• La Union was officially named a province by a Royal Decree issued by Queen Isabella of Spain on April 18, 1854. It literally signified “the union” of nine towns from Pangasinan and three villages from Ilocos Sur and Benguet in the Cordilleras.
• The capital of La Union is San Fernando City and is mainly agricultural. Residents grow rice, legumes, leafy vegetables, root crops, corn, and tobacco. Fishing is a secondary means of livelihood.
• In 2015, the National Statistics Office listed La Union with a population of 787,797 people who are predominantly Ilocano. Iloko (Ilocano) is recognized as the official provincial dialect.
• To the left of La Union is the West Philippine Sea, whose swells are great for beginner to advanced surfers. Because of this, La Union has become a popular tourist attraction for those interested in the sport.
• Surf season in San Juan is between July to October and November to March.