(Part II of the La Union Series)

The action happens in Bgy. Urayong, in the boundary of Caba and Bauang. I took a Partas Bus in Cubao at 6AM, and told the the driver I had to get off at the Bauang arch. The fare is P401, but the guy gave me a discount of P1. Cool. After five hours on the road, I reached the marker. It was not a bad travel, although I learned from a friend that it can take six or seven hours sometimes.

I crossed the highway and walked towards a fruit stand to ask for directions. Right away, I noticed the bunch of grapes hunged in the store—fresh, perfectly rounded, dark purple fruits closely knit to each other. As if it was my first time to see grapes, I exclaimed wow in surprise. The fruit vendor asked me if I was conducting a research for my thesis. I said it was something of that sort. Right there and then, she shared stories about the grapes industry in Bauang, and then pointing to the road leading to the grapes farm, she said I should really take a look because the farms are beautiful in summer.

* Photos taken with Cherry Mobile Flare.


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.