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

However there may be a lot extra to La Union than its waves. Sprinkled all through the province are a various set of points of interest 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 here are different noteworthy locations to go to and issues to do this will make you fall in love even deeper with La Union.

Notice: Journey insurance policies and opening hours typically change, so please verify the official web sites or Fb pages for the newest 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 might be a grave crime to not embrace browsing on this checklist.

The most effective 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 range 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 presents one other sort of journey — the scrumptious form! The meals right here is sufficient to compel us to go to La Union repeatedly. 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 attempt quite a few joints and but it at all times looks as if we’re barely scratching the floor. But it surely’s okay as a result of it signifies that we’ve got extra causes to go to once more.

Whether or not you might be on a funds or within the temper to splurge, San Juan has lots to supply. Our favorites to date are the next:

  • MASA Bakehouse – Strive their shakshouka and Manong Benny (Eggs Benedict)
  • Gefseis Greek Grill – rooster souvlaki and moussaka
  • Mad Monkeys – smoky BBQ bacon burger
  • Tagpuan – goto and lugaw
  • Dampa sa San Juan
  • Sabong Rooster – honey bagoong fried rooster
  • 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 may simply take pleasure in a cup of your favourite espresso concoction whereas chilling and vibing with your mates! There are wonderful homegrown espresso retailers 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 concerning the numerous 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 probably the most well-known of the numerous cascades within the province. Baroro River flows down two tiers, every with its personal pure pool. The entire place is surrounded by easy limestone cliffs and peppered with boulders.

Tangadan Falls

Throughout 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 may lease a life vest or simply swim within the shallow elements. Keep away from the mossy rocks as a result of they’re very slippery, however in the event you cant assist it, be further cautious. For the adventurous, you may go cliff leaping!

The way in which 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 may enter Tangadan Falls neighborhood. The workplace is situated beside the San Gabriel Police Station.

Location: Barangay Amontoc, San Gabriel, La Union
Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Each day)
Charges: P30/head (Environmental Charge); P500 (Information Charge)
Habal-Habal Fare: P300/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 on the lookout for 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 may even see fish swimming! Nonetheless, observe that there are shallow areas and there are additionally deep areas. The deep elements 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, you might want to register on the barangay corridor. There’s a delegated car parking zone in case you are bringing your automobile. From right here, there are two methods of reaching the island — by treading the waters throughout low tide and by driving 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 not deliver meals and drinks to the island, however you need to use one of many cottages alongside the seaside in case you are planning to have your lunch there. There are retailers, 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 (Each 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 definitely an underrated attraction within the province. However timing is every thing 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 seen a number of individuals with posters that learn: “Grape Choosing” or “Grape Farm/Grape Choosing”. 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 founding father of Lomboy Farm is the pioneer of grape farming within the area, credited for introducing the trade to La Union.

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

Finest Grape-Choosing Months: March to Could (Dry Season)
Charges: P25/head (Registration/Entrance Charge); P350/kilo (Grape Choosing 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, significantly 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 extensive mattress of sand to its spectacular sundown, you’ll discover lots to take pleasure in right here even in the event you’re not thinking 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 world can also be a preferred spot for nightlife and seaside events.

Urbiztondo Seaside is one of the best 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 points of interest in La Union are additionally simply accessible from right here. You’ll additionally discover most lodging right here.

When you want to make Urbiztondo as your base, listed here 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 determine to open. (The administration mentioned they’d be opening SOON once we inquired.)

Lotus Valley Farm

Are you extra of a mountain particular person? Do you like 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 elements of the favored surf city.

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

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

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 created from 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), observe that cellphone sign is tough, so which means away out of your devices and extra time to commune with nature.

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

Lotus Farm in La Union
Photograph by Mariah Cruz

There are sunflower farms, too.

Handle: Sitio Kasilagan, Dasaya, San Juan, La Union
Contact Particulars: 0942 366 4519 (Cell Quantity)


CURMA Heart

If in case you have a coronary heart for marine life conservation or you might be simply interested by how one can assist shield the surroundings, you may wish to try 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.

Aside 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 thinking about volunteering or donating, you may go to the headquarters or the official web site to study extra.

Handle: SIFCare-CURMA Hatchery, 374 Saint Jude Subdivison, Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union
Contact Particulars: 0942 366 4519 (Cell Quantity); [email protected] (E-Mail Handle); 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 Lady of Caysasay in Taal, Batangas through the fifth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar as a result of many followers consider that Ma Cho and Our Girl of Caysasay are one and the identical.

