The Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012

Some of them are big names while others are relatively unknown but who worked marvelously in the background.

Here, in no particular order, are 2012’s Top 12 Ilocanos meticulously picked by the editorial board of The Ilocos Times, the oldest and largest newspaper in the North.

1. The Samiweng Singers (Conductors: Robert Caluya and Sherberk Cabrales)

The Samiweng Singers

The Samiweng Singers

Based at the Ilocos Norte National High School, this multi-awarded choral group bagged their most prestigious feats to date:  The Gold IV award in the Folklore Category (Open Competition) and Silver Medal in the Musica Sacra Category (Champions Competition) in the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio—considered the Olympics of choral competitions.

Samiweng’s sister group, The Laoag City Children’s Choir, also emerged back to back Grand Champion (2011 and 2012) in the MBC Choral Competitions.

More than the awards, however, it is the inspiration they give Ilocanos that really counted. Samiweng has generously shared their collective talent in various events and venues, each time triggering goosebumps and eliciting thunderous applause.

2. Governor Imee Marcos

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Gov. Imee Marcos

With a hands-on governor whose dynamism shows in her comprehensive programs, most notably in agriculture, trade and commerce, and tourism, Ilocos Norte today is one of the best performing provinces in the country. Her initiatives in education keep the province on track with the Millenium Development Goals. Also, Ilocanos shined this year in both sports and cultural events. Her constituents’ morale is high, and there is wide approval on the transforming  Ilocos Norte landscape.

3. Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas

Cong. Rudy Farinas

Cong. Rudy Farinas

His highly logical, highly entertaining “Palusot” Summation Speech was highly credited, and not only by Senator Lito Lapid, as a defining moment in the May 29 impeachment conviction of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

As deputy chair of the House Committee on Justice, his legal luster and gift of gab were also pivotal in the impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Guttierez who resigned last year before her trial could begin.

Corona’s conviction and Guttierez’s impeachment are firsts in Philippine history.

4. Sec. Arsenio Balisacan 

Balisacan

Sec. Arsenio Balisacan (NEDA)

Both the government and business sectors agree that 2012 was one of the best years ever for the Philippines with economic growth expected to surpass the targeted 5 to 6 percent and the stock market ending the year on a record high. Now the best performing market in Asia, next only to Thailand, the Philippines has an even rosier outlook in 2013 after finally getting investment-grade status, which is expected to draw more foreign investments into the country.

The Aquino administration must be doing something right. But did you know that the country’s economic genius is from Dingras, Ilocos Norte? Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan of NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) is an agriculture graduate of Mariano Marcos State University in Batac. After enjoying graduate and postgraduate scholarships in top universities here and abroad, he went to teaching. At the time of his appointment to NEDA, he was dean of the University of the Philippines School of Economics.

5. San Nicolas Mayor Alfredo “Boying” Valdez Jr.

Mayor Boying Valdez

Mayor Boying Valdez

Along with his family, he deserves credit for initiating the “mall boom” in the province after he pulled all the stops to bring a big mall here. All of the other competitors soon jumped into the bandwagon with its fiercest rival mall also set to start its groundbreaking for the construction of its mall somewhere in Laoag City. On top of this, the three-term San Nicolas mayor boosted the municipality’s economy from its lower-tier position prior to his first term to now a “technically” first class municipality. In achieving this, the good mayor was given various recognitions by a multitude of organizations among which are the “The Will to Serve” award from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and by the PCCI for being the most Business Friendly municipality, as well as the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award.

6. Dr. Mary Ann Yasay-Luis

Dr. Mary Ann Yasay-Luis

Dr. Mary Ann Yasay-Luis

She was proclaimed one of The Outstanding Filipino Physicians (TOFP) for 2012, a search organized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines and San Miguel Corporation which aims to honor exemplary medical professionals. With the theme “Serving and caring for our countrymen are the best works of life”, Dr. Luis of Laoag City was chosen for her sterling professional record in the service of her fellow Ilocanos, including indigents, and for shunning temptations of greener pasture abroad.

7. Batac City Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta and Vice Mayor Ronald Allan Nalupta

Mayor Jeff Nalupta and VM Allan Nalupta

Mayor Jeff Nalupta and VM Allan Nalupta

Though Batac is among the youngest cities in the country, it has already reaped major recognitions that older cities can only aspire for and dream of. Just recently, it was declared champion in the Regional Legislative Awards. It was earlier identified by DILG as one of the Top Ten Best-governed Component Cities in the entire country. Also, it has received the prestigious Seal of Good Housekeeping and the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi in recognition of its good governance matched by an empowered citizenry. Not bad at all for what started as a controversial and questionable city.

8. Pablito Tabucol

Pablito Tabucol

Pablito Tabucol

For over two decades, he has joyfully done developmental work for young men and women of this province. Long before the “Tan-ok” phenomenon came to fashion, the Young Men’s Christian Association –Ilocos Norte Chapter, where he served as program director, had conducted annual cultural and literary festivals that brought forth the ingenious creativity of young Ilocanos. YMCA Ilocos Norte was  also known for its leadership programs.

“Pabs” was appointed this year as National Secretary General of YMCA Philippines. News of his appointment to the prestigious post was met with gladness by many of his former trainees.

9. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

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Senator Bongbong Marcos

He was the only legislator from Ilocos Norte who voted in favor of the Reproductive Health Bill, a landmark legislation that languished in Congress for 14 years, mainly because of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church which is against the measure meant to guarantee universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.

10. Mary Ann Cua Macaraeg

Ms. Mary Ann Cua-Macaraeg (photo from blauearth.com)

Ms. Mary Ann Cua-Macaraeg (photo from blauearth.com)

Located in five Northern Provinces, her stores carry famous international and national brands, but this lady is not content in simply being a retailer. As CEO of Visionaire, she created her own abel line and founded MODi (Modern Ilocana). There is a dearth of interestingly chic and fab Ilocano merchandise in Ilocos Norte, but given the visionary efforts of local entrepreneurs like Ms. Macaraeg, also president of ILEA (Ilocano Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Association), products we can proudly call our own have high hopes of penetrating bigger markets soon.

