Time Warp to Spanish Era

It’s a stunning place to visit in the Philippines. I was sure Vigan City was in Ilocos Norte. And when we say Ilocos, there is only one well-known location where the prominent Marcos family resides – the Norte! Oops! I was wrong! I guess I was sleeping when my fifth-grade geography teacher taught us about the Northern part of Luzon in the Philippines.

Vigan City appears to be the provincial capital of Ilocos Sur. Yes, we also have “Ilocos Sur,” which translates to “Makin-abagatan nga Ilocos” in Ilocano or simply “South Ilocos” in English language. Vigan City is in the Ilocos region of the Philippines’ Luzon island.

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The Beauty of Vigan City, A Time Wrap to Spanish Era

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Vigan City is famous for its well-preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. When we visited this lovely place, I remembered that there are strictly regulated streets. We were informed that public and private vehicles are not permitted to pass on these streets to protect the area’s historic structures. You can either enjoy walking or rent a horse baggy to roam around.

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The Heritage City of Vigan and the lovely Baroque Church of Santa Maria (Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vigan City. Vigan is Asia’s most complete representation of a planned Spanish colonial town founded in the 16th century. Its architecture reflects a distinct culture with a strong Spanish Empire influence. The structures’ designs combine Asian buildings and construction with European colonial styles. Looking back in our world history, for 333 years, the Spaniards colonized the Philippines (1521-1898). 

The Famous Calle Crisologo

I love the scenery at Calle Crisologo. It is also called Mena Crisologo. Calle Crisologo is one of the protected streets where you will see and experience historic Spanish houses during the Spanish Era. However, most of the houses were turned into small souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels, and museums.

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Nevertheless, the spirit of ancient times can still be felt in the Philippines. When you’re staring and gazing at the beautiful buildings along the street, you’re definitely in a time warp. The horse-drawn buggies, or Kalesa, are the primary mode of transportation on this street. It is a must-try ride experience if you visit the area.

I also love the old churches and the Bantay Church Bell Tower. It’s a very scenic place. The church symbolizes how religious the people are. People in Vigan are respectful and have warm, welcoming hearts. I strongly recommend you visit 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 jeepney or shuttle to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal. The fare is around Php50-150 (1-2.95 USD). While in Dau Terminal bus, transfer to a bus going to Vigan or Laoag such as Partas, Dominion, and Viron bus lines. Depending on what bus type you opted for, it will cost you around Php585-965 (11.50-19.00 USD). For hotel, you may check out my other blogs:

Wrapping Up

There you have it, Lounger! I hope you enjoyed reading this content and learned something new about Vigan City. Whether you’re local or foreign to the Philippines, I highly recommend you to visit Vigan City and explore the countryside of the Filipinos, especially the Ilocanos. Keep safe and happy travel always!

References: Wiki, UNESCO, The Girl with the Muji Hat

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