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25 LA UNION TOURIST SPOTS & Issues to Do 2022


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Hailed because the Browsing Capital of the North, La Union takes delight in its monster swells that hug its shores for a lot of the yr. Together with Siargao and Baler, “Elyu”, as regulars fondly name it, completes the holy trinity of Philippine browsing. The province’s repute as a wave rider’s playground has been nicely documented on varied publications; it’s just about widespread information.

However there’s a lot extra to La Union than its waves. Sprinkled all through the province are a various set of sights which were largely missed. From historic artifical websites like Baluarte Watch Tower and Pindangan Ruins to different pure wonders like Tangadan Falls and Immuki Island, listed below are different noteworthy locations to go to and issues to try this will make you fall in love even deeper with La Union.

Notice: Listed below are La Union’s journey necessities for vacationers. However as a result of journey insurance policies and opening hours typically change, please examine the official web sites or Fb pages for the most recent bulletins first earlier than going.

WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?

Urbiztondo Browsing

Okay, let’s get this out of the way in which first since it will be a grave crime to not embody browsing on this checklist.

The perfect time to surf is from July to March. Whether or not you’re a seasoned rider, an excited newbie or just a spectator, browsing is inescapable right here. Surfboard leases and browsing classes are in all places. Charges fluctuate relying on the season (peak and off-peak).

Surfing in La Union

Browsing Lesson Charges: P350-500 (1 hour, with surfboard and instructors); P200-250 (surfboard rental solely).

Browsing Season: July to October (South Swell); November to March (North Swell)


San Juan Meals Journey

For non-surfers, San Juan gives one other sort of journey — the scrumptious type! The meals right here is sufficient to compel us to go to La Union many times. The meals scene right here is alive and kicking. There’s only a lot to find and there’s at all times one thing new. Each time we go to, we strive quite a few joints and but it at all times looks as if we’re barely scratching the floor. Nevertheless it’s okay as a result of it signifies that we have now extra causes to go to once more.

Whether or not you’re on a price range or within the temper to splurge, San Juan has rather a lot to supply. Our favorites up to now are the next:

  • MASA Bakehouse – Strive their shakshouka and Manong Benny (Eggs Benedict)
  • Gefseis Greek Grill – hen souvlaki and moussaka
  • Mad Monkeys – smoky BBQ bacon burger
  • Tagpuan – goto and lugaw
  • Dampa sa San Juan – blended seafood
  • Sabong Rooster – honey bagoong fried hen
  • Kabsat – beef kare-kare and shrimp in crab fats
  • Nak Nak – crispy pork kare-kare and beef sisig
  • Makai Bowls – surfer’s bowl

Other than the eating places, San Juan additionally harbors cafés the place you’ll be able to simply get pleasure from a cup of your favourite espresso concoction whereas chilling and vibing with your pals! There are glorious homegrown espresso outlets providing native espresso blends and different drinks. We’ve tried the choices El Union Espresso and Clear Seaside Espresso.

We’ll be publishing a separate article in regards to the varied meals locations round San Juan quickly, so be careful for that.


Tangadan Falls

Nestled within the mountainous space of San Gabriel, Tangadan Falls might be essentially the most well-known of the various cascades within the province. Baroro River flows down two tiers, every with its personal pure pool. The entire place is surrounded by clean limestone cliffs and peppered with boulders.

Tangadan Falls

In the course of the wet season, the decrease tier produces twin cascades. The chilly water is refreshing after the 15-minute trek down from the jump-off level. In case you are not a assured swimmer, you’ll be able to hire a life vest or simply swim within the shallow components. Keep away from the mossy rocks as a result of they’re very slippery, however for those who cant assist it, be further cautious. For the adventurous, you’ll be able to go cliff leaping!

The best way again to the jump-off level entails ascending trails and taking quite a few concrete steps. Though there are relaxation stops, it would nonetheless be difficult for seniors and people with mobility issues.

No tour information, no entry coverage. You additionally have to current the official receipt (OR) issued by the Municipal Treasury Workplace earlier than you’ll be able to enter the Tangadan Falls neighborhood. The workplace is positioned beside the San Gabriel Police Station.

