La Union, Philippines

La Union Province, Philippines

Location of La Union, Philippines

La Union is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Its capital is San Fernando City and borders Ilocos Sur to the north,Benguet to the east, and Pangasinan to the south. To the west of La Union is the South China Sea.

People of La Union, Philippines

Over ninety percent of the population of La Union is Ilocano and is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

  • Population of La Union as per 2020 census: 822,352
  • Population of La Union as per 2015 census: 786,653
  • Population (as of Aug 1, 2007): 720,972

History of La Union, Philippines

The province of La Union was formed in 1850 when the Spanish colonial government of Governor-General Antonio Maria Blanco merged the southern towns of Ilocos Sur, the northern towns of Pangasinan, and the western towns of Benguet to the east.

Source: PIA

The natives of what is now La Union were already trading with the Japanese Spaniards came to the Philippines; the area of Agoo was then known as “Puerto de japon.” Captain Juan de Salcedo explored the region in 1572, followed by Augustinian missionaries who founded the towns of Balaoan, Bauang, and Agoo in the late decades of the 16th century.

The province was created on March 2, 1850 out of towns then belonging to Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan. Luciano Almeda headed the provincial government for a time during the Philippine Revolution while General Manuel Tinio occupied San Fernando in May 1898.

After the battle in Aringay River on November 19, 1899, the American troops took control of the province. A civil government was established in La Union in 1901. A year later, La Union ceded narrow strip of land to Amburayan which later became a sub-province of the old Mountain Province.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2021

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