San Juan is a 2nd class coastal municipality of La Union province in Region 1, Philippines. The town is considered the Surfing Capital of the north.
Profile of San Juan Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Northern part of La Union in Northwestern Luzon (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Bacnotan (north), San Gabriel (east), and San Fernando City (south)
Area –> 57.12 km2 (22.05 sq mi)
Population –> 37,188 (2015 Census)
Revenue (2018) –> 294,549,769.64
Barangays –> 41
Terrain –> Coastal Plain with Hills and Mountains
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Fish, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Legislative District –> 1st
Congressman –> Pablo Ortega
Mayor –> Arturo Valdriz
Vice Mayor –> Manuel Victor R. Ortega Jr.
History of San Juan
The town of Bacnotan was founded in 1582 by the Augustinian Friars as a missionary center. In 1586, it was elevated as a pueblo and renamed San Juan in honor of Saint John the Baptist which became the patron saint of the new town.
Economy of San Juan
San Juan is an agricultural town where rice, corn and fish are the major products. Due to the influx to tourists, especially the surfing enthusiasts, many resorts and inns mushroomed along the coast.
Tourist Spots in San Juan
St. John de Baptist Church
Urbiztondo Surfing Area
Festivals in San Juan
Map of San Juan Municipality in La Union