With the influx of big businesses in the province, Ms. Macaraeg shows homegrown business folks how to constructively respond to, and not be daunted by, the serious challenges posed by competition. This is her greatest achievement.

11. Ianree Raquel and June Arvin Gudoy

Jun Gudoy and Aian Raquel

Jun Gudoy and Aian Raquel

They give a young and vibrant face to government service. Only in their mid-20’s, this dynamic duo have become trusted lieutenants of Governor Imee Marcos: Raquel in Tourism and artistic events, and Gudoy in public information.

Paoay Kumakaway, which seemed confusing at first, did work. Tourism in Ilocos Norte during the Holy Week was estimated at 680,000, marking a 356-percent leap from last year’s 191,000 over the same period. The labor of Raquel and his hardworking team paid off.

Gudoy shows how a government public information office must be run in our time and age. The Capitol’s Communication and Media Team exhausts all forms of traditional and new media in an effort to get across the “Pasingkedan” message given flesh in the programs of the provincial government, both in times of cheer and disaster.

The Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals has earned rave reviews not only from critics, but, and most importantly from the common Ilocano who, through songs and dances executed with world-class flare and splendor, realized his inherent greatness in the arts and, by induction, in many other fields. Raquel and Gudoy have played important roles in organizing many other events, with  the Himala sa Buhangin held for the first time in May showing the biggest promise.

Last August, news of their resignations (They are young and restless, and maybe exhausted, people thought) caused a stir, but all is well now, and even better.

12. The Mariano Marcos State Universiy Cultural Group (Director: Arsenio Gallego,  Chief:  Ma. Victoria Domingo)

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Beating all regions, especially the most vaunted NCR, was beyond their prayers and expectations, but the MMSU-led regional group bagged the overall championship in the 2012 PASUC National Cultural and Literary Olympics held in Manila just two weeks ago. Organized by the Philippine Association of Sate Colleges and Universities, it is the biggest university-level competition in the country. Of the 16 events contested, Region I bagged 6 golds, the most number obtained by any region in the league’s 45-year history. Of those 6 golds, 3 were won by MMSU students: John Vincent Toribio of Solsona in Dagliang Talumpati, Ira Canonizado of San Nicolas in Instrumental Solo, and the Nasudi Chorale in the choral competition.

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158 responses to “The Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012

  1. joe

    nabasa ko ba ng buo?? ba’t wala ung name na “Herdy”??

  2. Spider Rodas

    I agree.. Herdy Yumul, as well. 🙂

  3. tita lita

    i also agree herdy should be one of them as well.what are the criteria to be one?

  4. wulf

    oo nawala si herdy haha

    • GHELO

      great job fellow Ilocanos !
      i salute to all of you and also to sir herdy for having this blog in the riknakem.net website!
      keep it up!
      agbiag dagiti ilocanos!!!
      🙂

  5. Governor Imee R. Marcos.

    In a period of less than three years, she has made big changes. She’s always on the go, regardless of weather conditions. Her passion to serve turned her ideas to numerous achievements. Beyond doubt, she is worthy to be considered as one of the best governors.

  6. dina

    congratulations fellow ilocanos!
    we’re proud of you!!
    continue your good works !!!

  7. richelle/ching

    The top 12 Ilocanos who are exceptionally outstanding in their own lines flamed up my Ilocano spirit. Even though I’m not familiar with some of them, I’m happy that the chance to acknowledge them and their feat is here. They all definitely make the whole Ilocandia proud. Congratulations! AGBIAG TI ILOCANO!!!
    😀

  8. It was truly a great pride and honor to the Ilocanos for having these awe-inspiring achievements for the year 2012. Congratulations! They really impress every Ilocano to boost their special skills and extraordinary talents.
    Be proud that we are Ilocanos…! 🙂

  9. Rafy

    Ilokanos are indeed great people who are establishing their own names through their own fields. We are known to be one of the strongest and intelligent people not only in our country but even in the whole world and these top 12 Ilocanos are the proof. And i’m very proud that i’m a full-blooded Ilokano. Congratulations to us Ilokanos!!!!

  10. Most of them are in the field of politics. It’s not surprising they got in there but they should’ve also included those people who truly influence and inspire the Ilocanos like Sir Herdy.

  11. marck ranga

    Indeed, Ilocanos are one of the best in the world… and a lot of them have already shown it. They have shown the Ilocano greatness not only in sports and entertainment but also for the services that they have done for the betterment of their community.

  12. Wyeth

    These people really do deserve to be in the Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012. Hardworking individuals and groups who devoted most of their time to bringing the Ilocano name up. With their respective fields of showing Ilocano pride, they have inspired me to also do what I can and follow their steps to becoming a great individual. I am indeed proud that I am an Ilocano! ^_^

  13. Ilocanos are really great. and i’m so proud to be one. Great Ilocanos like the mentioned names gives honor to our place. most of the top 12 ilocanos are excellent in the field of politics. Ilocanos are really gifted with skills and knowledge. Congratulations fellow Ilocanos! 🙂

  14. riza

    Ilocanos are really great. I’m so proud to be one. Most of the names mentioned are excellent in the field of Politics. Good Job Ilocanos. Continue having a good record. 🙂

  15. zadrick

    Being an Ilocano, I really observed how the province of Ilocos Norte improved. I admire Gov. Imee R. Marcos for her passion and willingness to serve Ilocanos.

    To the MMSU Cultural Group, Congratulations!!!!! Hold High the Green and Gold!!
    I’m proud to be a Marianite as well as an Ilocano.

  16. CHERRY..

    good job co ilocanos..
    im proud of you..
    your a good model for the youth..
    keep it up…

  17. johncel

    Congratulations to the TOP 12 ILOCANOS.
    You really deserved it.
    We’re proud of you.
    Keep up your good works.

