FAST FACTS

Real Living (Philippines) - - La Union -

• 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.

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