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|— Region —|
|Regional center||San Fernando City, La Union|
|• Total||13,055 km2 (5,041 sq mi)|
|• Density||360/km2 ( 940/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Languages||Ilocano, Pangasinan, Bolinao, Tagalog, English|
The Ilocos region or Region I (Ilokano: Rehion ti Ilocos, or Deppaar ti Ilocos ; Pangasinan: Rihiyon na Sagor na Baybay na Luzon (Region at the Northwest Coast of Luzon)) is a Region of the Philippines and is located in the northwest of Luzon. It borders to the east the regions of the Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley and to the south the region of Central Luzon. To the west north is the South China Sea.
The region is composed of four provinces, namely: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Its regional center is San Fernando City, La Union. Ilocano speakers compose 66% of the region, and Pangasinan speakers are 27%, and the Tagalogs compose 3%.
Region I occupies the narrow plain between the Cordillera Central mountain range and the South China Sea. It also occupies the northern portion of the Central Luzon plain, to the north-east of the Zambales Mountains.
The Ilocos provinces of the Ilocos Region is the historical homeland of the Ilocanos including Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. The Ilocanos compose 66% of the region, the Pangasinan people compose 27%, and the Tagalogs compose 3%.
Pangasinan is the historical homeland of the Pangasinenses including Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos. The population of Pangasinan comprises approximately 60% of the total population of the region. The Pangasinenses presently constitute around 50% of the population of the province. The Ilocanos were not originally inhabitants of Pangasinan. They started migrating to Pangasinan in the 19th century. Pangasinan was formerly a province of Region III (Central Luzon), but President Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 1, 1972, incorporating it into Region I. Minority groups include the Tinggian and Isneg communities that inhabit the foothills of the Cordillera mountains.
The population is predominantly Roman Catholic with strong adherents of Protestantism such as the Aglipayan denomination further north of the country. There are also adherents to other Christian denominations, such as Iglesia ni Cristo, Mormons, and the like. There is also an undercurrent of traditional animistic beliefs especially in rural areas. The small mercantile Chinese and Indian communities are primarily Buddhists, Taoists, and Hindus.
Region 1 was first inhabited by the aboriginal Negritos before they were pushed by successive waves of Malay/Austronesian immigrants that penetrated the narrow coast. Tingguians in the interior, Ilocanos in the north, and Pangasinense in the south settled the region.
From the data on the population distribution of Region 1, it is clear that not all the inhabitants are Ilocanos. Around one-third are non-Ilocanos and yet there is a popular misconception that all the inhabitants are Ilocanos. The use of the term Ilocos Region promotes the wrong notion that all the residents of Region 1 are Ilocanos. Before the administration of Ferdinand Marcos, Pangasinan was not a part of the region.
The Spanish arrived in the 16th century and established Christian missions and governmental institutions to control the native population and convert them to the Roman Catholic Church. Present-day Vigan City in Ilocos Sur province became the bishopric seat of Nueva Segovia. Ilocanos in the northern parts were less easily swayed, however, and remained an area filled with deep resentments against Spain. These resentments bubbled to the surface at various points in the Ilocos provinces' history as insurrections, most notably that of Andres Malong and Palaris of Pangasinan, Diego Silang and his wife Gabriela Silang in 1764, and the Basi Revolt in the 19th century. However, it was the Pangasinenses in the south who were the last to be stand against the Spaniards.
In 1901, the region came under American colonial rule, and in 1941, under Japanese occupation.
During 1945, the combined American and the Philippine Commonwealth troops including with the Ilocano and Pangasinese guerillas liberated the Ilocos Region from Japanese forces during the Second World War.
Before the formation of the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 1 also included the provinces of Abra, Mountain Province, and Benguet. Before Region 1 was modified by Ferdinand Marcos, Pangasinan was not part of the region.
Although the economy in the southern portion of the region, esp. Pangasinan, is anchored on agro-industrial and service industry, the economy in the northern portion of the region is anchored in the agricultural sector. The economy in Pangasinan is driven by agro-industrial businesses , such as milkfish (bangus) cultivation and processing, livestock raising, fish paste processing (bagoong), and others. At the same time the importance of trading, financial services, and educational services in the economy cannot be denied. Income in the Ilocos provinces or northern portion mostly come from cultivating rice, tobacco, corn, sugarcane, and fruits; raising livestock such as pigs, chicken, goats, and carabaos (water buffalos).
The distribution of the economic activity in the region may be seen from the collection of tax revenue of the national government. The bulk of the collections come from Pangasinan, which posted 61% of the total.
The service and light manufacturing industries are concentrated in the cities. Dagupan City is mostly driven by its local entrepreneurs, which have started to expand its network up to the national level. San Fernando City in La Union also has an international shipping port and the upgraded and soon to be developed San Fernando International Airport. While Laoag City in Ilocos Norte has an international airport.
