The Yogad Culture

Yogad Street DanceConcentrated in the town of Echague (12,920) in Isabela, the Yogad speak one of the five recognized dialects of Ga’dang (Gaddang proper, Yogad, Maddukayang, Katalangan, and Iraya). The people are almost entirely merged with the Christian IlocanoIbanag groups in the Cagayan Valley lowlands. The people practice intensive rice cultivation supplemented by corn and tobacco as cash crop. Except for the language, they are indistinguishable from the surrounding Cagayano. The national population is estimated to be about 16,718 (NSO 1990). Continue reading


IlocanoThe northwestern coast of Luzon is exposed to the southwest monsoon and is shielded by the Cordillera mountain ranges from the northern and northeastern air currents. The result is a well-marked wet and dry season that bring in excessive rains and extreme droughts. The narrow coastal plain with highly eroded soil and dense population has made for the development of a very hardy group of people. The Ilocano are in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, and Cagayan. They are highly concentrated in areas near the mouths of the Laoag and the Abra Rivers. While the population is generally homogenous, a northern and a southern dichotomy may be Continue reading

Laoag City

LaoagLaoag City, a vibrant and dynamic growth center in the north, is a truly unique destination offering charming surprises, panoramic sand dunes, lush vegetation, scenic beaches, highland lures, historical and heritage sites. A must for tourists, it was awarded the Kalakbay Awards as Best Tourist Destination for the year 2001 and the Hall of Fame Award as the Cleanest and Greenest Component City in the Philippines for 200, 2001 and 2002. Its potentials as a major tourist destination was remarkably recognized when it was awarded as First Place in Continue reading

Ilocos Sur Province

Historic City of ViganIlocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. The province is bounded on the north by Ilocos Norte and Abra, on the south by La Union; on the east by Benguet and Mountain Province and on the west by the China Sea. It has a total land area of 2,579.6 square km. The province of Ilocos Sur is politically subdivided into 34 municipalities and 761 barangays. The history of Ilocos Sur from the beginning of Spanish rule to the first decade of the 19th century was characterized by revolts in protest against tributes and forced labor, as well as monopolies of some industries. Continue reading

Baguio City

Burnham Park Lake Baguio PhilippinesThe name Baguio conjures, for both the international and domestic traveler, a highland retreat in the Grand Cordillera in Northern Luzon, with pine trees, crisp cold breezes and low verdant knolls and hillocks. Through the numerous decades Baguio has morphed from what was once a grassy marshland into one of the cleanest and greenest, most highly urbanized cities in the country. It has made its mark as a premiere tourist destination in the Northern part of the Philippines with its cool climate, foggy hills, panoramic views and lovely flowers. Continue reading