La Union is the smallest province in Region I whose bustling industries mark the beginning of what used to be called “Marcos Country.”
It is a lovely stretch of land, shaped like a left footprint, nestled between the clam waters of the China Sea in the west and the vast ranges of the Cordillera Mountains in the east.
La Union –- Spanish term for “the union” or “the unified” -– no other name could apply more appropriately to a province born out of the fusion of towns from the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and Benguet in 1850.
The province was created by virtue of a Superior Decreto (Executive Decrees) issued on March 2, 1850 by then Governor-General Antonio Maria Blanco. The establishment of La Union as a province was formally approved by the Real Orden (Royal Decree) of Queen Isabela II of Spain on April 18, 1854. (more…)
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