Bigger Tri Ilocos Nort3 attracts local and international competitors, highlights Northern summer adventure

Emerging from a successful race last year, the much-awaited ‘Tri Ilocos Nort3,’ a triathlon series promoting ‘sportourism’ in Ilocos Norte as its racecourses highlighted many of the province’s famous tourist landmarks, kicked-off on March 28. In its third year now, the triathlon race which featured triathletes from the different parts More »

UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church hosts Ilocos Norte’s Earth Hour celebration

Joining the worldwide effort in raising awareness on and addressing environmental issues, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church hosted the Earth Hour celebration in Ilocos Norte on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Paoay Church, a centuries-old edifice, is famously known for its distinct architecture highlighted by the huge buttresses on More »

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 »

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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