With the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) classification still in place over the National Capital Region (NCR), domestic travel and other tourism activities have been halted.

Although that may seem unideal, especially for your travel aspirations, what you can do now is to create a plan. You can use these two weeks to narrow down the list of destinations and places you want to visit after the MECQ period. 

And one of the places you should definitely consider in that roster is La Union! This scenic and beach-blessed tourist attraction is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in nature without straying too far from the metro. 

Go Surfing at San Juan

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La Union is best known for is its beautiful beaches. And when beaches are concerned, surfing is surely one of the staples. 

Dubbed as the ‘Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines,’ La Union’s Urbiztondo Beach offers city folks the chance to ride the waves without having to go very far. 

You’ll also be able to freely pick among a slew of impressive resorts and hotels lined up along the beach area, which not only offer excellent accommodation but also surfing classes. Here’s some of them: 

  • The Escape San Juan
  • Kahina Beach Resort and Spa
  • Sebay Surf Central Resort
  • The Little Surfmaid Resort

Visit Halo-Halo de Iloko

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If you’re tired of the same old halo-halo recipe that your mom or grandma makes at home, trying Halo-Halo de Ilokko’s unique take on the much-beloved frozen treat is a must for you!

Apart from the standard ingredients, this particular halo-halo concoction features mountain rice, whose taste people have likened to polvoron. 

Recharge your Spirit

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Besides offering a place to rest your weary bones, La Union is also famous for being a pilgrimage destination for devout believers.

For Christians, you can avail the La Union Pilgrimage Tour being offered by Klook. Under this packaged trip, you’ll be able to visit “century-old churches and shrines such as St. Catherine de Alexandria, Saint Michael the Archangel Church, Cathedral of St. William the Hermit, Pindangan Ruins, and many more.”

For those who are Taoist or of Chinese heritage, you can visit the Ma-Cho Temple in San Fernando, which overlooks the West Philippine Sea. The place of worship was built for the Chinese deity Ma-Cho. 

While there, you can also visit Pagoda Hill, which is a site that represents Filipino-Chinese friendship. The site offers a great view of the San Fernando Bay, which anyone will surely appreciate.

Experience Santorini at Thunderbird Resort

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When the pandemic hit all around the world, international travel was one of the most affected – being stopped indefinitely to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This caused a lot of us to cancel our vacation plans abroad. 

But if you’re still unable to let go of your yearning for that outside-of-the-country experience, the best place to be at is Thunderbird Resort in San Fernando. 

This 65-hectare resort and hotel property will transport you to Greece in no time, specifically in Santorini. But besides its aesthetics, this destination is also known for its excellent accommodation, international casino, golf course, and seaside beach access. 

And there you have it! If you’re planning to visit the places we featured here, the best course of action is to contact them ahead of time. This way, you’ll be able to prepare travel requirements in advance. It’s also important to be updated on health protocols and quarantine classifications as it often changes abruptly.

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