About the Seal
Shield, derived from the provincial seal of Ilocos Norte
Red lettering, signifies the bravery of the legendary leader Apo Dumalneg and the Yapayaos
Background feathering, represents Mt. Quebrada, Mt Simmuda and the hills that surround Dumalneg
Orchids, symbolizes the municipal flower
Deers, represents wildlife that abounds in the municipality
Ribbon, depicts the peace-loving townspeople
Border of the Shield, represents rattan, the town’s forest product
Dumalneg is located 73 kilometers northeast of Laoag City, is bounded by the Municipalities of Pagudpud on the north, Adams on the east, Vintar on the south and Bangui on the west. It has a total land area of 88.48 square kilometers, with a population of 1,109 in 1995.
About 90 percent of the inhabitants of the municipality belong to the cultural minority group. Originally, its population was composed purely of mountain tribal people, but intermarriages and migrations caused the assimilation of lowlanders into the municipality through the passage of Sanggunian Panlalawigan Resolution No. 78. A proclamation was issued by the Office of the President upon its approval.
The only church in the municipality was erected by Aglipayans. It influenced the conversion of the natives into the Christian faith by baptism and marriage according to church laws.
The necessary of the municipality to the national highway leading to Bangui and the availability of public utility jeeps and motorized tricycles make transportation easy. If transportation is not available, one could easily walk from Dumalneg to Barangay Lanao og Bangui, where the national highway connects several municipalities of Ilocos Norte, including Laoag City, to Cagayan and Isabela.
Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood of the people, who plant such root crops as gabi, camote and tugue. Some derive meager incomes from planting maliket, an upland rice variety and from the gathering of forest products like firewood rattan and nito. A few of them are also engaged in fishing and in hunting wild animals like deer and pigs.
Aside from the natural its native beauty of the place, the people’s tradition like chewing beetle nuts, including its native costumers such as Baog or G-string for men, and tapis for women. As well as its captivating dance called tadek are some of Bumalneg’s tourist attractions.
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