Second ‘Himala’ to make Paoay Sand Dunes alive with arts, music on May 10

Fun activities, soul-stirring music and art installations to be turned into giant campfires are set to enliven the famous Paoay Sand Dunes as the Province of Ilocos Norte’s ‘Himala’ (Miracle) festival comes back this May 10 in time for summer vacation. Named as ‘Himala sa Buhangin’, this biggest offbeat outdoor More »

New Filipino Cardinal comes home to Ilocos Norte

The people of Ilocos Norte welcomed Orlando Cardinal Quevedo March 30, 2014 when he visited his birthplace Laoag City. The former Archbishop of Cotabato was elevated as Cardinal to the Holy Roman Church last February 22 at the Vatican and is considered the first Ilocano Cardinal. Download hi-res photos here: http://bit.ly/1hbe7HH More »

Accenture looking to expand to Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos meets with the heads of Accenture who are in the province March 27 to assess its potential for establishing a business process outsourcing center. Download high-res version of these photos with captions in our flickr.com page here. (PGIN CMO Photo / Alaric A. Yanos) More »

PGIN launches “Saguip Nars” program to employ nurses

The “Saguip Nars” Program of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte was launched on March 28 in Laoag City. The program aims to employ registered nurses in Ilocos Norte and deploy them to different barangays. The nurses in turn will get a chance to accrue the minimum two years clinical More »

Gov. Imee Marcos meets with Jaime Zobel de Ayala and the AC Energy team

Governor Imee met with Jaime Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation today, March 27, 2014, at the Ilocos Norte Capitol. Ayala is in the province to inspect the construction of the 200 megawatt wind energy project in Caparispisan, Pagudpud. Download the hi-res photos from PGIN’s Flickr.com photostream. Click here: http://bit.ly/1rD45Im Photos by More »

Ilocos Norte’s global art heroine reveals path to success

“Everyone possesses talents before even being born to the world. Other people just either forgot them or failed to put them in good use,” said Lucia Najera Mangapit Valdez, the Batac-born global painter and fashion designer who stunned the world during the post-war era. Having nurtured an array of talents More »

Ilocos Norte among the Top Rice Producers in PH

For the second time, the Province of Ilocos Norte was recognized as one of the top 12 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers in the country for its commitment in attaining high rice self-sufficiency. Launched on 2011 by the Department of Agriculture, the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards aims to encourage the full support More »

2nd Triathlon event in Ilocos Norte goes ultimate for promoting wellness

While its tourism industry remains robust, Ilocos Norte also proves to be an ideal venue of international sports events through hosting another edition of triathlon race, the “Ultimate Tri Ilocos Norte” on March 22 and 23, 2014. The event which was originally launched in March 2013 becomes bigger and more More »

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

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 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 More »

Ilocano onion growers’ income improved thru support from prov’l gov’t

The contribution made through the stipend distributed by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte to the local vegetable farmers has now manifested when Wilfredo Valdez, the president of the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) of Region 1 revealed that there is already 40% increase in his revenue in growing “lasona”, a More »

More than 4,000 students undergo PGIN’s Free Career Counseling

With its aim to assist students in making crucial decisions for their career pursuits, the free Career Counseling Roadshow, which was spearheaded by the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in cooperation with Sirib Express and De La Salle University (DLSU), has successfully catered to more than 4,000 high school 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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