January 29, 2018

If Japan has Kyoto, then Vigan is probably the Philippine version of it. If you want to see and experience the old Philippines, then Vigan is the best place to visit.

Vigan Heritage City is located in Ilocos Sur. It is hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities and also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. The city will take you back to the old Philippines, which was highly influenced by the Spaniards. The authenticity of the place is intricately preserved to offer everyone an extra-ordinary experience. Every stall and even fast food franchises are built in accordance with Vigan City's architectural design standards (they only allow aesthetics such as: bricks, stones, woods, bamboo and capiz)

Calle Crisologo at night

Aside from walking down the streets of Vigan City, shopping vintage and unique finds, eating Ilocandia foods and delicacies.. when in Vigan you can also visit different Catholic churches.
It is undeniable that one of the influences of the Spanish era is indeed the religion. Ruins and hundred year-old churches surrounding the area are proof of our Hispanic roots.

Inside Paoay Church

Bantay Church Bell Tower

Meanwhile, if you are into History, Arts and Culture, there are few museums you can visit in Ilocos.
You can also feed your mind in Historical places such as the old Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail (turned into museum) and the ancestral home of President Elpidio Quirino's wife - also known as the Syquia Mansion.

Indulge in History at Syquia Mansion

Inside the old Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail

Bonus activity: Baluarte ni Chavit Singson and Plaza Salcedo's Dancing Fountain

Baluarte ni Chavit Singson - It's a home to various animal species. In Baluarte, you may find deers, ostrich and other animals roaming around. There is also a Safari Gallery where Mr. Singson's wild animal taxidermy collection was showcased.

At night, be sure to not miss out the Dancing Fountain at Plaza Salcedo. The show starts at 7:30 PM and ends at 8:00 PM. It's a superb experience and can definitely give you goosebumps.

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In a nutshell, Vigan is a stunning place that offers an authentic experience
of Philippine culture, food, religion and history.


7:30 AM - Take a morning walk at Calle Crisologo. This is also the perfect time for photo op since the street is not yet crowded and the morning lighting will be great for fun photoshoots.

8:00 AM - Visit Bantay Church and climb Bantay Bell Tower to have an amazing view of the city.

9:00 AM - Indulge in History at Syquia Museum and Old Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail

11:00 AM - Head to Hidden Garden for lunch and relaxation. Do not forget to try their local cuisines like Poqui-Poqui. If you're tired from all the walking, Hidden Garden also offers body massage.

1:00 PM - Visit deers and other wild animals at Baluarte ni Chavit. You can also have a glimpse of the 'Golden Tower' which is the rest house of Mr. Chavit Singson

3:30 PM - Experience a 45-minute boat ride at Vigan River Cruise along Mestizo River

5:00 PM - Grab snacks back in Calle Crisologo and wait for the street lights to light up. I highly recommend their empanada and taro chips you can easily avail in almost every corner of Calle Crisologo. You can also shop for pasalubong while waiting for night time.

7:00 PM - Score a seat in front of the fountain at Plaza Salcedo and wait for the Dancing Fountain show.

8:00 PM - End the night by having dinner at Cafe Uno just a 5-minute walk from the plaza. 

While waiting for your order, you can ask the restaurant staff to tour you around their vintage-themed hotel rooms.

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  1. Wow! Through this post, felt I am in Vigan myself this very moment! Thanks to you!

  2. Vigan is one of my bucket list and hopefully I will be able to visit this place this year . <3


About Ronalene

I am a teacher by profession from Bulacan, Philippines.
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I document my travels, little advocates, adulting process and the art of slow living.
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