Location: Barangay Amontoc, San Gabriel, La Union
Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Day by day)
Charges: P30/head (Environmental Charge); P500 (Information Charge)
Habal-Habal Fare: P400/head (Roundtrip, Municipal Treasury Workplace – Tangadan Falls Trailhead)


Immuki Island

Accessible after a 30-minute drive from San Juan, Immuki Island is ideal for individuals who are in search of new adventures in La Union. Off the coast of Barangay Paraoir, it’s a rocky paradise adorned with mangroves and carved with three picturesque lagoons.

Immuki Island

The lagoons have regular and clear however deep waters, good for swimming and cliff diving. You possibly can even see fish swimming! Nonetheless, word that there are shallow areas and there are additionally deep areas. The deep components of the lagoons vary from eight (8) to 12 (12) toes in depth. Furthermore, placed on protecting footwear like aqua sneakers as a result of the rocks and corals are sharp.

To entry Immuki Island, it is advisable to register on the barangay corridor. There’s a delegated parking zone if you’re bringing your automobile. From right here, there are two methods of reaching the island — by treading the waters throughout low tide and by using a balsa throughout excessive tide. Barangay Paraoir boasts an abundance of sea urchins, so that you may spot some on the way in which to the island.

You can’t carry meals and drinks to the island, however you need to use one of many cottages alongside the seaside if you’re planning to have your lunch there. There are outlets, showers and altering cubicles, however they’re very primary. Carry your personal toiletries and towels too.

Location: Barangay Paraoir, Balaoan, La Union
Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Day by day)
Charges: P20/head (Environmental Charge); P250 (Balsa Rental, Good for 5-7 pax); P10 (Bathe Charge); Donation-Sort (Cottage)


Bauang Grape Farms

The city of Bauang boasts hectare upon hectare of vineyards and grape farms. Overshadowed by the seashores and waves of the neighboring cities, the grape-picking exercise in Bauang is actually an underrated attraction within the province. However timing is every part right here as a result of grapes are seasonal. Fortunately for us, we visited in March, simply in time for the grape-picking season!

La Union Grape Picking

Alongside the lengthy stretch of MacArthur Freeway, from TPLEX going to San Fernando and San Juan, we observed a number of individuals with posters that learn: “Grape Selecting” or “Grape Farm/Grape Selecting”. We didn’t know whether or not or not they’re legit, so we went straight to Lomboy Grape Farm‘s Uvas Café and inquired there. We selected it as a result of the founding father of Lomboy Farm is the pioneer of grape farming within the area, credited for introducing the business to La Union.

After registering, we have been led to the accomplice grape farm (Danny Ancheta’s Grapes Farm). The crew really loved our time selecting grapes and sampling native grape wine, fruit wine, and pure fruit juice focus — Mangosteen, Blueberry, and Guyabano.

Greatest Grape-Selecting Months: March to Might (Dry Season)
Charges: P25/head (Registration/Entrance Charge); P350/kilo (Grape Selecting Exercise); P25 (Parking Charge)
Established Grape Farms: Lomboy Grape Farms, Gapuz Grapes Farm, Danny Ancheta’s Grapes Farm, Manguerra Grapes Farm, Calica Grapes Farm, Acosta Grapes Farm, and others


Urbiztondo Seaside & Sundown

That is the place it began! Greater than half of Elyu’s revenue is generated in San Juan, notably from the Urbizondo space the place lodging and eating locations mushroomed between the 2000s and 2010s. That is La Union’s tourism hub.

Urbiztondo Beach

From its huge mattress of sand to its spectacular sundown, you’ll discover rather a lot to get pleasure from right here even for those who’re not inquisitive about browsing in any respect. The shore is lined with eating places and cafes, making it a favourite hangout place for sunbathers, foodies, and sundown lovers. The realm can be a preferred spot for nightlife and seaside events.

Urbiztondo Seaside is the most effective space to remain in La Union due to its proximity to the seaside and the freeway in addition to its big selection of eating choices. Different sights in La Union are additionally simply accessible from right here. You’ll additionally discover most lodging right here.

In case you want to make Urbiztondo as your base, listed below are a few of your lodging choices:


Lotus Valley Farm

NOTE: Lotus Valley Farm stays CLOSED, however we’re together with it right here on this checklist in case they resolve to open. (The administration mentioned they’d be opening SOON after we inquired.)

