Everybody loves a show, and a small stage-decked out in provincial style, has been set up for lectures and informal performances for the benefit of small groups. A 15-minute video provides an introduction of Ilocos Norte musical traditions.

Musical Instruments

  Bamboo has been the source of many musical instruments in the province: pito (flute), kulkultong (bamboo zither) and (jaws harp), among others. Other traditional instruments are the ludag (log drum) and tangguyob (carabao horn). Western-influenced instruments include the arpa (harp) and tambor (drum).


  The market is regarded as a social and economic institution by the people of Ilocos Norte. In Laoag, the market is open everyday. In smaller towns, market day is held once or twice a week. Here, one can find sellers and buyers haggling with each other. Noisy vendors broadcast the merits of their goods. For


  Every farmer in Ilocos Norte is pre-occupied with the innate desire to produce as much of his needs as possible. Despite the poor quality of the soil, the Ilocano farmer manages to wrest a bountiful harvest from the land.


  This modest structure is usually found in the barangay. Made from light materials, its cool confines are where barangay officials usually holds their meetings. Young and old enjoy sliced green mangoes; tamarind and other fruits in season dashed with salt or dipped in vinegar, while neighbors exchange the freshest news.

Abel Iloco

Historically, Ilocos Norte has been one of the most notable producers of textiles in the country. On view are samples of clothing and weaves popular until a few generations ago.