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Banna,
Ilocos Norte Province, Philippines

  • Banna has a total of 20 barangays
  • Registered Voters of Banna as of (2010) = 12,139
  • Population of Banna (as of Aug 1, 2007) = 18,161
  • Land Area of Banna (as of 2007, in hectares) = 9,273
  • Banna is a 4th class municipality and Partially Urban.
  • Banna is in the Ilocos Norte province and within Region_I in the northern island of Luzon

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Geography of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Banna Land Area (as of 2007, in hectares)= 9,273

Location of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

History of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

The town is formerly known as Espirtu, Ilocos Norte. The name changed to Banna under Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Resolution No. 120-95 on March 20, 1995; ratified on March 10, 1996.

THE TOWN FATHERS OF BANNA

By Flordelina B. Utleg- April 27, 2011

The municipal leaders since the town’s inception in 1913. We have reasons to be grateful to them and we would wish more honors to them.

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1913-1915 Don Ismael Valenciano Viva-Voce
1916-1918 Don Cirilo Tejada Elected
1919-1921 Don Florencio Eugenio Elected
1922-1927 Don Ismael Valenciano Elected
1928-1930 Don Estanislao Lorenzo Elected
1931-1934 Mr. Manuel Pitpit Elected
1935-1938 Mr. Silvino Alegre Elected
1939-1942 Ex-Judge Melecio Baga Elected
1942-1943 Mr. Guillermo Valenzuela Appointed
1944-1945 Mr. Proceso Cabasug Appointed
1946-1947 Mr. Fernando Maulit Appointed
1948-1967 Mr. Teodorico C. Agres Elected
1968-1971 Atty. Artemio G. Bumanglag Elected
1972-1986 Hon. Carlito N. Abadilla Elected
1986 December 1986-February 9, 1987 OIC Mayor Luisito Verzosa, Sr. Appointed
1987 02 February 10, 1987-October 18, 1987 OIC MayorMelchor T. Vicente Appointed
1987 11 October 18, 1987-November 30, 1987 OIC Mayor Eddie Y. Maulit Appointed
1988 12 December 1, 1987- February 1, 1988 OIC Mayor Melchor T. Vicente Appointed
1988-1998 Hon. Carlito N. Abadilla Elected
1998-2004 Hon. Jaime N. Abadilla Elected
2004-2010 Hon. Carlito A. Abadilla II Elected
2010-2013 Hon. Carlito N. Abadilla Elected


HISTORY OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF BANNA

by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 27, 2011

BANNA was established from a portion of the land east of the Magalis River formerly of Dingras and west of the river from Batac, bounded in the north by the town of Marcos, west by Batac, part in the south by Pinili, east and southeast by Nueva Era, composed of twenty (20) barangays, the first four (4) of which comprise the Poblacion.

Nestled among the hills and mountains in the southeastern part of the Province of Ilocos Norte is the small and peaceful town of Bann, a fifth class municipality of about sixteen thousand (16,000) inhabitants. This little town has its modest beginnings in 1837. Before that time, it was wilderness where a few Tinguian tribes roamed and lived. Among the first inhabitants and recognized leader wa BANA , the father of a rather big family who led the men in their hunts and adventures. He could shoot with the bow and arrow better than any other man. He was the strongest in his village.

As years passed, the small clearings occupied by these inhabitants were gradually enlarged. People from different towns of the province in search of adventure moved to the place. Prominent among the early settlers were the Cabaoig, Paned, the Gay-ya and the Dulig families. A little later, more people came here until 1837, the town of Banna with a population of about two thousand was formed. Credit is due to Father Cuarteron, an old friar of the Catholic Church of Dingras, who moved to his town and organized it into what is now called BANNA.

Attracted by the founding of the town and the stories of the vast tracks of idle lands, the people of the different towns of the province came to establish new homes in Banna. The Alegres of Paoay and Laoag, the Maulits of Batac, the Magnos, Espiritus and valencianos of Dingras, the Balas of San Nicolas and many other families greatly increased the population. The Pablo, Rigonan and Baga families also came to live here.

The people of Banna have several intonations due to the presence in the community of people who came from different places.

In 1903, by an executive order of the Governor-General, the small town of Banna was annexed to Batac. In 1913, however, after ten years, Banna again became an independent municipality. Credit goes to Don Ismael Valenciano who worked for its separation from Batac, and he became the first Presidente Municipal.