Lotus Valley Farm

Are you extra of a mountain particular person? Do you favor peace and quiet? Effectively, you may wish to contemplate staying at Lotus Valley Farm, a sustainable and eco-friendly nature resort tucked away within the mountainous components of the favored surf city.

It began in 2009 when homeowners and atmosphere advocates Toby and Marissa Tamayo bought hectares of land and reworked it right into a verdant and flourishing agro-tourism vacation spot. They created a forest paradise with over 20,000 bushes of varied varieties (narra, antipolo, molave, and so forth.) and numerous medicinal, decorative and edible crops. And within the center, they constructed bamboo huts, the place visitors can spend the evening.

It additionally encompasses a lotus flower plant backyard, a stream, and a spring that additionally helps provide water all through the barangay. Some components of this hidden gem will not be open to the general public as a result of they’re residence to wild bees, bats, and birds, simply to call some. The meals choices supplied listed below are plant-based, farm-to-table sorts.

Earlier than the pandemic, we had the privilege of touring the farm and experiencing acupuncture detox and sound meditation. We additionally had a scrumptious plant-based dinner made out of greens that have been harvested from the farm itself.

Day tour visits have been allowed pre-pandemic. However staying in a single day of their kubo is one other expertise. No want for air-conditioning and also you’ll get to get up to the sound of the birds! In case you are planning to spend an evening right here (after they reopen), word that cellphone sign is tough, so which means away out of your devices and extra time to commune with nature.

In case you’re solely inquisitive about seeing an expanse of lotus crops, aside from Lotus Valley Farm, there are additionally roadside lotus farms which are publicly accessible in La Union like this one:

Lotus Farm in La Union
Photograph by Mariah Cruz

There are sunflower farms, too.

Deal with: Sitio Kasilagan, Dasaya, San Juan, La Union
Contact Particulars: 0942 366 4519 (Cellular Quantity)


CURMA Middle

If in case you have a coronary heart for marine life conservation or you’re simply inquisitive about how one can assist shield the atmosphere, you may wish to take a look at SIFCare-CURMA Hatchery in San Juan. CURMA (Coastal Underwater Useful resource Administration Actions) focuses on the conservation and safety of marine turtles via common seaside patrolling and hatchery administration.

Apart from that, the group additionally companions with different events for coastal clean-ups and pawikan-release occasions.

The group additionally conducts info and schooling campaigns and different advocacies just like the “No Plastic” marketing campaign. In case you are inquisitive about volunteering or donating, you’ll be able to go to the headquarters or the official web site to be taught extra.

Deal with: SIFCare-CURMA Hatchery, 374 Saint Jude Subdivison, Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union
Contact Particulars: 0942 366 4519 (Cellular Quantity); curma@sifcare.org (E-Mail Deal with); http://sifcare.org/curma (Official Web site)


Ma Cho Temple

The Ma Cho Temple is an iconic cultural landmark in San Fernando. Constructed in 1977, that is mentioned to be the primary Taoist temple within the Philippines and is devoted to the Chinese language sea goddess Mazu (Ma Cho).

Ma Cho Temple in La Union

Resting atop a hill, it affords a panoramic view of the San Fernando Harbor and the West Philippine Sea. It options the Altar of the Goddess of Ma Cho, the Altar of Our Heavenly Father, the Statues of the 18 Taoist Disciples, the Majestic 5-Door Gate, the Bamboo Backyard, the Lian Factor Pagoda, The Goddess of Mercy (Kwan Yen), the Bell and Drum Tower, and its famend Spider-Sort Dome. The temple is open to each worshipers and non-worshipers.

There’s an annual pilgrimage whereby the picture of Ma Cho travels from San Fernando to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Girl of Caysasay in Taal, Batangas in the course of the fifth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar as a result of many followers imagine that Ma Cho and Our Girl of Caysasay are one and the identical.

Deal with: Ma Cho Temple, Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the official web site or Fb web page earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: FREE


Filipino-Chinese language Friendship Pagoda

Filipino Chinese Friendship Pagoda in La Union

Additionally sitting on prime of a hill, this Friendship Pagoda is a commemoration of the neighborly relations between the Filipinos and the Chinese language individuals. It supplies a scenic view of town of San Fernando and the ocean past.

At its toes lies a park the place locals can simply dangle and unwind. (After we visited, locals stayed right here to flee the warmth and simply chill.)

