Travel With Ysabel – LaborUnion (San Juan, La Union)

Step aside, Boracay – the hottest and ‘latest’ beach is in town!

Labor Weekend. Three days worth of celebrating the effort and dedication in making ends meet. A day where indulging in relaxation and shutting yourself off from the world is totally acceptable – to be able to temporarily let go, and forget the worries the urban life may ought to give. Yeah, you got bills to pay, but you have to live a bit, too.

La Union tops the Travel With Ysabel list this summer. A place that boasts of its luscious waves strong enough to surf on, the surfing capital of the north is beginning to become the go-to life of the party destination other than tropical provinces down south of the Philippines.

Checking in at Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel, the aviation-themed three story establishment only welcomed guests that would swing by San Juan for the long weekend and is expected to be fully operational around this month or next, hopefully. The owners were kind and accommodating to all occupants.  Charlie’s is located right at the heart of the party of LaborUnion – Urbiztondo Beach. It’s just a two to four minute walk we were brought to the main grounds of the main event – the #LaborUnion party and just within the beachfront area – the Labor Union bazaar.

With the main purpose of finding ourselves in yet another unfamiliar place, I also came to La Union to support the new business venture of my cousin Jenin and her partners. Organized by Soak Events, the bazaar’s concessionaries consisted of summer must-haves on the racks as well as the coolest treats to unwind. I ended up bringing home pasalubong or gifts for my family. I was also able to try out interesting popsicle flavors with interesting flavors.

Strolling around La Union may it be on the beach side or on the streets donning only your bikinis, tank tops and board shorts is nothing new – that’s basically everyone’s OOTD. Food tripping was on our list too as the restaurants offered difference cuisines, different ambiances yet one fulfilling experience of having a full s  tomach after consuming meals. Goin loco over tacos and quesadillas, munching on killer burgers as well as having a taste of the different specialties of the north gave us a full stomach for three days and I couldn’t say we were less than satisfied because we were the complete opposite of that.

The highlight of the trip? Of course, it was no other than learning how to surf. Unfortunately, I did not have a photo or a video of my first experience but I tell you, it was actually harder than I thought – luckily, I was able to get myself balanced on the board in no time. Kuya Alex was a great instructor to my friends and I, thoroughly explaining everything from the parts of the board up to surfing procedure. We first blocked our positions on land before hitting the waters, but the feeling of finally standing up there “above water” is impeabble. Now, would Lilo and Stitch consider surfing with me? Not anytime soon, perhaps someday!

A little party never killed nobody! LaborUnion was very much alive at night especially at Flotsam and Jetsam hostel where it felt like a Happy Thursday – a term used by my schoolmates when they cap of a week from school with booze and the company of friends. We also availed tickets to the SMART’s LaborUnion event where live bands and DJ’s exuded their talent through music in the daring beats of strobe lights. It was a time to catch up with friends, photo ops here and there, and a lot more fun. Our stay in La Union was a short but memorable one, it was hard to wave goodbye but even the waters die down too. ‘Til next time!

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  • Reese

    Hi, do you have the contact details of Charlie’s Hangar?

    • Hi there! Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel isn’t opened yet but according to the owner it’s set already by next month. The contact numbers are as follows:

      Globe – (0917) 865 0361
      Smart – (0918) 947 0208
      Landline – (072) 682 8560 🙂

  • Rey

    Hi Ms. Ysabel been to Charlies as well 3 tines this year. Yeah the staff are great. It would be very nice if they have their own food and drinks to offer probably the owner is looking into it. Would it happen you know who the owner is?