Paoay Ilocos Norte History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Paoay is a 4th class municipality of Ilocos Norte Province in northwestern Luzon, Philippines.

Paoay Church
Paoay Church (Photo from youtube.com)

Profile of Paoay Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Southern Ilocos Norte, Region 1, Northwestern Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Laoag City (north), San Nicolas (East), Batac City (East), and Currimao (south)
Area –> 76.24 km2 (29.44 sq mi)
Population –> 24,866 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Low land
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Tagalog, English
Mayor –> Jessie E. Galano
Vice Mayor –> Romulo L. Acdal
Barangays: 31
Legislative District –> 2nd
Congressman –> Eugenio Angelo M. Barba

History

Records show that Spanish explorers reached the area around 1593. The local church was built in 1686 which is also the founding year of the town. Padre Antonio Estavillo initiated the building of the present structure in 1694 and completed in 1710.

Economy

Paoay is a major rice and corn producing municipality in Ilocos Norte. Garlic is also produced in large quantities that are sold to traders. A few households engaged cottage industries. Some residents in the town center own general goods stores and other shops.

Tourist Spot

St. Augustine Church – a UNESCO Heritage site

Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes

Paoay Lake and Malacanang of the North

Festivals

Guling-Guling Festival – Celebrated to showcase the town’s heritage and history

Map of Paoay Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Jessie Galano, Governor Matthew MJ Marcos Manotoc

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