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 »

Vintar

Vintar, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Shield, derived fron the Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte

Letter V, stands for the word Vintar, the name of the municipality

Eagle, represents the native hawk, commonly called Siwawer by the old folks and after which the people of Vintar are referred to

Landscape, Plow, Rice Stalk, Onion, Garlic, Mango, Eggplant and Tobacco Leaf, at the left side of the shield representing the municipality’s principal farming industries

Dam, Gatevalve, Water and Fish, at the right side of the shield represent Vintar-Laoag-Bacarra irrigation system. The dam also stands for the Siwawers, a resort the town is famous for; the fish symbolizes one of the main income generating products of the locality.

Brief History

Vintar is located on a plain land surrounded by mountains. It is bounded on the north by Bacarra; on the east by Piddig; on the south by Dingras and Sarrat; and on the west by parts of Bacarra and Laoag. It has a land area of 624.85 square kilometers and a population of 27, 460 in 1995. It comprises of five barangays.

Vintar derived its name from the Ilocano word, intar, which used to described the formation or order taken by the subject from their ruler whenever the chief called them to attention. It is said that a visiting Spanish missionary named Leano, heard the word and add the letter V. The town is considered as the sixth major river system in the region. Its head waters are on the western Cordillera slopes at the Kalinga and Apayao borders. It flows eastward and irrigates most of the flat lands of Ilocos Norte before making its exit into the China Sea.

The town earliest settlers are believed to be Indonesian. They first settled on a hill overlooking the Vintar River where its huge dam is located. In the early 16th century, the town was founded by a Catholic missionary who got lost in the woods while hunting between Sarrat and Piddig. Vintar was made the visita of Bacarra in 1600. Ten years later, it was established as a parish os San Nicolas de Tolentino. Earlier in 1763, Vintar was reverted to a visita until it became independent in 1774.

In 1903, Vintar was annexed as a barrio Bacarra. It gained its separation and independence in 1909.

The town is home to one of the biggest convents in the Province of Ilocos Norte.  In 1931, an earthquake partially destroyed its church. Five years later, it was restored and so was its convent in 1982. The convent houses the Saint Nicolas Institute.

Vintar celebrates it town fiesta every 10th of September. A religious tradition inherited from the Augustinians lives on-the distribution of San Nicolas biscuits.

The people of Vintar are engage in farming, fishing and herding. The town is generally rural but famous all over the province for its beautiful women with strongly Spanish features. It is also the site of the Governor’s Resthouse, the town’s popular resort.

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