Falling in love with La Union

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The thought of La Union brings a smile on my face. La Union reminds me of the sound of waves crashing, good food, rays of sunshine and lazy days.

I went to La Union (or Elyu as some of the travelers and locals would call it) with two of my closest friends: Vince and Celene.

We were there for three days. We had no planned itinerary but we have some things in mind of the places that we wanted to see. However, it was actually a bad idea because as much as I’m up for SPONTANEITY, it’s always best to research and plan to save time.

Still, we enjoyed our three-day stay in this lovely place. Elyu is best known for surfing and most travelers are staying in San Juan, the surf town of La Union.

We stayed in Circle Hostel in San Juan. We visited the one in Baler last year, and they also have  another in Zambales. 2/3 now! We might visit the third branch this summer!

The hidden gem of San Gabriel: Tangadan Falls

Went trekking for thirty minutes. We crossed rivers but mostly muddy trails. It was an easy trek although I came unprepared: I was wearing the wrong pair of sandals.

Gorgeous view during the hike! Just the right breather we need from the chaotic city of Manila.

We were rewarded with this picturesque view of Tangadan Falls. We dived, swam and took a lot of pictures! I would love to go back.

Ma-Cho temple in San Fernando, La Union. A temple dedicated to Chinese sea-goddess Mazu. I can’t help but study the colors and details of the temple.

Gapuz Grape farm! One of my favorite parts of the trip. We were able to try the grapes and choose the ripest ones.

We spent afternoons watching the sunset with beach music playing in the background.


Our La Union trip would be incomplete without surfing. It was our first time (yep, we weren’t able to surf in Baler) and would surely not be the last.

Celene and Vince. Chilling by the shore with two of my best friends on our last morning in elyu.

Rays of sunlight on my face. Last morning in La Union!


La Union has a special place in my heart. It’s a place where everyone is nice, friendly and life is slow-paced. No wonder many people came here and decided to stay. We made new friends, visited beautiful places, ate good food and tried new experiences. 3 days is very short though. There were still places that we wanted to see. More reason to come back to this lovely surftown.

I’m so happy I took a break from the city and spent it here. It has given my heart the kind of calmness that cannot be found anywhere else.

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