Paoay is a 4th class municipality of Ilocos Norte Province in northwestern Luzon, Philippines.
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
Legislative District –> 2nd
Congressman –> Eugenio Angelo M. Barba
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.
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.
St. Augustine Church – a UNESCO Heritage site
Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes
Paoay Lake and Malacanang of the North
Guling-Guling Festival – Celebrated to showcase the town’s heritage and history
Map of Paoay Municipality