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

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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 »

Accenture branch to rise in Ilocos Norte, to bring more quality jobs

Recognizing Ilocos Norte’s great potential as an alternative Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) destination, Accenture, one of the world’s largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies, is set to open its branch in the province this year. Benedict Hernandez, Lead of Accenture Operations Delivery Center in the Philippines, More »

Paoay’s Guling-guling becomes a nat’l festival, showcases centuries-old faith and resiliency of Ilocanos

Thousands of people filled the streets leading to the picturesque Paoay Church on February 17 as the townsfolk celebrate the annual Guling-guling Festival, reaffirming the 600-year old tradition of faith and resiliency of Ilocanos. In keeping with the town’s Catholic roots, the festivity is traditionally held the day before Ash More »

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

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 could More »

PGIN distributes scholarship stipend to new set of Sirib youth leaders

As part of the efforts of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to eliminate extreme poverty by prioritizing programs on education, Governor Imee Marcos welcomed a new set of Sirib youth leaders scholars during the awarding of their stipend last February 11, 2015 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium. Gov. 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 religious More »

PGIN to honor young Ilocanos thru 2nd Sirib Youth Awards

One hundred twenty outstanding young Ilocanos will be recognized by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte as this year’s Sirib Youth Awards is set to be held on February 14, 7PM, in front of the Provincial Capitol. “On its second year now, this event is organized by the Sirib Youth More »

Ilocos Norte PNP launches Police C.A.R.T

The Police Community Assistance and referral team or C.AR.T. was launched February 4 by Governor Imee Marcos with the Ilocos Norte Philippine National Police during their 24th foundation anniversary in Camp Valentin Juan, Laoag City. The Police C.AR.T. allows the deployment of Police Patrollers in areas of convergence, tourist destinations or More »

PGIN tops DSWD’s 1st Gawad Listahanan Awards

In its effort to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the province by improving the delivery of service and assistance to the poor, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has been recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its very first More »

I. Norte celebrates 197th founding anniversary, gears up to be ‘the best little province in the country’

A bright and innovative vision for the province continues as the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte celebrates its 197th Foundation Anniversary on February 02, counting down to its bicentennial movement this coming 2018. ‘Carry on the tradition of leadership, heroism and excellence’ Highlighting this year’s celebration was the comeback of the More »

Nueva Era

Nueva Era, Ilocos NorteAbout the seal

Shield, Derived from the Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte

Forest and Irrigation System, The left side represents the forest product, and the cool water that is temporarily impounded for the communal irrigation and a place for fishing and picnic site.

Green Field, the right side denotes agriculture as the major source of income of the people and its mountain that offers the best ground for mountain climbing and hunting.

Deer, the upper portion represents the wild life that abounds in the municipality.

Brief History

Nueva Era is situated along the provincial borders of Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Ilocos Sur on the east, southeast and south, bounded by Marcos Espiritu on the north and Pinili-Bado-Espiritu on the east. A flat, rolling and mountainous terrain, the municipality has a total land area of 644.70 square kilometers and is the biggest town in the northern part of the province. As of 1995, it has a population of 6,224 with most of its people speaking the Tinguian dialect.

This site had been a Spanish settlement as early as 1672. A local historian claimed that it was originally peopled by 800 Tingguians who came from Abra. It was believed that they were the progeny of the missionaries and other foreigners like the Calibug Bulawa, Kapitan Tico, Santiago Duyan and Cipriano Acnam.

The town was created  out of the union of nine Rancherias, namely; Padsan, Cabittauran, Paor, Patoc, Pagpagong, Bugayong, Uguis and Tabangran. The conversion into a municipality was sought in a petition by their Itneg settlers, led by Calibog, their chieftain. The approval of the petition came on New Year’s Day, hence, the town’s name, which means new age.

The early town development started with the leadership of Ulpiano Acuam, who became the town Mayor in 1960. The highway from Nueva Era to Laoag City and the construction of roads connecting Nueva Era to the Provinces of Ilocos Sur and Abra were two of the major projects that were completed.. Education was also the priority of Acuam’s administration, a municipal high school was opened and all barangays of the town were provided with elementary and primary schools.

Most of the people in the municipality are engaged in faming, with rce, garlic, and tobacco as their primary products. One-fourth of its land, which lies at the foot of the Cordillera Mountain ranges, is irrigated by several rivers such as Badoc, Padsan and Bongo, Although, a prominently agricultural town, some of its inhabitants are also involved  in small businesses.

The town has bewitching scenic attractions to offer. The Cacanan Falls, Papa Dam, Tree Park, Mine Site, and the Piaw Falls are among the ideal sites for natural love excursionists  and travelers. Also, the view from a high-lying municipal building’s viewdeck provides sightseers a panoramic vista of the mountain town.

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