Opening of the 81 MW wind farm in Pagudpud

Brian Caffyn, Chairman, UPC Renewables; Atty. Wilfredo M. Penaflor, NLREC President; Pagudpud Mayor Marlon Sales; Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.; Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos; John Eric Francia, President, AC Energy Holdings Inc. during the opening of the 81 MW wind farm of the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation in Barangay Caparispisan, More »

Capitol Express in La Paz, Laoag City

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos was surprised by the birthday greetings of the residents of Barangay La Paz, Laoag City during Manang Imee’s Capitol Express held November 18, 2014. Gov. Marcos distributed nipa and mangrove seedlings as well as tilapia fingerlings to previous Capitol Express clients in barangay La Paz. More »

Largest BPO firm all set to open branch in Ilocos Norte

After recognizing the province’s potential in becoming a destination for Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, an international and leading Business Process Outsourcing Firm Expert Global Solutions (EGS) is finally set to launch its branch in Ilocos Norte, November 21, 4:00 PM at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena. Six years More »

Ilocos Norte seeks long-term provincial water management plan

PGIN to hold first ever provincial water summit Challenged by the call of Governor Imee R. Marcos during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) last August 20 to better manage our water resources, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte together with Ilocos Norte Water District is set to conduct More »

PGIN’s youth program to mark first year anniversary on November 22

Sirib Express, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s (PGIN) flagship youth program will celebrate its first year anniversary on November 22, 2014. From its launching last year at Ilocos Norte Agricultural College in Pasuquin, Sirib Express has evolved into an official capitol office—the Sirib Youth Office (SYO)—last March thru an More »

New Sirib campaign aims to teach volunteers on how to keep peers on track

Ilocos Norte’s Provincial Education Department, Provincial Employment and Service Office, and Sirib Youth Office in cooperation with Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association (SIKA) will be holding for the first time a peer counseling seminar and workshop to raise awareness about depression and mental health among teens and young adults. Dubbed as More »

Horror festival up north to make Halloween family-friendly

In its fourth year, the Semana ti Ar-Aria (Ghost Week) Festival is set to return this October 24 with its activities aiming “to encourage families and friends to spend quality time together”. Organizers will retain the Semana activities which received positive reception and huge number of attendees for the past More »

Ilocos Norte and Gov. Imee at Manila FAME

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda R. Marcos, mother of Governor Imee Marcos visit the Ilocos Norte pavilion. More »

Ilocano woodworker promotes frugality thru ‘upcycled’ art

Marietta Bonador, an Ilocano wood artist participating in the upcoming Manila FAME (Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturer’s Exchange) said that her practice of upcycling wood waste signifies the Ilocano way of being “frugal and nature-loving”. Bonador who hails from Batac City specializes on creating wood furniture and products. She said that More »

Manila FAME to feature Ilocano Abel, ceramics, wood crafts

With a unique and vibrant repertoire of the finest home-grown materials, Charito Carriaga, Redemptor Bitantes, Marietta Bonador and other Ilocano artisans will be gearing for a three-day trade event to demonstrate Ilocos Norte’s first class products ranging from Abel Iloco, ceramics and wood furniture reflecting the province’s rich heritage and More »

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas visits Ilocos Norte after Typhoon Mario

Governor Imee R. Marcos led a press briefing regarding Typhoon Mario on September 22, 2014 at the Ilocos Norte Capitol. Also present were DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, Vice Governor Angelo Barba, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas, and Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson. More »

PGIN delivers typhoon Mario relief goods, gets 3,000+ more from DSWD national office

Gov. Imee delivers relief goods, including some baked products and recycled GI roof sheets for temporary fix, to disaster-stricken residents of Pasuquin September 21, 2014 in Barangay Davila after Typhoon Mario pummeled Ilocos Norte. More »

Banna

Banna, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Rising sun represents hope for bountiful harvest rice

Tobacco and garlic, promote trade and industry of the municipality being the secondary crops harvested from its vast rice fields

Sampaguita Leaves, symbolizes progress

Brief History

Banna is bounded on the north by Marcos and Dingras; on the northeast by Batac; and on the east by Mt. Sicapoo. It is one of the smallest towns of the province, having a land area of only 97.68 square kilometers. Banna had a population of 15,975 in 1995.

The municipality used to be known as Banna. It has preserved this name until 1964.

According to legend, Banna had pre-hispanic origin. It was a prosperous village, inhabited bt Tinggguian settlers, located in the eastern part of Ilocos Norte. It was ruled by a chieftain named Banna. Whose wisdom and courage united and emboldened his people. It was said that when the Spanish colonizers tried to Christianize the village, Banna resisted. He fought the Spanish priest. Soldiers and native Christian settlers who treacherously railed it while Banna and his subjects were celebrating his birthday. The Tingguians were defeated, but managed to escape with their chief. What was left of their settlements was consequently turned into a Spanish town, with a parish priest and native local officials. In honor of its former pre-hispanic ruler, its inhabitants preferred to call their new Christian village, Banna.

During the Spanish regime, banna was a barrio of bigger towns like batac and Dingras. Archival records show that the eastern part of its Magalis River was once a part of Dingras and its western part, of the town of Batac.

During the American administration, particularly in 1913, Banna’s status as a barrio became a subject of discussion among its residents, especially Governor Santiago Espiritu, who worked hard to make it own. It became a town that same year, with one named Ishmael as its first Presidente Municipal. On June 18, 1964, by virtue of Republic Act No. 3997, the town’s name was changed to Espiritu, in honor of Governor Espiritu.

Though small, Espiritu is a progressive town. Rice, garlic, cotton and beans and other vegetables are its principal cash crops. As for its home industries, the town is famous for its woven Ilocano blankets, bathrobes, bed spreads and pillow cases, which are highly priced in manila as well as the neighboring provinces.

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