1999 – 2005 Chronology

(November 09, 2005 to January 09, 2006)

A Chronology of Ilocos Norte History


November 12

Inauguration of Museo Ilocos Norte.  The collections are housed in the old Tabacalera building, which also housed another ethnographic museum realized by then First Lady Imelda Marcos in September 11, 1977.  The present Museo was set up as a project of the Gameng Foundation, chaired by Irene Marcos-Araneta. Budget: P4.8 million.

November 27

Assassination of the Vice Mayor of Currimao, Wilbur Go, in an ambush at 10:30 p.m. at Barangay Salugan, Currimao, by unidentified gunmen.

December 31

The province joined the rest of the world in welcoming the Third Millennium. At the Provincial Capitol, a Sarabo Concert was held featuring local bands and the Manila-based Introvoys. The celebration was capped with a fireworks display and confetti shower.


A time capsule containing documents about Ilocos Norte, was buried in front of Museo Ilocos Norte. The ceremony was led by Governor Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. The capsule will be exhumed and re-opened in 2100


January 26

The management of McDonald’s restaurant was requested by the Governor to lower its sign post since the famous letter M was “ruin[ing] Laoag City’s skyline”.

February 2
The Provincial Government officially turned over the management of Museo Ilocos Norte to the Gameng Foundation.

February 12
The Pilgrim Relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus were brought to Laoag for a brief stopover.

March 2
The roof of the grandstand fronting the Provincial Capitol was dismantled, to give a better view of the Capitol’s formal architecture.

On-going massive renovation of the Provincail Capitol building. Budget: P10.8 million.

Early July
Typhoon Edeng, hovering for three days over the Ilocos Norte coastline, caused damages totaling P5.45 million and left three people dead. The Sangguniang Panglungsod passed a resolution declaring Laoag City under a state of calamity.

Extension of Laoag City Hall. Budget: P20 million.

The Laboratory High Schools of Mariano Marcos State University in the Laoag and Batac campuses are respectively ranked 22nd and 36th in the country and number 1 in the city and Region I according to the National Secondary Achievement Test.

October (2nd week)
The Laoag City Tourism Council conducted a study concerning the rehabilitation of the area surrounding the Cathedral belltower. The study recommended the demolition of all structures within a radius of seven meters around the tower, to pave the way for a park.

October (3rd week)
Archaeologists from the National Museum conducted a preliminary excavation on two sections inside and outside the St. Augustine Church in Paoay, which is one of the Philippine sites inscribed in the World Heritage List. Below the church’s floor were found seven human skulls and assorted human bones. Other artifacts included pieces of local pottery and a plate shard that could be traced back to the Yuan period, or sometime in the 13th-14th century A.D.

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