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Surprised? Fariñas siblings file bill declaring Marcos holiday in Ilocos Norte

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Former Ilocos Norte congressman Rudy Fariñas, the family patriarch who once clashed with the dictator's daughter Imee, had also authored the same bill in the previous 17th Congress

THE DICTATOR. To this day, the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos still counts Ilocos Norte as their bailiwick. File photo from AFP

At least 2 dead in Ilocos Norte due to Ineng

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) A man was swept by raging floodwaters, while a 17-year-old girl was killed in a landslide, say local officials

FLOODED. Heavy flooding at Barangay 43-Cavite, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, on August 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Santos

IN PHOTOS: Floods hit Ilocos Norte, Metro Manila due to Ineng, monsoon

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Residents in Ilocos Norte, especially Laoag City, experience massive flooding

FLOOD. Pedestrians and commuters wade through flooded streets of Estrada and Arellano in Malate, Manila on August 24, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity due to Ineng

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(6th UPDATE) Over 18,000 people are affected by heavy rains and massive flooding caused by Severe Tropical Storm Ineng

RESCUE. Police evacuate a woman and her newborn in the heavily flooded Barangay 7B in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, on August 24, 2019. Photo by Edison Deus

2 dead in northern Luzon due to incessant rains, winds

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) The separate incidents happen in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, and in Tuba, Benguet

The missing Spanish-period watchtowers of Ilocos Norte

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:30 AM

These missing or hidden watchtowers stand as testaments to a bygone age and illustrate how important some Philippine locales were for regional trade

STILL STANDING. The watchtower in Sitio Torre, Gabut Sur in Laoag City. Photo provided by Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero

Restored Cariño House reopens in Candon, Ilocos Sur

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Before there was the Philippine Republic, there was the Republic of Candon and we now have a museum for it

HISTORICAL HOUSE. The Cariño House in the heart of Candon City was recently restored and turned into a museum. Photo by Frank Cimatu

Grenades, gun found abandoned in Ilocos Norte

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:24 PM

A goat herder finds the gun and grenades inside a sack at Laoa Bridge in Barangay Laoa, Paoay

Parents charged for kids' death in motorcycle crash

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The police chief of Batac City in Ilocos Norte says a case is being filed against the parents of one of the two kids as they knowingly let the minors use the motorcycle

Remains of dead Ilocos Sur councilor desecrated

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Seven other tombs at the Narvacan Cemetery are also destroyed and ransacked

Image via Shutterstock

3 die in road crashes in Ilocos provinces

May 29, 2019 - 2:17 PM

But a motorcycle rider in La Union narrowly escaped from being crushed by beer delivery truck. Watch it here.

'My mother is my hero': Female cadet from Ilocos Sur tops PMA Class 2019

May 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Cadet First Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla will graduate as number one among her 262 classmates or mistahs of the Philippine Military Academy's Mabalasik Class of 2019

CLASS VALEDICTORIAN. Cadet 1CL Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla from Barangay Alilem Daya, Alilem, Ilocos Sur is present at the Philippine Military Academy's Longayban Hall in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

In Ilocos Sur, this ant egg dish is definitely worth the pain

May 18, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The pupae of the red weaver ants is a popular delicacy in the North

Photos by Angelo Aurelio

Chavit Singson wins as mayor, ends Zaragoza reign in Narvacan

May 14, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Ilocos Sur political kingpin dominates Edgardo Zaragoza with a margin of close to 10,000 votes

KINGPIN. Despite having his eligibility to run as Narvacan mayor questioned, Chavit Singson triumphs. Photo by Rappler


2 killed, 1 injured in funeral gambling incidents

May 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Gambling in funerals could be fatal

After dropping bid for governor, Fariñas backs Imee Marcos' Senate candidacy

May 06, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Ilocos Norte congressman Rudy Fariñas says it would 'bring honor' to their province if his former rival Imee Marcos wins in the 2019 senatorial race

RIVALS TURNED ALLIES? Ilocos Norte 1st DIstrict Representative Rudy Fariñas says Governor Imee Marcos' victory in the Senate race would bring honor to their province. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA: Ilocos Norte gov't illegally hired private lawyers as consultants

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Ilocos Norte government says it hired private lawyers to assist the provincial legal officer, but the Commission on Audit says it could not find a valid reason for this move