By present indications, the town of Banna is bound to become one of the busiest and most prosperous towns in Ilocos Norte. What the future holds in store for Banna lies not so much in itd land resources as it is on its people. They constitute the brawn, the intelligence and the heart in the over-all development progress of the town. The true spirit of Bannatiran…industrious, cooperative, patriotic and strong-willed steers the towh on the direction towards the vision of BANNA 2002…


Municipality of Banna, Ilocos Norte is geographically located at coordinates between 120º 36 minutes - 120º 39 minutes east longitude and 17º 56 minutes north latitude; at the southeastern part of the Province of Ilocos Norte; 38 kilometers from Laoag City. It is bounded east by Nueva Era, on the west by Batac, on the north by Marcos, and on the south by Nueva Era and Pinili(Banna Administration, 2011).

People of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

PEOPLE OF BANNA

by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 27, 2011

  • Banna Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census) = 18,161
  • Banna Registered Voters (COMELEC 2009) = 12,139

Language/Dialect

Ilocano is the prominent dialect in the Municipality. It is the major tongue of 99% of the populace. A number of residents reported other language/dialect as their means of communication such as Filipino, English, and others which constitutes the remaining percentage (Banna Administration, 2011).

Elected Government Officials of Banna, Ilocos Norte, 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
  • Mayor of Banna: ABADILLA, CARLITO (NP) NACIONALISTA PARTY
  • Vice-Mayor of Banna: ABADILLA, CARLITO II (NP) NACIONALISTA PARTY
  • Councilors of Banna:
  1. BUMANGLAG, HERMINIO (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 6534 10.90%
  2. MACASIO, FLORENDO JR. (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 6328 10.56%
  3. LUCAS, NELSON (NP) NACIONALISTA PARTY 5872 9.80%
  4. MAXIMO, JAIME (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 5793 9.66%
  5. RUPISAN, LIBERATO (NP) NACIONALISTA PARTY 5442 9.08%
  6. OALOG, NELSON (NP) NACIONALISTA PARTY 4549 7.59%
  7. GARCIA, EFREN SANTOS (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 4464 7.45%
  8. ABADILLA, JEZLEY (LAKAS) LAKAS CHRISTIAN MUSLIM DEMOCRATS 4433 7.40%

Elected officials of for the term of 2010-2013

ELECTED BARANGAY CHAIRMEN OF BANNA, ILOCOS NORTE on October 25, 2011

by Flordelina b. Utleg

No.-Barangay ------ Barangay Chairman

  1. Valenciano - Edison G. Taroma
  2. Hilario - Marilyn Linglingay P. Jacobo
  3. Lorenzo - Onesimo delos Santos
  4. Marcos - Mariano P. Tejada
  5. Bangsar - Yolanda A. Pablo
  6. Nagpatayan- Cesar S. Flores Sr.
  7. Imelda- Norma A. Lucas
  8. Bomitog- Edwine J. Galacgac
  9. Binacag- Avelino A. Tugaoen
  10. Macayepyep- Ceta M. Sanchez
  11. Catagtaguen- Jonathan M. Layugan
  12. Balioeg- Jeremias G. dela Cruz
  13. Caestebanan- Emmanuel B. Agpalasin
  14. Sinamar- Herminio A. Bumanglag
  15. Valdez- Alberto P. Ramirez
  16. Bugasi- Domingo A. Abian
  17. Tabtabagan- Liberato P. Lampitoc
  18. Caribquib- Adonis B. Manuel
  19. Barbarangay- Adolfo C. Galut
  20. Crispina- Carlito M. Apostol

Barangay Elected Officials of Banna, Ilocos Norte

Businesses in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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Businesses in Banna

Name of Business, Location and Proprietor:

  • GJ Refreshment – Bgy. 1 Valenciano
  • Maby’s Bakery – Bgy. 2 Hilario
  • Castillo Groceries Bgy. 3 Lorenzo– Joaquin Castillo
  • HLA Grocery –Bgy. 4 Marcos- Hilarion L. Alibuyog
  • Franks Burger Stand – Bgy. 4 Marcos
  • Gasoline Station – Hon. Carlito N. Abadilla
  • Poultry – Chicken farm – Carlito N . Abadilla
  • RCJ Lines – Carlito N. Abadilla
  • RCJ Trans – Jaime N. Abadilla
  • Computer Shop – Bgy. 4 Marcos
  • Computer Shop – Bgy. 3 Lorenzo
  • Computer Shop – Bgy. 2 Hilario
  • Beauty Parlor – Bgy. 3 Lorenzo
    • by Flordelina B. Utleg - April 27, 2011

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines


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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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At the town proper of Banna, there are different churches and they are the following:

  • Bethel Baptist Church
  • Four Square Church
  • Iglesia Filipina Independiente
  • Iglesia ni Cristo
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • United Christian Church of the Philippines

(by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 24, 2011)

