MMSU wins FEM Intercollegiate Debate Tournament 2015

Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) – Batac emerged as champion after defeating Northern Christian College (NCC) in this year’s Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) Intercollegiate Debate Tournament held on September 16 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium. The final round focused on the motion “This house believes that all public utility vehicles More »

Gov. Marcos, JICA conducts aerial inspection, seek for quick mobilization of dikes ravaged by typhoon ‘Ineng’

After conducting series of aerial inspections days after typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit the province, Governor Imee Marcos requested for further assessment of the damaged dike systems particularly of the Madongan Dam in Solsona and Sabo Dam in Nueva Era on September 10, 2015. The inspection team included Ms. Misaki Kawaguchi, Japan More »

PGIN estimates agriculture, infrastructure damage from ‘Ineng’ now at P 2 B

Agriculture and infrastructure damage in Ilocos Norte has now climbed up to more than P 2 billion after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ ravaged the province over the weekend, latest report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) showed. Agriculture recorded an estimated P89 million worth of damage while More »

Governor Marcos continues aerial inspection, relief operation in far-flung areas ravaged by Typhoon ‘Ineng’

Aerial rounds in the far-flung municipalities of Nueva Era and Adams conducted by Governor Imee R. Marcos on August 28, Friday showed that more infrastructures were severely damaged after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit Ilocos Norte over the weekend. As the inspection yesterday showed that a great extent of the dike system More »

‘RAKENROL’ musical play to highlight Marcos Fiesta celebration

In celebration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 98th birthday anniversary, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will produce for the first time a full-length musical play dubbed as ‘RAKENROL’ on September 11, 2015, 7:00 PM at Mariano Marcos State University’s Teatro Ilocandia, Batac. ‘RAKENROL’, as director Jeremy dela Cruz described More »

Ilocos Norte’s youth program wins Galing Pook Awards 2015

Proving its continuing excellence in local governance in the past few years, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) was cited as one of the ten Galing Pook 2015 awardees for its flagship youth program “Sirib Express.” Governor Imee Marcos led the capitol department heads and Sirib Express Staff in More »

Ilocos Norte set to celebrate Apo Lakay’s 98th birthday anniversary

Marking the 98th birthday anniversary of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos,—popularly known among Ilocanos as Apo Lakay—the Province of Ilocos Norte is set to conduct youth-engaging activities in honor of its favorite son starting this September 9. Da Real Makoy Literary and Musical Competition will open the weeklong celebration, a fitting More »

PGIN remains under red alert, more than 19,000 Ilocanos affected due to ‘Ineng’

Governor Imee R. Marcos ordered the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to stay on red alert as efforts are intensified for the safety and early recovery of the province from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ineng’ in the province over the weekend. Prompting local government officials to place the More »

Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng

In the wake of the most recent typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name: Goni), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has declared Ilocos Norte under state of calamity following a total estimated worth of damages of Php 456,878,938.65 has been recorded as of August 23, 2015. According to the Provincial Disaster More »

Power cut off in entire Ilocos Norte due to ‘Ineng’

As Typhoon ‘Ineng’ downed electric transmission lines and toppled numerous electric poles, Governor Imee Marcos is appealing to the Department of Energy (DOE), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Energy Development Corporation-Burgos (EDC), North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), Northwind and several power companies to help in the immediate More »

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity, seeks help for Typhoon ‘Ineng’ damages

After being declared under state of calamity on Saturday reporting a nearly P500 million damage to Ilocos Norte’s agriculture and infrastructure, the Provincial Government is seeking for immediate assistance from the national government to restore the damages caused by Typhoon Ineng which struck Northern Luzon on Thursday, August 20, 2015. More »

PGIN strengthens support to Ilocano farmers, launches KSK program

Over 50 Ilocano farmers will be undergoing a 12-week training on advanced agricultural technology as Governor Imee R. Marcos in partnership with SM Foundation launched the batch 94 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) training program on July 15 at VL Farms, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. “We aim to upgrade More »


Paoay, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Shield, derived from the Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church, represents the most famous historical structure of the town because of it architectural style

Deep Sea Fishing, salt Making, Agriculture, Inland Fishing and Loom Weaving, represents the main sources of income of the townspeople.

Paoay Lake, one of the most famous tourist spot in the municipality.

Brief History

Paoay lies on the tiny strip of Iloco Norte’s coastal plain facing the China Sea, bounded by the City of Laoag on the north; Currimao on the south; Sarrat on the east; and the Luzon Sea on the west. It has a total land area of 76.24 square kilometers,with a population of 21,253 in 1995.

To spearhead the spiritual conquest of Ilocos Norte during the early years of Spanish rule, the Augustinians founded Paoay in 1593 along with other towns of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra and La Union. On February 2, 1818, a royal Decree was issued dividing the Ilocos province into Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Paoay was annexed to Ilocos Norte.

Simultaneously revolts against the Spanish colonial government broke out in Paoay and in other neighboring towns. One of which was the protest against the May 14, 1814 decree of Fredinand VII abrogating the liberal Spanish Constitution of 1812. However, poor leadership and inferior arms resulted in the failure of the revolt. At the outbreak of the revolution in 1896, a chapter of the Katipunan was organized by Gabriel Dumlao in Paoay.

During the Filipino-American War (1898-1902), the town suffered tremendous losses of lives and property. The stubborn resistance of the people against the American occupation of the town led to the indiscriminate burning of houses and the incarceration of suspected rebels.

Paoay has a high agricultural yields and stable handicraft industries. The major crop of the town is garlic, sometimes called white gold by the farmers deriving their income from this produce. Other agricultural crops are rice, corn, tobacco, sugarcane, and vegetables. The town is also noted for its weaving industry. Among its finished products are blankets, towels and pillow cases, which are favorite souvenir items of foreign and local visitors. He long stretch of Paoay’s coastline is both an intensive fishing ground and a site for many beach resorts. The town is also rich in cultural and historical landmarks. A two-storey Spanish-style brick house, better known as the Malacańang of the North, nestling on top of a hill overlooking the legendary lake in Barangay Suba was coverted into a museum by the government. The Paoay Church, on eof the best religious structures left by the Spaniards, built and completed in 1699 to 1707 under forced labor, is regarded as the embodiment of the colonial Filipino style.

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