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Piddig, officially the Municipality of Piddig, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 21,497 people.[3]

Municipality of Piddig
View of the Saint Anne Parish Church from the church patio
View of the Saint Anne Parish Church from the church patio
Official seal of Piddig
Map of Ilocos Norte with Piddig highlighted
Map of Ilocos Norte with Piddig highlighted
Piddig is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 18°10′N 120°44′E / 18.17°N 120.73°E / 18.17; 120.73Coordinates: 18°10′N 120°44′E / 18.17°N 120.73°E / 18.17; 120.73
Country Philippines
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
ProvinceIlocos Norte
District1st District
Barangays23 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEduardo Eddie G. Guillen
 • Vice MayorEdwin Salazar
 • CongressmanRia Christina G. Fariñas
 • Electorate13,008 voters (2016)
 • Total216.20 km2 (83.48 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total21,497
 • Density99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)77
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)120.5 million  (2016)
Native languagesIlocano

The town is known for its role in the Basi Revolt, led by Pedro Mateo, a native of Piddig. Today, Piddig is known for its basi and for their sariwagwag, a dish made out of gabi leaves with fresh shrimps that are freshly gathered from their rich river.

Piddig's terrain is hilly with rice plains interspersed in between. It sits at a higher elevation than most of the towns in Ilocos Norte. It is a great place for a day hike, if one does not mind traversing through rivers, forests, and fields. The municipio (town hall) is located on top of a hill offering panoramic views of fields and mountains.

Almost each barrio or barangay in Piddig has its own elementary school. The town capital Anao, historically had two, Piddig Central (North) and South Piddig Central elementary schools. Astonishingly, both schools are situated next to each other north of town. Obviously, South Central is a stone's throw south of Piddig Central. The schools' rivalry is legendary. In the late 1980s the schools merged as one, Piddig Central. There are three high schools in Piddig: Don Salustiano Aquino Memorial National High School(Piddig National High School), Roosevelt High School, and St. Anne Academy (Catholic). However, many students attend high schools in nearby Laoag City.

Piddig is the birthplace of Teófilo Yldefonso, a Filipino swimmer who is the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal, and the only Filipino to win multiple medals.


Piddig is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[2]

  • Ab-abut
  • Anao (Poblacion)
  • Arua-ay
  • Payyong
  • Bimmanga
  • Boyboy
  • Cabaroan (Poblacion)
  • Calambeg
  • Calluza
  • Dupitac
  • Estancia
  • Gayamat
  • Lagandit
  • Libnaoan
  • Loing (Poblacion)
  • Maab-abaca
  • Mangitayag
  • Maruaya
  • San Antonio
  • Santa Maria
  • Sucsuquen
  • Tangaoan
  • Tonoton


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,172—    
1918 11,301+1.40%
1939 10,511−0.34%
1948 10,496−0.02%
1960 11,614+0.85%
1970 13,065+1.18%
1975 13,933+1.30%
1980 14,774+1.18%
1990 17,078+1.46%
1995 17,797+0.78%
2000 19,059+1.48%
2007 20,034+0.69%
2010 20,606+1.03%
2015 21,497+0.81%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Piddig was 21,497 people,[3] with a density of 99 inhabitants per square kilometre or 260 inhabitants per square mile.

List of Cultural Properties in PiddigEdit


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Ilocos Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Ilocos Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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