CHURCHES and WORSHIP CENTERS Of BANNA, ILOCOS NORTE, PHILIPPINES

by Flordelina B. Utleg - April 27, 2011

At the town proper of Banna, there are different churches and worship centers. They are the following:

Name of Church – Location – Name of Priest/Pastor/Minister – Time of Mass/Services and Others
  • Bethel Baptist Church-Bgy. 1 Valenciano – Pastor Domingo Langbayan Sr. – Fellowship Service is every Sunday at 8:00 AM-12:00 noon. Inquire at the office to set the schedule of a certain service like wedding or baptismal and others.
  • Four Square Church- Bgy. 3 Lorenzo- Fellowship is every Sunday at 8:00 AM-12:00 noon. Inquire at the office to set the schedule of a certain service like wedding or baptismal and others.
  • Iglesia Filipina Independiente- Bgy. 3 Lorenzo- Fr. Sampayan- Mass is every Sunday at 8:00 AM-10 AM. Inquire at the office to set the schedule of a certain service like wedding or baptismal and others.
  • Iglesia ni Cristo- Bgy. 4 Marcos – Samba is every Thursday at 5:00 PM-6:00 PM and every Sunday at 8:00-12:00 noon. Inquire at the office to set the schedule of a certain service like wedding or baptismal and others.
  • Roman Catholic Church- Bgy 3 Lorenzo- Rev. Fr. Frederick Astudillo- Mass is every Sunday at 8:30 AM- 10:00 AM.
    • People who need the different kinds of ceremonies will contact the personnel of the church to set the time schedule. Interment ceremony is scheduled in the morning at any day; schedule of wedding ceremony is from 8:00 AM-6:00PM at any day; and baptismal ceremony is also from 8:00 AM-6:00PM at any day.
  • Seventh Day Adventist – Bgy. 1 Valenciano- Fellowship is every Saturday at 8:00 AM-12:00 noon . United Christian Church of the Philippines- Bgy. 1 Valenciano – Fellowship service is every Sunday at 8:00 AM-12:00 noon. It has pre-school accepting children, ages 3-6 years old. Inquire at the office to set the schedule of a certain service like wedding or baptismal and others.

Schools in Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

School year 2014-2015 starts June 2, 2014 and ends March 27, 2015, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.


  • The Elementary Schools of Banna
    • Brgy. 4 Marcos - Banna Central Elem School - Mrs. Dolena Magadia
      • (Pupils of Banna Central Elementary School are from
        • Brgy. 1 Valenciano, Brgy. 2 Hilario,
        • Brgy. 3 Lorenzo and Brgy. 4 Marcos)
  • Brgy. 5 Nagpatayan Nagpatayan Elementary School-Josie Segundina Q. Quiroga
  • Brgy. 6 Bangsar Bangsar Elementary School- Rafaela Bienvenida M. Rala -OIC
  • Brgy. 7 Imelda Imelda Elementary School-Marilyn R. Lucas-OIC
  • Brgy. 8 Bomitog Bomitog Elementary School-Lydia J. Galacgac
  • Brgy. 9 Sitio Quiaoit, BinacagQuiaoit Memorial Elementary School-Eric B. Aguilar-OIC
  • Brgy. 10 Macayepyep Macayepyep Elementary School-Myrna C. Gonzales
  • Brgy. 11 Catagtaguen Catagtaguen Elementary School-Joseph Romel D. Andres
  • Brgy. 12 Sitio Lading, Balioeg -Lading Elementary School-Edson b. Gonzales
  • Brgy. 13 Caestebanan Caestebanan Elementary School- Josefina T. Morales-Head Teacher III
  • Brgy. 14 Sinamar Sinamar Elmentary School- Victoria Tamayo-OIC
  • Brgy. 15 Valdez Valdez Elementary School - Jeffrey Artates-OIC
  • Brgy. 16 Bugasi Bugasi Elementary School-Dionisia Bactat
  • Brgy. 17 Tabtabagan Tabtabagan Elementary School-Francisco A. Bactat
  • Brgy. 18 Caribquib Caribquib Elementary School- Dolena Magadia
  • Brgy. 19 Barbarangay Barbarangay Elementary School- Emerlita B. Real-OIC
  • Brgy. 20 Crispina Crispina Elementary School-Elenor Manna-OIC
  • Public High Schools:
    • Lorenzo - Banna National High School- Joel Manuel
    • Caestebanan-Caestebanan National High School-Antonio A. Velasco
    • Brgy. 18 Caribquib - Caribkib National High School Milagros A. Sagadraca
    • Brgy. 11 Catagtaguen -Catataguen National High School-Alex Antonio A. Rupisan
  • Private High School
    • Brgy. 4 Marcos - Banna Academy, 1 Zamora St. Valenciano, Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte- Esperanza B. Galut
by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 23, 2011

Economy of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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THE ECONOMY OF BANNA, ILOCOS NORTE, PHILIPPINES

by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 27, 2011)


TRANSPORTATION

The Municipality has a total road network of 157,83 kilometers; 28.80 kilometers is National road, 9.0 kilometers is Provincial road; 9.43 kilometers is Municipal Road; and 110.61 kilometers is Barangay Road.

