Bauang History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Bauang is a 1st class coastal municipality of La Union province in Region 1, Philippines.

Bauang Welcome Arch
Bauang Welcome Arch (Photo Credit: Alchetron)

Profile of Bauang Municipality (Geography)
Location –> 259 kilometers north of Manila (See map below)
Neighboring City and Towns –> San Fernando City (north), Naguilian (east), Caba (south)
* The town of Bauang is bounded on the west by Luzon Sea.
Area –> 73.15 km2 (28.24 sq mi)
Population –> 75,032 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Hilly with lowland
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism, Power Generation
Major Products –> Electricity, Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Revenue (2016) –> 387,175,743.76
Barangays –> 39
Legislative District –> 2nd
Government Officials
Congressman –> Sandra Eriguel
Mayor –> Menchie L. De Guzman
Vice Mayor –> Henry A. Bacurnay Jr.
Councilors (Sangguniang Bayan or SB)
Tanya Roberta A. de Guzman
Angelo “Bong” S. Aquino
Lorie Ann G. de Guzman
Warlito “Wally” B. Daus Jr.
Gabriel “Gabby” A. Sotto
George “Kulot” B. Picardal
Donny Caezar D. Baradi
Danilo “Puto” P. Abuan
Noel “Wowie” T. Gallardo – ABC President
Demieliz E. Nudo – SK Federation President

History

In 1590, Bauang was established as a Spanish settlement with Friar Agustin Mino as its first priest. In 1765, it was recognized as a town of Pangasinan Province because La Union was not yet created as a province. Don Francisco delos Reyes was its first gobernadorcillo. When La Union was finally created in 1850, Bauang became one of its original towns.

Economy

Bauang is an agricultural town where rice, fish, grape, and vegetables are produced. However, its location nextdoor to the city of San Fernando made Bauang a catch basin to the overflow of urbanization. As a result, the town is fast becoming a haven of real estate and trading investments.

Watch the video below to see how congested Bauang streets are nowadays.

The town of Bauang is home to a large diesel-fired power plant.

Considered as the beach capital of the north, Bauang offers business opportunities in the tourism and recreation sector. Hotels, resorts, gaming and other entertainment facilities are badly needed. Other industries to support tourism should also be developed.

Tourist Spots

Paringao Beach – offers a splendid view of sunset

Bauang Reef – good for snorkeling and scuba diving

Mt. Kabugbugan

Sts. Peter and Paul Church

Grape Farms

Grape Farm in Bauang
Grape harvesting is an attraction for tourists in Bauang Town. (Credit: inquirer.com)

Festivals

Kalgaw Festival

Map of Bauang Municipality in La Union

See also: Profile of Mayor Menchie L. De Guzman , Governor Francisco Ortega III

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