10 Hidden Gems in La Union

by Apple Bruselas /
July 16, 2021
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Hidden Gems in Elyu

La Union is slowly but surely opening up again! We’ve all missed the good food, beautiful sunsets, the ocean breeze — and of course, great company — so now’s the time to start planning that long-awaited beach trip! We’ve rounded up a number of places you should add to your La Union itinerary. You can find places to stay, cafés and bars to try, and fun activities like grape-picking!


Is it OK to travel to La Union now?

Before you travel to La Union, make sure you go over the updated La Union’ Travel Requirements 2021. Don’t worry, it’ll be a quick read! You can check it out here.


Where to Eat

El Union

If you haven’t heard of El Union, you’ve probably been living under a rock! Their coffee is so widely sought-after, that this small coffee shop up in La Union now ships their coffee beans nationwide!

Photo from @elunion

You can check out their website here.
For updates, you can follow them on Instagram.

Chu’s Diner

Chu’s Diner is an authentic Japanese restaurant with each dish packed with flavors that’ll transport you to The Land of the Rising Sun. The owner and head chef is actually Japanese and you guessed it, his romanized name is Chu!

Photo from Chu’s Diner | Facebook

You can check out their website here. For updates, you can follow them on Instagram.

Masa by Barefoot

If you absolutely love bread, you have to drop by Masa Bakehouse. Their croissants are HUGE, donuts are mouthwatering, and their sourdough is divine. You can check out their Instagram to see more of what we’re talking about.

Photo from @masabybarefoot

For directions, you can follow this link. For updates, check out their Instagram.

Grumpy Joe

Pizza lovers should definitely drop by Grumpy Joe — their extra cheesy and gooey pizzas are enough reason to plan a trip to Elyu! They also serve pasta, burgers, pizza wraps, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on their Pizzta (it has a layer of their pasta underneath all that cheese, yum!).

Photo from Grumpy Joe | Facebook

For updates, you can check out their Instagram.

What to Do

Lounge at Kabsat

Kabsat, when roughly translated from Ilocano, means “sibling,” and it’s the kind of welcoming atmosphere that the sibling owners want to impart to their guests. Aside from their mouthwatering dishes (and huge servings), Kabsat is also a great place to have drinks and lounge with a great view of the beach.

Photo from @kabsatlaunion

For updates, you can check out their Instagram.

Pick grapes at Gapuz Grapes Farm

There’s something beautiful about knowing exactly where your food comes from, add to that — even harvesting them yourself. If you’re in La Union, make sure to check if Gapuz Grapes Farm is open for grape picking. It’s worth a spot in your itinerary.

Photo from @gapuzgrapesfarm

For updates, check out their Instagram.

Volunteer with Project Curma

With establishments quickly increasing, Curma is an NGO that is direly needed. The group focuses on nature conservation with the goal of educating people on how to live a sustainable life by adjusting to nature and not the other way around. 

You can volunteer in their turtle-release project where you can help the hatchlings reach their destination safely.

Photo from Curma | Facebook


For updates, you can follow their Instagram.

Where to Sleep

Funky Quarters

One of the best things about Funky Quarters is that it’s just a three-minute walk from the beach, so you can get to the waves and feel the sand on your feet in no time. They also have an in-house restaurant and bar. And perhaps the coolest thing about these digs is they allow guests to bring their pets!

Photo from Funky Quarters | Facebook

For updates and more details, you can check out their website.

Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel

Flotsam & Jetsam has become the go-to Elyu beach resort for many, and we can’t blame them. The hostel exudes a chill vibe in a picture-perfect backdrop. And it’s close to the beach, too!

Photo from Flotsam & Jetsam | Facebook

For updates, you can check out their Instagram.

Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa

If you feel like indulging a bit more on accommodations and looking for a relaxing retreat vibe,  Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa is your best bet. It’s a Filipino-Bali inspired hotel that’ll give you your much needed R&R.