Paved roads are as follows: Barangay Roads – 3.87 kilometers; Municipal Roads- 7.35 Provincial Road – 1.30 kilometers; and National Road – 19.50 kilometers.

There are twenty one (21) concrete bridges located along the road network of the Municipality with seven (7) bridges along the National Road, eight (8) bridges along the Provincial Roads,4 bridges along the Barangay roads, and 1 bridge along the Municipal roads.

Transportation available in the locality and Public utility vehicles plying Laoag City-Banna route and vice versa. There are also tricycles plying the route fromn the poblacion to the different barangays (Banna Administration, 2011).

HEALTH SERVICES

The Municipality has one main health center located at the Poblacion manned by a Doctor, Public Health Nurse, 7 Midwives, Dentist, Sanitary Inspector, Dental Aide, and a Janitress, Barangay Health Stations are established at strategic barangay locations (Banna Administration, 2011).

ENERGY, POWER AND ELECTRIFICATION

Presently, all barangays in the locality are already provided with electricity, though there are some remote Sitios, which are not yet energized. Source of electricity is from Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC)(Banna Administration, 2011).

COMMUNICATION

There are at present a Postal Office, a Telecommunication and Telephone service stations in the Municipality (Banna Administration, 2011).

POLITICAL CONDITION

Though there are existing various political parties represented in the Local Government Unit, there are no untoward incidents, which are politically motivated in nature (Banna Administration, 2011).

Natural Resources of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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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.

Contact:

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

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.

NATURAL AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

by Flordelina B. Utleg- April 27, 2011

Political Subdivision

The Municipality is sub-divided into twenty (20) component barangays namely: Valenciano, Hilario, Lorenzo, Marcos, Nagpatayan, Bangsar, Imelda, Bomitog, Binacag, Macayepyep, Catgtaguen, Balioeg, Caestebanan, Sinamar, Valdez, Bugasi, Tabtabagan, Caribquib, Barbarangay, and Crispina, with the first four named barangays comprising the Poblacion. The municipality lies a total area of 9,768 hectares (Banna Administration, 2011).

Topography

Banna, on the eastern and northern part is plain, which comprises the rice producing places of the town, and the western and southern portion is the rugged rolling terrain. Creeks and rivers like the Magalis River, Bongo River, Lading River, Calao creek, and many more traverse the municipality (Banna Administration, 2011).

Climate

The town has two pronounce seasons, just like any other town of the province. The dry-season, which is from November to April, and the rest of the year is the wet season. There being no rainfall distribution is minimally estimated to average 300 milliliters annually. The average temperature is about 27.250C with the warmest period between the months of March to May and with December to February as the coolest months (Banna Administration, 2011.

Soil

Generally, the municipality has two types of soils. The Tagalog clay and Bongon clay loam, suitable for agriculture. Minor types include river wash, gravel and sand, and the lands for residential/built-up purposes (Banna Administration, 2011).

MINERAL RESOURCES

The municipality is endowed with mineral resources waiting to be tapped. Findings of the Bureau of mines show the presence of mineral ore deposits of limestone and black clay in the mountains of Bomitog, Barbarangay and Nagpatayan. Findings also indicate the presence of semi-precious stones in the mountains of Bomitog such as petrified wood and opal (Banna Administration, 2011).

Tourists Attractions of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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PARAISO TI CARIBQUIB

The first tourists attraction of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Paraiso ti Caribquib (Paradise of Caribquib) is located in Sitio Daramuangan, Caribquib, Banna, Ilocos Norte. We can find the first Zipline (160 meters long)in Banna, Ilocos Norte. It has also hanging bridge (30 meters long) connecting the two mountains. The grotto of Virgin Mary is situated at the mountain side of the northern part of the zipline.

The tourist spot has a spacious parking area and cottages where picnickers could stay. The said place is still in the progress of development. There are also T-shirts to be sold as souvenirs.

Entrance fee is Five pesos (P5.00); Fifty pesos (P 50.00) for Zipline per ride; One hundred pesos (P100.00) per cottage.

Caribquib has its vision - "To make BARANGAY CARIBQUIB BEAUTIFUL, PRODUCTIVE AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITY."

