Marcos Fiesta festivities for September 11

In celebration of the 97th birth anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, a mass was held September 11, 2014 in Sta. Monica Church, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte attended by the Marcos Family and friends, local chief executives and local parishioners. The late President Marcos was born in Sarrat. Da Real Makoy More »

Young Ilocano artists to honor FEM in the Makoy Literary and Arts Contest

Young Ilocano artists will enliven the centennial arena stage as they battle and showcase their skills and talents in the Makoy Literary and Art Contest on September 12, 2014. The competition held annually is part of the week-long celebration of the 97th birth anniversary of Ilocos Norte’s favorite son Ferdinand More »

Sheep dispersal project

A total of 105 sheep were loaned to 80 recipients coming from the municipalities of Marcos, Banna, Vintar, Bacarra and Currimao on September 4, 2014. The animal raisers will return the first offspring of the lamb to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte in order for it to be awarded More »

PGIN to conduct Marcos Fiesta Job Fair

In line with the Marcos Fiesta celebration, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte in partnership with leading job portals will be conducting the ‘Marcos Fiesta’ Job Fair on September 12, 2014, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Robinsons Place Ilocos, San Nicolas Ilocos Norte. About thirty employers locally and overseas More »

PGIN to launch Wellness Campaign on September 6

With its aim to promote physical, mental and psychological fitness to Ilocanos, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will conduct a Wellness Campaign on September 6, 2014 from 8am-12pm at the Ilocos Norte National High School. The seminar is made possible by the Provincial Public Employment Service  Office (PESO), More »

Young Ilocano debaters to compete at the FEM Debate Cup

Twelve teams composed of young Ilocano debaters from different colleges and universities in the province are set to showcase their exceptional talents and expertise in the Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) Debate Cup. The competition, which is part of the celebration  of President Marcos’ 97th birthday, is organized by the Provincial More »

Marcos Fiesta free concerts to be headlined by Parokya ni Edgar, Rocksteddy

Marcos Fiesta will give a back-to-back treat to Ilocanos as Parokya ni Edgar and Rocksteddy, two of the most sought after OPM rock bands, are set to perform this September. Slated on September 11, 8:00PM at the Imelda Marcos Cultural Center, Batac City, Da Real Makoy Concert is a tribute More »

US Ambassador Goldberg visits Ilocos Norte

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg on a routine visit to Ilocos Norte pays a courtesy call on Governor Imee Marcos at the Capitol September 3, 2014. (PGIN CMO Photo / Alaric A. Yanos) High-resolution photos can be downloaded from our flickr photostream here: https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=63851928@N06&q=ambassador%20goldberg More »

Healthcare BPO to open doors for Ilocano Nurses

In line with the commitment to generate more jobs for the Ilocanos, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) in partnership with Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies is taking measures to provide employment opportunities for Ilocano nurses. Held at Takuat Training Center, six trainers, four of them from India, are More »

Ilocos Norte celebrates Pres. Marcos’ 97th birthday

A lively and exciting week-long celebration in honor of the 97th birthday of the late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos—Apo Makoy for the Ilocanos—is set to take place on September 10-14, 2014. The celebration will kick off with the Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) Debate Cup showcasing the speech and debate talents of young More »

Gov. Imee launches IN2020 Vision, delivers “best SOPA”

“Best SOPA so far.” This was the general reaction of the audience to the fourth State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered by Governor Imee Marcos’ on August 26, 2014. More than 1,300 visitors including officials from all municipalities, Consul of the People’s Republic of China Zhiao Quiaoliang, department heads, More »

Gov. Imee’s fourth SOPA urges Ilocanos to “create a future at home”

In her bid to push for long-term transformation, Governor Imee R. Marcos launched a new vision, IN2020, which calls for Ilocanos “to create a future at home” and make Ilocos Norte the “best little province in the country” by the year 2020. Held at the Plaza del Norte Hotel and More »

Carasi

Carasi, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Shield, denotes that Carasi is within the Province of Ilocos Norte

Deer, represents hunting as means of livelihood of the townspeople

Pine Tree, stands for the forest products that abound in the town

Center Design, signifies defense and protection (shield); hardwork (bolo); and patriotism and bravery (spear).

Brief History

Carasi is bounded on the south by Solsona; on the north of Vintar; on the west by Piddig; and on the east by the Cordillera Mountains separating the Provinces of Ilocos Norte from the Provinces of Kalinga and Apayao. The town is hilly and sometimes barren during the dry season. It has a land area of 157.38 square kilometers, with a population of 750in 1995.

The name Carasi is derived from the word Carosikis, a tree of exuberant growth later called Carasi. The site is near a forest which made people believed that the Itnegs were the first lowlanders to settle, staying as late as 1902.

Carasi was a formerly a sitio of Sta. Maria, Piddig, Ilocos Norte. It became a municipal district in 1903 under Piddig, which was then completely occupied by the Itneg tribes. In 1913, Juan Melad Infiel was appointed alcalde of Carasi. With foresight that Parparia (now Barbaqueza) would become a good ground for settlement, Melad encouraged his tribements to settle in the place. Some stayed in Parparia while the others went to Carasi. In 1923, when Carasi was already a municipal district of Piddig, it was designated as the Non-Christian Reservation in Nagpapalcan. It was proclaimed the following year a a Cultural Minority Resevation.

In 1939, Juan Cawada was appointed alcalde of the town. He led the townspeople in the ambuscade against the Japanese in Pan-panniqui. He served as alcalde until the end of the war. He run unopposed in the local election in 1946. He was succeded by Gerardo Aguibay who pioneered a tax declaration campaigne and subdivided the district into small political units creating Barbaqueza, Virbira and Angset.

The election of 1959 brought more progress and development to the town under its longest serving mayor, Cecilio S. Bulil-lit. He was responsible for the issueance of a Presidential Decree declaring Carasi as a regular town on May 16, 1983.

The inhibitants of Carasi raise rice, corn and vegetables which are the town’s main products. Secondary products include rattan, lumber, firewood and gogo bark. The Pan-panniqui and Cora Rivers are potential tourist spots.

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