Adams, Ilocos Norte

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Municipality of Adams
Official seal of Adams
Map of Ilocos Norte with Adams highlighted
Map of Ilocos Norte with Adams highlighted
Adams is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 18°27′48″N 120°54′19″E / 18.46333°N 120.90528°E / 18.46333; 120.90528Coordinates: 18°27′48″N 120°54′19″E / 18.46333°N 120.90528°E / 18.46333; 120.90528
Country Philippines
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
ProvinceIlocos Norte
District1st District
FoundedMay 16, 1983
Barangays1 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRosalia Dupagen
 • Electorate1,356 voters (2016)
 • Total159.31 km2 (61.51 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total1,792
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)77
Climate typeTropical monsoon climate
Income class5th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)46,855,154.51 (2016)
Native languagesIlocano

Adams, officially the Municipality of Adams, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 1,792 people.[3]


Adams is located in the northern coast of the province. It is bordered by Pagudpud in the north, by Santa Praxedes, Cagayan in the northeast, Calanasan, Apayao in the east, Dumalneg in the west and Vintar in the south. The road access to the municipality is mainly from Brgy. Pancian, Pagudpud. The geographic coordinates of Adams are 18° 28' 0 N, 120° 54' 0 E. Adam's villages are far from each other with Sitio Bucarot as the farthest one, located on the side of the mountain distant from the poblacion of Adams. It takes about three hours of hiking to get there. Adams can be accessed by motorcycle only, not by tricycle or anything with four wheels.


Adams is composed of only one barangay: Adams Proper. Adams is the largest barangay in the Philippines, even larger than Bagong Silang in Caloocan, Metro Manila. However, there is a proposal to divide the town into five Barangays, namely:

  • Bugnay
  • Malasin
  • Adams (Poblacion)
  • Saplid
  • Bucarot (a disputed area)

Note: Sitio Bucarot is still a dispute territory between Adams, Ilocos Norte, and Calanasan, Apayao. Due to the ongoing issue, there are two Barangay Halls, two basketball courts and other government buildings situated in Sitio Bucarot. [1]


Population census of Adams
YearPop.±% p.a.
1939 209—    
1948 170−2.27%
1960 414+7.70%
1970 560+3.06%
1975 863+9.06%
1980 1,213+7.04%
1990 1,119−0.80%
1995 1,287+2.66%
2000 1,480+3.04%
2007 1,522+0.39%
2010 1,785+5.97%
2015 1,792+0.07%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Adams, Ilocos Norte, was 1,792 people,[3] with a density of 11 inhabitants per square kilometre or 28 inhabitants per square mile.

Adams' population is a mixture of different tribes like Ilocanos, Yapayaos, Immallods, Kankanaeys, and Bago.[7]


Local products produced include:

  • Saplid - local for soft broom
  • Wine - just like Tapuey or rice wine
  • Tropical wine - it depends on the season. Example of fruit wine is Bugnay Wine.

Local government[edit]

As of the term 2013-2016, these are the elected officials of Adams:

  • Mayor: Eric T. Bawingan
  • Vice Mayor: Warner A. Poking
  • Councilors:
    • Rosalia D. Dupagen
    • Bernard D. Cabradilla
    • Eddie Boy A. Suniga
    • Julian D. Dato Jr.
    • Michaela B. Dupagen
    • Pio B. Acupan
    • Antonio D. Tarnate
    • Teodoro D. Dupagen

Government seal[edit]

Adams Ilocos Norte.png

Shield , derived from the Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte

The Seal as a Whole, its white background speaks of the people’s simple way of living; it further suggest that their lifestyle are not yet blemished nor corrupted by civilization and modernization.

Mountain Ranges, Verdant Field and River, show the topography of the place as a potential source of wealth and livelihood.

Mountain Ranges, depict the lofty ideals and the high hopes of the people for a progressive and attractive place to live in.


Adams is composed of 18 waterfalls and 10 hanging bridges, including:

  • Maligligay Falls
  • Mareprep Falls
  • Anuplig Falls - considered the premier falls in Adams
  • Inuwayan Falls
  • Cabacan Falls
  • Anat Falls
  • Kanayupan Falls
  • Abbas Falls
  • Aki Falls - a Y-shaped falls
  • Adams' Hanging Bridge - the longest hanging bridge in Ilocos Norte
  • Bolo River - beautiful because of its crystal waters
  • avis falls°


  • Tadek- Bagat Festival (April 16–18) - presentation of the songs and dances of the different tribes of Adams.
  • Foundation Day of Adams (May 16) - commemoration of the creation of Adams.


Local foods include balbollosa (wild eggplant), ubog (rattan shoots), chicken with cardis, aba (gabi), kukutit (crushed crablets), fried frogs, kiwet (eel) and salads. There's also tapuey (rice wine) and Bugnay (fruit wine).


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Ilocos Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Ilocos Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ Wallace, Ben J. (2006). The changing village environment in Southeast Asia: applied anthropology and environmental reclamation in the northern Philippines. Psychology Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-415-36484-3.

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