The founder of "Paraiso ti Caribquib" is Hon. Adonis B. Manuel. He was born on December 29, 1968 in Caribquib, Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He graduated in 1997 at Northwestern University and a holder of Certificate in Police Science Technology. (Flordelina B. Utleg, March 17, 2011; updated as of April 23, 2011)

Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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PANAG-ABUOS FESTIVAL OF BANNA

The festival of Banna is celebrated every 1st - 3rd day of April and called it PANAG-ABUOS FESTIVAL. Panag-buos is an Ilocano term which means “time for abuos”. Abuos is a kind of big ant that lay eggs and it is a delicious exotic food. They live in trees located in the hills and mountains around the town proper as well as in the rural areas.

There are specific trees in the forest where these abuos weave leaves for them to lay eggs. They usually lay eggs occasionally during the month of April.

PANAG-ABUOS FESTIVAL includes variety of activities. Every Saturday of March, there is a singing competition and they called it “Samiweng.” Samiweng is a local dialect of Banna for love songs. The judges usually come from the different towns, cities or provinces. Among the contestants, there are only five (5) to be chosen for the grand finals. The Grand Finals is being held on the last day of the town fiesta.

The Champion is given the biggest cash prize and tallest trophy while the others receive smaller amount of money and trophy. This is done after the Coronation Night of Miss/Mrs. Balikbayan and Miss Banna.

On the 1st day of April, there is a Search for Miss/Mrs. Balikbayan which is a popularity contest. Contestants come from different countries where former native of Banna resides now. They called it Balikbayan Night. Balikbayan is a local dialect used to refer to people from Banna who migrated to different countries who are coming back for vacation. The contestant who drops the highest amount of money will be the Miss/Mrs. Balikbayan which is called The Queen. Her royal court will compose of First Princess, Second Princess, Third Princess and Fourth Princess. Each will be given a sash, bouquet and trophy during the coronation.

On the 2nd day of April, there is a Search for Miss Banna which is a Beauty and Brain contest. The lucky candidates will become Miss Banna - The Queen, First Princess, Second Princess, Third Princess and Fourth Princess. Each will receive cash, sash, bouquet and trophy on the coronation night which is being held on the last night of the town fiesta. During the celebration, they also present the different ethnic dances and their own folk dance – Surtido Banna and sometimes they sing the folksong- Bannatiran. Bannatiran is a kind of bird which has silky brown feather with dotted white on its breast.

On the last day, the Miss/Mrs. Balikbayan and Miss Banna with their princesses will ride on a float to have their parade around the town proper. Some of the different candidates will throw candies to the people on the streets who are watching them.

During the festival, they usually sing the Banna Hymn before they start any program to show their love and loyalty to their beloved town.

Every May 2nd of the year, the Summer Sports Fest begins. This is done every day until the last day of the month. The Championship Game is also held on the last day.. It is held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Banna. Basketball tournament is for men while volleyball is for women. This is sponsored by the municipality of Banna. Awarding Ceremony is held just after the Championship Game where winners will receive cash prizes and trophies.

by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 25, 2011

Your Story about Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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THE VISION AND MISSION OF BANNA:

  • VISION

BANNA, a progressive, Peaceful, Healthy and Environment-Friendly Community.(Banna Administration, 2008)

  • MISSION

BANNA shall pursue Agro-industrial, Eco-Tourism Development, Advanced Technology, Balanced Ecology through Committed Leadership and Governance Nurtured by Active People's Participation. (Banna Administration, 2008)

  • BANNA HYMN

Gameng a naitampok ti BANNA
Karayan mo ken ubbog nasin-aw da
Tanap, pagtatalonan pangnamnamaan
Nabaknang a bantay kabakiran

BANNA lugar a nadaeg
Pagtaudan rimat masakbayan
Dayaw mo ti inkam saluadan
Saguday mo naruay
Ili a “BANNA”

Sadinno man pagdaliasatan
Sikat-bituen iti kaunggan
Balligi-natarnaw kasam-itan
Isagot – mi- kenka ili a BANNA

BANNA lugar a nadaeg
Pagsarmingan rimat masakbayan
Saguday mo inkam saluadan
Ay-ayaten daka ili a BANNA.(Banna Administration,2008)

The municipal officials and employees will sing the Banna Hymn after the singing of the National Anthem every Monday of the week at 7:30 in the morning.

by Flordelina B. Utleg, March 17, 2011)

