|Ilocos Norte - The Best Of Culture And Nature|
Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region. Its capital is Laoag City.
Long before the coming of the Spaniards, there existed an extensive region which was renowned for its gold mines. The inhabitants of the region called their place "samtoy", from "sao mi ditoy", which literally meant "our language".
Vice Governor: CECILIA A. MARCOS
POPULATION:593,081 (As of 2015)
GEOGRAPHY: Ilocos Norte has a land of 3,662 sq.km., bordered by Ilocos Sur (south), Abra (southeast), Cagayan (east), and South China Sea (west). CITIES 2 (Laoag & Batac)
CITY: 2 (Laoag City and Batac City)
TOWNS/MUNICIPALITIES: 21 (Adams, Bacarra, Badoc, Bangui, Banna, Burgos, Carasi, Currimao, Dingras, Dumalneg, Marcos, Nueva Era, Pagudpud, Paoay, Pasuquin, Piddig, Pinili, San Nicolas, Sarrat, Solsona & Vintar)
LANGUAGE: Iloko (Ilocano) is the common language, although English and Filipino are widely used.
RELIGION: Roman Catholic: 54.20%; Aglipay: 28.82%; Evangelicals: 5.12%; Iglesia ni Cristo: 4.37%; Others: 7.49% (end 2007)