|One of the better beaches a short banka ride away.|
Bauang Beach (Bauang, La Union, Northern Luzon)
6 kilometers south of San Fernando,Bauang Beach is lined with fine grayish sand; establishments providing accommodations and other amenities stretch out from the beach to Baccuit to Pagdalagan.
One may opt to take a plane from lands which lands directly in San Fernando City.
There are several buses that pass through la union. Although the ride may be quite long,because of all the stopovers,sometimes it is simpler to hire a private vehicle or take ones own. Travel time by bus is 6-8 hours by car,4-5.
Blanket-weaving (San Fernando, La Union, Northern Luzon)
The age-old practice of weaving wider Ilocano blankets is a primary industry in Bangar. Rayon,cotton and polyester combination,and the "tinagudan" are yarns used in the weaving of blankets and other products.
If one travels up north,he would be instantly captivated by the magnificent pots displayed along the narrow borders of San Juan,La Union,particularly in Barangay Taboc,whose folks' ingenuity has remarkably sprawled over one place to another.
Pottery- Making (San Fernando, La Union,Northern Luzon)
Pottery-making in the Philippines dates back to the days of our Filipino ancestors when they placed their clay containers on the embers of an open fire to cook food. In Albay,people use the coron as a cooking pot. The Bicol region makes us of ""pikpik" which refers to the repeated paddling needed to compress and strengthen the clay mixture and other forms of pottery in some tribal territories in the country.
In La Union,it has been long embraced as a way of life to every household whose members sit down together the whole day to bring the beauty of pottery out of clay.
Just like any other work of art,pottery making does not only draw out more of a person's artistry if not his covert attributions,but it also helps him pattern and nurture a legacy that is passed on from generation to generation. Although technology has afforded easier production: producing piles of creations with ease and uniformity,Pots in La Union are made using the traditional manual way. The process begins with digging clay from the mountain or purchasing it for ten pesos a sack. It is then sun-dried and sifted to rid it of twigs and pebbles,after which it is crushed using stones,pulverized and sifted again. The clay comes in three colors: white,black and red for a solid outcome.
Once it is formed into a beautiful artwork through a template,it has to be dried slowly for several days. Then,it is ready to be exposed in the kiln,which is usually situated at the backyard with a sort of a roof so as to shield it from the excessive heat of the sun. The ground is covered with sand and at least three layers of bagul (dried coconut shell),guhi (bamboo stalks) and dry pieces of wood. The pots are arranged on top of the bed of wood. A fire is lit in the center and then the "ata" (rice husk) is quickly shoveled over the pots to seal in the heat.
The process takes almost a week.
It requires a lot of skill to make a pot or any related product. It is only a matter of practice to perfect the process without the benefit of written manuals.
To date,San Juan products range from the famous "dalikan" or the traditional cooking stove,bricks,jars,fountains,lamps and other earthenware products of varied sizes and designs. These,which are being sold at a reasonable cost,have been boosted by the tourism package of the Province of la Union to local and foreign tourists.
Centennial Tree (Bacnutan, La Union, Northern Luzon)In the municipality of Bacnotan,which is widely popular for its cement deposits and Sea Urchins,lies Barangay Carcarmay,named after a yellowish sweet-sour fruit-bearing tree. But this quaint barangay is not know for the Carcarmay Trees,which grow in abundance,but for the century old Acacia tree which stands majestically at the center of Carcarmay Community School. The tree was once a source of shade for Japanese soldiers of World War II stationed in the area.
Amburayan River (Sudipen, La Union, Luzon)Amburayan River separates several towns in La Union and Ilocos Sur. It also serves as an additional source of income for the people of Sudipen. The river also figures in the Ilokano's pre-Hispanic Epic "Biag ni Lam-ang",the extraordinary tale of a young man's adventures in love and loss. It was said that he once took a dip in the Amburayan River,after avenging the murder of his father,and all the dirt from his body caused the fish in the river to die. The poem portrays the earlier customs,tradition,culture and beliefs of the Ilocanos as well as representing their qualities; adventurous,brave and hardy. Recited and originally written in the Ilokano language,the epic is said to have been written by several poets from various generations,and was first preserved in writing around 1640,by a blind Ilokano bard named Pedro Bucaneg.
Balay Anito Falls (Santol, La Union, Northern Luzon)
BALAY ANITO means "House of Unseen Friends (Anitos)". It is a great waterfall that cascades down to a pool about 20 meters deep,called "ban-aw". The sides are so steep one has to cling to the exposed roots of trees along the precipice in order to climb down.
Museo de Iloko (San Fernando, La Union, Luzon)
The old "presidencia" of Agoo houses artifacts and others of cultural importance to the Ilocanos.
Museum hours are Monday – Friday,8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday visits are by arrangement.
Museo de La Union (San Fernando, La Union, Luzon)Located at the Provincial Capitol ground in San Fernando,the Museum showcases archaeological finds in La Union during Pre-Hispanic times.
Bolikewkew Rice Terraces (Burgos, La Union, Luzon)
Although not as popular and not close to the spectacular grandeur of the 2000-year old Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banaue more commonly known as Banaue Rice Terraces,referred to by Filipinos as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" Bolikewkew Rice Terraces is an accessible alternative. With farming as the main livelihood of the townspeople of Burgos,La Union it can be seen in the green fields that manage to soothe and de-stress. The rice fields are located at Bolikewkew,Delles,Burgos. The mountains surrounding these terraces are good venues for hiking and mountain climbing.