Tobacco Monopoly Monument

When the Spaniards discovered that the land and climate of Ilocos is perfect for growing tobacco, they forced the people to plant only tobacco and no other crop. The sakadas were also forced to sell the tobacco leaves only to the Spanish government. This has lead to numerous resistance among the locals. There were also stories of untold abuses done by the authorities. For one hundred long years, 1781 until 1881, the tobacco monopoly existed in Ilocos. A period of dark history in Ilocandia.

Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Laoag

It was only in 1881 when King Alfonso XII lifted the tobacco monopoly. The people of Ilocos then erected the Tobacco Monopoly Momunent as a thanksgiving to the Crown of Spain for recognizing the stuggles of the Ilocano people against the Monopoly.

The tall yet graceful monument is located right at the center of Laoag City plaza, in front of the Provincial Capitol.

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  • haniebebe


    i’ve been there..
    it was so nice!


  • http://infraternammeam melsantos

    i remember running around that monument when i was 10 years old. during summer school break, i spend my summer with my lolo arturo and he always take me to the city in laoag. my grandma from my mother side comes from Vintar, Ilocos Norte, one of the outlying town from Laoag. very it really the same as it was before?

  • ericd001

    try nyo po mag visit sa bangui windfarm, the cape bojeador lighthouse, the church in santa maria.

    regarding the national artist in pagburnayan, if im not mistaken hes currently based in RG jar factory.I was not able to catch him there, but the entrace of RG pottery house has an NCCA inscription about this guy.

  • Mavie Almeda

    hi! im a producer for a travel/culture show and we’re looking to do ilocos this weekend? do you have any out-of-the-box topics you think we can feature about Vigan since it’s been covered a lot?

    By the way, who’s the national artist burnay maker who does his pots to the tune of old songs? is he still in ilocos? thanks! any help would really be appreciated.

    -mavie almeda [email protected]