The tourism industry, driven by local airlines and land transportation firms in the area like Farinas Transit Company and Partas, focuses on the coastal beaches and on eco-tourism. There are fine sands stretching along Bauang, La Union and the rest of the region. Opportunities to engage in other water sports and activities abound. Eco-tourism takes advantage of the marine and forest resources in the region and displays the natural beauty of the Region 1.
Political Divisions 
|Ilocos Norte||Laoag City||568,017||3,399.3||167.1|
|Ilocos Sur||Vigan City||658,587||2,579.6||255.3|
|La Union||San Fernando City||741,906||1,493.1||496.9|
Component Cities 
- Alaminos City, Pangasinan
- Batac City, Ilocos Norte
- Candon City, Ilocos Sur
- Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
- San Carlos City, Pangasinan
- San Fernando City, La Union
- Urdaneta City, Pangasinan
- Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Independent Cities 
- Maria Imelda R. Marcos - Ilocos Norte
- Luis C. Singson - Ilocos Sur
- Manuel C. Ortega - La Union
- Amado Espino, Jr. - Pangasinan
City Mayors 
- Hernani A. Braganza - Alaminos City, Pangasinan
- Jeffrey Jubal C. Nalupta - Batac City, Ilocos Norte
- Allen Gacula Singson - Candon City, Ilocos Sur
- Benjamin S. Lim - Dagupan City, Pangasinan
- Michael V. Fariñas - Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
- Julier C. Resuello - San Carlos City, Pangasinan
- Pablo Ortega - San Fernando City, La Union
- Amadeo Gregorio Eugenio Perez IV - Urdaneta City, Pangasinan
- Eva Marie Singson - Medina - Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Tourist attractions 
Ilocos Norte 
- Marcos Museum
- Sinking Belltower, Laoag City
- Paoay Lake
- Fort Ilocandia Hotel
- Paoay Golf Course
- Paoay Church
- Laoag Cathedral
- Aglipay Shrine
- Malacanang Of The North
- Patapat Bridge
- Ilocos Norte Capitol
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
- Bangui Windmills
- Ilocos Norte Museum
- Juan Luna Shrine
- Ricarte Park and Shrine
- Badoc Church
- Sarrat Church
- Dap-ayan, Laoag, Ilocos Norte Food Court and Ilocos Norte Products
- La Paz Sandunes, Laoag, Ilocos Norte Fine Sandunes
- Robinsons Place Ilocos Norte
- Pamulinawen Hotel
- Plaza Maestro Complex, Batac City
Ilocos Sur 
- Heritage City of Vigan
- Vigan Cathedral
- Sinait Church (Sanctuary of Santo Cristo Milagroso)
- Ilocos Sur Capitol
- Santa Maria Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Pinsal Falls (Largest Waterfall of Region I - Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur)
- Bantay Church and Belltower (Sanctuary of Nuestra Senora de La Caridad)
- Quirino Bridge in Bantay
- Plaza Maestro Complex, Vigan City
- Tirad Pass
- Sundial in Tagudin
- Santiago Cove
- Paraiso ni Juan in Narvacan
La Union 
- La Union Capitol
- Pindangan Ruins
- La Union Botanical Garden
- Wallace Air Station
- Thunderbird Resort and Casino
- La Union Surfing Capital (San Juan)
- Bauang Beach
- Poro Point (sea port)
- Hundred Islands
- Pangasinan Capitol
- The Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag
- San Carlos City Plaza
- San Juan River in San Carlos City
- Bonuan Blue Beach in Dagupan City
- Antong Falls
- Cacupangan Cave
- Mount Balungao
- Manleluag Spring National Park
- Sanctuario de Senor Divino Tesoro
- Salasa Church
- Lingayen Gulf War Museum
- Bolinao Museum
- Oceanographic Marine Laboratory
- Red Arrow Marker of the WWII 32nd US Infantry Division
- Rock Garden Resort
- Umbrella Rocks
- Urduja House
- St. John Cathedral Garden
- Caves in Bolinao
- Boat ride in Pantal River
- Cape Bolinao Lighthouse in Bolinao
- Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center
- Hundred Islands Marine Sanctuary
- Tondol Beach
- Tambobong White Beach
- Blue Beach
- Pergola Plaza in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan
See also 
- National Statistics Office
- Rosario Mendoza Cortes, Pangasinan, 1801-1900: The Beginnings of Modernization
- Presidential Decree No. 1, 1972
- Culture and History by Nick Joaquin
- National Statistical Coordination Board
- "List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 2008-10-27. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- Executive Order No. 561: FORMATION OF THE "SUPER" REGIONS AND MANDATE OF THE SUPERREGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAMPIONS
- North Luzon Super Region: Potentials
- North Luzon Super Region: Projects
- Ilocano: Ti Pagsasao ti Amianan
- Ilocos Region at WN
- NAKEM Centennial Conference