Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

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Mena Crisologo Street, July 2017

Have you heard about the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES?

Vigan City is inscribed as one of the UNESCO World’s Heritage Sites because it is the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.

According to UNESCO, “its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.”(https://whc.unesco.org)

  • Province: Ilocos Sur
  • Capital City: Vigan
  • Seat of Local Government: Vigan City Hall located at Burgos Street cor Quezon Avenue, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
  • Head of the Local Government: Mayor
  • Dialect: Iloko. However, the locals can speak Filipino and English languages.
  • Locals are called Bigueño (Men) and Bigueña (Women)

HOW TO REACH VIGAN?

  1. For Tourists coming from the Ninoy Aquino International Airports (NAIA), you can have connecting flights to Laoag International Airport (45 Minutes) via Philippine Airlines. From Laoag, you can take a local bus going to Vigan City. The estimated travel time is 2 hours.
  2. For Tourists who want to take the bus from Manila, the shortest time to travel is in the evening like 9 PM or 10 PM. The estimated travel time is 8 hours. However, if you wanted to enjoy the scenery along the way, you can travel in the morning but it would take you 11-12 hours before you could reach Vigan. I would recommend Partas Bus because of their clean and comfortable buses.

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

  • January 22 is the Cityhood Celebration of Vigan City (RA 8988).
  • January 25 is the official Vigan City Fiesta in honor of the city’s Patron Saint Paul.  Vigan Longganisa Festival is also being celebrated during the month.
  • May 3 is the Tres de Mayo Festival. Binatbatan Festival is also being celebrated.

THINGS TO DO:

  1. CITY SIGHT SEEING:
    • Riding in the kalesa around the city is a must try. The capacity of a kalesa is 4 persons, including the kalesa driver. They are located at the side street of  St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. The Kalesa driver will bring you to the tourist spots:
      • St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral- For Catholics, one of the best way to start our cityscapade is visiting the Churches of Vigan to pray for blessings and good voyage.
      • Mena Crisologo Street- This is the famous street in the Philippines. You can enjoy here the beauty of the old Spanish houses and the cobble stone road. You can find local and international restaurants here. There are also souvenir shops located along the street.
      • Pagburnayan- There are two best spots to visit in this Barangay. They have the shops where clay products are molded and the Mira Hills where the Vigan Public Pool and Buridek Museum are located.
      • Baluarte Zoo- The biggest zoo in the province.
      • Hidden Garden- This is local restaurant offering local authentic Ilokano delicacies.
      • Plaza Salcedo- This spot is located just in front of the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, however, this is where the dancing fountain is located. The show would start around 6PM and 7PM.
      • Museums-there are also museums in the city like the Quirino Museum, Burgos Museum, Syquia Mansions and the many more.
  2. FOOD EXPLORATIONS: Due to the booming tourism industry in the city, a lot food establishments known locally and internationally are already available in the City. However, the following local delicacies are a must try.
    • Bagnet- This is like Fried Pork but cook in a local version. The product is available at the Vigan City Public Market, just infront of the Partas-Vigan Bus Station.
    • Vigan Chichacorn- This is super crispy fried corn in many flavors like original, garlic, cheese, adobo and etc.
    • Empanada- This delicacy is one of the well known local delicacies in the city.  Most of the food stalls can be found infront of the McDonalds store. There are also “Empanadaan” along Mena Crisologo Street.
    • Sinanglao- This delicacy’s ingredients are mostly the internal organs of a cow. For those who have hypertension and heart problems, please regulate the serving size.
    • Vigan Longganisa- This is a local chorizo or sausage. The garlic,salty and sour tastes distinguished it from other sausages.
    • Warek-Warek (Dinakdakan in Tagalog)- The best Warek-Warek can be tasted at “Panganan ken Ihawan sa Ciudad Vigan.” Local cuisine “Dinengdeng” is also available. The local restaurant has been featured by Jessica Soho. The restaurant is located along Bonifacio Street cor Rizal Street, Vigan City.
  3. WHERE TO STAY: I’ll be writing this at my hotel reviews page.
  4. SOUVENIRS: Souvenir shops are located along Mena Crisologo Street.

NOTE: If you wished to request a copy of a sample 3D/2N Itinerary, you may email me at my contact link. Pro bone. Thank you for reading!

Agyaman kami! Dios ti Anggina!

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