Component City
City of Batac

Batac Government Building South Wing

Nickname(s): Home of Great Leaders; City of my Dreams

Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Batac

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 18°03′N 120°34′E / 18.050°N 120.567°E / 18.050; 120.567Coordinates: 18°03′N 120°34′E / 18.050°N 120.567°E / 18.050; 120.567
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Norte
District 2nd District
Founded 1577
Cityhood June 23, 2007
Barangays 43
  Mayor Albert D. Chua (NP)
  Vice Mayor Jeffrey Jubal C. Nalupta (NP)
  Total 161.06 km2 (62.19 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
  Total 55,201
  Density 340/km2 (890/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2906
Dialing code 77
Income class 5th class

Batac is a city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is located in the northwest corner of Luzon island, about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from the eastern shores of the South China Sea. The municipalities of Banna, Currimao, Paoay, Pinili, Sarrat, Marcos and San Nicolas form its boundaries. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 55,201.[3]

Batac is known as the "Home of Great Leaders", as it is the hometown of many significant figures in the history of the Philippines. Among them is the former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. It is also the birthplace of Gregorio Aglipay, the founder of the Philippine Independent Church, better known as the Aglipayan Church, and Gen. Artemio Ricarte, the "Father of the Philippine Army". Batac is well known for being the home of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), a high-degree-granting university that has several branches throughout the province.


Batac was founded by the Augustinians in 1587 under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. It is the second oldest town established by the Augustinians in the province of Ilocos Norte. Hence, in 1987, Batac reached its 4th centennial.

Batac was officially organized into a ministry on January 5, 1586. The first priest assigned to cathecize the natives of tile community was Esteban Marin, an Augustinian who probably arrived in Batac in 1585. Paoay and Dinglas (Dingras) were then the visitas of Batac.

Folk history states that there were two villages in Batac during the early part of tile foundation of the town, one was an Itneg community which occupied sitio Nangalisan and a Christian community occupying San José.

The first site of tile poblacion was in San José, which is now called Barangay Palpalicong. It is said that the ethnic minority groups of Bangui and Nueva Era are the pre-Spanish descendants of early inhabitants of Batac.

The Augustinians considered the people of Batac more civilized than tile other tribes, because they were better than the other "Indios" in personal cleanliness.

Origin of the city's name

The word Batac translates as "pull" in the Ilocano language. More loosely, it refers to "the people's pulling their efforts together."

Batac has an interesting colloquial origin of its name. According to a legend, set in pre-settlement Batac, a man fell into a deep hole while he was digging for the root crop "camangeg". He struggled to get out but could not despite his best efforts. He cried for help but nobody was around. He waited for hours and had given up hope of being saved. Fortunately, two men from the neighboring town of Paoay happened to pass by. They heard the man shouting and traced it to where he was trapped. Upon seeing him, they heard the man said "Batakennak! Batakennak!" The two men did not understand until the man explained that he was saying, "Pull me up! Pull me up!" They did just that. When the two men reached their hometown, they told their story to their friends. Since then, the town has been called "Batac," which is derived from the word "batakennak."



Batac is politically subdivided into 43 barangays, 14 of which constitute the poblacion.[2]

  • Brgy.1-S Valdez (Caoayan) (Pob.)
  • Brgy.1-N Ricarte (Nalasin) (Pob.)
  • Brgy.2 Ablan (Labucao) (Pob.)
  • Brgy.3, Cangrunaan (Pob.)
  • Brgy.4, Nalupta (Suabit) (Pob.)
  • Brgy.5, Callaguip (Pob.)
  • Brgy.6, San Julian (Pob.)
  • Brgy.7, Caunayan (Pob.)
  • Brgy.8, Acosta (Iloilo) (Pob.)
  • Brgy.9, Aglipay (Pob.)
  • Brgy.10-S, Barani (Pob.)
  • Brgy.10-N, Lacub (Pob.)
  • Brgy.11 Ben-Agan (Pob.)
  • Brgy.12, Palpalicong (Pob.)
  • Brgy.13, Baay
  • Brgy.14, Bungon
  • Brgy.15, Baligat
  • Brgy.16-S, Quiling Sur
  • Brgy.16-N, Quiling Norte
  • Brgy.17, Tabug
  • Brgy.18, Magnuang
  • Brgy.19, Pimentel (Cubol)
  • Brgy.20-S, Mabaleng
  • Brgy.20-N, Colo
  • Brgy.21, Quiom
  • Brgy.22, Maipalig
  • Brgy.23, Bininggan
  • Brgy.24, Sumader
  • Brgy.25-N, Camguidan
  • Brgy.25-S, Payao
  • Brgy.26, Parangopong
  • Brgy.27-E, Capacuan
  • Brgy.27-W, Naguirangan
  • Brgy.28, San Mateo
  • Brgy.29, San Pedro
  • Brgy.30-E, Baoa East
  • Brgy.30-W, Baoa West
  • Brgy.31, Camandingan
  • Brgy.32, Palongpong
  • Brgy.33-S, Rayuray
  • Brgy.33-N, Nagbacalan
  • Brgy.34, Dariwdiw
  • Brgy.35, Bil-loca


