Calle Crisologo is a well-preserved part of Vigan City that will take you back in time. You will experience an authentic Spanish colonial atmosphere. This four block street made of cobblestones is the most visited site in Vigan.
So when I travel north to Ilocandia, I was full of astonishment to finally see the Heritage City of Vigan, the capital City of the Province of Ilocos Sur known to be the only heritage city in the whole Philippines.
Vigan City is one of my dream destinations in the country. It is incredibly exceptional among the other cities and towns in the Philippine because it is the country’s oldest surviving Spanish colonial city that dates back to the 16th-century colonial period. The experience of walking in cobblestone and have our picture in a late afternoon dusk brings the whole set back in the colonial period.
Calle Crisologo is alive during night time. The streets were filled with shops selling native goods and souvenirs.
Vigan is also well known for Burnay or earthenware. This skill started with Chinese immigrants who used pottery as their livelihood during the pre-colonial period. Today, it continues to be a livelihood for Ilocanos.
The burnays were first used as storage for water, salt, sugar, local wine (basi) and bagoong. Locals believe that wine and bagoong have a more enriched flavor when stored in these jars. Nowadays, people use them for house and garden decorations.
You will get a chance to experience how to mold the clay. It looks easy, but for a first-timer like me, it was very difficult but you can get the hang of it in a long run. it was a quick yet educational experience because you have to control the pressure with your hand to mold the clay perfectly.
Baluarte literally means fortress, but inside is a unique surprise. It is not something built with stone used to defend against an attack. Mr. Chavit Singson is the owner of Baluarte that is a popular zoo with an adopted tiger. This 80-hectare zoo houses different animals namely monkeys, ostriches, flamingos, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, pythons, albino and dotted deer, horses, one-hump camels, swans, different species of birds and many more.
You can also witness live animal shows, drive a carriage around the field or have a picnic. No entrance fee!
Every night people both local and tourist would flock in the center of the town (Plaza Salcedo ) waiting for the dancing fountains synced with music and lights. Every night people both local and tourist would flock in the center of the town (Plaza Salcedo ) waiting for the dancing fountains synced with music and lights. Local and Foreign tourist fills the place when the show starts.
We took back lasting memories that proved it really is more fun in the Philippines.