Aringay is a rich town of La Union known for its incomparably tasty bangus. The town is also home to the 500 meter La Union Centennial Tunnel which is believed to have hidden treasures buried during the Japanese occupation.
La Union Centennial Tunnel
La Union Centennial Tunnel, also known as Sallapak Tunnel, is one of the great landmarks of La Union. It was constructed for trains of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) bound for Baguio City. The tunnel was later abandoned by the Commonwealth Government because of the Second World War.
According to the locals, La Union Centennial Tunnel already existed during the Spanish era and it was only during the American occupation when it was developed and fortified. During the Japanese occupation, the tunnel was used as headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army because of its durability against US bombings. There were rising speculations that hidden treasures were buried in the area during the occupation. Similar structures of the tunnel could also be found in Tuba, Benguet which were supposed to be part of the railway system.
Aringay is located north of Agoo and south of Caba along the national highway. It is approximately 244 kilometers from Manila and requires about five hours of driving to reach the town. There are tricycles stationed in front of the public market which are ready any time of the day to serve visitors, especially for those going to the coastal barangays where most of the resorts are located.
Transportation: From Manila there are various bus lines that offer trips to La Union. Air conditioned buses from Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit, Partas, Fariñas, Maria de Leon, and Viron depart from terminals in Manila which will bound for Ilocos. Destinations can either be La Union, Narvacan, Vigan, Laoag or Abra.
San Fernando City, La Union's capital, lies 273 km. from Manila. Travel time is about 5 hours by land and 30 minutes by air. Also, it is about an hour’s drive from Baguio City.
Accommodations: There are many inns, pension houses and hotels located in and around San Fernando.
• Oasis Country Resort - Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union, La Union, Philippines
• Thunderbird Resorts - Poro Point Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando, La Union, La Union, Philippines
• China Sea Beach Resort - China Sea Beach Resort
• Hotel Ariana - Paringao, Bauang, La Union, La Union, Philippines
• Bali Hai Beach Resort - Parungao, Bauang, La Union, La Union, Philippines