"Vigan" Philippines Things to Do Tip by machomikemd

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Unesco World Heritage Site.

Vigan is famous as a movie shooting location due to it's spanish heritage.From all over the Philippines, it is here in Vigan that this Spanish heritage of a Old Spanish Colonial Town is preserved and well maintained. The area is Calle Crisologo, a half-kilometer stretch of cobblestoned street lined with fine examples of 18th century Filipino-Spanish architecture. Calle Crisologo is also virtual tourist playground (or tourist trap). Among the buildings along the street are hotels, pension houses, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Many of the houses have those typical wooden benches in front where anyone can sit. And in the evening, dining establishments set up tables on the street so people can eat their dinner al fresco. Kalesas, or horse-drawn carriages, are the only vehicles allowed on the street. Due to this, it is now designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

another attraction in Vigan city is Baluarte Villa, This is the sprawling Mansion cum Villa of Ilocos Sur former Governor and Political Kingpin Chavit Singson. This sprawling estate covers about 20 hectares in Barangay Baluarte in Vigan city. The entrance is free and you can see assorted animals in the mini that Chavit has and breeds them like Mini ponies, Burmese Pythons, Bengal Tigers, Gazelles, Deers, ostrichs and others. You can just lounge around and see the animals or just enjoy the view. There is also a chapel and you can buy animal feeds to feed the animals.

another attraction and culnary masterpiece of Vigan is the Empanada. Empanadas are Everywhere in Ilocos Norte and Sur Provinces but the difference of the Empanadas of both Provinces is that the Longanisa Made in Vigan is more garlicky and the longanisa made in Laoag has more anise flavor. Empanada is a Spanish Invention. It is usually made using wheat flour and the fillings are porkmeat w/ potatoes and sweet peas but here in Ilocos, their version of the Empanada is done Using Orange Colored Rice Flour and the fillings are Ilocos Longanisa plus whole egg and chayote! it is sooo delicious and the dipping sour is the fermented Ilocos Vinegar (w/ a pungent smell but powerful flavor!). It is available practically everywhere in Ilocos Region and the price starts from 30 pesos for regular (no egg), 50 pesos all meat and 45 pesos Special (Meat + egg + chayote), Grab one Now!

available everywhere in Vigan City!

Address: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province, PH
Directions: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province, PH
Phone: (6377) 722-8776
Website: http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2008
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