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La Union - Pilgrimage Center of North Luzon

2020-07-01

La Union is a province in the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the city of San Fernando.

La Union, which translates to "The Union", was formed in 1850 by merging towns from the neighboring Provinces of Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, and Benguet.

It is a province with rich history that is known for its ancient churches and pilgrimage sites. In recent years, the town of San Juan and the city of San Fernando have gained popularity as a surfing destination for beginners and experienced surfers alike.

Quick facts

Governor:FRANCISO EMMANUAL R. ORTEGA III

Vice Governor:MARIO EDUARDO C. ORTEGA

POPULATION:786, 653 (As of 2015)

GEOGRAPHY: La Union is situated 273 kms. north of Manila and 57 kms. northwest of Baguio City. Ilocos Sur is bordered by Ilocos Sur to the north, Benguet to the east, Pangasinan to the south, and South China Sea to the west. La Union has a land area of 1,493.09 sq.km with Predominantly Hilly terrain.

CITY: 1 (San Fernando City)

TOWNS/MUNICIPALITIES: 19 (Agoo, Aringay, Bacnotan, Bagulin, Balaoan, Bangar, Bauang, Burgos, Caba, Luna, Naguilian, Pugo, Rosario, San Gabriel, San Juan, Santol, Sto. Tomas, Sudipen, Tubao)

BARANGAYS: 576

LANGUAGE: The major dialect/ language of the province is Iloko, Filipino and English

RELIGION: Predominantly Roman Catholic

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