Banna, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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Barangays of Banna (Espiritu) in the Ilocos Norte province within Region 1 in the Republic of The Philippines
BalioegBangsarBarbarangayBinacagBomitogBugasiCaestebananCaribquibCatagtaguenCrispinaHilario (Pob.)ImeldaLorenzo (Pob.)MacayepyepMarcos (Pob.)NagpatayanSinamarTabtabaganValdezValenciano (Pob.)

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Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?


There are only two kinds of people who teach tolerance:
  1. The Bullies. They want you to tolerate them so they can continue to maliciously deprive you. Do not believe these bullies teaching tolerance, saying that it’s the path to prevent hatred and prejudice.
  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.
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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

Geography of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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

Location of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

History of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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


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


by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 27, 2011

BANNA (ESPIRITU) 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 Banna, 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 was 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 (Espiritu) 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 (ESPIRITU).

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 (Espiritu). 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) was annexed to Batac. In 1913, however, after ten years, Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) is bound to become one of the busiest and most prosperous towns in Ilocos Norte. What the future holds in store for Banna (Espiritu) lies not so much in its 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 Banna (Espiritu)tiran…industrious, cooperative, patriotic and strong-willed steers the town on the direction towards the vision of BANNA (ESPIRITU) 2002…

Municipality of Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).

People of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

  • Banna (Espiritu) Population (as of 2020 Census) = 19,297
  • Banna (Espiritu) Population (as of 2015 Census) = 19,438
  • Banna (Espiritu) Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census) = 18,161
  • Banna (Espiritu) Registered Voters (COMELEC 2009) = 12,139


by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 27, 2011


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).

Elected Government Officials of Banna (Espiritu), 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.

Budget of Municipalities and Cities: The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. It has been decentralized since 1991. It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem. "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!".

Elected officials of for the term of 2022-2025
Representative : Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba
Mayor : Mary Chrislyn Co Abadilla
Vice-Mayor : Carlito Aguilar Abadilla II
  1. Councilor : Nelson Sebastian Lucas
  2. Councilor : Ruben Guiang Taroma
  3. Councilor : Herminio Asuncion Bumanglag
  4. Councilor : Adonis Braceros Manuel
  5. Councilor : Johnny Haber Gayya
  6. Councilor : Neil Jansen Mabuti Aurelio
  7. Councilor : Francisco Agbigay Bactat
  8. Councilor : Florendo Sugui Macasio

Elected officials of for the term of 2019-2022

Elected officials of for the term of 2016-2019
  1. Ruben Taroma
  2. Herminio Bumanglag
  3. Florendo Macasio Jr.
  4. Liberato Rupisan
  5. Adonis Manuel
  6. Francis Bactat
  7. Nelson Oalog
  8. Efren Santos Garcia

Elected officials of for the term of 2013-2016
  • Vice-Mayor of Banna (Espiritu): ABADILLA, CARLITO II (NP) NACIONALISTA PARTY
  • Councilors of Banna (Espiritu):

Elected officials of for the term of 2010-2013


  • 1913-1915 and 1920-1927 - ISMAEL VALENCIANO
  • 1916-1918 - CIRILO TEJADA
  • 1919-1921 - FLORENCIO EUGENIO
  • 1928-1930 - ESTANISLAO LORENZO
  • 1931-1934 - MANUEL PITPIT
  • 1935-1938 - SILVINO ALEGRE
  • 1939-1942 - MELECIO BAGA
  • 1944-1945 - PROCESO CABASUG
  • 1946-1947 - FERNANDO MAULIT
  • 1948-1967 - TEODORICO AGRES
  • 1968-1971 - ARTEMIO BUMANGLAG
  • 2/1987-11/1987 - MELCHOR VICENTE
  • 10/1987-11/1987 - EDGAR REYSEUL MAULIT
  • 4/1998-6/1998 - CEFERINO MANUEL
  • 7/1998-6/2004 - JAIME ABADILLA
  • 7/2004-6/2010 - CARLITO A. ABADILLA II
  • 1972-1986; 1988-1998; 6/2010-11/6/2013 - CARLITO N. ABADILLA



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's power and authority: A must read for all barangay officials


This is the "Barangay Code of the Philippines".

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A Barangay Clearance is NEEDED in order to get a Business License.
So why is the barangay name not in most business addresses?
Ask your Barangay Captain/Chairman to create a Resolution to make it mandatory to put the barangay name in all Business addresses.
Every Government Unit in the Philippines is within a Barangay. The municipal hall, city hall, the provincial capitol building, and even the Malacañang Palace where the president resides is within a Barangay.

The barangay has power and authority over its domain. The improvement of the barangay rests on the barangay officials. The barangay chairman, the barangay council and the local businessmen forge the prosperity of the barangay. Not the president of the Philippines, senate, nor congress. Not the governor of the province, not the mayor nor council of the municipality or city. Poor barangays stay poor because of weak and/or ignorant(uninformed) barangay leaders.

