Ilocandia Adventure: Vigan

After leaving Subic for a new job at Moog in Baguio City, I had this itch to travel ~ see new places and do new adventures. Thanks to my friend – Aleli Guevarra, we shared the same love for travel.
This is our first travel together last March 2009. It’s a two (2) day trip to explore the wonders of Ilocos.
Yeah, it’s been six (6) years since our first trip, let’s do another one Lei! Miss you so much! 💋

Welcome to Ilocos Sur!

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Vigan City is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list since December 2, 1999 for it’s unique spanish colonial history in Asia and the very well preserved spanish monumental buildings which where build in the 18th century.

There are so many hotels that you can stay but we decided to take a rest at Vigan Hotel. Vigan Hotel is located at the corner of Burgos and De los Reyes streets. This converted Vigan heritage house also has its own restaurant and has wi-fi services. They offer spacious air-conditioned rooms as well as fan rooms, all of which come with breakfast. The hotel also has a two level parking for their guests’ car safety. A good indicator of how customer-centered they are is their accommodation of guest requests for early check-in.

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Before exploring the city, be sure to eat your breakfast first. I was fascinated as the architecture of the store showcase the Vigan heritage.

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And then were off to explore this historical city and the best way to do it — ride a kalesa. The kalesa is basically a horse drawn carriage.

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Bantay BellTower. It is  popular among local tourists because scenes of the well-known Filipino film Panday were shot within and around the belfry.

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Never miss the Vigan Musuem. It has the original copy of the Noli Me Tangere of Jose Rizal.

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Pagburnayan or Jar Making.

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The Syquia Mansion which houses President Qurino’s extensive memorabilia is actually owned by his wife, Dona Alicia Quirino. Her ancestor was a Chinese who made his fortune in the robust trading in Vigan. The first lady’s grand ancestral home was where some of the President’s functions were held during his administration so it is not only worth a visit for the presidential memorabilia but also for the feel of the magnificent and historical gatherings that have taken place amongst the elegant furnishings.

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There is  a huge replica of Juan Luna’s Spolarium, which was painted by the national hero and painter’s assistant.

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Truly, Vigan is one of Philippines’ most beautiful cities! See it to believe. 🙂

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