Where to Stay in San Juan, La Union: Monaliza Surf Resort (Review)

(This article is a sponsored yet honest review of Monaliza Surf Resort La Union).

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Since a few years ago, I always wanted to go to La Union. Before coming there, I imagine a world where people are in beach outfits and partying all night and going to the beach and surfing in the morning. I have been to other similar places like Zambales, but I think La Union will give me a different experience. In a nutshell, Monaliza Surf Resort was able to give me such experience.

A lot of accommodations in a form of hotels, hostels, and resorts exist in La Union. However, among them, this resort already exists even before the town of San Juan was discovered by tourists: the Monaliza Surf Resort.

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monaliza surf resort

Upon entering the compound of the resort, you will already feel the very quaint vibe it brings to the guests. The place has several nipa  huts and airconditioned rooms to choose from.

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The Check-in Process

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Check-in is very fast especially if you have prior reservation. The people at the resort are very kind and accommodating. You will be given your key and you will be led to your room.

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The Room

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We were given an airconditioned room which is very basic but is very clean and cozy. Its space is just right for two people. I love the wall decorations in our room as well! The bathroom has a space where you can hang your swimsuits after swimming in the beach.

Other Rooms

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Monaliza Surf Resort also has other rooms like the fan nipa huts. There are also rooms which face the beach front.

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monaliza surf resort
monaliza surf resort

The Beach Front

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Compared to the beach front of other resorts, Monaliza Surf Resort’s beach front is located in front of the Point Break, where the waves are the best. Perfect for surfing lovers!

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Surfing Lessons

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Monaliza Surf Resort offers surfing lessons to its guests and it has surfing board rentals available.

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Le Point Bar and Barefoot

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monaliza surf resort
monaliza surf resort
monaliza surf resort

Inside the compound of Monaliza Surf Resort are Le Point Bar and Barefoot. Le Point Bar comes very lively at night and both locals and foreigners party together. The following day, you can have your breakfast and lunch at Barefoot.

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WHERE ELSE TO GO NEAR MONALIZA SURF RESORT?

Worry not, because Urbiztondo has a lot of spots to offer!

First, I would recommend you to visit Tipple and Brew La Union! They have a huge selection in their menu and they have good craft beers (one of the best in town).

And of course, you can’t miss the infamous Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel! It’s popular for drinks and for parties. I know it’s another accommodation, but here’s a pro tip: staying at Monaliza Surf Resort is cheaper, so you can book your accommodation there, then just drop by anytime at Flotsam for pizza, drinks, and to party. How’s that?

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Why am I recommending Monaliza Surf Resort again?

Before all the hispter hostels and resorts existed in the coasts of San Juan, La Union, Monaliza Resort is already existing and it can offer you an authentic experience of the beach life. It is located at the part were the waves are the best. You need not to go out to grab some food and to party at night. Monaliza has all the amenities you need at a very reasonable price. If you happen to be at the Surfing Capital of the North, do consider Monaliza Surf Resort.

Monaliza Surf Resort
Monaliza Surf Resort Rates (as of January 2018)

Monaliza Surf Resort Contact Information

National Highway, San Juan, La Union, Philippines
Facebook: /MonalizaSurfResort
Instagram: @monalizasurfresort
+639178385715

Tipple and Brew Resto Bar La Union (Review)

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La Union is a place I’ve been wanting to go to since I started seeing how nice the beach is and how people can enjoy the place by surfing and socializing with other tourists. Finally, last week, I had the chance to go to the Surfing Capital of the North: the town of San Juan. One of the highlights of my trip: dining in at Tipple and Brew La Union!

We arrived at San Juan, La Union around 8PM, and since we left Manila at around 2PM, we are really hungry and looking for some place to eat. The number of restaurants serving different kinds of food can be so overwhelming. We are lucky enough to have the chance to dine at this new restaurant along the MacArthur Highway: Tipple & Brew Resto Bar.

