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 »

PGIN, BAP to conduct first Financial Education Program for OFW families

In an effort to improve financial literacy in the province, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) in partnership with the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) will conduct the first Financial Education Program for the families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the province on March 13, 2015. The More »

Ilocos Norte to host APEC meeting, to develop a road map in ‘doubling goal of generating renewable energy’

At least 70 international delegates and members of the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies (EGNRET), a subcommittee of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), will converge on April 13-16 in Ilocos Norte to discuss and conduct workshops in ‘doubling the APEC region’s goal of generating renewable energy.’ Governor More »

PGIN grants full scholarship to kin of slain Ilocano PNP-SAF

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will be granting full scholarship to Aleta Nacionales, younger sister of PO2 Omar Nacionales who is one of the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) members slain during the Mamasapano encounter last January. Governor Imee Marcos said PGIN will continue to extend More »

Fourth Kinni-kinni Parade to highlight Ilocos Norte’s Women’s Month celebration

Highlighting the great potential of women in various aspects of development, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) thru the Gender and Development (GAD) Office prepared a set of activities for the Annual International Women’s Month celebration this March. Thousands of women groups, gender advocates, non-government organizations and other groups More »

Second Sirib Youth Awards honors young Ilocanos for ‘leading excellence and heroism’

For bringing prestige to the province by garnering either national or international awards in the fields of arts, sports and academe, 120 young Ilocanos were recognized by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte in the 2nd Sirib Youth Awards held in front of the Provincial Capitol on February 14. “While we More »

PGIN Task Force Trabaho, Accenture bring more quality jobs for Ilocanos

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through its Task Force Trabaho is bringing more quality jobs to Ilocanos as Accenture, one of the world’s largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies, is set to open its delivery center in the province this year. Governor Imee Marcos said during More »

Laoag City Makes Boodle Fight World Record

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos shared a meal with Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Fariñas and Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas during the world record-breaking 4.5 kilometer-long boodle fight table held in celebration of the Laoag City Fiesta (Pamulinawen Festival) on February 27, 2015 More »

Accenture branch to rise in Ilocos Norte, to bring more quality jobs

Recognizing Ilocos Norte’s great potential as an alternative Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) destination, Accenture, one of the world’s largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies, is set to open its branch in the province this year. Benedict Hernandez, Lead of Accenture Operations Delivery Center in the Philippines, More »

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 »

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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