THE BANNA ZIPLINE PROJECT
PARAISO TI CARIBQUIB
ECO-TOURISM
BRGY. CARIBQUIB, BANNA, ILOCOS NORTE

By Flordelina B. Utleg – April 27, 2011


Brief Profile of Barangay Caribquib

  • Barangay Caribquib, one of the twenty barangays of Banna, Ilocos Norte, is located on the north part of the municipality. It is found three kilometers north of the poblacion. It is bounded on the south by Barangay Valenciano of the same municipality, on the north by Barangay Fortuna, Marcos, Ilocos Norte, on the west by Barangay Barbarangay, another barangay of Banna and on the east by Barangay Tabtabagan, Banna, Ilocos Norte. It has a total land area of six hundred hectares ( 600 ha.).
  • Barangay Caribquib is composed of the following sitios: Caribquib Proper, Dispensa, San Juan, Nanamburan and Daramuangan. These sitios are far from each other.
  • This barangay was established in 1913 when Banna became a regular municipality after it was separated from the Municipality of Batac, Ilocos Norte.
  • The original families were those of Pedro Valentino, Tranquilino Dimaya and Apolonio Dizol. The earliest tenientes del barrio were: Tranquilino Dimaya, Francisco Ramones, Herminigildo Valentino, Blas Braceros, Valentin Limet, Saturnino Tabucbuc, Francisco Aspili, Aurelio Romualdo, Mardonio Quimoyog, Paulino Lumbo, Fermin Valentino and Januario Pascua.

A popular local story also provides for the origin of the barangay’s name:

  • It is said that long time ago, the place was covered with thick forests and plenty of grasses. But when the early settlers practiced kaingin (slash and burn agriculture), the trees disappeared and the grasses dried up. Animals had to feed on scanty and dried grass. However, there was a certain place on the side of a hill where stunted grasses grew. It was there where the people gazed their animals. Since there were only few grasses, the animals had to kibkib (to consume bit by bit) the grasses. It is believed that this caused the people to name the place Caribquib.
  • The barangay has sprawling agricultural lands, forests and creeks. Farming is the primary occupation of the people whose main crops are rice, garlic, tobacco and onions. Aside from the farmers, many of the people in the place work as teachers, employees, businessmen and balikbayans.
  • A public elementary school and a national secondary school are situated in the barangay and these institutions serve as the educational grounds for the barangay’s young children and learners.
  • Barangay Caribquib is one of the most agriculturally productive barangays of the municipality contributing to food security and to the economic prosperity in the locality.
  • Owing to the culture of the place and in keeping with tradition the residents of Barangay Caribquib are an industrious, frugal and disciplined people. This can be manifested by an above-average and more affluent lifestyle enjoyed by the barangay’s inhabitants.
  • Because of the existence of an elementary and secondary school within the barangay, there is a higher rate of literacy among the people. And as a barangay situated along a major road, the Ilocos Norte- Abra National Highway, there is a greater opportunity for the barangay’s learners to pursue post secondary and tertiary level education. Thus, there is a higher ratio of college graduates and professionals than is usually found in the more remote barangays of the municipality.
  • Barangay Caribquib has also attained other areas of distinction in the municipality. Owing to a diligent , dedicated and committed barangay government headed by equally diligent, dedicated and committed barangay officials, Barangay Caribquib has attained the distinction of winning ( three – time Champion , Category A) the municipality’s OPLAN SALUKAG PROGRAM ( Operation Plan: Saluadam Lugar Ken Aglawlaw), an environmental program and competition initiated and conducted annually by the Local Government of Banna. Likewise, Barangay Caribquib has been a consistent winner ( three-time 1ST Place Awardee) of the CARLY AWARDS Community Acclaimed Rural Legislators of the Year Awards) also held annually in the municipality.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND COST:

