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Facade of the church of Dingras
Facade of the church of Dingras
Official seal of Dingras
Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Dingras
Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Dingras
Dingras is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 18°06′33″N 120°41′34″E / 18.10917°N 120.69278°E / 18.10917; 120.69278Coordinates: 18°06′33″N 120°41′34″E / 18.10917°N 120.69278°E / 18.10917; 120.69278
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Norte
District 2nd District
Founded 1598
Barangays 31
 • Mayor Erdio E. Valenzuela
 • Total 96.00 km2 (37.07 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 38,562
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2913
IDD:area code +63 (0)77
Income class 2nd class; rural
Website www.dingras.gov.ph

Dingras is a second class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 38,562 people.[3]

The Municipality of Dingras has a total area of 17,962 hectares, ranking 8th in size among the 23 municipalities including Laoag City. It accounts for practically 5.2% of the total land area of Ilocos Norte and corresponding percentage to the municipal area composed of thirty one (31) barangays. Six (6) are on the Poblacion and twenty five (25) in the rural area. Out of the total area 6,305 hectares is devoted to rice and corn production. Other non-productive areas are devoted to livestock production, swine production and other livelihood projects. Most of the population are engaged in farming as the primary source of income.[needs update]


Dingras is politically subdivided into 31 barangays.[2]

Brgy Name Population
Albano Poblacion
Parado Bangay
Dancel Poblacion
San Marcos
Francisco Surrate
San Esteban
Sulquiano Sidiran
Guerrero Poblacion
Madamba Poblacion
Ver Naglayaan
San Marcelino Padong
Puruganan Poblacion
Peralta Poblacion
Root Baldias


The Legend of DINGRAS

As in other communities, the town of Dingras has an interesting legend as to how its name evolved. The legend, as handed down from generation to generation, was classically romantic, a gallant heir - warrior fighting for a lady’s love.

In the early times, there were two prosperous barangays in the present site of the town each one ruled by a powerful chief or datu. They were bitter and mortal enemies. Naslag was the powerful chief of the barangay north of the river while Allawigan was the chief of the south of the river. One day, Allawigan and his warriors went to hunt. Rass, his son, was the bravest among them. During the hunt, Ras followed the deer, which went north across the river. While he was watching the fleeing deer, he saw a beautiful damsel gathering wild flowers on the opposite side of the riverbank. She was Ding, the daughter of Naslag. To help the lady, Ras gathered the most beautiful flowers near him; put them at the head of his arrow and shoot near the lady’s feet. Ding looked at the other side of the river and waved her hands. Ras went home happily.

Ras begged his father for permission to win Ding for his wife. But because the fathers of Ding and Ras were bitter enemies, the only way he could win her was in the open battle fiercely fought between the two tribes. Ras led his father’s warriors. They fought valiant and came out victorious in the end. Ras asked for Ding as a prize but Naslag refused. This angered him and hurled a challenge to the bravest warrior of Naslag in single combat with Ding as prize. The challenge was accepted. The combat was fought, and again, Ras was victorious. He brought Ding triumphantly to Allawigan, his father. Thereafter, the people named the two barangays Dingras, after Ras, their valiant warrior ruler, and Ding, his beautiful wife.


Population census of Dingras
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 15,792 —    
1918 21,388 +2.04%
1939 22,434 +0.23%
1948 24,481 +0.97%
1960 28,308 +1.22%
1970 22,751 −2.16%
1975 25,530 +2.34%
1980 26,511 +0.76%
1990 30,519 +1.42%
1995 31,485 +0.59%
2000 33,310 +1.22%
2007 35,793 +1.00%
2010 37,021 +1.24%
2015 38,562 +0.78%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Dingras was 38,562 people,[3] with a density of 400 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,000 inhabitants per square mile.

Longest Bibingka[edit]

On October 9, 2007, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines eyed a "Guinness World Records" certification after baking a kilometer-long "bibingka" (native cake) made from 1,000 kilos of cassava and eaten by 1,000 residents.[7]

List of Cultural Properties of Dingras[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 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. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Ilocos Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, Ilocos Norte town makes 'longest bibingka'
  8. ^ Dela Torre 2006, p. 174


  • Dela Torre, Visitacion (2006). The Ilocos Heritage. Makati City: Tower Book House. ISBN 978-971-91030-9-7. 

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