La Union

LTFRB suspends 7 Partas buses, 2 jeeps after deadly Christmas Day crash

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Partas Transportation and the jeepney operator must attend separate LTFRB hearings on January 10

CHRISTMAS CRASH. A Partas bus and a jeepney collide along the national highway in Agoo, La Union, killing 20 people. Photo from Agoo Police

20 killed in Christmas Day road crash in La Union

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A Partas bus and a private jeep collide along a national highway. Among the casualties are at least 3 minors, including a 5-month-old.

CHRISTMAS CRASH. A jeepney runs straight against a bus in Agoo, La Union. Photo from Agoo Police

Vanishing Brgy. Alaska: Who's paying for loss and damage?

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Some 306 families in Barangay Alaska, Aringay, La Union are pleading to be relocated as rising seas threaten to submerge their community

ENCROACHING SEA. Editha Rulloda of Sitio Berlin Barangay Alaska Aringay, La Union shows water closing in on her house. Photo by Arnold Diaz Manongdo

TPLEX now extended to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The new 10.10-kilometer segment is expected to cut the Tarlac-Pozorrubio travel time from 2 hours and 30 minutes to just 45 minutes

TPLEX Binalonan to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan opens December 6

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The new segment will cut travel time from Tarlac to Pozorrubio from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 45 minutes

#SharePH: Life in different parts of the Philippines

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

People of Zambales prefer to sleep by the shore because their cottages are for rent They would sacrifice comfortable sleep to earn money and accommodate more tourists

Ex-La Union town vice mayor killed in ambush

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Former Sto Tomas vice mayor Vincent Rafanan of La Union who is in the drug list of local police and his companion are gunned down by still unknown assailants

WATCH: Tapping youth volunteerism for public service

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Candon Youth Movement engages Ilocos Sur youth for projects on public health agriculture and education

VOLUNTEERISM. One of Candon Youth Movement's projects is to give slippers to urban poor children. Photo courtesy of CYM

News Briefs: February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:46 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 17

Local top drug personality killed in Tarlac police encounter

Jan 02, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Three police officers sustained gunshot wounds in a firefight with suspected drug personality Enrico Magarde

WAR ON DRUGS. A top drug personality in La Union was killed in a firefight with the police in Tarlac on January 2.

Ronnie Dayan, Marcos burial, Mayweather-Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:33 PM

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De Lima's ex-aide Ronnie Dayan arrested

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:48 PM

5th UPDATE Dayan who supposedly collected money from drug personalities in behalf of De Lima is arrested in La Union

Some La Union coastal dwellers stay put as Lawin hits

Oct 20, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Local officials say there are no reports of casualties in the province of La Union as of Thursday morning October 20

Top cops in 4 La Union towns sacked amid probe of 'drug' mayors

Aug 09, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The police chiefs of Bauang Naguilian Agoo and Tubao have been temporarily assigned to the Ilocos regional police office

TOP COPS RELIEVED. Several municipal police chiefs in La Union are relieved in connection with the Duterte administration's war on drugs

Conviction of cops protecting La Union drug lab affirmed

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:16 AM

The Court of Appeals says Regional Trial Court of Bauang La Union was able to prove Police Superintendent Dionicio Borromeo and PO3 Joey Abang guilty beyond reasonable doubt

PH rice farmers use SMS service to improve yield

Jun 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The top queries that the service receives are on seed quality and varietal information pest management seed availability and nutrient management

Ex-La Union congressman charged for P66.5-M PDAF scam

May 21, 2016 - 7:45 AM

Former La Union Second District Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr is being charged by the Office of the Ombudsman for the anomalous utilization of his PDAF

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

Incumbent clans dominate northern Luzon polls

May 14, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Dynasties sweep the polls in 5 provinces north of Manila: Isabela Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur La Union and Pangasinan

Century-old Ortega dynasty loses hold on La Union capital city

May 10, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Incumbent Vice Mayor Hermeginildo Gualberto a long time ally of the Ortegas wins the mayoral race in San Fernando City

NEW MAYOR. Incumbent Vice Mayor Gualberto defeats the Ortega clan in La Union

US to return century-old bell taken from La Union church

May 02, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The return of the bell is facilitated by two US Navy veterans who are also working to return the Balangiga bell of Eastern Samar according to an American newspaper

COMING HOME. The bell that hung at a West Point chapel has been readied for its return to the Philippines. Photo from Stars and Stripes.

Convoy of La Union congressman bombed

Apr 30, 2016 - 1:20 PM

3rd UPDATE Representative Eufranio Eriguel survives the apparent attack but a car in his convoy is hit by the explosion reportedly injuring 4 passengers

Ilocos-bound? Expect slowdown along Manila North Road

Mar 23, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Several roads and bridges along the Manila North Road are under construction the public works department says

Poe, Escudero: We can't force Marcos Jr to apologize

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Presidential candidate Grace Poe says an apology from Bongbong Marcos for martial law atrocities should not be given out of political expediency: Dapat kusang loob

ORTEGAS' BET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe is endorsed by Geraldine Ortega, wife of La Union's governor, during a sortie in San Fernando on February 25, 2016. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

VLOG: Bongbong Marcos campaigns in Pangasinan

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Marcos visits Dagupan Mangaldan Calasiao

LP mayors in La Union to vote for Bongbong Marcos – Ortega

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:00 AM

But for president the Liberal Party local officials in La Union will support party mate Mar Roxas says San Fernando Mayor Pablo Ortega

‘Flotsam’ Review: Escapist romances

Nov 05, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Flotsam is how it treats a kind of escapist romance without judgment writes Oggs Cruz

Who is running in Ilocos Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Ilocos Region

