Monday, April 18, 2011

Touring Ilocos Sur (Vigan City)

self-organized budget diy backpacking trip dedicated for my office friends
august 20-23, 2010

ilocos norte expedition (pagudpud and nearby towns)



woke up around 6am, have our breakfast and then head to the plaza around 10am to wait for ordinary bus bound to laoag, ilocos norte's capital. after over 2hours, we arrived and asked locals for the last trip to vigan city which was 4pm. have our lunch 1st and since we only have almost 3 hours to spent there, we have decided to just visit only the fort ilocandia, famous hotel in ilocos. some photo-ops and we rode to their shuttle bus bound to downtown. there we goes, our bus will now going to vigan.

calle crisologo at night

vigan church

important note (ilocos sur):
Ilocos Sur's history reflects that of the Philippine history in its entirety. In Vigan, the Villa Fernandina founded in 1574 by Juan de Salcedo, grandson of the Adelantado Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, markers and inscriptions can be found throughout the city. Following the exploration and conquest of the Ilocos by the Castillan sword, the evangelization of the inhabitants was pursued with the characteristic zeal of the Augustinian missionaries. The stone churches built over the centuries reflect Spanish power that held sway in union with the Church. It is thus interesting to read the marker found near the door of the Vigan Cathedral, placed there by the Philippine Historical Committee.

ILOCOS SUR vigan at night
past 7pm we arrived on this city. since this was only a do-it-yourself trip, we searched first for a cheapest hostel. we have found approximately 200 meters away to calle crisologo. then we have our dinner and spent calle crisologo night shots. we went home around 11pm.

vigan at night (hem apartelle)

bell tower



ILOCOS SUR vigan at day

we woke up at 7am and have a kalesa as our tour service. we did the following tourist spots in order.
1. vigan church - located in front of the plaza
2. bell tower - overlooking panoramic view of vigan city
3. pottery making - somehow hands-on for tourist
4. baluarte - chavit singson's hacienda showcasing his animal collection
5. calle crisologo - spanish-like home community

after this event, we took our lunch near our apartelle while watching the hostage drama in luneta park hostaging hongkong nationals. you know what happened next to this issue. then we walk around over 500 meters for the bus terminal bound to manila.

vigan by day

calle crisologo by day

calle crisologo by day

cagayan river

some photos courtesy of jonnie, jame and andrei

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