According to the old folks, the city's name was derived from a local term which means "light". History further reveals that way back in the Hispanic era, an Augustinian missionary had commented that Laoag has a clear atmosphere presenting a beautiful sky - so explained its name.
The city of Laoag, the Sparkling Gem of Ilocandia, is located at the west central part of the Province of Ilocos Norte bordering the China Sea.
Laoag City is the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte and is located approximately 475 kilometers away from Manila. Through the years, the city has undergone a lot of improvements and has continuously been growing and progressing because of its geographical location and the good-natured characteristics of its people.
Attractions like the Cafe Bojeador Lighthouse which stands on a promontory in Burgos, 45 kilometers north of Laoag City; Malacanang of the North, which is the ancestral house of the Marcoses in Batac, overlooking the legendary Paoay Lake are just one of the few structures that Ilocos Norte is known for.
Visit this nostalgic capital of Ilocos Norte and experience an unforgettable trip into the colonial history of the Philippines.
Philippine Airlines flies between Manila and Laoag daily.