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View of the Saint Anne Parish Church from the church patio
View of the Saint Anne Parish Church from the church patio
Official seal of Piddig
Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Piddig
Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Piddig
Piddig is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 18°10′N 120°44′E / 18.17°N 120.73°E / 18.17; 120.73Coordinates: 18°10′N 120°44′E / 18.17°N 120.73°E / 18.17; 120.73
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Norte
District 1st District
Barangays 23
 • Mayor Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen
 • Total 216.20 km2 (83.48 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 21,497
 • Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2912
IDD:area code +63 (0)77
Income class 3rd class; rural

Piddig is a third class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 21,497 people.[3]

The town is known for its role in the Basi Revolt, led by Pedro Mateo, a native of Piddig. Today, Piddig is known for its basi and for their sariwagwag, a dish made out of gabi leaves with fresh shrimps that are freshly gathered from their rich river.

Piddig's terrain is hilly with rice plains interspersed in between. It sits at a higher elevation than most of the towns in Ilocos Norte. It is a great place for a day hike, if one does not mind traversing through rivers, forests, and fields. The municipio (town hall) is located on top of a hill offering panoramic views of fields and mountains.

Almost each barrio or barangay in Piddig has its own elementary school. The town capital Anao, historically had two, Piddig Central (North) and South Piddig Central elementary schools. Astonishingly, both schools are situated next to each other north of town. Obviously, South Central is a stone's throw south of Piddig Central. The schools' rivalry is legendary. In the late 1980s the schools merged as one, Piddig Central. There are three high schools in Piddig: Don Salustiano Aquino Memorial National High School(Piddig National High School), Roosevelt High School, and St. Anne Academy (Catholic). However, many students attend high schools in nearby Laoag City.

Piddig is the birthplace of Teófilo Yldefonso, a Filipino swimmer who is the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal, and the only Filipino to win multiple medals.


Piddig is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[2]

  • Ab-abut
  • Anao (Pob.)
  • Arua-ay
  • Payyong
  • Bimmanga
  • Boyboy
  • Cabaroan (Pob.)
  • Calambeg
  • Calluza
  • Dupitac
  • Estancia
  • Gayamat
  • Lagandit
  • Libnaoan
  • Loing (Pob.)
  • Maab-abaca
  • Mangitayag
  • Maruaya
  • San Antonio
  • Santa Maria
  • Sucsuquen
  • Tangaoan
  • Tonoton


Population census of Piddig
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 17,078 —    
1995 17,797 +0.78%
2000 19,059 +1.48%
2007 20,034 +0.69%
2010 20,606 +1.03%
2015 21,497 +0.81%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

In the 2015 census, the population of Piddig was 21,497 people,[3] with a density of 99 inhabitants per square kilometre or 260 inhabitants per square mile.

List of Cultural Properties in Piddig[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Ilocos Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Province of Ilocos Norte". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 

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