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Municipality of Badoc
Welcome sign of Badoc
Welcome sign of Badoc
Official seal of Badoc
Map of Ilocos Norte with Badoc highlighted
Map of Ilocos Norte with Badoc highlighted
Badoc is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°56′N 120°28′E / 17.93°N 120.47°E / 17.93; 120.47Coordinates: 17°56′N 120°28′E / 17.93°N 120.47°E / 17.93; 120.47
Country Philippines
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
ProvinceIlocos Norte
District2nd District
Barangays31 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMaximo Cajigal
 • Electorate19,382 voters (2016)
 • Total76.68 km2 (29.61 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total31,616
 • Density410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)77
Climate typeTropical monsoon climate
Income class3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)223,394,758.61 (2016)
Native languagesIlocano

Badoc, officially the Municipality of Badoc, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 31,616 people.[3]

It is the birthplace of Filipino painter, Juan Luna. The tourist spots in this town are Luna Shrine, Luna Park, Badoc Island, Badoc Church and La Virgin Milagrosa Shrine and beautiful beaches.


Badoc is 448 kilometres (278 mi) from Metro Manila and 39 kilometres (24 mi) from Laoag City, the provincial capital.


Badoc is politically subdivided into 31 barangays.[2]

  • Alay-Nangbabaan (Alay 15-B)
  • Alohog(3)
  • Ar-arusip (13-A)
  • Aring (4-B)
  • Balbaldez (15-A)
  • Camanga
  • Canaan (Poblacion) (1)
  • Caraitan (8)
  • Gabut Norte
  • Gabut Sur
  • Garreta (Poblacion) (2)
  • Labut
  • Lacuben
  • Lubigan (10)
  • Mabusag Norte
  • Mabusag Sur
  • Madupayas
  • Morong (6-A)
  • Nagrebcan
  • Napu
  • La Virgen Milagrosa (Paguetpet)
  • Pagsanahan Norte
  • Pagsanahan Sur
  • Paltit
  • Parang
  • Pasuc (17-B)
  • San Julian (13-B)
  • Santa Cruz Norte (7-A)
  • Santa Cruz Sur (7-B)
  • Saud (4-A)
  • Turod (12)


Population census of Badoc
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 12,564—    
1918 17,598+2.27%
1939 13,231−1.35%
1948 13,573+0.28%
1960 12,210−0.88%
1970 19,000+4.52%
1975 20,805+1.84%
1980 22,330+1.42%
1990 25,627+1.39%
1995 26,737+0.80%
2000 27,862+0.89%
2007 30,063+1.05%
2010 30,708+0.78%
2015 31,616+0.56%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Badoc was 31,616 people,[3] with a density of 410 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,100 inhabitants per square mile.

The La Virgen Milagrosa[edit]

Badoc houses the Sanctuary of the Miraculous Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the La Virgen Milagrosa. History traces the life-sized statue to Nagasaki, Japan. It was sent floating in the sea by missionaries operating in secret in Japan (for fear of persecution during the Tokugawa Regime), along with the Miraculous Statue of the Black Nazarene (Sinait's Santo Cristo Milagroso). It was first found by local fishermen in the shores of Barangay Dadalaquiten of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and Barangay Paguetpet of Badoc, Ilocos Norte. In short, the boundary between Sinait and Badoc, in the year 1620. Only fishermen from Sinait were able to move the Statue of the Black Nazarene. The fishermen from Badoc, unable to move the Black Nazarene, were able to move the La Virgen Milagrosa that came with it—which was, in turn, unable to be moved by the fishermen from Sinait. They took the statues to their respective towns, hence becoming their patron saints. Today The La Virgen Milagrosa is enshrined at the Badoc Church, as Barangay Paguetpet was renamed in honor of the La Virgen Milagrosa.

Places of interest[edit]

Juan Luna Shrine[edit]

Luna Shrine

The Juan Luna Shrine is the reconstructed two storey ancestral house of the painter Juan Luna, the revolutionary general Antonio Luna, and the violinist Manuel Luna. Built in the typical middle class fashion, the house was burned down in 1861 and was rebuilt using clay bricks and molave wood. Now a museum, the shrine houses photos of the Luna family and reproductions of Luna's paintings. The second floor retains the living room, bedrooms, azotea, and chapel, all furnished with period furniture and accessories.

Saint John the Baptist Parish Church[edit]

Badoc Church front

Also known as Badoc Church, St. John the Baptist Parish Church was constructed in 1591 and was once a chapel under the jurisdiction of Sinait. It was formally recognized as a parish in 1714 with St. John the Baptist as patron saint. The baroque church made of stone blocks and brick tiles is credited to Reverend Father Valentin Blovide. It was occupied by the Sambals during the revolution headed by Andres Malong in 1660-61.

The celebrated Philippine painter Juan Luna was baptized in Badoc Church on 27 October 1857. At present, the church houses the miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated under the title Virgin of Miracles, crowned by Catholic bishops in 1980, and was granted a Canonical coronation by Pope Francis in 31 May 2018.

Local Government[edit]

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

Municipal Mayor Maximo D. Cajigal
Municipal Vice Mayor Alwyn G. Rubio
Municipal Councilors
  • Roman S. Torralba
  • Cielito B. Lacuesta
  • Jonathan O. Torralba
  • Jayson G. Rubio
  • Efren Y. Calonge
  • Jennice S. Gorospe
  • Richard G. Cajigal
  • Zenaida A. Idnay
ABC President Virgilio M. Calajate
SK Federated President Wilbert L. Palar


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "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.

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