Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

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Geography of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Geography of Balaoan

Location of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Balaoan is one of the municipalities in the province of La Union that’s within the northern part of the Island of luzon and classified as part of Region I-Ilocos Region.

History of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Balaoan is one of the oldest municipalities in La Union having been founded 1704. Ignacio Duldualo was its first Captain.

The present name of this municipality, which was originally a part of the province of Ilocos Sur, originated from a very interesting circumstance. It was during the Spanish regime that this municipality was named BALAOAN from its former name PURAW.

Curious about these fair-skinned soldiers, the people in that sitio flocked around them touching the guns they carried. For fear that the guns might explode, one of the on-lookers asked the soliders in the vernacular, “Aoan bala?”.

One soldier, in hi attempt to catch the words uttered, “Bala-aoan!”. From that day on, the town was named BALAOAN, a syncopation of “Bala-aoan”.

Under the Spanish rule, the Maura Law was applied to early municipal governments. The Tribunal Municipal (Council) which was covered by this law was subordinated to other authorities including the intervention of the parochial priest in power.

The corruption in government and tyrannical abuses of the cuadrilleros or rural police, guardia civiles and the parochial priests cause the establishment of a secret society called the Insurectos. The Insurectos was organized to revolt against Spain. There were seven martyrs otherwise known as SIete Martires who were executed for being revolutionaries and sympathetic to the revolutionary movement.

Luciano Resurrection headed these 7 martyrs: Primo Ostrea, Artemio Ostrea, Fernando Ostrea, Patricio Lopez, Rufino Zambrano and Mariano Peralta. A certain Captain Juan, who was then in power in the municipality had learned about this secret. So he informed the Spanish ruler who was immediately ordered their arrest. Without any investigation, the seven martyrs were brought inside the Catholic Cemetery before a firing squad. By a twist of fate, Fernando Ostrea escaped death and survived the ordeal with only a wound on the leg. He was the living witness who spread the news about the tragedy they suffered. A Masonic lodge called “Siete Marires” was founded in Balaoan in honor of these 7 martyrs.

A day after their execution, the revolution exploded and it took seven days for the Filipino Revolutionarios to subdue the Spaniards in the town. The short-lived Philippine Republic was then established, then came the civil government of the Americans.

During the early days of this form of government, there were still Katipuneros encamped in the mountains of Balaoan. Many people were massacred to death by these Katipuneros. A certain Vicente Orfiano, a native of Balaoan and detective of the American Commandancia was said to have saved the public buildings and houses in the pueblo from being burned. He also saved the lives of many residents. There was another Crispulo Patajo who was able to subdue the Katipuneros. Since then, peace and order had been restored.

Among the luminaries from this municipality are: Dr. Camilo Osias, first Filipino Division Superintendent of Schools, Senate President and Magnolia Antonino, Congresswoman and later Senator.

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People of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Total Population of Balaoan

Local Government Unit LGU of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.

They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.

Elected officials of for the term of 2013-2016
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Elected officials of for the term of 2010-2013

Barangay Elected Officials of Balaoan, La Union

Businesses in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.

  • DOST - Website
  • UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
  • DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website

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  • Banks, Lending Firms, Pawnshops, and Financial Institutions
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  • Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Agri-Vets
  • Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores, Sari-Sari Stores, Internet-Cafes
  • Department Stores and Appliance Stores
  • Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
  • Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
  • Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
  • Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
  • Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
  • Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations

Real Estate for Sale in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

  • If you have real estate property, whether its commercial, residential, farm land, or just an empty lot in Balaoan, you can list that property for FREE HERE in Z-wiki.
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

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Schools in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

School year 2015-2016 starts Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, April 1, 2016, for public elementary and secondary schools. The SY will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and activities, including the number of school days per quarter, are contained in Enclosure No. 1. Source: Department of Education

The name of your school in Balaoan can be listed here. You can list it like this:

  • Name of School. Private or Public. It can be an elementary school, high school, college.
    • Address of your school
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Economy of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

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Natural Resources of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
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The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

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We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Every city has some sort of a festival or tradition that is celebrated every year. In the Philippines almost all barangays that are predominantly populated by Christians celebrate fiesta. Tell us about the festivals, fiestas and traditions of Balaoan.

Your Story about Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

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If you want the tittle to be more generic then do this: "Philippines by Your name". You can insert your picture of anywhere in the Philippines in this page. This will be your personal WIKI social media page.

You can talk about your personal experiences, your advocacies, the environmental conditions of your barangay, municipality, city or province.

The oldest man or woman in Balaoan, La Union, Philippines

Do know who the oldest man or woman is in your community of Balaoan? is starting this inquiry in order to honor the older generation of the Philippines. Please provide the full name and date of birth of the elder living in Balaoan. We will then post your entry in the Oldest Man or Woman in the Philippines page.

Balaoan, La Union Photo Gallery

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