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  • SIFCare Volunteers Clean San Juan Beach After Typhoon Lawin

    SIFCare Volunteers clean up after Typhoon Lawin 

on the morning of October 23 and 24, volunteers turned up along the beach of San Juan, La Union for a coastal cleanup. This took place a few days after typhoon Lawin blew ashore heavy rain and raging winds in Northern Luzon, leaving behind a dreadful amount of seaweeds with garbage along the coast that can harm marine life.

    Volunteers headed to the CURMA hatchery beachfront to clear the garbage-filled coast before they are washed back to the sea. Mila Celeste, SIFCare Regional Coordinator said the garbage were mostly composed of ...

  • Painting The LU Beach Bins

    Guests, artists, and residents here in La Union have worked together to provide new and colorful trash bins for our coastline this summer. By painting bright colors and striking patterns on the Beach Bins, we hope that more people will be aware of where to dispose of their trash.

    The Beach Bins were launched last April 13, 2017 at the LU Summer Break 2017 festivities.

    We will continue to use the bins through various events this summer:

    • LU Earth Day
    • Pagwanawanan Festival
    • Elyu Art Camp

    The Beach Bins will be permanently stationed in selected areas on our coastline by J ...

  • Backyard Pawikan Protection Program

    San Juan, La Union is known for its beaches and the surfing competitions held annually for more than a decade now. That is why the once sleepy town has become a bustling destination for surfers during annual competitions.

    What is little known is that San Juan also is home to the preservation of a fast vanishing species of sea turtles. The Olive Ridley sea turtles are being conserved a protected by a volunteer organization. The Coastal Underwater Resource management Actions or Project CURMA.

    It started last March 3, 2017 when Marissa Tamayo and her daughter, Sachi found more than a dozen ...

  • Learning To Surf In San Juan La Union

    We had enough of the limited independent mountain hiking options in North Luzon, so we decided to learn to surf instead. At 400 Philippine Pesos ($8) per person per lesson, San Juan La Union may be the cheapest surf lessons in the world. Despite having lived in California for most of our lives, neither of us ever learned to surf so we were excited to give it a try.

    We arrived in San Juan in the afternoon and relaxed for the rest of the day (recovering from our successful 2:30am efforts to obtain a PCT permit that morning), then surfed the next four mornings. Our first surfing day we were bo ...

  • Protecting Turtle Territory

    They were rare olive ridley sea turtles, fast becoming extinct around the world, just hatched from a nest in the fine San Juan sand in La Union province, their specific nesting site up north.

    That started it all, says Marissa's son Carlos, a volunteer of Project CURMA (Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions), a pawikan (sea turtle) conservation and protection program.

    A Science of Identity Foundation (SIF-CARE)-assisted conservation project, the Tamayos began to care for the olive ridleys from then on.

    "My sister Sachi began to train in the proper handling of nests until the e ...

  • Tangadan Falls The Icon Of San Gabriel La Union

    The archipelago of 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines is blessed with unparalleled natural wonders that truly beckon. Visayas is known for its beautiful beaches while Mindanao is home to some of the country's majestic waterfalls, the Northern Luzon province of La Union, on the other hand, is home to both – beautiful beaches and majestic waterfalls such as Tangadan Falls.

    Situated in the town of San Gabriel, Tangadan Falls is one of at least ten waterfalls in the town. It is a two-tier cascade along Baroro River with cold water emanating from the hinterland of the province adjacent ...