Excerpt from “Surfing La Union” by Catherine Calderon for InFlight August-September 2010
“Halo Halo De Iloko: For all-day dining, serving such dishes as the typical sinigang na baboy, pinakbet, kamote tops in bagoong sauce, to the innovative like the Ilocano express where the famous local mainstay, bagnet, is cooked in coconut milk and chili ala Bicol express. During the surfing season, surfers come in groups to sample the pork binagoongan.”
“Pebble Beach and Baluarte Watch Tower: Brightly colored pebbles of all shapes and hues are found at Pebble Beach in Barangay Darigayos, Luna Town. Locals who live along the coastline sell to tourists clear bottles filled with colorful pebbles for P30-P50. Also along this beach is the Baluarte Watch Tower, which used to be a vantage point for civil guards on the look out for pirates.”
“La Union Botanical Garden and Science Centrum: This 20 hectare land in Brgy. Cadaclan is a center of environmental education, scientific research, biodiversity, conservation, and recreation in La Union. The garden features unique areas like Bambusetum where you will find overgrown bamboos, the Orchidarium, the Japanese garden with a zen-like layout, and a zoo that houses birds, monkeys and serpents. The Science Centrum within was built in September 2005 as an interactive laboratory, complete with a tour guide.”
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