Handle: Ma Cho Temple, Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify 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 high 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 hold 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 better route is on the high the place the signage is situated, whereas the opposite one entails a brief trek up from the general public park entrance under.

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

Handle: 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 underneath the Spanish rule, the Pindanagan Ruins is what’s left of the primary ever Catholic church of San Fernando — principally 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 in your security and for the preservation of the ruins.

Handle: Pindangan, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify the newest announcement first earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: P25 (Common); P20 (Senior/Scholar); 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 surprise halo-halo is very standard within the area. And relating to this dessert/snack, no different identify in San Fernando can beat Halo-halo de Iloko (a minimum of by way of recall). It’s mentioned that the components they use are contemporary day-after-day and are principally sourced from native suppliers.

In addition they serve rice meals and snacks, however we ordered all three halo-halo gadgets 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 conversant in. (Don’t anticipate mind-blowing twists or particular or uncommon components.)

What we loved probably the most, nonetheless, was the pritong halo-halo, which may be very totally different from the everyday halo-halo repair. On this inventive take, components like bananas are served scorching and stacked with ubeng halaya, cheese and different components. The cherry on high is a pleasant contact, too. When you might order only one, make it this one.

Pritong Halo Halo

Confidently marketed as La Union’s greatest, Halo-Halo de Iloko is normally crowded throughout peak hours. It’s fairly standard 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 consumers ready exterior. And it was mid-week!

By the way in which, in case you are touring by non-public automobile, the designated car 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.

Handle: Zandueta Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify 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 buildings such because the Ma Cho Temple and the Filipino-Chinese language Friendship Pagoda. In addition to 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 truly didn’t plan on making a cease right here. We stumbled upon it by likelihood whereas on the lookout for parking area, so we simply determined to spend a little bit of time right here. It may be accessed by climbing a reasonably steep alley in a hid a part of city.

It will probably get actually scorching at midday, so in case you are planning to achieve 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 greatest to go to in late afternoon for the sundown.

Handle: 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 could discover intimidating. (We have been kinda intimidated at first. LOL.) However day journey guests are welcome right here. The P300 entrance price is consumable and is inclusive of entry to a few of 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, once we visited, we have been instructed it might 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 in the event you 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!

Handle: Poro Level Freeport Zone, San Fernando Metropolis, La Union
Day Tour Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Each day). Reservation is required a minimum of 24 hours earlier than arrival.
Day Tour Entrance: P300/head (F&B consumable). If you wish to entry the swimming pool, verify the official web site or Fb web page for day tour bundle promos.


Poro Level Lighthouse

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

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

Handle: 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

When you’re going to Luna and also you’re coming from San Juan, San Fernando or Immuki Island, you’ll be passing underneath 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 normally park their automobiles on the aspect of the highway to take photographs. It’s similar to the mahogany forest in Bohol.

In case you are planning to cease and take photographs too, simply keep in mind that it is a main highway, so just be sure you 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

On the lookout for 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 high-quality sand, Luna’s shore is roofed in pebbles. The preferred a part of this lengthy stretch is the Nalvo Pebble Seaside. You’ll discover plenty of resorts right here, however it’s greatest 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 admire the pebble works and buildings.

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 without doubt one of 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 similar to Moro pirates, Chinese language, and the Japanese.

As we speak, the restored brick tower is without doubt one of the most visited vacationer points of interest in Luna. It additionally stands simply subsequent to the pebble seaside, making it snap-worthy from virtually any angle. (Effectively, not throughout our go to as a result of an occasion was set to be staged on the website.)

Baluarte Watchtower

When you get hungry, you may seize a drink and meal at close by Lola Mending’s Cafe. Don’t overlook to attempt the Baluarte Supreme churros, which takes the form of the watchtower!

Baluarte Churros by Lola Mending's Cafe

Handle: 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 once the holiday home of Dr. Edison and Purita Chan-Noble. Located on the pebble seaside of Barangay Nalvo Norte, the property is usually constructed utilizing pebbles and stones.

The primary stuff you’ll most likely discover are the statues scattered all through the positioning. They range significantly by way of theme and design, however our favorites are these whimsical and virtually 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 surroundings and giving guests shaded sanctuary away from the burning solar.

