Ilocos Norte’s Himala sa Buhangin Festival to pay tribute to Da King

Ilocos Norte, a fast-growing center for film tourism, will once again be a host to a number of upbeat music and art installations with the return of Himala sa Buhangin this May 1, 2015 at the Sand Dunes. After unveiling the sculpture of Elsa from the internationally-acclaimed and iconic Filipino More »

Ilocos Norte’s Himala sa Buhangin! Festival to exhibit world-class avant-garde art installations

As the Himala sa Buhangin! Festival makes its third year comeback on May 1, the majestic expanse of the Paoay Sand Dunes will be transformed once again into a haven of avant-garde art installations. Governor Imee R. Marcos believes that the Ilocanos are given the chance to be exposed to world-class artworks More »

Himala sa Buhangin! Festival will feature sand sports adventures, draws more tourists in Paoay

The vast land of Paoay Sand Dunes is welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists since the Himala sa Buhangin! Festival kicked off last May 2012 which featured unique and thrilling sands sports adventures in the country. According to the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office, the Paoay Sand Dunes is one of the most More »

Himala sa Buhangin! Festival brings jobs, boosts local economy

As the Himala sa Buhangin! Festival continues to prosper on its third year, the biggest and most recognized outdoor arts and music festival in the north is again set to provide more employment opportunities for the locals of Ilocos Norte. Himala sa Buhangin! features Ilocos Norte’s sand sports adventures such as the 4X4 More »

I. Norte reaches 350,000 tourist arrivals during Holy Week, expects more than 1.5 million tourists for summer season

With Ilocos Norte attaining its highest number of tourist arrivals during the summer season last year, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) reported an influx of 350,000 tourists during this year’s Holy Week, aiming to hit more than 1.5 million in the number of foreign and local travellers in More »

Ilocos Norte ensures success in hosting APEC meeting

As the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) gears up for the influx of tourists for the summer season, Governor Imee R. Marcos kicks off the preparation to ensure success of the province’s hosting of the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies (EGNRET), a subcommittee of the Asia-Pacific More »

Iskolar Ni Manang Imee graduates as magna cum laude

Allan Dave Patubo of the Mariano Marcos State University College of Industrial Technology, who will be graduating as magna cum laude, expressed his thanks to the “Iskolar Ni Manang Imee” Program of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) for being a big part of his success. Patubo, together with More »

Bigger Tri Ilocos Nort3 attracts local and international competitors, highlights Northern summer adventure

Emerging from a successful race last year, the much-awaited ‘Tri Ilocos Nort3,’ a triathlon series promoting ‘sportourism’ in Ilocos Norte as its racecourses highlighted many of the province’s famous tourist landmarks, kicked-off on March 28. In its third year now, the triathlon race which featured triathletes from the different parts More »

UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church hosts Ilocos Norte’s Earth Hour celebration

Joining the worldwide effort in raising awareness on and addressing environmental issues, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church hosted the Earth Hour celebration in Ilocos Norte on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Paoay Church, a centuries-old edifice, is famously known for its distinct architecture highlighted by the huge buttresses on More »

Ilocos Norte welcomes Black Nazarene, thousands expected to pay homage

As the Province of Ilocos Norte prepares for the Lenten season, thousands of Ilocano devotees are expected to join the procession of the revered Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno of Quiapo or Black Nazarene at 3 p.m. on March 27, Friday around the city of Laoag. “Considered by many Filipinos as More »

PGIN holds forum on agricultural resiliency, seeks immediate solution to El Niño threats

Following the conduct of the first Ilocos Norte Water Summit, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) together with the provincial office of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Ilocos Norte Water District (INWD) held an Agricultural Resiliency Forum on March 17 at Provincial Capitol. As the water summit, conducted More »

PGIN honors Mamasapano SAF survivors as ‘modern Ilocano heroes’

PGIN honors Mamasapano SAF survivors as ‘modern Ilocano heroes’ Governor Imee R. Marcos led an honorary tribute on March 10 for SPO1 Allan Lampitoc Franco and PO2 Jovalyn Lozano, both with Ilocano roots who are two of the few Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who survived the Mamasapano encounter last More »

Bangui

About the Seal

Citrus Fruits, give emphasis on the citrus industry for which the Municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte was famous in the past having won medallion of honor in provincial and national carnivals and expositions.

Logs and Verdani Mountains, her forest was rich and is still rich at the time when the official seal of the local government was conceived and finally approved by then proper authorities. Today, however, there is seeming depression of the forest products within the jurisdiction, because of the abuses by kaingeros and illegal loggers, but with full blast reforestation program of the government, it is expected that the forested areas of Bangui will regain its richness and verdant stature as it had in the past.

Fishermen and Bangui Bay, Bangui Bay is a deep and calm span of sea water where fishing is one of the major industries of the people. Ships of ordinary tonnage can come nearer to the shoreline because of the depth of the bay itself. According to reliable information and statistical data, the Bangui Bay especially on summer time is just like the famous Manila Bay Sunset.

Brief History

Bangui is bounded by the Bangui Bay on the north; the Municipality of Burgos on the west; Pagudpud on the northeast; Dumalneg on the east; and Adams on the southeast. The town is 66 kilometers away north of Ilocos Norte’s capital, Laoag. About 10 kilometers south of the town is the famous Zigzag Road which provides travelers a sweeping view of Bangui’s verdant mountains, the blue sea, and the flowing river that sneaks through its western barrios. It has a total land area of 163.59 square kilometers and is composed of 15 barangays, with a population of 13,774 in 1995.

The first mission of Bangui was established by the Augustinians of February 14, 1607 supposedly at the request of one Capitan Ribero, the encomendero of the place. The natives who rejected baptism were called pagans and they were driven away from their lands. Those who accepted baptism were called Christians. In 1624, the town was made into a parish with Father Pedro Valenzuela as the first minister. The Spanish missionaries considered the date as the foundation year of Bangui.

During the revolution in 1896, the remnants of the Spanish army in Luzon, driven b superior Filipino forces under the command of General Jorico retreated to Bangui and took their last foothold in the are.

Bangui is famous for its swimming resort along a circumferential bay which is considered as the best scenery in the whole island of Luzon. The livelihood of the people comes from farming, fishing, and mat-making. The construction of the P1.8 Million Lipsoc communal irrigation dam project in Bangui is a boon to its agricultural economy. The dam can irrigate 205 hectares of land and will benefit some 300 farmers in seven adjacent barangays, resulting in increased production of rice, corn, garlic, vegetables, and mongo.

Bangui today is already considered as an urban community. It is groomed as a possible site for a free port or specialized economic zone because of its favorable location. Furthermore, when the Laoag-Allacapan road is fully completed, it will enhance Bangui’s emerging prominence, extending its influence as far as the eastern towns of Cagayan Province.

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