  • The Banna Zipline Project is located in the Paraiso ti Caribquib, in particular, on the sprawling forest area and creek on the western part of Barangay Caribquib, at Sitio Daramuangan.
  • At first the banks along the creek of the Paraiso ti Caribquib was just an alternative site for a picnic for those who had had enough of the sun and water afforded by the town’s rivers , and the soaring hills and forests around the creek as another destination for a trek for the more adventurous type.
  • The Sitio of Daramuangan wherein can be found the Paraiso ti Caribquib became the venue of a Walk for a Cause conducted in the Year of 2007 by the Roman Catholic Church -Parish of San Roque . Likewise, a Mass and a Thanksgiving Service was held at the same venue, with the presence of the Diocesian Bishop Sergio Utleg. Then Municipal Mayor, Honorable CARLITO A. ABADILLA II attended both events and saw the area’s potential.
  • It is noteworthy to mention at this juncture that the Municipality of Banna, Ilocos Norte represented by then Municipal Mayor Honorable CARLITO A. ABADILLA II witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the development of a one hundred-hectare ( 100 ha.) area under a co-management scheme with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of ILOCOS NORTE and the Barangay Council of Caribquib represented by Punong Barangay Adonis Manuel for eco-tourism cum forest protection purposes.
  • Wishing to start developing the site, the Barangay Government of Caribquib and its constituents, through self-help, built a handful of cottages on one side of the creek.
  • But it was through the stroke of genius of Honorable Carly Abadilla II, then at the helm of the Local Government of Banna, and greatly inspired to develop the area as an eco-tourism venture and as a premier destination for pleasure and recreation for people, vacationers and visitors that the Paraiso ti Caribquib became famous and a destination of choice.
  • With an allocation from the Banna Municipal Fund, the Banna Zipline Project, the first ever to be built and installed in the whole Province of Ilocos Norte ,became a reality. To complement the exhilarating experience derived from a heart-stopping ride at the Zipline, a Hanging Bridge was built by the Local Government Of Banna, Ilocos Norte near the Zipline. This hanging bridge induces the same adrenaline- producing experience given by the Zipline.
  • Due to the daily large number of people visiting the Paraiso and wishing to ride the Zipline and walk on the Hanging Bridge, the Barangay Government of Caribquib installed additional cottages along the banks at a cost of Twenty Five Thousand Pesos and landscaped the areas in the site for added attraction. Donations from other sources greatly helped to improve the area.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

  • To date there are now five (5) cottages built and owned by the Barangay Government of Caribquib , and four (4) built and owned by each of four sitios of the barangay. An area of the forest has been cleared to serve as parking space for vehicles carrying visitors to the area.
  • The Barangay Government of Caribquib manages the operation of the Paraiso Ti Caribquib Resort, including the Zipline , Hanging Bridge and other facilities in the site.

For those wishing to visit the Paraiso Ti Caribquib avail of its facilities at the following cost: :

  • Cottage Fee: Php 200.00 / cottage/day
  • Entrance Fee: Php 5.00 per head
  • Zipline: Php 50.00/ride

PROJECT RESULT

I. BARANGAY INCOME

  • The success of the Banna Zipline Adventure and the Paraiso ti Caribquib as an eco-tourism venture has generated additional income for the barangay. The following data show the income generated for a six-month period. Herein enumerated are the total income for each of the following months of 2010:

• MONTH Entrance Fee Rent from Cottages Zipline TOTAL
• July 2010 2 743.00 1 030.00 2 525.00 6 298.00
• August 4 082.00 2 600.00 915.00 5 767.00
• September 12 036.00 3 700.00 6 470.00 22 206.00
• October 20 842.00 7 005.00 28 350.00 56 197.00
• November 23 684.00 7 450.00 37 338.00 68 472.00
• December 28 269.00 9 930.00 50 590.00 88 789.00
• Grand Total 247,729.00

• Forty percent ( 40%) accrues to the Barangay Government , forty percent ( 40%) for operators and for manpower and the remaining twenty percent ( 20%) is allocated for maintenance cost.

EMPLOYMENT:

• The Banna Zipline Adventure and the Paraiso ti Caribquib has generated additional employment opportunities for the barangay residents.

• The Paraiso ti Caribquib Eco-Tourism is open seven days a week from nine o’clock in the morning up to six o’clock in the afternoon. ( 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.). Barangay Officials, Barangay Tanod, Barangay Health Workers , Purok Presidents and other residents of the barangay provide the manpower and are on duty everyday to provide assistance, service and attention to visitors. Those trained serve as operators for the Zipline.

• The Municipal Government of Banna, Ilocos Norte under the leadership of the Municipal Mayor Honorable CARLITO N. ABADILLA and the Municipal Vice Mayor Honorable CARLY A. ABADILLA II, providing its steadfast assistance to the Barangay Government of Caribquib and its constituents has embarked on a continuing development of this eco-tourism venture. Currently, the Municipal Government is installing another phase of the Zipline project, a more ambitious and daring project, a project designed to exhilarate, challenge and stimulate (Manuel, Adonis B., Jan.30, 2011).

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Ilocos Norte's famous Banna Rice Coffee brings progress to province

by Carlo P. Canares

  • Source: Philippine Information Agency

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (2 September) -- What happens when you mix ingenuity, dedication, research, quality and competitiveness?

The result is Banna Blend (Rice Coffee with Soya).

The Project Management Staff of Bagnos Multi-purpose Cooperative in the town of Banna, Ilocos Norte is brewing a very famous beverage, and its aroma hints a lucrative enterprise.

