The City of Vigan (Ilokano: Ciudad ti Bigan; Tagalog: Vīgân) is a fourth class city in theprovince of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2010 Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people.
It is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.
I always want to visit Vigan ever since. If you can see my bucket list where i want to visit before I die, Vigan is the first. Well, realistically, it should be, since it’s in the Philippines. I love old, vintage and historic places. And Vigan is one of it. The rustic aura of the place makes me want to travel back in time. The Old houses, with high windows, brick walls, Terra cotta roofs, and aged cobble stone. This is heaven for me. I love love LOVE Vigan. The history here is very rich that you can smell the olden days.
Since I’ve learned my lesson regarding itineraries and i need to write down all the expenses, I have written down everything as a guide so that our travel will be smooth. (To be honest, the expenses on this travel gone haywire since we are just 4.)
Day 1 Saturday
5AM Drop off and arrival in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Take a tricycle to casa Teofila Lodge. (Rest)
7AM Proceed to Grandpas for Breakfast (took a tricycle)
9AM Start of DIY Tour: Calle Crisologo (walking distance from Grandpas, we did not take any tour packages since most of the Museums are walking distance and we can ride a tricycle)
10:15AM Crisologo Museum (walked from Calle Crisologo)
The Crisologos, Vigan’s most prominent political dynasty, have also converted their ancestral home into a strange but interesting family shrine, the Crisologo Museum . In addition to the usual fare of books, photos and other personal items, there is the old Chevy that Governor Carmeling Crisologo was in when she was ambushed in 1961. She survived, but her husband, Floro, a long-time congressman, was not so lucky when he was attacked in a church in 1970. There are a few lurid photos of the killing, and the blood-stained pants he was wearing are preserved in a glass case. The 1st-floor sala is kept mostly as it was when it was occupied, and contains several pieces of colonial-era furniture.
The Syquia Mansion on Quirino Blvd was recently turned into a museum filled with old furniture and exhibits dedicated to the life of Vigan native Elpidio Quirino, the Philippines’ sixth president. Quirino was born in the nearby provincial jail, where his mother worked. He rose to political prominence after marrying into the fabulously wealthy Syquia family.
The infamous Spolarium
11:30AM Plaza Salcedo, Vigan Cathedral, Plaza Burgos (rode a tricycle )
12PM Lunch at Plaza Maestro ( have our lunch in Mcdo- savings)
I was amaze by the architectural design of their McDonalds.
1:30PM Burgos Museum (walked from Plaza Maestro, was not able to get inside since they are close for lunch)
1:45PM Took a tricycle to Pagburnayan Jar Making
Manong doing the dirty job..:)
Us posing ..and not getting our hands dirty. (wink wink)
3:30PM Another tricycle to Baluarte ni Chavit