La Union, Philippines

Going Up North: Exploring La Union

January 3, 2018


La Union, being the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, is remembered by everyone by its beautiful beaches and big waves. Though I thought of it the same way, there is more to La Union that I will always keep and remember and that is, I explored the place together with my teammates slash friends.

This trip was probably the best team outing I had so far. There are numerous reasons behind but the few that I can point out are we stayed longer than usual and we didn’t stay in a resort and swim all day and night long. Though I love dipping in a pool, there are other activities that await you and they are worth trying especially when you don’t usually go out of the metro. Guess I am right.

Surely, La Union offers good waves for surfers and beautiful beaches for beach bums. If you are not one of those, worry not because La Union offers a lot more than that. If you are planning to visit anytime soon, I know you’ll fall in love with these places just like I did. Check them out and let me know how it turned out.

1. Namacpacan Church (Luna)



I personally loved this church because as some of you know, I love old historical places. Though I am not knowledgeable about structural designs and such, I am very appreciative of the church's exterior and interior design. It is such a regret that we did not go inside the church as planned.

2. Mga Bantayan ng La Union (Luna)





As I am listing this, I now realized why I personally loved this trip. Yes, you guessed it right – old historical places and structures that fascinate me to unfathomable heights. I am such an old soul! If you’ll take a look at the structure in the picture, it is just a piece of old materials put together to create a purpose. But my eyes saw the beauty of it and, I may admit that I am weird if I continue to say this, but it gives me warmth.

One thing we enjoyed the most was that it is located along the shore. Though we went there on high afternoon, the sound of the waves and the beauty of the water are enough to stay a little bit longer.

3. Bahay na Bato Art Gallery (Luna)



The original plan was to visit Bahay na Bato but the said structure was under renovation. My old soul got crushed by that news and I kept on asking if we could just go around the vicinity without actually going inside the house but sadly that was not possible too. However, we went to Bahay na Bato Art Gallery which was a perfect alternative because my eyes were filled with beautiful creations. Told you, this trip was mine.

The art gallery is a home of 2D and 3D arts and of course, art pieces that were made of stones. Souvenirs are also being sold inside the gallery and if the day is already exhausting, refreshments are also available.

4. Ma Cho Temple (San Fernando)






 

I could have introduced this temple with a joke but suddenly I realized that I have a poor sense of humor, so… never mind. Ma Cho Temple is located in San Fernando, almost an hour away from Bahay na Bato Art Gallery. If you are looking for a place where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the vicinity at the same time, Ma Cho Temple is the right place. This is comparable to La Trinidad Benguet’s Bell Tower but this one is a lot more quiet and peaceful.

5. Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos – Poro Point (San Fernando)






Wanting to go to Santorini but out of the budget yet? Good news for you because you can find a resemblance in La Union. Some parts of Thunderbird Resort and Casinos which is located in San Fernando, is open to everyone even though you are not checked in to one of their hotel rooms.  You’ll just have to pay a minimal entrance fee and you can dine at one of the restaurants inside and enjoy the picturesque view of the ocean wait for the sun to set.



We dine at Olive’s Restaurant and stayed a little bit longer because who will not? The place is so Instagram-worthy and is food for the eyes. My friend, Nikko, roamed around more than anyone did. I guess this is why we clicked - photographs. Can’t get enough of paradise.

6. Tangadan Falls (San Gabriel)





To be honest, when I first learned that we need to trek in order for us to reach one of La Union’s gems, I was kind of afraid because I am not totally fit for those activities. But the adventurous me was the master that day that was why I took the risk and joined the whole team in this activity.

It took us about an hour and a half drive to reach the place where we were met by our tour guide. They gave us few reminders before we headed to our destination. They told us that it will take us about an hour to reach our destination and we will cross three rivers in order to do so. Yes, that scares me a bit.

My first trekking experience was a contrary of my belief that it will be a difficult one. The path to Tangadan Falls was an easy one! It was actually fun because I’ve got to cross three rivers, saw my friends jumped off the cliff and dipped in ice cold water. The rivers were inviting because the water is cold and crystal clear. Crossing them is a bit challenging because the stones are slippery and the rush of water is quite strong. Halfway to the falls itself, there is a cliff diving site. To admit, I am still a chicken to try this kind of activities. Even though you’ve got to wear a life vest, I feel like I am still going to drown because I am not a good swimmer. I am not comfortable not touching the ground. I think that was a good thing as well because no one will take a video when my friends jumped, right? They should be thankful I’m a chicken. Haha. Kidding. They jumped twice; one cliff is higher than the other. Upon seeing their satisfaction after the jump, I promised to take the risk next time.

