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 »

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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