When roads or any infrastructure need to be built, improved or repaired, all the barangay officials have to do is make a resolution and present it to the city or municipality council. The resolution will force the city/municipal council or responsible government office to hear the legitimate demands. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

Each city or municipality is represented by the "barangay association or federation". The elected president of the Association of Barangay Council and the President of Kabataan (SK) association each have a seat in the City/Municipality council. Their powers are the same and equal to the elected city/municipality councilors. They are there to help lobby the demands of the barangays. They are not there just to collect a big salary and rub elbows with the regular elected city/municipality council, but to also represent the needs of the barangays.
The duties of the barangay officials are specifically written in Chapter III(Punong Barangay) and Chapter IV (The Sangguniang Barangay). Read it..

Practically anything that has to do with the barangay, the barangay officials have a say on it and most likely the authority over it. The majority of the barangay officials are not aware of their duties and power. They depend on the city council or mayor. The elected barangay officials are afraid of the mayor and city/municipality's "Sangguniang Panlungsod". They are in fear of being ousted or removed from office. The truth is, the "Sangguniang Panlungsod" does not have the power to remove or suspend any elected barangay officials from office. Only the COURT OF LAW can do this (judicial branch of the government). Elected public officials can't be suspended by the DILG or the office of the president unless an official complaint has been filed, there must be proof and there must be due process. Republic Act 7160 chapter 4, Section 60. Information is power. Be informed. Do not be intimidated by the president, senator, congressman, governor, mayor, vice-mayor, or councilors. Do your job.

The control of traffic is not up to the city council or chief of police. It is controlled by the barangay. If the barangay needs traffic enforcers, the barangay can make a resolution to demand it from the city or municipality council. When the electric coop or the water district do not maintain their lines, the barangay can directly demand for the maintenance from the utility companies. No need to wait for city council.

The citizens also has the power to make demands to the barangay officials. In case the officials get blinded. Simply file an official complaint with the barangay secretary naming the Punong barangay as the respondent representing the barangay.

If the power lines are sagging, don't go to the power company, go to the barangay office. Ask the barangay for a DEMAND resolution against the power company.
If the water lines are busted, don't wait for the water company, go to the barangay office. Ask the barangay for a DEMAND resolution against the water company.
If the potholes in the road are not fixed, don't wait for the The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), go to the barangay office. Ask the barangay for a DEMAND resolution against the DPWH.
Are you beginning to get the point?

Cleaning the shorelines, drainage systems, streets, rivers, and parks within your barangay is YOUR responsibility. You are accountable for this. It is not the responsibility of the City/Municipality officials. The citizens and officials of the barangay are responsible. Stop blaming others.

  • BUDGET: As far as the preparation for the budget expenditures, it starts at the barangay level, then moves on to cities, municipalities, provinces and regions. The barangays need to exercise their authority. They need to put their yearly budget together for their administration and future projects. The majority of the barangays leave this job to the municipality and city. This is so wrong. Then when the budget doesn't come or is lacking, they complain.
  • The budget for the barangays does go to the City or Municipality, but simply for holding and later distribution. The city or municipality DOES NOT approve the budget. It was already approved by congress. The city or municipality simply "distributes" the approved budget.
  • The bureau of internal revenue is in cahoots to subdue the barangays, municipalities and provinces. They call the rightful shares to the taxes collected as "Internal Revenue Allotment Dependency". It is not a dependency. It is the lawful and rightful share of the LGU as specified in "TITLE III, SHARES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN THE PROCEEDS OF NATIONAL TAXES, CHAPTER I, Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes, Section 284."
  • "IMPERIAL MANILA IS A MYTH!", it does not exist anymore. The Philippine budget formulation system is not centralized. "Budgetary planning has been DECENTRALIZED since 1991". It is the responsibility of each LGU to submit their budgetary needs for review. Failure to submit is the problem.
  • DURING ELECTIONS: Where do City and Municipality politicians go to campaign? They seek the support of the Barangay officials. They plead to the barangay folks for the votes. Even the candidate for president. But after the election they ignore you. Do not ever forget the power of the barangay.

Ignorance keeps the pinoys thinking that Manila rules. Be informed, be educated and make your barangay prosper.

  • Absolutely NO need for FEDERALISM. It is a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State where the religion of Islam is financed by the Philippine government. Bangsamoro will be a HOMELAND not for all Filipinos but for only the Muslim Filipinos. It violates the constitution's "separation of church and state". Religion is always good for the people but it should never be embraced or financed by government. Tax exemption is not tantamount to financing. Every non-profit organization is tax-exempt.

Businesses in Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, 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

Take a picture of your Business (from a Sari-Sari Store to a Mega Mall). Upload that picture here in and that picture can immediately be your business webpage. It is that easy.

Businesses in Banna (Espiritu)

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 (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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

The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed in this community page. Take a picture of the facade of your church or place of worship and it can be posted here. We can even provide you with a free webpage. You can enter the data (story about your place of worship) here yourself, email the information or pictures to ( or via Facebook.

