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[[Image:Cobblestone street - Vigan - Philippines.jpg|thumb|300px|Cobblestone street in Vigan]]
 
[[Image:Cobblestone street - Vigan - Philippines.jpg|thumb|300px|Cobblestone street in Vigan]]
 
'''Vigan''' is in Northern [[Luzon]]. Its Spanish colonial influence in local architecture and old-world charm make it a unique city in the [[Philippines]].
 
'''Vigan''' is in Northern [[Luzon]]. Its Spanish colonial influence in local architecture and old-world charm make it a unique city in the [[Philippines]].
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Best time to walk the cobbled streets is probably in the 90 minutes before dawn when the poisonous fug from two stroke engines has subsided and you can appreciate its remarkable state of preservation without being deafened and jostled.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
 
A well researched blog with 50 photos dedicated to Vigan can be found [http://expattraveller.blogspot.com/2012/02/vigan-luzon-philippines-imagine-town-in.html here]
 
 
 
 
In pre-colonial times, Vigan was an important trading post for Chinese junks, trading gold beeswax and other products from the central Cordilleras for exotic Asian goods. Many Chinese traders settled in the ''mestizo'' district, marrying locals and starting new bloodlines.  
 
In pre-colonial times, Vigan was an important trading post for Chinese junks, trading gold beeswax and other products from the central Cordilleras for exotic Asian goods. Many Chinese traders settled in the ''mestizo'' district, marrying locals and starting new bloodlines.  
  
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===Orientation===
 
===Orientation===
 
 
Vigan is a relatively small city with two hearts: the recreational and shopping area around the adjacent Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos in the north, and the commercial centre around the public market in the south. The '''mestizo district''' is focused along Plaridel and Mena Crisologo Streets, running south from Plaza Burgos towards the cemetery.
 
Vigan is a relatively small city with two hearts: the recreational and shopping area around the adjacent Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos in the north, and the commercial centre around the public market in the south. The '''mestizo district''' is focused along Plaridel and Mena Crisologo Streets, running south from Plaza Burgos towards the cemetery.
  
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===By bus or car===
 
===By bus or car===
 
 
It's seven to ten hours' drive along the scenic Ilocos Highway from [[Manila]] to Vigan. Partas Bus Co., Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, and St. Joseph/Aniceto Transit have regular trips to Vigan. Bus lines like Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Farinas Transit, Maria de Leon, Florida, and RCJ Transit have regular trips plying the Manila-[[Laoag]] route, which passes by Vigan.
 
It's seven to ten hours' drive along the scenic Ilocos Highway from [[Manila]] to Vigan. Partas Bus Co., Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, and St. Joseph/Aniceto Transit have regular trips to Vigan. Bus lines like Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Farinas Transit, Maria de Leon, Florida, and RCJ Transit have regular trips plying the Manila-[[Laoag]] route, which passes by Vigan.
  
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
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A fun throwback to colonial days are the '''''calesa''''' horse-drawn carriages that still clip-clop through Vigan's streets. Rates for ''calesa'' rides should be the same as those for the many '''tricycles''' (P8-P10 within the city limits) that will undoubtedly by vying for your custom. But you could also hire a private calesa for around ₱150 per hour.  Unless you're absolutely sure you have a tour guide that will give you in depth information about the sites you're visiting, A whole day calesa adventure for about ₱1000 (roughly 6-7 hours) would be advisable.  You can take your time visiting the sites and not being rushed by a guide, as well as picking and choosing the areas you want to visit.
A fun throwback to colonial days are the '''''calesa''''' horse-drawn carriages that still clip-clop through Vigan's streets. Rates for ''calesa'' rides should be the same as those for the many '''tricycles''' (P8-P10 within the city limits) that will undoubtedly by vying for your custom. But you could also hire a private calesa for around 150php per hour.  Unless you're absolutely sure you have a tour guide that will give you in depth information about the sites you're visiting, A whole day calesa adventure for about 1000 (roughly 6-7 hours) would be advisable.  You can take your time visiting the sites and not being rushed by a guide, as well as picking and choosing the areas you want to visit.
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==See==
 
==See==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
 
 
* Take a swim at the nearby '''Mindoro Beach Resort'''.
 