There are two entry factors to the pagoda. The simpler route is on the prime the place the signage is positioned, whereas the opposite one entails a brief trek up from the general public park entrance beneath.

One of many landmarks is the La Union Provincial Capitol constructing, positioned only a few meters away from the pagoda.

Deal with: Filipino-Chinese language Friendship Pagoda, Aguila Street, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 24/7
Entrance Charge: FREE


Pindangan Ruins

Pindangan Ruins La Union

Constructed in 1764 below the Spanish rule, the Pindanagan Ruins is what’s left of the primary ever Catholic church of San Fernando — largely the age-old stone partitions and the buttresses.

Adjoining to the Carmelite Monastery, this historic landmark is managed and maintained by the Carmelite sisters.

Please keep away from leaning on or climbing up the partitions to your security and for the preservation of the ruins.

Deal with: Pindangan, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the most recent announcement first earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: P25 (Common); P20 (Senior/Pupil); P500 (Photograph Shoot and Video Shoot)


Halo-halo de Iloko

Halo halo de Iloko

It’s scorching in La Union, particularly within the dry, summer time months. No marvel halo-halo is particularly widespread within the area. And on the subject of this dessert/snack, no different identify in San Fernando can beat Halo-halo de Iloko (no less than by way of recall). It’s mentioned that the elements they use are contemporary on daily basis and are largely sourced from native suppliers.

In addition they serve rice meals and snacks, however we ordered all three halo-halo objects on their menu — Fiesta Halo-Halo (P120), Buko Halo-Halo (P195), and Pritong Halo-Halo (P150). The primary two seize the style of basic halo-halo we’re all aware of. (Don’t anticipate mind-blowing twists or particular or uncommon elements.)

What we loved essentially the most, nonetheless, was the pritong halo-halo, which could be very completely different from the standard halo-halo repair. On this artistic take, elements like bananas are served scorching and stacked with ubeng halaya, cheese and different elements. The cherry on prime is a pleasant contact, too. In case you might order only one, make it this one.

Pritong Halo Halo

Confidently marketed as La Union’s finest, Halo-Halo de Iloko is often crowded throughout peak hours. It’s fairly widespread amongst locals and vacationers alike. After we visited, we got here earlier than the height hours so we have been capable of finding a desk. Earlier than we completed our halo-halo, there was already a line of shoppers ready exterior. And it was mid-week!

By the way in which, if you’re touring by personal automobile, the designated parking zone is much. We had a tough time securing a slot, so we opted to go for a pay-parking slot, which was a five-minute tricycle journey from Halo-Halo de Iloko.

Deal with: Zandueta Road, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the official Fb web page earlier than going.


Christ the Redeemer Statue

Christ the Redeemer Status La Union

San Fernando’s hilly terrain supplies good websites for landmark constructions such because the Ma Cho Temple and the Filipino-Chinese language Friendship Pagoda. Apart from these two, one other vital hilltop landmark is the 25-foot Christ the Redeemer statue. Inaugurated in June 2007, the statue symbolizes overflowing gratitude, blessings, and safety.

We really didn’t plan on making a cease right here. We stumbled upon it by probability whereas in search of parking area, so we simply determined to spend a little bit of time right here. It may be accessed by climbing a fairly steep alley in a hid a part of city.

It will probably get actually scorching at midday, so if you’re planning to succeed in the highest on foot, go right here early within the morning or late within the afternoon to keep away from the warmth. Anyway, it overlooking town correct and the San Fernando Bay to the west, so it’s finest to go to in late afternoon for the sundown.

Deal with: Reservoir Hill, Barangay I, San Fernando Metropolis, La Union
Opening Hours: 24/7
Entrance Charge: FREE


Thunderbird Poro Level Resort

Thunderbird Poro Point La Union

Positioned on the highest level of Poro Level Peninsula and dealing with the San Fernando Bay, Thunderbird Poro Level encompasses a land space of about 65 hectares, housing luxurious villas, eating places, wellness amenities, and a nine-hole golf course.

The resort’s impeccable Santorini-inspired theme and the sheer look-and-feel of the place do give off an unique vibe, which some might discover intimidating. (We have been kinda intimidated at first. LOL.) However day journey guests are welcome right here. The P300 entrance payment is consumable and is inclusive of entry to among the eating choices and to discover and take photographs in some areas, together with the resort’s symbolic Santorini dome.

