Piddig Ilocos Norte History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Piddig is a third class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Region 1, Philippines.

Piddig Ilocos Norte
Piddig, Ilocos Norte (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Central part of Ilocos Norte in Northwestern Luzon, Philippines (See map below)
* Piddig is located 515.7 kilometers north of Manila and 30.8 kilometers east of Laoag City.
Neighboring Towns –> (Clockwise from the north) Vintar, Carasi, Solsona, Dingras, Sarrat and Laoag City
Area –> 216.20 km2 (83.48 sq mi)
Population –> 21,497 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items especially rice wine called Basi
People/Language –> Tagalog, English
Barangays: 23
Revenue (2016) –> 120,518,691.72
Legislative District –> 1

Government Officials
Congressman –> Ria Christina G. FariƱas
Mayor –> Eduardo “Eddie” G. Guillen
Vice Mayor –> Edwin Salazar

History

The town of Piddig was established in 1770. Previously, it was a territory of Dingras. At the same time, the Parish of St. Anne was organized under Padre Felipe Fernandez.

Piddig is known in Philippine History as the scene of the Basi Revolt against Spain led by the courageous Pedro Mateo. On September 16, 1807, Mateo formed a ragtag army with crude arms to fight the abusive Spaniards. After two weeks of fighting, the revolt was quelled.

The town was the scene of heavy fighting during the World War II. Many structures were burned including the church.

Economy

The economy of Piddig is based largely on agriculture. In the town proper (poblacion), several trading houses supply the daily needs of the local population. Cottage industries include the production of food and beverages such as rice wine, locally known as Basi. Lately, the government started to promote tourism as an alternative source of livelihood.

Tourist Spots

Saint Anne Parish Church

Basi Revolt Monument
Don Claro Caluya Monument
Maruaya Sunflower Farm

Festivals

Map of Piddig Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc

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