Monday, April 13, 2009

RoadTrip 09: Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Attractions:
St. Paul Cathedral
Plaza Salzedo
Plaza Burgos
Calle Crisologo
Burgos Museum
Pagburnayan (Pottery Making)
Baluarte Zoo
Location: Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Date: April 6, 2009

The Heritage City of Vigan

The name came from the Ilocano word “kabiga-an” pertaining to the plant “biga” abounds. Biga is a tuberous plant (alocadia indica) that once grew along the banks of its rivers. Today, Vigan City was included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Heritage City of Vigan unveils various must-see places and attractions that showcase the inheritance and culture of the Biguenos. This includes some of the ancient churches, cultural museums, inviting park and plaza, pagburnayan(pottery making), baluarte zoo, caleza ride, longganiza and empanada delicacies and the welcoming faces of the people.





Time space warp! Back to the past... The cobblestoned streets of Calle Crisologo and its antique architectures brings me back to the time of Spanish regime way back in 15th and 16th century. Not only that Heritage Village offers a lot of souvenir shops where you can bargain for native pasalubongs as you travel back to the present time. :P



Oppps but wait till you see Calle Crisologo @night, and be mesmerized by the cushy, illuminated color from each lamp post that blends perfectly with stars and moon at night. Enchanting it is!






Indeed Vigan has been successful in preserving the history, antiquity and unique architecture of the city.



Finally, Baluarte Zoo which is more than just a zoo... 80 hectares of terrains, hills and mountain sides build for interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility by Gov. Chavit Singson in the late 1990's. Here visitors can actually feed, pet, ride the "tiburin"(a small horse-drawn carriage) and visit the Butterfly Garden.

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