Domestic Tourism

The large scale industry which is the Coca-Cola Bottlers, Phils., Inc., the only bottling plant in Ilocandia settled in the rural area of the town which is committed to making a low impact on environment and generate income and employment to local people.

The large scale industry which is the Coca-Cola Bottlers, Phils., Inc., the only bottling plant in Ilocandia settled in the rural area of the town which is committed to making a low impact on environment and generate income and employment to local people.

The second is the transportation block which will be a transportation depot. The third is the business center block which is an alternative office environment that provides a green campus-like setting and office building that works. It will be the zone for IT schools and IT offices. The fourth block is the residential block – a 24 story building. The first 4 floors are intended for commercial and business offices and the rest of the floors are residential. The fifth is the hotel block. In it will be found a 50 room businessmen/boutique hotel known as Microtel, a US franchised hotel. The last block is the retail block. In it will be stand-alone shops like specialty boutiques and fine dining restaurants that close late at night.

It is also worthwhile to promote domestic tourism in view of downstream industries and multiplicity of activities that are connected with the industry that are good sources of income aside from generating employment for local residents.

Pottery Industry

Among the industries available in the   locality are pottery/ ceramics making,   particularly the kiln-fired earthenware   that comes in various shapes and sizes; from cooking pots, and stoves to water   jars and well casings to roof tiles and flue pipes to miniature toys and flowerpots.  The century old industry was dying but the present administration made it their primary concern to help the plight of the potters in the industry promotion and improvement of their products through various trainings, attendance to exhibits and the most valuable impact made was the construction of the downdraft kiln for their mass production.  The façade of 365 plaza and the Robinson’s Mall is made of bricks which is one illustration of industry promotion.  The pottery industry is the entry of the municipality to the One-Town-One Product project of the DTI which aims to promote it entire the country.


Dapil is a process of sugarcane production which connotes the hard work, patience, endurance, unity, discipline, and vision, among others, of the people involved in the industry to yield the desired products.  These qualities are tested as the raw sugarcane stalks (unas) are milled to extract the sap then boiled and fermented to produce basi (a mild alcoholic drink) or curdled to produce molasses.  The basi could be further distilled to come out with basi wine (arak ti basi) or aged to produce vinegar. 

Today, dapil festival is a must see event for tourist as they will be able to feel how molasses are made and taste the different products using molasses gulped down with basi.  Prominent personalities have experienced the dapil such as Gov. Linda Lingle  and Mayor Alan Arakawa, both from the island of Hawaii, USA.

PANAGPANDAY (Blacksmith)
Black smith is creating objects from iron or steel by forging the metal; that is, by using tools to hammer, bend, and cut.
This industry produce objects such as wrought iron gates, grills, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, horseshoes and weapons.
In Barangay 9, San Lucas and Barangay 10, San Paulo are the barangays where blacksmith originated.
San Nicolas is a town that is recommended for destination of folk arts’ collector.

It is the process of converting thin sheets of metals and aluminums into pails, basins, metal decorations and sprinkles.
Aside from the “damili” as the trademark of San Nicolas, the municipality also has its tinsmith industry for San Nicoleños are also skilled in this process.
Barangay 21, San Agustin, Barangay 18, San Pedro and Barangay 10, San Paulo are the barangays where tourists can find high-quality tinsmith products.

Tannery is a facility where tanning process is applied to produce leather.
Today, the main source of leather is mostly from animal skin such as snakes, crocodile, wild pig, elephant and ostrich that makes them endangered.
This industry called tannery, is a great help to minimize or eradicate the number of animals that are being endangered.

PANAGLAGA (Bamboo Weaving)
As bamboo is abundant in the locality, weaving has been one of the livelihood of San Nicoleños. Baskets, nets, hats, “kuribot”, and “bigao” are some of the products from bamboo weaving. These are more preferable to use for they are more durable and safer to use.
Weaved baskets and hats are usually used as props by San Nicoleños during the Damili Festival particularly during the Damili Street Dance Competition.