  18. jhing

    Ilocanos are really great!!Those people mentioned above are proofs that being Ilocano is a thing to be proud of.

    Ilocos have great leaders (i think so) so Ilocos province will surely have it’s laurels more and more!!

  19. janine

    Things are getting difficult as time passes, but the harder the happenings, the harder we strive, the faster we climb but the more humble we become.

    Leaving a mark, as always. Two thumbs up to our top 12 Ilocanos, keep up the good work.

  20. It is indeed a big-bang boom for Ilocanos this 2012. These 12 names really did a great job not just in their own fields(politics and arts) but of inspiring other Ilocanos as well. It is proven that we, Ilocanos are one of the top performing citizen’s of this nation. NAKAKAPROUD maging full-blooded genuine Ilocano!!! Also, proud to be an alumnus of INNHS. Well done! Keep bringing laurels to Ilocanos Samiweng!

  21. It’s indeed a big-bang boom for Ilocanos this 2012. These 12 names really did a great job not just in their own fields(politics and arts) but of inspiring other Ilocanos as well. It is proven that we, Ilocanos are one of the top performing citizen’s of this nation. NAKAKAPROUD maging full-blooded
    genuine Ilocano!!! Also, proud to be an alumnus of INNHS. Well done! Keep bringing laurels to Ilocanos Samiweng!

  22. shaira cadiz

    Ilocanos are indeed popular not only in the Philippines but also in the whole world. The top 12 Ilocanos who are excellent in their own fields give each one of us the courage to become a great individual someday. It was a very great honor to know some about them making all the Ilocanos inspired and very proud. Congratulations !!!Agbiag ti Ilocano!!!

  23. benjamin

    Ilocos have produced some of the great Filipinos that performed excellence in their field. These Ilocanos embody the visions & dreams of our people & also give them inspirations. Though some of them are not well known, they still give their best for the betterment of the people. Definitely, I am proud of them & to be an Ilocano.

  24. Gelo

    Well done, Ilocanos!!! these people really deserve to be recognized for what they have done!! it is good to know that Ilocanos are now dominating in any fields or entities. you give us the vision what life after doing great great things and you are worth emulating for! good job!! 🙂

  25. jhim

    Ilocanos are truly one of a kind .
    well played , well done.
    great success!
    Im proud to be one of the Ilocos people.
    ❤ ❤ ❤

  26. Cess

    Congratulations Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012 for a job well done:) and THANK YOU for giving Us-your fellow Ilocanos- the pride and countless of reasons why we must proudly embrace the fact that we are indeed Ilocanos.:D And whole heartedly in our own lovely dialect I must say, ” Naragsak’ak nga mangipakaammo kadakayo amin nga siak ket maysa ken agnanayon to latta nga Ilocano.” (Once an Ilocano,always an Ilocano)
    …clap clap 😀

  27. Sheila

    Be proud you’re an ILOKANO 🙂 The people who are behind in this message gave pride to Ilocanoes. They made our place known by other people from different parts of the world because of their work and achievement for the good of everybody. A million thanks to all of you! I’m so LUCKY for being an ILOKANO 🙂

  28. mj ilacad

    It is observed clearly that there is a political domination in the top 12 ilocanos of 2012, they did great but can we replace them? don’t we have any other deserving ilocanos out there?

  29. Knowing that there are Ilocanos like them, making names in their respective fields and expertise makes me want to dream high and maybe become one of them someday. As Ilocanos, we should be proud of them. We students should make them our role model, let’s emulate their deeds, for us to be successful too in the near future, and for us to keep holding high the glory and fame they made, to prove to the world that we Ilocanos exist.

  30. Rhona

    these are just few ilocanos who proved their worth in their respective fields and brought fame and honor to ilocandia, just so proud that i know some of them :))
    continue shining ILOCOS ;D

  31. RJ

    They are really great. They worked hard to lift us Ilocanos and be known to the country. It’s really great to be an Ilocano. Keep it up Ilocanos. 😀

  32. Clariz

    Ilocanos are now becoming not just great but the greatest. These top 12 ilocanos are truly the models for a more brilliant Ilocos Norte. It’s good to know that we have these kind of people who are making our place, a place to cherish and admire. I really appreciate their contributions to the society. Because of them, I can now see a reason why I can tell to everybody that I am a proud Ilocano.

  33. Sheila

    Be proud you’re an ILOKANO The people who are behind in this message gave pride to Ilocanoes. They made our place known by other people from different parts of the world because of their work and achievement for the good of everybody. A million thanks to all of you! I’m so LUCKY for being an ILOKANO 🙂

  34. Zonah

    As an Ilocano native, I am overwhelmed with pride and joy to know those top 12 Ilocanos who really have skills and talents in developing and promoting the wellness of our beautiful place .It brings a delightful glee to each and every Ilocano and this remind us also that Ilocanos have accelerated minds which we should use for the enrichment of our country. They are the hope for us to grow up into an excellent individual. Undeniably true, Ilocanos are born with great minds. Long live Ilocanos! :”)

  35. Jessel

    keep an eye to these Filipino people especially to this ilocanos for they are really making their way towards dominating not just a number of countries but to the entire world.. congratulations to the top 12 ilocanoes of 2012! You deserve it and it’s just right to recognize the hardworks you’ve done, for it gives glory in the name of our country, the Philippines.. and be thankful to sir Herdy for he had published their names in this site.. and truly, we would like also to recognize him for influencing our minds and opened up our eyes to the many intriguing issues that we are not aware of.. congratulations to everybody for a job well done!

