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Arches in La Union and Ilocos Sur

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Road travelers are welcomed by arches found at the boundaries of cities and municipalities. These are commonly seen along national roads and often reflect the character, history or product for which the city is known for. The town of Paniqui, Tarlac has a bat featured in its arch while Castillejos, Zambales includes a castle. I stumbled into a lot of old photos recently. Well, probably not so old considering they were taken in 2004 during the time we were implementing nationwide surveys for passenger and freight flow. As our group was assigned to do surveys along McArthur Highway from Tarlac to Ilocos Sur, I frequently took photos using the old Pentax camera I bought during my first visit to Japan in 1996. In 2004, digital cameras were still quite expensive and so were cell phones with cameras. It was cheaper to buy film and have it developed and photos printed. In my case, I usually bought a lot of film when I traveled to Tokyo (it’s cheaper there) and I carried a few rolls whenever I went on trips. The prints I discovered were taken along the national road while we were traveling from La Union to Ilocos Sur. Many of the photos showed arches of towns that I took note of as we proceeded to Vigan. I think I may have missed some but checking the maps I believe I was able to catch most of the arches between Agoo, La Union and Santa, Ilocos Sur.

1-Agoo LUAgoo, La Union

2-Bauang LUBauang, La Union

3-Balaoan LU Balaoan, La Union

4-Bangar LUBangar, La Union

5-Sudipen LUSudipen, La Union

6-Sta Cruz ISSta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur

7-Sta Lucia IS Santa Lucia, Ilocos Sur

8-Candon IS Candon City, Ilocos Sur

9-Sta Maria IS Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur

10-Narvacan IS Narvacan, Ilocos Sur

11-Santa IS Santa, Ilocos Sur

Ilocos Sur Welcome arch for the Province of Ilocos Sur from La Union

LUWelcome arch for the Province of La Union from Ilocos Sur


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