Friday, July 13, 2012

TRAVELS: Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan is the capital city of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is situated at the northern part of Luzon. It is a World heritage site and is known by its unique architectures of the houses and buildings. The design was like those of the Hispanic era with European touch and it reflects its historical and cultural significance.

At a first glance, what you will notice are the designs of its architectures, as if you were in the time where life are so simple. Stores are also open, offering products such as hats, pashmina, wooden carves, vigan longanisa, souvenirs etc. Part of the trip was to just roam around the place and explore its majestically designed  architectures.

This was our last stop during our visit in Ilocos after visiting Baluarte (another tourist destination). In Vigan, you can also ride in Kalesa( horse and carriage) just like our ancestors back in time where cars were not yet available. At the end of the street, you can see the Cafe Leona and have simple taste of Ilocos Local Meals..Also, a church can be found at the of the street.

Enough of all the ramblings.. Here are the proofs of our Vigan Trip!

Crisologo Street

 I was amazed how these houses were well preserved through the years..

The monument of  Leona Florentino, a famous Ilocana poet, satirist and playwright during the Spanish Period ( See picture below)

 Ilocos Sur Tourism Information Center

 Vigan, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Beautiful Details in each mansion that you can see around Vigan, one of which is this chair that I think is a resemblance of the famous form of transportation in the Philippines back in time..

That's me! As a tourist, one thing a visitor should not forget is Pasalubong(Filipino term for Homecoming gift) !!.. Locally hand-made crafts were also available in Vigan. One way of also helping them is to patronize their product. You're not only getting treats for purchasing Pasalubongs, but you're also helping their livelihood.

Come and visit Vigan, Ilocos Sur! You will surely love it. It's more fun in the Philippines! 


  Well as for us, we technically had a tour guide from Ilocos, who you can also contact when you want to take a visit in Ilocos and Ilocos Norte. We were like 8 in a group and all in all, we paid Php10,000 - Php 12,000(Philippine Peso)(Forgot the exact price) for 2 days tour around Ilocos. If you want his contact details, Kuya Marlon please drop an email or leave a comment below..

We rode Florida Bus (Espanya) going to Ilocos. It takes us about 6-8 hours..But definitely, all was worth it.

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