"My Hometown - Narvacan" Narvacan by matet910

Narvacan Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 19 photos

Narvacaneo, an Ilocano's pride

Let me give you a brief overview of Narvacan's history...

They once called our town a "Ghost town" for it is where corpses and dead bodies were thrown. Narvacan had this eerie impression to people in time of Marcos' administration until such time they already used to it and people living here were no longer affected with whatever they describe our little town.

Until, a person was elected and became the mayor of the town. Everything has changed. Honorable Mayor Edgardo D. Zaragoza has proven to everyone that what they think about Narvacan was all wrong.

He did everything to change the image of our town. And until now, Narvacan seize to continue this changes and becoming more progressive as time passes. Narvacaneos were thankful and proud of their municipal mayor for improving our town making it peaceful and solemn unlike before.

In terms of geographic history, Narvacan was discovered by Spanish forces under the supervision of the navigator Capt. Juan de Salcedo. Narvacan was derived from the word "Nalbakan" which was uttered by a native when asked what was the name of their place. The group speculated it was the name of the place when actually what the native leader meant was to ask them if they were shipwrecked. From then on, they called it "Narvacan".

Established in 1576, Narvacan was one of the towns that has the first Roman Catholic parish in August 25, 1587. Most residents are Roman Catholic and as years passed, its population increases as they established other religions and sects. Having 34 barangays, it is considered as one of the large towns in Ilocos Sur.

Narvacan, living memoir of Panday

Everybody's familiar with the movie that starred the late Fernando Poe, Jr., known as "Da King" in movie industry, titled "Panday".

Most of the scenes were shot here in Narvacan which nestled the famous "Our Lady of Mary the Virgin Grotto" by the beach.
Other scenes were also captured at Sulvec Watchtower, a brick watchtower that was built by the Spaniards to warn pirates coming from offshore.

Aside from historical attractions, Narvacan is also known to have a wide-range of beaches and resorts. The Villa Gloria, a 3-km distance from town proper. The Sunrise Inland Resort that was located along the national road going to Limmansangan, Brgy. Margaay. The famous Paraiso ni Juan, which you can pass by along Sulvec when going to Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Most teens and families love to hang out here in search of sea breeze and summer wind. Beside it was the Narvacan Tourism Lodge, the first resort in Narvacan. Families usually gather here to enjoy the pool and the view of the Sulvec sea. It is also where you can get the full view of the grotto from a distance. And the Sulvec Resort which was still under construction and renovation for a better attraction to tourists.
These resorts accommodates tourists who wanted to stay overnight. They have clean and simple rooms for a better stay in our town.

It is also here in Narvacan where you can appreciate the better view of the "Bantay Tirad" which was used to be a volcano but now a dormant and already considered a mountain. It is famed for its fine cone-shape same as the Mayon volcano.

Where to go, what to see.. A Narvacaneo's pride...

Narvacan, being the 3rd in having the largest population in province of Ilocos Sur, resides families that accommodates visitors whole-heartedly. For some time, they even accompany you drive around the town and make you familiar with landmarks.
One of the landmark here is the one they call "Narvacan Outpost" where the public transportations drop off their passengers heading to Narvacan.

Downtown landmarks...

We have here the NARVACAN MUNICIPAL HALL where the municipal mayor and other government employees worked.

the PEOPLE'S CENTER where they offer reflexology services and where most of the teenagers practice for their performance onstage. It is also where most of programs, events and activities were held especially when town fiesta.

The NARVACAN PUBLIC MARKET where you can buy everything you need at a very reasonable prices. From groceries to supplies, toys, clothings, and frozen goods.

The ST. LUCY PARISH CHURCH. At the right side is the convent that resides the parish priest.

NARVACAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL, the only private school that was administered by nuns from Reparatrix Sisters of Sacred Heart.

BALIKBAYAN HALL, a building that was named after its sponsors and donors who are working overseas. They come up with a Fitness Center that offers people who wants to maintain their figure and spending some time in a gym.

RIZAL PARK, where the inter-barangay basketball competition usually held since it can accommodates numerous watchers and fans.


Narvacan offers a lot of cuisine that could satisfy your cravings for a full meal or native meals.

PINAKBET is one of the local main dish served at most carinderias. Consist of vegetables and "BAGNET" or Lechon kawali.

LONGANISA is also a specialty of Narvacan. A way different from Vigan Longanisa since it doesn't have much garlic and pepper in it.

The WAREK-WAREK, same as SISIG in Tagalog.

And the ones they call "IPON", a kind of small fish that only appears on month of November and December.

There are also Fast food Franchise Restaurants such as CINDY's, and MISTER DONUT, and push-cart franchises like BigMak, Waffletime, Dimsum Republic and so on. We also have the newly-opened Caloy's Grill for those who love night life..

The most visited foodhouse downtown is the YUM YUM FudHaus located just in front of Narvacan Catholic School. They serve a sumptous mami noodles in any flavors you want, yummy SIOMAI which is the best siomai in town, Fresh Buko Juice, their famous bananacue.

These are just some of the things you can and may do when staying in our little hometown. i haven't included yet the other attractions in nearby barangays such as the Disoor Falls and view of the town at the top of the mountain..
I guarantee you, your vacation here is not wasted..
Hope you enjoy your stay..
Happy trip!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly neighborhood, accommodating people, peaceful place, summer breeze at nearby beaches, solemn recollection location..
  • Cons:Nothing much to share..
  • In a nutshell:"A place of solemnity and pride..."
  • Last visit to Narvacan: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2009
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