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.
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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