The entire place caters to friends of all ages and boasts numerous Instagrammable photograph spots. The property can also 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 simply too cruel. Early morning or late afternoon is one of the best time to go.

Handle: Bahay na Bato, Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify 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 isn’t too removed from Bahay na Bato. Really, from the principle highway (Bacnotan-Luna-Balaoan Street), once you make a activate the barangay highway resulting in the artwork galleries, the primary property you’ll see is Bato de Luna to your proper.

You already know you’re on the proper place once you’re greeted by a big statue of a turtle, product of, you guessed it, stones and pebbles! That is the positioning’s most distinguished construction, which homes an interactive optical phantasm ground 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 believe can also be the identical inventive thoughts behind a few of the items at neighboring Bahay na Bato). Different points of interest are quirky and naughty stone figures and colourful photograph spots.

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

Handle: Bato de Luna, Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify 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 isn’t pebbly, however the cream-colored sand isn’t powdery high-quality both. Locals and a few vacationers nonetheless flock to the seaside as a result of the waves listed here are comparatively calmer. There are elements which might be shallow, however there are additionally elements which might be 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 lease.

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


Ciano Umok Gallery & Cafe Ilocano

NOTE: Ciano Umok may nonetheless be briefly CLOSED for now. We’re attempting to find out whether or not or not they’re open however we’ve got 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 points of interest on the southern finish of the province. Additionally in Bauang is Ciano Umok Gallery & Cafe.

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

When you get hungry, attempt 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 components — nata, kaong, and purple mongo. One other distinctive factor about it’s as a substitute of ice and milk, they high it with one thing just like ice cream. It’s like milk-flavored shaved ice that you may eat straight away. You may completely skip the halo half.

Ciano Umok Cafe Halo-halo
Photograph by Mariah Cruz

Handle: Barangay Palugsi-Limmansangan, Bauang, La Union
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify 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 actual fact, the freeway resulting in the city middle 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 hundreds 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 standard locations for photoshoots. Guests may also lease picnic huts on the seaside space, unfold their very own mats, or pitch their very own tents.

A number of the issues to do listed here are having a picnic, nature bathing, swimming, sunbathing, watching the sundown, kiteflying, jogging, strolling, appreciating the mangroves, and doing ‘aura’ photograph classes. Please clear up after your self in case you are planning to have a picnic right here.

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

Handle: Agoo Eco Enjoyable World, Barangay Santa Rita West, Agoo, La Union
Environmental Charge: P15 (Adults); P10 (Senior & PWD); FREE (Youngsters under 3ft)
Parking Charge: P10 (Tricycle & Motorbike); P20 (Different Autos)
Rental Charges: P500 (Massive Cottage); P1,500 (Pavilion)
Business 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, however it 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 serious 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.

Handle: 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 embrace a botanical backyard, mini zoological park, and swimming swimming pools! Other than ziplining, friends may also journey ATVs, attempt the Large Swing, play Paintball, or do wall climbing.

Though it’s removed from town and main highways, the park remains to be accessible through public transportation. In case you are driving your personal automobile, you may entry it through Agoo-Baguio Street (Jose D. Aspiras Freeway), then turning to PUGAD Path. There’s an enormous signage directing friends to that highway.

Handle: PUGAD Pugo Journey, Pugo, La Union
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Each day). Notice that the schedule could change, so verify the official Fb web page earlier than going.
Entrance Charge: P200 (Adults); P150 (Youngsters 4ft under); FREE (Youngsters 2ft under). The charges embrace entry to the swimming swimming pools.
Actions: P250-400 (Zipline 1-3); P350/head (ATV); P150/head (Wall Climbing); P250/head (Large Swing); P250/head (Australian Rundown); P400/head (Paintball). You may also avail of the bundle choices. Examine the official Fb web page for the inclusions per bundle.


When you want to discover most of La Union, the city of San Juan and town of San Fernando are one of the best areas in your base. Each are situated on the middle of the province. From both, you may simply attain many of the points of interest 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 in the event you’d quite keep at a resort, hostel or resort, listed here are a few of the high properties that may be booked through Agoda.


Written by Asta Alvarez
Images by Yosh Dimen
Extra phrases by Yosh Dimen & Mariah Cruz
Extra photographs by Mariah Cruz & Pycan Leynes

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