  36. Karen

    It’s good to know that despite of Ilocandia’s minute population and geographical range, there are some ilocanos who really excel in different fields;thus, bringing a resounding applause and honor to the ilocanos.Hearing such news would really uplift the spirits of ordinary citizens who are tired of hearing news that has always been about crimes, economic crisis, and political issues. However, it would be better if it would not just uplift the spirits of ilocanos but would somehow affect the lives of ilocanos to be better and more progressive at large. Then and only then would we really say that “OH!!! IT’S INDEED A TAN-OK NI ILOCANO”…
    As a whole, Congratulations fellow Ilocanos 🙂 continue on soaring towards greater heights!!!
    #ilocanoak

  37. keep an eye to these Filipino people especially to this ilocanos for they are really making their way towards dominating not just a number of countries but to the entire world.. congratulations to the top 12 ilocanoes of 2012! You deserve it and it’s just right to recognize the hardworks you’ve done, for it gives glory in the name of our country, the Philippines.. and be thankful to sir Herdy for he had published their names in this site.. and truly, we would like also to recognize him for influencing our minds and opened up our eyes to the many intriguing issues that we are not aware of.. congratulations to everybody for a job well done!

  38. Ezra

    These people really deserve to be praised as the best Ilocanos of 2012. They are not only doing their obligations in their own fields well, but they’re also bringing the Ilocanos up. These Ilocanos are really awesome!

  39. patrick

    for that i am proud of being an ilocano… congratulations… you are the inspiration to reach our dreams.

  40. shaira cadiz

    Ilocanos are very popular not only in the Philippines but also in the whole world. The top 12 Ilocanos who are excellent in their own fields give us the courage to be more hardworking in achieving their own goals in life. They also make us proud and inspired. Congratulations!!! Agbiag ti Ilocano!!!

  41. hanna

    Ilocanos are really great! They inspire us to become a good citizen. I’m so proud to be the one. Good job fellow Ilocanos! Continue your good works.

  42. Ilocanos are really great! They inspire us to become a good citizen. I’m so proud to be the one. Good job fellow Ilocanos! Continue your good works.

  43. rj

    They are really great. They worked hard to lift us Ilocanos and to be known in the whole country. It’s great to be an Ilocano. Keep it up.

  44. joseph/josh

    It is indeed a big-bang boom to Ilocanos this 2012. These 12 outstanding leaders/artists proved that Ilocanos were one of the best citizens all over the country. They did not just excel in their fields but of inspiring others as well.
    Nakakaproud maging isang genuine Ilocano. Also, proud to be an alumnus of INNHS. Good job Samiweng! Go Ilocanos!

  45. steeve

    Ilocanos are really talented in the field of arts, science and even in the field of politics we are in top not just only in the national competitiom but also in the international competition as well. I would like to congratulate the students of MMSU for doing a great job in the national cultural competition.. Good job stallions for galloping on top of the said competition. Congratulate also to the samiweng singers of INNHS…

  46. Shaira

    Excellent! Ilocanos are truly great people. Congratulations to our top 12 Ilocanos. You guys are brilliant. You made a name in your own way/field of bringing Ilocos a great province. Continue bringing honor to our province. Inspire more Ilocanos, be a role model and together we unite in bringing Ilocos Norte on top. Great job fellow Ilocanos 🙂

  47. robert

    I am curious about the criteria of picking up the top 12 Ilocanos of 2012. Nevertheless, I heartily congratulate them for they hailed on their respective endeavors. They really deserve to be acknowledged and I’m hoping so much that they will continue making us proud as an Ilocano.

  48. alvin robiniol

    Ilocandia is indeed the home of the champions and a residence to resilient populace. I salute all the top-12 ILOCANOS OF 2012 specially the Samiweng Singers. They shouted out to the whole world that we, the Ilocanos are really talented. Everytime I hear their music the first time that dominates my heart and mind is the feeling of pride and honor for being an Ilocano.

  49. alvin robiniol

    the first thing rather, not the first time

  50. dazke, D.P. SORIANO

    Good job ILOCANOS.
    Continue inspiring and making us proud. I hope that for the year 2013, there would be more ilocanos who will make magnificent job and initiate moves that will benefit all the people of the province.

  51. erick

    I salute these Ilocanos for having been included in the top 12 Ilocanos of 2012. You had all proven that Ilocanos are ingenious.
    Keep the fire burning!

  52. abi

    To the people and groups who have been chosen to be on the top 12, congratulations and continue to inspire and make us proud being an Ilocano.
    This is a great challenge to other Ilocanos to do their best and show more what they’ve got on their respective fields.

  53. You very well deserve our ‘congratulations’ for your hard work and dedication you’ve reaped to show us Ilocanos around the world that we are really great and we’re on top. I am very much stunned to see your success! Having an immense record is not that easy! FÉLICITATIONS!!! 🙂

  54. Niña Marie

    The Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012 really deserves HONOR and GRATITUDE for their contribution in uplifting the betterment of Ilocos. The Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012 really show how we,Ilocanos,are brilliant to do our job completely and satisfyingly. I’m proud and thankful to the achievements of our BATAC CITY MAYOR JEFFREY JUBAL NALUPTA and CITY VICE MAYOR RONALD ALLAN NALUPTA for they share their full time and efforts to achieve major recognitions that older cities can only aspire and dream of.To be an ILOCANO is a blessing. AGBIAG KEN AGRAGSAK, ILOCANO!

  55. frances

    This only proves that Ilocanos are making names in the world of arts, public service, business and politics. Let us all make these top 12 Ilocanos an inspiration in doing our jobs and responsibilities well.

    I am proud to be a pure-blooded Ilocano!

  56. christian

    Ilocanos are really exemplary in pursuing excellence in all fields. Excellence in terms of multifarious talents, motivating leadership prowess, and globally competitive cultural arts which certifies what an Ilocano must be proud of. Congratulations and may the rest of your humble deeds be rewarded!!!

  57. sweetzel

    Success spotlights the hardwork of Ilocanos. This truly shows that Ilocanos are making their name in the national arena. i salute governor imee marcos for the big change she brought to the province. and i want to congratulate the MMSU Cultural Group. Agbiag ti Ilokanos! Let’s come together and work together for Ilocandia’s progress!!!

