La Union is considered one of the top tourist destination by many beach lovers, scuba divers and surfers. San Juan beach, Bauang beach and San Francisco-Canaoay-Pagudpud Beach are the most visited beaches of La Union. Aside from the waters of La Union, other interesting and tourist attractions are the religious structures and cultural heritages of the province such as the Bacsil Ridge, Luna Watchtower, Museo de La Union, Pottery-making and Blanket-weaving just to mention a few.
|Welcome to Bacnotan|
My friend and I took Partas bus bound La Union from Cubao and left the terminal before 7am. By 2pm we arrived in Bacnotan, my grandparent's town. It took us seven hours but I was told it will only take about five hours with private vehicle. The trip was comfortable, the road was smooth except at some areas of Pangasinan. Thanks to waypoints, it guided our way with their navigational aids like GPS data, photos and tips.
Partas Bus Fare was Php400 Cubao to Bacnotan.
|Stop over at Sison, La Union|
After the 2nd stop over at Sison La Union, I thought it will be less than an hour to Bacnotan so I started getting ready and finished my "baon" but it took another 2 hours to reach Bacnotan.
Bacnotan is a first class municipality in the province of La Union. Ilocano is their primary language spoken. Economic activity mostly are farming, fishing and tourism. The place is very quiet and clean. Tricycles and jeepneys are the means of transportation. There is a very old Catholic Church that's so beautiful, St. Michael the Archangel which is just few walks away from where we stayed. One Sunday, I was able to hear mass and it was said in Ilocano.
|An old Catholic Church since 1868, St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church||Bacnotan, La Union|
Across the church is the town plaza.
It's a small park with a fountain and old church bell located just across the Catholic church. I think it's nice place for picnic. I was looking for eateries or restaurants that would offer Bacnotan's best delicacies but unfortunately haven't found one except for few sari-sari stores around the vicinity. You may take tricycle going to public market where for everyday needs from food, household products to personal necessities.
Well, the place is very quiet and clean. I love the fresh air, the plants and trees around the town plaza. I can say, free from both air and noise pollution. People are very warm and will greet you with a smile.
On our way back to Manila, we were able to passed by Taboc, San Juan La Union popular for clay pottery crafts. I bought a lampshade at Php 200 made by Red Clay Pottery Crafts. The lamp I bought usually sold at Php350-400. :)