Vintage Vigan (World’s Living Museum)

The City of Vigan is a fourth class city in the province 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.

Dubbed as “World’s Living Museum” due to the hundreds of remaining well–preserved Spanish ancestral houses found in its heritage village.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific Organization (UNESCO) declared Vigan as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

For more of Vigan, click here!

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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:

*Calle Crisologo

– One of the famous historical sites in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. 

*Bantay Church and Bellfry 

– also known as Saint Augustine Parish Church, a Shrine of Our Lady of Charity (Nuestra Señora de La Caridad) housing the miraculous image of Virgin Mary. 

*St. Paul’s Cathedral

– also known as the metropolitan Cathedral. It is considered a major religious landmark not only of northern Luzon but the country as well.

*Baluarte Vigan 

– is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care. 

*Hidden Garden of Vigan

– is the place where Filipino hospitality is felt.

WHERE TO DINE AND WHAT TO EAT:

*PINAKBET of Kusina Felecitas, Granpa’s Inn

*EMPANADA and OKOY-also spelled as ukoy is another batter-covered, deep-fried street food.

(there is an empanadahan in the plaza near the Church)

*HALO-HALO of Hidden Garden (served in a coconut shell)

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HOW TO GET TO:

Vigan, Ilocos Sur via Bus (Public Transport)
Partas Bus is the most common bus that travel to Vigan.  To check their schedulesd trips, visit their FB Page here!

This was during my first visit in Ilocos Sur with my friends, Basha, Jes, Rjay, Xyrus, Denz, and of course, Gelo, who’s from Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, (Thanks for the warm accommodation Frienship, I love you!)

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