San Juan La Union Tourist Spots, History, Festival

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.

Municipal Hall in San Juan, La Union
Old Municipal Hall in San Juan, La Union (Credit: skyscapercity.com)

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
Government Officials
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

Amparo Park
St. John de Baptist Church
Urbiztondo Surfing Area

Festivals in San Juan

Pagwanawanan Festival

Map of San Juan Municipality in La Union

See also: Profile of Mayor Arturo Valdriz, Governor Francisco Ortega III

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