  58. Zen

    Ilocanos are one of the best people because they showed their talents, knowledge and leadership not just in Ilocos and Philippines but also in other countries. It also proves that we, Ilocanos, are not easily defeated when it comes to these fields. Most Ilocanos are great leaders of our own town that makes Ilocos unified. Congrats for a job well done. 🙂

  59. loissa

    it’s good to know that we have fellow Ilocanos who have accomplished a tremendous job in their chosen fields. As a student, its refreshing to learn that we have such good examples to inspire us to do our own duties and strive harder also. I’m truly proud to be an Ilocano!

  60. Nina

    Job well done fellow Ilocanos!
    Keep up the GOOD WORK and may you continue the excellence you’ve started!
    Congratulations and God Speed! 🙂

  61. Micah

    This article makes me feel good about being an Ilocano. It is a manifestation that Ilocanos are really great. There is no doubt that sooner or later we Ilocanos will dominate the world. Keep up the ggod work! 🙂

  62. Christal Faith

    –*i am really proud to be an Ilocano. These people really deserve to be in the top 12. May they continue to inspire more Ilocanos especially the youth. God really gave them the gift of knowledge, skills, talents and perseverance so that they can share it with other people and that was, is going and they will going to do. What else could I say except, AIM HIGH ILOCANOS! BE THE BEST, GO FOR IT!:)))

  63. Rowena Mhay D. Moneda

    Ilocanos are truly capable in accomplishing great feats such as the above mentioned examples. Most remarkable to me though, are those who not only create a name but also serve to their home province in return. Congratulations to the Top 12 Ilocanos!

  64. Joanna

    I’m Ilocano! Yes, I am. And I am really proud that I belong. The listed top12 Ilocanos of 2012 really deserve the honor. I hope that they will continue to inspire and influence fellow Ilocanos to strive hard to be the best they can be. Congratulations! God speed!

  65. Noemi

    Well,I have respect for them cause they’re excellent and exceptionally great in their own fields. They have greatly influenced the people and they have shaped the future of Ilocos into a well- renowned province, hoping to attract more people worldwide. I believe they will continue to make Ilocos proud, Ilocanos proud!

  66. ella

    These people are the living proofs that ilocanos are admirable. Thanks to these people who shares their own skills and intelligence. We have late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos who is know to be the best president in the Phils. up to the present (an ilocano) and here goes these top 12 ilocanos who contribute in uplifting our place in their unique ways.Congratulations..

  67. totoy

    It makes an Ilocano even prouder for all of the fruits of the Top 12 Ilocanos’ hard work and labor! They all serve as an inspiration not only for an Ilocano, but even to any Filipino.

  68. Ann Janette

    A great way to salute Ilocanos doing great in each field not just in the Philippines but abroad! I am pretty sure, with these achievements, a lot of people, local, national and even international will soon be visiting the university. By their unbreakable courage, unshakeable talents makes them famous. they are not popular, but almost indefinite they become famous in the field of their own. And also Gov. Imee Marcos is one of the best leader in the north today and also a very kind and reachable leader. Thumbs up for a nice recognition Sir Herdy.

  69. A person is expected to overcome life’s challenges through his or her own hard work, limiting his or her dependence on others. That is an impressive write-up about Ilocanos. People from the north are surely proud of our race. I cannot say enough to fully describe my great appreciation of what I’ve read. Hands up to my fellow Ilocanos who make great contributions to make Ilocos Norte shine.

  70. Roger

    Ilocanos are really great! This really proves that there is no one like ilocanos for the wit and talent!!
    I am proud for our city mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta and Vice Mayor Ronald Allan Nalupta for being one of the top 12 ilocanos for their good governance in our very own city of Batac “The Home of The Great Leaders”. I hope that everyone will continually work marvelously for the better of every ilocano.

  71. A person is expected to overcome life’s challenges through his or her own hard work, limiting his or her dependence on others. That is an impressive write-up about Ilocanos. People from the north are surely proud of our race. I cannot say enough to fully describe my great appreciation of what I’ve read. Hands up to my fellow Ilocanos who make great contributions to make Ilocos Norte shine.

  72. Ezra Buenaobra

    brilliant and talented people arise in the person of us Ilocanos. although i don’t recognize some of them, i am still proud of what they have done to making a great leap that made the Ilocano spirit burning. Pasingkedan ti kinatan-ok ni Ilocano. Agbiyag ti Ilocos, Abiyag tay nga Ilocano.

  73. Rhea Agulay

    Congratulations to the Ilocanos who earned their dignity by uplifting not only their names but the whole locale. Thanks also to the person behind this article (Sir Yumul) for showcasing our fellow Ilocanos. By this, i have been inspired to strive more, Hope to have much more than this year.

  74. We, Ilocanos, are indeed really great. We are also well-known not just in our country, but also all over the world. We are known to be religious, inspirational, caring, influential, and intelligent. The year, 2012, was indeed successful to us, Ilocanos. This list, The Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012, proved us that we achieved a lot what Ilocanos can do in arts, sports, culture, and governance. This list also inspired me to do what I can do in bringing up our Ilocano pride. Congratulations to all and may we continue our good performance in boosting the Ilocano’s Pride, Unity, and Greatness! Pasingkedan ti kinatan-ok ni Ilocano! Agbiag ti Ilocano!

  75. Ezra Buenaobra

    brilliant and unparalleled individuals arise in the person of us Ilocanos. Kudos to everyone of us, we are part of the great leap they’ve started! let’s do our part in making the Ilocano spirit burning! looking forward for another fruitful year for us all Ilocanos! Agbiyag ti Ilocos agbiyag ti Ilocano!

  76. Because of these great Ilocanos, our lives have changed. These great men and women who truly pursued their passion and profession for the betterment of our community deserve the best. They were the proof of ordinary persons transformed into extraordinary personalities. Congratulations for the job well done.

