The Cebuano in Ilocos: 5 Fun Things to See and Do in Vigan

Tired of the hustle and bustle of city living but don’t want to go camping, hiking, or diving, either? How about a quick but super fun excursion in beautiful Vigan?

The City of Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that every Cebuano (or Filipino) must visit at least once in their life. Visiting this beautiful city in Ilocos Sur is like stepping back in time. The city’s well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, with its ancestral homes and horse-drawn carriages, transports you to a bygone time.

Still couldn’t decide? Check out these 5 fun activities that will surely make you want to plan a trip right this very moment!

Explore Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

This pedestrian-only street is the heart of Vigan. Lined with colorful shops, ancestral homes, and other note-worthy structures, Calle Crisologo is truly a treasure chest of beauty and wonders. So put your walking shoes on and prepare to take tons of snaps. Also, be sure to have some extra space in your luggage because souvenir shopping at Calle Crisologo can be quite tempting.

Sample the Vigan Empanada

Vigan Empanada

No trip to Vigan is ever complete without a quick bite of the legendary Vigan empanada. And Irene’s, a local institution, serves up crispy, savory empanadas in various fillings. Forget the empanada that we know here in Cebu because Irene’s empanada is an entirely different ball game. And although the taste may not be what you’d expect, we’re sure that you’ll love it nonetheless!

Embark on a Museum Tour

VIgan Museum

Vigan is a treasure trove of cultural and historical gems. The best way for you to have access to them is by visiting any (if not all) of Vigan’s numerous museums. To know about local culture and history, you can check out the Vigan Conservation Complex or the National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos. If you’re into pottery, you shouldn’t miss the Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You can also visit the Crisologo Museum, the Vigan Cathedral, or the numerous Vigan mansions that are now open to the public.

Take a Kalesa Ride

Kalesa Ride

Hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic (or fun) tour of Vigan. Enjoy the steady rhythmic click-clacks as you move through the streets, feeling like you’ve been transported back centuries. If you’re lucky, you can have a fun and insightful chit-chat with the coachman who can give you hints and important information about some of Vigan’s most visited spots.

Watch the Dancing Fountain

Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountain

Just before dark, be sure to head to Plaza Salcedo right at the heart of Vigan, and be dazzled by the synchronized water and light show. It’s a free, family-friendly spectacle that’s the perfect ending to your Vigan adventure. So come early, find the best spot, and be ready to chat up some friendly locals before the show officially starts. It’s definitely going to be an unforgettable experience!

So there you have it, mga bai! These are just a taste of what Vigan has to offer. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and delicious food, this city will leave you wanting more. So pack your bags, lace up your walking shoes, and get ready to be charmed by Vigan!

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *