As I was browsing my old photos, I saw this:
|Calle Crisologo, Heritage Village
This is the most photographed site in Vigan City. You haven’t been to Vigan City without taking a walk here (maybe I can compare it with Intramuros). This “calle” (street) would bring us back to the Spanish era with its ancestral houses, cobblestone road, and the transportation during their days, the “kalesa” (horse-drawn carriage).
I got this shot 7 years ago (using our Old 2MP Canon set on Sepia mode).
The past weeks, I was tracing back why I love travel & photography. I learned that I seriously started traveling during college and my passion for exploring places became unstoppable.
|Vigan Pottery (click image to enlarge)
1. Pagburnayan. “Burnay” or jars here are different from what we see in our homes. These are more durable because of the sand/clay used. I can still remember their was a carabao helping the potter in one of his pottery-making. I hope they still do that today.
2. Taste their Special Empanada (buy from the plaza) and take home some “longganisa” for pasalubong. 7 years ago the Vigan Empanada is just PhP20, I think it costs P35 already.
3. Hidden Garden. A place of solitude, an escape from the busy Manila streets. Replete with lush collection of “bromeliads, ferns, palms, bamboo and bonsai.” There’s a coffee shop too. I can still remember Mr. Flores as he toured us on his garden 7 years ago. He was very accommodating and he shared how he created each artwork in his garden. You can take the tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to Brgy.Bulala at Hidden Garden. Website: http://www.hiddengardenvigan.com.ph
4. Bantay Belfry. Built in 1591, this bellfry stands tall on a hill. Climbing to this would reawrd you the view of Vigan City. It also served as the people’s watchtower to alert them against enemies. Just a 15-minute drive from the city proper and is located at Bantay district.
Helpful sites before visiting Vigan:
Vigan is about 9 hours of travel by bus from Manila (reserve your ticket first):
AUTO BUSLaong-laan cor. Dimasalang Sts.
Telephone (632) 7436873
FARIñAS TRANSITLaong-laan cor. M. dela Fuente Sts.
Telephone (632) 7438580 loc. 103 & 105
PARTAS TRANSITAurora Blvd. cor. Bernardo St.
Cubao, Quezon City
Telephone (632) 7257303/7251740
Alternatively, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Laoag City, Ilocos Norte which is just a 2-hour bus ride going to Vigan City.