Photo from @kahunaresort

For more information, you can check out their website.

Bonus

We have one more hidden gem that’s worth a spot in your itinerary! We were just too excited to click publish!

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Bah Bah’s Kouzina

No beach trip is complete without a bottle of beer, and what better cuisine to pair it with than Persian/Middle Eastern food? Bah Bah’s Kouzina is located at the Great Northwest Philippine Travel Stop and Viewing Deck, with a Mediterranean menu consisting of kebabs, koobidehs, wraps, and hummus, among other equally scrumptious pairings. Good news for our vegan friends, too — they’ve also got vegan options like their eggplant masala that’s an absolute must-try!

Photo from @bahbahskouzina

For updates, you can check out their Instagram.

We know you’re excited to experience any one of the places on this list, but if you’d rather wait a bit longer before you leave the house, then get your new experience fix online on SHOOR experiences for now, right here!

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GLOBE PREPAID Escape Room Challenge

Scope & Coverage, Mechanics, FAQs

 

  1. SCOPE & COVERAGE

Scope: This Escape Room challenge is open to customers who have vouchers or will purchase an access pass to the Virtual Hangouts: A Day Escape Room.

Promo Dates: 

  • The Escape Room Challenge will run from June 24 to July 31, 2021.
  • Escape Room Access is available for purchase from June 24 to July 31, 2021.

Mechanics: 

  • To join, customers must have a valid access to play the game at Shoor. https://shoor.com.ph/online/play-games/virtual-hangouts-a-day-escape-room/ 
  • Customers must finish the escape room to qualify for the fastest elapsed time to escape. They are given 45-minutes to finish the game.
  • Whether the customer was able to finish or not, they are given unlimited tries within the promo period. 
  • Customers who won’t be able to finish the escape room will not qualify for the P10,000 worth of GCash credit.
  • The customer with the fastest elapsed completion time will win.

Prize:  Winner will receive PHP 10,000 worth of GCash credit. 

Channels: 

 

  1. MECHANICS:

How to purchase an Escape Room Access:

  1. Customers can purchase access via SHOOR for PHP 400. https://shoor.com.ph/online/play-games/virtual-hangouts-a-day-escape-room/
  2. Customers who have voucher codes can use their code in the “Coupon Code” box upon check-out.

How to play the Escape Room:

  1. Customers who have successfully purchased an access for the Escape Room will receive the link to the game.
  2. They are given 45-minutes to escape the room. They are given unlimited tries. 
  3. Once the customer finishes the room – their elapsed time will be recorded and they will automatically be part of the challenge.

Determination of Winners:

  1. Customers who have successfully finished the game will be prompted to input their email address at the end of the game. Their email address will be automatically recorded with their elapsed time. 
  2. Elapsed time will be recorded in minutes. 
  3. In case of a tie, the prize will be shared equally amongst all winners.

III. FAQs

What is the challenge all about?

The challenge is a promotional event for the movie “A Day” and is in partnership with Globe Virtual Hangouts. Customers who will finish the Escape Room can get a chance to be part of the leaderboard. The fastest to escape will win PHP10,000 worth of GCash credit. 

Where can I register to join the challenge?

Customers to use their vouchers or can buy an access pass to the escape room for PHP 400 at Shoor https://shoor.com.ph/online/play-games/virtual-hangouts-a-day-escape-room/ 

Where can I find my elapsed time? 

Once a customer finishes the Escape Room, they will automatically receive their certificate with the elapsed time.

Until when can I try to join the Escape Room Challenge and have a chance at winning?

The Escape Room Challenge will start on June 24, 2021 and entries will be accepted until July 30, 2021. Completing the escape room outside of this date will no longer be eligible for the challenge.

How will I know if I won the challenge?

Globe team will notify the winner to get their details via email or SMS. The winner for the challenge will also be posted in the Globe’s social media channels.

What if 2 or more participants get a tie in the record?

The prize of P10,000 worth of GCash will be equally splitted to the winners.