About the Seal
Monument (Black and White in Red Background), symbolizes the heroism of the Saratenos in 1899 during their struggle against the Americans led by Capitan Jose Ver using bamboos and bolos while the enemies were using Remington rifles.
Rice Stalks, Tobacco, Garlic (Yellow in Green Background), the main source of livelihood of the farmers, representing the chief agricultural product of the municipality
Red, stands for bravery
Green, stands for abundance
Yellow, symbolizes prosperity
Sarrat is also known as San Miguel de Sarrat, is bounded on the north by Vintar, on the east by Dingras, on the south by Batac, and on the west by San Nicolas and Laoag. It is located on a sandy and hilly land by the right bank of the Laoag river. It has a land area of 57.39 square kilometers, and a population of 21, 301 in 1995.
The town was formerly named San Miguel de Cuning. Cuning is a saffron which used to be harvested abundantly in the region.
During the sixteenth century, Sarrat was formerly named Cabayugan by its first settlers, Minagel (Maingel) Bangat, his wife Sarah and more than a dozen families. However, it was later changed to San Miguel when the Augustinians erected their parish in 1724. Coincidentally, it gained its township’s status on September 29, 1724. In 1916, in accordance with a bill filed by Senators Santiago Fonancier and Isabelo delos Reyes, the name San Miguel was changed to what is now known as Sarrat.
The town’s history is largely written in lood. Its people actively participated during the wine controversy of 1807 which led to revolt. In 1815, the town rose in arms during the Sarrat Rebelion. This was caused by the nullification of the liberal Spanish Constitution of 1812 by the reactionary King Ferdinand VII.
When the Filipino war of independence against the American broke out, 500 men braved the strongly fortified town of Laoag to denounce American sovereignty. This event is immortalized in a colorful Sarrat Heroes Monument erected by then Mayor G. Jesus B. Ruiz.
Sarrat’s economy is basically agricultural. Rice is harvested regurlarly and abundantly. It also produces corn, sugarcane, garlic, tobacco, peanut, vegetables and fruits. Cotton is also grown and used in weaving fine cloth. A tomato paste industry of the Northern Food Corporation thrives in the municipality.
The Sarratenos are known as friendly, hospitable and hardworking people. They share a feeling of kinship that transcends social, educational and economic status.