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DSC_0001smlDingras Agriculture & Farming Rituals

Dingras is dubbed as the Rice Granary of Ilocos Norte. Agriculture has been the primary source of income in this municipality long before Spanish conquistadors have arrived in Ilocos. This rich fertile land has captured the interest of ……..


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Dingras_Municipal_Arch smlDingras Ani Festival

Ani Festival is an annual event in the municipality of Dingras. Unlike most Philippine festivals that celebrate in the name of their Patron Saint, Ani festival serves as a thanksgiving celebration of Dingras farmers for their bountiful lands and abundant harvests. Generally, the celebration starts on Sunday and ends on a Friday. It is one of the highly anticipated festivals in Ilocos Norte along with Burgos Town Festival, Dulang Food Festival, Calesa Festival, Gameng Festival, Mannalon Festival, and others.

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cassavaBiggest Cassava Cake

In 2001,  a typhoon has heavily devastated the rich lands of Dingras. It has caused serious damage on the rice fields as well as on other agricultural crops. Farming has always been the primary occupation of the people of Dingras. To give hope to local farmers, as well as raise funds for reconstruction, the municipal government bid to break the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the largest cassava cake. It is the opening activity of the major aggro-economic enterprise push in the area.

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dingras_cusine_&_delicaciesCuisine & Delicacies

The Ilocanos are the 3rd largest ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines. The term “Ilocano” was derived from the words “i-“ (from) and “looc” (cove or bay), which when combined means “People of the bay”. They were also referred to as Samtoy, which is a contraction of the phrase sao mi ditoy (this is our language).

Basically, the Ilocanos are Austronesian-people/Austronesian-speaking people. The Ilocano dialect is related to the languages Indonesian, Malay, Fijian, Maori, Hawaiian, Malagasy, Samoan, Tahitian, Chamorro, Tetum and Paiwan. Today, the Ilocano dialect is the third most spoken language in the Philippines.

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7627_148944758466_656978466_2618077_8162467_nDingras Culture & Traditions

Ilocanos are the ruling ethinicity in Region 1. They constitute the majority of the population in the Ilocos region particularly in Ilocos Norte (97%), Ilocos Sur (97%), La Union (92%), and Pangasinan (45%). Minority groups include Tingguan and Isneg communities who inhabit the foothills of the Cordillera Mountains.

Two ethnic groups still reside in Dingras: Isneg and Yapayao. These tribes were two of the first inhabitants of the region. They were forced to retreat to the mountains after they lost the battles against Spanish troops.

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dingrasEthnic Songs and Dances

The Ilocanos have a rich, blessed culture. They are one of the most influential regional cultures in the Philippines next to Tagalog, Cebuano, and others.

In Ilocos Norte, the natives take pride in their various songs and dances, which display their different customs, beliefs and practices. Most of their native songs express their characteristics, aspirations and occupations. Passed down from generation to generation, the ethnic Ilocano culture lives on in the heart of the modern Ilocanos.

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timthumbFamous People

Aside from the late president Ferdinand Marcos, Ilocos Norte is the hometown of several respectable individuals who have left a truly exceptional mark on the Philippine history. Even prior to the Spanish Colonial regime, the Ilocanos have proven their bravery and greatness not only as a warrior but as a survivor.

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A Calesa Near an Old House in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, PhilippinesPeople of Dingras

Dingras is a 3rd class agricultural municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte. This town has a total land area of 17,962 hectares, which is about 5.2% of Ilocos Norte. Dingras has 31 barangays: 6 are on the Poblacion and 25 are in the rural area. About 6, 305 hectares is devoted to agriculture production, livestock production, and other livelihood projects.

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1014754714_0e07ee5407The Aglipayan Church

The Aglipayan Church also known as the Philippine Independ Church (Spanish: Iglesia Filipina Independiente; Ilokano: Siwawayawaya nga Simbaan ti Filipinas) is a national church, which is basically a Christian denomination of Roman Catholic. It was named after its first Obispo Maximo, Gregorio Aglipay.


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3225592421_e7cca16941Why Go to Dingras?

According to recent statistics, the province of Ilocos Norte is slowly becoming one of Philippines’ hottest tourist destinations. Its peaceful, green scenery as well as rich culture and history have attracted local and international visitors.


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Ilocos Norte Philippines


Region- Ilocos Region I

Province- Ilocos Norte

District- 2nd District

Founded- 1598

Barangays- 31


Area Total- 96.00 km2
(37.1 sq mi)

Population (2007)

Total- 36,258

(978.2/sq mi)

Time zone-PST (UTC+8)

ZIP code-2913

Dialing code-077

Income class-3rd class; rural