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Vigan

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[[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]].
 
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==
===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.
===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.
===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.
==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 150php ₱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 ₱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==
==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 sand clay kneaded by carabao and fire-blasted in a huge kiln.* Ride a '''calesakalesa''', 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.
==Buy==
 
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.
==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)
==Sleep==
* <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>
* <sleep name=[http://expattraveller.blogspot.com/ link "Villa Angela Heritage houseHotel Salcedo De Vigan"]alt="" address="#26 Quirino Blvd, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur 2700, PhilippinesV. de los Reyes corner General Luna Streets" directions="2 Streets away from Calle Crisologo" phone="+63 (77) 722-29141200, +63 (277) 722-6947, +63 (2) 425-6473, +63939-364-42822798" url="http://www.villangelahotelsalcedodevigan.com/" checkin="2:00 PM" checkout="12:00 PM the next day" price="Rates start at Php 1500/night. All the rates include breakfast" lat="" long="" rates="Start at P1500/night. All the rates include breakfast" on="on" official="official" website="http://www.villangela.com" start="start" at="at" php="Php">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. Hence, the rooms: Cuarto del Senor (Master bedroom at P2500/night), Cuarto delas Hijas (Girls room at P2800/night), Cuarto delos Hijos (Boys room at P2800/night), Cuarto Pequeno (literally "small room" -Their air- used to be the boy's study room at P1500/night). The conditioned rooms on the first floor used to be storage areas for harvest from the farms. These were converted into Dormitory rooms to accommodate bigger groups. The rates mentioned are applicable during the regular seasonvery spacious. Staying here in Villa Angela would give you the authentic Vigan Heritage experience with the true feel of the fast vanishing lifestyle of yesteryears. Though all rooms are equipped with the modern comforts of air-conditioning, cable TV, exclusive toilet They have an elegant restaurant serving superb local and bath and more; the classic heritage identity is preserved. Accommodation is personalized so special requests like tours and transfers assistance, home service massage, etc are always given. Villa Angela is now a WiFi zoneinternational cuisine. Please visit http://www.villangela.com</sleep> *'''Gordion Hotel''',V. delos Reyes corner Salcedo Sts.2700 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, PhilippinesManila Line: (02) 246-1502 Phone:(077)-722-2526 / 722-2565 Mobile Phone: 09088915612 / 0922-878-4657 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.vigangordionhotel.comCheck 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, located right at the heart of Vigan City--UNESCO World Heritage Village. 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
* '''Grandpa's Inn''' (''1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd; phone: (6377)722-2118; fax: (6377)722-1446; email: [email protected]; 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).
* <sleep name="Ciudad Fernandina Hotel Salcedo De Vigan" alt="" address="V26 Mabini St. de los Reyes corner General Luna Streets, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur 2700, Philippinescor. Plaridel St." directions="" phone="+63 (77) 722-1200, +63 (77) 722-27983765" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelsalcedodeviganciudadfernandinavigan.com/.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" rates="rates" on="on" official="official" website="website" start="Rates start" at="at" php="Php₱2,236.00">Your stay at Vigan city will be more romantic if you'll stay All rooms in Ciudad Fernandina Hotel Salcedo De Vigan. Their are equipped with safe, cable television, air-conditioned rooms are very spacious conditioning, electronic door lock, hot and well-appointedcold shower. They have a casual yet elegant setting to enjoy superb local Some of its facilities are restaurant, bar and international cuisine. Visit their website: wwwfunction room.hotelsalcedodevigan.com</sleep> * '''Grandpa's Inn''' (''1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd; phone: (6377)722-2118; fax: (6377)722-1446; email: [email protected]; rooms from P500'') 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 (P35).
*'''Taj Resort''', Pantay daya, Vigan, (077)722-7476.
* <sleep name="Vigan Plaza Hotel" alt="" address="Mena Crisologo Street, Brgy 2" directions="near Plaza Burgos" phone="+63 77 7221527, 77 6320317, 2 2461501" url="http://www.viganplazahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates start at PHP 2,100" lat="" long="">Showcasing Spanish-Colonial accommodations combined with modern luxury.</sleep>
*<sleep long="120.3802806" address="Burgos Street" lat="17.5780740" price="PHP 500-800" name="Vigan Hotel" phone="(077)-722-2588" >Basic hotel in an old colonial house with old-stile style wooden floors and furnituresfurniture. 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.</sleep>
*'''La Feliza Tourist Inn''', # 8 V. delos Reyes St., (077)-722-2994.
*'''Cordillera Inn''', Crisologo St., (077)-722-2727
*'''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>
*'''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: [email protected]
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
 
==Get out==
[[File:Road from Cervantes to Bontoc.jpg|thumb|350px|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:
*'''Fernandina Hotel & Restaurant''', 26 A1. Mabini St., 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 (077₱150)-722-2964.
*'''El Juliana Hotel'''2. Take a van from Bitalag to [[Cervantes]], which leaves between 7-8am, sometimes 9am depending on how many people are travelling (₱150, 5 Liberation Blvd2 hours). Cor Quirino BlvdThe 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 (077₱40)-722-2994/09123508350, then cross the hanging bridge on foot. *<sleep name="NSCC PLAZA" alt="" address="Don Alejandro Quirolgico4. On the other side of the bridge, Caoayantake a van going to Tadian at 1pm (45 minutes, Metro ViganP50) and continuing to Bauko (another 15 minutes, Ilocos Sur " directions="" phone="(077₱70 in total)7223281" url="www.coopnscc.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
==Get out==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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