What’s best in Vigan, Ilocos Sur Philippines?
Vigan Ilocos Sur Philippines is acclaimed to be the most historical place in the Philippines, specifically, it’s a historic Spanish colonial era.
Turn back in time in the Spanish colonial era with Vigan’s Calle Crisologo. Be amazed at all the beautiful Spanish-styled homes while riding a “caleza”, a cart pulled by a horse or horses, on a cobbled stone street.
If you have a fancy about fountains, then head straight to Plaza Salcedo where you can see dancing fountain shows. Let your jaw dropped with the play of water and lights that produce a magnificent fountain dance, perfectly syncing with the music background.
Are you a history fanatic of a certain place? Then head to Mestizo River and try the river cruise. Every station will show you how and what events took place, why it is called Vigan and how the other places in Vigan came to be.
But if animals are what makes you excite, then why not visit Baluarte Zoo, home to several free-roaming animals. Just don’t panic if a camel walks alongside with you.
If you love pottery, then drop by at the Pagburnayan where earthen pots are made from.
The visit to Vigan Ilocos Sur Philippines is never complete without stopping by at the place’s several great mansions. First is the National Museum of The Philippines of the country’s past President, Elpidio Quirino. Although Vigan is his birthplace, Syquia Mansion is actually owned his wife. Be mesmerized by the exquisite antique collections in the mansion and its numerous secret rooms.
There is also the Arce Mansion, one of the oldest structures in the Philippines. It holds numerous collections of costumes of the Philippines and other countries that colonized her.
If you’re fond of old architecture, then visit the old huge houses in Vigan such as the Quema house, Donato house, and Nolasco house.
The National Museum of The Philippines, Ilocos Complex is also located in Vigan. Although originally it was the home of one of three Philippine-martyred priests, Fr. Jose Burgos.
Not to be outdone are Vigan’s beautiful coastlines and beaches. Standing among the rest is the Sta. Catalina Beach Resort. Although the coastline is black sand, the water’s cleanliness and the surrounding’s scenic views make it up its weak spot.
You won’t end your visit here without savoring Vigan’s popular “empanada”, a stuffed fried bread.
So grab your backpack now!