Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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Vigan is the capital city of Ilocos Sur, located 400 kilometers away from Manila. Vigan is a UNESCO world heritage site and has maintained its original Spanish architecture and charm.  Vigan is an example of a well preserved town built by the colonial Spanish in the 16th century. Known for its local longanisa (sausage) and bagnet (deep fried pork loin/belly), the food alone is worth visiting this quaint province.

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Where To Go:

Calle Crisologo: This famous street located in the heart of Vigan was built in the 18th century by the colonial Spanish. The street is paved with old cobblestones and horse drawn carriages can still be seen trotting along the road. The sidewalks come alive at night with night market stalls selling everything from local meat products such as longanisa and bagnet to woven handicrafts and antique furniture.

Bantay Sinking Bell Tower: Built in the early Spanish era, this picturesque bell tower sometimes referred to as the local version of the leaning tower in Italy, sits on a plush green hilltop known as Calvario hill. Together with the Bantay church, these monuments have survived World Wars 1 and 2 where they were used as a watchtower for invading military enemies and a place of refuge for local forces.

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Crisologo Museum: Also known as Vigan House, Crisologo House & Memorabilia as The Vigan National Museum Branch. This was once home to Flor Crisologo and his family which are to this day one of the principal families in Vigan. Flor was assassinated in Vigan Cathedral while waiting in line to receive communion. Many believe thathis death may have been politically motivated. The museum is in the family ancestral home where many of their antiques have been preserved.

Vigan Cathedral: This church also called St. Paul’s metropolitan cathedral was built in 1574 by Juan de Salcedo and is located in the city center together with its separate bell tower. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and though its facade may not be as attractive as other churches, its interior is what wows visitors. Inspired by baroque architecture with hints of Chinese details, the Vigan Cathedral is a site to see.

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Where To Stay:

Grandpa’s Inn: Dorm rooms for large groups-Suite rooms available.

Villa Angela: Dorm rooms for large groups-Suite rooms available.

Hotel Salcedo de Vigan: Dorm rooms for large groups-Suite rooms available.

Gordion Inn Bed & Breakfast: Regular standard rooms- Suite rooms available.

How To Go To Vigan:

You can take Farinas transit, Dominion transit, Partas Transportation Company, Philippine Rabbit Bus line, Viron Transportation and Maria de Leon Transit all the way to Vigan, it is a 10-11 hour drive.

Source: www.backpackthephilippines.com

Teaser photos source: vigan.islandsphilippines.com