“The Surfing Capital of the North“

Presently, La Union is still "young" when compared to older provinces such as Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Pampanga, Cebu and Cavite. It is a class - A, progressive and developing province. Its 155 years of existence since 1850 testifies to reality of the original vision -- a province geared towards peace, prosperity, growth and development. The original "dozen" towns have grown to 19 municipalities and a city. The additional eight are: Santol, San Gabriel, Bagulin, Burgos, Pugo, Tubao, Rosario and Sudipen. Although the rate of economic progress has been noticeable faster in the coastal towns, the interior towns have coped with the pace. The network of modern infrastructure has contributed to the present progressive condition in agriculture, commerce and industry. In the late 1990's, the national leadership declared La Union as one of the archipelago's 12 regional industrial centers.




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By Land: The air conditioned bus firms (Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit, Partas, Fariñas, Maria de Leon, and Viron) depart from terminals in Manila every hour. Destinations can either be La Union, Narvacan, Vigan, Laoag or Abra. The City of San Fernando lies 273 km. from Manila, which is about 5 hours by land or 30 minutes by air, and is about an hour’s drive from Baguio City.

By Sea: San Fernando Seaport is an international port of entry. Can accommodate all types of vessels -Cruise Ships (MV Calypso, MV Astor), Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) Vessel , Motor Tanker, Barges, Cargo Vessels, Motor Tugboat, Passenger Vessel to Batanes Island and Fishing Boats (Motor Banca,)

By Air: Flight Schedule Schedule: Monday – Wednesday – Friday Manila to San Fernando 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. San Fernando to Manila 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To get around La Union, one can take Jeepneys and mini-buses with fixed routes at a minimal fare. Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) are commonly used in reaching remote areas and suburbs.



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  • Baluarte Watch Tower
  • Pindangan Ruins
  • Centennial Tunnel
  • World War II Vintage Canon
  • Bolikewkew Rice Terraces
  • Our Lady of Namacpacan
  • Pebble Beach
  • Macho Temple
  • Tangadan Falls


  • Tapuey (Rice Wine)
  • Maratangtang (Sea Urchin)
  • “Dinengdeng” (Mixed Vegetables)



  • Ride the waves 
  • Explore the capital 
  • Eat more veggies
  • Meander through the coastal towns to find beautiful pebbles
  • Check out the Amburayan River and don’t forget to try their version of tapuey or rice wine


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  • International Long Board Cup (held every January 25-27-Organized by the La Union Surfing Association open for amateur and pro surfers.)
  • Buybuy Festival (held every February 9-11-A celebration of Burgos, La Union's Town Fiesta showcasing their major produce "buybuy" or tiger grass.)
  • Love Bauang (held every April 23-28-Featured are kickboxing, field demo, bingo bonanza, beauty contest, musical extravaganzas and activities for senior citizens.)



  • The town of Naguilan in La Union has perfected the art of making ‘basi’..


If you plan to go to surf – the North Swell usually starts around October until March (although beware as well, because this time is also notorious as being the jellyfish season and a lot of surfers get stung); while the South Swell arrives around late May to June until August. To catch better waves, check out the Philippine weather forecast by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration – and for seasoned surfers, best time to ride the waves is when there are typhoons around the area. For other sites in La Union, it is best enjoyed during the dry season.

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