Paoay’s Guling-guling becomes a nat’l festival, showcases centuries-old faith and resiliency of Ilocanos

Thousands of people filled the streets leading to the picturesque Paoay Church on February 17 as the townsfolk celebrate the annual Guling-guling Festival, reaffirming the 600-year old tradition of faith and resiliency of Ilocanos. In keeping with the town’s Catholic roots, the festivity is traditionally held the day before Ash More »

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

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 could More »

PGIN distributes scholarship stipend to new set of Sirib youth leaders

As part of the efforts of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to eliminate extreme poverty by prioritizing programs on education, Governor Imee Marcos welcomed a new set of Sirib youth leaders scholars during the awarding of their stipend last February 11, 2015 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium. Gov. 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 religious More »

PGIN to honor young Ilocanos thru 2nd Sirib Youth Awards

One hundred twenty outstanding young Ilocanos will be recognized by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte as this year’s Sirib Youth Awards is set to be held on February 14, 7PM, in front of the Provincial Capitol. “On its second year now, this event is organized by the Sirib Youth More »

Ilocos Norte PNP launches Police C.A.R.T

The Police Community Assistance and referral team or C.AR.T. was launched February 4 by Governor Imee Marcos with the Ilocos Norte Philippine National Police during their 24th foundation anniversary in Camp Valentin Juan, Laoag City. The Police C.AR.T. allows the deployment of Police Patrollers in areas of convergence, tourist destinations or More »

PGIN tops DSWD’s 1st Gawad Listahanan Awards

In its effort to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the province by improving the delivery of service and assistance to the poor, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has been recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its very first More »

I. Norte celebrates 197th founding anniversary, gears up to be ‘the best little province in the country’

A bright and innovative vision for the province continues as the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte celebrates its 197th Foundation Anniversary on February 02, counting down to its bicentennial movement this coming 2018. ‘Carry on the tradition of leadership, heroism and excellence’ Highlighting this year’s celebration was the comeback of the More »

Ilocos Norte honors SAF son slain in Maguindanao encounter

In honor of Ilocos Norte’s son PO2 Omar A. Nacionales and other 43 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos killed in Maguindanao last Sunday, the Provincial Government led by Governor Imee Marcos held a memorial mass and a wreath-laying ceremony this morning. Hundreds of provincial police force led by Provincial Director More »

Manang Imee’s Capitol Express adds new program to support Ilocano farmers

A new initiative has been integrated in Manang Imee’s Capitol Express (CapEx) on December 9, 2014 as the program continues to bring frontline services of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte more accessible to the Ilocanos. ‘Kadiwa (rolling stores) ni Manang Imee’, the name aptly given to the new program More »

Ilocos Norte’s Christmas celeb to highlight fourth “tupig” cookfest

Ilocanos will again pay homage to their traditional Christmas rice cake in line with Paskua Mi Ditoy (This is how we celebrate Christmas), the province’s annual series of activities to celebrate the Holiday season, December 13, 2014. Dubbed as the “Fourth Solid North Tupig Cook-off”, the event aims to boost More »

Fourth Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival hailed a success, benefits SMEs

Drawing more than 50,000 local and balikbayan spectators, the biggest gathering in the north dubbed as “Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals” has successfully raised almost half million pesos for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in the province. Held on November 29, 2014 at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Stadium, this grand More »

Adams

About the Seal

Shield , derived from the  Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte

The Seal as a Whole, its white background speaks of the people’s simple way of living; it further suggest that their lifestyle are not yet blemished nor corrupted by civilization and modernization.

Mountain Ranges, Verdant Field and River, show the topography of the place as a potential source of wealth and livelihood.

Mountain Ranges, depict the lofty ideals and the high hopes of the people for a progressive and attractive place to live in.

Brief History

Adams is bounded on the north by the municipality of Pagudpud; on the south by Vintar, on the west by Dumalneg; and on the east by the Provinces of Cagayan, Kalinga and Apayao. Formerly a part of Bangui, it lies on the northeastern portion of Ilocos Norte. It has a land area of 159.31 square kilometers, with a population of 1,287 in 1995.

Majority of the town’s inhabitants belong to cultural minorities such as the Itneg or Apayaos and Igorots. A smaller portion is composed of Ilocanos. Originally called Adan, the town was one of the settlements comprising Bangui and was peopled by the Apayaos. The coastal town of the Bangui was founded by Augustinian missionaries in 1607.

Under the American regime, the settlement was politically separated from the Municipality of Bangui and its name was changed to Adams. It had only one existing barangay, also called Adams.

The Municipality of Adams has remarkable resemblance with the city of Baguio in terms of climate and topography. Its cloud-capped mountains are covered by lush vegetation. Owing to its isolated location, development is slow. The town can only be reached by tedious and risky travel from its neighboring towns.

Unlike some of the progressive towns of Ilocos Norte, however, Adams inhabitants have preserved and protected their old traditions. Burying their dead under or within the backyard is still being practiced. The naming of a child after the circumstances of birth is also a common custom. Old rituals, songs, dances and superstitious beliefs have remained intact to this day.

Adams economy is largely dependent on agricultural produce. The major crops are rice and vegetables. But continuing practice of the kaingin system by the minorities endanger their forest.