Pre-pandemic, day tour hours have been from 8:00 AM to five:00 pm. Nonetheless, after we visited, we have been informed it will open at 11am. (They may have referred to the restaurant and we simply misunderstood.) Anyway, we determined to only return previous 11am. Sadly, it was actually scorching on the time. The solar was scorching and the white environment have been blinding, so we weren’t capable of discover a lot. We might have melted if we stayed any longer. So for those who can, go to within the late afternoon, when the solar is much less harsh.

We nonetheless had a grand time, although, as a result of the resort is simply attractive!

Deal with: Poro Level Freeport Zone, San Fernando Metropolis, La Union
Day Tour Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Day by day). Reservation is required no less than 24 hours earlier than arrival.
Day Tour Entrance: P300/head (F&B consumable). If you wish to entry the swimming pool, examine the official web site or Fb web page for day tour package deal promos.


Poro Level Lighthouse

A brief drive north of Thunderbird Resort, Poro Level Lighthouse is one in all La Union’s historic landmarks, relationship again to 1905 in the course of the American occupation. Dealing with the West Philippine Sea, it rises on the top of 27 toes and serves as one of many factors of curiosity within the Poro Level Freeport Zone.

Because it’s positioned simply throughout Poro Level Baywalk, many locals embody this spot of their strolling, jogging, or biking routes each within the morning and within the late afternoon (simply in time for the sundown!)

Deal with: Poro Level Freeport Zone, San Fernando Metropolis, La Union
Opening Hours: 24/7
Entrance Charge: FREE


Paraoir Artifical Forest

Paraoir Manmade Forest in La Union

In case you’re going to Luna and also you’re coming from San Juan, San Fernando or Immuki Island, you’ll be passing below its inexperienced cover!

Dressing a good portion of the Bacnotan-Luna-Balaoan Street, the lengthy stretch of towering canopies creates a pure inexperienced tunnel, mesmerizing quite a few vacationers. Individuals often park their automobiles on the aspect of the street to take photographs. It’s similar to the mahogany forest in Bohol.

In case you are planning to cease and take photographs too, simply do not forget that it is a main street, so just remember to park your automobile correctly to keep away from obstructing the site visitors and watch out when taking photographs.


Nalvo Pebble Seaside

La Union's Pebble Beach

In search of uncommon seashores in La Union? You needn’t go far as a result of simply 30-45 minutes away from San Juan is the city of Luna!

Whereas the seashores of San Juan are strewn with comparatively tremendous sand, Luna’s shore is roofed in pebbles. The preferred a part of this lengthy stretch is the Nalvo Pebble Seaside. You’ll discover numerous resorts right here, but it surely’s finest recognized for the artwork galleries that punctuate it — Bahay na Bato, Bato de Luna, and Kamay na Bato. After exploring the seaside, go to one or all of those artwork galleries and recognize the pebble works and constructions.

Location: Nalvo Norte and Nalvo Sur, Luna, La Union


Baluarte Watchtower

Inside Baluarte Watchtower La Union

The Baluarte Watchtower, additionally referred to as Luna Watchtower, is among the 5 historic watchtowers in La Union declared by the Nationwide Museum of the Philippines as cultural treasures in 2014. This centuries-old construction served as a lookout tower for invading enemies equivalent to Chinese language, Japanese, and Moro pirates.

At the moment, the restored brick tower is among the most visited vacationer sights in Luna. It additionally stands simply subsequent to the pebble seaside, making it snap-worthy from nearly any angle. (Effectively, not throughout our go to as a result of an occasion was set to be staged on the web site.)

Baluarte Watchtower

In case you get hungry, you’ll be able to seize a drink and meal at close by Lola Mending’s Cafe. Don’t neglect to strive the Baluarte Supreme churros, which takes the form of the watchtower!

Baluarte Churros by Lola Mending's Cafe

Deal with: Barangay Victoria, Luna, La Union
Opening Hours: 24/7
Entrance Charge: FREE


Bahay na Bato

Bahay na Bato in La Union

This in depth artwork gallery was the holiday home of Dr. Edison and Dr. Purita Chan-Noble. Located on the pebble seaside of Barangay Nalvo Norte, the property is generally constructed utilizing pebbles and stones.