* Take a swim at the nearby '''Mindoro Beach Resort'''.
 
* Visit '''Baluarte''', the governor's fortress. It also features a mini zoo with exotic animals and you can get a free ride with the small horses.
 
* Visit '''Baluarte''', the governor's fortress. It also features a mini zoo with exotic animals and you can get a free ride with the small horses.
* Try your hand at pottery. Vigan's '''Pagburnayan''' makes burnay jars which are made of carabao-kneaded clay and fire-blasted in a huge kiln.
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* Try your hand at pottery. Vigan's '''Pagburnayan''' makes burnay jars which are made of clay kneaded by carabao and fire-blasted in a huge kiln.
 
* Ride a '''kalesa''', a horse-drawn carriage, around Vigan and the surrounding towns.
 
* Ride a '''kalesa''', a horse-drawn carriage, around Vigan and the surrounding towns.
 
* Witness old women weave '''abel''' at Camangaan.
 
* Witness old women weave '''abel''' at Camangaan.
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
 
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There are dozens of antique and souvenir shops dotted about the city, particularly on Crisologo and Plaridel Streets in the ''mestizo'' district. Although some of the antiques are only reproductions, you'll still enjoy browsing odd items, religious paraphernalia (look out for the toddler Jesus figurines) and some unique foods.  You can also buy hand-rolled cigars, sold in packs of three.
There are dozens of antique and souvenir shops dotted about the city, particularly on Crisologo and Plaridel Streets in the ''mestizo'' district. Although most of the antiques are only reproductions, you'll still enjoy browsing odd items, religious paraphernalia (look out for the toddler Jesus figurines) and some unique foods.  You can also buy hand-rolled cigars, sold in packs of three.
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You can buy native handwoven ''abel'' cloth at the Vigan Public Market, as well as delicacies like ''longganisa'' (native pork sausages) and ''bagnet'' (deep-fried crispy pork) at its Meat Section.
 
You can buy native handwoven ''abel'' cloth at the Vigan Public Market, as well as delicacies like ''longganisa'' (native pork sausages) and ''bagnet'' (deep-fried crispy pork) at its Meat Section.
  
==Eat and Drink==
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You can also go to the San Ildefonso area buy Basi (Sugarcane Wine) or Duhat Wine
  
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==Eat and Drink==
 
Popular snack stands along Plaza Burgos serve up a variety of local treats, among others, like:
 
Popular snack stands along Plaza Burgos serve up a variety of local treats, among others, like:
 
*''sinanglao'' (soup made from beef innards)
 
*''sinanglao'' (soup made from beef innards)
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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* <sleep name="Casa Rica Hotel" alt="" address="88 Quirino Blvd. Corner Calle Abaya"  phone="+63 77 674 0591 email="casaricahotel@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.casaricahotel.webstarts.com/" built="2013"
  