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

Rudy Fariñas withdraws from Ilocos Norte race for governor

May 02, 2019 - 9:41 AM

This leaves the son of outgoing governor Imee Marcos unopposed

CANDIDATE NO MORE. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rudy Fariñas withdraws from the gubernatorial race. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 barangay captains in Abra and Ilocos Sur ambushed

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Chairperson Ronnie Bringas of Barangay Angad in Bangued, Abra, and Chairperson Severino Dagdag of Barangay Gusing, Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur, both survive the attacks

Female singer shot dead in front of Ilocos Sur church

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Ruzziel Pagaoa Lomibao is shot while driving her motorcycle along the national highway in front of Our Lady of Piat Shrine in San Juan, Ilocos Sur

3 regions post high rice yields despite El Niño

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Central Luzon, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley survive the onslaught of El Niño due to proper irrigation, according to their agriculture regional directors

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Brothers drown in Ilocos Sur reservoir on Good Friday

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The brothers are brought to the hospital but doctors fail to revive them

DROWNING. Two brothers die by drowning in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Barangay secretary in Ilocos Sur shot dead

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Arthur Aquino Alviar, the barangay secretary of Lapting, is shot 5 times as he was leaving his house to go to the plaza on Saturday evening, April 13

Construction of Vigan Airport runway extension starts

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The P69-million runway extension project will allow the Vigan Airport to cater to bigger aircraft, bringing in more flights and passengers

RUNWAY EXTENSION. Aviation Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo leads the groundbreaking ceremony of Vigan Airport's runway extension on April 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of CAAP

Ilocos Norte councilor survives 2nd slay try in 4 months

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Twice lucky, Ilocos Norte Councilor Jovencio Pascua blames politics for the attempts on his life

LOOK: Chavit Singson, Ed Zaragoza show who's fit enough to be mayor of Narvacan

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The two candidates for mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, agree to a dare made by a local radio station: who can walk kilometers long and not get exhausted?

‘PEACE WALK.’ Rivals for the mayoral post, Edgardo Zaragoza (left) and Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson, test each other’s stamina during a walk for peace on March 25, 2019. Singson, 77, and Zaragoza, who is turning, 68, both say they are not too old to serve as mayor. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Fisherman rescued in Ilocos Sur after 5 days at sea

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Pedro Tabucol holds on to a floater after his boat capsizes, and is found by his village's fishermen several days later

RESCUED. Fisherman Pedro Tabucol receivs medical treatment after his rescue. Photo courtesy of DWRS Commando Radio

Imee Marcos shuns 'anti-corruption' messaging by opponents

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'Panahon ng eleksyon ngayon, talagang bakbakan at talagang batikusan. Pero huwag na ho nating patulan ang lahat,' the Ilocos Norte governor and senatorial aspirant says

'FOCUS ON TRACK RECORD.' Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Sara Duterte Carpio, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and Senator Cynthia Villar during a press briefing in Ilocos Norte on Monday, February 18. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate courts voters in Marcos bailiwick

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who is part of the lineup, asks her constituents to support the 13-member slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago

ALLIANCE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (3-L) asks her constituents to support the 13-member Senate slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Ilocos Norte vice gubernatorial candidate dies

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Provincial board member Mariano Marcos II was found unconscious in the men’s room at the Laoag City International Airport

ILOCOS NORTE POLITICIAN. Provincial Board Member Mariano Marcos II died on February 16, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mariano 'Nonong' Marcos II

'Walk on the road to integrity,' bishop urges Ilocanos as church becomes minor basilica

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Retired Cotabato Bishop Orlando Quevedo makes the call in his homily at the elevation rite of the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte

POPE'S CHURCH. Church officials solemnly declares the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte as a minor basilica -  a church with special pontifical privileges. Photos from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page

Hired killers strike in Ilocos Sur and Abra just before gun ban

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Two are killed in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, and another one in Pilar, Abra, days before the gun ban's start on January 13

108 Ilocos police chiefs reshuffled ahead of 2019 elections

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

This is being done to prevent the local police chiefs from getting 'too familiar' with their counterpart local officials

RESHUFFLED. Over a hundred Ilocos police chiefs are reshuffled ahead of the 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Laoag City Bypass Road now open

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:31 PM

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar says the new road is expected to cut travel time going north

OPEN. The newly opened Laoag City Bypass Road is expected to ease traffic in the city proper . All photos from the Department of Public Works and Highways