Construction magnate Consunji sells entire TPLEX stake to San Miguel

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:23 PM

This allows San Miguel Corporation to gain full ownership of the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway TPLEX concessionaire

BUY OUT. The transaction brings San Miguel group’s stake in the concessionaire to 100%

Thousands affected, 2 dead amid Ilocos rains

Jul 18, 2015 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED One of the casualties suffered a heart attack while the other drowned amid rains brought by the southwest monsoon

Egay leaves estimated P11M infrastructure damage

Jul 08, 2015 - 6:39 PM

As of Wednesday July 8 4 major road sections in Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region remain impassable due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Egay

ONSLAUGHT. DPWH partially estimates an P11.22 billion ($247,921)  worth of infrastructure damage due to Tropical Storm Egay as of July 8. Image from

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Jul 06, 2015 - 6:38 PM

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1 killed, 9 injured in Baguio bus accident

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:27 PM

UPDATED The Ian Trans minibus was going down Naguilian Road on its way to San Fernando City in La Union Thursday The victims have been identified Friday

San Miguel Corporation earmarks P168B for toll road projects

Mar 23, 2015 - 5:56 PM

The investment is to put the country’s toll roads on a par with neighboring Asian countries says SMC President and COO Ramon S Ang

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with South Luzon Tollway chairman and San Miguel Corporation president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang during the Briefing on the South Luzon Expressway-Toll Road 4 (SLEX-TR4) Project and Other Major Road Projects in Southern Tagalog at the Open Grounds in Barangay Lalig, Tiaong, Quezon on Monday (March 23, 2015). The SLEX-TR4 project is a Php13.1Billion planned expressway extension from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena, Quezon mandated under Presidential Decrees 1112 and 1894. It involves the construction of 58-kilometers, 4-lane toll road. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Canadian Harvard graduate speaks fluent Ilocano

Mar 13, 2015 - 6:33 PM

I became very interested in Philippine languages culture and the education system and have gotten involved in many work projects that combine these interests says Firth McEachern

Filipino surfers show talent at Vans surfing competition

Feb 22, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Filipino surfers wowed the crowd and the international judges present in the Vans Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached Classic Single Fin Longboard Invitational in La Union

The meter high waves provided ideal surfing conditions at San Juan beach

Vans presents 3rd Annual Invitational Classic Single Fin Longboard Contest

Feb 09, 2015 - 6:26 PM

Press release: Vans Philippines together with Coast Thru Life will host the 3rd Annual Single Unattached Invitational Classic Single Fin Longboard Contest and Off The Wall Beach Concert on February 20 21 at San Juan Beach La Union

TPLEX section opens Dec 20

Dec 19, 2014 - 10:01 PM

San Miguel’s toll operator says it is opening the 13 66 km segment from Rosales to Urdaneta in Pangasinan and motorists can use the road free of charge until January 20

Festival alert: La Union Soul Surf

Oct 21, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Music art and surfing collide in this beach party festival that is sure to rock your body and your soul

IN PHOTOS: 2014 Sillag Festival of Lights, La Union

Mar 10, 2014 - 8:14 PM

The sky was bright with the lights of La Union View images from the 2 day festival here

Two Filipinos, Indonesian take top honors at surfing competition

Feb 25, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Filipinos Daisy Valdez and Jhenard Fernandez won the women s and juniors championship while Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat won the men s division at the Rider Sandals Beach Break International Surfing competition

SURFS UP. Australian champion Georgia Young competes at the international competition last week. Photo courtesy of Viva

TPLEx users to pay toll fees starting Jan 18

Jan 03, 2014 - 9:52 PM

Motorists can file a petition for review within 90 days from publication of the implementation notice

SHORTER TRAVEL TIME. TPLex cuts travel time to northern Luzon. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

Tropical Storm Vinta closes in on Cagayan Valley

Oct 30, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Four provinces under signal number 2 13 provinces under signal number 1

TPLEx partially opens on Oct. 30

Oct 25, 2013 - 6:34 PM

This partial opening of the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway will cut current travel time to Baguio City by 40 minutes

SOFT OPENING. The partial opening of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway will cut travel time to Baguio City by 40 minutes. Map from DPWH site

Odette weakens after hitting Batanes

Sep 21, 2013 - 11:33 AM

6th UPDATE Electric distribution system damaged homes damaged crops destroyed; Typhoon strongest since 87 says Batanes Rep Dina Abad

Get stoked: 7 lesser-known PH surf spots

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

‘Tis the season of rains typhoons and surfing

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SURFING. Surfers are in for a treat with the typhoon-brought waves this rainy season. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Pangasinan, Northern Luzon not spared by Maring

Aug 20, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Sta Barbara town in Pangasinan has been put under a state of calamity as over 2 000 families are affected by floods

FIELDS AFFECTED. Flooding in Pangasinan made roads impassable and affected rice plantations. Photo by Twitter user @jaymgaspar

Cop gets life, P10-M fine for protecting shabu lab in La Union

Jun 05, 2013 - 11:19 PM

The shabu lab was discovered in 2008 It grabbed the headlines of national newspapers because it was said to be one of the biggest shabu laboratories in the country

LIFE IMPRISONMENT: Senior Supt Dionicio Borromeo

Bacnotan, La Union bet attacked by dog

May 10, 2013 - 6:22 PM

Bacnotan La Union council candidate Eddy Almodovar got the wrong end of the election rush getting bitten by a dog while campaigning

Van belonging to Tubao, La Union mayor strafed

May 06, 2013 - 8:49 PM

A van belonging to Tubao La Union Mayor Dante Garcia was strafed injuring one of his supporters

Police chiefs pulled out of La Union hot spots

May 06, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Nationalist People s Coalition candidates protested the pullout of police chiefs in the a number of La Union towns