New Filipino Cardinal comes home to Ilocos Norte

The people of Ilocos Norte welcomed Orlando Cardinal Quevedo March 30, 2014 when he visited his birthplace Laoag City. The former Archbishop of Cotabato was elevated as Cardinal to the Holy Roman Church last February 22 at the Vatican and is considered the first Ilocano Cardinal. Download hi-res photos here: http://bit.ly/1hbe7HH More »

Accenture looking to expand to Ilocos Norte

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PGIN launches “Saguip Nars” program to employ nurses

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Gov. Imee Marcos meets with Jaime Zobel de Ayala and the AC Energy team

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Ilocos Norte’s global art heroine reveals path to success

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Ilocos Norte among the Top Rice Producers in PH

For the second time, the Province of Ilocos Norte was recognized as one of the top 12 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers in the country for its commitment in attaining high rice self-sufficiency. Launched on 2011 by the Department of Agriculture, the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards aims to encourage the full support More »

2nd Triathlon event in Ilocos Norte goes ultimate for promoting wellness

While its tourism industry remains robust, Ilocos Norte also proves to be an ideal venue of international sports events through hosting another edition of triathlon race, the “Ultimate Tri Ilocos Norte” on March 22 and 23, 2014. The event which was originally launched in March 2013 becomes bigger and more More »

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

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 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 More »

Ilocano onion growers’ income improved thru support from prov’l gov’t

The contribution made through the stipend distributed by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte to the local vegetable farmers has now manifested when Wilfredo Valdez, the president of the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) of Region 1 revealed that there is already 40% increase in his revenue in growing “lasona”, a More »

More than 4,000 students undergo PGIN’s Free Career Counseling

With its aim to assist students in making crucial decisions for their career pursuits, the free Career Counseling Roadshow, which was spearheaded by the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in cooperation with Sirib Express and De La Salle University (DLSU), has successfully catered to more than 4,000 high school More »

Ilocano NCCA awardee upholds the abel-weaving tradition

After being honoured as a National Living Treasure (Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan) by the National Commision for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2012, Magdalena Galinato Gamayo of Lumbaan Pinili, Ilocos Norte continues maintaining the abel-weaving tradition in the country alive. At the age of 88, Gamayo is eager 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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