Imelda Marcos planned to withdraw gubernatorial bid from the start – Imee

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The former first lady was only serving as a placeholder to allow one of the younger Marcoses to substitute her in the Ilocos Norte gubernatorial race, says her daughter Imee Marcos

Students activists call for immediate imprisonment of former Imelda Marcos during rally along Espana Boulevard in Manila. Earlier, Marcos was granted bail by Sandiganbayan on her seven cases of graft. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Peace deal gone wrong revives Marcos-Fariñas clash in Ilocos Norte

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The decision of ex-Ilocos Norte governor Michael Marcos Keon to run against reelectionist Laoag Mayor Chevylle Fariñas becomes the deal breaker for family patriarch Rodolfo Fariñas

FAILED PEACE TALKS. Rudy Fariñas and Bongbong Marcos wanted to prevent a showdown between their families in 2019. File photos of Fariñas, Marcoses by Rappler, photo of Matthew Marcos Manotoc from his Facebook page

Rudy Fariñas runs for Ilocos Norte governor vs Marcos' grandson

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The former House majority leader will go head to head against the grandson of graft convict and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos

THE RIVALRY HEATS UP. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rudy Fariñas is eyeing to become governor in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imelda Marcos withdraws bid for Ilocos Norte governor

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Her grandson, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for governor while Board Member Nonong Marcos will be his running mate

GULTY OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos inside the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Momoland to stage free concert in Ilocos Sur

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Want to catch Momoland live – and for free? It's time to plan a trip to Ilocos Sur.

MOMOLAND RETURNS. K-pop group Momoland at a press conference in Taguig City on August 17, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Rival Edgardo Zaragosa asks Comelec to cancel Chavit Singson's certificate of candidacy, saying the political kingpin cannot be living in a small house with one parking slot located near a piggery

PETITION. Photo courtesy of Edgardo Zaragoza

Candon's house of secrets, unbared

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Cariño family's ancestral house is now being restored

HISTORIC HOME. The Cariño ancestral house still stands in Candon. Photo by Mau Victa

Ex-barangay chief challenges Imelda Marcos for Ilocos Norte governor

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Before Jesus Arimbuyotan filed his certificate of candidacy, the former first lady was uncontested to replace her daughter, Governor Imee Marcos

DAUGHTER’S POST. Ilocos Norte congresswoman Imelda Marcos on October 16, 2018, accompanies to the poll body in Manila her eldest daughter, senatorial hopeful Imee, whom she seeks to replace as governor. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

It's Singsons vs Zaragozas for control of Ilocos Sur

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for governor against incumbent Ryan Singson, son of Ilocos Sur kingpin Chavit Singson

FAMILY. Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for Ilocos Sur governor on October 17, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

The Barangay Amguid story: Strong disaster, stronger community

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Residents of Barangay Amguid in Candon, Ilocos Sur, move in unison when they are asked to evacuate following a landslide caused by monsoon rains

LANDSLIDE. Zone 1 and 2 of Barangay Amguid in Ilocos Sur are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte declares state of calamity in CAR, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The proclamation is intended to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by members of his cabinet upon his arrival at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018 for a situation briefing to discuss the disaster response measures on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong.' KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Zero harvest for Narvacan farmers due to Ompong

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Of the 5,667 registered rice farmers in Narvacan, none were able to harvest their rice because the earliest ones were supposed to be harvested next week

Duterte jokes: Push COA auditor in Ilocos Norte down the stairs

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos complains about the Commission on Audit to President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting on Typhoon Ompong's effects on the province

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the updates on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong' during a situation briefing with the members of his cabinet and local government officials held at the Provincial Capitol in Laoag, Ilocos Norte on September 16, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte visits Cagayan, condoles with Ompong-hit families

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'I share the grief of those who lost their loved ones,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in Ompong-hit Cagayan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte watches an aerial footage showing the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon 'Ompong' in some areas of Cagayan Valley during a situation briefing at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018. Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

4,000 residents in Ilocos Norte flee to evacuation centers

Sep 15, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Heavy rains and howling winds slam the municipality of Bacarra early morning on September 15

EVACUATION CHECK. Governor Imee Marcos (in purple jacket) visits residents in different evacuation centers in Ilocos Norte. All photo from Marcos' Facebook page

DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These teams will help manage evacuation centers in areas most affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

OMPONG PREPARATIONS. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region taps police to help deliver 1,000 family food packs. Photo from DSWD Region 2