The Trio in La Union

It’s been three years since I last went back to La Union (it was the trip that helped me launch this blog), and last June 10, I decided to go and get some R & R before I hustle for OJT and more mature roles (more of that in another post).

Originally, I was supposed to take my co-workers to La Union but due to unwanted circumstances, that didn’t push through. Luckily, I had Sam and GD to come travel with me. At first, it felt a bit unbelievable for the three of us since we’ve been planning to take a trip for so long, and now, even if it was on short notice, natuloy rin kami! 

I couldn’t wish for more, I was too happy to be spending time with some of the people that mattered the most to me.

Weather forecasts told us that we’d have to expect localized thunderstorms in the Northern part of Luzon, so we were really anxious that we may not have the chance to go to the beach. However, when we got to Pandan Beach, it was sunny and the waves were calm enough. It was as if everything went according to plan.


It felt so nice to be back there, thinking that things were a lot more different than they used to be from the last time. Last June, everything was a blur– senior year was coming up, my OJT loomed, my career is taking off in ways I never have imagined, and being in La Union with my closest family and friends felt like a reward.

Photo by Sam Somera

The trip was filled with road trips  and discoveries, as it was like rekindling an old flame. I never knew that in such a short span of time, La Union would progress this much and it would be better known now more than ever. La Union has been my secret gem, because it was a bit unheard of and low key. But looking at it now, La Union has bloomed, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We explored Luna’s famed “Bahay na Bato”, a place filled with wonderfully-made rocks and rock sculptures by a Korean artist commissioned by the place’s owners. Everything was literally rock, and each work of art was unique and meaningful. I didn’t know that much could be done with simple rocks we usually find just hanging around the shores, but these rocks sure are an exception.

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We also went to the local weavers of Bangar. The local weaving of “Inabel” fabrics that are turned into table runners, place mats and blankets are usually exported to different parts of the country and even abroad. Most of the local weavers in Bangar have carried the tradition of Inabel weaving and they are passing it on to the younger generation to preserve the rich, skillful and intricate art of Inabel– one that is genuinely and proudly Ilocano.

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And, of course, who would forget about the great food I always *LOVE* to come home to every time I’m in #elyu? The infamous tupig, the fresh AF seafood (of course, at Bacnotan’s Riverfarm Restaurant), and many, many more. A trip to La Union definitely isn’t complete without eating to my heart’s delight

Though I may not know when’s going to be the next time I’m gonna travel up north, one thing’s for sure– this trip is definitely one for the books. It may have been just a 3 days, 2 nights getaway, but everything that I’ve done and discovered definitely would linger in my head more than it should.

‘Til the next!

-Marla 🙂




#YolandaPH and The Unwavering Filipino Resiliency

“The World’s Strongest Typhoon of 2013”

“Super Typhoon”

“Deadliest”, “Strongest”

Those are some of the many attributes the media and the people knew off Typhoon “Haiyan”, or locally, Typhoon Yolanda.

I think if Yolanda was a person, she would be the embodiment of “femme fatale”.

But anyways, have me speak of Yolanda’s meteorological attributes.

(DISCLAIMER: Since I’m no good at writing meteorological stuff, and there are too many facts to write down, those are just some of the things I think one should know.)

According to reports made by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) parts of Eastern Visayas, South Luzon, Northern Mindanao are severely affected by 250 KPH winds. Metro Manila was also partly affected.

The places that were devastated by the typhoon were Tacloban, Leyte, parts of Masbate, Surigao, Aklan, and many others. Even the places struck by the October 15 earthquake, namely Bohol and Cebu, were not spared.

And here is a really heart-warming picture from CNN (I grabbed it from Facebook):


The Unwavering Filipino Resiliency

Having been born and raised in a country wherein typhoons and severe floodings are the status quo, I can really say that my nation is a resilient nation that faces problems and various consequences with hope, courage and the ever-powerful weapon–SMILE. Some take it on a negative note that we lack the seriousness to face the problems we encounter, and that we keep on joking around at the most inappropriate of times. What they don’t understand is that it is our way to alleviate the pain brought about by the problems we face, and it is one of the tools that help us get over with things.

Thus, I end this post with an empowering remark for the victims of the Zamboanga conflict, October 15 Earthquake, and Super Typhoon Yolanda: “The Filipino Spirit is Unbreakable.”