Land Area: 3,729.17 hectares Population: 37,188 Number of Barangays: 33 Classification: Third Class Municipality Average Annual Income: Php 47,964,034.42
Originally part of Ilocos, this coastal town of La Union is located north of Balaoan Town and south of the Municipality of Sudipen in the province’s 1st Congressional District. As a major transit area for the Manila-Ilocos Bus Route, Bangar can be reached anytime of the day. Tricycles are available at the Town Plaza for trips to the barrios.
Visitors and buyers wishing to buy Inabel products are able to see the actual process of weaving of the Ilocano product. Passed on from generation to generation, most loom weavers still use the manual traditional weaving technique using antique wooden weaving equipment. Buyers may even request for personalized weaving design which include their names. A couple of metal craft shops specializing in bolos and agricultural implement are also located along the national highway for the convenience of customers.
Due to the fame brought by the two local products, an Abel-Panday Festival is held every December 26 and 27 which is highlighted by a street-dancing competition. Every July 25, locals celebrate the Feast Day of their Patron, Saint Christopher. The Parish Church is a must to see attraction, other than its intricate ceiling murals, it also takes pride for being one of the few churches in the country with three belfries.
North of the Town is the mystic Amburayan River, scene of the Ilocano legend Biag ni Lam-Ang.