OTOP: Home Furnishing
Home furnishing sector was identified since 2000 as one of the priority sectors of the province. As such, the DTI-La Union Provincial Office has been focusing its assistance to this sector. Already flourishing, the woodworking products and furniture of Pugo, which are mainly from old woods of houses, posts and other structures, have found their way to the international market, which is a remarkable development of the sector today
OTOP: Bamboo Craft Industry
With the abundance of bamboo in the community whether at the upland, midland or coastal barangays, the people developed and learned the skills in utilizing the heaven-sent resource. Many farmers have engaged in the local cottage industry making furniture, beds, decorations, lamp shades during off-season.
OTOP: Tabacco Industry
Known as “Home of the Native Tobacco”, Tubao was famous for its tobacco leaf and cigars. It had a tobacco trade for decades where its town center was littered by huge tobacco warehouses and trading posts for tobacco.
OTOP: Tiger grass
OTOP: Highland Vegetables
The highland vegetable production of San Gabriel La Union was an initiative of the LGU… It has received several assistance from the DA and the LGU itself. The produce in the site is growing although is not yet sufficient to sustain the entire circuit. There are no activities available yet at the site. Farm to Market Roads are already constructed although some parts are still dirt roads.
OTOP: Pure Honey
Home to the National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute, this town produces the best honey in this part of the country. There is also the La Union Honey Bee Center where the curious can behold live demonstrations on the harvesting of pure honey.
OTOP: Grape Farm
Picking juicy red grapes is a unique farm tourism experience in Bauang, dubbed as the Fruit Basket of the North. Apart from the seasonal grapes, other produce such as dragon fruits and guapple are also available for pick and pay. Offering this kind of experience are farms in Barangay Urayong. Entrance fee in said farms are very minimal that one can enjoy a napa-valley-like experience.
OTOP: Green Corn
Green corn is being planted in the Municipality of Tubao as a cash crop after rice. Due to its maturity of 60-70 days after planting, the farmers can plant two crops of corn per year. Marketing of farmers produce is done through “pakyaw” system wherein buyers come to see and visit the area. The buyer will be responsible for harvesting and packaging. For the second crop where demand of green corn is lower, farmers will let their corn get matured. This will later be processed into “cornik” and other recipes.
OTOP: Bamboo Basket
Bamboo basket was one of the major industries in the area. Although production for the past few years declined, the LGU aimed to bring back the industry through the OTOP Program. An OTOP Council was created through Executive Order No. 28 – 2005 issued by Mayor Alexander O. Buquing. The OTOP Council is tasked to develop and promote their bamboo basket.
OTOP: Dried Fish (Daing)
Dried fish, locally known as daing, is abundant and found along the streets of Barangay Damortis. Various kinds of dried fish such as pingka, dalagbaybay, sapsap, ipusan, monamon, tuyo, and the like are sold to both locals and tourists.
OTOP: Pottery Industry
To date, San Juan products range from the famous “dalikan” or the traditional cooking stove to bricks, jars, fountains, lamps, and other earthenware products of varied sizes and designs.The pottery industry in San Juan has provided additional income for its residents and in turn, contributed a huge impact in the economy of the municipality.
OTOP: Home Furnishing
Home furnishing sector was identified since 2000 as one of the priority sectors of the province.With the woodworking industry already flourishing in Rosario, their products have already found their way into the national and international market which is a remarkable development of the sector.
OTOP: Basi (Sugarcane Rum)
Basi is a famous Ilocoswone made from sugarcane extract and is commonly served in special occasions. Naguilian is known for being the home of the original Basi where the tradition of Basi making dates back to the World War II era. With the help of the local government, this industry has been revived and is now one of the main sources of income for the Province.
Varying in colors, sizes, and shapes, the famous Luna pebbles reflect magnificently during sunset. These are commonly sold in Metro Manila and exported abroad. Since time immemorial, their abundance has become a wonder – with stones coming endlessly from the sea.
OTOP: Soft Broom
Tiger grass, the main raw material for brooms, grows abundantly in Burgos. For years, soft broomis sold popularly in the City of Pines as a Baguio product. It can be that the kind of soil and just the right climate makes tiger grass adopt well only in the area. Towards the development of the industry, the LGU of Burgos has constructed a trading post in front of the Municipal Hall where the brightly colored soft brooms are traded.