* '''Villa Angela Heritage house''' [http://www.villangela.com/]  #26 Quirino Blvd, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur 2700, Philippines
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* <sleep name="Villa Angela Heritage house" alt="" address="#26 Quirino Blvd" directions="Two Streets away from Calle Crisologo" phone="+63 77 722-2914, +63 2 425-6473, +63 927 894 0610" email="" fax="" url="http://www.villangela.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="start at ₱1500/night. All the rates include breakfast">Villa Angela Heritage House is actually more like a house than a typical hotel. The owners decided to keep the house like how it was during the time of their ancestors, except that with the modern comforts of air-conditioning, cable TV, and en suite toilet and bath have been installed. There are only six rooms or one room of each type. The rooms on the ground floor used to be storage areas for harvest from the farms until they were converted into dormitory rooms to accommodate bigger groups. WiFi zone</sleep>
Directions: Two Streets away from Calle Crisologo
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Telephone: +63 (77) 722-2914, +63 (2) 425-6473, +63927-8940610
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Email: villangela.heritage@gmail.com
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Website: http://www.villangela.com
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Check-in:2:00 PM
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Check-out: 12:00 PM
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Rates start at Php 1500/night. All the rates include breakfast
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Villa Angela Heritage House is actually more like a house than a typical hotel. The owners decided to keep the house like how it was during the time of their ancestors, except that with the modern comforts of air-conditioning, cable TV, and en suite toilet and bath have been installed. There are only six rooms or one room of each type. Room rates during regular season are: Cuarto del Senor (Master bedroom at P2500/night), Cuarto delas Hijas (Girls room at P2800/night - has 3 large beds sufficient for 5 people), Cuarto delos Hijos (Boys room at P2800/night), Cuarto Pequeno (literally "small room" -- used to be the boy's study room at P1500/night). The rooms on the ground floor used to be storage areas for harvest from the farms were converted into dormitory rooms to accommodate bigger groups.  
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Accommodation is personalized such that special requests from each guest like tours and transfers assistance, home service massage, etc are always prioritized. Villa Angela is a WiFi zone.
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*'''Gordion Hotel''',
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V. delos Reyes corner Salcedo Sts.
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Manila Line: (02) 246-1502
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Phone:(077)-722-2526 / 722-2565
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Mobile Phone: 09088915612 / 0922-878-4657
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Email Address: reservation@vigangordionhotel.com
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Website: http://www.vigangordionhotel.com
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Check in at 1PM Checkout at 12Noon Room Rates start at Php 2000 per night with breakfast for 2. A hotel set in and around an ancestral home. It is the only twin ancestral house with a courtyard and romantic ruins, where old touches like furnishings and memorabilia from another era perfectly complement the comfortable modern day amenities for sleeping or unwinding. Tour Packages available.  Affiliated with Gordion Travel and Tours
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* <sleep name="Hotel Salcedo De Vigan" alt="" address="V. de los Reyes corner General Luna Streets" directions="" phone="+63 (77) 722-1200, +63 (77) 722-2798" url="http://www.hotelsalcedodevigan.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Their air-conditioned rooms are very spacious. They have an elegant restaurant serving superb local and international cuisine.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Salcedo De Vigan" alt="" address="V. de los Reyes corner General Luna Streets" directions="" phone="+63 (77) 722-1200, +63 (77) 722-2798" url="http://www.hotelsalcedodevigan.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Their air-conditioned rooms are very spacious. They have an elegant restaurant serving superb local and international cuisine.</sleep>
  
* '''Grandpa's Inn''' (''1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd; phone: (6377)722-2118; fax: (6377)722-1446; email: grandpas_inn@yahoo.com; rooms from P730'') is in a charming old residence and is also one of the cheapest options in town. The downstairs restaurant serves good food (from P60) and even espresso (P40).
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* '''Grandpa's Inn''' (''1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd; phone: (6377)722-2118; fax: (6377)722-1446; email: grandpas_inn@yahoo.com; rooms from P730'') is in a charming old residence and is also one of the cheapest options in town. The downstairs restaurant serves good food (from ₱60) and even espresso (₱40). Room with ensuite,AC ₱1780. Room with share bathroom, fan ₱730 with cable TV and WIFI.
  
* <sleep name="Ciudad Fernandina Hotel" alt="" address="26 Mabini St., cor. Plaridel St." directions="" phone=" 077 722 3765" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ciudadfernandinavigan.com.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates start at 2,236.00 PHP"> All rooms in Ciudad Fernandina Hotel are equipped with safe, cable television, air conditioning, electronic door lock, hot and cold shower. Some of its facilities are restaurant, bar and function room.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ciudad Fernandina Hotel" alt="" address="26 Mabini St., cor. Plaridel St." directions="" phone="+63 77 722-3765" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ciudadfernandinavigan.com.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates start at ₱2,236.00"> All rooms in Ciudad Fernandina Hotel are equipped with safe, cable television, air conditioning, electronic door lock, hot and cold shower. Some of its facilities are restaurant, bar and function room.</sleep>
  
 
*'''Taj Resort''',  Pantay daya, Vigan, (077)722-7476.
 