The primary stuff you’ll in all probability discover are the statues scattered all through the location. They fluctuate tremendously by way of theme and design, however our favorites are these whimsical and nearly tongue-in-cheek artworks that present the artist’s humorousness.

Statues around Bahay na Bato in Luna

Inside Bahay na Bato in La Union

The indoor galleries additionally showcase Filipino artifacts. In between two homes lies a backyard, adorned with bushes, giving life to the seemingly chilly and onerous atmosphere and giving guests shaded sanctuary away from the burning solar.

The entire place caters to visitors of all ages and boasts varied Instagrammable picture spots. The property can be open for prenuptial shoots and different themed photoshoots.

If you wish to maximize and revel in your go to, keep away from going throughout midday time when the solar is just too cruel. Early morning or late afternoon is the most effective time to go.

Deal with: Bahay na Bato, Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the official Fb web page earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: P50 (Common); FREE (Under 2 y/o)


Bato de Luna

Bato de Luna

Can’t get sufficient of the pebble-lous installations and artworks? Bato de Luna just isn’t too removed from Bahay na Bato. Really, from the primary street (Bacnotan-Luna-Balaoan Street), whenever you make a activate the barangay street resulting in the artwork galleries, the primary property you’ll see is Bato de Luna to your proper.

You understand you’re on the proper place whenever you’re greeted by a big statue of a turtle, made from, you guessed it, stones and pebbles! That is the location’s most outstanding construction, which homes an interactive optical phantasm flooring portray, textured colourful partitions stuffed with artworks, and a painted ceiling.

Bato de Luna places on the highlight the works of South Korean stone artist and sculptor, Mr. Bong Kim (whom I feel can be the identical artistic thoughts behind among the items at neighboring Bahay na Bato). Different sights are quirky and naughty stone figures and colourful picture spots.

It additionally has a restaurant that gives breakfast meals in addition to ‘unli rice’ and ‘unli sabaw’ meal choices. You can too purchase pasalubong from the memento store.

Deal with: Bato de Luna, Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the official Fb web page earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: P50 (Common)


Darigayos Seaside

Darigayos Beach

In comparison with different seashores within the municipality of Luna, Darigayos Seaside just isn’t pebbly, however the cream-colored sand just isn’t powdery tremendous both. Locals and a few vacationers nonetheless flock to the seaside as a result of the waves listed below are comparatively calmer. There are components which are shallow, however there are additionally components which are deep, so at all times be in your guard and familiarize your self with the beachscape first.

Select a spot that you just really feel most comfy swimming in. Open huts and cottages can be found for hire.

Location: Darigayos Seaside, Bacnotan – Luna – Balaoan Street, Luna, La Union


Ciano Umok Gallery & Cafe Ilocano

NOTE: Ciano Umok may nonetheless be quickly CLOSED for now. We’re making an attempt to find out whether or not or not they’re open however we have now but to obtain affirmation. However we’ll nonetheless put this within the checklist simply in case it opens quickly.

Ciano Umok Gallery

We’ve already talked about Bauang’s grape farms, however there are nonetheless loads of different sights on the southern finish of the province. Additionally in Bauang is Ciano Umok Gallery & Cafe.

Nestled proper smack in the course of the hilly Barangay Palugsi-Limmansangan, the place features as an artwork gallery and a restaurant. The gallery showcases the works of the proprietor, Cesar Dumo, and different native artists.

In case you get hungry, strive one of many home made meals and snacks on the gallery’s in-house Cafe Ilocano. Normally, individuals cease right here for halo-halo. Its model is a bit uncommon, carrying solely three elements — nata, kaong, and purple mongo. One other distinctive factor about it’s as an alternative of ice and milk, they prime it with one thing just like ice cream. It’s like milk-flavored shaved ice that you would be able to eat instantly. You possibly can completely skip the halo half.

Ciano Umok Cafe Halo-halo
Photograph by Mariah Cruz

Deal with: Barangay Palugsi-Limmansangan, Bauang, La Union
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the official Fb web page earlier than going.


Agoo Eco Enjoyable World

Agoo Eco Fun World

South of Bauang is the city of Agoo, named after the wispy Agoho bushes that develop abundantly within the space. In reality, the freeway resulting in the city heart is lined with these towering bushes.

