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San Fernando is a city, the capital of the province of La Union in the Philippines. It is sometimes referred to with the initials of La Union's name, L.U. (as "San Fernando, L.U."), to distinguish it from the capital city of Pampanga of the same name.


Get in[edit]

Map of San Fernando (La Union)

By bus[edit]

  • The air-con bus from Laoag to San Fernando (215 km) takes 6 hours and costs ₱330.
  • The air-con bus fare from San Fernando to DAU Angeles costs ₱300 and takes 6 hours.
  • There are also many buses from Baguio, and from Dagupan.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 San Fernando Airport (SFE  IATA). No commercial flights. San Fernando Airport (Q7413862) on Wikidata San Fernando Airport (Philippines) on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Ma-cho Temple. Taoist temple. At 7 stories high, it affords views of the sea. Has gardens and fountains too.
  • 2 Christ the Redeemer Statue. The 25-foot statue stands with arms wide open awaiting your company.
  • 3 Poro Point. Poro Point Baywalk and Lighthouse. Also don't miss the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Built as a tribute to the heroism of the soldiers who fought during the last World War, the marker stands at the junction leading to Poro Point.
  • 4 Kasay Marine Sanctuary. It features a 50-year-old giant clam. Formerly Wallace Air Station, this 101 hectares of base land at the end of Poro Point in San Fernando was acquired in 1903 for the United States Cavalry. It was the home of the 848th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron which provided logistics and administrative support to other radar detachments under its chain of command. Turned over by the United States to the Republic of the Philippines on September 16, 1991, the Bases Conversion Development Authority is overseeing the plans for the conversion of the area into a prime tourism and industrial estate.
  • 5 Heroes' Hill. This is a nice diversion if you like climbing a staircase to see not much at all.
  • 6 Pindangan ruins. Spanish church ruins from 1764 looked after by Carmelite sisters.
  • 7 La Union Botanical Gardens, +63 72 888 6901. Daily 8AM-5PM. Landscaped gardens featuring orchids and aviary specimens, maybe a monkey or two.
  • 8 Cathedral of St. William the Hermit.
  • 9 San Fernando City Plaza. Includes the Battle of San Fernando Marker at the northwestern portion of the Town Plaza with an inscription as to the account of how the Battle was started and won, enabling the establishment of the United States Army Base Base M at Poro Point which was eventually used as a build up area for the projected invasion of Japan.
  • 10 Bacsil Ridge (9 km northeast of San Fernando town proper). The Ridge constituted the East Flank of the 121st Infantry of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines, Northern Luzon (USAFIP NL) during the Liberation in 1945.
  • 11 Gidday Beach, San Vicente. Open 24 hours. A hidden place to enjoy. The overall views are beautiful. Free.
  • 12 Poro Point Lighthouse, Poro Point. The view is great. Free.
  • 13 The Cliff of Poro, San Fernando City, Poro Point. See the beautiful coastline alone with the sunset. Be careful. Free.


Go scuba diving. [formerly dead link]


  • 1 La Union Pasalubong Center, #17 Gen. Luna Street. 8AM–6PM. A well-managed government pasalubong center featuring local products of La Union province, some items are comparatively cheaper than in Vigan. Has clean restrooms. Artworks are also exhibited.

Malls, supermarkets and markets[edit]

  • 2 Savemore Market San Fernando, La Union, Rizal Street. 8AM-9PM.
  • 3 Puregold-La Union, Pagdaraoan-Biday Road (in Manna Mall). 8AM-8PM.
  • 4 Robinson's La Union, MacArthur Highway, Barangay Sevilla. 9AM-9PM. Robinsons Malls on Wikipedia
  • 5 CSI Mall La Union, Pagdaraoan Biday Road. 8AM–7PM.
  • 6 Manna Mall, Pagdaraoan Biday Road. 9AM–7PM.
  • 7 San Fernando Public Market, Rizal Avenue. 4AM–6PM.



  • 1 Jollibee, Governor Luna Street. Open 24 hours.
  • 2 McDonald's-San Fernando, La Union, Rizal Avenue. McDonald's on Wikipedia
  • 3 Mang Inasal-San Fernando, La Union.
  • 4 Chowking, Governor Luna Street.
  • 5 Burger King, MacArthur Highway. Burger King on Wikipedia


  • 6 Grumpy Joe La Union, CCC Building, MacArthur Highway. 10PM-9PM. Pizzeria.
  • 7 Dencio’s Bar & Grill Restaurant La Union Branch, MacArthur Highway, Pagdalagan Norte. 9AM–8:30PM.
  • 8 Kamanggaan Grill and Restaurant, MacArthur Highway, Pagdalagan Norte. 10AM–10PM.
  • 9 Halo-Halo de Iloko, Zandueta Street. 9AM–8PM.
  • 10 Pares ni Peso San Fernando La Union, Quezon Street. 8:30AM–9:30PM.
  • 11 The Northern Point Food Paradise & Skatepark, Pennsylvania Avenue, Poro Point. This food park is perfect for late night dinners, meetings, dates, chill hangouts, etc. In front of the place is a skatepark and it adds character to the establishment.



  • Lampara Kitchen + Bar.
  • Dencio’s Bar & Grill Restaurant La Union Branch.



  • 1 Plaza Hotel, Quezon Avenue (next to the Plaza), +63 72 8882996. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Fan single/double with out side bathroom.
  • 2 Bu-boat Beach Resort, #136 Baccuit Sur. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 3 Alekin Beach Resort, Taberna, Bauang.



  • 8 Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos Poro Point, Poro Point Freeport Zone, +63728887777. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Thunderbird Resorts (Philippines) on Wikipedia
  • 9 Aureo La Union, Munar Residence Road. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 10 Lafaayette Luxury Suites Resort, #353 Baccuit Sur, +639074326377. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 11 Sunset Bay Beach Resort, Airport Road. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Set on a sandy beach on the shores of the South China Sea, this simple hotel with a garden is 4 km from The Cliffs Golf and Beach Club and 5 km from Ma-Cho Taoist temple, dedicated to the to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu.


Stay safe[edit]


Go next[edit]

Routes through Cauayan
LaoagVigan  N  S  BauangManila

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