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“Vigan City”
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2 reviews
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“Vigan City”
Reviewed June 20, 2009

Out of our many destinations in Ilocos, we decided to spend our first day and night at Vigan City. You should check in at a hotel along the Crisologo Street, where you can enjoy the view of the heritage village and enjoy strolling on the cobblestone walkways. read more on http://no-permanent-address.blogspot.com/2009/04/ilocos-sur.html

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“The Vigan City Travel Time”
Reviewed June 5, 2009

Vigan City in Ilocos Sur is a four and a half drive away from Baguio. This city has a lot of things to offer specially if you're into historical sites, antiques and very much of a Filipino cultural heritage. A trip to Vigan would not be complete without a kalesa ride. For a hundred fifty peso per hour, a local kutchero will tour you around the city. First stop, the Bantay Bell Tower. This red-bricked bell tower is truly astonishing! You can see this renowned bell tower from travel magazines to movies and TV ads. Next spot is Padre Jose Burgos' House just across the city plaza. Relics and century-aged stuffs of the late martyr was displayed. From an old harp to an old set of fridge, you can really feel the colonial atmosphere! Another must-visit place is the Hidden Garden. It has a wide array of all kinds of plants from bonsai plants to orchids to herbal plants, all are there! You can also see there the photos of some famous celebrities who visited the place like Gabby Concepcion and Angel Aquino. After that nature visit, next stop is the Syquia Mansion of the late President Elpidio Quirino and his First Lady. From the entrance, a twenty peso fee is collected for the maintenance of the mansion. Not bad at all, I guess! Well, inside of the mansion are some of the late President's shoes, hats and some pictures when he was still the President of the Philippines. At the second floor of the mansion, a replica of Juan Luna's Spolarium will astound you. Some of the paintings are portraits of his family like the President and his wife's wedding portrait done by the National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo. Old carriage are also being displayed where, according to the guide, was used by the President and his family whenever they attend Sunday masses. Last stop is the ever famous Calle Crisologo, where Spanish-inspired stone houses are built hundreds of years ago. It really draws you back the feeling of 1800's atmosphere. There are a lot of souvenir and antique shops to choose from. Restaurants and hotels are also lined-up there. Kalesas are the only vehicle allowed to pass by the street. Calle Crisologo is one of UNESCO's World Heritage site and you can precisely see the government's effort in preserving the area.

Experience Vigan at its best! Schedule a trip down Ilocos Sur's capital now and feel the warmth of an authentic Ilocano hospitality...

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