilocos Norte due to ‘Ineng’

As Typhoon ‘Ineng’ downed electric transmission lines and toppled numerous electric poles, Governor Imee Marcos is appealing to the Department of Energy (DOE), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Energy Development Corporation-Burgos (EDC), North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), Northwind and several power companies to help in the immediate More »

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity, seeks help for Typhoon ‘Ineng’ damages

After being declared under state of calamity on Saturday reporting a nearly P500 million damage to Ilocos Norte’s agriculture and infrastructure, the Provincial Government is seeking for immediate assistance from the national government to restore the damages caused by Typhoon Ineng which struck Northern Luzon on Thursday, August 20, 2015. More »

PGIN strengthens support to Ilocano farmers, launches KSK program

Over 50 Ilocano farmers will be undergoing a 12-week training on advanced agricultural technology as Governor Imee R. Marcos in partnership with SM Foundation launched the batch 94 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) training program on July 15 at VL Farms, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. “We aim to upgrade More »

PGIN distributes cash incentives to Saguip Nars beneficiaries

Eighty six Ilocano registered nurses who are beneficiaries of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s Saguip Nars Program received their cash incentives and certificates of employment during an awarding ceremony led by Governor Imee Marcos on July 20, 2015. Saguip Nars Program, which is part of the Provincial Government of More »

Ilocos Norte hosts 24th NLABC for first time

Top officials and members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) gathered for the very first time in Ilocos Norte on July 8-10 to participate in the 24th North Luzon Area Business Conference (NLABC). Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, President of PCCI – Ilocos Norte Chapter said that hosting the conference More »

PGIN launches ‘Silpo ti Biag 707’ (Lifeline 707) Project

In an effort to improve the quality and delivery of public health and medical services to Ilocanos especially the poor and indigent, Governor Imee R. Marcos launched ‘Silpo ti Biag 707’ (Lifeline 707) Project on July 1, 2015 at Batac City, Ilocos Norte. Through this project, residents of the province More »

16th ASEAN Age Group Chess Champion Mhage Sebastian visits Gov. Imee

Mhage Gerriahlou F. Sebastian, Gold Medalist at the 16th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Singapore, visits Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos at the Capitol June 19, 2015. Mhage hails from Barangay Binsang, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. More »

PGIN Task Force Trabaho offers first free masonry training in N. Luzon

First time in Northern Luzon, a free six-month training for basic masonry will be offered by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) Task Force Trabaho to at least 30 Ilocano youth starting July this year in Paoay. According to Mr. June Arvin Gudoy, Head of PGIN Communications and Media More »

PGIN, CFO to bring Mobile Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar to Ilocos Norte

In line with the efforts of Governor Imee R. Marcos to make various government services accessible to more Ilocanos, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) together with the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) is scheduled to conduct the Mobile Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (MOBILE-PDOS) at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Hall, Provincial More »

Ilocos Norte launches garlic buyback scheme

In order to assist the local garlic producers to widen their market reach, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) launched for the first time a buyback scheme for garlic on May 20, 2015 during Manang Imee’s Capitol Express. According to Millennium Development Goals Office Head Edwin Cariño, the program 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.”