Laoag City ( Ilokano: Siudad ti Laoag ) is the capital of the Philippine province of Ilocos Norte. It is the political, economic and industrial center of the region. The city is situated on the South China Sea, bordering the municipalities of San Nicolas, Paoay, Sarrat, Vintar, and Bacarra. In Laoag City Laoag River of the same name flows into the sea.

Laoag is situated in a tropical climate zone, thus increasing the annual rainy season is between May and October.


Agriculture is an important industry for Laoag City. Particularly rice, tobacco and garlic are produced here. Even the crafts, such as pottery and carpentry, is to be found here in large numbers.

People and Culture

The majority of the population belongs to the people of Ilokanos. Unlike the rest of the region, the majority does not belong to the Roman Catholic Church, but Protestant groups, such as the Aglipay - Church or the Iglesia ni Cristo. The rest is either bekenntnislos or has an animistic beliefs.


Laoag City is divided into 80 barangays.


" Laoag " (translated: The Place of the brightness) was Chinese and Japanese merchants already known, as in 1572, the Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo arrived at the northern banks of the Padsan. Augustinian translated in 1580 by the Catholic Church.

Pedro Almazan crowned himself king in 1661 and called it to revolt and protest against the Spanish tax regulations. Other riots flared up during the colonial period, among others in 1782 against the Spanish tobacco monopoly.

During World War II Laoag was occupied between 1941 and 1945 by the Japanese until they were liberated by the U.S..

1965 Laoag became a town.


In Laoag is an international airport, the Laoag International Airport.

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  • Roque R. Ablan Jr. ( born 1932 ), politician

Cities: Batac | Laoag City

Communities: Adams | Bacarra | Badoc | Bangui | Banna | Burgos | Carasi | Currimao | Dingras | Dumalneg | Marcos | Nueva Era | Pagudpud | Paoay | Pasuquin | Piddig | Pinili | San Nicolas | Sarrat | Solsona | Vintar

  • Location in the Philippines
  • Ilocos Norte