The B.A.G.N.O.S (Bassit a Ganansia Naurnong Omado Sanikua) MPC was organized on October 28, 2000 and registered with the Cooperative Development Authority on December 21, 2000. Starting from a very small membership of 12 and measly capital of P4,457, Bagnos MPC has served as an agent of change in the locality where poverty was a common spectacle. Now, it has 355 members from barangays Binacag and other barangays of Banna, Nueva Era and Laoag City.

Originally just a credit facility and a consumer store for its members, it has expanded its services to palay trading, goat raising and hog fattening; and on January 22, 2008, the Bagnos MPC set out for yet another major undertaking- Rice Coffee Production. Just goes to prove that the right blend of strong teamwork, dedication, vision, quality & competitiveness and the right help can lead to success.

The Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) Region 1, under Director Henry John Jalbuena, through its Poverty-Free Zone Program granted the cooperative the amount of PhP895,500.00 for the purchase of equipment and materials for rice coffee production. Since then, what used to be just a homegrown tradition of rice coffee preparation among Ilocanos, has become a main enterprise in the community that is now generating employment and income for locals and a tourist attraction.

The Product

lend is a very competitive product for its truly exotic, natural and nutritive value, all in a cheap price! It is made of all natural raw materials. It has no preservatives and no caffeine, and considered a good remedy for gas pain, ulcer and liver problems. The rice consists of fiber, Vitamin B, protein and carbohydrate. The soya is known for its high protein content, vitamins, minerals, fibers and "isoflavones" which are useful in preventing osteoporosis and controlling menopausal disorders. It can also help prevent breast cancer, and may prevent or slow prostate cancer growth in men.

The association uses the principle of time and motion to avoid wastage of resources and to systematize workflow. The raw materials pass through a strict step-by-step process to ensure quality control.

Banna has 12,800 hectares agricultural land planted to rice with annual yield of 5.25 tons per hectare during the first cropping; 2nd cropping, 40%. Moreover, the cooperative is also engaged in palay trading, which ensures the availability of the raw material for the product. On the other hand, some barangays in the municipality like Sinamar, Tabtabagan and Binacag are producing 3 tons of soya beans per hectare, out of 50 hectares of land. Further, the project site is just a few kilometers away from the towns of Solsona and Dingras, the biggest producers of rice in the Province of Ilocos Norte.

Promotions

Due to the product's competitive quality and comparatively cheaper price, big Trade Fairs such as the Agraryo Trade Fair at the SM Mega Mall (June 3-8, 2008), OTOP Summer Trade Fair at the Aurora Park, Laoag City (May 12-18, 2008), among others, have opened doors for wider markets. Consistent increase in the production of the product over the past 1 year and 2 months indicates a growing demand for it.

Various shops and stores in the LGUs of Banna, Nueva Era and Laoag City serve as stable local markets for the coffee products. With the strong support of the LGU of Banna in promoting the product, OFWs in Hawaii, Spain and London have been bringing abroad Banna's Blend by volume.

The SB of Banna passed Resolution No. 2008-09 Adopting Rice Coffee as the OTOP of the LGU, and Designating the MPDO as the OTOP Coordinator (the product is a nominee for 2009 Outstanding OTOP MSME Award). Not only did the effort put more value in Banna's Blend, it was helpful in promoting it as one of the municipality's tourist attractions. True enough, with the constant efforts of the LGU of promoting tourism, the product was featured in ABS-CBN Studio 23's magazine shows Tablescapes and TNT (Trip Na Trip).

elping the association even further in establishing markets for its Rice Coffee, the LGU of Banna regularly buys the product, and gives it as gifts to guests during special occasions.

To penetrate even bigger Supermarkets and groceries, the association has applied with the BFAD for Bar Code. The application is now on process.

Project Impact

All 355 members of the association are benefitting from the project through dividends. Twenty four (24) members directly benefit from it as workers, while 27 derive income through commission from sales. Members' access to health services has been enhanced through membership in SSS and Philhealth.

Aside from the DOLE as the primary source of assistance, the LGU of Banna and other agencies such as the DTI and DAR are in collaborative efforts to provide comprehensive services to the association through promotional strategies and trainings.

The Cooperative's Assets

As of writing time, the cooperative's assets-including its building, equipment and other properties, working capital, capital build up, savings, receivables, etc.-have reached about PhP 4.8 million.

th Rice Coffee with Soya production as its new core business, the MPC is again building up its size and value. Only 1 year and 2 months since its actual operation in May 2008, the project's accumulated gross sales amount to PhP257,594.00 during the first 6 months and PhP326,910.00 from January 2009 to December 2009.

In an interview, Ms. Amelia Bautista, the Project Manager, said, "Banna Blend is our triumph. Not only has it provided additional income for members and non-members of the cooperative, it has made coffee, a famous beverage, healthful and beneficial." (PIA)

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