Population census of Batac
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 43,092    
1995 45,534+1.04%
2000 47,682+0.99%
2007 50,675+0.84%
2010 53,542+2.02%
2015 55,201+0.58%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][11]


The Batac City Public Market touted as one of the biggest in the region offers a wide array of goods - freshly picked local vegetables and fruits, handicrafts, tincrafts, pottery, native delicacies, chicharon, longganisa, wet market treats and many others. The Delicia Center, located adjacent to the City Public Market, contains RTW shops, banks, appliance stores, farm supplies, pharmacies, groceries, a lottery outlet and many more. The Delicia Center and the City Public Market form part of the commercial district of Batac City.

With the presence of the Central Bank of the Philippines Cash Unit in the Batac City Government Center, financial institutions continue to spawn - Philippine National Bank, RCBC, Metrobank, Land Bank, BPI, Bank of Commerce, BDO and other local banks. Proof that Batac City is offering a good business climate to investors.

The Plaza Maestro Complex, one of the most modern shopping centers in the province caters to the needs of the new generation, offering two of the country's top fast food chains (Jollibee and Chowking), several boutique shops, a drugstore and a photo shop, among others. A stone's throw away from the commercial complex are bakeshops and a local pizza house.


Batac National High School (BNHS) is the most popular high school in the city. It has three campuses: Poblacion, Bungon and Payao.

The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) is a comprehensive institution of higher learning in the Ilocos Region. MMSU's root anchored deep, its foundation is strong, and its beginnings all proven historical turning points as far back as the early 1900s.

The city has one Catholic School, The Immaculate Conception Academy. It was named after Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of the city. It is under the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS). It was founded in 1963. It is located beside the Immaculate Conception Parish.


The President Ferdinand E. Marcos Monument at the Batac Mini Park
Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

The Marcos Museum and Mausoleum lies in the heart of the city. The Mausoleum is where the glass-entombed, preserved corpse of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos is found. The Museum holds the memorabilia of the late President, from his stint in the Armed Forces down to his presidency. Other notable sons of Batac include Gen. Artemio Ricarte, the Father of the Philippine Army and Msgr. Gregorio Aglipay, the founder of the Philippine Independent Church. Monuments and shrines of these heroes had been erected and named after them.

The Batac Riverside Empanadaan is a showcase of the most famous product of Batac and a hallmark of tourism promotion. A home of Batac's array of products, gift shops, food stalls offering mouth watering treats like empanada, miki, longganisa, pusit, barbecue and others. Declared by a feng shui practitioner as a very good location to do business in the area, now serves as a "mini pueblo" or a mini-mall where people converge, eat, dine, shop and while the time away.

When it comes to Empanada, Batac offers the best. With a distinct taste truly its own, it is made of a savory filling of grated green papaya, mongo, chopped Ilocano Sausage (longganisa) and egg. The dough that serves as its thin and crisp wrapper is made of rice flour. Batac Empanada is deep-fried rather than baked.

The city has two festivals, The Farmers Festival and The Empanada Festival. The Farmers’ Festival, conducted in the first week of May each year is a celebration of bountiful harvest and a tribute to the farmers of the city. It is participated by the rural barangays of the city. The Empanada Festival is a festivity held on the 23rd of June in celebration of the City's Charter Day. The main feature of the festival is the street dancing which chronicles the process of preparing the delectable Batac Empanada.

The Batac City Fiesta, a month-long festivity commencing on the 8th of December, is the longest fiesta in the Province of Ilocos Norte. The fiesta is celebrated in honor of the city's patroness, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The fabulous Electric and Lights Parade marks the beginning of the City Fiesta every December 8.

Local government

Term of Office: June 30, 2016 – June 30, 2019

Position Name of City Official
City Mayor Hon. Albert D. Chua
City Vice - Mayor Hon. Jeffrey Jubal C. Nalupta
City Councilor Hon. Gwyneth S. Quidang
City Councilor Hon. Medeldorf M. Gaoat
City Councilor Hon. Joel R. Garcia
City Councilor Hon. Elmer D. Pungtilan
City Councilor Hon. Jeremiah C. Nalupta
City Councilor Hon. Avelard Ibarra F. Crisostomo
City Councilor Hon. MacArthur A. Aguinaldo
City Councilor Hon. Bernardo K. Marders
City Councilor Hon. Jaime S. Tanagon, Sr.
City Councilor Hon. Mary Coleen Columbia L. Cajigal
ABC President Hon. Johann C. Nalupta
SK President (Vacant)

List of Mayors

Notable people from Batac City

Sister cities


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