How to Get To San Fernando City, La Union
The City is about 270 kilometers north-northwest of Metro Manila and only 60 kilometers northwest of Baguio City. By land, it is about six to eight hour drive from Manila through public vehicle buses like Partas, Dominion, Viron and others plying the National Highway 24/7. By private vehicle, San Fernando City, La Union can be reached within a five to six-hour drive.
By air, it is about 30 minutes through the Zest Air passenger plane which is available every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays landing in the San Fernando City Airport. Although the City can be reached by sea, the International Seaport caters national and international cargo vessels only and serves as transshipment point of finished goods and raw materials in Northern Luzon and East Asian Region.
Best time of the year to go and why:
Major Cultural and Tourism Destinations:
- February 1-10 for the annual City Fiesta which is continuing up until March of which the Foundation Anniversary of the Province and Cityhood Foundation Anniversary are being celebrated on March 2nd and 20th respectively.
- September for the Feast of Our Lady of Caysasay, the Patroness of Filipino-Chinese enshrined at the Ma-Cha Temple.
- La Union Botanical Garden – Located eight kilometers east of the City is a forested mountain and a green spot that is probably one of its kind in the country. It is a display of different themed garden and a sanctuary of varieties of wild animals.
- La Union Science Centrum and Museum – The first interactive hands on science center in the North that was launched in May 2003 as a response to the Science and Technology Master Plan for socio-economic development and the Science for the Masses Program of the Department of Education.
- Ma-tzu Festival – For the Filipino- Chinese, the goddess of Ma-Cha is believed by millions of devotees to be one and the same as Our Lady of Caysasay. Today, the Filipino-Chinese communities of Northern Luzon come and visit on an annual pilgrimage to her ‘mother’ shrine in Taal, bringing along the image of Mama Ma-Cha of the Ma-Tzu Temple.
Top Five Must Do's in the City:
- Visit the La Union Botanical Garden (LUBG) located eight kilometers east of the City at barangay Cadacion. A must see garden. For an unforgettable experience for all ages, visit the La Union Science Centrum and Museum located near the LUBG at barangay Cadaclan.
- See the historical seven hills including the Bacsil Ridge that is now part of World War II history.
- Experience the past as one goes around the City on a historical and cultural tour about the Ilokanos.
- Enjoy the splendid beaches that adorn the city’s coastline where one can skin and scuba dive, snorkel, surf, and swim or just soak in waters.
- Learn the City’s best practices on environmental conservation and preservation with the city government programs like the engineered sanitary landfill, the ecological sanitation dry technology toilet, wastewater treatment facility, materials recovery facility, and the ongoing construction of the septage and sewerage management facility.
For travel information, please contact the Office of the City Mayor, 2nd Floor, City Hall, City of San Fernando, La Union with telephone nos. (072)-888-6906 and (072) 888-6901 (trunkline) to 04 local 120 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the City’s website at www.sanfernandocity.gov.ph
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