Travel Guide : La Union (ELYU)

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La Union is a province in the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the city of San Fernando, which also serves as the regional center of the whole Ilocos Region.

The province is bordered by Ilocos Sur to the north, Benguet to the east, Pangasinan to the south and to the west by the shores of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

La Union, which translates to “The Union”, was formed in 1850 by merging towns from the neighboring Provinces of Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, and Benguet.

La Union Official Seal*

Description In Heraldical Technical Laguage

Parted per saltire azure and gules. On chief point between motto, LOVE, UNION, CONCORD, three hands firmly clasped; on base point, ship’s steering wheel; on dexter point, three cotton balls, and a tobacco plant; on sinister, a spinning wheel.

The shield with seven points is divided into four parts by two diagonal lines crossing each other.

The upper and lower triangles are blue while the side triangles are red. On the upper triangle on a blue field are three hands firmly clasped together. They represent the people which were created from portions of the Provinces of Pangasinan, Ilocos and Benguet. The Province came to existence by virtue of a “Superior Decreto” on March 2, 1850 of Governor-General Antonio Maria Blanco. Four years later on April 18, 1854, the decree was approved by Queen Isabella II of Spain.

The words, LOVE, UNION, CONCORD from an apt motto of the province. LOVE is the Christian law. The Holy Bible admonishes that “He who does not love does not know God for God is love.” (1 John 4:8) But people, even if they love one another cannot accomplish mush if they are poles apart. They must be united together. Such is UNION. The Psalmist rhapsodizes: He sings, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” (Ps 133:1) And if people are of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord, and gathered together in God’s name, then He is their midst.” (Phil 2:2) That is CONCORD.

On the right side of the shield, left of the beholder, on red background are three cotton balls and a tobacco plant symbolizing farming and agriculture and the province’s principal “cash” products.

On the left side of the shield, right of the beholder, likewise on a red background, is a native spinning wheel representing a developed weaving industry in the province.

On the bottom blue field is a ship’s steering wheel representing sailing, fishing, and other sea based industry and the port of San Fernando City which serves as a major link of the Province with international commerce.

It's Colors

BLUE represents peace, justice, equanimity, tranquility and calmness; RED symbolizes industry, initiative, activity and aggressiveness; GOLDEN YELLOW represents richness in aims and fullness of mind and heart.

How to get there?

Via bus (Public transportation)

  • From Manila Take a bus going to Vigan or Laoag. There are different bus lines to choose from. There's Partas, Dominion and Florida that has terminal is Cubao.
  • Fare is 490 pesos Travel time : 5 to 6 hours

Car or Private vehicle: 

  • From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) then connect through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and then connect to the new Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), exit at Carmen Temporary Toll Plaza under the Carmen overpass in Pangasinan and turn left following Carmen-Poblacion Rosales Road (Tumana, Rosales), turn right to Teofilo Sison Bridge going to Villasis, Pangasinan, and follow the National Highway (MacArthur Highway) through Pangasinan and then La Union.
  • Another option after Carmen TPLEX Exit is through the Magilas Trail in Sta. Maria and exit at Binalonan, Pangasinan bypassing the busy towns of Villasis and Urdaneta going through La Union.
  • When you reach Rosario - the first town of La Union, turn left at the Rosario junction. (The road on the right is the way up to Baguio City). You will be passing by the following towns; Sto. Tomas, Agoo, Aringay, Caba, Bauang and then San Fernando City. After passing by downtown San Fernando, you will see Lorma Medical Center/College to your right, you are now about 5 minutes away. Upon entering Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, you will then see the National Food Authority (NFA)building to your right and a blind sharp curve ahead.

Place to visit when in La Union

(Click on each link on how to get there.)
  • Tangadan Falls
  • Stone Gallery / Bahay na Bato (Stone House)
  • Balwarte Watch Tower
  • Urbiztondo Beach
  • Lomboy Farms
    • 68 MacArthur Highway, Bauang, La Union
    • (072) 705 2105 Mondays to Saturdays, 7AM – 4PM Sundays, 7AM – 3PM
    • Fees: P100 entrance fee P150 for grape pickin
  • Ma-Cho Temple
  • Luna Church
  • Thunderbird Resort
  • Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel
  • Camp Ave

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