*'''Taj Resort''',  Pantay daya, Vigan, (077)722-7476.
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*'''El Juliana Hotel''', 5 Liberation Blvd. Cor Quirino Blvd., (077)-722-2994/09123508350
 
*'''El Juliana Hotel''', 5 Liberation Blvd. Cor Quirino Blvd., (077)-722-2994/09123508350
 
*<sleep name="NSCC PLAZA" alt="" address="Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Caoayan" directions="" phone="(077)7223281" url="www.coopnscc.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="NSCC PLAZA" alt="" address="Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Caoayan" directions="" phone="(077)7223281" url="www.coopnscc.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*'''Gordion Hotel''',
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V. delos Reyes corner Salcedo Sts.
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Manila Line: (02) 246-1502
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Phone:(077)-722-2526 / 722-2565
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Mobile Phone: 09088915612 / 0922-878-4657
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Email Address: reservation@vigangordionhotel.com
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Website: http://www.vigangordionhotel.com
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Check in at 1PM Checkout at 12Noon Room Rates start at Php 2000 per night with breakfast for 2. A hotel set in and around an ancestral home. It is the only twin ancestral house with a courtyard and romantic ruins, where old touches like furnishings and memorabilia from another era perfectly complement the comfortable modern day amenities for sleeping or unwinding. Tour Packages available.  Affiliated with Gordion Travel and Tours
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
[[File:Road from Cervantes to Bontoc.jpg|thumb|250px|Road from Cervantes to Bontoc]]
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[[File:Road from Cervantes to Bontoc.jpg|thumb|350px|Road from Cervantes to Bontoc]]
It is possible to cross from Vigan straight into the Mountain Province ([[Bontoc]], [[Sagada]]) and Ifugao ([[Banaue]]), without returning south to Baguio. To reach Cordillera, you can take the following route:
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It is possible to cross from Vigan (or anywhere in Ilocos) straight into the Mountain Province ([[Bontoc]], [[Sagada]]) and Ifugao ([[Banaue]]), without returning south to Baguio. To reach the Cordillera, you can take the following route:
  
1. Take an early bus from Vigan to Tagudin and tell the driver you want to get off at ...
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1. Take an early bus from Vigan to Tagudin (for example a Partas bus heading to Manila/Baguio) and tell the driver you want to get off at Bitalag (₱150).
  
2. Take a van from ... to [[Cervantes]], which leaves between 7-8am, sometimes 9am depending on how many people are travelling (2 hours). The route takes you through the Bessang Pass National Park and is very picturesque.  
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2. Take a van from Bitalag to [[Cervantes]], which leaves between 7-8am, sometimes 9am depending on how many people are travelling (₱150, 2 hours). The vans run roughly every three hours until 5pm, but this strongly depends on the number of people travelling. The route takes you through the Bessang Pass National Park and is very picturesque.  
  
3. At Cervantes, take a tricycle to the bridge, then cross the hanging bridge on foot.
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3. At Cervantes, take a tricycle to the bridge (₱40), then cross the hanging bridge on foot.
  
4. On the other side of the bridge, take a van going to Tadian (45 minutes) and continuing to Bauko (another 15 minutes).
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4. On the other side of the bridge, take a van going to Tadian at 1pm (45 minutes, P50) and continuing to Bauko (another 15 minutes, ₱70 in total).
  
5. In Bauko there are plenty of vans going to [[Bontoc]]. If you want to continue to [[Sagada]], tell the driver you want to get there and he will point you where the jeepneys to Sagada are parked.
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5. In Bauko there are plenty of vans going to [[Bontoc]] (1 hour, ₱50). If you want to continue to [[Sagada]] (50 minutes, ₱45), tell the driver you want to get there and he will point you where the jeepneys to Sagada are parked.
  
 
You can easily make this trip in a day and you arrive before sunset in Sagada.
 
You can easily make this trip in a day and you arrive before sunset in Sagada.

Revision as of 11:50, 23 July 2013

Cobblestone street in Vigan

Vigan is in Northern Luzon. Its Spanish colonial influence in local architecture and old-world charm make it a unique city in the Philippines.

Best time to walk the cobbled streets is probably in the 90 minutes before dawn when the poisonous fug from two stroke engines has subsided and you can appreciate its remarkable state of preservation without being deafened and jostled.

Contents

Understand

History

In pre-colonial times, Vigan was an important trading post for Chinese junks, trading gold beeswax and other products from the central Cordilleras for exotic Asian goods. Many Chinese traders settled in the mestizo district, marrying locals and starting new bloodlines.

Vigan was captured and settled by the Spanish in 1572, and grew to become a centre of Spanish political and religious power in the north of Luzon. In 1758 Vigan became the Seat of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia.

