History of Pinili

Written by Administrator on 03 November 2017

          PINILI is one of the youngest and smallest municipalities in the second congressional district of the Province of Ilocos Norte.   It was created under Executive Order No. 92 on January 20, 1920 through the initiative of Gabriel Pagdilao, Ignacio Lafradez, Buenaventura Lacuesta, Leoncio Pagdilao and Ruperto Valbuena.

Significant part of the history was long before it became a town, the late Msgr. Gregorio Aglipay, a rebel priest, made the place as his favorite hideaway and retreat, during the Fil-American War.  He gave its name Pinili, meaning “chosen” has been cherished as its name until now.   The cultural development is patterned and derived from the people of the bounding localities.  However, the culture is dominated by those coming from Badoc, Batac and Paoay, where the Pinili’s first inhabitants mostly came from.

Pinili, Ilocos Norte  has indeed gone a long way, from the trails of wild boars and deer shuffling legs across the wooded hills to today’s concrete roads and lifting lamp posts along the main road of the poblacion.  The house of the late Mr. Ignacio Lafradez in Kullabeng where the July 7 meeting took place is gone but a shrine of which the Aglipay monument, the tallest monument in the Ilocos Region was erected and inaugurated in 1997, to mark the place where the revolutionary priest often met his guerilla fighters.

Today, after Pinili’s creation, business establishments have sprung up in the town proper.  And the town has brought it on in the emerging league of municipalities.  The transformation of Pinili from a 5th class to a 3rd class municipality has brought the municipality in the map of progress and excellence. 

1.1  Ethymology

The late Monsignor Gregorio Aglipay named the town PINILI because he selected the thickest forest mountain, now the town site of Pinili, as refuge during the revolution.

1.2  Creation of the Municipality

On December 1919, The Governor General of the Philippines, Francis Burton Harrison signed Executive Order No. 92, Series of 1919, ordering the establishment of the Municipality of Pinili effective January 1, 1920.


1.3  Economic Development

Pinili is basically an agricultural municipality.  Agriculture endeavor dominates all other sources of livelihood.  Economic opportunities are rare, if any, outside the farm.

1.4  Political Development

It was in 1920 when Pinili began to be administered.  The administrative officials of Pinili, Ilocos Norte from 1920 to the present are the following:



Felipe Arcangel

Presidente Municipal


Juan Rana

Presidente Municipal


Benito Gamatero

Presidente Municipal


Heracleo Edmalin

Presidente Municipal