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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: The cool counter!
Tipple and Brew La Union
TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: The Facade
Tipple and Brew La Union
TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: The Chalkboard Welcome Sign

Tipple & Brew Resto Bar is a quaint and nice restaurant in Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. It serves a variety of food and drinks which can surely be enjoyed by the customers.

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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Craft Beer Menu!
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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Do you agree?

I love how monochromatic and minimalist the interior of this restaurant is. I can only see shades of brown, gray, black and white. The interior of the restaurant is simple and relaxing.

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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Surfing-themed wall art!

The restaurant has three levels: there is a bar at the ground floor, the second floor is good for groups, and the third floor is where you can find the roofdeck. It also has its own bar.

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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Craft Beer Collection!
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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Second Floor
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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Roof Deck Bar
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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: The Roof Deck

TIPPLE AND BREW MENU

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TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Yes, please!

Tipple & Brew does not only serve finger food which is good with beers, but also many sorts of food from rice meals to burgers. Here are the bestsellers of Tipple & Brew which are worth trying:

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Grilled Chicken

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Grilled Chicken

I love how tender the chicken is and the skin is just grilled right.

Burger Sliders

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Burger Sliders

The patties are sooo yummy! I like the concept of fried onion rings in the burger and its bite size is something unique to me.

Chicken Skin

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Chicken Skin

This comes really good with any type of beer. It’s really thin and melts in your mouth.

Crispy Chicken Isaw

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Chicken Isaw

You know the isaws from Crave? This is like them, but in a yummier level!

Bacon Wrapped Sausage

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Bacon-wrapped Sausage

The sausages are so meaty and the bacon is cooked just right.

Banana Cake

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Banana Cake

Not really sweet! So yummy and the chocolate complements the taste of the cake.

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Blended Mint

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Blended Mint

This is so mouthwatering and not that sweet and the mintiness is really present.

Urbiz Tropical (pineapple, guava, banana, and passion fruit)

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Urbiz Tropical

This really tasted so tropical and I would love drinking something like this by the beach.

Surfing Banana (wheat beer, 4.2% alcohol)

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THE BEST OF TIPPLE AND BREW LA UNION: Surfing Banana

This is a perfect drink for the ladies because it contains less alcohol than the others. This is one of the best beers that I have tasted so far primarily because it’s less bitter.

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Why am I highly recommending Tipple & Brew again?

Tipple & Brew is the place to be if you are looking for unique drinks and not just your usual beers because they serve a huge variety of craft beers. Their finger food is perfect for any drinks for an affordable price. If you are not into drinking and just having a food trip, Tipple & Brew has got you! They have rice meals and many types of food that you can choose from. The ambiance is great and so chill, very right for a barkada hangout!

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Tipple and Brew Contact Information

MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
https://facebook.com/tippleandbrew
https://instagram.com/tippleandbrewlaunion

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8 Instagrammable Hostels in La Union, Philippines

INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN LA UNION, PHILIPPINES
INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN LA UNION, PHILIPPINES: Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

The province of La Union in Northern Luzon, Philippines is a popular beach destination especially to those based in Metro Manila because it is only a few hours away from the metro. Moreover, this province is facing the West Philippine Sea where the waves are great, making it a popular surfing destination as well.

Budget traveling encourages us to stay in hostels which we only had to pay for as low as USD5 per night to have a comfortable bunk bed, a nice place to socialize with fellow travelers, and possibly to snap that beautiful photo to be posted on your Instagram accounts and other social media accounts featuring the beautiful interior design of the hostels. Yes, I will repeat, all for as low as USD5 per night.

I have been to La Union several times, and I must say, there are countless Instagrammable hotels, resorts, and hostels to choose from! I make it a point to stay in another hotel or hostel whenever I have the chance to travel back to La Union so that I can try the best of the best.