  77. Trisha

    I salute all the Ilocanos who belonged to the Top 12 ilocanos of 2012. No doubt that they are the chosen ones who qualify for being the top 12 because they embody the forte in the fields that they belong to. I am happy and proud for Dr.Mary Ann Yasay-Luis for her exemplary work in the field of medicine because she is recognized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines and San Miguel Corporation and proclaimed as one of The Outstanding Filipino Physician.

  78. nico/choga

    I would like to congratulate the top 12 Ilocanos! It is true that one person can make a difference and they already did. It is a challenge for every Ilocano to make a difference. So we must all try!

  79. roger

    Congratulations to the Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012!! You really make us feel proud to be an Ilocano for you had done a great achievements. And may these top 12 Ilocanos inspire us to do great and encourage us to follow their footsteps.

  80. Faith

    Ilocanos talent and achievements rises above among everybody else through the year that evidences the Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012. The ability to show what they’ve got and to inspire other people. Congratulations! Keep it up. 🙂

  81. j.felix

    Ilocano Pride! This makes me feel good being an Ilocano. For sure it would be great if someday one or a couple of my friends or, perhaps even me, would also be included in the list. Haha. Dreamer.

  82. luiza

    Ilocanos are really one of the best, in the field of arts, most especially. We have lots of talent to show internationally. We also have great leaders to proud of. Congratulations to the Ilocanos. Indeed, it’s a great honor to be an Ilocano.

  83. Apple

    Cool stuff! This shows that ilocanos shine not only in the north but in every direction in the country. And this just goes to show how competitive and fierce ilocanos can be. They are the living proof that even a native from the rural area can fulfill any endeavor. And their success serves as a challenge to every ilocano to make a stand and make difference. And still be a proud ilocano unrill the end. So with all due respect Sirs, Ma’am’s,Madams, Doctors, Honorables and fellow students, my two thumbs are up to you.

  84. Abby Manuel

    Ilocanos are indeniably good in different endeavors and is evident through these prolific figures on the name of the Ilocano citizen. They are the ones who prove that being an Ilocano is much to be proud of. And im proud of it. Long live Ilocanos!

  85. Excellent! Ilocanos are truly great people. Congratulations to our top 12 Ilocanos. You guys are brilliant. You made a name in your own way/field of bringing Ilocos a great province. Continue bringing honor to our province. Inspire more Ilocanos, be a role model and together we unite in bringing Ilocos Norte on top. Great job fellow Ilocanos

  86. mary camille

    The top12 Ilocanos of 2012 made me realize the things that I can be proud of. Truly indeed, Ilocanos are gifted with skills, knowledge and talents that made my ilocano identity fan into flame. I’m proud to be an Ilocano. 🙂

  87. ericka

    Ilocanos have world class talents and skills featured in this article. It makes every Ilocano proud for having such wonderful people showing what Ilocanos are capable of. These are Ilocanos who engaged themselves in providing good services to the society thus they are to be called the top Ilocanos of 2012. It is an honor to be an Ilocano!! 😀 😀 😀

  88. isel

    Soar high fellow ilocanos!
    Congratulations! 🙂
    Proud to be an ilocano

  89. luiza

    Ilocanos are really one of the best, most especially in the field of arts. We have talents to show internationally and great leaders to be proud of. Congratulations to us Ilocanos,!

  90. Ilocanos really did a great job this 2012. Congratulation to us Ilocanos. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  91. Irish Mystica

    To top them all, Ilocanos are great! You name it, we have it! — Legistist Political icons, Medical experts, Native Fashion Designer, Tourism consultant, Choral groups. Ilocanos are creative, hardworking, and dedicated to their works. These are the reasons why we excel in different expertise. We work not because of money, we work because of our passion. Proud to be an Ilocano! 🙂

  92. chel

    As an Ilocano, it really feels overwhelming to hear their achievements. I salute them for what they accomplished that made all Ilocanos proud. 🙂

  93. Nica

    I was so proud to be one of the Ilocanos. It was a great honor to be one of them.CONGRATULATIONS!Continue the good work!

  94. Those mentioned names really deserve to be on top.. Great Job my dear fellow Ilocanos.. Congratulations .. You’ve shown a lot of excellency .. Just continue the job.. Mabuhay my dear Ilocanos 🙂

  95. Congratulations to my fellow Ilocanos who are indeed show their talents and their abilities in their own fields which made them be at the list of top 12 Ilocanos of 2012.Their achievements inspire every individual,not only Ilocanos but also other Filipino’s in our country,to do also their part to become famous and well-known individual. keep up the good work and continue to lift the name of Ilocanos and let us show to others that we are globally competitive. thanks for the inspiration ! 🙂

  96. cjoshua

    congrats ilocanos..AGBIAG TI ILOCANO.

  97. karen

    I salute Madam Imee Marcos for being one of the top 12 Ilocanos. For it is very obvious here in the province that she is doing her job well.. Ilocos Norte has been very awesome in her leadership. Congratulations Madam Governor!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. engel

    Mayor Jeffrey and Vice Mayor Allan Nalupta
    They are the evidence that Batac City is really the “Home of Great Leaders”. After just few years of Batac becoming a city, it now accomplish many triumphs and even beating other cities that are even much older because of the good governance and selfless service to the public of its leaders. Mayor Jeff and VM Allan are blessed with excellent leadership skills which makes Batac stand out in the entire country. Thanks to them that I am proud to say that “it is truly more fun living in Batac City”. Proud to be a “Bataqueño!” Proud to be an “Ilokano!”.

  99. samiweng singers…

    being in the top 12 ilocanos are really amazing..samiweng singers are something that can be proud off of ilocanos like me.And no doubt,coz they deserves for being one of the top 12 ilocanos of 2012.

