May 27, 2010

Visiting Vigan

What a wonderful day it has been here in this beautiful Heritage City of Vigan. It was a sunny Sunday (last Sunday) when we set foot to visit Vigan City. It was about 400 kilometers from Manila, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vigan is the capital city of Ilocos Sur located on the west coast of northern Luzon. One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout the center of the city. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia with a unique European atmosphere. Several museums exist for the many national heroes that were born here. Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. The name Vigan was derived from "Bigaa Apo", (Alcasia Macroniza) a giant taro plant that grows abundantly along the banks of the Mestizo River. Below are some of our photos along Crisologo Street and St. Paul's Cathedral;

Getting there 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 buses going directly to Vigan. Bus lines like Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Farinas Transit, Maria de Leon, and RCJ Transit have regular buses plying the Manila-Laoag route, which passes by Vigan.

Note: Some photos are courtesy of Asia A. and many thanks to Joy D. for a warm accommodation in her grandmother’s house

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