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Plaza Salcedo - a square with fountain
Plaza Salcedo is a quieter place to relax. It is a bigger square than Plaza Burgos which is just next to it. It has a fountain, some cartwheels swings for you to relax.
Plaza Salcedo features the 17th century San Juan de Salcedo monument, the oldest of its kind in Northern Luzon. This is the place where Gabriela Silang, the first revoluntionary woman in the Philippines was executed by public hanging on Sep. 20, 1763. It was originally designed to have 4 sunken gardens, representing the 4 seasons in western countries, the present lagoon was constructed only in the early 1970s as a convenient reservoir of water in response to the occurrances of conflagrations in Vigan.
Around Plaza Salcedo you will also find a patch of ground that features miniatures wonders of the world. There is also a miniature model of the Vigan Heritage village.
See more pics attached and my travelogue on Plaza Salcedo
Address: Burgos Street
Directions: next to Plaza Burgos, Jollibee, Chow King and walking distance from Cathedral of St Paul,
Plaza Burgos - monument and statue
Plaza Burgos is one of the popular landmarks. It is actually a square where there is a small playground and an area for children to skateboard. A stage is also placed in front of the square. It is the most hang out place by the locals because of its strategic location (it's near to the Foodcourt, Chow King, McDonalds, Plaza Salcedo and Cathedral of St.Paul). When we were there, there was a motorbike exhibition held in the square.
There is a monument and a statue of A.Burgos in the square to commemorate Father Jose Apolonio Burgos, a brilliant scholar who was one of the ecclesiastical reformists of 1872 who championed the cause of Filipino clergy.
See pic of Plaza Burgos by moonlight .. a different feel.
Address: Burgos Street
Directions: walking distance from Plaza Salcedo, Jollibee, Chowking, Cathedral of St.Paul.
Ruby Jar Factory
We hired a kalesa that took us to Ruby Pottery, which is about 10minutes ride from Crisologo Street. Ruby Jar Factory is recognised in 1990 by the National Commission for cultures and the Arts as the National Folk Artist for his exceptional skill and ingenuity in the traditional craft of jar making thereby significantly contributing to the conservation of the precious culture heritage of Vigan.
The "Burnay" industry preseded the arrival of the Spanish colonizers in the Philippines. Introduced by the early Chinese settlers, the "Burnay" served as an all weather container of local products for shipment to China and other Asian kingdoms in pre-colonial times. "Burnay" is also used in the fermentation of fish sauce, vinegar and "Basi", the Ilocano wine from sugar cane juice.
Once you reached Ruby Jar Factory, you will see lots of jars, vases and pots outside being displayed/for sale. Alongside, you will find some souvenier shops selling local crafts and also miniature vases/pots/jars. You are allowed to enter into the factory to see the process on how pottery is being done.
See pictures on step by step on how pottery is carried out.
Address: junction bet. Gomez St. and Liberation Blvd
Directions: get on a kalesa or tricycle - about 10minutes ride from the Crisologo Street
hmm... it's not easy as it seems..
Kalesa, the horse drawn carriage, is a popular form of transport within the city of Vigan. It is cheap and convenient. For a short ride it's about 7.5pesos. For longer distance, the Municipal has approved the driver to charge a fee of 150pesos for an hour ride. The kalesa can comfortably takes 2 passengers on the carriage. Some has a stool in the carriage - which means it can take 3 passengers. There was one kalesa I saw which took about 5 people in the carriage.... pooor horse!!!!
People who are short (ie shorter legs for that matter)... you will need help when getting onto the kalesa... (look at the pic of me struggling to get onto the kalesa)... phew!... and now that i am in, i need to think of how to get off the kalesa..ha..ha..ha.. see more pictures..
Sitting on the kalesa is real fun .... sway with it.
Address: anywhere in Vigan
Directions: lots and lots of them ....
St Augustine Parish Church of Bantay
St. Augustine Parish Church of Bantay is one of the oldest churches of Ilocos Sur. It is richly painted with deep brown. It was built in 1590, with Fr.Montoya Osa, as the Parish Priest. It was named after St Augustine, the Patron saint by the Augustine Friars. It was damaged during the World War II but was reconstructed in 1950.
The restored facade is of neo-gothic design mixed with pseudo romansque elements. The site of the Church has the scene of fighting during the uprising led by Diego Silang in 1763.
The Bell Tower is just next to the Church.
See attached pictures for close-ups and the interior of the Church
Address: out of Vigan City proper.
Directions: have the kalesa or the tricycle to take you there. It it next to the Bell Tower. It is about 5 - 10minutes ride from Crisologo Street.
Bell Tower is on top of a small hill
Bell Tower is on top of a little hill. It is located next to St. Augustine Parish Church of Bantay. The Tower is constructed by red bricks and you are allowed to enter the Tower via a small gate at the base of the Tower. We did not enter the Tower but went near to the entrance. We can hear lots of birds making noises inside the Tower - looks like it's home to the birds.
From Bell Tower, since it's on elevated ground, you can have a good view of the township of Vigan.
See more pictures of Bell Tower and the township of Vigan taken from Bell Tower
Directions: hop on a tricycle or a kalesa will get you there - about 5-10minutes ride from Crisologo Street
busy, busy, busy - Vigan Public Market
Vigan Public Market is huge - it has 2 storeys. It is one of the busiest place, especially in the morning. Traffic is everywhere - lots of tricycles, jeepneys and pedestrians. You can buy almost anything there.
To get there, you can hire a kalesa or a tricycle .
Directions: can be reached via De Pilar St. Ext , Jose Singson St or the Alcantara St.
Simbaan a Bassit
Simbaan a Bassit is a cemetery chapel. Next to the chapel, there is a compound with many coffins. Historian Alberto Lacsamana writes that the "uniqueness of the chapel lies in its being the only one in the region having an espadana hung with bells".
See more pics on the interior of chapel and the compounds filled with coffins..
Address: along Liberation Blvd, end of Quezon Ave
Directions: near to Vigan Public Market
corner lot - the Syquia Mansion
Syquia Mansion - A Heritage House pursuant to a board resolution passed in the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines.
It is a concrete and wood building in 2 storey located at one of the corners of Quirino Blvd. The ground floor is made of concrete and is painted with blue and creme paints while the upper floor is made of wood. We could not find any attendant there so there was no way we could go in to have a look as it was locked. We had a peek at one of the open windows and saw that the inside of the building was vast but empty except for some big paintings on the wall. The whole building is badly maintained and looks abandoned.
Address: at one of the corners at Quirino Blvd.
Directions: To get there from Crisologo Street, go towards Gordion Inn, cross the lane and you will find it.
The statue of Leona Florentina is located in front of the Max's restaurant, the entrance towards Calle Crisologo, the cobblestone street.
On the statue was inscribed the life of Leona Florentina. She was born on April 19, 1848 and was a famous Ilocano poet, satirist and playwriter during the Spanish period. Through her exemplary works, she was able to gain international recognition. Her works were translated in different languages but the original copies were destroyed during the Philippines revolution.
She died on Oct 4, 1884, leaving a legacy to the Filipino people as the most outstanding woman writer during the Spanish era.
Her former home , which is now converted into the Vigan Culture & Trade Center, is located at Florentino St.
Address: right in front of Max's Restaurant
Directions: when you go into the Crisologo Street, you will see it.
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