By Alfredo C. Garvida, Jr. The province of Ilocos Norte has produced notable people who have become part of Philippine history. Of the 16 presidents we have had, 3 of them, or 18.75%, come from or trace their roots to Ilocos Norte: Ferdinand Marcos, who was from Batac, Fidel V. Ramos, whose mother was from Batac likewise, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whose mother's roots were from Bacarra. Of course we have the two Luna brothers, Antonio and Juan, coming from Badoc; Gen. Artemio Ricarte and Bishop Gregorio Aglipay, the founder of the Philippine Independent Church, both from Batac; Josefa Llanes Escoda, the founder of the Girls Scout of the Philippines who was executed by the Japanese Army during World War II for spying for her native country, from Dingras; Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro, from Bacarra; and adding flavor to the notables that are now etched in Philippine history are the five Armed Forces Chiefs of Staff coming from the province, namely, Gen. Fabian
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