MMSU wins FEM Intercollegiate Debate Tournament 2015

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

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

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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

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Ilocos Norte’s youth program wins Galing Pook Awards 2015

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

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

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Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng

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

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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 »

Piddig

Piddig, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Shield, derived from the Provincial seal of Ilocos Norte

Harp, manifest the love of music of the Piddiguenos

Quill Pen, denotes the Piddiguenos exemplary contribution to Ilocano Literature

Sugar Cane, the source of wine locally produced by the municipality; it also denotes the bountiful glory and success of the famous men of Piddig

Eastern Jar, stands for local wine production prohibited by the Spaniards which led to the famous Piddig Basi Revolt of 1807

Brief History

Piddig is bounded on the west partly by Laoag City and partly by the town of Sarrat; on the north by the Municipality of Vintar; on the south by the town of Solsona and on the east by the Municipality of Carasi. The town occupies an area of 121.33 square kilometres. Despite its proximity to Laoag City, Piddig is sparsely populated. It had a population of 17,797 in 1995.

Piddig is picturesquely spread on the crests and slopes of rolling hills between the Guisit and Baramban rivers. Because of it hilly position, the people called Pidipid which was later changed to Piddig.

The area of what is now Piddig was probably a part of Batak, which was established by the Augustinians on January 15, 1585. It was subsequently elevated into a visita when Dingras was made into a ministry. Finally, it was established as a parish in 1775.

In 1762, the Spanish authorities conscripted the skilled native archers of Piddig known as the Tingguian, in the pursuit of Gabriela Silang and her troops who led and continued the armed rebellion after the treacherous death of her husband, Diego Silang. Gabriela was overpowered by the Piddig pursuers and was brought to Vigan where was hanged in October 1763.

During the Philippine Revolution, Piddig was occupied by the revolutionary forces of General Manuel Tinio in August 1898. In Filipino-American War that was to follow, the town became a part of the operational area of Bishop Aglipay’s guerrillas. In 1902, Aglipay established the Philppine Independent Church.

At the height of the World War  II, Piddig an dthe surrounding towns became the strong hold of guerrilla resistance against the occuping Japanese forces in Ilocos Norte. It was also in this town that the 15th Infantry USAFFE-NL was formed. This command was responsible for the liberation of the Ilocos Region from the Japanese. Piddig was also made the military capital of Ilocos Norte when the 21st Infantry was stationed there during the early part of war.

Piddig is home to Sgt. Teofilo Ildefonso, a great swimmer and a war hero. A monument has been erected to honor him. The town is also the birthplace of Claro Caluya, the prince of Ilocos poets.

Piddig is basically an agricultural town. Its primary crops are rice, garlic, tobacco, sugarcane, and a variety of vegetables. Its chief cottage industry, which dates back to the Spanish Era, is weaving cloth. The place is known for its blankets, bathrobes, towels, bedsheets, pillows and clothings. The town’s suaco (cigar pipe) is greatly admired for its tide industry.

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