  100. pearl

    ilocanos are great….
    good job Ilocanos…..we’re so proud..keep it up…

  101. lhea

    ilocanos are very great….we’re so very proud … 🙂

  102. Kayce

    For me, San Nicolas Mayor Alfredo “Boying” Valdez Jr. would be the best among the 12, I hope I wouldn’t offend anyone. Not because I’m from San Nicolas, but it’s because of the fact that he really have done a big change for our Municipality for the year 2012 in terms of the economic growth and the awards acquired for his leadership. He really deserves to be recognized. Congratulations also to the rest. It makes me proud of being an Ilocano! 🙂

  103. jeZZa

    After a long hours of reading each article and learning from their own works and great accomplishments that leaves an overwhelming thought in each one of us, one article catches my attention, the article about Dr. Mary Ann Ya say-Luis because from my own research, she’s also one of the childhood cancer expert among 2012’s top physicians, the thread that binds this year’s awardees. It was indeed a name that would marked in the field of medicine. And I’m proud of her. Say Yes! to the Ilocanos..

  104. Marianne

    Truly that Ilocanos have an extravagant skills, talents, and especially in Leadership. I admire Mayor Alfredo Valdez because as far as I know, he did a great achievement in the Municipality of San Nicolas. As a leader, he thinks what is best for his fellowmen. I am very proud of him as well as the the TOP 12 Ilocanos. I salute you all. Keep up the good work.

  105. shedel joy aguiran

    7. Batac City Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta and Vice Mayor Ronald Allan Nalupta
    congratulation to be one of top 12 ilocanos 2012….continue the good work…

  106. jem

    Ilocanos are really amazing. From politics to arts…truly gifted!Being one is something to be proud of. Congratulations to the top 12 Ilocanos. Continue the good job.

  107. luiza

    Ilocanos are really one of the best most especially in the field of arts. We have talents to show internationally and great leaders to be proud of. Congratulations to us Ilocanos.

  108. Although a lot of them came in the politics section of our lives, where i really don’t want to argue/talk with, they are still excellent in doing their own jobs and their expertise. And I’m not surprised Samiweng Singers got a post in this one. Kasi alam ko na din yung kakayahan nila and the conductors and what they’ve done .Fan eh . It’s been a very great year for all Ilocanos and for Ilocos. Haan lang nga makapaproud, but also makaparagsak! 🙂

  109. Princess

    Those people mentioned really deserved to be in the top 12 ilocanos of 2012. They really did a great job. Congratulations!! 🙂

  110. zadrick

    Being an Ilocano, I observed how the province of Ilocos Norte improve. I admire Gov. Imee R. Marcos for her passion and willingness to serve Ilocanos.

    To the MMSU Cultural Group, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Hold High the Green and Gold!!!

    I’m proud to be a Marianite as well as an Ilocano!

  111. Janine

    Maraming nagsasabing ang Ilocos ang pinakmagandang tourist spot ng mga turista,.. Im proud to be Ilocano! And im always salute Ferdinand Marcos.. GoodJob Ilocanos people.. 🙂

  112. I salute all the ilocanos who belonged to the top 12 ilocanos of 2012. No doubt that they showed an exemplary work in their own fields of duties and responsibilities because of their uphill struggle for them to be in the place where they are now.
    I am happy and proud to Dr. Mary Ann Yasay-Luis because she was proclaimed as one of The Outstanding Filipino Physician of 2012 and recognize by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines and San Miguel Corporation for her commendable work in her profession.

  113. eunice

    Indeed, Ilocanos are making strides towards global recognition.
    From the very areas of business,politics and academics, Ilocanos strive for excellence.. I’m so proud, particularly, of the MMSU Cultural Group!^^

  114. MARIE JOY PALANGGOY

    JOY
    MMSU shows that they did their best…And I’ am very proud that I’m one of those student…..Congrats…MMSU….GOD BLESS…

  115. The top 12 ilocanos, individually or by group deserves it. Ilocanos were blessed with talents and skills that greatly affect us too. In the field of politics, arts, music even in all other fields we must be proud because they are amazing doing what they should do. congratulations. keep it up 🙂

  116. At least the Government are working now about the economic, not like in the past. And I’m sure that the Ilocos government and people must be proud of Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, especially the school of MMSU.

  117. kim Rieta

    I am proud of the MMSU students in their talent and of beating some other other universities.

  118. Javer

    Ilocanos really excel in what they do. They are very passionate in the fields they have chosen and give their very best to achieve it. Very proud to be an ilocano. Lets give our best and become an outstanding ilocano!

  119. Flei

    Ilocos is really a HOME FOR GREAT PEOPLE. The top 12 Ilocanos of 2012 prove how Ilocanos really excell in their own recognition. They made it to the top :). Great job. I’m proud that I’m an Ilocano. :))

  120. Ilocanos really excel in what they do. They are very passionate in the fields they have chosen and give their very best to achieve it. Very proud to be an Ilocano. Lets give our best and become an outstanding Ilocano!

  121. Noreen Morales

    Good for us Ilocanos that we have sir Herdy to wrote some article that make us ilocanos proud of and to inspired ilocanos to pursue for ourself and to be one like the 12 famous ilocanos.

  122. kim Rieta

    I am proud of the MMSU students in their talent and of beating some other Universities.

  123. jet espejo

    wow, agituy nga tattao t mangipakpakita la unay t talento ken laing dagiti ilocano. maragsakan nak launay nga ilocano nk met. Also thank you for sir Herdy for always updating us ilocanos and also the other people about us ilocanos..

  124. Czar

    Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas
    The reason why i chose him because he is intelligent in some numerous way. He done some great achievements though others told him that “magaling syang magpalusot”. He excel not only in politics but in some other fields as well. It’s nice that he belong to the The top 12 Ilocanos of 2012 . Good job Ilocanos!! 🙂 Proud to be Ilocano. 😀

  125. Andrea

    These people really deserves to be one of the top Ilocanos of 2012. Let them be an inspiration to all :)))

  126. Kristine

    Ilocanos did a great job last 2012 especially the Top 12 Ilocanos. May we continue on serving our country. Congatulations to all of us. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  127. "Daniel" Pa . . .

