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Vigan Heritage Village

Vigan is 130 km north of San Fernando (La Union) and, next to Intramuros in Manila, is the second greatest architectural legacy of the Spaniards. The difference is that many of the old houses in Vigan are still standing. In the latter half of the16th century, Vigan became a Spanish base.
Today Vigan is the best preserved Spanish town in the Philippines. You can almost smell the history here. It is well known as the birthplace of several national heroes, including Diego Silang and his brave wife, Gabriela and Padre Jose Burgos.
Vigan is especially impressive in the early morning, when the diffused light transforms the old town with its colonial houses and calesas into a scene reminescent of the 17th century, eg Mena Crisologo St is particularly beautiful. The old town is closed off to normal traffic until 10am, after which however the exhaust fumes are blasted out again with a vengeance. UNESCO has already approved money for the redevelopment of the old town centre, also known as "Vigan Heritage Village" with its over 180 so-called Vigan houses. Other places of interest includes Cathedral of St Paul, Bantay Church, Mindoro Beach, Burgos & Crisologo Museums, Museo Nueva Segovia in Arzobispado.

Bantay Church & Belltower

A famous church in the district of Bantay. The belltower, which is a few metres off to the side, used to serve as a watchtower for spying out possible attackers.

Burgos Museum

An interesting look into the life of Padre Jose Burgos, who was executed by the Spaniards in 1872.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lesson In Philippine History.
  • Cons:Old Accomodations.
  • In a nutshell:A Look Into The Past!
  • Last visit to Vigan: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 9, 2006
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Great place Vigan, we particularly enjoyed Crisologo Museum and the old Spanish Quarter, loved the empanadas, something for a change. Next time you go take the road from Tagudin that goes to Cervantes and Bassang Pass, wonderful scenery, much better than the road from Solano-Banaue-Bontoc!!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Must have felt wonderful travelling through the Heritage village in a horse and carriage, certainly looked delightful!

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Great tips on Vigan. I used to work in Vigan close to the Vigan Cathedral - as a Legal Provincial Officer of the Agrarian Reform! Missed the empanada, bibingka and the sinanglaw!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    that looks really fantastic. vigan is top of my list for places to visit on my next trip to the phillippines.

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Wow! I really should go here! It looks like a world apart! Haha! This really beats Silay! Silay doesn't even have a calesa! :) But Silay is interesting because all the haciendas houses during the sugar boom are there. :)


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