OTOP: Guapple (Fresh & Processed)
Guapple, unlike the common guavas found almost anywhere in the country, is a large fruit with a very thick and crispy flesh a tangy sweet taste. It is rich in Vitamins A, B, and C and weighs around 300-500 g. Bauang has 50 farms with a total land area of 50-hectare plantation of guapple. Bauangoffers a wide variety of Guapple-based products such as pies, candles, jams, and wine.
OTOP: Handloom weaving
Handloom weaving is a process where thread that makes up the warp and weft are interwoven in an upright loom by one or two weavers.Known as the hand weaving center of Ilocandia, Bangar has been the main source of handloom woven products such as blankets, pillowcases, and towels. Because of this booming industry, the municipality has been regularly visited by wholesalers from other regions across the country.
OTOP: Sea Urchin
Sea urchin may just be a local delicacy or even an exotic fare for food lovers, but to the Balaoan fisher folks, this edible marine resource is now a veritable treasure trove because its growing commercial production now assures regular added income for the residents of this Municipality.
Softbrooms are made from tiger grass which grows abundantly in the eastern part of the city. For years, softbrooms which are produced from five upland municipalities of La Union including three barangays of the city are popularly sold in Baguio.
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While in Agoo, visitors can get a taste of the luscious Dinegdeng which is co-mmonly sold in local eateries. To promote the Iloco delicacy, every 6th of May is designated as Dinengdeng Festival, where more than 100 recipes of the popular Iloko meal are showcased. A fast food chain, Filipino and Chinese restaurants, hotels and a shopping center are conveniently located in the Poblacion area to cater the needs of travelers and guests.
Known for its incomparably tasty Bangus, the Municipality of Aringay is located north of Agoo and south of Caba along the national highway. Approximately 244 kilometers from Manila, it requires about five hours of driving to reach this thriving municipality. It also has tricycles stationed in front of the Public Market which are ready any time of the day to serve visitors especially for those going to the coastal barangays where most of the resorts are located.
Caba is a grand slam champion for the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Municipality in La Union under the 4th-5th Class Municipality Category for 2006, 2007 and 2008; Regional Level winner and National Finalist, Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2010; and 2010 Provincial Champion for the Search for Best Performing LGU based on Local Governance Performance Measurement System.
Hike and rejuvenate the senses at Tuddingan Falls, Sangbay Falls and San Antonio Mini Rice Terraces or meditate in the serenity of St. Augustine Church and Mary Consolatrix Monastery. Head over to Barangay Lioac where some of the best silver products are made or hunt for these precious finds in the town center at Barangay Ortiz, where woodcrafts, leather products and knitted garments are also sold.
Bauang beach is accessible to any form of land transportation. Its calm waters, fine sand, and languidly swaying coconut trees along the shoreline from Baccuit Sur to Pagdalagan Sur make it perfect for jet skiing, scuba diving and swimming. Various shell crafts peddled by locals at the beach area and at various shops along the highway are also available for souvenirs.
After a splash adventure on the beach, tourists can have a guapple and grapes picking adventure at Barangay Urayong. Famous for its large, thick and crispy with a tangy taste, other Guapple products include pies, jams, candies and grapes. To complete the Bauang experience, last stop would be a solemn time through a visit to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Brgy. Disso-or.
Tapey (rice wine), binudbudan (a native delicacy), pineapples, bananas and other fruits are the main offerings in the town’s market. Also on display are bamboo and basket handicrafts. Undoubtedly the best souvenir to take home are Burgos’ famed colored soft brooms. Colorful arrays of these can easily be spotted on stalls along the Baguio-Bauang Highway where one can witness soft broom making demonstrations. The town’s plain and colored brooms are widely sold in Baguio and even Metro Manila.
Backpackers will find Bagulin an ideal spot for trekking and camping with such sites as Tagudtud People’s Park, Loslosi Falls and Kedlap Burial Cave in Allabok which, with its cultural significance, was declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1977. Another site of note is Barangay Cardiz, La Union’s highest point where one can find Tili Ti Nuang Falls.
