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Most Famous Ilocano Religious and Historical Figures (Mga Kilalang Bayaning Ilocano)

The figures below are FBIs,"Full Blooded Ilocanos".

Many Ilocanos played a vital role in shaping the history of the Philippines. Here’s a list of popular religious and historical figures of Ilocano blood in Philippine History.

1.) Pedro Almazan

Pedro Almazan was an Ilocano leader from Laoag. He was proclaimed and crowned King of Ilocos and led the First Ilocos Revolt against the Spanish regime in January 1661.

2.) Diego Silang

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Diego Silang, born in Aringay, La Union, was a revolutionary leader who conspired with British forces to overthrow Spanish rule in the northern Philippines and establish an independent Ilocano nation.

3.) Josefa Gabriela Silang

María Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, born is Santa, Ilocos Sur, was the wife of the Ilocano insurgent leader, Diego Silang. Following Diego’s assassination in 1763, she led the group for four months before she was captured and executed. She is regarded as Ilocandia’s “Joan of Arc”.

4.) Jose Burgos

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Jose Burgos, one of the so-called Gomburza, was a Filipino priest and martyr during Spanish period. He was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

5.) Gregorio Aglipay

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Gregorio Aglipay, a priest during the Spanish regime, was the first Supreme Bishop of the Aglipayan Church also known as Philippine Independent Church.

6.) Isabelo de los Reyes, Sr

Isabelo de los Reyes, Sr. who was born in 1864 was a prominent Filipino politician, writer and labor activist in the 19th and 20th centuries. He also founded the Aglipayan Church, an independent Philippine national church. Because of his writings and activism with labor unions, he was called the Father of Filipino Socialism. He is also known as Don Belong. He died in 1938.

7.) Antonio Luna

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General Antonio Luna, one of the ablest Filipino revolutionary generals, is an Ilocano who’s both parents hailed from Badoc, Ilocos Norte. Luna was also the founder of the Philippine’s first military academy.

8.) Juan Luna

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Juan Luna, one of the greatest Filipino painters, is a famous Ilocano Filipino painter and the older brother of Antonio Luna. He was born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte.

9.) Artemio Ricarte

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Artemio Ricarte was a Filipino general during the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War. Ricarte is regarded by the AFP as the “Father of Philippine Army”. Ricarte is also notable for never having taken an oath of allegiance to the United States government. He was born in Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

*Jose Rizal

This might surprise you but the national hero – Jose Rizal is of Ilocano descent too.

See also

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  1. CHIPMUNK

    On May 26, 2011 at 7:00 am


    Brilliant share

  2. thresiapaulose

    On May 26, 2011 at 7:30 am


    An interesting and short article. I love this Christian history. Thank you Robert for your comments also.

  3. JaiGu2693

    On May 26, 2011 at 7:33 am


    great sharing of the Filipino Culture

  4. Farzeela Fee Faisal

    On May 26, 2011 at 8:22 am


    Great info, thanks for sharing!

  5. Christine Ramsay

    On May 26, 2011 at 9:27 am


    A very interesting look at Filipino history, I was wondering what Illocano means.

  6. Ima Vee

    On May 26, 2011 at 9:54 am


    Hmmm… nasa dugo pala talaga nang mga Ilocano ang pagiging bayani…

    Excellent share Sir Norbert…:)

  7. arielcnacion

    On May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am


    no kidding master, kinilabutan ako. hehe. that nostalgic feeling na bata ka ulit. bata because naalala ko ung early 90’s na pinag-aaralan namin to sa grade school at ang problema lang namin ay baka ma-interchange namin ang mga achievements ng mga bayani. hehe (xenxa master dito ako nagdrama. haha)

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    On May 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm


    Always love your work Nobert!!

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  10. Judy Sheldon

    On May 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm


    I have the same question as Christine. This is a fascinating read but I would like to know more.

  11. Likha

    On May 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm


    Bakit wala si Marcos? Ah, infamous pala yun. LOL. There is a lot Ilocanos can be proud of.

  12. Macherie

    On May 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm


    nagulat talaga ako kay Jose Rizal. Ilocano pala yun. Great work here sir!

  13. Baijayanti Pradhan

    On May 27, 2011 at 3:14 am


    Good to know…

  14. Eunice Tan

    On May 27, 2011 at 5:30 am


    They are great men

  15. Melody SJAL

    On May 27, 2011 at 11:28 am


    I didn’t know the Lunas are Ilocanos.

  16. Ruby Hawk

    On May 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm


    Historical leaders are always interesting to know about. A very interesting lesson in history.

  17. oncewantobeawriter

    On June 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm


    Very nice review…..Ang galing ng mga Ilokano,,,hehe…Very inspiring people. Proud to be Pinoy. Ilocano din lola ko eh, means may dugong Ilocano na nananalaytay sa aking mga kaugatan….

    Oo nga, mga ilocano pala yung mga Luna…:)

  18. Moses Ingram

    On June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm


    Interesting and informative, thanks.

  19. Galatea Eunice

    On September 25, 2011 at 7:44 am


    thanks for this.
    I already answered my assignment..
    thnak you soo much poo.

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