Many Ilocanos have left their homeland to seek employment elsewhere.
The population of the four provinces is about 1.8 million.
Although massive churches in a distinctive style give evidence of Spanish-Ilocano collaboration, the colonial period was marked by frequent revolts; the most famous of these was that led by Diego and Gabriela Silang during the British occupation of Manila in 1762–63.
When the Spanish first encountered them in 1572, the inhabitants of Ilocos (then called "Samtoy") were living in large villages at sheltered coves or rivermouths and were trading with the Chinese and Japanese.
These signs remind the living to pray to God for the forgiveness of the deceased's sins (otherwise, the al-alia may visit misfortunes upon them).
Filipinos were converted to Roman Catholicism by Spanish colonial settlers.
(Because maybe Ilocos is too sunny, in my opinion).
Most of them look Chinese/Japanese but look a little more tanned than people in Manila.
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The bamboo washed up on the shore of the Ilocos region, and from this couple came the Ilocano people.