But before anything else, you can check other best hostel recommendations in other countries/cities:

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Moreover, here are other articles I have covered about La Union:

So without further ado, here are some Instagrammable hostels in La Union that I recommend you to stay! You are welcome to book any of these through the links I provide via Agoda.com. I am a verified Agoda affiliate (hence the links are legit, promise!) where I earn commissions from your bookings with no additional costs on your part, at all (sometimes you will even get discounted deals from my links)! ๐Ÿ™‚

HOSTEL DE CATALINA

ADDRESS: 215 National Road, Urbiztondo, La Union, San Juan, La Union, Philippines

instagrammable hostels in la union

THE CIRCLE HOSTEL

ADDRESS: Urbiztondo, San Juan, San Juan, La Union, Philippines

instagrammable hostels in la union

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM HOSTEL

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ADDRESS: 12500 National Highway Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, Philippines

instagrammable hostels in la union

BELLA VISTA RESORT

ADDRESS: Bauang, La Union, Philippines

instagrammable hostels in la union

EL NAVI SURFTOWN

ADDRESS: MacArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union, Philippines

instagrammable hostels in la union

RADA HOSTEL

ADDRESS: Urbiztondo Road Cor McArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union, Philippines

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YANG HOSTEL

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ADDRESS: Urbiztondo Road, Urbiztondo, La Union, San Juan, La Union, Philippines

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3BU HOSTEL LA UNION

ADDRESS: Rivera Street, Barangay Ilocanos Sur, San Fernando, La Union, Philippines

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There you have it! These hostels do not only provide basic but comfortable places to sleep, but also corners to snap that Instagrammable shot to be shared to your social media followers! A vacation does not only involve seeing different spots in a place, but also having a wonderful experience in the place that you checked in, whether it is a hotel or a hostel.

INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN LA UNION: YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you think there are other Instagrammable hostels in La Union that I missed including on this list? I know there are a lot of Instagrammable hostels in La Union but letโ€™s see if we could include more on this list. If so, please feel free to slide me a DM on my Instagram account @wheressherlyn. In the meantime, I hope you have a safe and Instagrammable travel experience in La Union, and if ever, let me know if you happen to pass by or stay in Manila! ๐Ÿ™‚

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14 Instagrammable Restaurants in La Union, Philippines

Did you just go to La Union to hit some waves? You must be hungry! Don’t worry, I have collected this list of Instagrammable La Union restaurants and they will not only satisfy your tummies but also give life to your Instagram feeds!

1. TIPPLE AND BREW

Instagram: @tippleandbrewlaunion

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2. TAGPUAN SA SAN JUAN

Instagram: @tagpuansj

3. BEACH BUM FOOD PARK

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4. CAFE NAVI

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5. OLAS BANDITOS

Instagram: @olasbanditos

6. COFFEE LIBRARY

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Instagram: @thecoffeelibrarysjlu

7. MAKAI BOWLS

Instagram: @makaibowls

8. SURF SHACK

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Instagram: @surfshacksjlu

9. HALO-HALO DE ILOKO

Instagram: @halohalodeilokolaunion

10. BUHAY GULAY HQ

11. MAKAN AT ELISEOS

Instagram: @makan.eliseos

12. EL UNION COFFEE

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Instagram: @elunion

13. TIGRE Y OLIVA CHOCOLATE

Instagram: @tigreyolivachocolate

14. MASA BAKEHOUSE

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INSTAGRAMMABLE LA UNION RESTAURANTS: Your recommendations are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you were able to choose a lovely Instagrammable La Union restaurant from this list! But let me know also if you were also able to discover some little-known ones that deserve to be on this list! You can either post a comment, send me an email, or slide a DM on my Instagram account. In the meantime, happy surfing!

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A Sneak Peek of Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House Menu

(This is a non-sponsored article of Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House.)

So one Sunday, my family and I decided to have a mini road trip from Manila to visit the Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. It will be my first time to set foot in a new province, so I was very excited.

Manaoag Church is unsurprisingly crowded given that it’s a Sunday. Having heard about the miracles of Our Lady of Manaoag, it feels surreal to have actually seen her in person. I am also always up for observing how devotees express their adoration to Our Lady of Manaoag.

