MORE EATS, ART, & HIS­TORY FOR YOUR LA UNION ES­CAPE

Real Living (Philippines) - - La Union -

SURF SHACK Crav­ing for an open-air setup while en­joy­ing meals post-surf­ing? Make your way to Surf Shack, where chill-seek­ers dine and lis­ten to live mu­sic. It is home to local cock­tails, craft beers, and fu­sion piz­zas. Try its best-sellers: Mommy Lu’s Gourmet Tuyo Pizza and Ilokano Pizza, and pair them with Bang Da Bass cocktail or the many craft beer op­tions im­ported from Craft Brew­ery in Baguio. 238 na­tional high­way, San Juan, la union; tel. (072) 607-4914; Face­book: www.face­book.com/ surf­shack­san­juan­lau­nion

KRIEYTIB HUB

If you’re feel­ing crafty while on a va­ca­tion by the beach, visit Krieytib Hub in San Fer­nando. It’s a on­estop-shop that sells var­i­ous arts and crafts prod­ucts and sou­venirs. Help your­self to letter stamps, framed cal­lig­ra­phy post­cards, video and pho­tog­ra­phy ser­vices, and work­shops. tel. (072) 687-1746; Face­book: www.face­book.com/krieytib­hub

OLAS BANDITOS

One of the hip din­ing spots in Ur­biz­tondo is this eye-catch­ing roadside restau­rant. Co-owned by fa­mous pro-surfer Luke Lan­dri­gan, this taque­ria serves Mex­i­can fare with a twist, and pro­motes re­cy­cling and eco-liv­ing. na­tional high­way, Brgy. ur­biz­tondo, San Juan, la union; mo­bile 0977-8590064; Face­book: www.face­book. com/olas­ban­di­tos

PIN­DAN­GAN RU­INS

Take a break from the beach and ex­plore Pin­dan­gan Ru­ins, rem­nants of an old stone church built in 1754. Head to this his­toric site on late after­noons for best IG­wor­thy snaps. There’s an en­trance fee of P200, which goes to the preser­va­tion of this land­mark. Brgy. San Vi­cente, San Fer­nando, la union (be­side the monastery of the carmelite Sis­ters, who help main­tain the ru­ins)

TAGPUAN SA SAN JUAN

Tagpuan sa San Juan’s easy­go­ing at­mos­phere is per­fect for an af­ter­noon of good food and good sto­ries with friends. This hum­ble eatery pro­motes a strong ad­vo­cacy: they have a “Share Love in a Bowl” ini­tia­tive, which al­lows you to buy a meal or a cup of cof­fee for the less for­tu­nate for only P50. A great meet­ing place for fam­ily and friends with a greater cause. ur­biz­tondo Road, San Juan, la union; mo­bile 0947-063-9476; Face­book: www.face­book.com/tag­puansj

BEACH HUB LA UNION

Atop El Union Cof­fee in Ur­biz­tondo is a sea­side co-work­ing space and yoga stu­dio. Beach Hub opened in 2015 and was built with eco­con­scious design in mind. The open space has a li­brary, fast Wi-Fi con­nec­tion, bean bags and workspaces, and a deck with a nice view of the ocean. Get your work done, find your cen­ter, and in­ter­act with lo­cals and trav­el­ers at this hub. na­tional high­way, ur­biz­tondo, San Juan, la union; tel. (072) 607-9695; Face­book: www. face­book.com/beach­hublau­nion

BA­HAY NA BATO OPEN ART GALLERY

Drive fur­ther up north from San Juan, and you’ll come across the town of Luna, which is known for its abun­dance of peb­bles. Here, you can visit Ba­hay na Bato Open Art Gallery, a rest house-turned­tourist spot by hus­band and wife doc­tors Edi­son and Pu­rita Noble upon the en­cour­age­ment of the local gov­ern­ment. Ba­hay na Bato was built us­ing peb­bles for walls and other struc­tural el­e­ments, and is high­lighted by wooden and stone sculp­tures made by local artists. The gallery is open ev­ery day from 6am to 8pm with a min­i­mal en­trance fee of P20. Brgy. nalvo Borte, luna, la union; mo­bile 0905-976-0315; Face­book: www.face­book.com/ pg/ba­hayn­abatono­ble­home

TALI TI AMIANAN

This surfer-run so­cial en­ter­prise ad­vo­cates up­cy­cling post-con­sumer fab­rics into hand­wo­ven prod­ucts while pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able liveli­hood to local women and el­ders in San Juan. Ilokano for “Rope of the North,” Tali Ti Amianan started in 2014 and has since been giv­ing back to the surf­ing com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment. Its prod­ucts are mostly wo­ven bracelets sold at El Union Cof­fee, Nani Wahini Sou­venir and Gift Shop, and at Coast Thru Life/ Ves­sel Hos­tel. Mo­bile 0925-303-4384; Face­book: www.face­book.com/tali­ti­ami­anan

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