LGU - Santo Tomas - Profile

Unlike other coastal towns in the province which are lined with beach resorts, Sto. Tomas utilizes its coastal area primarily for fishing, affirming the locals’ value of hard work. Known for their fishing skills, the men would give their catch to their wives who are expert in dried fish processing which explains the long line of daing stalls along the national highway. It also affirms their deep faith to Senora Virgen del Mar Cautiva also known as Virgen of the Sea, the patron saint of fishermen. Her Feast Day is celebrated every 26th of April. Other notable events include the feast of the Holy Guardian Angel which falls on the 2nd of October; Daing Festival held every April 20; and annual town fiesta every April 24 and 25.

Located south of Agoo and North of Rosario, it is approximately 230 kilometers or around four-hour drive away from Manila. Passed by the 24 hour Manila-Ilocos Route, tricycles located at the welcome arch near the national highway serve as the main form of public transportation within the municipality which are available anytime of the day.

When in Sto. Tomas, a visit to the Municipal Hall located on top of a hill never fails to amaze guests with its breathta-king view of the town’s coastal area. One should also not miss to get a taste of local rice cakes which includes Bibingka, Nilatekan and Patopat. Sto. Tomas is the future home of the Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) Regional Office in the Ilocandia.

Dumanon Kayo Apo!



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