Interestingly the town was also a hotbed of anti-Spanish politics. Diego Silang was perhaps the most notable resistance leader, but was assassinated by his friends (on commission from the Spanish) in May 1763. Undeterred, Silang's wife, Maria Josefa Gabriela Silang, assumed leadership of the uprising but was later captured by the Spanish and publicly hanged in on September 20, 1763.

Local legend has it that Vigan got its name from a simple communication breakdown. A Spaniard walking along the Metizo River apparently met a local and asked which the city's name. Not understanding what he was being asked, but seeing that the Spaniard seemed to be pointing to a tree, replied "Bigaa Apo" (a giant Taro plant that was common in the area). It is from the word "Bigaa" that Vigan is said to have derived its name.

Orientation

Vigan is a relatively small city with two hearts: the recreational and shopping area around the adjacent Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos in the north, and the commercial centre around the public market in the south. The mestizo district is focused along Plaridel and Mena Crisologo Streets, running south from Plaza Burgos towards the cemetery.

There is a helpful and friendly provincial tourist information office south west of Plaza Burgos (next to Cafe Leona) that can dispense information on Vigan and the rest of Ilocos Sur. Banks with ATMs accepting foreign credit cards are located around the recreational and shopping areas and at Quezon Avenue, as are internet cafes with access that charge P20 per hour. Some restaurants offer Wi-Fi access.

Get in

By bus or car

It's seven to ten hours' drive along the scenic Ilocos Highway from Manila to Vigan. Partas Bus Co., Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, and St. Joseph/Aniceto Transit have regular trips to Vigan. Bus lines like Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Farinas Transit, Maria de Leon, Florida, and RCJ Transit have regular trips plying the Manila-Laoag route, which passes by Vigan.

By plane

Interisland Airlines [1] flies to Mindoro Airport [2], also known as Vigan Airport, the airport serving the general area of Vigan City. Alternately, you could go to Laoag's airport (1.5 hours by car), the Laoag International Airport. Philippine Airlines flies to from Laoag everyday of the week from Manila. Cebu Pacific flies daily from Manila.

Get around

A fun throwback to colonial days are the calesa horse-drawn carriages that still clip-clop through Vigan's streets. Rates for calesa rides should be the same as those for the many tricycles (P8-P10 within the city limits) that will undoubtedly by vying for your custom. But you could also hire a private calesa for around ₱150 per hour. Unless you're absolutely sure you have a tour guide that will give you in depth information about the sites you're visiting, A whole day calesa adventure for about ₱1000 (roughly 6-7 hours) would be advisable. You can take your time visiting the sites and not being rushed by a guide, as well as picking and choosing the areas you want to visit.

See

St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral
  • The Mestizo District offers a wonderful glimpse into the Philippines' colonial past. The ancestral houses were mostly built by Chinese traders using a mixture of local, Asian and Spanish architectural styles. Movie fans recognize the streets from the movie Born on the Fourth of July. If someone looks closely, there are still evidence left from the shooting, e.g. signs in Spanish but hastily and thinly painted over with white paint.
  • St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral (admission free) was built by Augustinians around 1790 and features a unique design intended to minimize earthquake damage; a style that came to be known as "earthquake baroque". Look out for the brass communion handrails forged in China, complete with Chinese characters scrawled by its ancient installers (if you look closely). The eight-sided bell tower is just south of the cathedral. Its position was actually the safety measure of the earthquake baroque style: it was built separately from the church so that it would not topple into the church in the event of an earthquake. Its eight-sided design reflects its Chinese Feng-shui influences. One would look closely inside the cathedral and one would find the tombstone of the great Ilocano poet Leona Florentino (in the column near the entrance facing Plaza Burgos).
  • Just adjacent to the Cathedral is the Archbishop's Residence, which dates back to the Spanish Era--the oldest archbishop's residence still in use in the Philippines.
  • Plaza Salcedo west of the cathedral features a 17th Century monument to Juan de Salcedo, and was also the site of resistance leader Gabriela Silang's public hanging in 1763.
  • Plaza Burgos is a favourite hang out for locals. It is also used for staging major public events. It has also food stalls selling native snacks, notably the empanada.
  • The Ayala Museum used to be the home of Father Jose Burgos but now houses Ilocano artifacts, weapons, kitchen utensils, basketry, costumes, jewellery and Burgos Memorabilia. There are also some dioramas showing important events in the history of Ilocos Sur, and a mini library. Beside the museum is the Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail, where the Philippines first Ilocano president, the late Pres. Elpidio Quirino, was born.
  • The Crisologo Museum used to be the home of the late Congressman Floro Crisologo and wife Carmeling, former governor of Ilocos Sur. It contains memorabilia of the late Congressman.
  • The Syquia Mansion used to be the Vigan residence of President Elpidio Quirino. There are memorabilia inside the residence, which includes a campaign portrait of Quirino.

