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

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DILG Secretary Mar Roxas visits Ilocos Norte after Typhoon Mario

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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 »

Governor Imee Marcos met with agriculture stakeholders

Governor Imee Marcos met with agriculture stakeholders in the province September 21, 2014 at the Capitol to develop plans for the speedy recovery of the agriculture industry in Ilocos Norte having been struck hard by typhoon Mario. More »

Gov. Imee inspects areas devastated by Typhoon Mario

Gov. Imee with the PNP Ilocos Norte Search and Rescue team, Army and Air Force during the evacuation of the residents of Barangay Lacuben, Badoc, Ilocos Norte prompted by the onslaught of Typhoon Mario (Fung-wong) September 20, 2014. Gov. Imee also visited the residents of Barangay Caaoacan, Laoag City who More »

Ilocos Norte celebrates Aldaw ni Apo Makoy

Ilocos Norte is never seen alive as it is on September 11, the highlight of the weeklong celebration of the birthday anniversary of its greatest son and late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) who turned 97 this year. Dubbed as Aldaw ni Apo Makoy, this year’s celebration began with a thanksgiving More »

FEM Debate Cup 2014 names MMSU-Laoag champion

For the second time, the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU)–Laoag Team won the Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) Debate Cup held on September 10, 2014 at the Laoag City Auditorium. With the motion “Haanmi a kayat nga agbalin a parte ti Metro Ilocos Norte” (This house does not want to be More »

PGIN Task Force Trabaho offers over 2000 job vacancies on Marcos Fiesta Job Fair

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Marcos Fiesta 2014 marked by festivities, commemorations

Ilocos Norte’s greatest son and the late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos’ (FEM) 97th birthday anniversary was marked by a week of fun, merrymaking and festivity which gathered over 15,000 Ilocanos from the province as well as Marcos loyalists all over the country. This year’s celebration was packed with commemorative activities More »

‘Ultimate’ Ilocano expo to showcase best of Filipino food, products

In line with the vision to improve the gastronomic tourism and develop trade and industry in the north, the Bakers and Restaurant Association of Ilocos Norte (BRAIN) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will open the second year of the Ilocos Norte Food and Trade Expo 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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