I stumbled upon the Museo de Nuestra de Senora de Manaoag, and the history lover in me who wanted to know more information about the Our Lady of Manaoag, did not hesitate at all to check out the place.

What to do after a visit to Manaoag Shrine? Eat at Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House!

My family decided to grab some food somewhere along the way, and we heard about this popular restaurant in Pangasinan called Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House. We actually went to a different Matutinas restaurant at first, but we transferred to Matutinas Gerry’s.

When we visited Matutinas Gerry’s, they have a buffet promotion going on. The restaurant was crowded, but we decided to just order plated servings since we are not going to spend a long time in the restaurant.

This is the signage of the buffet promotion at Matutinas Gerry’s which I grabbed from their Facebook page, for your reference. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House Menu

So, shall we proceed to checking out what people have been trying out at Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House?

Bangus Sisig

Ensaladang Pusit

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Pinakbet

Turon with Ice Cream

Tortang Talaba

Kilawin Oysters

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Buko Pandan

Halo-Halo

Crispy Pata

Barbecue

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Mango Salad with Bagoong

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Grilled Liempo

Buttered Crab

Kare-Kare

Adobong Pusit

Buttered Shrimp

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Binagoongang Crispy Pata

Bangus Kilawin

Inihaw Platter

Matutinas Gerry’s Seafood House Contact Information

Barangay Nancayasan, Urdaneta, Pangasinan
0923 726 3404
https://facebook.com/matutinaofficial
https://www.instagram.com/matutinaseafoods/

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Photo Gallery: Museo de Nuestra Seรฑora de Manaoag

The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country. There is at least one Catholic Church in every town or city in the country. The Nuestra de Senora de Manaoag Church is one of the most popular churches in the Philippines which can be found in the province of Pangasinan in the Ilocos Region in Northern Philippines, and they have Museo de Nuestra Senora De Manaoag, a museum where you can learn a lot about the history of the church.

But before anything else, you can check out this restaurant we dined in at Pangasinan, just in case you need to look for a place to eat after your visit at Manaoag:

Having born and raised in a predominantly country like the Philippines got me exposed to a lot of Catholic practices, including visiting different churches around the country. One Sunday, my family decided to have a mini-road trip from Manila to Pangasinan to visit the famous Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine. It will be my first time in Pangasinan, but I ahve been hearing that Manaoag Shrine performed a lot of miracles. In fact, the Manaoag Shrine was brought to our church in Batangas when I was in grade school and a lot of people came to visit her.

Thankfully, the Manaoag Shrine and Parish Church has a museum, and with that I will be able to get to know Manaoag Shrine more. Getting to know about it means getting to know more about Pangasinan’s history during the Spanish colonial period. The Museo de Nuestra de Senora de Manaoag is located just beside the church. It houses several church paraphernalia and religious items.

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)

This is the welcome sign of the Manaoag Museum.

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)

Here are other interesting paraphernalia at the Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag:

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)

The Manaoag Museum houses statues of other famous saints, such as St. Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Vicente Ferrer, among others.

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum): St. Lorenzo Ruiz
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum): St. Catherine of Siena
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum): St. Vicenter Ferrer
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)

There is a section in the museum where devotees can write their intentions for The Our Lady of Manaoag. Some of them are exhibited inside the museum.

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)

Papers like this are available to write your own personal intentions for the Our Lady of Manaoag.

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag (Manaoag Museum)

Overall, I had a meaningful visit to the Our Lady of Manaoag and the Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag, and it was nice visiting another new church. Visiting shrines like this reflect a lot about the Filipino Catholic culture. Moreover, it is enriching to observe how heavy the Spanish influence on the Philippines is with regards to teaching us the Catholic faith.

Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag Information

Address: Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines
Tuesday-Sunday, 8AM-5PM
(075) 529 0508
http://manaoagbasilica.org/basilica/

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