DOT Regional Director Joseph Francisco R. Ortega with the launching delegates @ ELYUNITY Bike Park, Bangbangolan, San Fernando City, LU

On November 19, 2021 the Department of Tourism(DOT) in coordination with the Provincial Government of La Union, Travel Agencies, and various biking groups all around La Union has officially launched the Bike and Nature Trail Tourism in the Province. This was all possible thanks to the activities done such as map plotting, geo-tagging and site validation by the collective efforts of the offices and groups involved in the prior weeks.

The launching ceremony was held on three separate venues. Agoo’s Eco Park was the first venue for the launching. The ceremony was attended by the DOT Regional Director Joseph Francisco R. Ortega, DOT Assistant Secretary Woodrow C. Maquiling Jr., 2nd District Rep. Sandra Y. Eriguel, Agoo Vice-Mayor Hery B. Balbin, LUPTO OIC Arthur S. Cortez Jr., Alex Peralta of BikeBros, and delegates from the other Provinces in Region 1. 

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The event featured some of the bikeshops around La Union and showcased some of their products and services. They also held a small parade of bikers around the compound of the park and presented the compilation of videos of the various trails during the site validation. The tracks were located in most municipalities of La Union namely, Agoo, Aringay, Tubao, Rosaio, Bauang, San Fernando City, Bacnotan, San Gabriel, Sudipen, Bangar, Santol, Naguilian, Bagulin and Burgos.

The second and third venue was on San Juan for lunch and San Fernando City in the afternoon respectively. In the afternoon, the launching was held in the ELYUNITY Bike Park located in Bangbangolan, San Fernando City, it included a bike exhibition of the delegates and members of various biking groups wherein they participated in jump sessions and a friendly Long Jump competition in one of the biggest jumps of the park as visitors in awe.

La Union is setting a standard and an example for Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte to follow the footsteps of in starting the same program in order to attract more tourist especially now that we are almost about to be back to normal sooner or later.