(Tenth of the La Union Series)

From the beaches of San Juan, the next stop was San Fernando City. The search for the best halo-halo in town started right after the hobbit hopped off the jeepney. The warm summer air was not friendly at all. Some quencher was needed, and San Fernando’s halo-halo is just perfect for that.

The doorman welcomed him with a warm smile and led him inside to his table. The restaurant was undeniably popular; it was a bustling meeting place for many visitors and locals. The menu was a long list of pork and chicken, seafood, vegetables and dessert, but what else was in it did not matter. Halo-halo was the star of the moment.

After a few minutes of waiting, the dessert was served. The twist? It was served in “buko” or young coconut. More than the presentation, it was truly creamy and delicious. Full-packed with ingredients, all claimed to be naturally grown and prepared, the dessert was a five-star grabber. There were corn flakes, jelly, ice cream, nata de coco, corn kernels, sweetened banana, sweet potato, ube, leche flan, cheese, and pulvoron all mixed with shaved ice and fresh milk inside the fresh young coconut.

Address: #12 Zandueta St., San Fernando City, La Union
Contact: 072.700.2030; 0919.388.3145; 0917.852.7919

Buko Halo-Halo———————-P185.00
Fiesta Halo-Halo———————P99.00
Regular Halo-Halo——————P90.00
Deep Fried Halo-Halo————P150.00
Halo-Halo Kapekeyk—————P70.00

* Photos taken with Cherry Mobile Flare.

Part I: Not Just Surfing
Part II: Journey to the North
Part III: Welcome to the Farm
Part IV: A Legacy
Part V: The Porch Life
Part VI: Aside from Grapes
Part VII: Sunset in San Juan
Part VIII: Surfing in San Juan
Part IX: The Circle Hostel


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.