    Ilocanos … Great, Talented, Intelligent People

    And It’s an honor to be one of them (although not a “full-blooded” one)

    Madam Imee, the mayor of San Nicolas ( I honestly do not know his name at first but I know he’s a genius!) , Rudy , Bongbong , MMSU cultural group ( I expected this is on the list) , and all others (although quite unfamiliar, they’re in the list for a reason) deserves to be in the list.

  128. Marjorette

    it is a mind blowing! it makes me shiver in a good way… who would have thought that ilocanos are also kicking in different fields? this made me proud of myself, being a pure ilocano… more than anything, i also salute Gov. Imee Marcos, I’ve seen how she together with the mayor manage to make Paoay start for it’s changes… i’m from Paoay and have seen the vast improvement for its beautification and business infrastructures… thanks to her support:D

  129. Rodin/RJ

    Ianree Raquel and June Arvin Gudoy
    —they did a great great job in the tourism and public information sector of our province.
    —these young men together with Gov. Imee can make Ilocos Norte to be the next TOURIST CAPITAL of our country

  130. It is a great honor to be an Ilocano, with our great achievements and success in the different aspects of life, we have showed the world what we’ve got more than what they expected from us. let’s continue what we have started and leave a mark in the history of the Philippines. Long live Ilocanos! 🙂

  131. Eman Pablo

    The MMSU cultural group really shows that they can dominate the world. GO! GO! GO! Stallions

  132. WAYNE

    Its really true that Ilocanos are full of talents and extraordinary skills!!!!
    To our top 12 Ilocanos of 2012, CONGRATULATIONS guys. I salute you all specially to the simaweng singers and the MMSU cultural group. Keep inspiring us and continue bringing our country to the top.
    Proud to be ILOCANO!!!!!

    Its true that Ilocos is the home of great people.

  133. pearlbugarin

    the samiweng singers one of the top 12 ilocanos. Ilocanos are great singers.they got a silver medal in the Musica Sacra Category….
    great job Samiweng group
    Congratulations..

  134. ymae

    The Top 12 Ilocanos are one of my reasons why I am so proud of being an Ilocano. Mariano Marcos State University Cultural Group proven that Ilocanos are very competitive in any aspects. they show their talents confidently in the whole nation. In result, they reaped awards. that’s why I salute them. they are competing with the eagerness to win.

  135. ena

    Congratulations to the Top 12 Ilocanos of 2012!!!
    Thumbs up to each and everyone.. You’re all indeed inspiration to Ilocano people. We salute you! Continue to soar high Ilocoanos:)

  136. Juan Lucas

    How about Mrs. Mary Ang who was awarded as 2012 most outstanding volunteer by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency? And Mr. Ricarte Corpuz, 2012 Gawad Saka awardee? I think they should be included in the list.

  137. this people very inspired us ! whenever debatable issues pop up, let us be calm and cool. knowing the weakness of each other, let us all be considerate..and i’m proud to be an ilocano!
    -reden

  138. Kevin

    Congratulations! Nice article..

  139. John Paul Samson

    Ilocanos are very talented people. I am a Bicolano but i am proud that i am now living here in Ilocos because of this great achievements of the Ilocanos.

    Bicolano man ako, pusong Ilocano naman. 🙂

  140. vera cruz

    . it has proven that ilocanos are really hardworkers, intelligent, and has a sense of good leadership and im proud to be an Ilocano.
    congratulations!!

  141. Sheryl

    Ilocanos are so great. Good job! Proud to be Ilocano. :))

  142. nikki

    These 12 ilocanos are just some of the many proofs that we have great minds and world-class talents and that we could compete globally. It further proves that ilocanos are dynamic people and that we could excel in our own chosen fields of specialization.

  143. Micah

    Being an Ilocano is a great honor for me and it makes me prouder seeing this Top12 Ilocanos on the line. They did a job well done on their own grounds. I have seen the progress of Batac which proves that Mayor Jubal Nalupta and Vice Mayor Allan Nalupta are truly a great leaders. I hope they(The Top12 Ilocanos) continue what they had started. You all deserve it 🙂

  144. THUMBS UP FELLOW ILOCANOS 🙂
    – the top 12 Ilocanos did a very great job just for us ‘Ilocanos’ to be known 🙂 Gov. Imee Marcos is always doin’ her best just for the sake of her fellow Ilocanos. She is really a good model. I salute Her n’ I hope She will keep it up. Be Proud, Be An Ilocano 🙂

  145. ilocanos are so great in many ways and also talented.like the SAMIWENG SINGERS even though they are only in young ages they prove that ilocanos are unbeatable…
    GO! GO! GO! ilocanos..

  146. MARK

    ilocanos have blessed different talents and skills..that’s why the top 12 ilocanos deserved it.
    and im proud to be an ILOCANO…

  147. guillermo dennis^.^

    ilocanos are great and intelligent…..and im proud to be a ilocano………..godbless to all ilocanos……

  148. iggy

    ti ilocano ket nalaing ken talentado ! im so proud to be a ILOCANO ! two thumbs up fellow ilocanos 🙂 keep it up ! .

  149. daybe

    It is indeed heart whelming to know that your “kababayans” are making their name in different medium. It makes me feel honoured and proud that I am an Ilocano by heart and blood.

  150. jelo

    Being part of ilocano people is great! That’s why I am very proud to be Ilocano. (Matagal ko ng nabasa ito, kaso di lang ako nakacomment.) THUMBS UP ILOCANOS!!!

  151. Marc Philip

    ilocanos are great and very talented!proud to be ilocano!!:)

  152. mac neill

    surely ilocanos are so much gifted with everything: talents, skills, wit, beauty and leadership skills. and these attributes a sure thing to be proud of. truly attributes that are on par with others worldwide if not better. so what can i say? PROUD TO BE AN ILOCANO!!!

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