HistoryLaoag's history stretches back to pre-colonial times. It has been a trading post between the local Austronesian population, and the Chinese and Japanese. Laoag was then called Samtoy, from the Ilocano for "this is our language".
The Spaniards came in the 16th century, when Miguel López de Legazpi's son, Juan de Salcedo ordered the invasion of the northwestern coastline of Luzon, from Vigan toward the present location of Laoag. Colonization began when Spanish friars seized lands for churches, where their belfries also double as garrisons through an Spanish royal edict. Due to the law, as well as the abusive treatment of the Ilocanos by the the Augustinian friars, locals started numerous rebellions, most notably the Silang rebellions of 1762—63. The first of those rebellions was led by Diego Silang, who led victories against the Spanish colonial authorities in 1762, then in war with the British during the Seven Years' War. Silang was assassinated by his close friend who was hired by the Spanish, where his wife, Gabriela Silang, continued the rebellion until she was captured and hanged.
In 1965, Laoag gained cityhood through a plebiscite, and remained the capital of Ilocos Norte since then.
Laoag has a tropical dry and wet climate, being dry from November to April and wet from May to October. Daytime highs average at and nighttime lows at . There is barely any rainfall during the drier months, but it almost rains every day at the rainy season.
Nights are mildly cool during the dry season, where the nightime low temperatures range from , and it almost never rains. Despite its northerly location in mainland Luzon, Laoag is shielded from the the cool northeastern moonsoon (amihan) by the Central Cordillera and does not suffer extreme nighttime temperatures unlike Tuguegarao to the east.
Rainy season begins at May, and lasts through September. May is a transition from dry and hot conditions to wet and rainy days, so, rainy periods, typically from thunderstorms, are unpredictable through the middle of the month as the southwest monsoon (abagat) advances through the Philippines towards East Asia. Rainfall slowly increases, peaking at August and suddenly decreases by September. An average of five typhoons pass through Laoag, especially during the last months of the monsoon season.
Laoag International AirportDespite its international designation, it is not served by scheduled international flights, except for occasional charter service. PAL Express flies daily from Manila, using an Airbus A320 jet.
By busDespite having a central government-owned terminal to the west of downtown, buses to Laoag continue to use their dedicated terminals anywhere within the city.
Fariñas Bus LinesTrips depart from Manila
GMW TransportConnects Tuguegarao via Manila North Road through Pagudpud. The fare is and the trip takes 7 hours.
G.V. Florida TransportSleeper buses depart from their Sampaloc and Cubao terminals in Metro Manila
PartasDeparts from their terminals in Baguio (Gov. Pack Road) and Manila at (Cubao, Sampaloc and Pasay).
Philippine RabbitDepartures from Baguio, via Naguilian Road and Manila North Road
- Calesa - Horse-drawn carriage
Ilocos Norte Museum
Sand Dunes, La PazThe only desert in the Philippines. 4x4 vehicle recommended to appreciate the desert beauty.
Sinking BelltowerPart of the Laoag church. Named so because it slowly sinks into the soft soil of the city. A decade ago, the entrance was still tall enough to let a man on horseback enter. Now not even a man could enter.
Tabacaleraaddress: Assorted Stores
4x4 off roading
Relax, unwind, enjoy nature
Hand woven baskets
Taro (kamote) chips
Malls & supermarkets
Robinsons Place Mall & Robinsons Supermarketphone: +63 77 781-2595address: Brgy 51
S M Savemore Hypermarketaddress: J P Rizal Street
Puregold Supermarketaddress: J P Rizal street & M Nolasco Street
Dap-AyanTry the Laoag Empanada along Rizal Street near Provincial Capitol.
Dawang'saddress: San NicolasTry their crispy dinuguan.
Macy's Dinerphone: +63 77 770-3551address: Gen Segundo Ave. cor M.H. del Pilar StAn American 1950s inspired restaurant. Serves most of your favorite American, Chinese, & Filipino foods.
- Giannis - along Mckinley Street, Brgy 10, behind Provincial Capitol. Giannis offers good food, ambiance, music and vibe. Try their baby back ribs (no MSG) with Giannis fried rice.
herencias cafeaddress: paoay ilocos norteTry pinakbet and dinuguan pizza
Mid-range & splurge
phone: +63 77 786 - 10 53address: Brgy. BalatongThe hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation rooms, all equipped with cable TV, Wi-Fi connectivity, telephone, and also comes with complimentary breakfast. Some of its facilities are Gertes Restaurant, Bare n' Bloom Spa, swimming pools, and business center.
phone: +63 77 770-3550address: Gen. Segundo Ave Cor. M.H. del Pilar StOffers 24 guestrooms, all of which have air-conditioned, cable television, and private toilet and bath. Some of its amenities include high-speed Internet access, room service, and wake-up call.
phone: +63 77 670-6528address: Brgy.1, San Francisco National High-Way San NicolasOffers 22 air-conditioned guestrooms, all of which have cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar, and a telephone. Some of its amenities include massage service, laundry and dry cleaning, wake-up call, and airport and city transfers.
phone: +63 77 770-4998, +63 77 771-1900address: Bacarra Road (beside Jollibee Bacarra road)
phone: +63 2 246-1010address: Bacarra Road 55-B, SaletA hospitable place with touches of Balinese, Moroccan, and Spanish style decoration. Offers rooms, suites, and dormitory-type quarters.
phone: +63 77 770-4898, +63 77 770-5288address: Brgy.19, Santa Marcela, Rizal cor. Guerrero Street
address: Barangay VictoriaA Balinese-inspired hotel located in the heart of Currimao, 25 minutes from Laoag Int'l Airport and 45 min-1 hr away from Vigan. The hotel has a seafront view of calm waves and fine sand beaches where you can do water sports activities like kayaking, pedal boating and skim boarding.
phone: +63 77 670 8818address: Barangay 41 - BalacadIt offers 96 rooms, all of which have air-conditioning system, cable TV, private toilet and bath, phone and coffee/tea maker. Its amenities include high-speed Internet access, swimming pool, and restaurant, bar and café.
Texicano Hotelphone: +63 77 7720209address: Rizal Aveune.Fan single/double room with out side bathroom. Fan single/double rooms with own bathrooms. A good place for backpackers to stay. 50 rooms. Can pay with Visa/Mastercard
Pichay Lodging Housephone: +63 77 7721267address: P Lazaro corner Heranado streetsFan double rooms with own bathroom. 25 rooms.
Star Light Lodgephone: +63 77 7721267address: Ablan AvenueFan single/double rooms. 19 rooms.
Hotel Del Nortephone: +63 9204751073address: 28 Fonacier StreetFan single room with own bathroom. Fan single/double room with own bathroom and cable TV. AC double with own bathroom and cable TV.
Supertram Lodgephone: +63 77 7705175address: Hernando AvenueFan double room with own bathroom. A/c double room with own bathroom.