Do

  • Take a swim at the nearby Mindoro Beach Resort.
  • Visit Baluarte, the governor's fortress. It also features a mini zoo with exotic animals and you can get a free ride with the small horses.
  • Try your hand at pottery. Vigan's Pagburnayan makes burnay jars which are made of clay kneaded by carabao and fire-blasted in a huge kiln.
  • Ride a kalesa, a horse-drawn carriage, around Vigan and the surrounding towns.
  • Witness old women weave abel at Camangaan.
  • Visit St. Augustine Church in nearby Bantay and climb up its belfry to get a breath-taking view of the town.
  • Join the Viva Vigan, Kannawidan, and Binatbatan Festivals when it happens.
  • Try the Heritage River Tour, with its main base at Celedonia Garden in Beddeng Laud.

Buy

There are dozens of antique and souvenir shops dotted about the city, particularly on Crisologo and Plaridel Streets in the mestizo district. Although some of the antiques are only reproductions, you'll still enjoy browsing odd items, religious paraphernalia (look out for the toddler Jesus figurines) and some unique foods. You can also buy hand-rolled cigars, sold in packs of three.

You can buy native handwoven abel cloth at the Vigan Public Market, as well as delicacies like longganisa (native pork sausages) and bagnet (deep-fried crispy pork) at its Meat Section.

You can also go to the San Ildefonso area buy Basi (Sugarcane Wine) or Duhat Wine

Eat and Drink

Popular snack stands along Plaza Burgos serve up a variety of local treats, among others, like:

  • sinanglao (soup made from beef innards)
  • arroz caldo (rice soup with chicken)
  • miki (flat noodles in a thick soup with meat bits and sometimes drizzled with eggs)
  • empanada (turnover with a filling of eggs, Vigan longganisa/sausage and vegetables wrapped in a rice flour crust/shell)
  • okoy (a pancake made with local shrimp).

Nobody should leave Vigan without tasting their empanada. It is a different concoction from the flour-based empanada that one usually knows.

Royal Bibingka is very popular at Tongson's Royal Bibingka, #8 Florentino St., Vigan City--just a street away from Plaza Burgos.

Also, one should have a try of the Vigan longganisa which is spicy unlike its Pampanga counterpart which is sweetish.

There is also a delicacy called tinubong, a sticky sweet rice cake that's sold in bamboo tubes, and you have to break the bamboo to eat the sticky sweet rice inside. They are usually sold in the Heritage Village in bundles of three to five.

Fried tasty corn (cornick) can also be bought in the various stalls. It comes plain or flavoured.

Native sugar is also made in surrounding towns and barangays of Vigan. However, they are in the form of tagapulot (molasses) and balikutsa (a very hard sugar concoction shaped into scrolls).

Also try the Basi, a local wine (native rum) made from sugarcane.

