A Visit to the Heritage City I

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So my friends and I visited Vigan City, Philippines – the Heritage City. I must say the city, along with Laoag, have the finest tourist spots in Luzon, probably. We traveled for 8 hours by road from Quezon City and we arrived there at about 8:20 in the morning, June 1.

For our first agenda, we rented a calesa to tour us around Vigan, starting with the Bantay Church and the bell tower, which was pretty amazing, especially while feeling the whiplash of the wind striking your skin as you ascend the tower. They said that it was used as a warning tower during the war to alert the citizens of incoming hostile army. The people used to just literally kick the bells and it would be heard as far as your eyes can see. Now that’s something!

Then we got ourselves into Padre Burgos’ House (one of the three martyrs). It was really old and now, it served like somewhat a museum. Thankfully, photographs were allowed. And what is that? An old piano and harp? Hmmm.. ^^

Then, we went to the residents of the Sy-Quia, probably the family of former president Elpidio Quirino. Their mansion was very exquisite, and huge! It’s like I was walking around in circles but I always end up in a different location. The place is kinda spooky somehow. I can only imagine the types of people that lurks within the vicinity back in the days.

On our way to our next itinerary, we passed by the Crisologo Street – Heritage Village. A cobblestone, brick road that instantly reminds us of the history beneath it… or not. In any case, no vehicles or even motorcycles are allowed to traverse this street – only calesas. And bicycles, I suppose. During the night, the street becomes what I think is the signature site of the city.

Before we ate lunch, we stopped by a local pottery. Those guys were amazing – how they shape the pots out of clay and nothing but their hands. We didn’t try it though. It was almost lunchtime by then. (And even if we had the time, I don’t think I’ll try it anyway. Haha). But it’s entertaining to watch nonetheless.

After a very delectable lunch, courtesy of Mr. Jose Jimenez III and family (thanks a lot by the way), her mother drove us to Baluarte. It’s like a free, open zoo started by governor-elect Chavit Singson in Ilocos Sur. Although you literally can smell sh** all over the place, it’s a great place to visit (anything that’s free is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed). Of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance to have a picture taken with the governor himself, won’t we?

Finally, we arrived at the Hidden Garden at around 6 in the evening. It used to be a personal, backyard garden, but the owners soon opened it to public for free viewing. They also served some merienda there, so we finally got our tastebuds to the town’s specialties: suman and empanada, along with ripe mango shake. Yum!

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll create a new post for Day 2 of our trip. 🙂

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