As much as I wanted to chill by the shore and watch the waves all day, I believe LU is more than just the beaches of San Juan. True enough, the province’s beauty exceeded my expectations as it showcased natural and manmade attractions rich in history and tradition. On our third day in the province, we decided to head north and visit the town of Luna. Luna is known as the Pebble Capital of the North. Its coast faces the West Philippine Sea.
Reaching Luna from San Juan was unexpectedly easy. We thought we’d have to transfer from one mode of transportation to another, but three minutes into waiting, lo and behold, a jeep bound for luna passed by. We arrived at Luna in less than forty minutes. We wasted no time for we had planned a whole day of exploring so we went straight to the popular tourist attractions of the town.
Baluarte Watch Tower
The Baluarte Watch Tower was built during the Spanish period as a solution to the frequent attacks of pirates s in the coastal towns of La Union. The fortress was used by the Spaniards to warn its residents against the looters. During World War II, it served as the communication tower post for a temporary airfield for the USAFIPNL forces.
Kamay Na Bato Art Gallery
We were expecting to see the popular Bahay Na Bato, but apparently, it has been closed due to the decision of the family who owns the house. There’s still the Kamay Na Bato Art Gallery to explore, though. The art gallery displays different sculptures and art made of stones and pebbles.
Also known as the Santa Catalina de Alejandria Church, Namacpacan Church is a Roman Catholic church that was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. Formerly called Luna Church, it is known for its devotion to the Our Lady of Namacpacan.
Upon spending a few hours in Luna, we found ourselves immersed in the rich history and culture that La Union has to offer. Less than an hour away from San Juan, it won’t hurt to see the town for yourselves.