2018, February 2
THE PROVINCE of Ilocos Norte will celebrate her 200th founding anniversary this February 2, 2018, through a series of events highlighting Ilocano culture and history. Two centuries ago, a Spanish Royal Decree split the Provincia de Ilocos into what are now known as Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. stemmed from a series of revolts in 1807, 1810, 1812, and 1816, mainly originating from the northern Ilocos province. Most notable among these is the Basi Revolt ledby Pedro Mateo and Saralogo Ambaristo, launched mainly in response to the Spaniard colonizers’ attempted monopolization of basi, or sugarcane wine.