After three kilometers, we’ve reach Tangadan Falls. As expected, it was a gem! Upon seeing it, I thank my adventurous self for being dominant that day.

We were given a choice to ride habal-habal or jeepney on our way back but we chose to traverse the same way that we traversed on our way to the falls. That was another regret there because that item was exactly one of the items on my “Where to Next Planner Bucketlist” – to ride a habal-habal in Tangadan Falls. Well, I think that is one reason to go back.

7. San Juan Beach (San Juan)



La Union trip will never be complete without visiting its pride, San Juan Beach. The original plan was that we’ll go to the famous Flotsam & Jetsam but the place will never open until 5PM. That was the third rejection in 2 days. Nonetheless, we still experienced the famous La Union waves. Though it was too late to enroll in a surfing lesson (that was almost 6 in the evening), we still enjoyed the waves touching our feet and the picturesque view of the sunset.

Oh, La Union, I hope I still had more time because two days weren't enough to explore your beauty. I’ll be back!

Have you been to La Union? How was it?

Till next time!

All the love,
Xeph

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  1. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS, ARCHITECTURES' ON POINT! Truly, La Union is beyond what we think. Will be putting it on my list. Thanks to you.

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you can visit La Union soon!

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  2. i love how you captured and edited these pictures! they are so beautiful
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  3. Your ''gang'' looks so much fun, great photos! Have a wonderful 2018!

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    1. Thank you, Marie! I had a great time with them. Have a prosperous 2018z

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  4. It looks so pretty there! I love these photos.
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    1. It really is. I hope you can visit. Thanks, Courtney!

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  5. La union looks beautiful, i would love to travel there one day. I much prefer seeing historical places and buildings than going to a beach x

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    1. I totally agree with you, Heather! Though I love the beach, I prefer historical places. I hope you could visit La Union.

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  6. I had no idea that La Union is the surfing capital! My dad is from there and I am hoping to visit the PI next year!

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    1. I highly suggest that you go to La Union on your visit! Please let me know how it all turned out.

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    1. Thank you, Ate Patty! I love yours too. Stalker here. :)

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  8. Looks like an amazing trip to la Union xeph.
    I love that place and makes me want to come back soon

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    1. It really it! How was your trip to La Union? I guess you enjoyed San Juan beach?

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  9. I love, love, love the pictures from San Juan Beach 💖

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  10. This place is absolutely stunning. Looks like you still got to see and explore a lot, which is awesome.
    Have an amazing year!

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    1. It really is! I wish I could go back. Thank you very much! Have a prosperous year!

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  11. I'd love to visit these places especially art gallery ♥

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    1. The art gallery is awesome! Have you been to any in your place? I hope you could visit La Union.

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  12. What a lovely post! Those pictures are beautiful! xx

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    1. Are they? Thank you, Rachel.i'm flattered.

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  13. La Union looks gorgeous! Even though I can't surf or swim, I always love to see people doing both. Glad you've enjoyed this trip and had a lot to see! It's always interesting to see churches because architects put in a lot of effort in making them look unique. You'd definitely enjoy Europe with all of their centuries-old architectures!

    It's great that there are some places that are totally affordable. All of your pictures look breathtaking. I'm happy that you enjoyed your first trekking! After doing a few, you'll get used to it! Thanks for sharing your experience :).

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    1. La Union really is gorgeous! I don't know how to surf and swim too but just like you, I enjoy seeing someone surf. I was amazed of their gracefulness and left me in awe for weeks.

      Europe is definitely on my bucketlist but I still don't have enough money yet to go. Any suggestions on which to visit first? I am thinking of Netherlands and I bet you know why.

      Thank you very much, Nancy for taking the time to read through this. I hope you'll have a wonderful year ahead!

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  14. wow La Union looks amazing! Everything looks gorgeous! I would absolutely love to visit one day! x

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    1. It actually is! I hope you could visit one day.

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  15. Gorgeous photos! It all looks amazing and I want to visit now!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! I hope you could visit soon. La Union has a lot to offer and I know you'll love it.

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  16. Wow this place looks so pretty, I totally want to give it a visit some day! Lovely photos girly!

    xo,

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    1. I hope you could visit soon! I know you'll love it. Thank you so much!

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