Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Exploring the Hispanic Place in Vigan City

The original plan of our second day  tour was supposedly going to Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte. But it takes 2-4 hours on the road from Ilocos Sur to Bangui, Ilocos Norte, according to the local. We don't have enough time so we cancelled the plan and proceed to the plan B. If you travel on a particular place you should always have a plan B just in case you can’t make it to your plan A and also to avoid waste of time on your trip. That’s what I’ve learned!

On the other hand, our plan B was to discover around Vigan City:


We visited Crisologo Museum -it is the original Vigan ancestral house and houses the memorabilia of the Crisologos. You can see antiques inside the mansion. The old dress, shoes and the car was preserved where Hon. Carmeling Crislogo was ambushed on May 1961 and her perfume collections and more.

We also went to the National Museum – Padre Burgos House; the Vigan houses the memorabilia of the martyr-priest Jose Burgos.


After that, we dropped by at Fil-Spanish Friendship Park and Buridek Museum, with entrance fee for 15php – adult and 10php for students. The park is abundant of trees which you can relax and feel the fresh air. There are also the Buridek Children’s Museum which added the attraction in the place and the swimming pool and an open amphitheater. The Buridek Children’s Museum is a venue where the visitors learn the culture and the history of Vigan.


And Angkol (Uncle) as we call for him, our driver, along this trip brought us to Sulvec Watchtower – is located in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. It was built as lookout points for looming pirates. It is sturdy and magnificent structure built by the Spaniards.


Before we go back to Manila in the evening, we went back to Calle Crisologo to buy for a souvenir items like shirts, key chains, chichacorn and more.


How to get to Vigan City:

By land, from Manila to Vigan City is about eight hours ride along the picturesque Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned bus like Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Viron Transit and Aniceto Bus will take you to the Vigan City, it is route regularly.

Aniceto Bus fare is 420php for one way. That is so cheap, for me, among others.

By air, you can check on any airlines website going to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte and from Laoag City, it takes an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached via any transportation like Farinas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines and Florida Transit.

You can also ride a calesa for only 150.00php per hour, that’s if you want to experience a calesa ride around the area. And the best way to go around Vigan is on foot because it is exciting. The city center is small and compact. 

25 comments:

  1. wow fresh na fresh talaga .

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  2. It's like going back to the past with a time machine isn't it?

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    1. Yeah! It's really like that especially when you heard the history of a certain place.

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  3. Wow!Love those antiques at the museum.

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  4. Why didn't I hear about the Buridek Museum when I went there. It's probably a new establishment. Sabagay, it's been years already since my last visit. Di pa nga uso ang digital pic nun, ang mga photos ko film pa hehehe.

    Hmn, because of your post I am inspired to visit again ;)

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    1. Thanks, Nortehanon! :)

      It was so cute to have a film camera. :)

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  5. Probably some place I'll never go. Looks cool though!

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    1. But why? I guess you didn't like history. :)

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    2. Haha, yeah, it certainly wasn't my favorite subject.

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  6. Sorry Explorer...

    I thought I'm your follower already...but signed and following you now.
    It's not too late...peace:)

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  7. A couple of places here I have not been to :( Hopefully we get to revisit north before the rainy season.

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  8. haist! inggit to the max talaga ako dito pag Vigan area adventure :( i'll explore this soon I hope (crossing my fingers)

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  10. You give me an idea what places to visit while in Vigan.

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  11. Hi! We're planning na pumunta sa Vigan and right now nasa harap ako ng laptop ko searching about Vigan and its attractions. Do we reallly need a tour guide? Or pwedeng kami kami lang. Yung mga pwedeng pasyalan dun magkakalapit lang ba so pwedeng lakarin lang? :)

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    1. Hi Kelly! Hindi naman kailangan ng guide. Hire lang kayo ng tricycle para maikot kayo sa lugar.

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