SANTA CRUZ, the second southernmost town of Ilocos Sur has a colorful and bloody past. Before the coming of the Spaniards which was in 1601, there was already a little settlement built by the Ilocanos beside the Patupec River located at the northern part of the present town. The hardy Ilocanos built it after the victorious battle with the Igorots who were then called “Mindayas”. The Mindayas tried to conquer the “Minlauds” (Ilocanos) but because of the latter’s bravery, the Minlauds were able to drive back the invaders to the mountains.

The settlement of the Ilocanos was called “Taripnong” probably because the houses were built closely together and because of their strong unity. However, to commemorate their glorious victory over the Mindayas, they decided to change the name of their settlement from Taripnong to “Napinget” which means fearless and strong-willed or determined.

At the coming of the “Conquistadors” or Spaniards, Napinget was already a flourishing community. The people did not want to be ruled by the foreigners so they took up arms against the conquerors but their number and their weapons were no match to those of the invaders. They were defeated and were forced to be under the rule of the powerful Spaniards led by Juan de Salcedo, the grandson of Legaspi who conquered Manila.

The main purpose of the Spaniards in conquering places was to spread Christianity. So after the defeat of the Ilocanos, the Spaniards put up a big cross made of narra, on top of the highest hill as a symbol of their establishment. The town was then called Santa Cruz which means “Holy Cross”. A Spanish church was later built in this place and the three Rajas who owned the old settlement were Christianized. Their pagan names Guiyeb, Madayag and Salamben became their Christian surnames.

More About Sta. Cruz

Elected officials of Santa Cruz for the term 2013-2016

 

Mayor: Teresita Corpus Valle

Vice Mayor: Virgilio Jimeno Valle

 

Councilors:

  1. Waldimar Bustillos Ping-ay
  2. Ma. Luisa Lacsamana Ragucos
  3. Oscar Acosta Romano
  4. Benjamin Alay-ay Guieb Jr.
  5. Renato Avila Quilop
  6. Milweda Manglioan Chavez
  7. Nelia Sales Gabuat
  8. Cesar Dinamling Javillonar

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Our Mission

 

In pursuit of our vision, we are committed to:

  1. Develop and sustain our agricultural resources to increase productivity.
  2. Establish productive linkages to our stakeholders.
  3. Ensure every citizenry equal access to quality basic service.
  4. Protect and preserve the environment.
  5. Continually strengthen the capability of our leaders and employees.
  6. Spiritual renewal.
 

Our Vision

 

A peaceful, progressive meat and fish center with an ecologically balanced environment inhabited by God-fearing, healthy, well-educated citizenry motivated and inspired by transparent, strong-willed and innovative leaders and civil servants.

 

49 Barangays

 

Santa Cruz is politically subdivided into 49 barangays.

  • Amarao
  • Babayoan
  • Bacsayan
  • Banay
  • Bayugao Este
  • Bayugao Weste
  • Besalan
  • Bugbuga
  • Calaoaan
  • Camanggaan
  • Candalican
  • Capariaan
  • Casilagan
  • Coscosnong
  • Daligan
  • Dili
  • Gabor Norte
  • Gabur Sur
  • Lalong
  • Lantag
  • Las-ud
  • Mambog
  • Mantanas
  • Nagtengnga
  • Padaoil
  • Paratong
  • Pattiqui
  • Pidpid
  • Pilar
  • Pinipin
  • Poblacion Este
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Weste
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Quinfermin
  • Quinsoriano
  • Sagat
  • San Antonio
  • San Jose
  • San Pedro
  • Saoat
  • Sevilla
  • Sidaoen
  • Suyo
  • Tampugo
  • Turod
  • Villa Garcia
  • Villa Hermosa
  • Villa Laurencia
 

Map

 

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Sta. Cruz Hymn

 

I love my town, Sta. Cruz, the flower of my dreams

Where I first saw her mornings, her rivers and flowing streams

I love her rolling hills, her yellow fields with grains

I love her murmuring brooks, her valleys and mountains green

 

Sta. Cruz, oh, Sta. Cruz, all my love I offer you

Sta. Cruz, oh, Sta. Cruz,may the good Lord bless you

Where I first saw her mornings, her rivers and flowing streams

I love her rolling hills, her yellow fields with grains

If i should ever leave you, i promise to return

You’re the flow’r of my affection, my eternal flame that burns

 

Ay-ayatek nga ili’k, Sta. Cruz a naidumduma

Sika ti ragragsak ko, bang-ar ken liwliwa’k

Nagaget dagiti umili, narang-ay ti panagbiag da

Ta sika ti pagtuladan, urnos, talna ken kappia

 

Sta. Cruz, oh Sta. Cruz, pusok kenka idaton ko

Sta. Cruz, oh Sta. Cruz, bendisyonan na ka ti Apo

Nagpintasen dagiti taltalon mo, namulaan pagay ken tabako

Naglibnos a buybuyaen, bambantay napno ti kayo

No koma nu umadayo ak, agsubli ak ta sibay mo

Ta innak kenka ipapas, ti nabara nga iliw ko

 

Sta. Cruz, oh Sta. Cruz, pusok kenka idaton ko

Sta. Cruz, oh Sta. Cruz, bendisyonan na ka ti Apo

Nagpintasen dagiti taltalon mo, namulaan pagay ken tabako

Naglibnos a buybuyaen, bambantay napno ti kayo

No koma nu umadayo ak, agsubli ak ta sibay mo

Ta innak kenka ipapas, ti nabara nga iliw ko

 

Tapno innak kenka ipapas ti nabara nga iliw ko.