Come and experience a Mediterranean-inspired resort nestled on a cliff overlooking the West Philippine Sea offering various activities for family and friends.
Enticing Greece-inspired architecture, established name as a hotel destination in La Union, popular among golf enthusiasts, various activities to do.
A trip to Tangadan Falls is a one of a kind adventure as it includes a 30-minute to an hour-long trek, cliff diving, swimming and relaxing while being surrounded by greeneries and with the breathtaking view of he waterfalls itself.
General description: Urbiztondo, San Juan is considered as the surfing mecca in Northern Philippines. Its water is perfect for beginners and intermediate-level surfers. Tourists also enjoy chasing waterfalls in the nearby municipality or just simply laying down and chilling in the sand. Night time is spent bar hopping with friends in establishments in the area offering drinks accompanied by various types of music.
The establishment of the center is a historical milestone in the agriculture industry of the Province. It was inaugurated on September 2, 2011 and was re-launched last March 30, 2017. The center is converted into an economic enterprise to enhance the contribution of the bee industry for socio-economic development and environmental conservation.
While in Santol, visitors can stop by the Prayer Mountain for spiritual nourishment. Discover Balay-Anito Waterfalls (said to be a dwelling place of spirits with its otherworldly beauty), Siminublan Waterfalls, Amburayan River and Maggew Burial Cave through the destination’s many scenic hiking trails. After a good excursion, have a sojourn with nature at the Municipal Tree Park or Santol Pavillon and indulge on local fruits like rambutan, lanzones, mango, watermelon and santol, the fruit from where the municipality was named after.
A visit to the Sudipen Display Center which is adjacent to the Municipal Hall, provides a comprehensive view of what Sudipen can offer. Baskets of various sizes and designs; tasty Rice Wine (Tapuey) crispy Cassava Chips; furniture of distinct designs; and Bamboocraft products can be bought at reasonable prices.
Sea urchin may just be a local delicacy and an exotic fare for food lovers but to the Balaoan fisher folks along its coastal waters here, this edible marine resource now housed in fish cages along the coastal areas of Barangays Paraoir and Almeida are now a veritable treasure trove more precious than gold because its growing commercial production now assures regular added income. Tourists and vacationers can also rent boats for them to actually take a closer look on the harvesting process of the famous “Maratangtang”, a favorite delicacy among the Ilocanos. A Picnic to Apaleng Park or Coconut Garden and a visit to Lourdes Grotto sums up the PINK tour to Balaoan!
Due to the fame brought by the two local products, an Abel-Panday Festival is held every December 26 and 27 which is highlighted by a street-dancing competition. Every July 25, locals celebrate the Feast Day of their Patron, Saint Christopher. The Parish Church is a must to see attraction, other than its intricate ceiling murals, it also takes pride for being one of the few churches in the country with three belfries.
The town’s original name is Namacpacan, an Iloco word which means “one who had given food” due to the generosity of the locals of sharing their food to travelers going north during the Spanish times. On October 18, 1906, during the incumbency of Gov. Joaquin Luna and Namacpacan Mayor Primitivo Resurreccion Novicio, the name of the town was changed to Luna by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1543. The change was based on the request of the Municipal Council which was subsequently approved and endorsed by the Provincial Board of La Union, in honor of Doña Laureana Novicio Luna, a native of the locality and mother of the famous Luna brothers, Antonio the General and Juan the Painter.
Mushroom culture and production in Barangay San Augustin, Agoo is one of the growing industries in the Province. It is one of the ingredients in Dinengdeng, Agoo’s specialty dish.
OTOP: Milkfish (Bangus)
Milkfish or bangus is cultured in pen areas with over 400 fish pen operators engaged in the bangus industry. It is comparable to the Dagupan or Bonuan bangus as to its quality and palatability.
OTOP: Rice-based products
A by-product of rice commonly called as “kankanen” in Iloko, “kakanin” in Tagalog or native cake is often used as merienda by Filipinos. It can be bought in the market or even from roaming vendors in the community. Balikbayans also love to bring these native cakes to their destined countries as pasalubong. Among these are bibingka, sumna, patupat, tinudok, butsi, binobodan, bilo-bilo, palitaw, buyos and the like.
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