Laoag City History, Tourist Spots, Festivals, Officials

Laoag is a component city of Ilocos Norte Province in Northern Luzon, Philippines. The residents are proud to call Laoag “The Sunshine City”.

Laoag City Hall
Laoag City Hall *Photo Credit: Facebook Page

Profile of Laoag City (Geography)
Location –> Central part of Ilocos Norte in Region 1 (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 488 Kilometers north
Neighboring Towns –> Baccara, Sarrat, and San Nicolas
Area –> 116.08 km2 (44.82 sq mi)
Population –> 111,125 (2015 Census)
No. of Barangays –> 80
Terrain –> Flat
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Revenue (2016) –> 636,971,584.19

City Officials
Representative (1st District)–> Sando Marcos
Mayor –> Michael Marcos Keon
Vice Mayor –> Rey Carlos Farinas
City Councilors (Sangguniang Panlungsod Members):
Handy Lao (also PCL President)
Jaybee Baquiran
Juan Conrado Respicio
Jayson Bader Perera
Roger John Farinas
Derick Lao
Enrico Ang
Jeff Farinas
John Michael Farinas
ABC President Mikee Farinas
SK President Faye Lao


Laoag was founded in 1580 by the Augustinian Friars. By early 19th century, it was a thriving pueblo such that when Ilocos Province was split into two provinces on February 2, 1818, it was made the capital of Ilocos Norte.

On June 19, 1965, Laoag was converted into a city with Eulalio F. Siazon as its first mayor.

Famous People from Laoag
Chevylle V. Fariñas – Former Mayor
Fred Castro – 12th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Jacinto Jose – Catholic Bishop
Peralta, Diosdado – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Economy, Business and Investment

Laoag is slowly moving away from its dependence on agriculture. Commerce and industry are taking over as the mainstay of the local economy. Aside from being the government center, the city is also the chief trading center of the province. Manila-based SM hypermarket is putting up a branch in the city while Laoag City Commercial Complex has been a major shopping center.

The city is famous for products such as inabel fabric, bagnet, longganiza and sukang iluko (vinegar). Tourism is fast becoming a major source of income for the city.

Laoag is accessible through air transportation via Laoag International Airport.

Tourist Spots

1. Saint William Cathedral
2. Iluko Museo
3. Tobacco Monopoly Monument
4. La Paz Sand Dunes – considered a geological monument


Pamulinawen is celebrated every 10th of February every year in honor of St. William the Hermit, its the Patron Saint.

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See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province
Map of Laoag City

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