ABOUT BACNOTAN

Bacnotan, Officially the Municipality of Bacnotan (Ilocano: Ili ti Bacnotan, Filipino: Bayan ng Bacnotan), is a First (1st) class municipality in the Province of La Union, Philippines. Bacnotan is also the seat of the beekeeping industry in the province.

Surfing has become quite popular as well, surfers having discovered that there is a surfable break beside the Holcim Cement Factory. While there are no surfboard rentals yet, instructors from the nearby town of Urbiztondo have been known to bring their students to Bacnotan for lessons. The sand bottom causes an inconsistency in wave quality but is usually reliable for learning.

Schools in Bacnotan include the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, the North Provincial High School(now known as Bacnotan National High School), the Bacnotan Elementary, other elementary schools located in various barangays, and a prep-school operated by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

Mostly involve farming, fishing, bee-keeping, pebble extraction, tourism, and portland cement manufacturer.

CLIMATE

The climate in Bacnotan is dry from November to May and wet from mid-May to October. The south-west monsoon brings an abundant rainfall experience during the wet season. The relatively dry season is caused by the north-east monsoon passing over the Cordillera Mountain Range.
Average temperature is 27.2 °C (81.0 °F).

BARANGAYS

Bacnotan is politically subdivided into 47 barangays.

Poblacion
Agtipal
Arosip
Bacqui
Bacsil
Bagutot
Ballogo
Baroro
Bitalag
Bulala
Burayoc
Bussaoit
Cabaroan
Cabarsican
Cabugao
Calautit
Carcarmay
Casiaman
Galongen
Guinabang
Legleg
Lisqueb
Mabanengbeng I
Mabanengbeng II
Maragayap
Nagatiran
Nagsaraboan
Nagsimbaanan
Nangalisan
Narra
Ortega
Oya-oy
Paagan
Pang-pang
Pandan
Quirino
Raois
Salincob
San Martin
Sta. Cruz
Sta. Rita
Sapilang
Say-oan
Sipulo
Tammocalao
Ubbog
Zaragosa

NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM THIS MUNICIPALITY

Bacnotan has produced notable personalities in various endeavors. Some of them as follows:

Erlinda Fadera-Basilio – Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland; first woman Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council. Currently Philippine ambassador to China, Mongolia and North Korea.

Fr. Bienvenido Nebres – longest – serving university president of Ateneo de Manila University