Ilocos Region Research Paper

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Region 1 (Ilocos Region).
Region 1 or the Ilocos Region occupies the narrow plain between the Cordillera Central mountain range and the South China Sea. Lingayen Gulf is the most notable body of water in the region and it contains a number of islands, including the Hundred Islands National Park. To the north of the region is Luzon Strait. The Agno River runs through Pangasinan and empties into the Lingayen Gulf. The river flows into a broad delta in the vicinity of Lingayen and Dagupan City. The region is composed of four provinces, namely: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Its regional center is San Fernando City, La Union. The Ilocano speaking people compose half of the region, (Reyes, 2011). Three (3) of the four (4) provinces in Region 1 were locations of the respondents (Ilocos Sur, La Union and
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La Union (2 respondents). La Union is the gateway to the Ilocos Region and is situated on the northwestern coast of Luzon and in the southwestern part of Region 1. It stretches over a length of 102 kilometers from North to South. It has a total land area of 1493.09 square kilometers with a predominantly hilly terrain that gradually rises eastward from the shore. The province has several rivers which short and rapid. The climate condition prevailing in La Union is dry and wet and average temperature is at 27.21 °C (tourism.gov.ph.,2009). Bacnotan is a first class municipality in the province of La Union. It is bounded on the north by Balaon, on the east by San Gabriel, on the south by San Juan, and on the west by the South China Sea. It has a long stretch of black sand beaches (wikipilinas.org., 2007). Paratong is one of the 47 barangays of Bacnotan and it is just more than 1km away from the town’s public market. Paratong is a coastal barangay but there are also farmlands and a river nearby (Official Website of the Provincial Government of La Union,

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