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Facing the West Philippine Sea, Pagudpud’s beaches are nothing short of amazing: Stretches of white sand lined with coconut trees and crystal-blue water. Located at the northernmost tip of the Luzon island, Pagudpud is a sleepy coastal town. But the locals are definitely generous with their smiles. It’s not overrun by tourists yet, but it’s getting there. So head on out — now.


Luna, one of the coastal towns of La Union is named after the famous Luna brothers: Juan Luna, the Filipino realist painter who played with light and shadow, and Antonio Luna, the great general of the Philippine revolution. Their mother, Dona Laureana Novicio Luna, hails from this area that was originally called Namacpacan. In Ilocano, Namacpacan translates to “one who feeds.”


We know how difficult it is to choose which of the 7,107 islands to explore first. But if you’d like to hit roughly 100 islands in all at once, the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos is the place to go.