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 »

San Nicolas

San Nicolas, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Shield, derived from the Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte

Gear, symbolizes the systematic livelihood of the people of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

Tong and Hammer, represents the blacksmithing and labor

Jar, signifies the pottery industry which dates back to the Spanish time

Hide, denotes tannoing and leather craft

Water, represents the irrigation system that produces two croppings a year

Carabao Head, the common work-animal; friend of the farmer; symbolizes agriculture

Brief History

San Nicolas is located on the western portion of Ilocos Norte. West of the town lies a portion of Laoag City and Paoay while on the east, lie Sarrat and a part of Batac. It has a land area of 40.18 square kilometres, with a population of 29,083 in 1995.

The town was established as the first visita of Ilocos Norte in 1584. Originally, it was a visita of Laoag which was known by the name of Caluntian. In 1617, Caluntian was separated from its matrix which is Laoag. This paved the way for the town to become independent parish under the new name San Nicolas, the titular patron.

Like other towns founded by the Spaniard, San Nicolas was not sparerd from paying tribute and rendering polo or forced labor and complying with bandala, the compulsory sale of rice, hemp and other farm products to the government. In 1788, its people participated in the revolts against Spanish authorities which was brought about by the tobacco monopoly. It was one of the most onerous economic systems being implemented during that time. Bloodshed was averted. However, it was only in 1882 that the monopoly was abolished.

When the Americans came, the town did not easily submit to the new colonizers. Ambushes were staged time and again at a bridged in San Lorenzo. Eventually they were defeated. From 1903 to 1909, the town was merged again with Laoag, a measure to economize the administration and supervision of municipalities throughout the country. With the new regime, a free enterprise-oriented economy was established. The American encouraged the development of the already existing industries such as, pottery, blacksmithing and weaving.

In the latter part of December 1941, the Japanese occupied san Nicolas. The people had to evacuate to the rural areas. As a result, the Japanese issued an order for all evacuees to return home or be considered as bandits. The continuing resistance of the guerrillas against the enemies was sufficient enough for the construction of a ten-feet bamboo fence around the perimeter of the poblacion to protect both Japanese and Filipino officials of the Municipal Council.

On July 5, 1945, the town was finally liberated and the Commonwealth was restored. Dominador Madamba became its first Mayor under the Philippine Republic in 1948.

The town still enjoys monopoly of the earthenware industry. The abundance of plastic clay has made it possible for this Spanish legacy of pottery-making to flourish. It is also blessed with fertile agricultural lands that yield harvest of rice, corn, vegetables, fruits and other crops.

Website:  www.sannicolasilocosnorte.gov.ph

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