The province of Ilocos Norte is located on the northernmost part of the Island of Luzon in the Philippines. Even prior to the arrival of Spanish conquerors in the country, the province has had a flourishing economy characterized by external trades with China and Japan, primarily due to its strategic location (entry point from the East and South China Sea).
Religion is one of the focal power sources of officials during the Spanish rule; hence, it is no longer a surprise to see the oldest and most elegant churches built in each town or city within the province some of which dates back from the 16th and 17th Century.
Unlike the busy outskirts of the industrialized urban areas, Ilocos Norte is proud of its agricultural produce. Natural resources are abundant and the soil is fertile, that is why, the province is one of the country’s major sources when it comes to the production of numerous local fruits and vegetables. Tobacco production is yet another big income source for farmers. Excellent farming skills and the values of hard work made the Ilocanos (locals) popular and were greatly demanded abroad after the Second World War. Some of these farmers migrated and were employed in Hawaii, Greece, Japan, etc just for this purpose.
On the western side of the province is a long stretch of coastal towns were abundant supply of aquatic products are ensured. The famous scenic spot Pagudpud beach can easily be enjoyed by visitors traversing the national highway. The province was also made popular by raising one of the most noted Presidents and dictator of the country, Ferdinand Marcos.
The province has also numerous historic and natural spots to offer, museums, century old houses, and vintage artifacts are well preserve. And that Laoag, its sole city, is home to one of the best international airports in the country.