The Ilocano or Ilokano people are the third largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group. Aside from being referred to as Ilocanos, from "i"-from, and "looc"-bay, they also refer to themselves as Samtoy, from the Ilocano phrase "sao mi ditoy", meaning 'our language here.' The word "Ilocano" came from the word "Iloco" or "Yloco."
Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (1948--1953).
Ferdinand Marcos, 10th President of the Philippines (1965--1986).
Leona Florentino, famous woman poet.
Jose Burgos, Filipino priest and martyr during Spanish times.
Gregorio Aglipay, founder of the Aglipayan Church.
Josefa Llanes Escoda, women's rights activist, founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo -- Filipino president, former secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development, and former senator. Her mother is an Ilokano from Binalonan, Pangasinan.
Fabian Ver, former General and Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Diego Silang - leader, revolutionist.
Gabriela Silang - wife of Diego,revolutionist.
Carlos P. Romulo - famous statesman and former President of UN Assembly.
Juan Luna - famous Filipino painter,older brother of Antonio.
General Artemio Ricarte - first Philippine Army General.
General Antonio Luna - educated abroad, most brilliant and most abled General during Aguinaldo's era.
Lt. Gen. Edward Soriano - first Fil-Am General of the US Army (ret).
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba - second Fil-Am General of the US Army.
Danny Inosanto - Martial Artist, Bruce Lee's assistant.
Robert "Bobby" Jaworski - famous PBA player.
Jejomar Binay - Politician, Makati Mayor.
Fidel V. Ramos - 12th President of the Philippines.
Americans of Ilocano ancestry:
Carlos Bulosan, writer from Binalonan, Pangasinan.
Ben Cayetano, 5th Governor of Hawaii (1994-2002).
Brian Viloria, light flyweight boxing champion.
Benny Agbayani, NY baseball player.
Brie Galicinao -- Head Coach-Softball UC Santa Barbara, Princeton University Grad
David Bunevacz - Athlete