My passion in taking photos brings me to places, teaching me how to manage time, teaching me how to be independent and above all it nourishes my mind with positive vibe through travelling.
Well, as much as possible we always maximize our time if we are travelling making sure that we visited all places in the area. Again, on this blog I will show you places you can visit in Luna, La Union. Another good place to include in your San Juan travel.
Luna was once called “Namacpacan“, which is an Ilocano word meaning “one who feeds”.
As early as 1587, Namacpacan was recorded as a visita (satellite mission, whose church is manned by non-resident clergy based in the cabecera) of Purao (now Balaoan). It was a settlement along the camino real (national road) from Vigan to Manila, and travellers stopped there to refresh themselves. Since restaurants was not yet in vogue, local families offered the travellers food and lodging, hence the name.
On 18 October 1906, during the terms of Governor Joaquin Luna and Mayor Primitivo Resurrección Novicio, the town was renamed Luna by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1543. It was the first town that altered its name since the creation of the province in 1850. The change was to honour the famous Luna brothers: Revolutionary General Antonio and Spoliarium painterJuan; their mother, Doña Laureana Novicio Luna, was a native of Namacpacan.
Luna is also known for its beautiful beaches, particularly in Nalvo Sur and Darigayos. Beach shades and cottages and resorts are also found in these barangays. The municipality is also known for its native delicacies and pottery products which are comparable to San Juan’s.
The town is also a pilgrimage site as it enshrines the Apo Baket Namacpacan, a wooden Marian image.
On the beach of barangay Victoria rests the ruins of an old Spanish watch tower, locally named as Balauarte. The tower was intended to guard the shores of the town primarily from Muslim and pirate attacks during the Spanish period. During World War II, the tower served as the communication tower post for a temporary airfield for the USAFIPNL forces. Due to years of quarrying within the site of the tower (1980 to 2000), the coastline receded and sea waves severely damaged the foundation of the tower, which eventually caused major damage to its structure. At present, efforts were initiated to preserve the tower from further damage.
If you are coming from Manila you can take buses bound to Candon, Vigan, Laoag and Abra and get off at Balaoan Plaza, from there you can take a trike to bring you to Luna Plaza, Balaurate ( Old Spanish tower) and Occalong Falls). Balaoan to Luna is about 5 km. I hired the trike for P50.00 from Balaoan to Balaurate. If you plan to visit Occalong falls – you can rent trike from Plaza it cost me P200.00 for two way. Its 30 minutes ride and 10 minutes trek to falls. Entrance fee is P10.00 and you can now enjoy the cold and clear water of the falls. They have picnic tables for rent at P30.00. It’s good to spend your lunch and siesta here since the area is covered by trees and the vibe is so cool and somehow in the jungle.
By car drive all the way to Balaoan LU, turn left right after the municipal hall of Balaoaan and go straight to Luna Plaza for about 5KM for 10 minutes.
Before heading to falls – make sure to bring food and drinks since supplies are limited on the area. There is good mobile globe signal in the area. It would be better if you are planning to be there after lunch and proceed to beach before sunset.