Badoc is known as the hometown of the famous painter Juna Luna y Novicio. Slowly gaining popularity in the international surfing circuit. The waters off Badoc offer challenging waves and long rides especially during the monsoon season. Those who want to commune with nature may choose to go camping on Badoc island. The water between the island mainland Badoc is a crystal clear and provides breathtaking views of coral reefs and marine life.

Year established: 1714 as a town
Land Area: 6,600 hectares
No. of Barangays: 31
Market days: Monday & Thursday
Fiesta: April 15 to 20
Population: 30,063

Suggested Itinerary

  • Visit the Juan Luna Shrine, the biggest “colonial” house in Badoc. Marking the birthplace of Juan Luna, one of the country’s most celebrated painter, the Luna shrine is a two-level construction of clay bricks and molave wood.
  • Although the church in Badoc is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, it is more renowned as a shrine to La Virgen Milagrosa, the Miraculous Virgin. Her image was allegedly recovered from the sea in 1620, together with another image of the Santo Cristo or Crucified Christ.
  • The wooden image of La Virgen Milagrosa, now the patroness of the Diocese of Laoag, stands in the center of the main retablo in the church. The statue echoes the graceful sway of smaller 17th century images of ivory.
  • Tourists who prefer action should not miss a trip to the Badoc coast, which is slowly gaining a reputation as treasure spot for surfers.


Famous People 


famous_people_juan luan y novicio

Patriot and foremost Filipino painter. Born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, 24 October 1857. Son of Joaquin Luna de San Pedro and Laureana Novicio. Studied in the Ateneo Municipal, Escuela de Bellas Artes and Escuala Nautica in Manila; became a licensed pilot at 17. Pupil of Lorenzo Guerrero, noted Filipino painter. Went to Spain, 1877. Studied in the Academia de Bellas Artes of San Fernando, Madrid. Painted in Rome his first famous work “The Death of Cleopatra,” won gold medal for his “Spoliarium” at the international painting exposition, 1884, in Madrid. Won other medals and honors in Europe. Among his other notable paintings were “The Battle of Lepanto,” “The Blood Compact,” “People and Kings.” Co-worker of Rizal, Lopez-Jaena, Del Pilar and other Filipino reformer in Europe; was in the diplomatic service of the First Philippine Republic. Died in Hong Kong, 7 December 1899.

Images of Badoc


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