Launched in 2014, the Agoo Eco Enjoyable World in Barangay Santa Rita West was developed by the native authorities and is a part of reforestation efforts of the DENR. Locals and vacationers alike are drawn to its enchanting artifical forest that includes 1000’s of Agoho bushes, a lagoon, the view of Mount Katayagan, and the seaside that faces the Lingayen Gulf.

The entire place is picture-worthy, making it one of many widespread locations for photoshoots. Guests may also hire picnic huts on the seaside space, unfold their very own mats, or pitch their very own tents.

Among the issues to do listed below are having a picnic, nature bathing, swimming, sunbathing, watching the sundown, kiteflying, jogging, strolling, appreciating the mangroves, and doing ‘aura’ picture classes. Please clear up after your self if you’re planning to have a picnic right here.

The perfect time to go is early morning when the solar continues to be not too excessive and late afternoon if you wish to catch the sundown.

Deal with: Agoo Eco Enjoyable World, Barangay Santa Rita West, Agoo, La Union
Environmental Charge: P15 (Adults); P10 (Senior & PWD); FREE (Kids beneath 3ft)
Parking Charge: P10 (Tricycle & Motorbike); P20 (Different Autos)
Rental Charges: P500 (Massive Cottage); P1,500 (Pavilion)
Industrial Photoshoot/Videoshoot: P2,000


Agoo Basilica

Agoo Basilica

Based in 1578 by the Franciscan order, Agoo Basilica, formally named Basilica Minore of Our Girl of Charity, was first devoted to St. Francis of Assisi. The present Mexocan-Baroque construction dates again to 1975, but it surely was formally opened to the general public in 1978.

After the damaging earthquake of 1990, the Nineteenth-century bell tower was destroyed and the church needed to bear a significant reconstruction. Nonetheless, the bell tower was past restore and had to get replaced by a brand new one.

The current-day minor basilica has two bell towers, doorways with Hebrew-script carvings of the ten commandments, a pipe organ, and an underground cemetery and chapel the place it additionally homes holy relics of saints. It’s the seat of the Santa Monica Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Fernando de La Union.

Deal with: Grotto Street nook MacArthur Freeway, Poblacion, Agoo, La Union


PUGAD Pugo Journey

Located additional inland, removed from the coastal cities of La Union, Pugo’s forested and mountainous panorama is an ideal ‘nest’ for PUGAD Pugo Journey, a very talked-about leisure and journey park. Sharing its border with Baguio, the city is blessed with comparatively cooler temperature.

It prides itself on being the primary to supply zipline journey in La Union. Different options embody a botanical backyard, mini zoological park, and swimming swimming pools! Other than ziplining, visitors may also journey ATVs, strive the Big Swing, play Paintball, or do wall climbing.

Though it’s removed from town and main highways, the park continues to be accessible by way of public transportation. In case you are driving your personal automobile, you’ll be able to entry it by way of Agoo-Baguio Street (Jose D. Aspiras Freeway), then turning to PUGAD Path. There’s an enormous signage directing visitors to that street.

Deal with: PUGAD Pugo Journey, Pugo, La Union
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Day by day). Notice that the schedule might change, so examine the official Fb web page earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: P200 (Adults); P150 (Youngsters 4ft beneath); FREE (Youngsters 2ft beneath). The charges embody entry to the swimming swimming pools.
Actions: P250-400 (Zipline 1-3); P350/head (ATV); P150/head (Wall Climbing); P250/head (Big Swing); P250/head (Australian Rundown); P400/head (Paintball). You can too avail of the package deal choices. Test the official Fb web page for the inclusions per package deal.


In case you want to discover most of La Union, the city of San Juan and town of San Fernando are the most effective areas to your base. Each are positioned on the heart of the province. From both, you’ll be able to simply attain a lot of the sights listed above.

Urbiz Garden Bed and Breakfast

We stayed at Urbiz Backyard, a beachfront bed-and-breakfast in Urbiztondo, San Juan. I at all times keep right here due to its location, between the freeway and the seaside.

However for those who’d reasonably keep at a lodge, hostel or resort, listed below are among the prime properties that may be booked by way of Agoda.


Written by Asta Alvarez
Photographs by Yosh Dimen
Further phrases by Yosh Dimen & Mariah Cruz
Further photographs by Mariah Cruz & Pycan Leynes

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