Batac is a relatively young city, which have only gained its cityhood in 2007. It is about 17 km (11 mi) from the capital at Laoag
The city does have its share on Philippine history. Founded by the Augustinians as a town in 1587, Batac is home to historical figures, from the revolutionary general Artemio Ricarte to the infamous Marcos family.
Batac is the birthplace of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Philippine Independent Church), better known as the Aglipayan church. It was founded by Gregorio Aglipay, who was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church for refusing to cut support to the revolutionary forces under Emilio Aguinaldo.
- 1 Marcos Museum and Mausoleum (Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center).
- Immaculate Conception Parish.
- Aglipay Mausoleum. Gregorio Aglipay, the founder of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, is interred here.