Piddig and the Basi Revolt

THe historic town of the Basi Revolt - Piddig, Ilocos Norte

Situated on the western foot of the Cordilleras, right beside Sarrat, is the town of Piddig (originally named Pidipid which means hilly). It is agriculture that sustains Piddig like most towns in Ilocos. Unknown to many Ilocanos, Piddig is impregnated with history. In 1807, a revolution called Basi Revolt was hatched in the town. Basi is an Ilocano wine made through the fermentation of sugarcane water. Pedro Mateo and Salarogo Ambaristo led the bloody uprising as a result of the prohibition of the local manufacture of basi by the Spanish colonizers. Same difference to the tobacco monopoly, the Spaniards taking control of the wine industry, depriving the true owners of the land their rights and freedom.

Among Piddig’s other illustrious sons are former congressman and governor Antonio Raquiza, poet Capitan Don Claro Caluya, statesman and jurist Don Julio Agcaoili, and Olympian Teofilo Yldefonso.

Light LeakSalarogo Ambaristo The Basi Revolt Shrine, Piddig, Ilocos NorteThe Basi Revolt MarkerSt. Anne Parish Church, Piddig, Ilocos NorteSt. Anne Parish Church

The St. Anne Parish Church. I love the way it sits on a hill.

DadapilanPiddig PlazaDadapilan

A celebration of dadapilan or traditional sugarcane press at the Piddig Plaza.

I happen to have read parts of this book, Piddig Ili ti Nadayag (Land of Splendour), written by an uncle, Pepito Alvarez, just after arriving from Piddig. If you want to learn more about Piddig and so much more about history and the Ilocano culture, the book is helpful.

Piddig, Ili A Nadayag, by Jose "Pepito" Alvarez

What else is there to do in Piddig? Piddig’s rugged terrain is ideal for trekking. I climbed Lubnac twice.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

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