Sleep

  • Villa Angela Heritage house, #26 Quirino Blvd (Two Streets away from Calle Crisologo), +63 77 722-2914, +63 2 425-6473, +63 927 894 0610, [3]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Villa Angela Heritage House is actually more like a house than a typical hotel. The owners decided to keep the house like how it was during the time of their ancestors, except that with the modern comforts of air-conditioning, cable TV, and en suite toilet and bath have been installed. There are only six rooms or one room of each type. The rooms on the ground floor used to be storage areas for harvest from the farms until they were converted into dormitory rooms to accommodate bigger groups. WiFi zone start at ₱1500/night. All the rates include breakfast.
  • Hotel Salcedo De Vigan, V. de los Reyes corner General Luna Streets, +63 (77) 722-1200, +63 (77) 722-2798, [4]. Their air-conditioned rooms are very spacious. They have an elegant restaurant serving superb local and international cuisine.
  • Grandpa's Inn (1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd; phone: (6377)722-2118; fax: (6377)722-1446; email: grandpas_inn@yahoo.com; rooms from P730) is in a charming old residence and is also one of the cheapest options in town. The downstairs restaurant serves good food (from ₱60) and even espresso (₱40). Room with ensuite,AC ₱1780. Room with share bathroom, fan ₱730 with cable TV and WIFI.
  • Ciudad Fernandina Hotel, 26 Mabini St., cor. Plaridel St., +63 77 722-3765, [5]. All rooms in Ciudad Fernandina Hotel are equipped with safe, cable television, air conditioning, electronic door lock, hot and cold shower. Some of its facilities are restaurant, bar and function room. Rates start at ₱2,236.00.
  • Taj Resort, Pantay daya, Vigan, (077)722-7476.
  • R.F. Anicieto Mansion Hotel, near Plaza Burgos, (077)-722-2383/fax: 722-2384.
  • Vigan Plaza Hotel, Mena Crisologo Street, Brgy 2 (near Plaza Burgos), +63 77 7221527, 77 6320317, 2 2461501, [6]. Showcasing Spanish-Colonial accommodations combined with modern luxury. Rates start at PHP 2,100.
  • Vigan Hotel, Burgos Street, (077)-722-2588. Basic hotel in an old colonial house with old-style wooden floors and furniture. The rooms are very basic but acceptable. At 500 php for double, this is one of the few budget option. No food, breakfast or whatever. PHP 500-800. (17.5780740,120.3802806)
  • La Feliza Tourist Inn, # 8 V. delos Reyes St., (077)-722-2994.
  • Mom's Courtyard, Bongtolan, (077)-722-2105.
  • Socio-Pastoral Center, besides the Archbishop Palace, (077)-722-1442.
  • Cordillera Inn, Crisologo St., (077)-722-2727
  • El Juliana Hotel, 5 Liberation Blvd. Cor Quirino Blvd., (077)-722-2994/09123508350
  • NSCC PLAZA, Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Caoayan, (077)7223281, [7].
  • Gordion Hotel,

V. delos Reyes corner Salcedo Sts. Manila Line: (02) 246-1502 Phone:(077)-722-2526 / 722-2565 Mobile Phone: 09088915612 / 0922-878-4657 Email Address: reservation@vigangordionhotel.com Website: http://www.vigangordionhotel.com Check in at 1PM Checkout at 12Noon Room Rates start at Php 2000 per night with breakfast for 2. A hotel set in and around an ancestral home. It is the only twin ancestral house with a courtyard and romantic ruins, where old touches like furnishings and memorabilia from another era perfectly complement the comfortable modern day amenities for sleeping or unwinding. Tour Packages available. Affiliated with Gordion Travel and Tours

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Road from Cervantes to Bontoc

It is possible to cross from Vigan (or anywhere in Ilocos) straight into the Mountain Province (Bontoc, Sagada) and Ifugao (Banaue), without returning south to Baguio. To reach the Cordillera, you can take the following route:

1. Take an early bus from Vigan to Tagudin (for example a Partas bus heading to Manila/Baguio) and tell the driver you want to get off at Bitalag (₱150).

2. Take a van from Bitalag to Cervantes, which leaves between 7-8am, sometimes 9am depending on how many people are travelling (₱150, 2 hours). The vans run roughly every three hours until 5pm, but this strongly depends on the number of people travelling. The route takes you through the Bessang Pass National Park and is very picturesque.

3. At Cervantes, take a tricycle to the bridge (₱40), then cross the hanging bridge on foot.

4. On the other side of the bridge, take a van going to Tadian at 1pm (45 minutes, P50) and continuing to Bauko (another 15 minutes, ₱70 in total).

5. In Bauko there are plenty of vans going to Bontoc (1 hour, ₱50). If you want to continue to Sagada (50 minutes, ₱45), tell the driver you want to get there and he will point you where the jeepneys to Sagada are parked.

You can easily make this trip in a day and you arrive before sunset in Sagada.




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