A place to go in the Philippines! I was certain that Vigan City is in Ilocos Norte and when we say Ilocos, there’s only one famous place where the prominent Marcos family are situated – the Norte! Oops! I was wrong! 😅 I guess I was sleeping or doing something else when my grade school geography teacher taught us about it. 😅
So… I learned that Vigan City is the provincial capital of Ilocos Sur. Yes, we also have “Ilocos Sur” which means ‘Makin-abagatan nga Ilocos’ in Ilocano Language or simply South Ilocos (English). This is in Ilocos region, Luzon island of the Philippines.
Time Warp to Spanish Era
Vigan is well-known for its conserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. I remember when we visited this wonderful place, there are strictly regulated streets that both public and private vehicles are not allowed to pass to protect the old structures in the area.
Vigan City is the home of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely, the Heritage City of Vigan and the Baroque Church of Santa Maria (Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion). Vigan is the most complete illustration in Asia of a planned Spanish colonial town, established in the 16th century. Its architecture reflects unique culture with a strong influence of Spanish Empire. The designs of the structures are fusion of Asian building and construction with European colonial styles. Remember? Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards for 333 years (1521-1898).
The Famous Calle Crisologo
I love the scenery at Calle Crisologo or what they also called Mena Crisologo. This is where you will see and experience the historic Spanish houses during the Spanish Era. Most of the houses though were turned into small souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and other tourist attractions.
Nonetheless you will still feel the spirit of ancient time in the Philippines. It’s definitely a time warp when staring and gazing the beautiful buildings along the street. The main transport in this street are the horse-drawn buggies or Kalesa. It must-a-try ride experience when you will visit the place.
I also love the old churches and the Bantay Church Bell Tower. It’s very scenic place; the church symbolizes how religious the people are. People in Vigan are respectful and has warm welcoming hearts. I strongly recommend you visiting Vigan City and experience the 16th century atmosphere in the Philippines.
How To Get There?
Vigan is two hours away from Laoag. For those coming from Clark International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, you may ride a shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, fare is around Php50-150 (1-2.95 USD). In Dau Terminal, transfer to a bus going to Vigan or Laoag such as Partas, Dominion and Viron. It will cost you around Php585-965 (11.50-19.00 USD) depending on what bus type you opted to. For Hotel, you may check out my other blogs:
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