|Municipality of San Nicolas|
Robinsons Place Ilocos Norte
Map of Ilocos Norte with San Nicolas highlighted
|Barangays||24 (see Barangays)|
|o Mayor||Alfredo P. Valdez Jr.|
|o Vice Mayor||Edistio P. Valdez|
|o Congressman||Eugenio Angelo M. Barba|
|o Electorate||24,507 voters (2019)|
|o Total||40.18 km2 (15.51 sq mi)|
|o Density||910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|Climate type||tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||2nd municipal income class|
|Revenue (?)||143,379,358.85 (2016)|
San Nicolas (Ilocano: Ili ti San Nicolas; Filipino: Bayan ng San Nicolas), officially the Municipality of San Nicolas, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,736 people.
The present name of San Nicolas was given in the year 1733, after Saint Nicholas de Tolentino who was believed to have protected the people against floods, earthquakes, fires, typhoons and other calamities. It is significant that in Ilocos Norte, only San Nicolas was named after a Saint.
Like any other town in the ancient province of (Ilocos Province)San Nicolas was established by (Augustinian)missionaries. Vigan, the first Spanish mission center in this region, was founded in 1575. In the year 1572, when the Spaniards first explored the Laoag (Padsan) River, they met hostile resistance from the natives of San Nicolas and Laoag. In another expedition dispatched from Vigan in 1584 San Nicolas was established and Laoag followed a year later.
San Nicolas Catholic Church built in 1701 is one of the oldest buildings in this province. Its original structure is one of the must see places of the town. The Church and the attached Santa Rosa Academy Building, the well preserved Municipal Hall and the old Town Plaza sprawled between them constitute the heart of the town center. These buildings and structures are originally built and continue to be festooned with earthen bricks, which is among the products of the surviving local.
The Municipality of San Nicolas is politically divided into 24 barangays:
|Names of Barangay||Type||BarangayNo.||Local Names|
|San Juan Bautista||Urban||6|
San Nicolas has a tropical savanna climate with warm to hot temperatures year round. Temperatures dips sightly during the winter months between December to February.
|Climate data for San Nicolas|
|Average high °C (°F)||30.0
|Daily mean °C (°F)||24.4
|Average low °C (°F)||18.8
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||11.8
|Average rainy days||1||1||1||2||8||15||17||20||15||8||5||2||95|
In the 2015 census, the population of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, was 36,736 people, with a density of 910 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,400 inhabitants per square mile.
Christianity is the predominant religion in the Philippines and is likewise the same in San Nicolas. Among the Christian denominations, the Catholic and Philippine Independent Churches make up the majority. Other Christian denominations represented in the town include Baptists, Pentecostals, Mormons, Charismatics and Jehovah's Witnesses. Below are the religious building situated in San Nicolas:
Pottery making is the main trademark of San Nicolas. It was introduced by the Spaniards mainly in Barangay 8, and they called it Alfareria, meaning "Art of Pottery". Other traditional crafts include the making of Tagapulot, Lapida, Chicharon and Longganisa. The town also has a large ricefields.
San Nicolas is known for its car stores and sales. In Ilocos Norte, San Nicolas is the only one who has new car dealers. There are also many businesses inside Robinson's Mall and SM Save More.
Municipal Mayor: Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr.
Municipal Vice Mayor: Edistio P. Valdez
ABC President: Juanito P. Ulep, Jr.
PPSK President: Inno Ma. Angelo Paulo O. Hernando
Shield, derived from the Provincial Seal of Ilocos Norte
Gear, symbolizes the systematic livelihood of the people of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
Tong and Hammer, represents the blacksmithing and labor
Jar, signifies the pottery industry which dates back to the Spanish time
Hide, denotes tannoing and leather craft
Water, represents the irrigation system that produces two croppings a year
Carabao Head, the common work-animal; friend of the farmer; symbolizes agriculture
San Nicolas is a place of historic buildings. Examples are San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church and San Nicolas Municipal Hall.
Basketball is widely played in the town.Every year,there is a competition in Basketball sponsored by the local government.As the countries' National Game, Sepak Takraw is also played.Volleyball,Baseball,Softball and Badminton is also played mainly in schools.