One of the means of transportation in the province is tricycle----a three wheel vehicle that can accommodate 3-4 persons that from time to time, San Nicoleños are riding on it to travel from one place to another.
These side cars are popularized and being ventured at Barangay 1, San Francisco, Barangay 18, San Pedro and Barangay 20, San Pablo. As a matter of fact, tricycle drivers from nearby municipalities come to San Nicolas to buy side car for their motorcycles.

Today, furnitures are widely seen in all households, offices, theme parks and even in beauty salons.
Barangay 1, San Francisco and Barangay 16, San Marcos are the areas in the town where products such beds, chairs, tables and even movable bahay-kubo can be found and bought there.

This industry is one of the main sources of livelihood in the town.
These hollow blocks come out within a mixture of farm water and ordinary soil that can be found within the bounds of the locality. It is sure to become very durable, comparable in strength to commercial products.
Barangays 1, 4, 7, 10, and 20 are the main producers of hollow blocks in San Nicolas, and these are exported outside the province.

SUKA (Vinegar Making)
Vinegar can be used as additive, preservative and seasoning. It can prolong the span of food for it is an effective agent in preserving foods. It can also make food tastier and craved for more for it adds life to the smell of it.
Vinegar or “suka” is made from sugarcane stalks (unas) and placed in “burnay” (huge jar) which is enclosed or sealed for one to two weeks to be fermented.
This industry is traced in Baranagy 23, Sta. Cecilia.

Mouth watering. This is the best word to describe this Ilocos’ best sisiron which is a classic style of  turning pork into crispy and juicy appearance.
The pork is chopped into large quantities and dip fried in boiling cooking oil.
Sisiron is best served with bagoong and tomato while eating with your bare hand alone.
As a matter of fact, C & E Pizza Pasta produced a pizza which was popularized by its name Bagnet Pizza for it is topped with creamy sauce, grated cheese and most especially, the sisiron bits.

Another product of San Nicolas that makes it proud of is the Longganisa. It is called to be the native-sausage, formed like a chain. It is made out of ground pork with garlic and peppermint as its flavoring.
San Nicolas has been selling and making longganisa for many years. This can be serve in all meal times especially during breakfast with fried rice and egg.
This product can turn people especially the tourists to crave for mor because it has its own aroma and appeal. Barangay 6, San Juan and Barangay 7, San Miguel are the barangays in the town where the production of longanissa originated and are known of.

Whenever people who are on the go with road trips, they would always think of something that they can give to their family or friends.
This instance, the crispy and tasty fish crackers and skin chicaron are the best “pasalubong” that tourists can have. These crackers are made out of flour, meat and fish added with seasoning to make it tastier.
As a matter of fact, these products also serve as chichirya (but nutritious) during the ample time or get together gatherings of groups or peers.
Mang Caloy which is located at Barangay 12, San Cayetano and Ama Joe of Barangay 22, San Guillermo are the number one manufacturers of fish crackers and skin chicaron in the municipality.

Empanada is made up of egg, mongo sprout (toge) and grated green papaya for ordinary orders and added with San Nicolas longganisa for special, covered with orange crust made up of flour with food coloring.
At some point, Batac City is known to be the hometown of this delicacy, but as time goes by, San Nicolas is also recognized as a cradle for it.
Empanada stands can be found and seen along the highway of San Nicolas especially in the poblacion area. It is best served with catsup or vinegar. Enjoy this food with the whole barkada.

This is one of the native delicacies which can be found in the town. It’s common ingredients are grinded diket (glutinous rice), gata (coconut milk) and linga (sesame seeds), wrapped in a banana leaf.
Tupig is mostly served during Christmas Season in the rural areas but it is available throughout the year at the Public Market. In making this, patience and joy are the main ingredient to come up with an authentic tupig

This toothsome cuisine is the Filipino version of shrimp fritters. It can be served during snack time or even an appetizer during lunch or dinner. The real taste of ukoy will come up if it when soaked in spicy vinegar.
Ukoy is made up of poultry eggs, flour, spring onions stalk and “aramang”(dried shrimps) and dip fried.