Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Breaking apart a community
The territorial dispute in the South China Sea had been going on for the longest time even before it got escalated in the press and media this year. Having visited the Luna Watchtower in La Union months ago, I saw what seemed to be a casualty of another dispute -- that with nature. The decrepit watchtower looked every inch a reminder of how abusive a local townspeople could be.

Stone quarrying by local folks at the beach where the once formidable Spanish baluarte is barely standing had gone unnoticed for some time by the local government. Lately partial efforts to save the ruins have been put in place in the form cement support. Also, the last information I got from the tricycle driver who took me to the seaside bastion was good news in that rock peddling at the area was being kept under control.

Formerly a reliable lookout point by the Spaniards for pirate attacks in the Spanish era, the Luna Watchtower is now in ruins. It's still looking out into the South China Sea and what it's seeing is a modern dispute that it can only allow to happen helplessly.


Getting There: From San Fernando, I took a jeepney ride to the sleepy town of Luna which cost me P50. The trip took 30 to 45 minutes to reach the town plaza where the Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan awaited me.

Useful Tip: You can approach a tricycle driver at the plaza to take you to the baluarte for a few minutes and afterwards drop you off at the nearest highway boarding point for buses going back to Manila which I did.



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