Piddig, Ilocos Norte
The town is known for its place in the Basi Revolt, led by Pedro Ambaristo, a native of Piddig. Today, Piddig is known for the best basi in the Ilocos. It is also famous for their "sariwagwag", a dish made out of gabi leaves with fresh shrimps that are freshly gathered from their rich river.
Piddig's terrain is hilly with rice plains interspersed in between. It sits at a higher elevation than most of the towns in Ilocos Norte. It is a great place for a day hike, if one does not mind traversing through rivers, forests, and fields. The municipio (town hall) is located on top of a hill offering panoramic views of fields and mountains.
Amost each barrio or barangay in Piddig has its own elementary school. The town capital Anao, historically had two, Piddig Central (North) and South Piddig Central elementary schools. Astonishingly, both schools are situated next to each other north of town. Obviously, South Central is a stone's throw south of Piddig Central. The schools' rivalry is legendary. In the late 1980's the schools merged as one, Piddig Central. There are three high schools in Piddig: Don Salustiano Aquino (Piddig National High School), Roosevelt High School, and St. Anne High School (Catholic). However, many students attend high schools in nearby Laoag City.
Piddig is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.
Piddig's Mayor: Hon. Mayor Augustus A. Salazar
The Mayor, Hon. Augustus A. Salazar, was given the award, "03' Best Mayor of the Philippines" by the President, Hon. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Hon. Augustus A. Salazar has built numerous concrete pavements, bridges, and schools that have helped enhance Piddig's economy growth and well-being of the people of Piddig. Many buildings, such the famous "Gaki Theatre" and the known "Piddig Supermarket"have also been established by the Hon. Mayor Augustus A. Salazar. The Hon. Mayor Augustus Salazar has been elected twice, and has served a term of seven and half years. Although Piddig is not a very popular town, many projects have been accomplished, thanks to the Hon. Mayor August A. Salazar.