    Freedom of religion, yes. Equality, yes. But no favoritism.

At the town proper of Banna (Espiritu), 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)


by Flordelina B. Utleg - April 27, 2011

At the town proper of Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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Due to Covid19: Pursuant to the instructions of President Roa Duterte, and as recommended by the DepEd, classes for the year 2021-2022 will be opened but will be monitored.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Why pretend that the National language of the Philippines is Tagalog? It should be English. To be a Teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, nurse, computer technician; what books do you learn from? English books of course. All your tests are in English. The constitution of the Philippines is written in English. All the laws and new laws introduced by congress are in English. For that matter, you can't be a teacher in a school system unless you know English. The "Licensure Exam for Teachers" is in ENGLISH! Who are these people forcing Tagalog down our throats? Tagalog is simply one of the many dialects of the Philippines. Keep your dialects but learn and be fluent and proficient in ENGLISH.

  • The Elementary Schools of Banna (Espiritu)
    • Brgy. 4 Marcos - Banna (Espiritu) Central Elem School - Mrs. Dolena Magadia
      • (Pupils of Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) Academy, 1 Zamora St. Valenciano, Banna (Espiritu) (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte- Esperanza B. Galut
by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 23, 2011

Economy of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 27, 2011)


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 (Espiritu) route and vice versa. There are also tricycles plying the route fromn the poblacion to the different barangays (Banna (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).


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


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).

Natural Resources of Banna (Espiritu), 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.


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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 and thermal energy conversion. We have too many black outs.


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).


Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011.


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).


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 (Espiritu) Administration, 2011).

Tourists Attractions of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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The first tourists attraction of Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Paraiso ti Caribquib (Paradise of Caribquib) is located in Sitio Daramuangan, Caribquib, Banna (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte. We can find the first Zipline (160 meters long)in Banna (Espiritu), 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.


The founder of "Paraiso ti Caribquib" is Hon. Adonis B. Manuel. He was born on December 29, 1968 in Caribquib, Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu), Ilocos Norte, Philippines

In the Philippines a fiesta is usually celebrated in barrios or barangays. It is the official holiday of the LGU, the barangay. Filipinos love fiestas. It is a time for joy and celebration. A fiesta is of Spanish origin and is usually commemorated in association with a christian patron saint. Most barangays whose population have been clustered by Muslims(Moros) and their population is more than that of the Christians, the celebration of the fiesta have been cancelled and replaced with the Hari Raya or Eid al-Fitr.

The cities or municipalities usually have yearly festivals where all the barangays participate. The cities or municipalities hold contests for the best floats in parades.

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 Banna (Espiritu).


The festival of Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu).

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 (Espiritu) resides now. They called it Balikbayan Night. Balikbayan is a local dialect used to refer to people from Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) which is a Beauty and Brain contest. The lucky candidates will become Miss Banna (Espiritu) - 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 (Espiritu) and sometimes they sing the folksong- Banna (Espiritu)tiran. Banna (Espiritu)tiran 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu). Basketball tournament is for men while volleyball is for women. This is sponsored by the municipality of Banna (Espiritu). Awarding Ceremony is held just after the Championship Game where winners will receive cash prizes and trophies.

by Flordelina B. Utleg, April 25, 2011

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


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


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

BANNA (ESPIRITU) lugar a nadaeg
Pagtaudan rimat masakbayan
Dayaw mo ti inkam saluadan
Saguday mo naruay

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

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

The municipal officials and employees will sing the Banna (Espiritu) 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)


By Flordelina B. Utleg – April 27, 2011

Brief Profile of Barangay Caribquib

  • Barangay Caribquib, one of the twenty barangays of Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) and on the east by Barangay Tabtabagan, Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu). 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.


  • The Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) Municipal Fund, the Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu), 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.


  • 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



  • The success of the Banna (Espiritu) 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.


• The Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) Blend (Rice Coffee with Soya).

The Project Management Staff of Bagnos Multi-purpose Cooperative in the town of Banna (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu), 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 (Espiritu) 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.


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

The SB of Banna (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu)'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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) 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 (Espiritu) 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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  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

Featured News of The Philippines

Updated: February 6, 2023

DILG chief vows to probe drug trades in jails.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch a deeper probe into the illegal drug trade in jail facilities after receiving information of similar incidents in Northern Mindanao. In a media conference here Monday, DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. vowed that through the agency's "Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan" (BIDA), incidents of illegal drugs proliferating in jail facilities will end.

Cebu City police hail 2 nursing students for 'heroism'
CEBU CITY – Two sophomore nursing students here on Monday received commendations from the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), recognizing their “heroism” when they performed first aid to a woman who was attacked by his live-in partner while selling fruits on a downtown sidewalk here. Angyl Faith Ababat and Kristianne Joice Ona, students at the University of Cebu (UC), attended the flag-raising ceremony at the CCPO ground in Camp Sotero Cabahug to receive their award and a plaque of recognition from city police chief, Col. Ireneo Dalogdog.

Source: "PNA.GOV.PH"

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